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Green Meadow Newsletter 9/11/2014

posted Sep 12, 2014, 6:08 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

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September 11, 2014                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

We always look forward to Back to School Curriculum Night as it is our first opportunity share information about the curriculum expectations for the coming school year. This year the Green Meadow Back to School/Curriculum Night will be held on Wednesday, September 17 from 6:30-8:00 P.M. 

The evening will begin with a welcome for all parents in the cafeteria followed by teacher presentations in individual classrooms during which they will share an overview of the core curriculum, classroom instruction, procedures, and expectations. They will also discuss specific curriculum initiatives such as the Daily Five, Just Right Books, Writer’s Workshop, and Go Math, our new math instructional resource. Teachers will also explore different ways parents can support each child in order to maximize his/her educational experience and create an effective home school partnership.

The specific schedule for the evening will be as follows:


·        6:30-6:50       Welcome in the cafeteria for all parents

·        7:00-7:30       Classroom Presentations (Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1)                  

                                     Specialist Visits

                                     Book Fair for Parents of Grades 2 and 3 in the Library

  • 7:30- 8:00       Classroom Parent Presentation for Grades 2 and 3

                                     Specialist visits

                                     Book Fair for Parents of Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1


During the evening we encourage parents to visit the special educators, literacy and math coaches, and the specialists to develop a comprehensive understanding of the Green Meadow Art, Music, Physical Education, and Library Curriculum expectations.  Also please visit the fall book fair which will also be held the evening.

            The focus of this evening is on classroom instruction and curriculum initiatives.  In order to maintain student confidentiality, teachers will not be able to discuss individual students at this time.  The fall Parent Conferences this year are scheduled on December 11 and 12.  These conferences provide an opportunity for an in-depth discussion of your child’s academic progress and school experience.  Please remember that communication is not limited to scheduled conference times. We truly value open communication with families and encourage ongoing dialogue.  Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time through a message in the office, a note in your child’s backpack, or by sending an email to schedule a time for discussion.

            We hope you will find this evening to be an informative and enjoyable experience. We are excited to have you join us and look forward to the opportunity to discuss grade level curriculum and classroom instruction.

            This week we held our first lockdown drill of the school year.  Staff and students responded quickly and efficiently to the drill, completing the process within minutes. Students were well prepared and comfortable with the drill due to the conversations and preparations in class.

            Even with the school year underway, we are delighted to welcome some new staff members to our school community. Beginning today, Pepper Stone joins us as our interim school psychologist. She will be completing the assessments that are part of the evaluation process and will be providing student support.  We look forward to having her as a member of our community.


Donna Dankner

Special Notes:

·        Enrollment for EXCEL after school enrichment classes remains open.
Please Google Green Meadow School - for families - for more information.

·        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.

·        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. Mazeika’s Class


In kindergarten, we have learned about Green Meadow’s core values and how we can demonstrate these core values each day.  Also, we have begun an author study on the author and illustrator, Donald Crews.  In addition, we have begun our yearlong Good Morning Around the World unit in social studies and learned how to say “Good morning” in Greek and Spanish.  If you would like to know how to say this greeting in either language, feel free to stop by the duck class!  We hope everyone is off to a great start of the school year as well!


Special update from Mrs. Patino in the library:

The book fair is coming! Once again, Book Ends in Winchester will be providing us with a great selection of books to purchase. The book fair will only be open one night: from 6:00-8:00 pm on Back to School Night, next Wednesday, September 17th. Please join us before or after you visit your child’s classroom. It’s a great chance to get some early Christmas shopping done! All proceeds from the book fair are used to purchase new books for our library. Thank you for your support.


News from Mrs. Foss’ Class

We are off to a great start to Second Grade!  Over the past few weeks we have been very busy getting to know each other, building our routines, and learning about what Second Grade is all about.  We have been spending time getting to know each other by writing about our hopes and dreams, working on all about me activities, and participating in morning meeting.  We have been practicing building our classroom routines with lots of modeling and practice.  We have also been reading lots of great books, writing, and solving math problems.  Be sure to ask your child about our read aloud book…The Chocolate Touch.  Everyone is so excited to see what else Second Grade will bring.


Dates to Remember                        


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

·         Friday, September 12, 2014                                Back to School Picnic 6:00-7:30 PM

·         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