Green Meadow News
November 20, 2014 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
The school year is passing at a rapid rate. The first part of the school year is coming to a close which provides us with the opportunity to share information about your child’s progress and instructional plan for the year. On December 4, 2014 report cards/progress reports will be sent home with each child. Through these report cards, teachers are able to provide families with an overview of skills and strategies that have been mastered and those that are developing. As you review your child’s progress report, it is important to remember that during this initial period, student skills are emerging and will be the focus of instruction throughout the year.
Fall parent conferences will be held on December 11 and December 12. During these conferences, teachers will be able to specifically discuss each student’s academic progress and school experience. In addition, they will be able to provide families with information about future learning and ways to support students at home. We always appreciate this opportunity to meet with families to discuss all of the wonderful learning that occurs each day. If you have not scheduled a conference, please contact your child’s teacher to select a convenient time.
This year our kindergarten progress reports will include information from Teaching Strategies Gold. Please join us for a special discussion for kindergarten parents on Tuesday, November 24 at 9:00 that will focus on this topic.
The approach of Thanksgiving always offers an opportunity for reflection and appreciation. We are so fortunate to be part of a wonderful community with:
· Skilled and talented staff members who are committed to providing each student with a high quality education so they can maximize their potential.
· Wonderful students who come to school each day ready to learn.
· Caring and supportive families and volunteers who are always willing and available to support our school.
· A dedicated and supportive PTO which provides ongoing support and programs that enrich our students’ educational experience.
We wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving shared with family and friends. We look forward to seeing you during the conferences in December.
News from Sra. Milligan’s Class:
We have been enjoying getting to know each other through daily share times in morning meeting. We have shared favorite photos, personal stories, and most recently our own nature items (sea shells, crystals, tree bark, rocks, feathers, flowers, etc). During our literacy blocks we are writing about small moments and improving our Spanish vocabulary and phonics through reading, singing, and word work. We are half way through unit 2 in math working with 3-digit numbers. As scientists, we learning to observe our environment and looking forward to continuing our animal study with owl pellet dissection. We are learning so much from each other every day!
News from Mrs. Vasta’s Class:
Today is our 44th day of preschool this year - and we have done so much in that short time! Preschool began using the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, published by Teaching Strategies, LLC, this year and we are just finishing up our second unit, which is called Trees Study. For the last month children have been brainstorming and learning about: the characteristics of the trees in their neighborhoods, who lives in trees, what foods come from trees (we actually made crock-pot applesauce), how trees change, and what products can be made using parts of trees. Children seem to have a natural interest in trees and this unit is very rich in science exploration and social studies.
Over the past few weeks preschoolers also had many opportunities to represent and express their knowledge about trees using their skills in art, literacy, and math activities. This is a great time of year to be studying trees and the children made many meaningful connections between what they were learning in school, stories that we read, and their own personal experiences. Making a “Leaf Man”, based on the story by Lois Ehlert, was a big hit with the children in our class this past week!
Next week we will be focusing on things we are thankful for in preparation for the upcoming holiday – Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
· The Scrip Gift Card Program is underway. This is an opportunity to purchase gift cards as gifts or use them to do your holiday shopping. The program earns money for the Green Meadow PTO, which will be used to enrich the students’ learning experience through programs and activities. Popular retailers that are participating include L.L. Bean, Restaurant.com, Home Depot and The Gap. GM families buy the gift certificates at full value, redeem them for face value, and our school keeps the difference as revenue. The first round of orders is due Monday, November 17th, and the orders can be picked up at school before Thanksgiving. To place an order online, go to www.shopwithscrip.com and use the code 9381EL66353L5. For questions about this program, please email Michelle L. Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Please remember that the cool weather has arrived and students will need warm clothing each day for outdoor play. Please send jackets to school with children daily for outdoor recess.
Dates to Remember
· Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Kindergarten Parent Discussion, 9:00 AM
· Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
· Thurs/Fri. November 27-28, 2014 No School, Thanksgiving
· Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Picture Retake Day
· Friday, December 5, 2014 Early Release 11:45 Dismissal
· December 11 & 12 Early Release 11:45, Parent Conferences