Green Meadow News
November 8, 2012 Donna Dankner, Principal
Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal
It has been an eventful week at Green Meadow School. On Monday we held our school wide election. Third grade students managed the polls, checking voters in and out, monitoring the voting booths, and tallying the ballots. Students took their responsibility as voters seriously, carefully selecting their candidate as they completed the ballots. Throughout the day, at lunch and on the playground, students were engaged in conversation about the voting process and the choices they made. There were also very strong opinions about our school ballot question,” Should we have a Green Meadow Hat Day?” The results, which mirrored the national results, were announced during an afternoon assembly. In addition, the Green Meadow voters decided to have a hat day which will occur on Wednesday, November 21. This election provided our students with a wonderful opportunity to learn about the democratic process through personal experience.
On Tuesday, November 6, the teachers gathered for a day of professional development focused on literacy instruction. We engaged in a detailed study of current best practices in literacy, exploring a range of instructional strategies to support student learning. It was such a valuable experience to have the opportunity to share ideas and explore literacy instruction with our colleagues.
The weather continues to surprise us. Today we experienced very cold temperatures along with the first snow of the season. Please remember that we go outside both during morning arrival and for recess time each day. It is important for students to have warm coats, gloves or mittens, and hats with them each day to be certain they are comfortable outside. In addition, they need boots and snow pants when snow is on the ground to enable them to enjoy playing outside once the measurable snow arrives.
News from Mrs. Smart’s Kindergarten Class:
It’s hard to believe that we are a quarter through the school year. The children have grown so much is such
a short time.
In reading, The Daily 5 is almost fully implemented. At this time in our kindergarten, we do The Daily 4:
Listening, Read to Self, Word Work, and Writing. The 5th center is called Read to a Partner. As you can
guess, Read to a Partner takes on a whole different meaning to kindergarten children than the author of
the program intended. In addition to reading during The Daily 5, each child reads a book on their reading
level and takes that book home to share with their family.
In writing, the children all know where to put the picture and the text on the paper. They are learning that
the illustration needs to match the text. The unit in writing we are working on is called Small Moments. It
strives to have the children write about a small event that really happened to them and stretch it. They are
doing well. Many of the children started writing about flowers, hearts and rainbows but are now writing
about something that really happened. Many of the words the children write have letters that represent
the sounds the children are trying to write and they are separating their words with spaces. Everyone tries
to remember to use periods at the end of their writing.
Free choice and creative art have taken on a life of their own. Last week many of the children designed, colored, and cut out masks. They worked together with friends to figure out a way to fit them to their faces. Miss Tricia and I were so impressed with their creativity that we had a parade to allow the children to show off their beautiful masks.
News from Mr. Mehigan’s Third Grade Class:
It has been a very exciting couple of weeks leading up to the presidential election. We learned about the election process and participated in the Green Meadow mock election. The third grade was fortunate to be able to help facilitate the election by working at the polling booths and tallying votes. It was a great experience for everyone!
Also in social studies, we have begun work on our Readers' Theater play about the pilgrims' decision go to America and their struggles to survive and make peace with the Native Americans. Seven students from Mrs. Duddy's class are also participating in our performance.
In writers' workshop, we are putting on the finishing touches to our personal narratives and will be learning about and writing realistic fiction stories next.
I can hardly believe it is only two weeks until Thanksgiving! Time flies! All of us in Mr. Mehigan's class would like to wish everyone a safe and very, very happy holiday season.
Take advantage of this timeless opportunity to become part of Maynard High School’s history. In September, 2013, the town of Maynard will open the next chapter in providing our students with a top quality education and a new facility to complement the hard work of our educators. The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) in collaboration with the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO’s) of the Green Meadow, Fowler and Maynard High Schools is taking advantage of this rare occasion to enable you to become part of Maynard High School’s rich educational tradition and heritage. Your brick will be placed on the main sidewalk leading to the new high school’s entrance and will become part of Maynard Tiger history. The price for a single brick is $100 for the 4” x 8” size and $200 for the 8” x 8” size. They can be ordered by going to www.MaynardHSBricks.com. Questions may be directed to Jim McCann, firstname.lastname@example.org, #978.461.1520.
Dates to Remember:
v November 12, 2012 No School: Veterans Day
v November 16, 2012 Early Release Day 12:30 Dismissal
v November 21, 2012 Early Release Day 11:25 DismissalNovember 22 & 23, 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday – No School