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Green Meadow Newsletter 5/25/2017

posted May 25, 2017, 8:16 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                                       

May 25, 2017                               Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

          Last night we enjoyed an amazing musical presentation from our third grade students. Under the skillful guidance of our music teacher, Christine Wysokowski, our students introduced us to instrumental music, song, and dance from around the world through a special program entitled “We are One!”   This musical journey took us to wonderful destinations such as Canada, China, Brazil, and Ghana. The evening provided us with a wonderful celebration of the talents and skills of our students, reflecting their learning throughout their Green Meadow experience.  The excitement, collaboration, and appreciation of music was evident throughout the evening.  Through this journey we celebrated the message of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”

            We are very excited about our Service Day and Reading Celebration that will be held on Wednesday, June 7.  We hope the weather will cooperate and we will not have to use our rain date on Thursday, June 8. We are so excited about the vast amount of stars that have been accumulating to indicate the number of books we have read and are anxiously awaiting the final total.

This day provides us with a mixture of service to the school and celebration of our reading achievement. The initial part of the day involves us working together to enhance the school.  The day begins with each grade level focusing on a specific task that enhances our school. The third grade will be focusing their efforts on spreading new mulch around the gardens in front of building. We are very grateful to Lombardo Gravel and Loam Company of Acton for the donation of the mulch for our students to spread in our gardens.

 For this special day students are asked to wear a shirt in their grade level color if possible.  The grade level colors are:

o   Kindergarten               Red

o   Grade 1                       Green

o   Grade 2                       Blue

o   Grade 3                       Yellow

            During the remainder of the day, students will participate in a wide variety of activities that celebrate our reading achievement.  In addition students will enjoy an outdoor cookout and picnic in front of the school.  Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for purchase and the school lunch.  There will be a vegetarian burger option as well.  Students are also welcome to bring their own lunch from home and picnic outside with their classmates for lunch.

Donna Dankner

 News from Sra. Soler’s Class,

Math is all about Area and Perimeter.  The students are learning about the difference between the two.  They are learning new vocabulary and are measuring everything that crosses their paths.  Comparing shapes and figuring out the area and the perimeter has been fun!

In Science students were able to research their favorite animal. They have learned about their habitats, adaptations and life cycles.  Students are using their knowledge and findings to write an informative essay.

In our novel, Nacer Bailando by Alma Flor Ada, we are learning about the cultural identity and differences of the main characters; Lupe from Mexico and her cousin Margie from California.

 Mrs. Krasinski’s class is very busy! 

We are counting down our last 26 days with an A-Z countdown!  We are finishing our “how to” unit in writing.  We are starting our Eric Carle picture and writing unit on poetry.  In science, we watched the life cycle of a butterfly right before our eyes! We just released our butterflies into the courtyard garden.  Reading and math workshop are still favorites in our classroom.  The children are reading everything!  They are adding and subtracting in math!  What a wonderful year it has been!

 From the Art Room:  A BIG thank you to the following parent volunteers who helped get the 2nd Grade art show installed and ready for opening night.  Lydia Clancy (I couldn’t have done it without you! No-really!!!), Ann Gibson (the cats look amazing!), Nick Kane (the tigers are awesome!), Melissa Sanders & Andrea Morgan (matching up those name tags with bowls was quite a task!).  Also thank you to Al Avery who showed up to help even though he hadn’t signed up! Thanks Al!!!    I will be taking the show down tomorrow Friday, May 26th @ 10am.  If anyone would like to help out I’ll see you there!  Thanks for another great year of Art at Green Meadow!!  Mrs. Arcelay

News from Mr. Morello, Physical Education:

Students at Green Meadow have recently been able to use some new equipment.   Thanks to a MEF grant, Green Meadow has been able to obtain enough scooter boards for every student.  These scooter boards have come a long way and are now equipped with hand protectors, linkable scooter attachments, and have a bigger surface area for greater stability.  Scooters provide an opportunity for all learners to engage in physically demanding exercise while having tons of fun!  As the gym at Green Meadow starts to get hot, scooters will provide students for a chance to fully participate in a PE calls without getting too sweaty.  Thanks to MEF for providing Green Meadow with this upgraded equipment.   

Special Notes:

·          ·     From the PTO: Thank you to all of the families who donated to the Staff Appreciation Luncheon.  The staff and teachers enjoyed a delicious meal and over 85 of them went home with a gift card or centerpiece!  We appreciate all of your contributions!

·    Green Meadow has two special days coming up in June! Service Day is June 7th (raindate June 8th) and Field Day is June 12th (raindate June 13th). We are in need of volunteers for both events to help assist and manage the days activities. If you are unable to volunteer either day but are still looking for a way to help, we are also in need of water donations.  We have created a SignUpGenius for these two events that you can access via these links:  Thank you in advance for your help! 

·         ·     The SEPAC Ice Cream Social: The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard special education students, parents and siblings to      our annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, June 6th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Fowler School Cafeteria. We’ll have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family! (Plus ice cream!) This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving special education services in Maynard. Please contact Karen Heath with any questions or to RSVP at sepacoutreach@ or 978-394-6183.

·          ·    Please stop by the lost and found when you come into the building.  Our collection of lost items continues to grow.  We would love to return any missing items to their owners. At the end of the year, all remaining items will be donated.

Dates to Remember

Monday, May 29                   No School, Memorial Day

Wednesday, June 7             Service Day and Reading Celebration

Thursday, June 8                 Service Day and Reading Celebration Rain date

Friday, June 9                       Early Release, 11:45

Monday, June 12                  Field Day

Tuesday, June 13                 Preschool End –of-the-Year Celebration

Tuesday, June 13                 Field Day Rain date

Wednesday, June 14           Grade 2 Picnic

Monday, June 19                  Last day of School, 11:45 Dismissal