Green Meadow News
March 13, 2014 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Bingo for Books registration for March 20 is being sent home today. The oldest child in each registered family has received the information for the family. Unfortunately due to limits on the building capacity, we were unable to accommodate all families who would like to attend. If you are registered and are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer the opportunity to other Green Meadow families.
Last week’s Hoops a Thon was a wonderful success. The students displayed their athletic skills, taking turns shooting baskets with their classes to raise money to support the Vernal Pool Program. Special thanks to all the students and families who participated as well as to the PTO for their organization of this special event.
Our reading challenge has created such excitement about reading. In just one week, the students read 373 books and are quickly circling the school with fish. The students are delighted to see their “fish” swimming on the walls throughout the school and anxious to share about the many books they are reading.
Our next parent coffee will be on Wednesday morning, March 26 at 8:45. We hope you can join us.
In or Out?
No doubt, February was one of the coldest months in recent memory. As a result, the students here at Green Meadow weren’t able to spend as much time outside as we like. We thought that this would be a good time to update you on the process we use to decide whether it’s safe for the kids to play outside. Our strong preference is to send them outside whenever possible; children need the opportunity to play, exercise, socialize and get a breath of fresh air. We arrive at our decision based on science and observation. First of all, we check for precipitation. If it’s rainy, the children are kept indoors, but we do let them out in light snow as long as the temperature is comfortable. Next, we check the temperature. In cold weather, we use the wind chill factor, a rating based on the combination of temperature and wind speed. The wind chill factor is what it actually feels like to be outside. A chart called “Child Care Weather Watch”, published for schools and child care providers (and available online), is a helpful tool. This includes safe temperatures for children to play outdoors for both colder (wind chill) and hotter (heat index) temperatures. Old-fashioned observation comes into play when we go outside, walk around, and see how it feels. Often the children are not able to go out in the morning, but can go out in the afternoon and vice versa. After all, we live in New England; wait a minute, and the weather will change. Spring must be right around the corner!
Donna Dankner and Debbie Bresnick
Mrs. Messina’s Busy Bees: Our class as been busy with all sorts of interesting learning! As we work on our matter unit, we are currently watching an apple go through a chemical change. Exploring physical changes with play dough was interesting. We created so many shapes and put them back into our containers. We also created a gas that inflated balloons! Science is so awesome!
From the Art Room and Ms. Santillo
Kindergarteners are learning about the life of George Rodrigue and his art. Be looking for a very lovable blue dog to come into your family’s life. We will be working with shape, paint and telling a story with photography.
First-graders are studying owls using both non-fiction and fiction books. We are working with wax resist techniques and clay. Come to the art room on April 16th to see our books, “When I Was Little”. We hope parents will add a page or two of their own memories to their children’s books.
Mark your calendars for May 21st, the second-grade “Circus of Art” at ARTspace on Summer Street in Maynard! Almost every child has already completed an original poem about their collage work. Parent volunteers are helping us by typing our poems. Paper acrobats are showing their skills on the rings, and the refreshment and concession stands are being prepared. Lots more volunteers are needed for this special evening where we honor the accomplishments of our second-grade artists. A volunteer form will be coming home soon. If you can help in any way, fill out and return with your child.
Third graders’ art history studies have focused on Paul Klee, Claude Monet, M.C. Escher, and several major sculptures such as Rodin’s “The Thinker”. Tissue paper flowers fill the display case and remind us that spring is near. We are working on a simple weaving project this week that we call, “Snakes in the Grass”.
On a personal note, this school year will be my last one teaching art at Green Meadow School. I have had a wonderful run these last twenty-seven years and will leave a little piece of my heart in Maynard always.
Special Notes :
Ø As you enter the building, please do not let others in behind you. It is important for us to be certain we have checked each visitor to our building to ensure safety for all.
Ø School begins at 8:30. Supervision for students begins at 8:15. Please do not drop students off for school prior to 8:15 to ensure safety. If you need an early arrival program, please contact EXCEL for availability.
Dates to Remember
Ø March 14 Early Release, 12:40 dismissal
Ø March 18-19 Grade 3 MCAS Reading Assessment
Ø March 20 Bingo for Books (Snow Date March 27)
Ø March 21 Early Release, 12:40 dismissal
Ø March 26 Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM
Ø March 28 Early Release, 11:35 dismissal
Ø April 3, 4 Spring Conferences (11:25 dismissal)
Ø April 3 New Kindergarten Orientation Evening
Ø April 4,11 Kindergarten Screening
Ø April 16 Family Open House, 6:30 PM