Green Meadow News
April 3, 2014 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
We are delighted to welcome our newest members of the Green Meadow community this week as our incoming kindergarten students come for kindergarten screening. For some children this is their first visit to Green Meadow while others have a familiarity from special events and visits with their siblings. Regardless of their prior experience, each new kindergarten student arrives with excitement and anticipation as they spend time sharing their skills and meeting some of the staff that will be part of their educational experience. As their kindergarten screening ends, each student leaves with a smile, anxiously awaiting the start of a new school year.
We are also pleased to welcome some new staff members to our community to replace those who are beginning their leaves. Special educator Lisa Boardman and Speech and Language Therapist Jodi Barron are beginning their maternity leaves this week. We wish them well and look forward to hearing about the arrival of the new additions to their families. Sarah Bourke returns to Green meadow as a special educator and Suzanne Breen joins us in Speech to fill these rolls. In addition, we welcome Stacey Wood and Chrep Ket as ABA paraprofessionals in addition to Donna Amidon as a special education paraprofessional.
Our core values emphasize the importance of kindness, safety, and learning. During the remaining portion of the year, we will be practicing some of the important procedures that our students need to know to ensure their safety in difficult situations. We practice what to do in case of fire through fire drills. Students learn the importance of listening and following directions while exiting the building once the alarm is sounded. As with fire drills, lock drills help us practice procedures for emergency situations. Discussions will occur in classrooms to prepare students to respond swiftly and safely when these drills occur.
Our “Fish Reading Challenge” has created such excitement for reading! To date we have read approximately 1500 books! Look for the fish displayed in the halls that represent all the books we have read.
Mrs. Lawton’s Class:
First Grade has been a very busy place. We had a fantastic visit from author and illustrator Jef Czekaj. He came in and read and rapped to music a few of his stories and discussed how he gets his ideas for the books he writes. This was a great compliment to our author study unit on Kevin Henkes that we are beginning in writer’s workshop. Thank you to the PTO Enrichment committee for arranging this for us. We are looking forward to showcasing some of our work and Spring activities at the open house in a few weeks.
Have a great spring!
Ms. MacDougall’s Class:
Time flies when you’re having a lot of fun! We can’t believe that we have less than fifty days left at school! Even though it’s spring, we’re learning a lot of new things and working hard in second grade. In math, we have been learning about arrays and perimeter. The children even created their own picture using block paper and figured out the perimeter of their creation! The class has also enjoyed becoming actors and having their own scripts from which to read. We have been using Reader’s Theater to help with our fluency and expression. Our scripts have been focusing on fairytales because they are familiar to us. In science we are learning all about owls. Ask us about what many owls eat and where many owls live. In social studies, we have been creating our own compass rose and learning how to read a map. The children are looking forward to see you for open house!
Special Notes :
Ø The Boys and Girls Club will be closed on Tuesday, April 8th. Please notify the school on how your child will be dismissed that day.
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, on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org;.
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.
Ø School begins at 8:30. Supervision for students begins at 8:15. Please do not drop students off for school prior to 8:15 to ensure safety. If you need an early arrival program, please contact EXCEL for availability.
Dates to Remember
Ø April 3, 4 Spring Conferences (11:35 dismissal)
Ø April 3 New Kindergarten Orientation Evening
Ø April 4,11 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