Green Meadow News
January 21, 2016 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Our recent early release afternoon provided us with a wonderful opportunity for a very informative and productive collaboration. Classroom teachers worked closely with their grade level colleagues and specialists from Massachusetts Audubon Society to enhance our science and nature based initiative. Together grade level teams and facilitators focused on examining science content and crafting challenging and meaningful lessons that enhance students’ mastery of standards. The resulting curriculum that was developed consisted of a range of lessons that offers students a balance of rich content and inquiry based learning. Our professional development throughout the year as we progress in this initiative focuses on this important balance, fostering student learning through questioning, inquiry, research, and discovery. During the most recess session Grade two teachers planned a comprehensive unit on erosion that will be part of their science curriculum this spring. Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grade one teachers continued their exploration of nature and plants through scientific observations, experiments, and journaling while Grade three continued to expand exploration of weather phenomenon.
We would like to share more information about this important curriculum initiative during our next Parent Coffee which will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 8:45 AM. Joining us for this discussion will be Robin Stuart from the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Jennifer Gaudet Director of Curriculum will join us for this discuss as they share information about the initiative and science content as well as answer any questions that may arise. We hope you are available to join us for this informative discussion.
We continue to plan parent coffees for the winter and spring. Future topics will include a discussion of friendships with our school counselor Cecilia Tatum Small and an introduction to the PARCC Assessment that our third grade students will participate in this spring. Our goal is to offer informative discussions that interest and support Green Meadow families. Please let us know if you have any topics of interest that you would like us to explore during upcoming Parent Coffees.
Arrival and dismissal are extremely busy times at school. If you are dropping your children off in the morning, please park in the Crowe Park parking lot and walk them to either the outdoor play area for outdoor arrival or the front door for indoor arrival. In order to be certain all students arrive safely, children must be accompanied by an adult when walking to and from the parking lot. We appreciate your assistance as we maintain safety for all.
News From the Green Meadow Library
Kindergarten students now have the option of bringing their library book home to share with you. Please help them find a special place to keep their book and please help them remember what day they have library so they can return their book and choose a new one. I would like to extend a special thank you to the kindergarten Spanish Immersion parents for their recent generous donation of books in Spanish! First grade students have been learning about nature and the world around us through various fiction and informational texts. Second grade students have learned about Massachusetts and our other great states, as well as some of our famous animal friends. We will soon be working on our dictionary, atlas and encyclopedia unit. Third grade students have heard literature from many different genres and in technology class have been excited to learn how to make a word document, find their home on Google Earth, and have started working with two different learn to type programs. Links to all of the websites we use can be found on the library website, which can be accessed through the Green Meadow homepage or at https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/lib/home. Stay warm! Mrs. Patino
News from Mrs. Viros’ Class
Children worked on their journals to draw and dictate "something that they knew a lot about." We brainstormed ideas during circle time and worked in small groups at the writing center. Children drew pictures about bunnies, robots, fire engines, and princesses to name a few.
We began to discuss dinosaurs--what they were, how they lived, and some of the reasons why they disappeared. If you hear roaring and stomping at school this week, it must come from preschool!
· The Green Meadow Preschool Program will be holding an Information Night on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 6:45 – 8:00 PM. Parents who are interested in enrolling their child for the 2016-2017 school year are invited to attend. During the evening parents will have an opportunity to learn about our program, meet our staff, visit our classrooms, and ask questions. The Green Meadow Preschool Program offers full day and half-day classes for children aged 3 – 5 years old. For more information call the Maynard Public Schools Department of Student Services @ (978) 897-2138.
· Order forms for the Red Sox game through the GM and Fowler PTOs are due Jan 25th. Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis.
· Please remember to send warm clothing for outdoor play. In order to play in the snow, students will need boots, snow pants, warm coats, and gloves.
Dates to Remember
Monday, January 25 School Council Meeting, 6:30 PM
Friday, January 29 Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal
Wednesday, Februaryn3 Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM
Wednesday, February 3 Basketball Bonanza sponsored by the PTO
Friday, February 5 Grade 1 Concert
Friday, February 5 Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal
February 15-19 Winter Vacation