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Green Meadow Newsletter 2/27/2014

posted Feb 27, 2014, 6:01 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

 Our third grade students have begun their preparations for the March administration of the Reading portion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) which will take place on Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19. Through a series of multiple choice and open response questions, students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of grade level curriculum and their ability to apply skills and strategies. In class, students are exploring the questions they will encounter as well as the strategies that will help them demonstrate their knowledge.  The instruction students have received throughout their Green Meadow experience have prepared them to be effective readers, writers, and mathematical thinkers which will support them during this assessment and in all future learning experiences.

 For our students and many of their families, this is the first experience with the MCAS Assessment.  On Wednesday evening, March 12 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 is for this special presentation.

Green Meadow will be celebrating Read Across America on Monday, March 3, 2013 for the 6th 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 and a special pencil.

Registration forms for Bingo for Books are being sent home today.  Bingo for Books is an opportunity for families to come to school to share an exciting evening of Literacy Bingo.  For each Bingo, children may select from a wide range of books.  This annual special event is truly a highlight of the school year and is always filled to capacity.  Registration is accepted on a First Come First Served basis so please return your form as soon as possible if you would like to attend.  A wait list will be established once the program has filled.  You will receive a confirmation packet or wait list notification once your registration is received. We hope you are able to join us!


Donna Dankner 


Library news: Kindergarten students are enjoying bringing their library books home.

Hopefully, they are sharing them with you! They have also enjoyed using the computer lab, learning the programs Starfall and Education City ( Starfall, a free website that helps students learn to read, can be accessed at home at First graders have been learning about the natural world, with lessons about monkeys, trees, snow, the rainforest, and the Arctic and Antarctica. They have also been watching related videos on BrainPop Jr. (  Second graders have learned how to use dictionaries, encyclopedias and atlases. They have also learned about the history of money and used the U.S. Mint website ( and researched an animal on the website  Third graders have heard stories from several different genres of literature, such as fables, tall tales, trickster tales and realistic fiction. They have also learned about the wonders of the world and have learned how to navigate and find some of these wonders on Google Earth (

The spring book fair will be held the week of April 14th-17th. I will be in need of a few volunteers to help for an hour or two at a time. If you are interested, please e-mail me at Thank you.  Here’s hoping for an early spring! Mrs. Patino



Special Notes:


Ø      Presentation on Social Success In School: Identifying and Preventing Bullying
Nadine Briggs of Simply Social Kids and Donna Shea of the Peter Pan Center will speak to the Maynard community about Social Success In School: Identifying and Preventing Bullying on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 7 to 8:45 pm in the Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive.
In this seminar for parents and professionals, Nadine and Donna will cover the key elements presented to the students during their work in the schools in Maynard.  They will share the language and ideas that the kids covered on discerning the difference between bullying and conflict, how to defend and deflect negativity and mean comments, conflict resolution skills, when to tell and when it’s tattling and how to walk and talk with confidence.  They will also address the key role that adults play (as well as what to do AND say) to prevent bullying from occurring or continuing.
This event is free and open to the public.  Please rsvp to or 978-897-2705.

Ø      Please do not drop students off for school in the Crowe Park parking lot.   In order to ensure student safety, please park in the Crowe parking lot and escort your child to the school building.  If you prefer to drop your child off, please use the designated drop off area where a staff member will be available to ensure their safety as they enter school. Thank you for your assistance in making sure all students arrive at school safely.

Ø      If you need to change your child’s dismissal plan, please send a note with your child at the beginning of the school day.  Please do not call or send emails during the day for routine changes as it is very difficult to be certain each child is safely dismissed.   We appreciate your assistance in this process to ensure safety for all.


Dates to Remember


Ø      March 6                                              Hoops A thon ( Snow Date March 13)

Ø      March 7                                              Early Release, 12:40 dismissal

Ø      March 12                                            MCAS presentation for parents, 6:30 PM

Ø      March 14                                            Early Release, 12:40 dismissal

Ø      March 18-19                                      Grade 3 MCAS Reading Assessment

Ø      March 20                                            Bingo for Books (Snow Date March 27)

Ø      March 21                                            Early Release, 12:40 dismissal

Ø      March 27                                            Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

Ø      March 28                                            Early Release, 11:35 dismissal     

Ø      April 3, 4                                             Spring Conferences

Ø      April 16                                               Family Open House