Green Meadow News
September 18, 2014 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
We were delighted to see so many parents during our annual Back To School Curriculum Night. We appreciate the opportunity to share information, focusing on classroom expectations, daily routines, curriculum, and instruction. The classroom presentations reflected the richness of the curriculum and the enthusiasm toward learning that is evident throughout every school day. We also appreciate this opportunity to connect with parents, establishing a strong partnership that supports student learning. Each school year is filled with learning and growth. We look forward to sharing your child’s journey as a learner with you.
During the evening you may have met some of our new staff members. They are excited to be part of the Green Meadow Community. Karen Kanter has joined us as the Special Education Team Chair. She comes to us with experience as a special educator and speech therapist. Laura Refrigeri began this week as the long term special education substitute in kindergarten and grade 1. We welcome them to our school community and look forward to their work with our students and staff.
Last year many staff and family members completed and online survey regarding the Green Meadow Playground. This is part of a wonderful initiative to enhance our playground. A very dedicated committee is researching and planning for this initiative. A first step will be a community based day on Saturday, October 18 during which parents can come and volunteer their time and energies for a playground spruce up. Additional information will be sent home regarding this community day.
News from the library:
Kindergarten students have been introduced to the Everybody section of our library and they have been choosing and checking out one book a week. The books will stay in their classrooms for now; in a few months they will begin to bring them home to share with you. First grade students have reviewed how to take good care of their library books and to remember to choose a safe place to keep them. They also enjoyed listening to Peggy Rathmann’s Officer Buckle and Gloria and were able to make their own safety stars. Second grade students enjoyed a recent lesson about using their imaginations and visualizing while they are reading or listening to a story. They also loved learning about Tomie dePaola and listening to his classic story, Streganona. Third grade students will have library twice a week this year! They will come for a literacy lesson during the week and will also come on Fridays for a technology lesson- either using new websites or using familiar ones to extend the learning of the topics in their classrooms. It will be an exciting year!
News from Mrs. Adamson’s Class
We are off to a great start. We are focusing on creating a community of kind, safe, learners. We continue to establish classroom routines and expectations together. We are building stamina during Read to Self and learning to pick "just right" books. Our class motto is, "Practice makes better!"
· SNACK REMINDER: Please remember that there is a daily snack in all classes; some classes have 2 snacks during the day. Please remember to pack a snack for your child every day; a healthy snack such as fruit, veggies, cheese, or yogurt (no candy or soda) is recommended. Students are busy and very active at school so you might consider packing 2 snacks just in case. In an emergency when a snack is forgotten at home, school can provide a snack. We do not provide snacks when a student has eaten their snack at lunch, doesn’t like was packed for snack or is still hungry after eating their snack.
Enrollment for EXCEL after school enrichment classes remains open.
· 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 park in the Crowe Park Lot for arrival and dismissal. Students must be escorted as it is not safe for them to walk through these areas unattended.
Dates to Remember
· Friday, September 19, 2014 Early Release 11:45 Dismissal
· Thursday, September 25, 2014 No School, Rosh Hashanah
· Thursday, October 2, 2014 Picture Day
· Friday, October 10, 2014 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal