Green Meadow News
March 12, 2015 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
The response to our annual Bingo for Books program has been overwhelming! Once again, our program reached capacity enrollment during the first two days. We truly wish we could accommodate all who would like to attend but we must abide by the fire codes and designated cafeteria capacity. All families whose forms were received in the office on Friday, March 6 and Monday, March 9 are registered for the program and will receive packets of information today. All families whose registration forms were received after March 9 have been placed on a waiting list and will be notified as soon as spaces become available. We will make every effort to include as many families from the waiting list as possible. If anyone who is registered has a change of plans or will have fewer people than registered, please notify us as soon as possible so we can include additional Green Meadow students and families in this special event. Please remember all children attending must be accompanied by an adult.
If you received a packet of information, you will need to spend time preparing materials in advance. There are four bingo boards with four different sets of cards. Each Bingo Board is labeled by game. Please follow the directions included in the packet to prepare the boards. The will not be extra materials or time during the evening to prepare boards so please be sure to bring them complete. Please come to the registration table upon arrival so we can check you in. We look forward to seeing you there.
Approximately 30 parents joined us for an informative discussion on the PARCC Assessment that our third graders will be participating in March and May. This assessment is based on the Common Core standards that our students are focusing on through their daily instructions. During the evening presentation, we explored the process and expectations associated with this assessment as well as sharing sample questions. Our math coach Terri Morrison discussed the skills and strategies that comprise the Math component while our Literacy coach explained the reading and writing components of this assessment. Through the high quality instruction our students receive each day, they have developed the broad base of knowledge, skills, and strategies that are the focus of the PARCC assessment.
On Wednesday, March 18 at 8:45 we will hold our next parent coffee. Our school counselor Mrs. Small and our literacy specialist Ms. Reimer will lead a discussion of Fostering Families through Literature. Please join us for this informative discussion as we explore this important topic.
News from the Art Room:
Green Meadow artists have been hard at work making some really beautiful masterpieces. Check out samples of work on my webpage http://artatgreenmeadow.blogspot.com. You can also find a link to the page on the Green Meadow website under “classroom websites”. For those of you who follow social media, I’ve joined Instagram, and you can follow me at ArtatGM to see weekly progress as well. As you have heard, we are now part of an online Art Museum, Artsonia. If you would like to grant permission for your child to have an Artsonia account and can not locate the permission slip sent home, we have attached one for you. Alternatively, you may email me directly (email@example.com) and I will create the account. Once I have input your email address you will receive an email from Artsonia asking you to activate your account. Please try to activate the account as soon as you receive the email (don’t forget to check your JUNK folder!). I have many student’s whose parents provided permission but have not activated their account so their uploaded artwork remains “hidden”. Please contact me directly with questions! Lastly, SAVE THE DATE! The Annual Art Show at Art Space will be held May 18th-26th. Opening reception will be May 18th from 5:30-8:30pm. This year’s theme is Nature in Art. If you are interested in volunteering in the art room or for the art show please email me-there is LOTS to be done!
News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Class:
Mrs. Ginnity’s kindergarten class is filled with laughter and learning. We will be welcoming our new class pets this week, fish! We are in the process of learning how to take care of them and discussing our responsibilities. We have also started our poetry unit during Writers Workshop. We have read many Dr. Seuss books and the children wrote their first rhyming poem and a poem about a rock. In math, we are working on subtraction and the children have been creating their own subtraction stories. The children are very excited that spring is just around the corner! We can’t wait to get outside and explore what has changed and is changing.
Important Reminder for Kindergarten families:
On April 9 and 10 we will hold kindergarten screening for the incoming students. There will be no school for current kindergarten students on these days. In addition there will be no Kindergarten Before/After School EXCEL on April 9 & 10.
· We are looking for donations of cases of water (preferably small bottles) for the Bingo for Books evening. If you are able to donate water, please bring it to the office in advance or to the evening event. Thank you for your support.
· We are also looking for volunteers to help us with our reading challenge. If you have time to help us hang the many airplanes, balloons, cars, suitcases and paws that represent the books children are reading on the walls throughout the school, please let us know.
· On Wednesday, March 18th at 7pm the Maynard SEPAC will meet in the Fowler School library. Director of student services, Jill Greene, will be the guest speaker to give updates on Special Education in Maynard. Topics for discussion will be the most recent Special Education survey, parent discussion groups, the status of current programming, staff, and district initiatives, and professional development plans. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-897-2705.
· Please remember that there are designated spaces for handicap parking both in the circle and in the parking lot that must be reserved for families and children who need them. Please do not park in these spaces or block access to these parking spaces without a handicap placard.
· We are truly enjoying the warmer weather. Please be certain to send boots and snow pants for outdoor play.
Dates to Remember
Friday, March 13 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
Wednesday, March 18 Parent Coffee 8:45 AM
Thursday, March 19 Bingos for Books (Snow date 3/26)
Friday, March 20 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
March 23-April 6 Grade 3 PARCC Assessment
Thursday, April 2 Early Release, Parent Conferences
April 9 and April 10 Kindergarten Screening for incoming students