Green Meadow News
June 5, 2014 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Exciting events are occurring daily throughout the school. Publishing parties, class plays, special productions, and festivals of patriotic songs are just a few of the events we have enjoyed recently. This evening our third grade students will showcase their musical talents through songs, dance, and instrumental performances. This annual third grade concert is a highlight of their school experience. We look forward to seeing all the families and sharing this special presentation as the students share the musical skills they have gained throughout their Green Meadow experience.
On Friday we will hold our first Green Meadow Service Day and Fish Reading Celebration. To date we have collectively read over 4500 books since this challenge began in March. This is truly an amazing accomplishment!
We will begin the day with a special service project as students work collectively to enhance our school. We will then transition to our celebration in which students will participate in a series of stations by grade level. During this time students will enjoy a special lunch by grade level. Instead of the regular Friday pizza lunch, students will have the option to purchase hamburgers and hot dogs during our first Green Meadow Cook Out. Students who would prefer are welcome to bring their own lunch. All students will eat their lunches together as an outdoor picnic.
Students and staff are eagerly anticipating this exciting day of service and celebration. Your child will be anxious to share all the details with you when the school day ends!
Last week we had the Discovery Museum visit us to do a lesson on solids, liquids, and gases. Students enjoyed the presentation and the exciting science experiments. Be sure to ask your child what happened to the banana, carnations, and rubber bands when they were put into the liquid nitrogen! We are also looking forward to the fun activities and events we have planned for the end of the year! It has been a great and funfilled year in second grade and I am so sad to see everyone go. Enjoy the summer and I hope to see everyone at our picnic on the 13th.
News from Mrs. Vasta’s Class:
Well, here it is June already! We have accomplished so much this year, but there is still a lot to do before the last day of school! Last month we had our Spring Art Show and it was a huge success - artistically and socially. Many family members, friends, teachers, and students in the upper grades came to view our works of art prominently displayed in our classrooms. The art projects tied in directly with our thematic curriculum and children were extremely proud to share their creations. They were equally as proud and excited to be able to explain to others how their art work related to something that they learned during each unit of study.
Over the last several weeks we have been learning about "Life on the Farm", "Zoo Animals" and are now doing an author study on Eric Carle. From now until the end of the year we will be focusing on "Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes" and will end the year with lots of activities that remind us of the friendships we've made since September and "Summer Fun". Our End-of-Year Celebration is on Monday, June 16th where we will have an interactive musical performance in the cafeteria, family picnic in the courtyard, and preschool slideshows in the classrooms. Our last day of preschool is Wednesday, June 18th - only eight more school days before the summer fun really begins!
News from Sra. Gamboni’s Class:
The caterpillars have arrived to the classroom. We are observing and writing on our science journals about all the changes we see happening every day. We are also observing our beans sprout and grow. Children water their plants daily.
We are practicing for our concert coming up in June. It looks like a Zumba session in class. Everyone is really enjoying it! We are working on adding and subtracting and looking at word problems with the end of the year.
Special Notes :
v 2014/2015 Bus Registration The School Committee voted at the May 1st meeting to increase bus fees to $260 for the 1st child and $215 for the 2nd and beyond. Registration began on May 19th. Forms are available in school offices and on our website under “Forms to Download. Please call Colleen Moore if you have any questions (978) 897-2222.
v Please do not park in the fire lane in front of the school when you are dropping off or picking up from school. The police have been issuing tickets when cars are parked in the fire lane.
v If you arrive prior to 8:15 in the morning, please park in the Crowe Park parking lot to wait for supervision to begin. The parking lot directly across from the school is reserved for staff parking.
v Club Invention - Summer Fun
Club Invention, a week long STEM enrichment program (sponsored by EXCEL/FASC), is being offered from July 28 to August 1 at Fowler School. Children entering grades 1 through 6 will build original prototypes, create a personalized motor-powered vehicle and construct a pinball machine. Please call Lois Cohen at 978-897-8021 or visit campinvention.org for details.
v EXCEL/FASC Summer Program Enrollment remains open to Maynard students in grades K - 7. Please contact the EXCEL office at 978-897-8021 or visit the GM or Fowler website and go to the EXCEL link for more information or registration.
Dates to Remember
Ø May 30 Community Reading Day
Ø June 5 Grade 3 Concert, 7:00 PM
Ø June 6 Service Day and Fish Reading Celebration
Ø June 6 Early Release, 12:40 Dismissal
Ø June 16 Preschool End of Year Celebration
Ø June 17 Grade 3 Field Day
Ø June 18 Third Grade Celebration
Ø June 19 Last day of School, 11:35 Dismissal