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Green Meadow Newsletter 9-4-2014

posted Sep 4, 2014, 8:45 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

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September 4, 2014                                    Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


             Our school year is off to a wonderful start. Students have quickly settled into their new classrooms, making friends and being engaged in learning. A special highlight of the beginning of each school year is the arrival of our new kindergarten students.  The students are filled with excitement and anticipation as their first days are spent touring the school, experiencing the different aspects of the school day, as well as meeting the staff and students. We are delighted to welcome the new kindergarten students and their families as well as all other new students and families to our community.

             The building of classroom communities that build self esteem and support student learning is an important focus of the beginning of each school year.  As a school we have embraced the Responsive Classroom Social Curriculum which fosters positive and collaborative classroom communities.  Built into our daily schedule is a morning meeting time for each class to share ideas through conversation and discussion which is a cornerstone of this program.  Your children may enjoy the opportunity to share these discussions with you and continue the conversations at home.

            Another wonderful way to participate in the Green Meadow Community is through the Annual Back to School Picnic sponsored by the PTO.  Please bring your family dinner and picnic with us at the Green Meadow playground.  We truly appreciate the support of the PTO as they sponsor this and other exciting family events.

            On Wednesday, September 17 at 6:30 PM, you will have an opportunity to explore all the components of your child’s school day during our Back to School/ Curriculum Night.  During this parent only evening your child’s teachers will share specific information about curriculum expectations and instructional supports.  They will also provide information about classroom routines and schedules as well as ways in which you can support your child at home.  The evening schedule also enables you to speak with specialists, special educators, and literacy and math coaches to learn about the instruction and they provide throughout the school year.  We hope you are able to join us for this informative evening.


Donna Dankner

Special Notes:

·        Please remember to send a note to your child’s teacher with any changes in dismissal plans.

·        Reminder: Supervision in the morning begins at 8:15.  Please do not drop students off before this time.

·        In order to ensure proper supervision, only students and staff should be on the playground in the morning and during school hours.

·        Dismissal time for all early release days will be 11:45AM.  Lunch will not be served.

·        Please remember to complete and return all the emergency and permission forms that were sent home at the beginning of the year.

·        During the next few weeks we will begin practicing some of our important safety procedures.  In a positive and reassuring way, students will learn the procedures for fire drills and school lockdowns. You may want to continue the conversations with your child at home.





News from Mrs. McPhail’s Class:

Ahoy from Mrs. McPhail's 3rd grade cruising classroom!  So far we have begun learning our routines, schedule, and all about one another.  We created our Hopes and Dreams for this year, and then brainstormed ideas for class rules to help us achieve these.  Once our extensive list was created, we realized that ALL ideas fell into one of three categories:  KIND, SAFE, LEARNERS...our Green Meadow Core Values!  An official contract was drawn up for our "Class Agreements", and we have each signed it.  We are looking forward to a year of smooth sailing as we learn and grow together.  Bon Voyage!



News from Mrs. Lawton’s Class:

Welcome back to Green Meadow!  We have been learning all about one another, learning classroom routines and making new friends in first grade.  Our transition back to school has been very positive and productive so far.  We look forward to continue leaning new things about one another. It has been fun learning about what we have done over the summer.  This upcoming month we will review literacy and math skills and move into our first grade curriculum.  We look forward to working with our new friends and teachers.


Enjoy the rest of the summer weather while it lasts. Stay cool!  Take Care, Mrs. Lawton


Dates to Remember                        


·         Friday, September 12, 2014                                Early Release    11:45 Dismissal

·         Friday, September 12, 2014                                Back to School Picnic

·         Wednesday, September 17, 2014                        Back to School/Curriculum Night, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

·         Friday, September 19, 2014                                Early Release    11:45 Dismissal

·         Thursday, September 25, 2014                            No School, Rosh Hashanah

·         Thursday, October 2, 2014                                  Picture Day