Green Meadow News
January 28, 2016 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Our next parent coffee will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 8:45 AM. Robin Stuart from the Massachusetts Audubon Society and Jennifer Gaudet, Director of Curriculum will join us for an informative conversation about our science and nature curriculum initiative. We will share information about the process and progress as well as the direction moving forward. We will also have opportunities for questions. We hope you are able to join us as we explore our Nature and Science initiative.
Each spring our students participate in the statewide assessment system. Last year Maynard was one of many districts that administered the PARCC assessment to students in grades 3-8. The PARCC assessment is designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge as well as application of skills and strategies. Through this assessment, students are asked to think critically while using their knowledge and skill to read challenging text and solve complex problems. The high quality instruction students receive each day during their Green Meadow experience prepares students well for this assessment as well as future academic success. This year we were especially excited with the release of the state accountability data which through analysis of the results of this assessment, determined that we have made notable progress toward our goals and achieved Level 1 status. We are very proud of our students growth as learners and this incredible achievement.
Our third grade students will the participate in PARCC assessment from May 2 through May 13. On Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 PM we will have a special evening presentation for parents, sharing information about this assessment. We hope you will be able to join us for this informative discussion.
February 3 is also Global Play Day. This day is designed to raise awareness of the importance of play in each child’s growth and development. Many schools and families are marking this day with a focus on providing students with opportunities for unstructured play. This day is an important recognition that learning occurs both in the classroom and through the many social interactions and opportunities to play during the day.
Greetings from Green Meadow Music!
As some of you may know, our first musical event of the year is about to take place! The entire first grade will be performing the musical “FLAKES! A Musical Celebration of Snow, Slush, and Snirt!” on Friday, February 5th at 9:00 a.m. Our show will be performed in the GM Cafeteria and will last approximately thirty minutes (If necessary, Snow Date: February 12). The families and teachers of students in the production are invited to attend. All other GM students will get to see a full run-through of the show the previous afternoon.
The second and third grade classes are also in the very beginning stages of their own musicals. Families are invited to attend these performances as well. But don’t worry; there is still plenty of time to clear your calendars. Second graders will perform a musical entitled “Hats” on Friday, April 1st at 9:00 a.m., and third graders will perform a musical entitled “Summer Camp” on Thursday May 19th at 6:30 p.m. These shows will also take place in the Green Meadow Cafeteria. More information will be sent home closer to the given dates.
Although Kindergarten does not prepare a grade level performance, parents of these students can enjoy an open music class with their student on March 4th & 11th. Specific times for each class can be found on the Green Meadow Music website.
Your children and I are excited to share all of our hard work with the families of Green Meadow and look forward to seeing you at our shows! Your support of the Green Meadow Music Program is appreciated.
Until next time, Andrea Docheff, GM Music Specialist.
News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Class
This week officially marks the half way point of our school year. We are all 90 school days smarter! To celebrate, we will participate in a variety of "half" activities. We would like to celebrate all of our accomplishments. All of the students are reading books and writing small moments about their life. We are counting to 100 together and skip counting by 10's. The children are learning addition and have mastered 2 and 3 dimensional shapes. The children have formed friendships and are learning what it means to have empathy and to cooperate. We can't wait for the second half of our kindergarten school year.
· Please remember to send warm clothing for outdoor play. In order to play in the snow, students will need boots, snow pants, warm coats, and gloves.
· Students must always be escorted as they walk in the parking lot.
Dates to Remember
Friday, January 29 Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal
Wednesday, February 3 Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM
Friday, February 5 Grade 1 Concert
Friday, February 5 Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal
February 15-19 Winter Vacation