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Green Meadow Newsletter 3/21/13

posted Mar 22, 2013, 10:23 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

March 21, 2013                                         Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


We continue to be amazed by the series of snow storms that have come our way.  This week, our third grade students have been participating in the state wide MCAS administration.  The MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) is administered to all students beginning in grade 3.  Through a series of multiple choice and open response questions, students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of grade level curriculum and their ability to apply skills and strategies.  Beginning in Grade 3, students participate in the English/ Language Arts or Reading Assessment in March while the Math Assessment is administered in May.

            The snow has been a factor in this first MCAS administration. Students around the state were scheduled to begin the English/ Language Arts or Reading as well as the Long Composition assessments on Tuesday, March 18.  Only students in grades 4, 7, and 10 participate on the Long Composition portion of the assessment which was scheduled for Tuesday, March 18.  Since all students in the state must complete the Long Composition on the same day and the weather forecast was questionable, the state rescheduled only this portion of the assessment for Monday, March 25. 

The information shared on some of the newscasts was confusing, creating the impression that the entire assessment was rescheduled. Since our Green Meadow third grade students do not participate in the long composition portion of the assessment, this decision by the state did not impact us. Our students completed the Reading Comprehension portion of the assessment today.  Through the high quality instruction they have received throughout their Green Meadow school experience, they are well prepared for this assessment. We would like to take a moment to share how proud we are of each student as a learner and as a contributing member of the Green Meadow community. 

                                                                                                Donna Dankner


Miss Mara’s Grade 2 Class


     Last Tuesday we went out to the vernal pool.  We saw lots of footprints in the snow and had fun predicting which animals made the footprints.  When we got there we noticed snow surrounding the pool, but only slush covering the water.  It was interesting to see all the changes from our fall visit.

     This week we have begun our study of the continents.  Europe, in particular Ireland, is our first focus for this study.  We have enjoyed listening to Irish music, reading Irish folktales, and looking at Irish artifacts Mrs. Brennan brought in for us to better understand Ireland.

     After completing bio-boards on famous people, we decided to do personal timelines to share at sharing time.  On Monday the first timeline was presented. Everyone has done a great job!  We are really enjoying learning more about our classmates.



Mrs. Wallace’s Kindergarten Class


Well, the Frog Class has been very busy.  We have started the Lucy Caulkin’s, “Authors as Mentors” unit.   Angela Johnson is our Kindergarten Author.  We have read four of her books: Joshua’s Night Whispers, The Leaving Morning, Miss Alice’s Shoes, and Do Like Kyla. The children are now using capital letters to begin their sentences, stretching their sounds to form words, and they are using end marks. During Math, we have been counting to100 by 1s, counting to 100 by 5s, counting to 100 by 10s, writing numbers 1-20, working on number recognition 1-30, comparing numbers, identifying shapes, comparing measurable attributes, and writing addition and subtraction number sentences. Our Science Unit is entitled “Earth and Sky”.  We published two books during this Unit: “If I Were an Astronaut” andLittle Clouds”. (Watch out NASA here we come!)  In Social Studies, we had some fun listening to Irish Folk Tales.   Emma, Mrs. Donovan’s daughter, even performed a number of Irish Step dances for our class. She did a super job and the children really enjoyed trying to imitate Emma’s cool moves. Also, we have enjoyed a number of fantastic field trips this month: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Play at Mechanic’s Hall in Worcester, and two in-house fieldtrips thanks to the PTO:  a Taiko Drumming Concert and Jammin Science! Life’s good!  Happy Spring,

Mrs. Wallace and the Frog Class


Special Notes:


  • The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to attend a presentation on Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) - what it is and how is it used for students - presented by Brian Macauley, Maynard Autism Specialist. The presentation will take place on April 1, 2013 at The Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard from 7:00 to 8:45 pm.

This event is free and open to the public, Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at 978-897-2705.  Learn more about The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at

  • Save the Date for Green Meadow Spring Auction and Social 2013: Please come join us on the evening of April 27th, 2013 at the Maynard Elks for our Annual Spring Auction and Social to raise money for programs and supplies for our school and come together as a Green Meadow community. 
  • Reminder:  Bingo for Books is this evening for families that have already preregistered and received confirmation.


Dates to Remember:

v     March 21, 2013                     Books and Bingo  (Snow date March 28)

v     March 22, 2013                     Early release, 12:30 Dismissal

v     March 29, April 4                   Parent Conferences 11:25 Dismissal

v     April 1, 2013                          SEPAC - Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) 7:00 PM

v     April 4, 2013                          Parent Conferences 11:25 Dismissal

v     April 5, 2013                          Early Release 11:25 Dismissal

v     April 11, 2013                        Family Open House

v     April 12, 2013                        Community Reading Day

v     April 15-19, 2013                  Spring Break

v     April 27, 2013                        Green Meadow Auction

v     May 3, 2013                           Grade 1 Concert, 8:40 A.M.

v     May 17, 2013                        Grade 2 Concert , 8:40 AM

                    June 4, 2013                         Grade 3 Concert, 7:00 PM