Green Meadow News
February 2, 2017 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
It is always exciting to spend time in classrooms. In each classroom students are exploring interesting and complex topics while exploring their skills. Recently I visited a preschool classroom where students were learning how to reduce, reuse, and recycle to support our environment. They thoughtfully sorted items made of paper, metal, and plastic during their meeting time followed by hands on learning experiences which allowed them to explore using these materials in unique ways. They even created individual models of earth, using art materials to depict water and land.
In a third grade class, students were previewing content vocabulary using the strategy of anticipation guides. This strategy first asks students to use their background knowledge and experience to “anticipate” the meaning of each word. Students then consult with their peers, sharing their thoughts and ideas, refining their thinking and learning from each other. At the conclusion of the lesson, the class comes together to share their thoughts and, under the guidance of the teacher, determine the definition as well as how this vocabulary may be used in the text. It was evident that during this lesson students were not only enhancing their vocabulary, but also learning to problem solve by using their knowledge and skills. These lessons are characteristics of what occurs throughout each day in all classrooms helping our students to become strategic thinkers and contributing global citizens.
Last week, we shared that with the support of our community, our school is trying to win a visit from renown children’s author, Jan Brett. Her books are favorite readings in all classrooms. Our students would be so excited to meet her and learn about her inspiration for her amazing stories and characters. In just one week we have reached eighteenth place. If you haven’t had an opportunity to vote, please visit
http://www.janbrett.com/index.html and vote for Green Meadow School to win this very special school visit.
We hope you have had an opportunity to review the books The Ant Hill Disaster and I’m Not Scared……I’m Prepard by Julia Cook, that we will use as we begin the conversations with students about safety in emergencies or ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate . We are very aware of the importance of sharing information to children in a reassuring way, teaching them strategies without creating concern. We appreciate the thought shared by families regarding this process and would like the opportunity for further discussion. Together with the district safety committee, we are planning a parent program in late February or early March to share information and provide opportunities for further discussion. We will share additional information as well as the exact date for this program in our next newsletter. We hope this is a topic and conversation your will find to be informative and helpful. In the meantime, copies of the books are still available in the office for families to preview.
News from Mrs. Richard’s room
Happy February! Last month our class joined a group of teachers from across the United States to teach mapping skills by exchanging gingerbread people. Our class was able to learn about many different states, their climates, points of interests, sports teams, state capitals, school mascots, and many more interesting facts from this exchange of letters. As we received the gingerbread people and their letters each student filled in a map of the United States and our discussions focused on cardinal directions (Never, Eat, Soggy, Waffles) and the compass rose. Each student made their own large compass rose and was able to identify the 8 directions for our end of the year book to remember these skills and this very special activity. Our class will be sending home the book we have created with the gingerbread people and letters to share with families!
News from Sra. Reyes First Grade Immersion Class
February will be a very busy month. They are some holidays that always come around this time of the year. On Thursday February 2nd, we will celebrate Groundhog Day or “Dia de la marmota”. The famous Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania will tell us if we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring is on its way. We will celebrate the 100th Day of School and Valentine’s Day. In Math, we are developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping in tens and ones. We will explore and discover how to use place value to model, read, and write numbers to 120.
In recognition of the Superbowl this weekend, we will have a team spirit day on Friday. Students and staff are welcome to wear clothing supporting their favorite team or red, white, and blue.
· Please note that in order to avoid hurt feelings and lost invitations, birthday invitations may not be distributed at school.
· Next week! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library (3 Tiger Drive) from 7 – 9 p.m. A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of essential information about special education laws. The goal of the workshop is to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn, ask questions, and be informed! Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at email@example.com or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Dates to Remember
Friday, February 3 Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal
Tuesday, February 14 PTO Meeting GM Café – 7-8:15 PM
February 20-24 No School – Winter Vacation
Thursday, March 2 Read Across America Day
Thursday, March 2 Community Reading Day