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January 5, 2012

posted Jan 5, 2012, 10:19 AM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us

We are all so delighted to be back at school.  We hope everyone had a wonderful New Year. The students returned excited about their vacation and eager to share about their activities and adventures. They were also eager to return to see and learn with their classmates.

As you may know, we begin each day with students leading the school in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Each class is assigned a week during which students can volunteer to lead the Pledge of Allegiance over the intercom.  Their voices are loud and strong as they confidently speak to the school.  This week has been assigned to Mrs. Marchand-Ginnity’s kindergarten class.  The students were delighted to return from vacation to school as the first class with this special assignment in 2012.  The pride and excitement was evident through the enormous smiles on the faces.  This serves as a wonderful reminder of the growth and maturity we see in all our students as the year progresses.

During the coming weeks we look forward to many wonderful programs sponsored by the enrichment committee. Elisa Pearmain will present a whole school assembly entitled Once Upon a Caring Classroom.  This special program will focus the important school value of treating each other with kindness and respect.  First grade will enjoy a special presentation about magnets from the Discovery Museum.  We are so appreciative of the amazing educational programs the enrichment committee and PTO are able to provide us.  In addition, we will have a visit from Officer Phil who will help us learn about fire safety. 

With the New Year, the weather has the feel of winter.  The cold air has arrived!  Please remember that we plan to go outside for recess each day.  Please make sure to send warm coats, hats, and gloves daily.  Don’t forget the boots and snow pants when the snow arrives! 

Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

Mrs. Coppola’s First Grade Science News:

I recently introduced Science Center to my students. This is an opportunity for them to observe and record accurately on different objects.  They use magnifying glasses to study them closely.  Students visit this center on a weekly basis.  Our last observations were a rock collection and a tarantula.  Next, we will observe a scorpion.  The children really seem to enjoy this new activity as they pretend to be scientists.

Our next unit of study will be on weather and seasons.  I will introduce this unit by watching a video called The Wonderful Weather Machine.  We will also watch the popular Magic School Bus Kicks up a Storm.

The children will learn that weather conditions change daily.  They will observe and record the weather daily, and learn to recognize the constancy of weather patterns.  They will also learn how to read a thermometer and write the temperature on a weekly chart.

I will read, The Cloud Book by Tomie de Paola, to help the children learn about the different types of clouds.  I will also read, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett, and follow up with a fun writing activity.

In Music…

Kindergarteners have started doing creative movement with The Carnival of the Animals, short pieces of classical music each with an animal theme.  So far we have acted out the tortoise (very slow) and the lion, but will add the kangaroo, swan, and aquarium. 

First graders have finished making their My Little Klezmer Book books and will now be moving on to Mariachi music as we explore American Folk Music Genres from around the country. 

Second Graders have learned The Orchestra Song and are now starting to learn about the orchestra itself including the names and sounds of the instruments and instrument families.  We will use the stories The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Peter and the Wolf in this unit.

Third Graders have had their recorder for several weeks now.   Each of them has played their first song Hot Cross Buns with the notes B, A, and G and are now moving on to second songs and extension songs.  Look for recorder performances on the music section of the school website starting next month!  - Miss Lilley

Special Notes:

  • This Month’s Green Meadow PTO meeting will take place on Tuesday January 10th at 7 pm in the Green Meadow School Library.  We will be discussing the Spring Auction as well as upcoming school events.  Please come join us!
  • 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 24, 25, 26, 2012                     Kindergarten Registration         

January 24, 2012                               Preschool Information Night