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Green Meadow Newsletter 5/16/2013

posted May 16, 2013, 10:21 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

May 16, 2013                                            Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


         The end of the school year is always filled with culminating activities and events that showcase and celebrate all the learning that has occurred throughout the year.  This week we completed the administration of the third grade MCAS.  The students placed all their efforts into demonstrating the mathematical knowledge and understanding that they have gained throughout their Green Meadow experience. Student results will be available for families in the fall.


            Publishing Parties and Authors’ Teas are occurring in many classrooms as students celebrate their skills as authors by sharing their original stories with peers and families. Classes are enjoying the beautiful weather by taking walking fieldtrips to places such as the bank.  Preschool students are excited about their upcoming visit to Drumlin Farm while the grade one students will enjoy a special enrichment program about animal habitats.  Third grade students are anxiously anticipating their concert on June 4 and the Ice Cream and DVD celebration on Thursday, June 20. 


            We would like to say a very special thank you to the many volunteers who support our school.  We can always rely on the PTO to provide classroom support and special community events. They sponsored the Picturing Writing Program which combines the beauty and creativity of collage with the craft of writing by supplying the extensive materials needed to make this such a successful curriculum initiative. The PTO enrichment committee selects and schedules the many programs that come into the school to support our curriculum.   We would also like to thank all the families and the PTO for a very special luncheon they provided for Teacher Appreciation last week.


            Our school council consists of dedicated staff and parents who worked diligently on a new handbook which will be distributed at the beginning of the coming school year.  They also developed a comprehensive school improvement plan which outlines our vision and goals for the future. In addition, the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition connects us with volunteers who come to school on a regular basis to read with students and support early literacy development.


            We are so fortunate to be part of a such a supportive community who are committed to being effective partners in the education of our students.


                                                                                                Donna Dankner             

News From Mrs. Duddy’s Third Grade Class:

Students are excited about creating free form poems using an art –and-literature based approach to writing called Picturing Writing which was developed at the University of New Hampshire.  Students create collages using various hand-painted textured papers and a variety of art techniques.  Image-making within the writing process helps students gain confidence and provides visual and kinesthetic tools for thinking and writing allowing the writer to be successful.  The students’ poems are truly amazing.




News From Mrs. Hazel’s P.E. Classes:

PE News: 2nd and 3rd graders have just finished up with batting skills and are now starting track and field. In this unit we concentrate on relays (passing the baton), sprint starts and long jump. K and 1st are bowling for healthy snacks this week and doing fitness stations! The 3rd grade Field Day is coming up in June!! Date to be confirmed so please stay tuned as parent volunteers are needed!  Mrs. Hazel


Special Notes:


  • The end of the year is fast approaching.  The third graders will be ending their time at Green Meadow soon.  This is a very exciting time for them.  Thanks to the PTO, as part of the celebration each third grader will receive a DVD of pictures of their years at Green Meadow.  This DVD will be played at the ice cream social too!  If you have pictures of your child in school or at school related functions please send them to Tifany Kennedy at If you have many pictures to share feel free to email Tifany to make other arrangements.  Pictures are due by May 17, 2013.  Thank you. 
  • EXCEL Summer Programs are open to all Maynard students K-7.  Information/registration is available online or call 978-897-8021.  Go to Green Meadow School - Family/EXCEL - Documents to Download
  • Our lost and found is overflowing.  Please check the lost and found for any items your child may have lost.  We will be donating all unclaimed items at the end of the school year.
  • Please have students wear sneakers during recess to help them to run and play safely.
  • The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to attend the Annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Monday, June 3rd!  Families of students receiving special education are invited to attend this social.  We will have ice cream, crafts, coloring, light music, and books, as well as some snacks and drinks.  The social will take place on June 3, 2013 at the Fowler School Cafeteria, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at or 978-897-2705.  Learn more about the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at


Dates to Remember:

v     May 17, 2013                        Grade 2 Concert , 8:40 AM

v     May 17, 24, 2013                  Kindergarten Screening

v     May 22, 2013                        Last day of Registration for  2013-14 Immersion Kindergarten

v     May 31, 2013                        Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

v     June 3, 2013                          SEPAC – Ice Cream Social               

v     June 4, 2013                          Grade 3 Concert, 7:00 PM

v     June 19, 2013                       PreSchool End-of-Year Celebration

v     June 20, 2013                       Last day of Preschool

v     June 20, 2013                       Grade 3 Ice Cream and DVD Celebration

v     June 21, 2013                       Last day of School – 11:25 Dismissal