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March 2, 2012

posted Mar 2, 2012, 11:43 AM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us
Today we began our special focus on the importance of reading by celebrating Read Across America Day along with the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  Our day began with all students reading independently in their classroom.  Then we were so fortunate to have many community members take time from their busy schedules to come into the classrooms and read to our students. 
We truly enjoyed visits from Dr. Robert Gerardi, Mr. Jeff Mela, Dr. Laura Chesson, Mrs. Pamela Bator, Mrs. Ree Kessler, and Mr. Don Holm from the school community who shared Read Across America Day with our students by reading in classrooms.  In addition, we welcomed members from the Maynard Community, Chief Stowers, Captain Joe Landry, Librarian Mr. Mark Malcolm, School Committee member Ms. Amy Gay, Police Officer Greg Belzotti, and PTO President Mrs. Michelle Grace.  The students were very excited by the opportunity to share their classrooms and their love of literature with these special guest readers.
Also during this special day, our first grade students displayed the amazing dioramas they created representing some of their favorite books.  All Green Meadow students viewed, enjoyed, and appreciated these special projects.  Our month long celebration of literacy will conclude on March 28 with a special evening of Books for Bingo. We hope all families will join us for this exciting program.

During the month of March our students will also be participating in the first of two administrations of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).  This state mandated assessment is administered to all students in grades 3, 4,5,6,7,8, and 10, focusing on the knowledge, skills, and strategies that are essential components of  part of each student’s educational experience. The reading portion of the assessment will be administered to all third grade students on Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22.   The return of winter weather caused us to postpone our parent information program to explore the expectations and procedures associated with this assessment.  We have rescheduled this presentation for Thursday, March 15 at 7:00.  We hope you are able to join us for this informative program.

Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

News from Mrs. Vasta’s PreK Class:

Preschoolers came back after the February vacation break with loads of energy!  This week we are finishing up with our current unit of study entitled “Watch Us Grow”.  Over the last few weeks we have been learning about how our bodies benefit from good nutrition and exercise – and equally as important, from sleep. All of these factors play big roles in how our bodies develop physically and emotionally.  Socially, preschoolers have been building upon established friendships and continue to nurture connections with new acquaintances as our classrooms expand.

The weather has held up for us unbelievably this winter and we have been able to play outside almost every day (mostly without snow pants and boots!)  Even though children haven’t been making snow angels during outside play time recently, they are still very happy to be able to run, climb, slide, and roll with friends on a daily basis. Actually, having the ability to just run, run, and run, during recess puts smiles of pure joy on everyone’s faces!

Over the next few weeks our learning theme is “Let’s Go!” and we will be focusing on things with wheels, things that float, simple machines, and things that fly – this is always a very popular unit of study!  We will be questioning what simple machines do and how and why they are important in our daily lives. We will also be challenging preschoolers to identify their “favorite machines” and giving them the opportunity to come up with ideas for inventing new machines as well. Creativity is flowing in preschool!

Mrs. Lawton’s First Grade Class:

Dear Green Meadow families,

This month in our class we have celebrated our new core values by having a visit from our Maynard mascot-the tiger!  The students were excited to see him and also had the opportunity to sign a heart promising to remember the three core values (kind, safe, learners) and practice them daily!  In honor of instilling these values we have adopted a new mystery student program that highlights a student of the day.  The students have to guess the mystery student by playing hangman to figure out who it is!  Then, students come up with three facts about the student and one compliment!  We have read, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  By Carol McCloud and after reading this book we discussed how to fill everyone’s buckets by saying kind and nice words to one another.  When we think of our 3 facts and one compliment for our mystery student, we keep this book in mind while recording our information.

The students had an opportunity to bring in their diorama projects and are very excited to share them with the class and our school!  We look forward to the month of March and having guest readers in for Read Across America!   Enjoy the nice weather!  Mrs. Lawton

Special Notes:

·          Bus sign-up for next year will begin on April 23, 2012.  Forms will be available at school offices and on our website beginning on April 20th.  (Please see forms under “Documents to Download”.)

·          The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) welcomes Bruce Sabien, M.A., LMHC from the Academy of Metrowest to speak about Social Skills for students with ADHD, Asperger’s and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder on Monday, March 5, 2012 from 7 to 9 pm at the Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard.   Social skills delays and difficulties figure prominently among children with ADHD, Asperger's Disorder, and other issues.  Mr. Sabian will discuss these issues and offer practical tips for parents and educators as they try to help their children navigate the social world. This event is free and open to the public. Registration not required.  Please contact Jennifer O’Leary with any questions at jenniferoleary1@verizon.net or 978-897-2705.  

·          The next SEPAC’s meeting is scheduled for April 2, 2012 with the title “Transition to Adulthood – Turning 14”, 7-9:00 p.m..

Dates to Remember:

v       March 2, 2012                                   Community Reading Day

v       March 2, 2012                                   Early Release, 12:30

v       March 8, 2012                                   Grade 2 Hoops-A-Thon

v       March 9, 2012                                   Early Release, 12:30

v       March 15, 2012                                 MCAS Parent presentation

v       March 28, 2012                                 Books and Bingo for all families, 6:30 PM

v       March 31, 2012                                 Green Meadow Auction

v       April 23, 2012                                   Bus Registrations for the 2012-2013 School Year