Green Meadow News
March 16, 2017 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
After all the warm weather, this week’s blizzard was quite a surprise! It reminds us that we still need all the snow dates we set when planning events during the winter. The Parent Coffee that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 will be held on Tuesday March 21 at 8:45. We are looking forward to this conversation with our Green Meadow Literacy Coach, Justine Spedden, as she shares strategies for supporting students’ growth as readers, both in school and at home. Each day we focus on helping our students develop a love for reading as well as an ability to understand complex text. Ms. Spedden will share information on how children develop as readers as well as offer suggestions for helping children when they struggle or would benefit from extension. She will explore selecting just the right books for each child as well as sharing resources and instructional materials that families may find helpful. We hope you are able to join us on Tuesday, March 21 at 8:45 for this informative discussion.
On Wednesday, March 22 from 6:30-7:30, we will hold our annual Bingo for Books family event (Snow date March 29). If you have received a registration packet, please have students complete their Bingo Boards prior to the event as there will not be time to complete them during the event. Please come directly to the registration table in the lobby when you arrive to sign in. If you find that you or anyone registered is unable to attend, please let us know so we can include families on the wait list. We look forward to seeing you on March 22 at 6:30 PM.
We are very excited about our continued collaboration with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to support our focus on science and nature. During the early release time on Friday, March 10, the consultants from the Audubon Society collaborated with the grade level teams to focus on content information and plan lessons to foster student understanding of our natural environment. These lessons and units use inquiry based learning to help students explore, experiment, and analyze information to deepen their understanding. During the next few weeks, the staff from the Audubon will join the teachers in the teaching of these lessons along with follow up discussions to continue to refine instruction and enhance lessons to strengthen student learning. We look forward to these collaborations as we continue to strive to increase opportunities to use our rich natural setting as an extension of our classroom learning environments.
This year our third grade students will participate in the statewide MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System). This assessment explores students’ knowledge and application of skills learned through their educational experience. The Literacy part focuses on reading and writing effectively as well as analyzing text. The Math component focuses on applying skills and concepts in order to solve problems. Students will also have an opportunity to demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge by answering open response or multiple choice questions in both Literacy and Math. Students will participate in this Assessment in an online format using Chrome books in their classrooms or in small group settings. Please join us on Monday, March 27 at 6:30 PM for a parent program offering an overview of the process, types of questions, and curriculum expectations of the MCAS Assessment.
Sra. Soler’s 3rd grade Spanish Immersion
In Math we have finished our division unit and eagerly started fractions. Fractions are everywhere, they are numbers too! The students are using different tools and strategies, number lines, drawings, pattern blocks, to find the different ways they can represent fractions. In Social Studies we have been reading “Semillas de Revolución” (Seeds to the Revolution) and learning about rights, freedom and the effects of Taxation without Representation.
From Ms. Mara’s Second Grade
In March second graders work on time lines. We begin by reading biographies as a class. Then each student chooses a famous person to read, write, and draw about to show the person’s life in a bioboard. At home students are designing their own time lines. These will be presented to the class and then displayed in the hallway. Last Thursday we learned about solids, liquids, and gases during a presentation from the Acton Science Museum. We are planning a trip out to the vernal pool to check out what it looks like in the winter. We look forward to discovering all the changes that will take place in the vernal pool in the spring.
· "Thanks for your participation in the spare change drive for the GM Playground renovations. So far the kids have contributed $700 in spare change-WOW! We are so close to our goal of $900 needed to purchase a funnelball hoop. The spare change containers will be in the classrooms until Friday, March 24. Dig under those cushions and in the car console for any other spare change you might be able to contribute! It will be so exciting for the kids to play with a piece of equipment that they worked together to purchase."
· SAVE THE DATE: March 21st 7 p.m. Fowler Library - Members of the District Digital Learning Committee and members of the District School Safety Committee are hosting a community presentation by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth entitled Navigating the Cyber World. Keeping our students safe online is an important priority, and this presentation will help parents and community members be more aware of positive ways to deal with the challenges facing our youth.
· 3rd Grade Parents: the GM PTO needs photos of your 3rd grader for this year's video! It will be a collection of photos throughout the years of the 3rd graders' time at GM. Each 3rd grader will receive a video at the end of the year as a gift from the PTO. Please email 5-10 photos (maximum 10) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 14. Please include your child's name, teacher, and the grade in which each photo was taken. Thank you! Any questions, contact email@example.com.
· The GM PTO is busy planning this year's Tiger Trot and is looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event to make it a success. If you are available to help on Saturday, May 6 from 12:30 - 4:00, we need help with games, checking in registrants, selling raffle tickets and more. Get involved in this fun event and our biggest fundraiser of the year! Please contact Ann Stachowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Thank you!
· We are so excited about our progress in the contest to have renown children’s book author, Jan Brett, come to our school. Currently, approximately 400 votes separates us from first place. Every vote counts so if you have not had an opportunity to vote, Please Google “Jan Brett school visit 2017” and enter our school’s information (Green Meadow, 5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA, 01754).
Dates to Remember
Friday, March 17 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
Tuesday, March 21 Parent Coffee 8:45 AM, Helping your Child be an Effective Reader
Monday, March 20 Preschool Drumlin Farm visit
Wednesday, March 22 Bingo-For-Books 6:30 PM (Snow date Wednesday, March 28)
Friday, March 24 Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal
Monday, March 27 MCAS Parent Presentation, 6:30 PM
Thursday, March 30 Grade 1 Concert