Green Meadow News
December 17, 2015 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
With the approach of a new year, we often look forward to things to come and make resolutions to follow. Before we look forward, I would like to take this opportunity to look back at all the amazing learning activities and special events that have occurred since the school year began. As a school we have focused on developing our skills as effective readers and writers who can understand complex texts. We are learning to be mathematical thinkers who are able to creatively solve complex content. Our students have visited Plimouth Plantation and the Mayflower to enrich their study of Colonial America. We have enjoyed assemblies lead by our Respectful School Committee that emphasize our core values and support our Responsive Classroom program.
As we look to the New Year we are excited to continue our science curriculum development and collaboration through our partnership with the Massachusetts Audubon Society. This initiative focused on inquiry based learning through science and nature is following different strands aligned with the science standards in each grade level. Students at different grade levels will have opportunities to explore topics such as weather, observe the changes in trees over time, consider the erosion in our natural environment and study the vernal pool. In addition, we look forward to special events such as our Annual Bingo for Books program and the many enrichment programs sponsored by the PTO that enhance our curriculum.
We have enjoyed all the learning that has occurred in 2015 and look forward to what 2016 will bring. We hope you enjoy this vacation and wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.
News from Mrs. Foss’ Class:
Second graders have been having fun being scientists the last few weeks! We were lucky enough to have, Erika Whitworth, from the Audubon Society come back to our classroom to do a lesson on habitats. Erika brought in isopods that we were able to observe. The students really enjoyed the hands on science lesson! We also made it out for our first visit to the “Grace Vernal Pool”! The students were surprised by what the pool looked like in the fall, especially because it has been a dry season. They seemed to enjoy the visit and had a good understanding about why it appears to be dried up and why it is not a good habitat for animals that need to live in water. We look forward to going out again over the next few months!
News from Sra. Reyes’ Class:
We cannot believe how wonderful the weather has been and the topic of conversation has been when the first snowflakes will fall. We will make some predictions on when this will happen.
December is such a special month. Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza are some of the holidays we celebrate during this month. In all these celebrations, food is very important. Families get together to prepare and eat a special dinner. Candles and special lights are used too. Did you know that other cultures use lights and candles too? In India, during Diwali or Festival of Lights; they light up candles and oil lamps and in Scandinavia, during the festivities of Saint Lucy, the girls wear a wreath with candles on their heads. The children have been learning about costumes and traditions during these holidays. We will continue learning about other cultures around the world during the year.
· 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.
Dates to Remember
December 24-31 No School – Winter Break
January 12,13,14 Kindergarten Registration 9:00-12:00
Wednesday, January 13 Evening Kindergarten Registration 5:00-7:00 PM