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Green Meadow Newsletter 1/30/2015

posted Jan 30, 2015, 7:28 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

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January 30, 2015                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

            The snow has finally arrived!  I have seen many snowstorms but it has been quite a while since I have seen nearly 3 feet in one storm!  Hopefully everyone was able to enjoy the beauty of the storm from the safety and warmth of your homes. We greatly appreciate all of the efforts of our custodial staff and the DPW in the clean up after this major storm.  As school reopens, we will continue to look for opportunities to play outdoors. Please send boots, snow pants, warm jackets, hats, and gloves (preferably waterproof) with your child each day so they can enjoy the snow.

            Last week we enjoyed a wonderful assembly presented by our Respectful Schools Committee.  This committee is a vibrant group of teachers who help guide us in reinforcing and instilling our core values in all members of our community.  We are delighted that our students can easily recite the core values, “We are Kind. We are Safe. We are Learners.” It is also important that they understand the expectations and know how to display these core values throughout their day.  Through classroom discussions, conversations, stories, and assemblies such as the one we enjoyed last Friday, students understanding their role in creating a supportive and respectful Green Meadow Community. 

   We are very excited about a new component to our art program.  Student work is now available for families to enjoy through an online art museum, Artsonia.  Through you are able to view and enjoy the amazing artwork created by our students. More information can be found in the article below on our school’s online museum.  In order to participate in this format, you must complete and return the permission slip to Mrs.  Arcelay. 

Donna Dankner


News from  Mrs. Arcelay’s Art Class

Have you heard? Green Meadow is now utilizing to display, highlight and preserve your child’s artwork.  Artsonia is the world's largest kids' art museum. The art gallery online is a great place to reflect their masterpieces from K through high-school, preserved for all time!

What can your child do on Artsonia?

·         Start a Fan Club! Invite family and friends to view artwork and join your child’s Arstonia Fan Club. 

·         Create a Buzz!  Friends and family can leave positive comments about your child’s artwork in their guestbook. 

·         Get Gear! Purchase customized art keepsakes from Artsonia featuring your child’s artwork.

·         Students can also look up and view artwork from around the world!

What do you need to do? 

1)      Sign and return the Artsonia permission slip your child brings home.  Be sure to include your email address. (3rd & 2nd Grade have gone home, 1st and K will be coming home soon.)

2)      Watch for an email from Artsonia asking you to activate your child’s account.  Until you do so, artwork but will be “hidden” until you activate the account and grant permission online. If you can not locate the initial email please contact Mrs. Arcelay.

3)      Check your child’s artwork, leave comments, share with other family members, order mugs, t-shirts, post cards and more with your child’s artwork. 

4)      Check out school museum.  Go to  click on “Schools” (just under where it says Art Museum) Select Massachusetts, Maynard and Green Meadow. Fowler is also listed if you’d like to browse the art work of Middle school students as well

If you have questions please contact Mrs. Arcelay. At  She is always happy to assist you with the process.  Lastly, if you want to volunteer to help with the program, you can help updating accounts, filing permission slips and uploading artwork. 


News From Ms. Mara’s Class

Last week we had a presentation from a paleontologist, Greg Wentzel.  He shared many artifacts, stories, and information about being a scientist and author.  We enjoyed the time he spent with us and look forward to working as scientists to increase our knowledge about dinosaurs. 

In reading and writing we have been working on character development.  We finished reading Ramona the Pest as a class read aloud.  Then used the character of Ramona to study how an author develops a character and how this character works to show what is happening in a story.  After identifying important actions, feelings and character traits of Ramona, we compared her to ourselves using a Venn diagram.  Next we wrote about the similarities and differences.  All of this work will help us to develop great characters who show what is happening in our realistic fiction stories.  We love writing stories, and hope you will enjoy reading our realistic fiction stories.


News from Mr. Mehigan’s Class

 Hello Green Meadow Families,

I'm typing this gazing out over a vast ghost town coated in white.  I'd like to say how pretty it is but all I can think about is green grass and the warm sun the spring brings.  I hope you all made it through the blizzard with plenty of heat and electricity and your backs still intact.  

We are shining through winter in class.  In writers' workshop, they had fun creating fictional characters and are now drafting realistic fiction stories.  We are looking at text structure and different literacy genres in reading but focusing on realistic fiction to go along with our writing.  In science, we have been studying sound.  They enjoy working in teams creating posters about sound and conducting sound experiments.  We are fully engaged in multiplication concepts and strategies in math and they are working hard to memorize their multiplication facts.  Stay warm, everybody, and hang in there because spring will be here before you know it!  I'm counting the days.  See you at Erikson's! 


News from Mrs. Viros’ Class

This week, we are investigating buildings.  Young children are very curious about this theme.  They want to know how buildings are constructed and what people do inside them.  We will talk about buildings by learning about their sizes, their colors, their materials, and locations in town.  We were also excited to be able to go and play outside after two long weeks of indoor recess.  We all cheered when Ms. Sullivan announced outdoor recess on the intercom!


Special Notes

·        Parking is a challenge for us with this much snow.  Please park in the Crowe Park lot whenever you come to school to ensure there are enough spaces for staff in the staff parking lot.

·        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                        Bingos for Books                    (Snowdate 3/26)

              March 23-April 6                              Grade 3 PARCC Assessment