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Green Meadow Newsletter 2/16/2017

posted Feb 16, 2017, 6:28 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

February 16, 2017                                Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     



We begin each day reminding students of our Core Values, We are Kind, We are Safe, We are Learners. This week, Ms.Nguyen, our English language teacher, and some of our students wanted to help us better understand by showing us show us what acts of kindness looks like.  They explored the techniques of Marcel Marceau who was known for using mime to convey stories, thoughts, and feelings.   This art became the basis of their presentation of the story, “Be a Friend” by Salina Yoon.  With the illustrations presented as a backdrop and with the support of a narrator, they preformed the story of an individual in search of a friend, finding a companion with common interests.  The story also illustrated friends communicating through their acceptance of each other and acts of kindness rather than words.

  Following their performance for the second grade during their grade level meeting, Ms. Nguyen asked the students to share lessons they learned and their thoughts about the presentation.  Some of the ideas shared by the students were:

·         When you are kind, kindness follows.

·         You don’t have to talk to understand each other and be a friend.

·         Don’t hurt others either physically or verbally.

·         If someone falls, help them up.

·         Listen and help each other.

·         If someone is lonely, ask “Do you want to play with me?”

We were so impressed by the thoughtful comments and level of understanding students displayed regarding how to demonstrate kindness, establish friendships, and have a positive impact on others.  The students brought their presentation to many classrooms, sharing their message of friendship and talents with their peers.  We continue this ongoing focus by recording each individual’s many acts of kindness on the hearts that are displayed throughout the school.  Our week will culminate with a special whole school presentation from our Respectful Schools Committee to continue this focus on our core values.


During the past week, we have been reminded that even though we have enjoyed some warmer weather, it is still winter. We make every effort to go outside for recess whenever possible.   We also try to have an additional opportunity for play outside during arrival.  Please be certain students have boots, snow pants, winter coats, gloves, and hats each day so they will be prepared, staying warm and dry during their outdoor play.

                                                                                                                               Donna Dankner


 Ahoy from Mrs. McPhail's 3rd grade class! 

Along with celebrating our 100th Day of School with a variety of hands-on math/literacy activities, we have been cruising along with our Daily 3 math structure.  Students have explored perimeter and area by participating in both independent and cooperative activities in the components: Math by Myself, Math with Someone, and Math Writing.  During Writer's Workshop students have learned and practiced editing skills to help them be more independent authors.  Currently we are sharing a read-aloud chapter book entitled The Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich.  A recommendation from the Daily 5 co-


creators, this story helps us understand and practice the reading skill of "point of view".  Our class is enjoying the humorous, relatable text as we get to know each of these distinctive main characters.  We celebrated the friendSHIP and love of Valentine's Day with our classmates by exchanging cards on Tuesday.  Wishing everyone a fun, healthy break next week...wherever your "ship" may take you!  Bon voyage...


News from Mrs. Mazeika’s Duck Class

Since February is Black History month, we have been learning about a variety of important African Americans that have made a big difference in the world.  For example, we learned about two very brave children, Ruby Bridges and Ron McNair, that wanted to be treated fairly and stood up for their beliefs.  Also, we have been having all sorts of fun with our science unit on states of matter.  For instance, we conducted several science experiments, such as made dissolving snowmen and puffy snow paint for an art project.  Additionally, we learned about Snowflake Bentley with our first grade buddies in Mrs. Coppola’s class and did crayon resist snowflakes.


Lastly, inspired from our author/illustrator study on Jan Brett, I entered Green Meadow into a contest to have Jan Brett come to our school for free.  We are currently in 17th place in the entire US, and every vote counts!  Please Google “Jan Brett school visit 2017” and enter our school’s information (Green Meadow, 5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA, 01754).  Every vote counts!  This week our class participated in a video broadcast with high school students from WAVM.  Our hope is that high school students will see our video and vote for Green Meadow!

Special Notes:

 Please note that in order to avoid hurt feelings and lost invitations, birthday invitations may not be distributed at school.

·         Read Across America day is on Thursday, March 2nd. One way that you can celebrate is by purchasing a Cat in the Hat shirt or sweatshirt and wearing it on March 2nd. $5 will be given to our school library to buy books for every item that is purchased. If you are interested, visit this website:

·         Do you own a business or know anyone who does and might be interested in donating a gift certificate for goods or services to be auctioned off or raffled at the Tiger Trot in May? Or would your business be interested in sponsoring the event?  Different levels of sponsorship are available.  This is the GM PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year and money raised goes to fund PTO sponsored enrichment programs for each grade.  If you are interested, please email  Thank you!

 Dates to Remember             

February 20-24                                     No School – Winter Vacation

Thursday, February 23                 BattleRoad Brew House GM PTO Dining for Dollars night

Thursday, March 2                              Read Across America Day

Thursday, March 2                              Community Reading Day

Tuesday, March 14                              Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

Wednesday, March 22                      Bingo for Books (registration information to follow)