Green Meadow News
December 8, 2016 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
What an amazing experience it was for us to work with our artist in residence Bren Bataclan this week! The students were so engaged in this process and are incredibly proud of the results. Our week started with a whole school assembly on Monday morning led by Mr. Bataclan. We learned about him as an artist and how he travels the world giving away paintings of his signature characters. He then skillfully guided all 500 students as well as the staff through the process of drawing and creating unique characters that make us smile. He taught us how to combine animals, objects, and letters in clever and creative ways into wonderful and entertaining characters. Students and staff had opportunities to share their original characters with everyone as they were projected on a screen for all to see and celebrate.
On Monday afternoon, Mr. Bataclan continued his work specifically with our third grade students. After providing them with additional practice in developing characters, he gave them an important challenge. Students were asked to create characters that reflected our core values of Kind Safe Learners. Third grade students worked with our art teacher, Mrs. Arcelay in advance to come develop ideas and themes connected to our core values to base their original characters on. We were truly amazed by wide variety of creative results! Some of the ideas they generated were:
KIND: Holding Hands, Heart, Hugs, Unity, World with people holding hands, Helping others, Making people smile
SAFE: Safety cone, Stop sign, Green Meadow Logo (Kind Safe Learners with Tiger Paw), Yellow Diamond Sign or Triangle
LEARNERS: Brain, Thought bubble, (Plus, minus, multiply, divide), Books, Science beaker, Computer, Magnifying glass.
Mr. Bataclan then selected 30 of the students original characters based on these ideas and proceed to combine them into the mural design. He spent the next two days painting the mural as the students watched in awe. On Wednesday afternoon the third grade students and teachers came together to celebrate the completion of the mural. Everyone was delighted and so impressed with the final result!
As you come to school for parent conferences, please take a moment to visit the mural. You can look for the themes and ideas the students developed to reflect our core values. All the characters are the original creations of our students and staff! Near the mural will be paper hearts for you to share a comment with our students if you would like. They are looking forward to hearing your thoughts! We would like to say a very special thank you to the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) for funding this special and unique experience and to Vivian Viros for writing the grant!
News from Mr. Mehigan’s Class:
Happy Holidays from Mr. Mehigan's class!! I truly love this time of year. There is an excitement in the air and people are quicker with a smile or a kind word. We are having lots of fun learning together in class. Our class is rockin' through multiplication in math and taking pride in learning our facts. We are in the publishing stage of our realistic fiction stories in writers' workshop and celebrated our kindergarten buddies' finished work with Mrs. Mazeika's class. In social studies our "Pilgims at Plymouth" play is almost ready for Broadway! We have seen so many changes in our environment during our nature hikes. The class recently oriented their way through the woods to a lake teeming with life from beavers to Canada geese which was dried up just two months ago due to the drought! We want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best for a healthy and happy 2017!
News from Mrs. Mazeika’s Kindergarten Class
We are on our third author study of the year. We have already read a variety of books and learned about Donald Crews and Lois Ehlert and we are now studying Tomie dePaola. The children have really enjoyed books that contain favorite characters of Tomie, such as Strega Nona and Big Anthony. During writers’ workshop, many friends in class have used Tomie’s style of splitting the page into many pictures to show action over time. Mrs. Latta has been conducting numerous science experiments in class, including dancing corn kernels and a Thanksgiving themed science lesson on cranberries and why they float. If you are curious how cranberries are able to float, or wonder what can make a corn kernel dance, stop by the duck class!
· Save the Date! Maynard Special Town meeting will take place at the Fowler Auditorium on January 9th, 2017. An article to fund repairs to the Green Meadow playground will be up for a vote. Please come and let your voice be heard. The Maynard High School National Honor Society Students will provide onsite babysitting. The students will meet families at the Fowler School Assembly Hall entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The students will play games, read to them and do arts and crafts with the children. *Please note that children should be toilet trained.
· The Holiday Shoppe is scheduled from Dec 12 - 15 for children in K-3rd. This GM PTO sponsored event during the school day is an opportunity for children to buy holiday gifts for family members. In order for it to be a success, we need volunteers to help guide children through the shop, gift wrap, and restock inventory. If you can give 2 hours of your time, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aadaa2da20-calling1. The Shoppe classroom schedule, instructions, budget envelope and gift tags were all sent home in backpacks last week. Please read the instructions and refer to the schedule to see when your child's class is attending the Shoppe. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Dates to Remember
Friday, December 9 Early Release – Parent Conferences
Tuesday, December 13 PTO Meeting, GM Cafeteria, 7:00 - 8:15
December 12 –15 PTO Holiday Shoppe
Dec, 24 – January 2 No School – Winter Vacation
January 3, 2017 School Reopens following the Winter Break
Tuesday, January 17 Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM