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Green Meadow Newsletter 9/13/2012

posted Sep 14, 2012, 6:57 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

September 13, 2012                                          Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


            Each year we look forward to our Back to School/Curriculum Night as it is the first opportunity we have to meet the parents of our students and 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 Thursday, September 20 from 6:30-8:00 P.M.  This evening program is for parents of all students in preschool through grade three  to visit their child’s classroom for special presentations in which each teacher will be highlighting and discussing  grade level curriculum initiatives and classroom expectations.

            The evening will begin with a welcome for all parents in the cafeteria followed by teacher presentations in their individual classrooms during which they will share an overview of the core curriculum as well as classroom instruction, procedures, and expectations. They will also discuss curriculum initiatives such as the Daily Five, Just Right Books, Writer’s Workshop, mathematical concepts and problem solving skills, as well as the many other essential learning experiences that occur during each school day.

Teachers will also share different ways parents can support their children in order to maximize his/her educational experience.

The specific schedule for the evening will be as follows:


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

·        7:00-7:25       Classroom Presentations (Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1)                  

                                     Specialist Visits

                                     Book Fair for Parents

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

                                     Specialist visits

                                     Book Fair for Parents


During the evening we encourage parents to visit the specialists to develop a comprehensive understanding of the Green Meadow Art, Music, Physical Education, and Library Instructional Programs.  Also please visit the fall book fair which will be held throughout 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 6 and 7.  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 by sending a note or email as well as leaving a message at the office for a discussion or meeting.

            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.


                                                                                    Donna Dankner


News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Kindergarten Class

Welcome to Mrs. Ginnity’s “Fish” kindergarten class. Our classroom is exploding with energy and learning! Over the past week, the children have been settling into their new routines. We have been focusing on creating an exciting, safe, learning environment, while we form friendships and learn to accept all of our unique differences. The children have created classroom rules and have been practicing being kind, safe, learners. This week we started earning “Warm and Fuzzies”, filling a jar with pom poms, as we notice kind acts within our classroom. We have also been reading books on celebrating our similarities and differences. The children have started participating in “The Daily Five” centers for reading, math centers and have begun Writers Workshop. They have enjoyed attending all their specials and meeting all their teachers. We are looking forward to a great school year!


News from Miss Bausmith’s Grade 2 Class:

Second graders are off to a fantastic start and are already hard at work!  In math, we have been learning about different kinds of graphs such as tally and bar graphs. These graphs have been helping us get to know each other better.

In reading, we have been practicing the skill of predicting when listening to read alouds.  We have also been learning new word study activities to help us practice our spelling.

Second graders are also working hard in writing workshop.  Our writing folders are already filling up with wonderful new stories!

It is going to be a great year in second grade!


Special Notes:

  • During Back to School/ Curriculum Night please park in the school lots or in the Fowler School parking lot.  Please do not park on Tiger Drive or in the fire lanes in the front of the school.  We appreciate your assistance.
  • Due to weather conditions, the Back to School Picnic was postponed until this Friday, September 14th at 6 pm.  Please come join us on the Green Meadow Playground to celebrate the start of a new school year.  We will have craft tables, refreshments, and some door prize raffles.  We look forward to seeing everyone!
  • The Green Meadow PTO will be putting together a family directory.  Forms went home in your child's backpack last week.  Please return these forms to the school by Friday, September 21st.  If you do not have a form, please contact Michelle Grace at
  • We have an exciting new Spirit Wear Program this year for the Green Meadow School.  A flyer will go home in your child's backpack showing the new Spirit Logo and the items offered for sale this year.  Please return these forms along with your order and payment in an envelope marked Spirit Sale to the school by Friday, September 28th.  Checks can be made out to GMPTO.  We will also have order forms and a sample available at the Back to School Picnic on September 14th and Green Meadow Curriculum Night on September 20th.  Let's all join in showing some Green Meadow School Spirit!  Please contact Michelle Grace at or 978.897.1603 if you have any questions about our spirit program.
  • This year's First Green Meadow PTO Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 9th at 7 pm at the Green Meadow School.  Please come join us for refreshments and information about this year's programs.  We welcome all of our families to become involved and look forward to a great year working together to build a strong Green Meadow Community and support the educational programs for our children.

Dates to Remember:

v     September 14, 2012            Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal

v     September 20, 2012            Curriculum Night 6:30 P.M.

v     September 21, 2012            Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal

v     September 25, 2012            Preschool Field Trip – Honey Pot Orchard

v     October 4, 2012                    Picture Day

v     October 5, 2012                    STAR / Title 1 Open House