Green Meadow News
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
· 7:30- 8:00 Classroom Presentations for Grades 2 and 3
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.
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 LLarsson@maynard.k12.ma.us
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 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 KarenHeath4@gmail.com or call 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.
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