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Green Meadow Newsletter 12/4/15

posted Dec 4, 2015, 7:37 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

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December 3, 2015                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


We are always eager to share information with families about each child’s school experience.  Today you will receive your child’s report card in his/her backpack.  We distribute this information the week before conferences to enable you to review them prior to the meeting. These report cards provide information to families that identify the skills and standards that are taught at each grade level as well as each students progress toward these benchmarks.  Teachers have collaborated closely with their grade level colleagues to ensure consistent expectations for each term throughout the year.   Through classroom performance and results of classroom assessments, they determine the progress each student has made toward mastering standards.

 Report cards reflect the progress each individual student has made toward achieving the standard. The information on each child’s report card reflects each individual’s current performance in relation to the expectation for this time in the school year.  As you review this report card, it is important to note the indicators of effort and focus on learning which we highlight in our conversations with students in order to build their self confidence and encourage continuous learning.   As the expectations change and the pace increases throughout the year, we often see changes and growth in student understanding and acquisition of skills. 

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held next week for all grade levels. As you meet with your child’s teacher during conferences next week, they will share the grade level expectations as well as specific information about your child’s academic progress.  Teachers will also share skills and strategies that your child will be focusing on as the year progresses.  In addition to classroom teachers, special educators and specialists are also available to meet with you during this time.  We truly value these conferences as an important opportunity for open communication with families.  If you do not have a scheduled conference, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible to arrange a convenient time. 

            The students were very excited to visit the annual PTO Holiday Shoppe this week.   They carefully selected the perfect gift for each member of their family.  We truly appreciate the efforts of the many volunteers as well as the support of families in making this special program possible.

Linda Gilberti, a former librarian at Maynard High School, has created a gingerbread house to be raffled on December 18, 2015.  This tradition began several years ago, and the proceeds of the raffle are donated to the Maynard Food Pantry.  The house is on display in the main office and the raffle tickets are in today’s backpack folder.  The chances are 25¢ each or 5 for $1.00.  You will find more specific information in the flyer.  This, like the Beacon Santa Telethon, is a wonderful way to contribute to the greater Maynard community.  Thank you for helping make the outreach so successful.

                We look forward to seeing you at parent-teacher conferences next week!


                                                                              Donna Dankner



News from Mrs. Mazeika’s Class:

Mrs. Mazeika’s class hopes everyone had a happy and delicious Thanksgiving break.  In our kindergarten class, we have been studying one author/illustrator each month.  We are currently studying Tomie dePaola.  We have noticed he enjoys writing stories with the same characters, such as Strega Nona and Big Anthony.   In addition, he has written many stories about his childhood and family.  To celebrate diversity in our classroom, we have been learning “Good morning” greetings from around the world.  We have already learned seven different languages including Chinese, Greek, French, and Italian.  Stop by if you would like to learn a new way to say, “Good morning”!  With winter quickly approaching, we are looking forward to learning about the liquid and solid states of matter through exploration!


News from Mrs. Arcelay’s Art Room:

We have been working hard in the art room.  Students created turtles, birds, butterflies and flowers for our Green Meadow Community Mural.  Second Grade helped to put the murals together.  They will be hung in the hallway on the 10th.  If you’re in the building for conferences, please check the hallway outside the art room to see the beautiful work they created. 


We have begun our unit on Pablo Picasso.  Ask your children “Where was he born?” (Spain)  “Who did he meet in Paris?” (Henri Mattisse) “What style of art did you make?” (Cubism, Surrealism).   Check my blog for photos of the work and my Instagram account for Flipograms of the work in progress.  My account is artatgm.  


We are now at 50% participation in our online art Museum, Artsonia. I would love to get this number closer to 75 or even 100%!   I’ve been sending slips home, which you can use to log in and activate your child’s account or you may return the forms to me with your email address and I will set up the account.  You may also email me approval at


Special Notes:

·         We are looking for Legos to be used in classrooms.  We would appreciate donations of any Legos you have any at home that are no longer being used.  Thank you.


·         Next ELL parent meeting:
Date:  Thursday, December 10

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: Maynard High School, room A101 (Mr. Engvall's classroom)
Information to be Presented: Progress Monitoring ELL students, WIDA information

*Supervision of children will be provided if they come with parents.


·         Maynard Special Education students, parents and siblings are invited to the 6th Annual Winter Social!  The social will be held on Tuesday, December 1st from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Green Meadow cafeteria.  Each child will go home with a goodie bag! This event is free and open to the whole family of students receiving Special Education services. Please RSVP to Rachel Levy at or 617-458-1294.


Dates to Remember


Thursday, December 3             Picture Retake

Thursday, December 10           Early Release/Parent Conferences

Friday, December 11                Early Release/Parent Conferences

Thursday, December 10           No Preschool – Parent Conferences