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Green Meadow Newsletter 1/12/2017

posted Jan 12, 2017, 9:32 AM by Joanne Lochiatto   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 9:33 AM ]

                 We are truly overwhelmed by the support of our community for the Green Meadow Playground project.  84% of those attending the meeting voted in favor of appropriating the funds needed to address the issues with drainage and accessibility on the playground.  As a result we can look forward to a safe, dry, and accessible playground for all students.

                We are committed to educating and supporting the whole child at Green Meadow School.  Outdoor recess plays a vital role in each child’s development of social skills, ability to collaborate with peers, and strategies for problem solving.  Currently the playground surface can be challenging for all students to navigate.  Inclement weather conditions and the lack of proper drainage cause water and ice to collect throughout the area, limiting our play space.  Through this initiative we will create accessible rubberized pathways that will allow all children to play together, fostering friendships and developing the interpersonal skills needed to interact with others.

                We would like to thank Leslie Knight, chairperson of the playground committee, along with all the dedicated members for committing countless hours and abundant energies to making this project a reality.  We would also like to thank the members of the school committee and the school administration for their ongoing efforts and support.  We would especially like to thank the community for their incredible support. We look forward to the next phase of this project as the work begins. We are so excited that through this project we will be able to fully address drainage along with accessibility concerns to maximize opportunities for all students to play outdoors together.

We are looking forward to our parent coffee on Tuesday, January 17 at 8:45AM with our school counselor, Ann Rutherford.  She will help us explore such important topics as friendships, anxiety, and transitions as well as other topics that are raised during the discussion. Sharing strategies and ideas from the book “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and How to Listen so Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish will be very helpful as we discuss supporting and communicating effectively with our children.  This discussion will also be a source of references, information, and ideas to help support students as well as providing opportunities for conversation, questions, and sharing ideas. We hope you are able to join us on Tuesday, January 17!


                                                                                    Donna Dankner


News from Mrs. Holly’s class : Holly Class Happenings: 

 We are starting 2017 like  KIND, SAFE , SMART learners!  HAPPY NEW YEAR

     We said "Goodbye and Good Luck" to our college friend, Miss Sweeney- she  taught us about synonyms and antonyms, we studied Kevin                     Henkes, we read many stories,  and WE taught HER "how to teach 2nd graders"!

  • We are "Building a Snowman, OLAF"- with our Sensational 2nd grade behavior so that we can earn another CELEBRATION.
  • We created and displayed our OWL PELLET bone diagrams- The bones helped us discover the kind of prey/food that our owl ate.
  • We are working with "bar models" (part/ part/ whole) during Math as we learn how to write number sentences to help us  solve problems.
  • We continue to learn about the "Power of YET"...we are enjoying reading many books that teach us about "Our Fantastic Elastic Brain" and how:   We can do hard things, We can keep trying, We can learn from our mistakes, We can problem solve, We can try different strategies, and We can train our brains.


 News from Mrs. Viros’ Class:

In preschool, we started the new year by learning about music and musical instruments.  We brainstormed names of instruments we knew and practiced ways to play them by shaking, hitting, and tapping them.  It's been fun to make instruments too!  Children brought home some kazoos made of paper tower rolls and wax paper, and some shakers made of paper plates and rice.  In addition, we used music to work on three important concepts: patterns, story telling, and letters.  We read books with sound words and rhythm, such as We are Going on a Bear Hunt and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Finally preschool families had a chance to come and visit their children this week during our parent visiting days.  We always enjoy opening our doors and sharing the great work that we do each day.

 Important Information about Dismissal:

 As you can imagine, dismissal is an extremely busy time of the day.  Please help us make sure all students are dismissed safely and to the appropriate place or individual by adhering to the following:

·         Please do not call during the day to change dismissal arrangements unless there is an emergency or extenuating circumstance. 

·          If there are extenuating circumstances and you must make changes, please do so prior to 1:00pm PM.  After 1:00 PM is it very difficult for us to be certain that changes are properly communicated to teachers.

·         Please send dismissal changes in writing, either through a note with your child or an email to the office during the day (prior to 1PM) in the event of an unavoidable change.

·         School dismissal is at 2:50.  Please arrive on time to pick up your child. 

·         Parking can be a challenge at dismissal.  Please park at the Crowe Park parking lot. Please do not park in the bus circle, on the road leading in and out of the bus circle, or in the staff lot.

·         Please come to the school to pick up your child.  Students may not walk unattended to cars parked in the parking lot.

Thank you for your assistance in ensuring safety for all.


Special Notes:

      On January 26 at 7:00 PM Maynard Public Schools will be hosting a screening of the Wahlberg Foundation Film, "If Only".  This film addresses important questions about prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.  Following the screening, there will be a panel presentation by a group of community members directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

·         Winter Clothing: With very few exceptions, Green Meadow students go outdoors for recess twice daily. Both the weather conditions and temperatures can change throughout the day. Besides their jackets, students need to bring snow pants, boots, hat and mittens every day. They also need to bring shoes to wear in the classroom. It’s New England! We have several months to go before we can shed those winter clothes!


Dates to Remember 


Friday, January 13                               Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, January 16                           No School, Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 17                           Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

Thursday, January 19                         Preschool Information Night 6:45 PM

Monday, January 23                           School Council Meeting 6:30—8:00 PM

Friday, January 27                               Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal