Green Meadow News
March 30, 2017 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
First Graders helped us celebrate our focus on literacy as well as Music in Schools month and through a wonderful presentation this morning. Through song, creative movement, and instrumental renditions, we enjoyed a wonderful presentation of Dr. Seuss’ Book, My Many Colored Days. Students were able to share their interpretations and responses to music as they performed. Our cafetorium was filled with families and friends who came to enjoy the music and the talents of our first grade students. We would like to thank our music teacher Christine Wysokowski and the first grade teachers for all of their efforts to prepare the students for this wonderful event.
Next week we will have the opportunity to welcome the families of our incoming kindergarten students to the Green Meadow community. Entry into kindergarten is such a special milestone for children and their families. Parents will have an opportunity to visit classrooms, speak with teachers, and learn about the kindergarten experience that their children will enjoy. The presentation will also share information about our rich kindergarten curriculum and our focus on meeting the needs of each child as we support their growth and development as learners.
Our annual Family Open House is on, April 12 from 6:30-7:30. Students are eagerly preparing their classrooms to showcase all the learning that has occurred throughout the year. They are so proud of their accomplishments and eager to share how much they have grown. You will have an opportunity to enjoy students’ original writing, explore the concepts and manipulatives used to develop mathematical thinking, and share the wide range of leveled texts students read as they continue to enhance their skills as effective readers. The book fair which benefits the library will be available throughout the evening. We hope you are able to join us for this special event!
News from Mrs. Fioretti’s Class:
Our busy group of first graders is learning about the sun, moon, and stars. We began by focusing on the sun, the star in the center of our solar system. Did you know that 1 million earths could fit inside this near perfect sphere? After searching for facts in several non-fiction books, we made a model that helped us understand how the moon orbits the earth and the earth orbits the sun. These budding scientists then used their science journals to draw diagrams and write down key facts. We're looking forward to Drumlin Farms visiting at the end of the week to bring the unit to life outdoors. Together, we'll explore sunrise and sunset, light and shadows, seasons and phases of the moon. We can't wait to see where else this unit takes us!!! Happy Spring everyone!!!
News from Mrs. Smart’s Class:
On Friday, March 17th we had a visitor from Drumlin Farm. She helped us launch a unit on living and non-living. After her introduction, the children went outside, explored and collected living and non-living objects. As the children found objects, they had to not only tell if the item were living or non-living, but they had to explain why? This science unit has been incorporated into the Daily 5: At the listening center, the children listened to the story, Is it Alive? Then the children placed all the objects they collected outside into a container and sorted them into living and non-living. They had an interesting question about an acorn. They said it was once living BUT asked if it were planted would it become living again? At the writing center, the children chose one of their objects to illustrate and write about. They used magnifying glasses to observe the details. When the children finished they read their stories to their friends and the friends tried to figure out what item they wrote about. Since most of the items were non-living, the children each drew a picture of something that was living. It will be exciting for the children to continue exploring living and non-living as it gets warmer outside and things in nature start to come alive.
News from Mrs. Viros Class:
Preschool spent these last two weeks learning about the farm. We learned that the hard work of the farmer was essential to help us get the things and the food that we need. Indeed, while singing Old Mac Donald Had a Farm, we realized that the cows that the farmer cared for gave us milk, the pigs gave us meat, and the sheep gave us wool.
Alex from Drumlin Farm came to visit on Monday, March 20, bringing with her a duck and a rabbit. Children commented on the webbed feet and yellow bill of the Pekin duck and on the furry coat and long ears of the rabbit.
A representative from Drumlin/Mass Audubon was back this Monday to teach us about worms and compost. Our compost has been a work in progress! We started it a couple of months ago during our recycling unit, and we revisited it recently by adding "clean, organic trash" to the soil. Children came to school with baggies of old lettuce, carrots, newspaper, and coffee grounds to mix into the dirt. Finally, we added a heap of red wiggler worms into the bin to munch on the food scraps. The goal is to soon be able to use this soil to plant seeds and grow new carrots...just like the farmer at the farm.
From the Art Room: The art room is in need of a volunteer or two to upload artwork to our online art museum, Artsonia. My current volunteer will need to take some time off and our box is overflowing with work to be uploaded. If you have an hour or so to come in and help out it would be greatly appreciated. Uploading work entails use of an iPad to photograph work on the Artsonia App. If you are interested in helping please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
· Great job, Green Meadow students! Working together, you raised $1515 in spare change for the playground in a few short weeks! It's amazing to see what a little community teamwork can do. We've surpassed our $900 goal needed to purchase the funnel ball hoop; the remainder of the money raised will be put towards purchasing another piece of new equipment. Thank you to all who contributed!
· 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 on Collaborative 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.
· What happens when two con-artists get mistaken for the Principals and Secretary of a high school? Come see the Fowler Spring Play, Switching Principals, to find out! “Switching Principals” by Pat Cook. Friday, March 31st 7pm or Saturday, April 1st 2pm at the Fowler School AuditoriumTickets will be sold at the door, $5 for adults and $3 for kids. The entire family is welcome!
· 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
· 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 email@example.com if you are interested. Thank you!
Dates to Remember
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
Wednesday, April 12 Family Open House 6:30-7:30 PM
Mon. April 17- Fri. April 21 No School, April Vacation