Green Meadow News
March 23, 2017 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Bingo for Books is always such an amazing event. Last night over 250 children and parents playing specially designed Bingo games focused on literacy. The four exciting games included sight words, Dr. Seuss books, Dr. Seuss characters, and the ever popular finale of teacher names. As always Mr. Mehigan was an excellent Emcee, keeping everyone engaged, generating excitement, and encouraging everyone to celebrate each Bingo. Students were delighted with the book selections, eagerly selecting the perfect book as their prize. They were so anxious to read and share the many books they won. Many thanks to the staff members, who participated, set up and planned this very special event. We are looking forward to next year’s event!
This week our school literacy specialist Mrs. Spedden led an informative discussion about supporting our children as they learn to be fluent readers. She shared instructional strategies used during the school day while offering ideas and suggestions for families to support emergent readers at home. We were delighted that so many families were able to join us for this discussion.
Next Thursday, March 30, our first grade students will share a special presentation that they have been eagerly preparing for during their music classes. Through song, dance, and musical instruments, they will celebrate our month of literacy with a special program based on the books of Dr. Seuss Both as individual classes and as a whole grade level, they have been practicing their music and movement in preparation for two performances next week. On Wednesday, March 29, all of the students will attend the dress rehearsal for the performance as a preview for the parent program the next day. We greatly appreciate the efforts of our music teacher, Christine Wysokowski, who prepared the students for this special performance.
News from the Music Room:
The music room has been a very busy place lately as we are entering concert season! The first graders have been working hard to prepare for their concert next week, Thursday, March 29th at 2pm. In celebration of the month of March being both Music in the Schools Month and Read Across America Month, the first grade will be performing Dr. Seuss’s “ My Many Colored Days” through music and creative movement. Please try to have them wear their pre-assigned color to school on the day of the concert. See last week’s letter in the backpack mail for details.
Why Creative Movement?
· It helps us hear/recognize the different sections of the music.
· It helps us respond to the different aesthetic qualities/feelings in the music.
· It’s fun!
· It’s good for us!
Kindergarten students had their open music classes last week. Thank you to all family members who were able to attend. We hope you enjoyed singing, dancing, and playing instruments with us as much as we enjoyed having you there!
Second grade is also working hard to prepare for their performance on May 4th. With recent additions to their song list of “Peace Like a River” and “Epo e Tai Tai e,” we are looking forward to a great program featuring the diverse music of our country.
The third graders are continuing to “travel around the world with music.” They have just “left” Mexico and have “arrived” in China to learn a Chinese ribbon dance and a Chinese song on recorder. Only a couple more stops to go until our concert on May 24th!
Musically yours, Christine Wysokowski, Green Meadow Music Specialist
News from Mr. Mehigan’s Class: Hi Green Meadow Families,
At this point I think most everyone is ready
for spring! It's time to put away the skis and break out the golf
clubs. The third grade is preparing for
their inaugural MCAS tests. We are looking at sample questions in class.
The sample questions can be accessed by parents on the Massachusetts Department
of Elementary and Secondary Education website in case you're curious as to what
the test entails. There is an MCAS parent information night on March
· Maynard Schools event for parents: On Tuesday, April 4 (7 – 8:30 p.m. at the MHS Auditorium), the Maynard Schools are sponsoring a workshop onCollaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS), a mindful, empathetic and empowering way of teaching and parenting kids. CPS is the empirically-supported model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his influential books, The Explosive Child, Lost at School, and the recently released books, Lost and Found and Raising Human Beings. The CPS model provides a compassionate understanding of kids’ behavioral challenges and a non-adversarial, effective approach for reducing challenging behavior, improving communication, and repairing relationships. Come join us for a wonderful presentation about the CPS approach.
· Peter and the Starcatcher opens at MHS. This hilarious show is the pre-quel to Peter Pan and features pirates, mermaids, and answers lots of questions about how Peter Pan, Captain Hook and many of the Other characters came to be they way they are. Sword fights, epic hurricanes are all part of the fun. Appropriate for all ages. Don't miss out on getting a great seat! Peter and the Starcatcher, TICKET BOOTH HOURS (Accept cash and checks only no credit cards), Thursday, March 23rd 6-8pm, Friday, March 24th 5-7 pm, Saturday, March 25th 5-7 pm, Sunday, March 26th Noon-2 pm. Ticket Sales www.mktix.com/mhsm
· "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."
· 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!
Dates to Remember
Friday, March 24 Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal
Monday, March 27 MCAS Parent Presentation, 6:30 PM
Thursday, March 30 Grade 1 Concert
Mon-Friday April 3-7 Grade 3 MCAS (ELA)
Thursday, April 5 Kindergarten Orientation Parent Program 6:30 PM
Thurs & Friday, April 6 & 7 No Preschool – Parent Conferences
Thursday, April 6 Early Release – Parent Conferences for K-3
Friday, April 7 Early Release – Parent Conferences for K-3