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Green Meadow Newsletter 4/13/2017

posted Apr 13, 2017, 10:56 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                     

April 13, 2017                              Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

              It was wonderful that so many students and their families were able to join us last night at our Annual Green Meadow Open House.  The classrooms and hallways are covered with student work, showcasing the learning that occurs each day.  Second grade students have proudly displayed their timelines, sharing with the school community all the important events in their lives with pictures and detailed descriptions.   Students demonstrated such pride as they toured their families around the classrooms and explained the work they have been doing.  It is amazing to see how each student has grown and how much they have learned during this school year.

            Science has been in the forefront this week. Our second grade students worked with a naturalist to extend their understanding of Vernal Pools.  They had an opportunity to look through the lens of a microscope to discover findings from the Vernal Pools that are not easily visible.  They explored life cycles, helping them understand changes that occur throughout the year.  With the support of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, our kindergarten student searched for tadpoles in a pond near school.  Despite their best efforts, most classes were able to see frogs but were unable to find tadpoles.  One class however, found tadpoles and generously shared their findings with the grade level peers so all could observe and explore.  Each grade level is collaborating with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to explore the rich natural environment around our schools through inquiry based learning.

            We always marvel at how quickly the year passes.  It is hard to believe that April Vacation is upon us.  We hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing week.  We look forward to seeing you when school reopens on Monday, April 24.

Donna Dankner


2017-2018 BUS REGISTRATION

 Bus registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on May 1, 2017.  The deadline for registration is June 30.  Registration hours on May 1 will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 Registration will take place at the administrative offices at 3-R Tiger Drive.  We are now located near the main office of the Fowler School. Forms will be available for download on our website starting April 28.  No forms will be accepted until May 1. There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the first student; $220 for the second or more children.  Late fee:  $30.00 for registration after June 30. 

Important Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.

 

News from Mrs. Lawton’s Class:

Dear Families,

Finally spring is here and we are excited for the warmer weather.  First grade had a great visit from the Mass Audubon earlier this month.  The students were excited to plant bean seeds.  We are experimenting with the effects of the sun on our seeds’ growth.  Students were able to pick areas in our classroom that has lots of sun, some sun and no sun to place their plants and watch them grow.  We look forward to seeing the outcome and to see if our predictions are correct.  

 This month we also have the great opportunity to begin planting basil plants, courtesy of Lombardo Loom and Gravel Company. We are fortunate to have individual plants to watch, record and predict the growth.

  It was so nice to see everyone at our open house.  We have worked hard and were excited to display some of our favorite activities.  We are continuing our author study on Kevin Henkes as well as our spring activities and writers’ workshop creations.  We hope everyone has a great spring break!  Take Care, Mrs. Lawton


News from Mrs. Arcelay’s Art Class:

It has been a busy year in the art room.  Students have been learning about neoplasticism (Piet Mondrian), impressionism (Claude Monet), and blown glass art (Dale Chihuly).  Students also studied Wayne Thibault as a part of their clay lessons and created clay donuts, lollipops, cupcakes and tiny plates of food.  Student artwork will go home at the end of the year in one portfolio for you to enjoy with your child. 

 In Mid-May we will have our Annual 2nd Grade Art Show.  The show will be held at the Maynard Public Library from May 15th-25th.  There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, May 16th from 5:45-7pm.  Invitations and fliers will be going home soon.  Happy Spring!  Mrs. Arcelay

                                                                                                       

 Special Notes:

·         Important reminder for Kindergarten families:

There will be no school for kindergarten students on Thursday, April  27 and Friday April 28.

·         If you would like to share information about student learning needs to be used in the student placement process for the 2017-2018 school year, please submit a letter to the school office by Wednesday, April 26. 

·         Tiger Trot registration forms are due April 28th. 

·         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 gmeadowpto@gmail.com if you are interested.  Thank you!

·         Our school Book fair has been occurring throughout the week.  Some classes have already had the opportunity to visit the book fair.  The remaining classes, Mrs. Coppola, Mrs.  Richard, Mrs. Holly, Mrs. Smart, Mr. Mehigan, will visit tomorrow, Friday, April 14.

Dates to Remember

Mon. April 17- Fri. April 21      No School, April Vacation

Wednesday, April 26                Last day to submit information for student placement

Thurs, April 27-Fri. April 28     No School for Current Kindergarten Students

Thurs, April 27- Fri. April 28    Screening for 2017-2018 Kindergarten students

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