Green Meadow News
April 28, 2016 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Beginning next week, our third grade students, along with students throughout the state, will participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers, the PARCC assessment. For our students and many of their families, this is the first experience with the standardized assessments. On this assessment students will demonstrate their knowledge of grade level common core standards as well as their ability to apply the skills and strategies they have learned throughout their educational experience. Specifically the Literacy Sessions focus on comprehending grade level text in addition to writing effectively when analyzing text. Math sessions will focus on applying skills and concepts as well as understanding multistep problems. In addition students will demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge by answering open response or multiple choice questions in both Literacy and Math. Classroom instruction at all grade levels has focused on developing student knowledge and skills based on the learning standards in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The instruction students have received throughout their Green Meadow experience have prepared to be effective readers, writers, and mathematical thinkers which will support them during this assessment and in all future learning experiences.
We are looking forward to some very special upcoming events. The Open House for the second grade Art Show will be on May 17th from 5-7:00 PM. The Art show itself will run for two weeks. Our second grade students will share the beautiful original artwork they have created throughout the year. They have studied the work of the great masters such as Van Gough and Matise, focusing on technique and composition. You will be able to view the art they have created using similar styles and technique. The variety of student art work along with the expressions of color combine for an amazing display and celebration of each individual’s accomplishments. On Thursday, May 19, our grade 3 students will display their musical talents in a special evening presentation. The students are anxiously preparing and practicing during their weekly music classes. We hope you are able to join us for these exciting events.
News from Mrs. Mooradian’s Class:
The preschool children are all so happy to be back in school with their friends after vacation break. This week we focused on an author study…Eric Carle. In this unit the children learned about the roles of authors and illustrators and made their own book in the Eric Carle fashion. Hopefully the warm weather will provide lots of opportunities to observe the changes –both flora and fauna-in the courtyard. Observations will be documented in our science journals! Happy Spring!
News from Mrs. Vasta’s Class:
We have returned to school after a nice April vacation full of energy! This is the time of year when we all would like to be outside as much as possible for sure! Our current thematic unit is an author study of the very famous and beloved author/illustrator Eric Carle. He is a prolific writer and illustrator whose books send positive messages to children and are full of colorful and playful images. This is a perfect opportunity to build on the literacy concepts of identifying title, author, and illustrator. Preschoolers will be creating a three-part story book of their own as author and illustrator! Our next unit of study is “Insects”, so Eric Carle will continue to be a featured author with several of his works related to fireflies, ladybugs, butterflies, and crickets! Preschoolers will continue to play the role of scientists each Thursday by observing, hypothesizing, and illustrating their thoughts on long-term and short-term experiments - including the life cycle of a real butterfly. With the foreseeable nice weather we all hope to spend more time outside investigating the world around us!
· 2016-2017 BUS REGISTRATION - Bus registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on May 9, 2016. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at 3-R Tiger Drive. Registration Forms will be available on our website and all school offices starting on May 6. No forms will be accepted before May 9. There is no fee increase this year. $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 for the 2nd or more.
· Enrollment for EXCEL April vacation week and Summer Programs are open to Maynard students (current grades K-7). For information and registration go to : Maynard Public Schools, EXCEL- Before & After School
· The Tiger Trot is just around the corner — May 14th! We need volunteers to help plan for the event and volunteers for the day. Please email Sara Matias at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help in any capacity.
· The teacher/staff appreciation lunch is coming soon - as we prepare for the lunch we want to give the teachers and staff something special this year. We are asking GM families to share words of kindness of what the teachers and staff mean to them. At the Open House on Thursday, April 14 we will be collecting these phrases of kindness at the PTO table. If you don't have a chance to do it ahead of time we will have paper and pen to do it there. We ask that you do not mention the child's or teachers/staff's name as the final project will be on display for years to come, to be enjoyed by all.
· There will be no school for kindergarten students on Thursday, April 28th and Friday, April 29th during kindergarten screening for our incoming students.
Dates to Remember
April 28-29 No School for Current Kindergarten Students, Kindergarten Screening
May 2- May 13 PARCC Assessment Administration for Grade 3
Friday, May 6 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
Saturday, May 14 GMPTO Tiger Trot