February 28, 2013 Donna Dankner, Principal
Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal
March promises to be a very busy month at Green Meadow School. We begin with a special presentation for parents this evening on the MCAS assessment system. MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) is a state wide assessment administered to students beginning in third grade. During this assessment, our students will respond to a series of multiple choice and open response questions in reading and math. Please join us this evening at 6:30 to explore the complex questions and expectations for this state wide assessment.
March also bring two of the most popular family events. On Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 grade two students will participate in Hoops-A- Thon with the goals of raising funds to support next year’s vernal pool program.
Books for Bingo will be held on Thursday, March 21 from 6:30-7:30 PM. During this event, sponsored by the Title 1 program, families spend the evening playing a variety of Bingo games in order to win books that students add to their personal collections. Approximately 250 people attended this evening last year! You should receive a registration flyer with this week’s newsletter. Please complete the registration form as soon as possible and return it to your child’s teacher if you are interested in attending. We will be able to accommodate registrations until capacity of the cafeteria is reached.
Spring parent conferences will be held on Friday, March 29 and Thursday, April 4. Please contact your child’s teachers to schedule a time to meet and discuss your child’s progress. On Friday, April 5, the staff will begin the process of planning classes for the coming school year. Future newsletters will include specific details regarding how families can provide information for consideration in this process.
We hope to see you at the MCAS presentation this evening as well as during all the events that occur throughout the month.
News from Mrs. Monahan Class:
Our class is excitingly looking forward to our field trip on Monday, March 4th. Along with the rest of the kindergarten classes, we are going to the play, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. For many of us this is our first time ever to see a play.
On Friday, March 1st, we will celebrate “Dr. Seuss Day”. We will have a guest reader, Mrs. Rubin, to share one of her favorite stories with us. Then our third grade buddies, Ms. Little’s class, are coming to our room and the children will take turns reading to each other.
The week before vacation was a busy time for us. We celebrated “100 Day” and the children brought in wonderful collections of 100 items to share with their classmates. On Valentine’s Day they enjoyed delivering and reading each others’ cards. For Presidents Day, we studied about two former presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
The children continue to work hard this term. They are making wonderful progress in their reading, writing and math studies. We look forward to spring and not having to put snowsuits on and off six times a day!
From the Art Room and Ms. Santillo:
Kindergarten students have been studying the big idea of architecture, that buildings are designed the way they are for reasons. Ask them to tell you why castles have walls, drawbridges, small high windows, towers, and moats. We studied clothing and life inside and outside the castle. We hope you enjoyed their costumes and the models they built.
First grades have been studying owls in anticipation of a visit by birds of prey to our school. We have enjoyed both factual and fictional books about owls, made owls with clay, and even made owl valentines. Paintings, along with owl sentences, are going up in the halls this week. Check out the new tree mural in our cafeteria. Every first grader at Green Meadow worked on it. Thank you to Colorworks of Maynard who mixed a special blue paint for us. We are calling it, "First Grade Blue".
Second graders enjoyed a reading of Grandma's Records by Eric Velasquez. They interviewed family members about the fashions, music, and technology that was important to them in their teen years. Inspired by these interviews, we have made collages and written poems that will be on display at our May exhibit at ARTspace. We will let you know the date of this major event soon.
Third-graders relaxed with "zentangles", built a house with coils of clay, and looked at what makes a good poster. They designed posters to promote good health and delivered them to each classroom, preK-3. Ask them to give you the healthy day countdown 10 to 1, ten good tips for adults as well as children. Wishing you all healthy days as we look forward to spring.
Dates to Remember:
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 (Snow date March 28)
v March 29, April 4 Parent Conferences 11:25 Dismissal
v April 5, 2013 Early Release 11:25 Dismissal