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.
News from Mrs. Lawton’s Grade 1 Class:
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
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
Scholastic.com/teachers 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 kidsbiology.com. 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.
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