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