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Green Meadow Newsletter 1/3/2013

posted Jan 4, 2013, 9:53 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

January 3, 2013                                                Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


Although everyone enjoyed the winter break, we are all delighted to return to school   Staff and students were eager to share the details of their vacations and reunite with friends as they settled back into the routines of school.  Now they look forward to the learning that will occur throughout the rest of the year.

We begin each school day with students leading the Pledge of Allegiance and reciting our core values over the intercom for the entire school.  Each class has an assigned week for this very important task that helps us come together and prepare for a day of learning. We returned from vacation to see our kindergarten classes in this important role. The excitement, pride, and confidence the students displayed as they assumed this special responsibility reminds us how much they, and all of our students, have learned, grown, and matured since the beginning of the school year.

We also returned to school with a reminder of how cold the winter can be.  Please remember that we plan to go outside for recess each day.  Please make sure to send warm coats, hats, and gloves daily.  Don’t forget the boots and snow pants as the snow has arrived!  Also, please send shoes or sneakers for use in the school building, and as always, please label everything.  We appreciate your assistance as we make sure children have a warm and enjoyable recess.

We would like to invite you to join us next Thursday, January 10 at 6:30 PM for a special parent evening discussion entitled “Friends and Foes.”  One of the challenges we face as parents and educators is how to respond to and handle our children’s changing friendships and peer groups.  These changes can be difficult for children to navigate as they grow, mature, and expand their experiences. During this evening we will have an informative discussion focused on ways to understand these experiences, support students, and help them problem solve so they can have positive relationships with their peers.  We welcome your questions, comments, and ideas as we explore this important topic.  We hope you are available to join us for this special evening.

                                                                                    Donna Dankner



News from Mrs. Mooradian’s Preschool Class:

Following vacation all were anxious to return to school and share news about experiences which occurred over the vacation and resuming school routines was welcomed by all!  The children are eager to begin a unit on the solar system where all will take imaginary voyages into outer space while learning about our planet and the solar system. Be sure to ask about the ‘I Know the Planet’ song!  The next unit in the month of January is ‘All about Dinosaurs’, a unit that always brings energy into the learning experience.  As always we look forward to enjoying our outdoor recess, hopefully with ample snow for making snow angels and snowmen families.

Mrs. Ryan and I wish our preschool families a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!


News From Ms. Burns' First Grade Class


Happy New Year!


Wow! We can hardily believe the holiday season has come and gone! We have learned so much since the beginning of September! In our classroom, we continue to grow into a true community. We are learning more about each other each and every day, we are helping each other in reading, writing, and math, and we are showing kindness through respectful behavior, compliments, and encouragement throughout each passing week.


First grade is fun! In reading we are practicing our strategies daily in small groups, with partners, and in independent reading time. Each day we are focusing on our reading comprehension, our accuracy with words, reading the text fluently and with expression, and expanding our vocabulary. We are working on making connections, predicting, retelling the whole story, and visualizing the stories that we are reading in our mind. We are growing to be independent readers and writers and are very motivated in all areas of language arts.

Math is one of our favorite subjects as we work each week to play fun math games and do thought provoking math activities and games connecting to the curriculum. We are practicing addition and subtraction skills, counting by 5s, and have just started our unit on geometry. We use our SMART board for lessons too, and everyone has been rotating through turns on the two iPads that we have in our classroom. We are a curious and enthusiastic bunch, and each day brings new ideas to explore and new information to discover.


Special Note:

  • Please hurry! Time is running out to buy a commemorative brick that will be part of the new Maynard High School. We've been given permission to extend the deadline for orders until Sunday, January 6, 2013.  All proceeds from the Buy-a-Brick campaign will be directed back to our three Maynard schools via PTO projects and Maynard Education Foundation grants.  To order, visit or mail the attached order form (along with your check made out to MEF) to: Maynard Education Foundation, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA, 01754.  Questions? Contact Jim McCann at 978.461.1520 or
  • It's that time of year again to begin planning for the class projects.  Each class will create a unique, painted project, which will be raffled off at the PTO Spring Auction.  We need parent volunteers to help in three areas: sanding, priming and base coating the projects ("Project Prep"); going into the classrooms to help the children personalize the projects ("Classroom Helpers"); and putting on the finishing touches to create a themed masterpiece ("Project Embellishment"). If you would like to help in any of these areas, please go to the website below to sign up: EXCEL Programs- After school Programs
  • Registration for after school programs at Green Meadow is open for the following programs; Art Adventures, Chess Wizards, French, Spanish, Engineering, Lego Engineering, Rhythm Kids-Drumming. Please call all Lois Cohen at 978-897-8021 for registration information.
  • The Police have asked us to remind families not to park or drop off in the fire lane at the front of the building.  The police will be issuing tickets to those parked in the fire lane.


Dates to Remember:

v     January 9, 2013                    Preschool Information Night

v     January 10, 2013                  Parent Discussion at 6:30 PM “Friends and Foes”

v     January 11, 2013                  Early Release – 12:30 dismissal

v     January 15-17, 2013            Kindergarten Registration

v     January 16, 2013                  Evening Kindergarten Registration, 5-7 PM

v     January 16, 2013                  Snow Date (Preschool Information Night)

v     January 18, 2013                  Early Release – 12:30 dismissal

January 21, 2013                      Martin Luther King Day – No School