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Green Meadow Newsletter April 4, 2013

posted Apr 4, 2013, 7:35 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

April 5, 2013                                             Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal



            Our students are very excited to share and celebrate their learning throughout the year during  the annual Green Meadow Open House which will be held on Thursday, April 11th.  They have been eagerly preparing to showcase their many accomplishments and explore their classrooms with you during this special visit.  You may spend some time reading their writing in their journals or writing folders or play some of the math games that help students learn mathematical skills and concepts. In addition to visiting the classrooms, we hope you will visit the spring book fair which will be open throughout the evening.

            This is such a busy time of year, filled with wonderful learning experiences and special events.  We are also involved in planning for the coming school year.  Our incoming kindergarten parents will be coming to school next week to learn about Green Meadow and to visit the kindergarten classes while they are in session.  Kindergarten Orientation for incoming kindergarten families will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 6:30.  We are also beginning the process of creating classes for the coming school year.  If you have information you would like to share for consideration in the placement process,  please send it to school by Thursday, April 11th.


                                                                                                Donna Dankner             

News from Mrs. Lawton’s Grade 1 Class:

Dear Families,

We are excited to finally be able to say, “Happy Spring”!  We are beginning to think that the warmer weather is approaching!  It is nice to see the sun and the disappearing snow.  This month we are working on measuring with standard and nonstandard units.  We will begin time and money following our measurement unit.  We enjoyed the author, Brian Lies who visited last month and was a great treat sponsored by the Enrichment committee!  Following our author visit we are working on an author study.  We have been reading many books written by Kevin Henkes!  We are picking out different writing styles and techniques that we see in his books!  The students in my class are really enjoying this author study.  We are learning how to incorporate some of his techniques into our own writing during writer’s workshop!  We hope to have some writing available during our open house next Thursday for parents to view!  We have continued our unit on maps and will also be discussing healthy food!  We hope you all enjoy the spring season and will enjoy the spring vacation in a few weeks!  We welcomed a new student this week to our class, Mariana Barriga!  Welcome to Green meadow!  The students in my class have been very helpful in showing her the ins and outs at GM!  Take Care!  Mrs. Lawton


Library News:

Since kindergarten students are now allowed to take their library books home if they wish, many have been enjoying sharing their books with their families. Kindergarten students were also very excited when they were allowed to start choosing books from our very large nonfiction section. They love nonfiction! They also loved hearing some new storybooks recently added to the library collection and various Dr. Seuss stories during Read Across America Day. In the computer lab students tried out Education City and the Clifford activities.  All 1st grade students have been shown how to do Reading Counts. Reading Counts is a program in which students read a book appropriate for their level and take a 10-question quiz on a computer about that book to test reading comprehension. With this program we hope to have students reading and enjoying books often. First graders have also learned about China and Chinese New Year, and author Robert Munsch, who writes some very silly and entertaining stories. In the computer lab students were able to explore Education City. Second grade students have learned how to use a dictionary, an encyclopedia, and an atlas and were able to practice these important skills with a partner. Students also learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and why we celebrate his birthday. In the computer lab students were assigned an animal to research and write facts about on They have also learned how to use OPAC, our online catalog system, which allows them to search for any book in the library. Third grade students learned about authors, William Steig and Beverly Cleary. We also reviewed our internet safety rules that we first discussed last year. 3rd graders also learned about Ellis Island and immigration and enjoyed a 100th day challenge- to find 100 C-words in the library. C was chosen because it stands for 100 in Roman Numerals and because it is the first letter of the word century. Many worked hard to complete this fun challenge! In the computer lab students practiced with OPAC and learned how to use GoogleEarth, which they found very exciting.

The Book Fair is coming! Our BookFair by BookEnds is scheduled for next week, April 8-12. All classes will come to the book fair during their library class time. The book fair will also be open during Open House, Thursday, April 11th, from 6:00-8:00pm. If you would like to send your child with money on their library day so that they may purchase a book, the suggested amount is at least $5.00. Book Ends also sends a small bargain book rack. The book fair company sends a number of other items, such as pencils, bookmarks, and a small selection of educational toys. The Book Fair by Book Ends was chosen because of the quality of these items


Special Notes:


  • Save the Date for Green Meadow Spring Auction and Social 2013: Please come join us on the evening of April 27th, 2013 at the Maynard Elks for our Annual Spring Auction and Social to raise money for programs and supplies for our school and come together as a Green Meadow community. 
  • Helping Kids Navigate Peer Relationships, Conflict and Collaboration: a free parent workshop on Monday, April 8th: 9am-11am or Tuesday, April 23rd: 7pm-9pm Co-Sponsored by: Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley, Maynard's SEPAC, Maynard High PTO, Fowler PTO, Green Meadow PTO, and Maynard Family Association. – This workshop explores the language and ideas on discerning the difference between bullying and conflict while addressing the key role that adults play in preventing bullying from occurring or continuing. This workshop is open to general public.  Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at or 978-897-2705. Location: Fowler School Auditorium. Guest Speakers: Nadine Briggs (Simply Social Kids) & Donna Shea (The Peter Pan Center)


Dates to Remember:

v     April 4, 2013                          Parent Conferences 11:25 Dismissal

v     April 5, 2013                          Early Release 11:25 Dismissal

v     April 11, 2013                        Family Open House 6:30 PM

v     April 12, 2013                        Community Reading Day

v     April 15-19, 2013                  Spring Break

v     April 25, 2013                        Parent Orientation for incoming Kindergarten,  6:30 PM

v     April 27, 2013                        Green Meadow Auction

v     May 3, 2013                           Grade 1 Concert, 8:40 A.M.

v     May 17, 2013                        Grade 2 Concert , 8:40 AM

v     June 4, 2013                          Grade 3 Concert, 7:00 PM

v     June 19, 2013                       PreSchool End-of-Year Celebration

v     June 21, 2013                       Last day of School – 11:25 Dismissal