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Happy Thanksgiving!

posted Nov 23, 2011, 7:29 AM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us

Each school day is filled with learning experiences that enrich our students and enhance their development of skills and strategies. As educators we are eager to share information with families about the academic and social growth children have experienced during the school year. At this point in the school year the sharing of information occurs in two important formats that provide families with an important understanding of each student’s skills level.

On December 1 and December 2, families will have the opportunity for individual meetings with their child’s teacher to discuss progress, skill development, and curriculum understanding. Teachers will share samples of student work while identifying areas of strong growth and skills to be targeted through future instruction. Teachers also will share ideas and strategies that may be helpful for supporting student learning at home. In preparing for a conference with your child’s teacher, it is helpful to consider questions that may arise and specific areas to be discussed to ensure a productive and informative conference.

During these conferences teachers will also share the first term report card. Report cards provide information to families about each child’s skill level in relation to grade level expectations at this time of the school year.  This year we are in a unique position.  As we have shared in newsletters and presentations, we are focused on exciting curriculum initiatives.  We are learning writing through writing workshop. Phonics, reading, and math instruction focus on the development of skills and strategies along with higher level thinking skills.  Assessments are also shifting to individualized, performance assessments that focus on each student’s acquisition of skills and understanding of concepts. Teachers will discuss the information on the report cards with families during conferences, answering questions and explaining how the information reflects a child’s current performance level.  It is important to note that although students may meet grade level standards in curriculum areas at this time, they may experience greater challenges throughout the year as the content and expectations become increasingly complex.  Our goal is that students will continue to increase their acquisition of grade level standards even as the content becomes more challenging.

Each year, teachers look forward to the opportunity to meet with families to discuss student progress.  This communication is an important component of a strong home-school partnership that supports student learning.  If you have not arranged a conference, please contact your child’s teacher to select a convenient time.

Please remember that we are always eager to share information with families regarding student progress.  Please contact your child’s teacher for any questions or concerns that arise throughout the school year.

At this time of year as we think about being appreciative around the Thanksgiving holiday, we would like to thank the staff for their contributions to the community, the teachers for the wonderful education they provide, the students for their engagement in learning, and the families for their ongoing support. We wish everyone an enjoyable and relaxing holiday shared with family and friends.

                                                            Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

Special Notes:

Reminder to families to turn in your Scrip Gift Card Fundraiser Order Forms by Friday, November 18th.

Planning for the Annual Green Meadow Spring Auction 2012 is underway and we need LOTS of volunteers to help out with this event.  It is our highest grossing fundraiser and provides the majority of budget for the School Enrichment Programs, Teacher Start Up Funds, and many of the programs offered to the school community by the Green Meadow PTO.  We hope that you will come join us for our Kick Off Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 17th.  We will have two sessions of this meeting to accommodate our various family schedules.  There will be a morning meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the Boston Bean House in Downtown Maynard and an evening meeting at 7:00 p.m. at Red Ginger in the Stow Shopping Plaza.  Please RSVP to Michelle Grace at mlgrace@comcast.net or 978-897-1603 and specify what session you will attend.  Thank you from the Green Meadow PTO! 

2nd Annual SEPAC Holiday Social The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard Special Education students, parents and siblings to its 2nd Annual Holiday Social on Monday, December 5th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Green Meadow School Cafeteria.   This event will have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family!  Last year’s Holiday Social was a huge success!  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kyra Marino at kyramarino@comcast.net or visit our website at http://sepac.maynardschools.org.

Physical Education News!

We have had a fantastic start to the school year, and now it's November already!! Students are well into the routine of our PE class and are enjoying games such as Jumping Jack Flash Snacks, Bowling for Healthy Snacks, and Crazy Tag!  Most of what we do includes a health component, such as nutrition. Second and third grades have been working on a soccer unit. We reviewed skills like trapping and dribbling, passing and kicking. Kindergarten and first grades worked on throwing skills and other ball skills. We are all beginning a basketball unit in December.  PLEASE remember to send your child to school with proper attire and footwear on gym days! UGGS and Crocs should not be worn in class. Safety is our number one concern at GMS. With the weather changing, winter boots won’t work either. Thank you. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at shazel@maynard.k12.ma.us or visit my website at http://teacherweb.com/MA/GreenMeadow/SaraHazel.

News from Ms. Marchand’s Kindergarten Class:

In Ms. Marchand’s “Fish” kindergarten classroom the children have been working to earn “Warm and Fuzzies.” They earn these special pompoms by being kind to each other and expressing their feelings through words. They are working to earn a special class activity that helps build community within our classroom. We already earned a pajama day! In writers’ workshop, the children have been writing about “Small Moments” that they have experienced and are very proud of the details that they have been adding to their writing and illustrations. We will have another publishing party at the end of the month. In math, through small group activities and games, the children have been working on patterning, sorting, graphing and counting. The children have also been enjoying participating in the Daily 5 activities such as to a friend, word work activities and poetry. We are learning poems about fall and Thanksgiving. Eric Carle has been our author/ illustrator of the month. We have been exploring his illustrations and patterns within his books! In science, the children have been exploring their senses and are learning how they use their senses all the time, everyday! We have also created a classroom grocery store where the children have been sorting groceries, counting coins and role playing community helpers.

Dates to Remember:

November 18, 2011     Early Release, 12:30 Dismissal

November 23, 2011     Early Release, 11:25 Dismissal

November 24, 25        No School, Thanksgiving

November 29, 2011     Picture Retake Day

December 1-2, 2011    Early Release 11: 25 for Parent Conferences

December 5-9, 2011    Holiday Shoppe