Green Meadow News
December 10, 2015 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Last Saturday, on a beautiful day, we had a very exciting and productive meeting about the Green Meadow Playground. Members of the school Committee, School Administration, Community Preservation Commission, and the playground Committee met with the project engineer and the playground designer/architect to discuss the vision and to explore the purpose of this initiative.
As we look to the Green Meadow Playground as it is, we are appreciative of the expanse of space available for children to run and play. The importance of this playground initiative is to maximize opportunities for all to grow and play together. Our vision is to design a play space that has equipment and a surface that is accessible to all children. We are looking to provide a play space that fosters curiosity and inquiry based learning in a natural environment as an extension of our classrooms. By addressing the drainage issues, we look for a playground that can be utilized year round, providing safe play and access to all structures during our challenging New England winters. Toward this goal, this important project seeks to create a play space that is equally accessible to all children, nurturing growth and fostering friendships, providing all children with a sense of belonging.
Each experience in a child’s day provides opportunities for learning. On the playground, children are able to develop the ability to collaborate and interact with others. They learn to problem solve, negotiate, and compromise. In addition, they strengthen their gross motor skills and hone their coordination. These are some of the essential skills children need to prepare them for future success. We are so appreciative of the support of the Maynard Community as well as the dedication and commitment of the playground committee in helping us work toward the goal of an inclusive play space that is equally accessible to all children.
Kindergarten Registration 2016-2017
The Green Meadow School will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, January 12th , Wednesday, January 13th and Thursday, January 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There will also be an evening registration on Wednesday, January 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2016 to enter Kindergarten. At registration, parents must present their child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, recent physical exam, and proof of Maynard residency. This could be a utility bill, a lease, or a tax receipt. Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of residency. If you have any questions, please call Green Meadow School at 978-897-8246.
News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Class:
Mrs. Ginnity’s kindergarten classroom is filled with laughter, friendships, cooperation and learning. The children are busy rhyming, playing letter sound games, learning songs and poems and reading. Echo the owl puppet finished teaching all the letters and sounds of the alphabet! Our kindergarten scientists are busy investigating, asking questions and doing observational drawings about the world around them. We are wondering, “What happens to the leaves on the ground after they have fallen off our tree?” Our current experiment is creating composting bottles in our classroom with the leaves from Barky. In math, we are learning all about 2 and 3 dimensional shapes and searching the school for shapes. The children are very excited that a new season is coming this month!
News from Mrs. Hazel’s Physical Education Class:
Kindergartners and first graders are working hard on throwing and catching skills. First graders have climbed the cargo net and other grades will hopefully climb before our holiday break. Second and Third grades are in the middle of a basketball skills unit. We are practicing our set shot, dribbling and the bounce pass. It seems that most students love to shoot hoops! This is great! Please remember to send your child to school with proper footwear on PE days! Have a happy healthy winter season!
Next ELL parent meeting:
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
*Supervision of children will be provided if they come with parents.
Dates to Remember
Thursday, December 10 Early Release/Parent Conferences, 11:45 Dismissal
Friday, December 11 Early Release/Parent Conferences, 11:45 Dismissal
Thursday, December 10 No Preschool – Parent Conferences
December 24-31 No School – Winter Break
January 12,13,14 Kindergarten Registration
Wednesday, January 13 Evening Kindergarten Registration 5:00-7:00 PM