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Green Meadow Newsletter 5/21/2015

posted May 26, 2015, 10:22 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

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May 21, 2015                                    Donna Dankner, Principal


        This has been a week to celebrate the accomplishments of our second grade students. On Monday, the Grand Opening Reception for the Second Grade Art Show was held at Art Space.   Walking into the gallery was like entering a museum of fine art.  The walls were covered with colorful and creative original student art.  Lizards, tigers, birds, and owls filled the room while spiders hung from the ceiling.  A replica of the vernal pool was surrounded by clay frogs.   The students were extremely proud to be able to share their original creations with families and friends in this special setting.  Special thanks to our art teacher, Mrs. Arcelay for the amazing work with the students on these creative projects and to the parents who assisted her in the preparations for this wonderful display.

Throughout the week, the second grade students visited the Vernal Pool guided by Erica Whitworth from the Mass Audubon Society.  Each class spent time exploring the Vernal Pool and learning about this special habitat. 

            Today we enjoyed a special musical presentation entitled “ARF!” Everyone in attendance was amazed at their musical talents and their presence on the stage as they recited their speaking parts.  We were all so delighted to see all the second grade students in their colorful costumes during this very special presentation. We would like to thank Mrs. Docheff for preparing the students for this wonderful event.

            In the days and weeks ahead, we will have opportunities to celebrate all the learning that has occurred throughout the year.  Author’s celebrations, publishing parties, wax museums and many other special programs are planned on an individual class basis.  In addition, on June 12, we will hold our second annual service day and reading celebration.  We will have a day of special activities to celebrate all the reading the students have completed throughout the year. 

            We would also like to celebrate the support of our community for supporting the Community Preservation Committee funding of the initial planning phase of the playground project.  All students will benefit from this initiative.  Thank you to the members of the playground committee and the community for all of their efforts to make this project a reality.   


Donna Dankner                                                                                                                                                                                

From the Art Room:


Students have been hard at work in the art room this spring!  Kindergarten students completed self-portraits and “You be You” mixed media collages based on the book by Linda Kranz.  They also learned about clay and glazing and made Thumb owls.  First graders learned about warm and cool colors by making Warm & Cool Penguins as well as pattern owls and clay birds in nests.  Second graders have continued their work for the art show at ArtSpace.  Projects included 3D lizards, clay frogs and aboriginal art.  The show is on until May 28th.  Gallery hours are Tuesday –Friday 11-4pm.  Please stop by and see all the amazing work they completed this year!  Third grade students created Koinobori (Koi Kites), which are still hanging in the front windows of the school.  They also learned about Friedrichstein Hundertwasser and made mixed media flowers in a similar style.   For their clay project they made slab owls.   Over the next few weeks students will create portfolios and will bring all their work home the week of June 8-12th.   I really enjoyed teaching your children this year and I hope you enjoy all the fabulous artistic creations!


What’s Buzzing in Mrs. Messina’s Busy Bee Class:

Our class is working on a STEM project using K’nex to create compound machines that actually work. We are busy learning about force, distance and friction, and how they work with simple and complex machines.  Students are also creating a display board explaining how their machines work. An elevator, bicycle wheel, carousel, lawn mower, crane, catapult, water wheel, lever mobile and roller coaster are some of the machines that were made.


Special Notes


  • "Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools? Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators.
    When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, your child's teacher(s) will be sent a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).
    To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online at (Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 12, 2015. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)  Thank you!"
  • You’re invited to the Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social!  The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, June 1st 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.  Maynard High School’s Best Buddies will be in attendance to serve ice cream and assist with crafts at our free annual event.  Come to socialize with other families of children who receive services in Maynard and beat the heat with delicious ice cream!  Please RSVP to Michelle Grace at
  • EXCEL Summer Programs 2015 enrollment is open to students in current grades K-7.
    The registration/information packet is available:
    online:  google - Maynard Public Schools- EXCEL/for Family/documents to download
    call:  978-897-8021 or e-mail: or visit our office at
    Green Meadow School
  • We hope you will have an opportunity to complete the parent surveys that were sent home last week.  We welcome your thoughts and feedback to help us plan for the coming year.
  • We are in need of substitutes for classrooms, paraprofessionals and recess.  Please let us know if you are interested.

Dates to Remember                   

      Thursday, May 21                        Grade 2 Concert, 9:00 AM

      Monday, May 25                         No School, Memorial Day    

      Wednesday, June 3                     Grade 3 Concert, 6:30 PM

      Friday, June 5                               Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

     Wednesday, June 10                    Preschool End-of Year Celebration

      Friday, June 12                              Service Day and Reading Celebration

      Friday, June 19                             Last Day of School, 11:45 Dismissal