Green Meadow News
April 10, 2014 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Our annual Green Meadow Open House will be held on Wednesday evening, April 16 from 6:30-7:30. As I visit classrooms, I am continually impressed by the learning that happens each day in the classes. Our students are amazing writers, sharing their small moments, creating beautiful poetry, and writing realistic fiction that engages all readers. They are reading and understanding a range of authentic literature with fluency and expression. Through inquiry, exploration, and discussion, students are demonstrating an understanding of complex mathematical concepts. Your children are very excited to be able to share and celebrate all they have learned throughout the year with you.
The Open house schedule is as follows:
· 6:00-8:00 Visit the Book Fair located next to the library before the classroom visits begin.
· 6:30-7:30 Visit the classrooms, specialists, and support staff
· 7:30-8:00 The Book fair remains open
Parking is always a challenge during these special events. Please keep the fire lanes clear and be aware of parking restrictions. The Fowler parking lot is available for extra parking as needed.
With the goal of safety, we held a lock down drill on Wednesday under the guidance of the Maynard Police Department. Students and teachers reacted swiftly, calmly, and followed procedures well during this exercise. It is important for our students to have opportunities to learn and practice these procedures to be well prepared. Teachers discussed this process with the students to explain and answer questions. In addition to this newsletter, we are sending a brief article which may be of interest to you about talking to children about lockdown drills .
We look forward to seeing everyone at the spring Open House on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:30.
Mrs. Adamson’s Class:
On Wednesday, March 26th, we met author, illustrator and musician, Jef Czejak. He is an inspiration to us as we study authors as mentors. The courtyard is a very busy place this spring. Eastern Bluebirds are building a nest in the birdhouse. Downy Woodpeckers are enjoying the suet feeder. See you at Open House on April 16th.
News from Mrs. Mazeika’s Class
We cannot believe it is already April! In writers’ workshop, we are beginning a new unit called Author as Mentor. The author we are studying is Mo Willems, who is famous for the Gerald, the elephant, and Piggie books, as well as pigeon stories. We look forward to incorporating some of Mo’s interesting styles into our own stories! In science, we are learning about our solar system. We have learned about constellations and galaxies. We are part of the Milky Way galaxy that got its name because it is a white, cloudy band across the sky that resembles milk. In addition, we created our own constellations and named them. We are glad spring has finally arrived and we look forward to many days filled with sunshine and warm temperatures!
Special Notes :
Ø Please do not drop off any children prior to 8:15 each morning. There is no supervision prior to this time. It is a safety issue if children are outside unattended. If you need an early arrival program, please contact EXCEL for availability.
Ø The Boys and Girls Club will be closed for the remainder of the week. Please keep us informed as to the dismissal plans for your child during this time.
Ø The EXCEL April Vacation Programs and Summer Programs are open to students in grades K-7. Go to the Green Meadow School website and click on Families/EXCEL or call 978-897-8021 for more information.
Ø The Maynard SEPAC invites you to attend a presentation on Executive Function Processes by Kalyani Krishnan, M.A. on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Fowler School Library. In this presentation, Ms. Krishnan will provide parents with comprehensive information about executive function processes as they affect their children's behavior and learning.
Ø We are beginning the process of planning for the 2013-2014 school year. Letters with information to be considered in the student placement process must be received in the office by Friday, April 4.
Ø Staying Connected in a Wired World: Cyber safety and healthy online behavior presented by the Middlesex District Attorney’s office, Monday, May 5, 2014 at Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA from 7-9:00 PM. The workshop will examine trends and take a practical approach to cyber safety and how to promote healthy behavior online. Parents will be given tips on protecting their children from online predators and ideas on how to instill common sense behavior in their child’s digital life. The presentation is free and open to the public. This presentation was made possible by collaboration between the Acton, Maynard and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils. To RSVP, please email Jen O’Leary at email@example.com;.
Ø As you enter the building, please do not let others in behind you. It is important for us to be certain we have checked each visitor to our building to ensure safety for all.
Dates to Remember
Ø April 11 Kindergarten Screening
Ø April 16 Family Open House, 6:30 PM
Ø April 18 Good Friday – No School
Ø April 21-25 Spring Break – No School