Green Meadow News
January 23, 2014 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
We were very fortunate that the snow fall this week was minimal and that it did not impact our school schedule. However, the cold weather does impact our morning arrival and recess planning. Each day we evaluate the temperature and wind chill factor as well as the conditions of the paths and playground throughout the day to determine if it is warm and safe enough for outdoor play. During these past few extremely cold days, arrival and recess has been indoors. It is always our goal to spend time outside. Throughout the day we monitor weather conditions and temperatures to take advantage of any opportunity to play outdoors. Please send warm outdoor play clothing each day so we are ready to take advantage of any opportunity to enjoy outdoor recess. We are looking forward to warmer weather when we can enjoy playing outside.
Last week our staff was engaged in a day of professional development focused on the Responsive Classroom program. Through rich discussions we explored common language and expectations to support students as they interact with each other in the school setting. Tomorrow we will enjoy a special assembly presented by our Respectful School Committee. This committee is comprised of a group of staff members who help us bring our core values to life. Students look forward to these special presentations that reinforce We are Kind, We are Safe, We are Learners.
From the Art Room and Ms. Santillo
Kindergarteners experimented with paper: cutting, fringing, tearing, curling, crunching, and folding. They then used their folding and cutting skills to create the gown of a king or queen. Rich people of the middle ages often had cutouts in clothing to show off the layers and colors of fabric underneath. We affixed these layers onto a cardboard cone, made a clay head, added collars and crowns and behold his/her majesty! Be looking in the hall display case soon for the biggest gathering of royalty in years.
First-graders are mastering trees. They added to their repertoire an evergreen and a winter tree with branching lines and glitter strings of lights. We compared and contrasted the Christmas tree in the opening scene of the Nutcracker to Charlie Brown’s tree. We have started a family tree which will be completed with parents at home. We have been exploring creatures that live in nature and story: clay trolls from the northlands, mimi spirits from Down Under.
The second-grade circus will razzle dazzle you! We made a rabbit come out of a hat in relief printmaking. A clay magician with a box of his finest tricks will be completed soon. Remember when we asked for a photo of each student’s face? They are becoming the stars of their own circus act collage. Our culminating circus event will be in May at ARTspace.
In fiber arts, 3rd graders have mastered the chain stitch. Several students made a chain long enough to reach the music room from the art room door! Some students are working on neck-warmers and we never have enough time! All our clay skills from kindergarten on were put into practice constructing a small clay house which will be painted soon. Art history has intrigued us and the Magritte-inspired display in the lobby is not to be missed. We predict it will make you smile.
Mr. Mehigan’s Class
Happy New Year from Mr. Mehigan's class!
I can hardly believe that on Friday we will be half way through the school year. Time flies! In math we have been working hard learning strategies to solve multiplication problems while trying to memorize our multiplication facts at home. We are having fun creating characters and developing plot ideas in our realistic fiction unit of writers' workshop. We are studying about Massachusetts in social studies and will soon be construction clay maps of our state. Soon we will be beginning to prepare for the English Language Arts MCAS tests coming up in March. We will be looking at previous years' test questions to familiarize ourselves with the format and what types of questions to expect.
There are only 55 days until March, 20th and the first day of spring...but who's counting? :)
Mrs. Mooradian’s Preschool Class
We have been very busy in preschool learning about Our Solar System. Perhaps some of the older students at Green Meadow still remember the song, ‘I know the Planets, How about You?, which is a great song to remember the order of the planets in relationship to the sun. Next week we begin a theme, Dinosaurs, an always popular theme where the children will explore life that is now extinct on earth. The extreme cold weather has prevented us from participating in outdoor recess but we have fortunately and thanks to Mrs. Hazel had use of the gymnasium, a fun place to exercise. We are all looking forward to our next holiday, Valentine’s Day, when we celebrate our preschool friendships.
Ø Please do not drop students off for school in the Crowe Park parking lot. In order to ensure student safety, please park in the Crowe parking lot and escort your child to the school building. If you prefer to drop your child off, please use the designated drop off area where a staff member will be available to ensure their safety as they enter school. Thank you for your assistance in making sure all students arrive at school safely.
Ø If you need to change your child’s dismissal plan, please send a note with your child at the beginning of the school day. Please do not call or send emails during the day for routine changes as it is very difficult to be certain each child is safely dismissed. We appreciate your assistance in this process to ensure safety for all.
Ø Acton-Boxborough, Maynard and Sudbury SEPACs present: BASIC RIGHTS in Special Education Workshop on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 7-9PM at the Fowler School Library. This program provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law, and
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.
Contact Jen O'Leary firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dates to Remember
Ø January 31 Early Release – 12:40 PM
Ø February 17-21 No School - Winter Break
Ø March 6 Hoops A thon ( Snow Date March 13)March 20 Bingo for Books (Snow Date March 27)