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Green Meadow Newsletter 9/22/2016

posted Sep 22, 2016, 11:40 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

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September 22, 2016                                  Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


Within the few short weeks since the school year has begun, the classes have developed strong communities and are engaged in exciting and meaningful learning experiences.  Students are focusing on enhancing their literacy skills as they become effective readers and writers. They are developing mathematical understanding, using their skills and knowledge to solve complex problems. 

This year we are excited to extend our focus on science and exploration of our natural environment through our continued collaboration with the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  Each grade has selected specific areas of study aligned to the science standards that will span through the year.  We are very fortunate to have our focus on science and inquiry based learning supported by a rich natural environment.   This year:

v  Preschool students will explore Outer Space, trees, Insects, movement, and the human body. They will also learn the importance of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to conserve our environment.

v  Kindergarten students will be involved in an in-depth cycle on a tree and apples in the fall and a study of solids and liquids during the winter. During the spring they will explore the life cycles of plants and butterflies by, raising butterflies and growing a mystery garden. 

v   First grade students will become experts in planting, weather and seasons, light & sound, as well as learning about the Earth & space by studying the sun, moon, stars &sky.  They will also explore life cycles of animals, pumpkins, and apples.

v  Second Grade students will engage in the greatly anticipated study of the Vernal Pool.  They will also have opportunities to explore. Solids, Liquids, & Gases as well as the effects of water on the land.  A highlight of the year is learning about owls as they take apart owl pellets to discover their components.

v  Third grade students begin more concentrated students of weather, plant & life cycles, and biological evolution. They also explore earth's systems, forces & motion, and engineering design.

As you visit classrooms this evening during Curriculum Night, your child’s teacher will share more information about all of the learning experiences that will occur throughout the school year.  We look forward to seeing you this evening.

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

       7:00-7:30         Classroom Parent Presentation for Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grade 1

Specialist visits

·                                            7:30- 8:00       Classroom Presentations for Grades 2 and 3

Specialist Visits

Each year we offer a series of parent coffees which offer opportunities for further exploration of pertinent topics. Our first parent coffee will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at 8:45.  During this parent coffee we `will have an additional opportunity to explore curriculum initiatives and student supports with Jennifer Gaudet, Assistant Superintendent, and Carol Gahan, Director of Student Services.   We hope you will be able to join us for this informative discussion.

Donna Dankner

  News from the Library:

Our school library has a new library teacher this year; Mrs. Larsson. She lives in Bedford, MA with her husband, cat and dog! She has two wonderful, grown sons who live and work out of state. Mrs. Larsson enjoys reading and just finished reading the children’s chapter book, PAX by Sarah Penypacker. The students have been busy making library cards (complete with a bar code on the back side) out of index cards. Scanning the bar code at check-out will make the line move along much faster than entering the last name of each student into the computer. Students will come to library class every-other week this year.  Students have been learning how to take care of their library books and by Friday everyone will have had a chance to check out a book. Just as it takes a town to raise a child, it takes a community to run the library. If you have one or two hours/week to assist Mrs. Larsson in the library it would be appreciated. The best way to reach her is by e-mail at

 News from Mrs. Adamson’s Class: 

We have been busy establishing routines that support our core values; kind, safe, learners. Looking forward to seeing you tonight.

 Special Notes:

·         Special Note About Arrival and Dismissal: The animal control officer has reminded us that dogs may not be on the school grounds.  For the safety of all and being aware that some children may be fearful of dogs, please do not bring dogs to arrival and dismissal.

·         Maynard SEPAC Parent Pizza Party - Do you have a child receiving Special Education services in the Maynard School District? You're invited to the Parent Social Pizza Party in the Fowler School library on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 PM. If you want to learn more about the Special Education program in Maynard, come and join us for some delicious pizza!  Please RSVP to or call 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.

  • September 29th is Picture Day and the PTO is asking for parent volunteers to help the kids before, during and after their pictures. To volunteer, please sign up for a slot that works best for you. All volunteers must complete and submit a CORI form (available at the GM office). These forms can take a few of days to process, so you will want to hand it in as soon as possible.  Please follow the Sign Up Genuis link to sign up
  • Please complete and return the Family Directory form by Friday, September 16 in order to be included in the GM Family Directory. 
  • Show your school spirit by ordering some of our GM Spiritwear!  New this year: rainbow tie dye t-shirts and dri-fit t-shirts, along with sweatshirts and tees.  Order forms are due September 30 or order online.
  • The PTO is kicking off our BoxTops for Education collection drive. BoxTops labels can be found on hundreds of products and every Box Top donated is worth 10 cents for Green Meadow. We use the money to fund a wide variety of programs offered through the PTO. Have your children join the collection effort by clipping BoxTops and attaching them to the collection sheet in this week's backpack folder. We have a collection box at GM but also at many locations around town including Middlesex Savings Bank, Anytime Fitness, CVS, the library, Town Hall, the Flower Pot, Jamtime, and at the Council of Aging. Thank you for your help - every Box Top counts!         

Dates to Remember       

Thursday, Sept. 22                   Back to School Night (PK-3) – 6:30-8:00 PM

Friday, September 23               Energizer Guy Presentation for Grade 3 Students

Wednesday, Sept. 28               School Council Meeting 6:30 PM

Thursday, Sept. 29                   Picture Day – for students during school

Friday, Sept. 30                         Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Friday, Sept. 30                         Spiritwear Orders due 

Wednesday, October 19          PTO Meeting 7:00 PM