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Green Meadow Newsletter 2/14/2013

posted Feb 14, 2013, 6:44 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

February 14, 2013                                             Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


The arrival of 30 inches of new snow created such excitement!   Seeing the delight as the children spent their recess climbing, playing, and building with the snow on the playground reminds me of a college friend of my daughter’s who saw her first snow while visiting with us. She was filled with wonder and awe as she had her first opportunity to experience building a snowman, sledding, and playing in the snow. 

Many preparations were needed to clear pathways and provide safe access to the school.  The custodial staff worked through the weekend to clear the pathways and entrances to the school.  We appreciate your patience in this process. As we work diligently to address the reality of the impact of this snow on our school day, we take a moment to watch our students at recess allowing us to appreciate the excitement that a new snow can bring.

This is also the time of year when our third grade students begin their preparations for the March administration of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).  This state assessment focuses on students’ acquired knowledge in reading and math as well as their application of skills. In class, students will explore the questions they will encounter as well as the strategies that will help them demonstrate their knowledge.  On Thursday evening, February 28 at 6:30, we will have a special parent program to explore the MCAS Assessment.  During this program we will discuss the expectations and administration process in addition to sharing some questions from previous assessments. We hope you are able to join us for this special program.

Green Meadow will be celebrating Read Across America on Friday, March 1, 2013 for the 5th straight year.  Read Across America was established by the National Educational Association (NEA) 15 years ago, as an annual reading motivation and awareness program for all children to celebrate the love of reading.  The NEA chose this date because it is the birthday of the beloved author, Dr. Seuss.  Green Meadow celebrates this special day to instill the love of reading in all children.  Through the generosity of the PTO each student and classroom teacher will receive a book.

                                                                                                Donna Dankner

News from Mrs. Coppola’s:

Our class is focusing on Lucy Calkins Writers’ Workshop Authors as Mentors. Our Author Study will be Kevin Henkes. Some of his books include: Wemberly Worried, Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick, Owen and Julius the Baby of the World. We will be focusing on Kevin Henkes’s writing styles. We will read many of his fabulous books using them to guide instruction for writers’ workshop. Writing styles we will be working on will include dialogue, comeback lines (repetition), ellipses and show not tell to name a few. Kevin Henkes is an inspiring mentor to use with first graders. The children and I are very excited for this unit of study.


Holly Class Happenings:

We welcome Framingham State University student teacher, Bianca Montoya, into our class on Mondays through May.  She will be doing some math and science mini-lessons, as well as sharing many read-aloud storybooks during snacktime!  She has made a fun start to our recent weeks in class!


It is hard to imagine that we are already on the downhill side of First Grade. We are Busy, Busy, Busy!  This week alone, we enjoyed snow days off and survived a Blizzard, we celebrated 100 Day with learning activities centered around the number 100, we had a Grade 2 Buddy get-together with Miss S’s class for Day 101, and we “partied” with our Grade 3 Buddies from Mr. Mehigan’s class- making Valentines, eating treats, and enjoying their “friendship”!


Reading Workshop and our Just Right Book Bags are making us all Fabulous First Grade Readers…Thanks for all the home support!  We are learning about Abe Lincoln and George Washington and reading our Scholastic News to keep up with the all the special current events that the month of February has to offer!


We are all looking forward to peaceful and fun February vacation… time to get refreshed and ready for more learning adventures to come: When we return, we will be celebrating Tell a Fairytale Day on February 26th and National Tooth Fairy Day and Dental Health Month  on February 28th.  School wide Read Across America is slated at the beginning of March and our class will be taking part in a Grade 1 Diorama Museum.


Special Notes:


  • MassHealth, CommonHealth and Premium Assistance – Important Benefits for families At this workshop you will gain information to guide you through the process of applying for MassHealth Standard and CommonHealth, and other public assistance for families with diagnoses and disabilities and for families with low incomes. Find out what medical, educational and other documents will make a difference in the application. MassHealth or CommonHealth?MassHealth/CommonHealth may offer your child programs and services, and pay for things that are unavailable or not covered by your private insurance, including additional mental health services.  (PCA) This workshop will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm at the Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754. 
  • 11th  ANNUAL TASTE OF MAYNARD The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 11th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks. Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult, $5/child 5 and under, $10 ages 6-12 by calling Jim McCann (978) 897-3148, Trish Signet (978) 835-7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764-5279 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public school offices.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.   The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators through grants for teaching professionals
  • Save the Date for Green Meadow Spring Auction and Social 2013: Please come join us on the evening of April 27th, 2013 at the Maynard Elks for our Annual Spring Auction and Social.  This event is a fun way to raise money for programs and supplies for our school and enjoy some time together as a Green Meadow community.  More details to follow but please put it in your calendars!


Dates to Remember:

v     February 18-22, 2013          Winter Break

v     February 28, 2013                Parent MCAS Program, 6:30 PM

v     March 1, 2013                       Read Across America Day

v     March 7, 2013                       Grade 2 Hoops a Thon (Snow date March 14)

v     March 21, 2013                     Books and Bingo