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Green Meadow Newsletter 12/20/12

posted Dec 21, 2012, 10:55 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

December 20, 2012                                           Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


This week we have experienced a range of emotions.  The excitement of the impending vacation and holiday season is evident in the students.  Special activities such as the third grade Winter Wonderland and the PAWS for Reading celebration in Mrs. Coppola’s first grade served to generate excitement and engage students in celebrations of learning. We look forward to ending our week with a school wide assembly during which we will enjoy a performance of an original theme song celebrating our core values from the Respectful School Committee.  We are also anxious to see the next installment of the Tiger News created by Mr. Thomas’ third grade class during this assembly. This edition of the tiger news will also be available on the school website during the month of January.

We also experienced the sadness and heightened awareness resulting from the tragic events that occurred last week in Connecticut.  Following a weekend of profound sadness, the staff returned to school to gather early in the morning.  This meeting served two important purposes that allowed us to begin the process moving forward.  The meeting provided us with an important opportunity to share our feelings that such an event could occur in a school, a place in which we value safety and learning.  Secondly, it was important to prepare for the arrival of the students after the weekend.  The scenario in each classroom was different, but the message was the same, that we care deeply about each child and are committed to keeping them safe. Teachers then notified parents if any discussion was held so follow up could occur at home.

We have been truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we have received from Green Meadow families. We were so appreciative that so many families have shared their support and expressed appreciation for our commitment to students and the work we do. We also want all families to know that each child is so special and important to us.  We greatly appreciate the ongoing support of each family.

Once the school day ended, we held an important open forum for parents to answer questions, discuss resources, and explain safety procedures that are currently in place.  We also explained that we will be reviewing all safety procedures.  We want to reassure families that important safety procedures are in place.  We will continue to revise, refine, and strengthen.

During this holiday season, we look to spend time with family and friends celebrating the goodness and kindness that surrounds us. We hope you are able to enjoy the vacation with the important people in your life.  We wish everyone an enjoyable and relaxing vacation and holiday as well as a happy and healthy new year.  We look forward to seeing you when we return on January 2, 2013.


                                                                                    Donna Dankner


December News from Mrs. Mully’s First Grade

During the month of December, we are learning about the Statue of Liberty in social studies.  We also read books about a number of holidays being celebrated at this time of the year.  In science, we continue to study life cycles and plants.  We have been working on place value, equations, and story problems in math.  These past few days, we have started our geometry unit.  In Writing Workshop, we recently ended a unit called “Writing for Readers”.  This unit focuses on editing and how we have to keep in mind that someone else will be reading our writing.  Our present Writing Workshop unit is called “Authors as Mentors”.  It helps us use different writing styles when we read and discuss the work of other authors, e.g. books by Kevin Henkes.  We are working on a number of skills in language arts.  The more important ones are What does a story make me think of?, characteristics commonly shared by folk and fairy tales, and identifying the main topic/retell key details of a text. 


We wish all Green Meadow Families a happy and healthy 2013.


News from Mrs. Thomas’ Third Grade Class:

Mr. Thomas' class has had a very busy fall. We have had two very successful publishing parties, one for personal narratives and one for realistic fiction. The students spent approximately six weeks on each unit, going through the writing process to create a published final draft. Families and friends joined us on two occasions to celebrate the culmination of these two units, and to leave comments for our authors.

Earlier this fall, we spent a few weeks researching nonfiction topics, coming up with at least ten facts on a topic. Topics ranged from sharks and penguins, to famous people, such as Amelia Earhart. The students then used a website ( to create short 2-3 minute videos on their topics. We then had a viewing party when all of the videos were complete. We will be using this website later in the year to make more videos when we read biographies in the spring.

In math, we recently wrapped up a unit on multiplication. The students are currently working on writing scripts for multiplication videos for the math facts of 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Working in groups of 4-5 students, the groups are creating skits, songs, and raps for their math facts. They are having a fun time creating these videos.

Mr. Thomas' class is looking forward to the December break and to 2013.


News from the Art Room:

To second grade parents - In preparation for our next art/writing project, 2nd-graders will be interviewing parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. over the winter break. The questions include:  What kind of fashions did you wear when you were a teen-ager? What kind of music did you listen to when you were a teenager? What dances did you do? What type of technology did you use to listen to your music? The students have been instructed to write down the answers from each person they interview on a separate paper and attach them all with a stapler, then bring to art class on January 8, 2013.


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 22- January 2     Winter Vacation

v     January 9, 2013                    Preschool Information Night

v     January 11, 2013                  Early Release – 12:30 dismissal

v     January 16, 2013                  Snow Date (Preschool Information Night)

v     January 18, 2013                  Early Release – 12:30 dismissal

v     January 21, 2013                  Martin Luther King Day – No School

January 15-17, 2013            Kindergarten Registration