Green Meadow News
January 22, 2015 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Math has been a focus this year at Green Meadow with the addition of our new math resource, Go Math. Throughout the year teachers have been engaged in ongoing collaborations and professional development connected to the implementation of this resource with the goal of helping our students enhance their understanding of critical concepts and skills. We are very fortunate to have the support and expertise of our math coach, Terri Morrison to continue to enhance our math program.
This week, our second grade students have been exploring fossils with Paleontologist, Greg Wenzel. They are fascinated with the wealth of information he shares and the activities during his presentation which fosters learning about the past.
News from our Math Coach Terri Morrison
GoMath- Common Core Math Resource
This is a new math teaching resource for teachers and students. Teachers K-3 are currently navigating the units and materials. Our ER day on January 30th will be spent working with a consultant from the publisher, HMH to provide ongoing support for teachers on the effective use and features of this resource.
JCOMING SOON: Online access to GoMath student textbook and GoMathAcademy, an online resource for students and families.
Math ZONE Club
MEF has generously sponsored Math ZONE Club for students in Grades 2 and 3. Not all students learn on the same schedule. Math ZONE Club will provide students with opportunities to practice and construct the deep mathematical understandings required for effective progress in math. Selection will be based on focused assessments and teacher input.
Math ZONE Club will be held at Green Meadow School on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 8 weeks beginning February 10th. Letters will be sent home to participating students. Their teachers will select students for participation. Families will have an option of choosing before school or after school sessions. Green Meadow teachers will be providing instruction and support.
There is no cost to families.
Parent MATH Workshops
Parents will be invited to participate in parent MATH workshops beginning in March. We will learn about the big math ideas we focus on, how children learn math and how we can support their learning.
· Grades K-1 – Counting and Operations
· Grades 2-3-Place Value and Fact Fluency
Math Resources for Home
is available for all students in Grades 2 and 3. It is used for fact fluency practice. The program adapts to each student, providing fact practice that builds on individual progress.
is a great site for students who enjoy playing math games, who may be fluent in their facts, or who appreciate a math challenge. There are a wide variety of games available for free. Games can be differentiated by operation, by number, and by challenge. Additionally there is an app available for purchase called Kakooma.
KThinking Blocks- http://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html
This site is great for helping students understand math with mathematical models. Students are exposed to a variety of models in school. These models help to illustrate math ideas that may be difficult to understand. A model or a picture is a useful tool to support understanding.
Terri Morrison, Math Coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
News from Mrs. Mooradian’s Class
We are very excited to begin a new unit of study this week entitled the “Buildings Study”. In this study the children will have opportunities to learn more about the characteristics and features of buildings, the people who build them and the role buildings play in our communities. Included in this study is a dramatic play area construction site which requires hard hats to be worn in order to enter! Preschool is looking forward to our early visit day this month when families have the opportunity to visit the classroom and view their child’s curriculum related projects and activities.
· Please remember that supervision begins in the morning at 8:15. Students should not arrive before supervision begins unless they are enrolled in the morning Excel program.
· Our lost and found continues to grow. Please check the lost and found for any missing items.
Dates to Remember
Friday, January 30 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
Friday, February 6 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
February 16-20 School Vacation
Thursday, March 5 Grade 2 Hoops-a-Thon (Snowdate 3/12)
Thursday, March 19 Bingo for Books (Snowdate 3/26)