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Green Meadow Newsletter 11/3/2016

posted Nov 3, 2016, 11:07 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

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November 3, 2016                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


          Elections and the voting process are the cornerstone of our democratic process.  Although elections for positions and voting on issues may occur at many times, the presidential election that occurs every four years always draws a significant amount of attention.  As a school we value the learning experiences that accompany an election.  It is an opportunity for students to learn that they have a way to voice their opinions to make a difference.  By exploring this process students will learn that each individual has a vote and that exercising their right to vote is important and counts.   Equally as important is the lesson that even if you exercise your right to vote to select a candidate or offer an opinion on an issue, your choice may not be the decision of the majority.  In that case, it is important to learn to be accepting of the decision even when you disagree.

          Lessons are best learned through authentic experiences.  Therefore, as a school, we will be providing our students with the experience of voting and making a collective decision on Monday, November 7.  We will vote on an issue that is meaningful to our students and one in which they will need to abide by and support the majority decision, even if it wasn’t their choice.

          On Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22, we will have school wide spirit days.   Students will have the opportunity to vote and make two selections from the choices offered.  Options include Tiger Day where they will wear black and orange, Hat Day, Mismatch Day, or Pajama Day.  Teachers will share this information with students in advance, showing them the ballot and how to indicate their vote.  Third grade students will manage the voting process by staffing the polls and tallying the ballots throughout the day.  We will then announce the school decision based on the majority of votes and look forward to participating in the school wide spirit days selected.  We hope this experience will help students develop an understanding of the voting and decision making process.


                                Donna Dankner


News from First Grade Immersion Class

We have been in school for a little more than forty days and it is hard to believe all the things we have learned so far! We started the new school year learning about rules and routines that are different from Kindergarten and sharing stories from the summer. In Science we have been going outside and learning from nature. We observed and wrote notes about the apple trees (manzanos) we have in school. We observed the changes of fall around school, collected leaves and classified them according to their shape. We learned about Juan, el manzanero (Johnny Appleseed) and Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus).   This month we will learn about el Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and how it is celebrated in Mexico and in other Latin-American countries and the United States.


Greetings from Second Grade and Mrs. Richard's class!  We hope you all had a fun and festive Halloween!  Our class enjoyed the Monster March and reading a variety of fall stories such as: Crankenstein, Room On the Broom, I Need My Monster, Where the Wild Things Are, and other books, while focusing on story elements such as: predicting, character traits, setting, sequencing, and author's purpose.  This week we are working as "inference detectives" to use what we read and what we know to make a guess or prediction about the story while we are reading.


In math, we are learning about numbers from 1 to 999.  Students are able to identify place value, expanded form, standard form, and word form of numbers as well as show their flexibility in building numbers with different amounts of tens and ones.  This week we have been discussing patterns we notice about a 100s chart and how it can help us skip count.


We are looking forward to the upcoming holiday season and spending some time talking and writing about the things we are most thankful for in our lives.  Happy November!


Math Information Programs for Parents. 

Terri Morrison, Math Coach will share information and resources about Math at Green Meadow School. Come learn about what we are teaching in math. Learn how you can support this work at home.   

          Tuesday, November 15th at 8:45-9:45 GMS Parent Coffee

          Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30-7:30 Parent Information Night


Please consider attending one of these information sessions to learn more about Math at GMS.


Special Notes:

 Thank you to the School Committee, Faculty & Staff, and Community Members who attended last week's discussion on "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success". Below are some resources that were shared last night. A huge thank you to WAVM staff for recording the discussion.…/1l2woN79LrMVH7nbNp1Jqg9xkQxpd…/pub

·         Support the Maynard Education Foundation when you Dine at Not Your Average
Joe's in Acton any Tuesday in November
 Come enjoy a great meal and help raise funds for the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton any Tuesday during the month of November. Present a certificate (available at or simply mention that you are a MEF supporter to your server when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF. (Excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)  Thank you for your support!

·         Join us for our GM PTO Vendor & Craft Night on Thursday, November 3 from 6:30 - 8:00 to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!  A variety of home based businesses and crafters will be there - plus a raffle table and bake sale. Shop local and support the GM PTO!

·         News from Maynard SEPAC: there will be no SEPAC meeting in November (due to the conflict with Election Day), but please save the date on your calendars now: The SEPAC Winter Social will be Tuesday, December 6! More information coming soon.


Dates to Remember      

Thursday, November 3                     Vendor & Craft Night GM Cafeteria 6:30-8:00 PM

Saturday, November 5                        GM/Fowler Hockey Night

Tuesday, November 8                       No School, Professional Development Day for Staff

Friday, November 11                         No School, Veterans’ Day

Tuesday, November 15                     Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

Thursday, November 15                   PTO Meeting, GM Cafeteria 7:00-8:15 PM

November 23, 24, 25                        No School, Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 1                      Picture Retake Day