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Green Meadow Newsletter 11/7/2013

posted Nov 7, 2013, 10:14 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                    

November 7, 2013                                             Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


        The fall has certainly brought us wonderful weather so we can enjoy the beautiful colors of the season.  The cool temperatures have arrived quickly.  Please remember to send warm clothing as we enjoy multiple outdoor recess times daily.


            Our recess times are supervised by a dedicated recess staff.  They truly enjoy spending time with the children and sharing their daily recess adventures.  We have added several new members to the recess staff, Donna Amidon, Nan MacMillan, and Michelle Perris.  We are also sorry to see Chris Richardson leave us as he retires to New Hampshire.   We appreciate Chris’ many years of service to the school community and wish him well in this new phase.


            On Wednesday, November 13 at 8:45 AM, we will have the second in a series of parent coffees that will be held throughout the year.  We will have an opportunity for open conversation about the school year so far and plans going forward.  We truly appreciate this time to meet with families for informal discussions and conversation.  We hope you are available to join us and share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences.


            We have scheduled picture retake day for December 4.  More details will be available as the date draws closer.


Donna Dankner



News from Mrs. Smart’s Kindergarten Class:

It is hard to believe we are one quarter of the way through this school year. We have learned so much. In science, the children have completed a unit on the senses and a unit on apples and pumpkins, where they learned about life cycles. They will soon begin a unit on the body, where they will learn that we are “All Alike and All Different.” This unit will combine science and social studies.


In math, we have been busy using Ten Frames to represent numbers. We know the four basic shapes and have almost learned to describe the shapes. We keep track of the number of days we have been together by adding a straw to our straw count. Every time we have 10 straws we bundle them and put the into the 10’s cup. As of today, we have 4 bundles of ten and 5 single straws. We have learned to count to 40 by 1’s and 10’s. Next week, we will start a unit on measuring.


Our writing has really grown over the past 45 days. In September, we were using only pictures to tell a story. Now we are using the letters that represent the sounds we hear in the words we are trying to write and we are beginning to use spaces between our words.


In reading, we have learned that “Reading is Thinking.” We are reading books on our level. After the children read a book they, “think beyond the text” by adding another page to the book that they’re reading.


We have been busy and will enjoy a long weekend.



Holly Class Happenings:

(Written with help from Holly class students) 


Fall has been Sensational in second grade!


  • We have a new classmate- Lily P.
  • We have a new eacher assistant from the High School-  Kelsey Fales
  • We are enjoying help from Mr. Champeon, Mrs. Cramer, and Mrs. Weig
  • We had some fun with our kindergarten buddies in Mrs. Monahan’s class after the Monster March
  • We have been reading and learning about bats and owls
  • We are writing small moments stories
  • We are busting some moves and learning the “Doubles” Rap
  • We are scheduled to go to computer lab for REFLEX math fun
  • We are enjoying school in the Holly class


Special Notes:


Ø      PRESENTATION DATE CHANGE: The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC invites you to attend a presentation, Promoting Social Skills in Young Children, presented by Kaitlin Roessle-Meerman, M.A., C.A.S., N.C.S.P., School Psychologist at Maynard Public Schools.  The presentation will take place on November 14, 2013 at the Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, FROM 7:00 TO 8:45 P.M.   This event is free and open to the public and we encourage both parents and educators to attend.  Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at or 978-897-270.  Learn more abut the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at  

Ø      The Green Meadow PTO has received  $164 from Target for the Facebook promotion  in September.  We truly appreciate your ongoing support of the school and the PTO.

Ø      Some notes about outdoor time:

o       Please help us ensure proper supervision of all students during morning arrival by remaining behind the cones once you drop off your child.

o       Please drop off your children by the crossing guard and do not drive into the bus area after 8:00 am.

o       The weather is becoming colder.  Please send students with warm clothing for outdoor play.

Ø      Our lost and found is overflowing. Please check the lost and found for any items your child may have lost in school.

Ø      We are in need of additional staff and substitutes to supervise students during lunch and recess.  Please contact the school office if you are interested.


Dates to Remember

Ø      Monday,  November 11                    No School, Veteran’s Day

Ø      Wednesday, November 13              Parent Coffee – 8:45 AM

Ø      Monday, November 25                     Preschool Art Show

Ø      Wednesday, November 27              Early Release, 11:35 dismissal     

Ø      November 28 & 29                           No School, Thanksgiving Break     

Ø      December 4                                      Picture Retakes