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Green Meadow Newsletter 3/9/2017

posted Mar 9, 2017, 6:42 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]             

March 9, 2017                             Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     


The halls of Green Meadow School are lined with stars!  Our reading challenge for the year has begun and the enthusiasm of the students is overwhelming!  In just a few days we have read 360 books toward our goal of reading a mile or 6 loops around the school.  Given the enthusiasm with which our challenge has begun, we should be able to achieve our goal by the end of the school year!

As always, our Bingo for Books program registration has generated great excitement.  As in previous years, nearly 300 people will join us for this special evening focused on Literacy Bingo.  Today you are receiving the materials for the four Bingo games that will be played during the evening.  You will receive a complete packet for each child participating.  Each child should use the materials provided to make their Bingo boards prior to the event as we will be spending the entire event playing the different Bingo Games. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please let us know so we may include additional families who would like to attend.   We look forward to seeing you there!

            Our next parent coffee will be held on Tuesday, March 14 at 8:45.  Justine Spedden, our Green Meadow Literacy Coach, will be sharing strategies for supporting reading both in school and at home. Each day we focus on helping our students develop a love for reading as well as an ability to understand complex text.  Ms. Spedden will share information on how children develop as readers as well as offering suggestions for helping children when they struggle.  She will explore selecting just right books’ for each child as well as sharing resources and instructional materials that families may find helpful.  We hope you are able to join us for this informative discussion.

                                                                                                                 Donna Dankner


News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Class:

Last week we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday! We would like to say a big thank you to Mr. Mark (town librarian) for being our mystery reader to celebrate Read Across America Day!  Our author study for the month of March will be Dr. Seuss. To add excitement to this famous author’s books, the children will be participating in special, wacky events . We will have days like Wacky Wednesday hair day and hat day for Cat in the Hat. Rhyming and word families will be a focus of our fun. In science, we have been enjoying the spring like weather and exploring nature. Out of curiosity, the children went on a worm hunt. Unfortunately we didn’t find any worms, but we had fun exploring, stretching out the sounds of items that we stumbled upon and counting how many sticks and acorns we found. While digging in the soil the children came up with some burning questions to investigate. Do worms hibernate? Are they frozen under the soil? We will investigate these questions as we continue to observe and record the changes our class tree is going through as the months pass.  Our little scientists continue to use their curiosity in their world to develop their scientific skills.


News from the Library:

In the library we are reading some exciting books! Kindergarten is listening to Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes and First Grade The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Second Grade is comparing fiction with nonfiction and Third Grade is conducting an author study on Allen Say.

A BIG thank you to the following parents for checking out and shelving books: Mrs. Cryan, Mrs. Neumann, Mrs. Friedman, Mrs. Larkin, Mrs. Murzycki and Mr. Herault and Mr. Knight. Your time is greatly appreciated!
A poem from the library:

Read to Me by Jane Yolen
Read to me riddles and read to me rhymes
Read to me stories of magical times
Read to me tales about castles and kings
Read to me stories of fabulous things
Read to me pirates and read to me knights
Read to me dragons and dragon-book fights
Read to me spaceships and cowboys and then
When you are finished- please read them again


Greetings from Mrs. Wallace’s Frog Class,

  Can you believe we have been in School 115 days?  Wow, the school year is flying by... I mean leaping by!  We have been busy learning many new Kindergarten Skills. For example in Math: discovering different ways to make eleven through twenty, playing estimation games, and discussing what more or less than means; English Language Arts: working hard on the Daily 5, and using a variety of Reading Strategies during our reading centers; playing Fundations  Phonic Games with magnet boards and white boards; Science: investigating the Earth and Sky; Social Studies: reading about President George Washington, President Abe Lincoln, Doctor Daniel Hale (first doctor to save a person’s life with open heart surgery), Olympic Athlete Debi Thomas, Poet Phillis Wheatley, Explorer Matthew Henson, Astronaut Mae Jemison, Justice of the Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall, Harriet Tubman, and Ruby Bridges (to name a few). We also kicked off the “Read Across America” program with a fun whole school assembly. Our classroom's Guest Reader was none other than Mrs. Jennifer Gaudet!  A Great Time was had by all!            Think Spring!                                                                                                                                                                

 Special Notes:

·         SAVE THE DATE:    March 21st  7 p.m. Fowler Library - Members of the District Digital Learning Committee and members of the Distict School Safety Committee are hosting a community presentation by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth entitled Navigating the Cyber World.  Keeping our students safe online is an important priority, and this presentation will help parents and community members be more aware of positive ways to deal with the challenges facing our youth today.

·         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 if you are interested.  Thank you!

·         We are so excited about our progress in the contest to have renown children’s book author, Jan Brett, come to our school. Currently, approximately 400 votes separates us from first place.  Every vote counts so if you have not had an opportunity to vote, Please Google “Jan Brett school visit 2017” and enter our school’s information (Green Meadow, 5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA, 01754). 


Dates to Remember 

Tuesday, March 14                              Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

Tuesday, March 14                              PTO Meeting 7-8:15 PM in GM Cafeteria

Friday, March 17                                  Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, March 20                              Preschool Drumlin Farm visit

Wednesday, March 22                       Bingo-For-Books 6:30 PM

Friday, March 24                                  Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal       

Monday, March 27                              MCAS Parent  Presentation, 6:30 PM