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Green Meadow Newsletter 3/28/13

posted Mar 28, 2013, 8:03 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

March 28, 2013                                        Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


            This week has been filled with exciting events at Green Meadow School. Bingo for Books was an enormous success.  Everyone enjoyed playing literacy Bingo with sight words, Dr. Seuss characters, and teachers’ names.  Students were anxious to select and read the new books they received as prizes. Many thanks to the Title 1 staff for organizing this event and to the many staff members who helped throughout the evening. Also, special thanks to the PTO for providing the snacks for the evening.

            This week we also welcomed some very special visitors who shared their knowledge and expertise with us. Officer Phil presented an  informative program to our students regarding safety and good citizenship.  Through this program they explored the importance of collaboration, friendship, and awareness of strangers.  Naturalist Claire Walker Leslie accompanied our second grade students to the Vernal Pools offering information to increase their knowledge and understanding. Paul Revere gave our third grade students an opportunity to learn about American history from this important historical source. Our students are so fortunate to have such wonderful programs to enrich their knowledge and broaden their learning experiences.

            Parent conferences will begin on Friday, March 29 and continue on Thursday, April 4.   Conferences provide a wonderful opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss each student’s progress throughout the year.  Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a conference time. Another special way we celebrate the many accomplishments of our students is through our annual Family Open House which will be held on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 P.M. Students truly enjoy sharing their writing, mathematical understanding, art projects, as well as  the many other examples of the extensive learning they have experienced this year.  We hope you are able to join us for this special evening.


                                                                                                Donna Dankner             




“The Revolution Has Begun!” Our class has begun studying the Revolutionary War and to help us understand how the Colonists felt during those difficult times, we are participating in a taxation project. Each student in our class has received funds for their services as Colonists and I, being King, will tax students accordingly. For example: the other day anyone wearing orange was taxed $2.00. Why you might ask? I was wearing orange that day and no one else should. Students felt the tax was unfair and that opened up our discussion for how the Colonists began their road to the Revolution. Students will also learn about the key people involved, major battles and why the Declaration of Independence was and still is so important.


As part of our Earth Study in science, students will be learning about soil and planting. Our class will be planting an herb garden and exploring how to use these herbs in our daily life. Students will be free to take the herbs home, use them and report back to our class how they were used. The intent is to have us become more aware of how important our earth is to us and how to use it well in everyday living.


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Miss Laferriere’s Grade 1 Class

In Miss Laferriere’s class, we have been wishing for all of the snow to melt so it actually looks and feels like spring!  We are currently doing an author study on Kevin Henkes, who is our author as mentor for writers’ workshop.  Creativity is present throughout the classroom, as everyone is working hard on writing fictional stories with a problem and solution.  The children have included many of Kevin’s styles of writing, such as comeback lines, BIG and BOLD words, show not tell, and dialogue. 

Author and illustrator, Brian Lies, visited us on Thursday, March 14th.  He is famous for his bats books, such as Bats at the Beach and Bats at the Library.  Brian taught us that no one is born with talent, and you can be whatever you want to be.  In addition, he shared a saying with us that we constantly use in class: Practice makes better.  Brian helped us understand that no one will ever be perfect at anything, but if you practice, you will always continue to get better. 

In addition, we recently finished our own Me on the Map books to supplement our mapping unit in social studies.  These books are based on Me on the Map  by Joan Sweeney.  We explored streets in Maynard, our town, state, country, continent, and even planet!  We are going to also examine and interpret different types of maps. 




Special Notes:


  • 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. 
  • Helping Kids Navigate Peer Relationships, Conflict and Collaboration: a free parent workshop on Monday, April 8th: 9am-11am or Tuesday, April 23rd: 7pm-9pm Co-Sponsored by: Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley, Maynard's SEPAC, Maynard High PTO, Fowler PTO, Green Meadow PTO, and Maynard Family Association. – This workshop explores the language and ideas on discerning the difference between bullying and conflict while addressing the key role that adults play in preventing bullying from occurring or continuing. This workshop is open to general public.  Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at or 978-897-2705. Location: Fowler School Auditorium. Guest Speakers: Nadine Briggs (Simply Social Kids) & Donna Shea (The Peter Pan Center)


Dates to Remember:

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 6:30 PM

v     April 12, 2013                        Community Reading Day

v     April 15-19, 2013                  Spring Break

v     April 25, 2013                        Orientation for parents of incoming Kindergarten students

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

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