Green Meadow News
June 11, 2015 Donna Dankner, Principal
There wasn’t a eye in the room as we participated in an amazing moment for a family and a wonderful surprise for one of our third grade students. Macenzie Rampley found a large gift wrapped box in her classroom. She was so excited when she found that this box contained her father, Sargent Eric Rampley, who came to school to surprise her upon returning from his deployment in Korea. Macenzie’s classmates were so excited to share this special moment with her. The story was filmed and will be broadcast on the local news.
This week has been filled with many other special activities as well. Today the third grade students enjoyed a special enrichment program showcasing Paul Revere. During visits to the third grade wax museums, I was able to meet many accomplished individuals such as Elvis Presley, Barak Obama, and Cleopatra who shared fascinating information about their lives and achievements. Kindergarten students shared their original writing and illustrations during their special author’s presentations. Preschool students and families celebrated the end of school with a special musical presentation from entertainer Hugh Hanley.
Friday is our school wide Service Day and Reading Celebration. We are eagerly anticipating the events of the day. Details are available in the flyers being sent home today. We will have a special picnic luncheon. Students may purchase the cookout menu or bring their own lunch to enjoy outside. The weather promises to be sunny and warm which should allow us to enjoy all events outdoors.
This Saturday, June 13, we will have a special playground Spruce Up day. We will be spreading additional mulch on the play area to ensure a soft surface under the equipment to prevent injuries if children fall. We will be painting games such as four square and hopscotch on the pavement for students to used during recess. Please come and join us if you are available to help enhance our outdoor play area for children. Many thanks to the members of the playground committee for their organization of this day and for all of their efforts in support of the playground project.
Hello Everyone from Mrs. Jones’ 2nd grade class!
It is hard to believe that the year is coming to a close. Last week we were very excited to have The Acton Discovery Museum come to Green Meadow to do a presentation on solids, liquids and gases. Be sure to ask your child about the cool experiments they were able to observe. Do you think you could use a banana for a hammer? We are looking forward to the 2nd grade picnic on June 15th. A flyer has gone home in backpack Thursday folders. We will be sending a reminder out next week stating that the rain date is June 17th.
News from the Library:
Kindergarten students enjoyed learning their way around the library this year! They learned the difference between fiction and nonfiction and where to find those books, and they learned how to check out books and how to be responsible for keeping them safe. We read so many great books this year! Through these fiction and nonfiction books, students learned about reading, writing, nature, making friends and about the lives of people in different countries. They also got to use the computer lab on a few occasions. Websites used were Starfall.com and jrbrainpop.com.
First grade library class highlights a number of excellent authors and illustrators, such as Steve Jenkins, Mo Willems (always a favorite!), Judi Barrett, Steve Kellogg, and even some authors from the Green Meadow community! They also began to learn how the library is organized.
Second graders had lessons on dictionaries, encyclopedias and atlases and they also learned how to do Reading Counts, a program in which they read books and took quizzes on the computer. They were also very excited to learn how to use our online catalog system to look up books that we have here in our library. The catalog can also be accessed from home through the library website. We are finishing up the year with Library Jeopardy!
Third grade had an exciting year with the new technology curriculum on Fridays. Some of the skills the students learned are how to make a Word document, copying and pasting, using Clip Art, Paint, and an intro to Excel spreadsheets. In regular library class, students learned about various genres, such as Tall Tales, Trickster Tales, and Greek Mythology. Students finished up the year with a research project about our fifty states, which culminated in the creation of a flow chart comparing two of the states.
Have a great summer!
A Special Message from Mrs. Hazel
3rd grade Field Day is Tuesday June 16th! We need parent volunteers! Please send in your form ASAP. Don't forget to send a water bottle with your child and lots of sunscreen! Any question please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
· Thank you to all our GM families, teachers and staff and community for making this a successful year for the PTO. We couldn't have achieved all of our success without you. We are looking forward to another wonderful year next year and want to hear from you how we should prioritize and what is important to you. Please take the time to complete this confidential PTO survey to help us plan for next year. It should take approximately 10 minutes.
• 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 athttp://www.maynardeducation.org/. (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!"
Dates to Remember
Friday, June 12 Service Day and Reading Celebration (Students only)
Monday, June 15 Grade 2 Family Picnic, 11:00-12:00
Tuesday, June 16 Grade 3 Field Day (Raindate June 18)
Friday, June 19 Grade 3 Procession , 11:15 (Outside by the Bus Circle)
Friday, June 19 Last Day of School, 11:45 Dismissal