Green Meadow News
April 6, 2017 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
This week we were delighted to welcome the families of our incoming kindergarten families to the Green Meadow Community. Prior to the beginning of the presentation, incoming kindergarten families had an opportunity to visit classrooms and meet the kindergarten teachers. Families truly enjoyed the opportunity to explore the classrooms and speak with the teachers to learn about the kindergarten experience. They were amazed by the student work throughout the room, highlighting our current kindergarten students’ development as effective readers, writers, and mathematical thinkers. The presentation provided more specific information about the kindergarten curriculum and program as well as an introduction to the Spanish Immersion option. We always enjoy the opportunity to share information about the kindergarten experience and look forward to having the children join us in kindergarten next year.
Our annual Spring Family Open House will be held next week on Wednesday, April 12. The students are looking forward to sharing all of the learning that occurs throughout the year and celebrating their growth and progress. They are so excited to be your guide for your visit to their classrooms and their school.
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
6:00-8:00 Green Meadow Book Fair in the Library
6:30-7:30 Visits to classrooms, specialists, and special educators
Your children have been eagerly preparing to showcase their many accomplishments and their ongoing learning. Throughout the year students have become amazing writers, sharing their small moments, creating beautiful poetry, and writing realistic fiction that engages all readers. They are reading a wide range of authentic literature with fluency and expression. Through our math instruction and learning experiences, students are demonstrating an understanding of complex mathematical concepts and the ability to solve challenging problems. As you visit classrooms during the evening, we hope you have an opportunity to read students’ original writing in journals or writing folders and play some of the math games that help students develop an understanding of mathematical skills and concepts.
In addition to classroom visits, please take some time to visit the specialists in art, music, library, and physical education to learn about the arts curriculum that is such an important part of each child learning experience. Special educators will be available throughout the evening as well. Please check the information in the school lobby as to where specialist and support staff will be available throughout the evening. We also hope you will have some time during the evening to visit the spring book fair which will be held in the library. All proceeds from this book fair benefit the school library. We hope you are able to join us on Wednesday, April 12 for this special celebration of learning!
We received some exciting news this week about the contest to win a visit from renown children’s author Jan Brett. Although we did not win the grand prize of the author’s visit, we did come in fourth place. Because of the amazing support of our community, our school’s fourth place finish brings us some of Jan Brett’s beloved books for our school library. Our students will be very excited to read these new books. They are extremely proud of the role they played in this achievement. We would like to thank kindergarten teacher Samantha Mazeika for entering us into this contest and rallying the support of the community to yield such a wonderful result.
News from Mrs. Mooradian’s Class:
Hopefully we have had our last snow storm and spring will truly be here as we would like to do some outdoor science observations connected to the arrival of spring. Recently we have been very busy making and observing a compost bin and partaking in a compost bin lesson presented by Drumlin Farm. In the future we will be completing the life cycle of a plant by using the compost to grow vegetable plants. This week we are beginning a Healthy Habit theme by participating in exercise activities. The children will be able to state that exercise, nutritious food and rest are essential factors for a healthy body. Inherent in the exercise component is less ‘screen time’! The children have also been gathering articles for their art portfolios and look forward to sharing them with you at Open House.
News from Sra. Gamboni’s Class:
De colores is our spring song, and we are looking for all the signs that shows that spring has arrived during our science walks. Addition and soon subtraction are the main focus of our math units this month. Students are beginning to write and illustrate short stories that include characters, setting, a problem and a solution in the story. We continue to observe our composting and the importance of recycling, how long different things take to recycle, where does trash go? What we can do to create less trash in our everyday lives.
· Important reminder for Kindergarten families:
There will be no school for kindergarten students on Thursday, April 27 and Friday April 28.
· Great job, Green Meadow students! Working together, you raised $1515 in spare change for the playground in a few short weeks! It's amazing to see what a little community teamwork can do. We've surpassed our $900 goal needed to purchase the funnel ball hoop; the remainder of the money raised will be put towards purchasing another piece of new equipment. Thank you to all who contributed!
· From the PTO: at this year's Tiger Trot, we will hold our 2nd annual silent auction. This year we are offering some items early to help you get a jump start on planning your summer camp plans for the kids. The summer camp auction will run from Wed, April 5, 10:00 am thru Fri, April 14, 9:00 pm. Visit www.32auctions.com/TrotCamps2017 to join in. Place bids on any of the camp options or use the Buy Now option to get up to 25% off list prices so you can get your camp reservations in early. Stay tuned for info about the general silent auction later this month!
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Thank you!
· Our school Book Fair is on Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14. Listed below are the days that the various classes will be visiting the Book Fair.
Monday, April 10: Sra. Reyes, Mrs. McPhail,
Sra. Tavares, Mrs. Ginnity
Dates to Remember
Thurs & Friday, April 6 & 7 No Preschool – Parent Conferences
Thursday, April 6 Early Release – Parent Conferences for Preschool through Grade 3
Friday, April 7 Early Release – Parent Conferences for Preschool through Grade 3
Tuesday, April 11 GM PTO Meeting 7:00-8:15 pm, GM Cafeteria
Wednesday, April 12 Family Open House 6:30 PM
Mon. April 17- Fri. April 21 No School, April Vacation
Thurs, April 27-Fri. April 28 No School for Current Kindergarten Students
Thurs, April 27- Fri. April 28 Screening for 2017-2018 Kindergarten students