Green Meadow News
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.
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.
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