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Green Meadow Newsletter 11/29/2012

posted Nov 29, 2012, 7:19 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

November 29, 2012                                           Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


            We are always eager to share information with families about each child’s school experience.  Today you will receive your child’s report card in his/her backpack.  This year we are distributing the report cards the week before conferences so families will be able to review them. The report cards identify the skills and standards that are taught at each grade level throughout the year.  Teachers have collaborated closely with their grade level colleagues to ensure consistent expectations for each term throughout the year.   Through classroom performance and results of classroom assessments, they determine the progress each student has made toward mastering the standard. Grades on the report cards reflect the progress each individual student has made toward achieving the standard.

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held next week for all grade levels. As you meet with your child’s teacher during conferences next week, they will share the grade level expectations as well as specific information about your child’s academic progress.   We truly value these conferences as an important opportunity for communication with families.  If you do not have a scheduled conference, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible to arrange a convenient time. 

On Friday, December 7th at 8:45, we will hold our first parent coffee of the school year.  Please come and join us for an informal conversation about the school year as well as any other topic of interest.  

            Beginning on December 10, the PTO will hold the annual Holiday Shoppe.  Students always look forward to this special event.  We truly appreciate the efforts of the many volunteers as well as the contributions from families that made this special program possible.

Linda Gilberti, a former librarian at Maynard High School, has created a gingerbread house to be raffled on December 20, 2012.  This tradition began several years ago and the proceeds of the raffle are donated to the Maynard Food Pantry.  The house is on display in the main office and the raffle tickets are in today’s backpack folder.  The chances are 25¢ each or 5 for $1.00.  You will find more specific information in the flyer.  This, like the Beacon Santa Telethon, is a wonderful way to contribute to the greater Maynard community.  Thank you for helping make the outreach so successful.

                We look forward to seeing you at parent-teacher conferences next week!        

                                                                                    Donna Dankner


The Buzz From Mrs. Messina’s Third Grade:

November has been more than just thoughts of turkey and pumpkin pie in our room! We have been exploring and writing amazing poetry. Our class created pieces of artwork and wrote poetry around the art. Some of the qualities we learned while exploring poetry were: how to break writing rules, feelings are ok to write about, sometimes poetry is sad and that’s ok to write about too. Families were invited in to share our poetry and a good time was had by all.


Adding, grouping and re-grouping numbers to find a sum is getting us ready for multiplication and we can’t wait. Everyone is excited about learning the operation and having fun with it.


We are definitely busy with science, handwriting, current events and learning how to be “Kind, Safe, Learners” in our Green Meadow Community!




News from Miss Laferriere’s First Grade Class:

Hello Green Meadow Family and Friends,

            First graders in Miss Laferriere’s class are finishing an author study on Tomie dePaola.  Throughout the month, read countless books by Tomie, explored his writing, as well as examined his illustrations.  We complete an author study each month, which helps us learn different writing styles and ways to add details to illustrations.  Stop by to see who our December author is! 

To celebrate Thanksgiving, we worked with our third grade buddies in Mrs. Messina’s class to create Albuquerque turkeys along with learning a fun song to go along with our turkeys.  In addition, we learned about the first Thanksgiving, how Thanksgiving became a national holiday and how the tradition of the President pardoning a turkey began.  If you want to learn some new Thanksgiving facts, come by our room!

            As you can see, the first graders have been working hard and look forward to continuing to learn more and more everyday as the year progresses!      J


Special Note:

  • Physical Education Announcement: Please be sure to send your child with sneakers on gym day! Outside footwear cannot be worn in the gym now that the weather has turned snowy and cold. Thank you for helping to keep the gym floor clean and safe!
  • Our Lost and Found is overflowing with unclaimed items.  Please check the Lost and Found  in the cafeteria when you are in the building for anything your child may be missing.
  • Please remember that we go outside for recess each day.  All children need warm clothing as well as hats and gloves each day.  As the snow arrives, students should bring boots and snow pants to school for outdoor play.
  • The GMPTO has begun its Scrip Gift Card Shopping Spree.  Shop for your gift cards from home and help the PTO earn money to support school enrichment programs and materials. Simply go to and set up a family account to place an order using the Green Meadow PTO enrollment code listed below. Enrollment Code: 9381EL66353L5 You can choose to send in a check made payable to GMPTO or you can pay online directly through a checking account ACH transaction. Orders placed with payments received by November 30th will be available for pick up during conference days on December 6th and 7th.  Alternate arrangements can also be made for pick up or delivery. We will also be doing a “paper order form” with a different schedule.  Family Order Forms are included in the backpacks today.  Those forms can be returned with payment by December 10th and will be available for pick up after December 15th.  If you have any questions, please contact Michelle L. Grace at or 978.897.1603.
  • Picture retakes will be held on Tuesday, December 4 for students who missed the initial session as well as for those who requested another sitting


Dates to Remember:

v     December 4, 2012               Picture Retakes

v     December 6 & 7, 2012        Parent/Teacher Conferences – 11:25 Dismissal each day

v     December 7, 2012               Friday Parent Coffee

v     December 10-14, 2012       Holiday Shop

v     December 14, 2012             Early Release, 12:30 Dismissal