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Green Meadow Newsletter 3/10/2016

posted Mar 10, 2016, 11:06 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                  MC900229657[1]   

March 10, 2016                                 Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


Bingo for Books information is being sent home today.  If your registration was received before we reached capacity, you will be receiving confirmation and a packet consisting of bingo boards and directions for completion.  Please be sure to complete your bingo boards, in advance as there will not be time or supplies to complete them during the evening.  We will spend all our time playing bingo. When you arrive, please check in at the registration table in the lobby.  Please remember that all students attending must be accompanied by an adult. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please contact us as soon as possible so we may invite a family from the wait list. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate all interested families based on the building capacity.  You will receive notification today if you are on the wait list.  We will be certain to notify you if any space becomes available. 

We are very excited that through the efforts of the playground committee, we may be able to address the drainage issues, repave and re-grade the area, and enhance accessibility to our playground.   The scope of this project is wide spread, helping us provide an inclusive play environment for all children.  We are very thankful to the Maynard Community and the Community Preservation Commission for the support they have provided for this project.  Further discussion of the next steps in this process will occur during the meeting of the Community Preservation Commission on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00.  All are welcome to attend.

                                                         Donna Dankner                      


Physical Education News:


It's March already! For grades 2 and 3, this means it is International Games Month! This week we are in Rome! Did you know that the game Tic Tac Toe was played in Ancient Rome in the first century BC? Each week we will travel to a different destination on the map and play a game from that area. So stay tuned! 


Since January, all grades have participated in a gymnastics unit. We worked on balance and tumbling, jumping and landing.  Kindergarten and 1st grades are playing games that reinforce the importance of eating healthy, balanced meals. Fitness stations continue to be a large part of our curriculum as do individual challenges and team-building relays. Music is a big part of our class time. We all enjoy some dancing at the end of class as well, especially the kindergartners (they have some great moves!). 


News from Mrs. Arcelay’s Class:                                                                              


Students have just finished a unit on Henri Matisse. Ask them about the Matisse Chapel and his famous “Cut outs”.  Our current unit is on Vincent Van Gogh.  Students learned that he was poor and that he wasn’t famous until after he died.  Ask them how many paintings he sold in his lifetime.  The answer may surprise you!


Mrs. Soler’s 3rd Grade class was fortunate to have visiting artist Jean Carter join them for a silk screening lesson.  Mrs. Carter is the grandmother of several of Mrs. Soler’s students and spent many hours working with the students and I to complete this special project.  I’d like to extend a big THANK YOU to Jean for all her time, effort, and supplies for this project.  The students really enjoyed it! I’m hoping to have more artists visit as I make connections with local artists.


The annual Second Grade Art show will have its opening reception May 16th at the Maynard Public Library from 6-8pm.  We hope you will come by and see the wonderful work the Second Graders have produced.  The show will be up for one week and will close May 20th.   I will be looking for parent volunteers to help with setup on May 13th and take down on May 20th.  Please email me at if you are interested in helping.  More information will be sent home closer to the date.


Volunteers: There is room in the Monday schedule for a parent volunteer to help with classes.  Monday’s classes are 3rd, Kindergarten, and 1st.  If you have a current CORI and are interested please email me at Additionally, one more parent is needed for uploading artwork to Artsonia.  It is a simple process-please let me know if this interests you.


Donations:  The art room could use the following items:

**Old credit cards, gift cards, hotel key cards ,Clean Paper towel and toilet paper tubes, Clean egg cartons (must be free of egg residue due to allergies),Newspapers, Old costume jewelry,

Old hardware parts (washers etc) no nails or sharp pieces please, Paper bags with handles (for sending home artwork), Paper towels, Hand Sanitizer            


Special Notes:  

·         Walk-a-thon for Cancer Immunotherapy - Shannon Smith, a Maynard High School Senior, has been researching the newest developments in cancer treatments known as cancer immunotherapy. As part of her Senior Project she is interning at Emerson Hospital as well as hosting a walk-a-thon to help raise money for cancer immunotherapy as a way to make a direct impact on the cancer community. The walk will be held on ThursdayApril 7th, 2016 at the Maynard High School track from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information about this project and to make donations prior to the event, visit Shannon's website <>.

·         Math NEWS Spring 2016

Our math program GOMath has excellent online support available for all students K-6.

ALL families K-6 have access to the student textbook, videos and games. All of these resources are designed to support students and their families with learning math. Students need a computer with online capability or an iPad to access these resources.

If you are interested in using these resources, please send an email to Terri Morrison at Please include your name and the name of your child.  We will send home log in information right away. *Access codes are created for each student.

·         Important Reminder for Kindergarten families:  There is no school for kindergarten students on April 28th and April 29th  during kindergarten screening for our incoming student  

·         GM and Fowler PTO - River Hawks Playoffs order form included in this week's back pack.  To order tickets, forms must be received by Monday, March 7.

·          All 3rd graders receive a T shirt at the end of the school year. We need some volunteers to help get signatures for the T-shirts which we will give out to this year's GM graduating class. If you are interested to help, please reach out to s.


Dates to Remember                                                                   

Friday, March 11                    Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Thursday, March 17              Bingo for Books, 6:30 PM

Friday, March 18                    Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

May 2- May 13                       PARCC Assessment Administration for Grade 3

Saturday, May 14                  GMPTO Tiger Trot