Green Meadow News
February 6, 2014 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
I am sure the students have enjoyed the opportunity to play outside on this first snow day of the school year. It was beautiful to watch the snow fall throughout the day until the reality of shoveling set in. Students returned to school eager to play outdoors during recess. Please remember to send boots and snow pants to enable them to play in the snow and stay dry!
We are rapidly approaching the 100th day of school. Classrooms are celebrating all that our students have achieved during the first 100 days of school. Students are excited to see their skills growing as proficient readers and writers through the instruction they receive during Guided Reading and Writer’s Workshop. I am so impressed as I visit classrooms to read and listen to the wonderful and engaging stories the students have written that reflect the small moments on their lives. These stories are then shared and celebrated through classroom publishing parties. In small groups, students are reading a variety of books on their reading level that allow them to explore the skills and strategies of effective readers. Students are sharing their mathematical understanding as they solve complex problems. There is certainly a lot of learning to celebrate!
Next week we will be sharing kindness and friendship through cards and notes on Valentines Day, Friday, February 14. Students eagerly look forward to sharing and receiving the many carefully selected and specially prepared cards and notes that make this day special. We encourage students to share kindnesses and consideration which is a highlight of the day. Consistent with the district wellness policy, we ask that students not bring cards that include candy to distribute in school. Teachers will determine the activities that will occur in the individual classrooms throughout the day. Although these activities will not include food, they will provide special and enjoyable ways of sharing the day. We truly appreciate your assistance and support in this process.
We have many exciting special activities that support learning planned for the month of March. Green Meadow will be celebrating Read Across America Day for the 6th straight year. On, Thursday, March 6 (snow date March 13) we will hold the annual Hoops-a-Thon where second grade students raise funds to support the Vernal Pools program. Books for Bingo will occur on Thursday, March 20 (snow date March 27). Registration information will be available early in March.
News from Mrs. Monahan’s Kindergarten Class
We are busy in kindergarten getting ready for 100 day. Some of the children have already brought in their 100 day collections, proudly displayed on our outside bulletin board. We practice daily counting to 100 by ones and tens.
In Science we watched the life cycle of our paperwhite bulb and now we planted an amaryllis bulb to brighten up this long cold winter. Most of the children were not pleased with the groundhog seeing his shadow, for they do not want six more weeks of inside recess.
The children have been working hard at their Reading and Math Centers and also at Creative Writing. They look forward to Pajama and Valentine’s Day right before vacation.
Mrs. Hazel’s Physical Education Class
PE News: All students are finishing up in the gymnastics unit. We worked on balance, forward rolls, jumping and landing, and general body strengthening exercises. Grades 2 and 3 will begin a floor hockey unit this month. K and 1 will work on new games and fitness stations. Be sure to check the PE blog at greenmeadowpe.blogspot.com
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 February 7 Early Release – 12:40 PM
Ø February 17-21 No School - Winter Break
Ø March 6 Hoops A thon ( Snow Date March 13)
Ø March 20 Bingo for Books (Snow Date March 27)