Green Meadow News
January 5, 2017 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Happy New Year to all! Monday was an exciting day at school as the students and staff returned from the winter break, ready to continue with their learning. It is hard to believe that the arrival of 2017 signals the beginning of our preparations for the 2017-2018 school year as we begin to plan for our incoming kindergarten class. An important step in this process is kindergarten registration, when we welcome our new kindergarten families into the Green Meadow Community. Children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2017 are eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.
This year, kindergarten registration will be held on Tuesday, January 10th, Wednesday, January 11th and Thursday, January 12th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. We also offer an evening registration option will be held on Wednesday, January 11th from 5-7 PM. Registration packets are available in the office or online through the district website if you would like to complete the forms in advance. As documentation for registration, birth certificates, proof of residency, current physical and immunization records are needed to complete the process. For families who would like to participate in the EXCEL before and/ or after school program for the coming school year, EXCEL will be holding its fall kindergarten registration next week as well. If you have an incoming kindergarten student, we look forward to seeing you at registration. Also, please share this information with friends and neighbors who may have kindergarten age students so we can be certain to include them in our planning for the 2017-2018 school year. We always enjoy welcoming our new students to the Green Meadow Community.
Our next parent coffee will be held on Tuesday, January 17 at 8:45AM. Our school counselor, Ann Rutherford will help us explore, “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and How to Listen so Kids Will Talk.” Strategies and ideas from this insightful book by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish will serve as the catalyst for us to explore ways to support our children through the complex relationships and challenges they confront throughout childhood. We will explore topics such as friendships, anxiety, transitions, and other situations that children encounter, exploring how to keep the lines of communication open and have meaningful discussions with our children. During this discussion Ms. Rutherford will also offer references, information, and ideas to help support students as well as providing opportunities for conversation, questions, and sharing ideas. We hope you are able to join us for this informative discussion.
News from Sra. Gamboni’s Class:
Feliz Año Nuevo! We are back into the swing of classroom routines. We read Compost Stew by Mary McKenna just before the break and now we are writing our own A to Z book of composting! We are also learning all about the Arctic zones during this cold month of January. The children love learning about pinguinos and osos polares. In Math we completed 2D shapes and moved to 3D shapes while reviewing numbers by tens. We added our Invierno song to our repertoire, observing the changes of the season and this week we also have our song for words that start with letter Dd. Hasta luego!
News from Mr. Thomas’ class
Mr. Thomas' class recently wrapped up their second writing unit of the year on realistic fiction. All students went through the writing process to develop a final draft after revising, editing, and rewriting a first draft. This week the students began work on persuasive writing. Each student will write an essay on a topic of their choice, choosing a topic related to an activity, a special place to visit, or something of interest or importance.
Mr. Thomas' class also finished up a three chapter unit on multiplication prior to December break. This week they began work on division, with the understanding that division is the inverse of multiplication and relates to equal groups. Students are able to turn division problems into multiplication problems and use strategies already learned to find an answer. For example 42 ÷ 7 = ? can be thought of as 7 x ? = 42.
In the fall the third grade spent a considerable amount of time learning about the Pilgrims and Plimoth plantation. After that lengthy unit of study Mr. Thomas' class switched to a science unit on plant and animal life cycles. The students made posters about different animals, food chains on their animals, and are now in the process of creating informational short videos using the website animoto.com.
The third graders are looking forward to the remainder of the school year, including learning about the precursors of the American Revolution and writing poems and fiction.
On Monday January 9 at 7 p.m. at the Special Town meeting, the town will vote on an article to appropriate $245,000 for the construction phase of the Green Meadow playground. This funding will allow the town to:
· Regrade the entire play area to make sure water drains well and so that slopes are an appropriate grade for accessibility;
· Put in drainage structures so that the playground is usable year round, despite weather;
· Put in new asphalt pathways that help both with water drainage and accessibility and replace the old, cracked asphalt currently there;
· Put in rubberized pathways that enable ALL children to access the play equipment.
Construction costs are not cheap, but they are necessary. The warrant article proposed by the Board of Selectmen pulls funding for this work from the Capital Stabilization Fund, NOT from an increase in taxes or from borrowing money. The work accomplished with the funds will provide a solid playground foundation that drains well and allows access to the playground for ALL children.
Please consider attending the Special Town Meeting to be held at Fowler on Monday, January 9 starting at 7 p.m. MHS National Honor Society students will provide free on-site babysitting starting at 6:30 with crafts, stories, and games (children must be toilet trained to participate). Please attend the town meeting and let your voices be heard on this and other important issues.
· Winter Clothing: With very few exceptions, Green Meadow students go outdoors for recess twice daily. Both the weather conditions and temperatures can change throughout the day. Besides their jackets, students need to bring snow pants, boots, hat and mittens every day. They also need to bring shoes to wear in the classroom. It’s New England! We have several months to go before we can shed those winter clothes!
Dates to Remember
January 10, 2017 PTO meeting, 7-8:15pm.
January 10,11,12 Kindergarten Registration
Wednesday, January 11 Evening Kindergarten Registration, 5-7PM
Friday, January 13 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
Monday, January 16 No School, Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday, January 17 Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM