Green Meadow News
January 16, 2014 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
This week our second grade students became expert paleontologists. Through a special interactive presentation from paleontologist Greg Wenzel, second grade students explored the similarities in bone structures of animals of today and those of long ago. They were able to examine different skulls, noting the movement of the jaw as well as the positions and strength of the teeth. In addition, they created detailed drawings of dinosaurs, tracing the structure as their base. This special enrichment program was a wonderful experience for our students, building their knowledge and understanding while instilling an excitement for learning. Many thanks to the PTO for their ongoing support of this and many other enrichment programs that support curriculum and enhance each student’s learning experience.
Excitement was also evident as our new kindergarten families began registering their children for the fall class. Many children accompanied their parents, sharing their anticipation for all the learning they will experience in kindergarten. For siblings of current or previous Green Meadow student, they are excited to be part of a school community that they know so well. For our new students, they look forward to the new experiences and friendships that are important aspects of a first school experience. We welcome every new student as well as all new and returning families to our school.
Our school is filled with sports fans who are eagerly anticipating the Patriots / Colts football game this weekend. At Green Meadow we are embracing the excitement with a spirit day on Friday, January 17. Everyone, staff and students, is encouraged to wear clothing that either celebrates the Patriots, Colts, or their favorite team or clothing that is red, white, and/or blue.
This Friday our staff will be involved in professional development for the Responsive Classroom program. Responsive Classroom is a social curriculum that supports our Green Meadow core values. Through this program we will be exploring ways to help students be respectful and supportive. They will learn problem solving strategies that support independence and enhance friendships. The goal is to support a caring and nurturing community where everyone can thrive. Many of our staff members have utilized the responsive classroom strategies in their classrooms. Together as a staff we will work together to support and extend an effective implementation of the program through ongoing professional development and collaboration.
Ø Please do not drop students off for school in the Crowe Park parking lot. In order to ensure student safety, please park in the Crowe parking lot and escort your child to the school building. If you prefer to drop your child off, please use the designated drop off area where a staff member will be available to ensure their safety as they enter school. Thank you for your assistance in making sure all students arrive at school safely.
Ø If you need to change your child’s dismissal plan, please send a note with your child at the beginning of the school day. Please do not call or send emails during the day for routine changes as it is very difficult to be certain each child is safely dismissed. We appreciate your assistance in this process to ensure safety for all.
Ø Please be certain to send warm clothing for outdoor play each day.
Ø Acton-Boxborough, Maynard and Sudbury SEPACs present: BASIC RIGHTS in Special Education Workshop on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 7-9PM at the Fowler School Library. This program provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:
· Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law, and
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.
Contact Jen O'Leary firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dates to Remember
Ø January 14-16 Kindergarten Registration 9:00-12:00
Ø January 17 Early Release – 12:40 PM
Ø January 20 Martin Luther King Day – No School
Ø January 31 Early Release – 12:40 PM
Ø March 6 Hoops A thon ( Snow Date March 13)
Ø March 20 Bingo for Books (Snow Date March 27)