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Green Meadow Newsletter 6/1/2017

posted Jun 1, 2017, 6:30 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

This week our third grade students have begun preparations for their transition to Fowler School in the fall.   Classes have visited Fowler, explored the building, visited classes, and had lunch in the cafeteria.  The students are so excited to experience this glimpse of the year to come.  They are always particularly excited about the wide selections in the cafeteria.  We will celebrate the achievements of our third grade students with a special showing of the DVD that chronicles their Green Meadow experience during the last week of school as well as the special walk outside and inside the building as they complete their Green Meadow experience on the final day of school.  Similarly, on June 9, we will celebrate the achievement of the Maynard High School seniors as they walk through our building in their caps and gowns on Friday, June 9.

            Next week we will practice our first evacuation drill as part of the ALICE safety protocol we adopted as a district. Under the guidance of our school and district safety committee as well as the Maynard Police and Fire Departments, we will practice evacuating the school in the event of an emergency.  Once the announcement has been made, teachers will gather their students and walk to the rally point.  This exercise helps us practice exiting the building quickly and safely, accounting for everyone. Throughout the week, students have participated in grade level meetings to introduce this process to the children, in a reassuring manner.  We related this process to the familiar experience of fire drills, reminding students of the importance of following teacher directions and meeting at the rally point.   The focus was on safety and teaching the process without creating fear or anxiety.  You may want to ask your child to share what they have learned about safety along with the experience participating in the drill.

Next week we will also enjoy our annual Service Day and Reading Celebration.  Classes are eagerly planning their service to our community, exploring ways to take care of our school building and grounds.  Once the service portion of our day is complete, students will participate in a series of stations involving skills and activities connected to reading.  A very special part of this day is the cookout for lunch.  Students have the option to purchase hotdogs, hamburgers, or vegetarian burgers.  Students are also welcome to bring their lunch from home. All students will enjoy a picnic lunch  with their friends. The day will conclude with a musical celebration and dance party in the bus circle in front of the school. 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

             On Monday, June 12 we will celebrate our first school wide field day.  This year we have extended the field day festivities to include all students in the school, providing this special opportunity for everyone to enjoy. Two grade levels at a time will rotate through a series of skill challenges and activities designed by our Physical Education teacher, Mr. Morello.  Kindergarten and grade 1 students will participate in the morning while students in Grades 2 and 3 will participate in the afternoon.  The students will travel through the various activities with their with their class, enjoying the day and being outside. 

We are still in need of volunteers to help us make these special events a success. Please consider assisting if you are available.  Both are exciting events to share with the students. A schedule and volunteer sign up can be accessed through the following link. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aadaa2da20-service

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aadaa2da20-field1

                                                                                                       Donna Dankner

 News from Mrs. Smart’ Class,

Wow! Only twelve days left in the 2016-1017 school year!

Today is our big Art Show. The children have been exploring Eric Carle’s art techniques. They painted using both the brush and the back of the brush, sponges, paper towels, q-tips, our fingers, and even duplos.  They used watercolor paint and sprinkled salt to get a texture on the paper. Then, they turned these beautiful pieces of paper into works of art. They made the sun rising from the ground, a butterfly, and a seahorse. The children even turned tissue paper into a caterpillar. Next, they used the art to inspire their poetry. They wrote an acoustic poem about the caterpillar. The children did research on the sun and the stars and incorporated the information into a poem. Also, they wrote a poem about the five senses using the salt painted art which they turned into a seahorse to inspire their writing. In addition to the art and poetry, the children wrote “How to Books” and published them. Today each child read their award winning story. Enjoy your summer, Mrs. Smart and the star class.

 News from Mrs. Viros Class:

This week, preschoolers will review the concept of habitats by learning about birds.  Children will share what they know about them and will discuss the purpose of feathers, beaks, wings, and nests.  We will look for birds in our courtyard by going bird watching with preschool-made binoculars (i.e., paper tower rolls and scotch tape).  We have already spotted two Eastern blue birds in a bird house in the courtyard, and Ms. Adamson explained that these blue birds do come back every year to build their nests there.

Starting Thursday, June 1, we will begin our ten-day countdown to the end of preschool (our program follows a slightly different schedule than the rest of the school).  Children enrolled in our preschool and going to kindergarten in the fall are excited to “practice” eating lunch in the cafeteria over the next couple of weeks.  Our official last day is Friday, June 16.  Teachers, parents, and children will celebrate this year working together on Tuesday, June 13, with a sing-along and a picnic on the playground, weather permitting!   

From the School Library:

Please return all library books to the Green Meadow Library by Friday, June 9. Overdue notices have been sent home for books that have been checked out for more than two weeks. The cost of each book is included in the notice in the event that you are unable to locate the book on the notice.  May 31 was the last day for students to check out books.  Please contact Mrs. Larsson at LLarsson@maynard.k12.ma.us  with any questions.  

Special Notes:

·         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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aadaa2da20-service

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aadaa2da20-field1  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@ maynard.k12.ma.us 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.

Dates to Remember

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

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