Green Meadow News
March 19, 2015 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Bingo for Books will be held this evening. 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. You should have received all the necessary materials with your registration confirmation last week. 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. We look forward to seeing families this evening for this special event.
Yesterday, our kindergarten students attended a wonderful presentation from Diane E. Root (Southborough author) and Priscilla Alpaugh (Maynard illustrator) of the children’s picture book Solomon Sire and the Fantastic Fib. During this special program they heard an enjoyable story about a young mouse named Solomon who exaggerates to his friends. Through story and song they explored the importance of telling the truth and making good choices. We would like to thank the PTO for providing this as well as many other enrichment programs for our students.
On Thursday, March 26, you will receive your child’s report card which provides information about your child’s progress throughout the school year. Through the differentiated and targeted instruction provided in the classroom, students develop of the skills, strategies, and content knowledge in the Common Core Standards. During conferences which will occur the following week, you will have an opportunity for further discussion of your child’s progress during the school year. Teachers are looking forward to the opportunity to meet with you for this discussion. The amount of time available for each conference is limited and may vary by class to ensure teachers will be able to spend time meeting with each family. Specialists and special educators are also available to meet with families for conferences. Please contact them to schedule times if you would like to arrange a conference.
Next week our third grade students will participate in the PARCC Assessment. This assessment measures students’ acquired knowledge in literacy and math as well as their application of skills and strategies. Students will participate in the second portion of this assessment in May.
News from Mrs.Krasinski’s Class:
Mrs. Krasinski’s class is so excited for Spring! We just finished a Dr. Seuss book study and published our fourth piece of writing! We are blossoming like the flowers into readers and writers! In math, we just completed our last unit on numbers and we are learning about shapes now! We are about to start our living and nonliving unit in Science. Caterpillars will be arriving soon and seeds will be growing in our classroom!
News from Ms. Mara’s Class
We are getting ready to publish our Realistic Fiction pieces. We did many pre-writing activities to help us develop good characters who would show what is happening in our stories. Then we used a graphic organizer to help us plan out our story. As we wrote our pieces, we looked at how other authors, such as Ezra Jack Keats, wrote their books. We noticed they used strong beginnings, sound words, hyphens, dashes, end punctuation, dialogue, vigorous verbs, and ellipses. We are using these in our stories to make them more interesting. Next we will decide on a title, make a cover, write an about the author blurb, edit, and generally fancy up our stories with color and beautiful illustrations. We have had a lot of fun writing our stories, and hope you will enjoy reading them at Open House in April.
· We would appreciate donations of cases of water for the Bingo for Books evening. If you are able to donate water, please bring it to the evening event this evening. Thank you for your support.
· 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.
· The GM PTO needs a treasurer for the 2015/2016 school year. This is a rewarding volunteer experience that involves managing the PTO funds, helping out at various events and participating in the monthly board meetings. The funds and activities put on by the PTO contribute to enhancing the education students receive at Green Meadow. The PTO would like this person to start soon, to train with the outgoing treasurer. Please reach out to Stacey Rosander, PTO President, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
· Please park only in designated areas when coming to school.
· Please do not leave cars running or idling when you pick up or drop off your children at school. This is a significant safety issue for all.
· 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 in need of substitutes for classrooms, paraprofessionals and recess. Please let us know if you are interested.
Dates to Remember
Thursday, March 19 Bingos for Books
Friday, March 20 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
Friday, March 20/27 Kindergarten open Music for designated classes
March 23-April 6 Grade 3 PARCC Assessment
Thursday, April 2 Early Release 11:45 Dismissal, Parent Conferences
Thursday, April 2 Placement letters are due in the office
April 9 and April 10 Kindergarten Screening for incoming students
April 9 and April 10 No school for current kindergarten students