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January 12, 2012

posted Jan 12, 2012, 8:41 AM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 8:44 AM ]
Recently as a staff, we enjoyed an opportunity to celebrate the some of the wonderful instruction  our students are experiencing in the school arts program. Mrs. Hazel used Voice Thread to share the wonderful skills students are learning during their physical education classes. On the Voice Thread video student narrators explained each action while other students provided a demonstration showing their skill and excitement.  Mrs. Santillo shared the amazing portraits second grade students created as the participated in the Memory Project.  Students collaborated by designing individual squares that when combined become beautiful portraits for children livening in orphanages around the world.  Through this project, our second grade students are able to combine their curriculum focus with a unique memory for a special child.  Our students are so fortunate to share these unique experiences as important parts of their learning.

On Thursday, January 19 we will have a special parent evening entitled “Nurturing Thinkers, Curriculum and Assessment”.  During this evening we will have an informative discussion focused on ways to nurture the creative thinkers in our children and support the development of higher level thinking skills.  Our children are being asked to apply knowledge and solve complex problems as they learn and as they become strategic thinkers.  We hope you are available to join us for this special evening.

Arrival and dismissal are very busy times at Green Meadow School. We are committed to the safety of all students and we are asking your assistance to ensure we meet this important goal.

  • As part of the arrival process, a drop off spot has been designated.  Once children are dropped off, please continue on Tiger Drive without stopping to watch children enter the school.  This will allow traffic to continue to flow and prevent accidents.  All families are welcome to park in the Crowe Park parking lot and walk their children to the school.
  • Children are often full of energy at the end of the day.  Please help remind them to be aware of other, especially younger children as they run and play.

We truly appreciate your support and assistance as we make safety for all a priority.

Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator


News from Mrs. Mooradian’s PreSchool Class:

Excitement was evident on the faces of our preschool students as they arrived each day this week and all because our theme, Exploring Our Solar System, is a much anticipated theme overflowing with motivating learning activities related to space.  The children participated in making costumes including helmets and spacesuits for their child decorated spaceship in the dramatic play area, completed a predictable book about the order of the planets from the sun and developed math, pre-reading and writing skills while exploring concepts related to space.  Identifying numerals, ordering numerals, matching letters to letter sounds, writing about space adventures, and reading emergent reader books captured the interest of all.  The excitement will continue next week as we explore the World of Dinosaurs!

News from Miss Mara’s Grade 2 Class:

Did you know that dinosaurs and birds are in the same family?  Ms. Mara’s class learned this and many other interesting facts from Greg Wetzel, a paleontologist, who visited the entire second grade this week. He brought in eggs, fossil bones, and footprints to show some of the ways that scientists learn about and study dinosaurs. He also shared the wonderful dinosaur and extinct animal books he has worked on, as well as paintings, models, and drawings he has done. One of the models was the actual size of the real dinosaur, and one of the bones he showed us was a claw.  His books and paintings gave us a really good idea of what it was like when dinosaurs were on Earth. We learned how to draw the outline of a dinosaur using tracing paper and an authentic drawing of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. We were surprised to hear that some members of the dinosaur family are still alive today.  The smallest of these are hummingbirds.  We are very grateful to the Enrichment Committee for sponsoring this presentation. 

Special Notes:

Kindergarten registration for the 2012-2013 school year begins in January.  Please contact the school office for registration information.  Also, if you know of families with children who will be eligible for kindergarten next year, please share this information with them.

Dates to Remember:

  •  January 13, 2012                               Early Release at 12:30
  • January 16, 2012                               Martin Luther King Day, No School
  • January 17, 2012                               Professional Day, No School
  • January 19, 2012                               “Nurturing Thinkers, Curriculum and Assessment”
  • January 24, 25, 26, 2012                     Kindergarten Registration         
  • January 24, 2012                               Preschool Information Night
  • January 27, 2012                               Early Release at 12:30