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Green Meadow Newsletter 2/5/2015

posted Feb 5, 2015, 10:02 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

February 5, 2015                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

                       

The arrival of more new snow has created such excitement!   It’s wonderful to see the delight as the children spend their recess climbing, playing, and building with the snow.  Please remember to send winter clothing, boots, snow pants, hats, and mittens daily so students are prepared whenever it is warm enough to play outside. The snow also presents particular challenges during arrival and dismissal.  The custodial staff continues to work hard clearing pathways and parking areas to keep everyone safe.  

Beginning in March our third grade students will be among those who will be participating in the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness) assessment.  Similar to the MCAS, PARCC focuses on students’ acquired knowledge and understanding of standards 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 Wednesday evening, March 11 at 6:30, we will have a special parent program to explore this assessment.  During this program we will discuss the expectations and administration process in addition to sharing some sample questions. We hope you are able to join is for this special program. 

                                                                       

                                                                      Donna Dankner

 

News from Mrs. Docheff Music Class:

Greetings from Green Meadow Music!  It is that time of year where all of the grade levels are starting exciting units to prepare for end of year musical events.  There are several dates to keep in mind.  The kindergarten classes are working on a few fun activities to share with parents and guardians during the Open Music periods on March 20 and March 27 (specific class times are listed on notes going out to all kindergarten families).  The first grade has just started on a musical called “Bugz”, which will be presented to families on May 7 at 9:00 a.m.  The second grade is getting to work on a different musical called “Arf”, which will be performed on May 21 at 9:00 a.m.  Lastly, the third graders have just begun their recorder unit.  They are thrilled to learn how to play these instruments and will show off their instrumental talents as well as vocal talents in their musical entitled “Possibilities” on June 4 at 6:30 p.m.  There will be more details to follow in specific communication for each grade level.  We cannot wait to share these performances with you!   Mrs. Andrea Docheff, Green Meadow Music

 

News from Mrs. Holly’s Class:  (Written with help from Holly class students) 

We are happy to welcome a new student into our classroom!

We have enjoyed our days off because of the snow… We are even writing our own versions of “The Snowy Day”.

  • In Math we are learning the addition and subtraction strategies of counting up and counting back 1,2,and 3  (Akrif is our reigning “Around the World champion).
  • In science we are learning about Fossils and Dinosaurs.  We had a great time working with Greg Wenzel, a Maynard paleontologist/artist that showed us some fossils and his “famous” drawings and books. We even sketched our own outline of a dinosaur by looking at the bones
  • During reader’s workshop, we are reading many books as we explore the ideas of reality and fantasy.
  • For celebrations, we are collecting cans for the Maynard Food Pantry (at least 100 for 100 Day) and we are making cards to help us celebrate friendship and kindness.

February may be the shortest month- but we are very busy being Kind, Safe, SMART thinkers and learners.

 

News from our Math Coach Terri Morrison

Last week (week of 1/12) at Green Meadow School, the kindergarten students and teachers celebrated their first HALF Day. This was a full day of school dedicated to thinking about halves. All math teachers in Maynard have been thinking about how we teach fractions and how these big math ideas grow. In kindergarten children can begin to consider what half means. The important thing is that we have two equal pieces or parts.

Students started by recognizing that on the 90th day of school we have completed one half of the 180 day school year! We have another equal number of days left. The calendar, and counting days of school are an important part of math every day. Classes also read books that talked about half and did lots of fun projects like making beaded necklaces, coloring shapes and sharing snacks. Thanks to the kindergarten teachers for building strong foundations in math for our youngest students!

At home, you can reinforce these early ideas about fractions by pointing out examples of fair shares, parts of sets, and the importance of equal pieces. Use the language of fractions, like half and equal parts when you notice it…for example: “I’ll pick up half of these blocks, you pick up the other half. This way we will both do the same amount of work.”

Special Notes

·         3th  ANNUAL TASTE OF MAYNARD

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 13th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road , Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.  Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings" and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org.  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

·        Parking is a challenge for us with this much snow.  Please park in the Crowe Park lot whenever you come to school to ensure there are enough spaces for staff in the staff parking lot.

·        Please remind students and siblings not to throw snow as they wait outside.

·        Our lost and found continues to grow.  Please check the lost and found for any missing items.

 

Dates to Remember       

              Friday, February 6                           Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

              February 16-20                                 School Vacation

              Thursday, March 5                          Grade 2 Hoops-a-Thon          (Snowdate 3/12)

              Thursday, March 19                        Bingos for Books                    (Snowdate 3/26)

              March 23-April 6                              Grade 3 PARCC Assessment

 

 

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