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Green Meadow Newsletter 12-4-2014

posted Dec 4, 2014, 7:12 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

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December 4, 2014                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, 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.  We distribute this information the week before conferences to enable you to review them prior to the meeting. These report cards provide information to families that identify the skills and standards students 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 standards.

 Indicators on the report cards reflect the progress each individual student has made toward achieving the standard. As you review your child’s progress, it is important to note that the information you receive reflects each individual student’s current performance in relation to the expectation for this time in the school year.  As the expectations change and the pace increases throughout the year, we often see changes in student understanding and acquisition of skills. 

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.  Teachers will also share skills and strategies that your child will be focusing on as the year progresses.  In addition to classroom teachers, special educators and specialists are also available to meet with you during this time.  We truly value these conferences as an important opportunity for open communication with families.  If you do not have a scheduled conference, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible to arrange a time. 

            The students were very excited to visit the annual PTO Holiday Shoppe this week.   They carefully selected the perfect gift for each member of their family.  We truly appreciate the efforts of the many volunteers as well as the support of families in making this special program possible.

Linda Gilberti, a former librarian at Maynard High School, has created a gingerbread house to be raffled on December 18, 2014.  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


News from Mrs. Hazel’s Physical Education Class:

Students are practicing throwing skills this week. Since the start of the year we have completed a soccer unit and are now diving into basketball! Please be sure to send your child with sneakers on PE days! We have been trying to keep up with our Tabata and with our CALM meditations, but have been running out of time lately. We should be back to a normal schedule after the holidays! 


 Also check out our blog for daily/weekly news and updates as well as pictures!


News from Ms. Mara’s Class:

November was a very busy month for us.   We began the month working with Erika Whitcomb from Habitat.  She brought in sow bugs.  We observed and then recorded information from our observations about these crustaceans.  We look forward to going out to the vernal pool in December.  In math we are doing a great job learning our addition and subtraction facts using Reflex Math.  We have worked very hand learning about what it means to be a ‘’safe” member of the Green Meadow community. Last week we made a “Bucket Filling A to Z” quilt that is hanging on our classroom door. Make sure you check it out when you come for your conference.


News from the Art Room: The Art Room could use the following supplies:
Q-Tips                                     Old watches/Small Clocks                                Yarn/String

Buttons                         Paper bags with handles                                    Sequins

Masking tape                            Colored Duct tape/Masking tape                      Hand wipes                 
Old hardware parts (washers, small screws, nuts, fasteners, small gears)
Scrapbooking paper (scraps, small pieces and uneven pieces are fine)
Clean egg cartons (i.e. no trace of egg)
Small clean plastic trays

Also, for updates on what’s happening in the room please go to
A BIG thank you to Lydia Clancy who has been working to help label, hang and prep work this year!!! If you are in the school check out the great work she has hung for us!  If you are interested in volunteering time in the art room please email me at


Special Notes:

·        Announcing the Maynard SEPAC 5th Annual Winter Social – The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be hosting its 5th Annual Winter Social on Monday, December 8th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Green Meadow Elementary cafeteria.  This free event will feature crafts, activities, snacks and fun for the entire family.   RSVP to Rachel Levy at or 617-458-1294, or go to

·        The Scrip Gift Card Program is underway. This is an opportunity to purchase gift cards as gifts or use them to do your holiday shopping. The program earns money for the Green Meadow PTO, which will be used to enrich the students’ learning experience through programs and activities. To place an order online, go to and use the code 9381EL66353L5. For questions, please email Michelle Grace at

·         Beacon Santa Telethon: WAVM Telethon will be held at Maynard High School on December 12 to 15. The students are in need of donated items for their on-air auction. Donations of toys, games, furniture, electronics, books, household items, holiday decorations as well as tickets to a show, concert or a sporting event, gift certificates or a provided service are all most welcome. Gift baskets donated by your family, neighborhood or club are also a great way to help the auction. Items are being collected at Maynard High School during school hours and throughout the weekend of the telethon. The WAVM students will also be happy to pick up your donation at your home. Please call the station at 978-897-5213 for assistance. All donations are gratefully accepted but regret that we can only accept new items. 

·        Please remember that the cool weather has arrived and students will need warm clothing each day for outdoor play.  Please send jackets to school with children daily for outdoor recess.


Dates to Remember                                                                                                                               

·        December 5, 2014                                           Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

·        December 11 & 12                                          Early Release 11:45, Parent Conferences

·        December 23                                                   Early Release 11:45 dismissal

·        December 24-January 2                                 No School, Winter Break

·        January 5                                                         School Reopens