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Green Meadow Newsletter 4/16/15

posted Apr 16, 2015, 12:27 PM by Joanne Lochiatto

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April 16, 2015                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


It was so wonderful that so many families were able to come to school for open house to celebrate the amazing learning of our students.  The art room was filled with parents and children exploring their creativity with special projects.  Second grade time lines filled the hallways with the important events of each child’s life.  Students were so excited to take their families on scavenger hunts through their classroom or serve as tour guides for all their special projects.  Desks were covered with original student writing and examples of mathematical thinking.  Many students were introducing their parents to the Smart Board Technology in their classrooms, demonstrating how to move and change images.  We are delighted you were able to share this special evening with us.

Many other exciting events occurred during this busy week.  Second grade students continued their study of the vernal pools with Erica Whitworth from the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  All Green Meadow students attended a special safety presentation from Officer Phil.  Our Respectful Schools Committee presented a special assembly for the students emphasizing our core values.   We will end the week with a crazy hair day on Friday, April 17 to celebrate reaching our first benchmark for the PTO Tiger Trot Fund raiser to support enrichment programs connected to curriculum that our students enjoy throughout the year.  Students are welcome to come to school with a “unique” hair style if they would like.  We look forward to seeing their creative hair styles!


                                                                        Donna Dankner                    


News from Mrs. Wallace’s Class

Greetings! In the Frog Class we are “hopping” along in our learning!  We have started a Geometry and Positions Unit: identifying, analyzing, describing, and creating both two and three dimensional shapes.  For writing we are composing non-fiction procedure books and reports.  In other words, we are writing “How to Do Books.”  You would be amazed at how many different things kindergartners are experts at and what they can do!  After vacation, we will be looking at many different growth cycles: frogs, butterflies, and plants.  The children have truly blossomed this spring in their reading abilities.  It is wonderful to see and hear them read with such delight.  We are also starting our “Picture in Writing” project this week!  The children will create colorful collages and poetry that will become a beautiful book.  We wish you all a very relaxing spring vacation.  Enjoy, Mrs. Wallace and the Frog class.


News from Sra. Milligan’s Class:


Happy Spring! Our class did a great job on timeline projects and enjoyed presenting them. The students had many insightful comments and inquisitive questions for each other. We have also been working hard with double-digit addition and subtraction. The last two weeks they have also been building their problem solving skills while learning to work well with one another on group biography projects. They came out really great! We will be presenting them to each other soon. During literacy blocks we are getting deeper into our reading and increasing comprehension and appreciation for both fiction and non-fiction texts. We are looking forward to getting outside more for science to enjoy the wonderful change in the weather!


Special Notes

  •  Calling all 3rd grade parents for picture submission for End of Year DVD -  Please email electronic copies to, and include your child's name and teacher. We can also accept electronic copies via disc or Zip drives (please clearly label them so they can be returned).
  •  Tiger Trot Registration forms due April 17.  Questions please email
  •  The GM PTO board has 2 openings for the 2015/2016 school year. Applicants need to express their interest no later than April 30th. These are rewarding volunteer experiences that have a direct influence on enhancing the educational experience of Green Meadow students. Please reach out to Stacey Rosander, PTO President, at, for more information, by April 30.
  • Sensory Strategies for School Aged Kids - The Maynard SEPAC welcomes Karen Ditto, OTR/L to speak to parents and educators about Sensory Strategies: Practical and effective strategies to use at home and in the classroom on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA.  Sensory processing challenges occur when an individual has difficulty organizing an effective and appropriate response to sensory input.  The resulting dysregulation can present challenges when performing countless everyday tasks, including maintaining self-regulation, maneuvering through the environment responding appropriately. Ms. Ditto will present a number of strategies and resources parents and educators can use to help kids become better regulated and more productive.  This workshop is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to or 978-897-2705.
  • During Read Across America, Green Meadow will be collecting “sox” as a service project.  Our “Seuss Sox” project will benefit our school nurse when in need and the Maynard Food Pantry.  We are asking for donations of new “sox” sizes newborn to adult. Just have your child bring them in to their teacher or drop them off yourself. We will have “Sox Boxes” out and about.  We thank you in advance.

·        We are in need of substitutes for classrooms, paraprofessionals and recess.  Please let us know if you are interested.


Dates to Remember                   


      Friday, April 17                            Crazy Hair Day

      April 20- April 24                         No School, Spring Vacation

      Friday, May 1                               Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

      Thursday, May 7                          Grade 1 Concert, 9:00 AM

      Friday, May 8                               Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal