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Green Meadow Newsletter 12/13/12

posted Dec 13, 2012, 11:30 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

December 13, 2012                                           Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


            The Holiday Shoppe has generated a great deal of excitement at school this week.  The gift displays were carefully created by the many dedicated volunteers in preparation for the class visits.  Volunteers helped students select and wrap the perfect gifts for the family members.  The students were so proud of their gifts and eagerly anticipated when it would be time for sharing.  Special thanks to the PTO, the many parents who donated items for the holiday, and the many volunteers who made this event a reality.

            This week we participated in our first lockdown drill of the year.  As with fire drills, lock drills help us practice procedures for emergency situations. Staff and students and even parents who were volunteering for the Holiday Shoppe responded swiftly to the drill, demonstrating that they understood expectations.   A few additional drills will occur at random times throughout the year.

            We would like to congratulate the Green Meadow students who were recognized as the winners of this year’s Beacon Coloring contest.  Congratulations to Aviva Buscemi (kindergarten), Carolina Brito (grade 1), Jenna Olson (Grade 2), and McKenna Olson (Grade 3) for their beautiful award winning art work.

            We truly appreciated the opportunity to meet with families during the recent parent-teacher conferences.  Sharing information about student progress and grade level expectations enables us to develop a partnership that supports student learning.  Spring conferences, held in early April, will provide updates on student progress throughout the year.  Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher throughout the year with any questions that may arise.

            The forecast for the weekend suggests we may have snow during the coming week. Please remember that we are committed to outdoor recess as often as possible.  Please send boots, snow pants, waterproof gloves, and warm coats to enable children to enjoy outdoor recess.



                                                                                    Donna Dankner


News from Mrs. Gamboni’s Kindergarten Class:

Dear Families,

Let us start by saying that it was a pleasure to meet all of you during conferences last week.  Thank you for all the support that you continue to give the program.  We are learning all about winter celebrations during the month of December.  Some of those celebrations include Divali, Kwanzaa, Chanukah and Navidad.  We can’t wait for December 21st to mark our calendar with the changing of seasons from otoño to invierno.    Children are enjoying playing during Math Workshop.  Ask your child to teach you some of the games.  We are working on writing complete sentences during writing workshops.  Have a safe and peaceful holiday break and a prosperous New Year.  Senora Gamboni and Senora Montesdeoca


News from Miss Silberzweig’s Grade 2 class:

Happy December!  I can't believe that 2012 is coming to a close.  With our December vacation fast approaching I wish you all a very relaxing, joyful, and happy holiday season!  Last week, students were very excited for their first trip to the Grace Vernal Pool!  In science we are focusing on the skills of prediction and observation.  Prior to our first visit the students predicted what they thought the vernal pool would look like and recorded scientific observations while we visited the vernal pool.  Students were very surprised to see that the Vernal Pool had no water in it.  Students learned that the vernal pool fills in the spring and summer.  We will try to visit the vernal pool in the winter so the students will be able to see the vernal pool throughout the seasons. We are very lucky to have this resource at our finger tips!


Art and Writing Workshop for Parents with Sharon Santillo

I told some of my young students that I was going to give a class for adults. I asked them what I should tell you about 'Family Stories Through Art'. This was their message to you:


"If you have any interesting relatives, you would be perfect for this class. You get to make your own painted paper for collages with lots of cool techniques. You get advice about art and writing from others in the class. Many students who have done 'Family Stories' had a good time."


If that description piqued your interest in the upcoming winter workshop, ask your child to pick up an adult application for you from Ms. Santillo.


Special Note:

  • Physical Education Announcement: Please be sure to send your child with sneakers on gym day!
  • Our Lost and Found is overflowing with unclaimed items.  Please check the Lost and Found in the cafeteria when you are in the building for anything your child may be missing.
  • Please remember that we go outside for recess each day.  All children need warm clothing as well as hats and gloves each day.  As the snow arrives, students should bring boots and snow pants to school for outdoor play.
  • The GMPTO has begun its Scrip Gift Card Shopping Spree.  Shop for your gift cards from home and help the PTO earn money to support school enrichment programs and materials. Simply go to and set up a family account to place an order using the Green Meadow PTO enrollment code listed below. Enrollment Code: 9381EL66353L5 You can choose to send in a check made payable to GMPTO or you can pay online directly through a checking account ACH transaction.  If you have any questions, please contact Michelle L. Grace at or 978.897.1603.


Dates to Remember:

v     December 10-14, 2012       Holiday Shop

v     December 14, 2012             Early Release, 12:30 Dismissal

v     December 22- January 2     Winter Vacation

v     January 15-17, 2013            Kindergarten Registration