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Green Meadow Newsletter 5/19/2016

posted May 19, 2016, 10:28 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

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May 19, 2016                                    Donna Dankner, Principal

 The Green Meadow Second Grade Art Show opening drew a large crowd and was an amazing success!   Throughout the year, students have been learning about the lives and creative contributions of great artists.   They have concentrated on understanding and replicating their style, technique, and use of color. Students were so excited to have this opportunity to show their art work to their families, displaying enormous pride while they explained the process.

This year the art show is being held at the Maynard Public library.  The space is wonderful, bright and open, allowing the student art to be the focal point.  The Library also provides the added benefit of being easily accessible to the community and increasing the audience to appreciate the accomplishments of our second grade students. The display in the Maynard Public Library is a testament to the learning and skills that the students have developed throughout their concentration on art this year.  Special thanks to our art teacher, Susan Arcelay, for supporting the students throughout the year as they created this amazing collection of original art.  We would also like to thank the parent volunteers for assisting Mrs. Arcelay with the display. If you have not had the opportunity to see this display, please stop by the Maynard library during the next 2 weeks.

This afternoon the entire school enjoyed a preview of the third grade musical presentation, Summer Camp.  Under the direction of Mrs. Docheff, our music teacher, the students have been preparing for this presentation in their music classes, coming together as a whole grade for rehearsals this week.  You will be amazed by the talents and polish of our third graders during this evening’s presentation.  Please be certain all third grade students arrive by 6:15 so they are ready to begin at 6:30.

Our third grade students are also preparing for their upcoming wax museum by researching famous individuals and their contributions.  Once the information is gathered, the students prepare presentations, using the information to transform themselves into their chosen subject.  I always look forward to visiting the wax museums, seeing the students in their costumes, and learning new information from their carefully researched and well planned presentations.

 The return of beautiful spring weather has enabled us to spend more time outside focused on our science curriculum.  This week the third grade class and their kindergarten buddies visited the Vernal Pools.  Second grade classes have continued their year long study of the Vernal Pools, spending time outside exploring and investigating.  First grade students continue to explore planting while kindergarten students are observing and documenting signs of spring on their trees.  Third grade students will be collecting tadpoles, observing their transition and then releasing them.  Our focus on science and nature has truly been a highlight of the school year.

 Our last parent coffee of the school year will be held on Tuesday, May 31 at 8:45.  We invite you to join us as we reflect on the year and think about plans for the year to come.  Jennifer Gaudet, Director of Curriculum will join us for this discussion. We welcome your thoughts, ideas and suggestions and hope you are available to join us.

                                                                                                            Donna Dankner

 News from Sra. Soler’s Class:

 We have had a wonderful time meeting and exchanging ideas with our 7th grade penpals at Fowler.  They are very impressed at how well we speak Spanish.  We visited them and feel very ready for middle school next year!

 We are also  writing  stories  about the American Revolution.  We are planning on sharing them with the Spanish Immersion first grade students.      

   Special Notes:                                         

     ·         Thank you to everyone for making the Tiger Trot event a huge success on May 14.

·         Next week the GM PTO will be sending out information about the launch of our new fundraiser for online businesses. 

·          Every student has made their mark on a project that represents their grade, and each project will be available for raffle in the days leading up to the Tiger Trot and throughout the event (winners will be chosen that day). Go to to see photos of all the projects.

·         SEPAC Ice Cream Social  The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are invited to attend. This popular event will have lots of crafts, activities, and fun! This event is free and open to the whole family of students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at or 978-897-0650.

·         2016-2017 BUS REGISTRATION Bus registration for the 2016-2017 school year began on May 9, 2016.  Registration takes  place at the administrative offices located at 3-R Tiger Drive.  Registration Forms will be available on our website and all school offices. There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 for the 2nd or more.  Please register as early as possible if you are interested in the bus for your child as the buses fill quickly.

·         Maynard High School will host a very informative and important presentation on May 24 at 7:30 by F. George Herring, A Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed. Herring is a case investigator, for the Fatal Overdose Narcotics Bureau in Long Island, New York. The presentation will aim to provide information about the current drug culture and  help recognize signs of abuse.

·         Enrollment for EXCEL April Summer Programs are open to Maynard students (current grades K-7).   For information and registration go to : Maynard Public Schools, EXCEL- Before & After School

Dates to Remember       

 Thursday, May 19                     Grade 3 Presentation, Summer Camp 6:30 PM

Monday, May 30                      No school, Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 31                      Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

Friday,  June 3                           Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Friday, June 10                          Green Meadow Service Day and Reading Celebration

Wednesday, June 15                Preschool End-of-Year Celebration

Tuesday, June 21                      Last Day of Preschool