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Green Meadow Newsletter 5/9/2013

posted May 9, 2013, 8:59 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

May 9, 2013                                              Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal



Art Matters was the theme of this year’s Grade 2 Art Show.  Art space was filled with an amazing display of the unique art projects created by our second grade students.   It is so wonderful to see the curriculum connections as children combined their art with writing.   Special thanks to Mrs. Santillo and the second graders for sharing their beautiful art work in this special show.  Beautiful artwork was also abundant at the preschool Art Show.  Thank you to the preschool teachers and students for sharing art projects. We certainly have talented students at Green Meadow School! 

This week also was filed with beautiful music and wonderful dance as the first grade students treated us to a special outdoor concert in the courtyard on a beautiful May morning.  The concert began as children danced around the May Pole with brightly colored ribbons.  They also shared an enjoyable selection of songs and dances that showcased their talents and learning throughout the year. Special thanks to Ms. Lilley and the first grade students for a wonderful performance. We look forward to the second grade concert on Friday, May 17th and the third grade concert on June 4th.

          The coming week is also a busy time at Green Meadow School.  The third grade MCAS will be administered on Monday, May 13th and Tuesday May 14th.  Kindergarten screening will be held on Friday, May 17th and Friday, May 24h.  It is evident that this first visit to school is filled with the excitement and anticipation for our new students.   We always look forward to this special opportunity to spend time with our incoming kindergarteners and their families.

         Our last parent coffee of the school year will be held on Friday, May 31st at 8:45.  We hope you will join us for coffee and an informal conversation about any topic of interest as we transition to summer and prepare for a new school year.

                                                                                                Donna Dankner             

News From Mrs. Forseter’s Kindergaren Class:

Spring has sprung in Mrs. Forseter’s classroom!  After April vacation, we began an integrated “Seed to Plant” unit. We began by examining some beans that we soaked overnight to find out what is inside them that will turn into a plant.  Then, each child planted to two kidney beans in a pot of dirt and every morning since, the children race over to their pots to see what’s growing.  We also set up some experiments to see if beans will go in three pots.  Each pot is missing one element we thought it would need to grow strong and healthy: dirt, sun, and water.  The class made predictions about whether these beans will grow or not and already, we are shocked to see that the plant placed in the dark is growing!  Last week, each table of children planted several sunflower seeds, so perhaps we will have some lovely flowers in bloom before long.  We made bean graphs with our math groups and searched a bowl of beans to find all fifteen different varieties.  In writing, we have been recalling the experiments and experiences from our planting unit while continuing to use our sequence words: first, then, next, and finally.  We have read many fiction and nonfiction stories about plants such as The Tiny Seed, The Carrot Seed, The Giant Carrot, Kate and the Beanstalk, Seed to Sunflower, and Sunflower House.  Finally, each child made a beautiful flower collage from paper rings and painted green stems that are hanging inside and outside our classroom.  Stop by for a colorful burst of spring!


News From Miss Bausmith’s Grade 2 Class:

I can’t believe that we are already in the month of May! We are busy finishing up the year and preparing for third grade!
It has been a fun and exciting week in second grade. Each class has made a special visit to the Grace Vernal pool. There was a lot of wild life out there that we were able to observe. We saw toads, a big bull frog and egg masses. We can’t wait to go out again next week to take water samples and explore the samples under microscopes. We are so lucky to have a vernal pool in our backyard!
The second grade art show is currently on display at Art Space. On Tuesday night, second graders got to see their own art work on display. They should be proud of their hard work! Special thanks to Ms. Santillo for putting on the wonderful showcase!

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.


Dates to Remember:

v     May 10, 2013                        Early Release-11:25 Dismissal

v     May 13, 14, 2013                  Grade 3 Math MCAS

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