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Green Meadow Newsletter 2/7/2013

posted Feb 7, 2013, 6:06 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

February 7, 2013                                              Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an archeologist?  This week our second grade students had the opportunity to explore and think like an archeologist through an enrichment program sponsored by the PTO.  They examined artifacts, shared information, and developed insightful conclusions just like authentic archeologists.  In other classrooms, students are learning to be writers and illustrators as they begin the complex process of developing stories and creating illustrations to support Picturing Writing.


Each day, classrooms are filled with students who are actively engaged in learning. They are writing wonderful stories that reflect the small moments in 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.  Science and Math allow for exploration to support learning.  In Physical Education and Art children are learning about healthy lifestyles and making posters to share this information with others.


We have many exciting special activities that support learning planned for the month of March. Green Meadow will be celebrating Read Across America on Friday, March 1, 2013 for the 5th 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.  On, Thursday, March 7 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 21.  More information will be available early in March.


                                                                                                Donna Dankner



News from Mrs. McPhail’s third grade class:

AHOY from Mrs. McPhail's 3rd grade!   We are working on realistic fiction stories in Writer's Workshop and practicing our editing skills for content, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.  As part of our Daily 5 literacy routine, we are celebrating "reading lives" of adults we know.  We welcome family members and other adults who work here at Green Meadow to visit and tell us about their experiences when learning to read, share their well-loved childhood books, and tell us how they use reading today both personally and professionally.

We are exploring multiplication in math.  We are learning and practicing uppercase cursive letters.  We are studying SOUND in science. We just received a package from President Obama in response to our letters we wrote him prior to the election last November!  An autographed photo and information about the inauguration and the White House were included.  The students especially loved the postcard from Bo, "the first dog"! We are inspired by his words to our class in his letter: "As you continue to grow and learn, remember that you can achieve great things when you work hard, believe in yourself, and try each day to help those around you.  Our country is counting on you to be the best student you can be, so set your sights high, seek out new challenges, and know I expect great things from you as you chart the course of our Nation's unwritten history."

We are also looking forward to celebrating Valentine's Day with our kindergarten buddies!

So much to do and see as we continue cruising along here in 3rd grade being KIND, SAFE, LEARNERS...BON VOYAGE!


Special Notes:


  • PE News: For third grade parents only - students were given a 'VOLUNTARY' Home Activity Log. This is just to assist in increasing physical activity at home. This does NOT have to be filled out. It is a voluntary exercise that will help start a conversation here in PE class. Having said that, if you wish to fill out your daily activity minutes feel free! :)  Thank you, Mrs. Hazel

P.S Please remember to send your child with indoor sneakers on PE days!

  • 11th  ANNUAL TASTE OF MAYNARD The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 11th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks. 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 "Shoot the Cat" and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult, $5/child 5 and under, $10 ages 6-12 by calling Jim McCann (978) 897.3148, Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public school offices.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.   The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators through grants for teaching professionals.    Visit our website at
  • Save the Date for Green Meadow Spring Auction and Social 2013: Please come join us on the evening of April 27th, 2013 at the Maynard Elks for our Annual Spring Auction and Social.  This event is a fun way to raise money for programs and supplies for our school and enjoy some time together as a Green Meadow community.  More details to follow but please put it in your calendars!


Dates to Remember:

v     February 8, 2013                  Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal

v     February 18-22, 2013          Winter Break

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)