Green Meadow News
December 11, 2014 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
As a staff we truly value professional development opportunities that enable us to be ongoing learners and maximize supports for students. One focus for us as a school this year is the implementation of Responsive Classroom as our school wide social curriculum. As a staff we are committed to the philosophy and tenants of this program as a way to enhace learning and relationship building in our school. Responsive Classroom is a research based program that focuses on the following 4 domains:
· Engaging Academics that are active, interactive, appropriately challenging, purposeful, and connected to students’ interests.
· Positive Community teachers that nurture a sense of belonging, so that students feel comfortable taking risks and working with a variety of peers.
· Effective Management fosters an environment that promotes autonomy and allows students to focus on learning.
· Developmental Awareness where knowledge of child development, along with observations of students, creates and enhances a developmentally appropriate learning environment.
Many teachers have participated in an intensive week long training program that focuses on the philosophy and practices. This summer an additional group of teachers completed the course to be ready for the fall implementation. Under the guidance of a trained consultant, the entire staff spent last Friday afternoon exploring the importance of clear language and interactive modeling to help students develop a true understanding of expectations. We focused on strategies such as using cues to gain and sustain attention. This training was also the catalyst for a whole staff discussion of clear and consistent expectations not only in individual classrooms but also in common areas such as hallways, cafeteria, and playground.
As a school we are very committed to our core values, “We are kind. We are safe. We are learners”. Responsive Classroom supports and reinforces these important values that help us foster a respectful and supportive environment for all.
We are delighted to see so many families as you come into school for conferences. Teachers look forward to this opportunity to share information about your child’s progress this school year. We also appreciate the opportunity to review the progress reports you received last week.
News from Ms. McDougall’s Class:
We are world travelers this month! Room 1C is travelling by MacDougall Air and train to travel the world. We are going around the world and visiting Italy, China, Israel, Egypt, and then coming back to the United States. In each country we are learning about a holiday tradition that the country celebrates. We will also be learning about the importance of each tradition. Some traditions we will be “witnessing” are Chinese New Year, Hanukah, as well as Kwanzaa. We have our suitcases and passports ready so that we can go on our adventure. Come and join us!
News from Mrs. Messina’s Class:
The Buzz from Mrs. Messina’s Hive: Our class is very excited to be working on the water cycle in science. Vocabulary, partner work, creating models and gathering information have helped us understand the water cycle. One very interesting fact we learned was that all the water on our Earth is the same water that has always been here. So, we could be drinking water that dinosaurs might have used! That made us think about our next drink of water!
News from Mr. Mehigan’s Class:
The big news in our room is the addition of a new student all the way from Scotland! We have been having fun welcoming Tushiyah to Maynard and to the Green Meadow School and showing by example what it means to us to be kind, safe learners. It has been a time of change in class academically in addition to the change in the number of friends in class. In math, we have finished our unit on data collection and analysis and graphing and have begun multiplication! In writing, we have recently completed and celebrated publishing our personal narrative stories and have begun character development for realistic fiction stories. We recently completed our social studies unit on the Pilgrims and will soon begin a science unit on the phases of matter. We would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season with family and friends. Happy 2015!!! Can you believe it?
· 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 www.shopwithscrip.com and use the code 9381EL66353L5. For questions, please email Michelle Grace at email@example.com.
· Learn how to teach children to effectively balance and manage their academic work and materials, plus their time, with guest speaker Sarah Ward at the Fowler School Auditorium on Monday, December 15, 7-9 pm. This free event is hosted by the Green Meadow PTO and the Fowler School PTO. Ward will be providing parents with actionable, practical ways they can help their children develop their “executive function” skills. Those are the skills we all use and need to plan, start and finish tasks on time. You will learn how to effectively teach the children in your life to create a homework space, organize personal and school materials, record assignments and create a schedule, manage time and tasks, and complete long-term projects. Please RSVP by emailing Jen Lenicheck @firstname.lastname@example.org.
· 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 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