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March 8, 2012

posted Mar 8, 2012, 12:10 PM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us

Literacy is alive and well at Green Meadow School!  Last Friday was Read Across America Day during which we celebrated reading and the humor of Dr. Seuss.  On Wednesday, the entertaining, electric, and eminently engaging David Zucker presented poetry to our students through interactive storytelling. The works of Ogden Nash, A.A. Milne, Jack Prelutsky, and others came alive through the dramatic and humorous performance, Poetry in Motion! David Zucker captivated us with imaginary pennies, tuppence, and sixpence as he took us to A.A. Milne’s “Market Square” to buy a rabbit. After the poem, this imaginary rabbit even sat in the audience, protected by some of our students!  Poetry’s power is held within its words, and David Zucker reminded our children of this by making the words larger than life.  Ask your students about zwieback and mackerels!  Ask them about “eating poetry”.  Ask them about Isabel and The New Kid on the Block!  PTO’s Enrichment Committee brought this stellar program to us and for this we are truly grateful.

Today was the first of several incoming kindergarten visits.  New families were able to hear about teaching and learning at Green Meadow School, and then several of our PTO members took small groups on a tour of the kindergarten classrooms and the music, art, gym, and library wing of the building.  Thank you to all who helped welcome our guests and future Green Meadow members. 

Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

News from Mrs. Smart’s Kindergarten Class:

There are some upcoming dates that all the kindergarten children will participate in. On Wednesday March 14, the parents from my classroom will have the opportunity to visit the music room and watch their children in class. (Other kindergarten classes will do this during their music class time.)

We are excited about our upcoming field trip to Worcester to see Seussical on Monday, March 12.  The timing is perfect as the author for the month of March in our class is Dr. Seuss. We have been reading his books and the art center has activities about the books.

Report cards go home at the end of this month. We are practicing writing our first and last names and many other skills as we get ready for them.

In science, we are studying the body: the brain, stomach, lungs, heart, bones and muscles. We are learning about the body parts as we do “research.” We are reading nonfiction books and recording information from them.  Then we write about the body parts at the writing center and we add the body part to a paper doll we made to look like ourselves.

In writing, we are focusing on editing our small moments. The children are experimenting with speech and thought bubbles, labeling and using transition words. The children are remembering to start a sentence with an upper case letter, use lower case letters for the remainder of the words and end the sentence with punctuation.

In math, we continue counting items, grouping items, subtizing (automatically seeing arrangements of numbers, as on dice and dominos) and adding/subtracting. Next week we will begin our study of three dimensional shapes.

 

Holly Class Happenings: (Written with help from Holly class students) 

March finds us looking forward to spring and enjoying the somewhat mild winter with many learning adventures: March is “Women in History” month and “Irish American” month…We are looking forward to celebrating many “fun days” in March- including Bubble Week (2nd week), Plant a Flower Day (3/12), National Goof Off Day (3/22), National Chip and Dip Day (3/23),  “Make Up your own Holiday” (3/26), and “Take a Walk in the Park” Day (3/30)

  • We are doing a lot of writing in Writer’s Workshop- learning from the author Ezra Jack Keats’s stories: The Snowy Day, Goggles,  A Letter for Amy,  Peter’s Chair,  Whistle for Willie,  Regards to the Man in the Moon,   Maggie and the Pirates, and Hi Cat!
  • We are reading many other “just right” books about friendship, folktales, biographies, and animals from our “Book Bags”!
  • We are developing great math thinking centered on coins, counting games, place value, adding and subtracting, and problem solving.  We even love our 2 minute “Math Flash” fact sheets!
  • We have learned about dinosaurs and fossils, discovering “Changes Over Time”, Mrs. Albader, a visiting teacher, is helping us to learn about the changes in the moon and it’s phases.
  • We took a “winter walk” out to observe the Grace Vernal Pool to “see” what a vernal pool looks like and to explore the “canopy” surrounding it.
  • We have had more Guest Readers- Gianna’s mom, Haven’s mom, Elizabeth’s mom, McKenna’s Mom, Nick’s mom, Sophia’s mom, Noella’s aunt, Ronan’s mom, and AJ’s dad.
  • We have worked to make Valentine’s (in Feb) for our First Grade Friends in Ms. Laferriere’s class.  We also read Seuss stories to them on “Read Across America” Day (3/2/12).

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 next SEPAC’s meeting is scheduled for April 2, 2012 with the title “Transition to Adulthood – Turning 14”, 7-9:00 p.m.
  • Please join us on Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 for an informative discussion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).

Dates to Remember:

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 21-22, 2012                    Grade 3 MCAS (Reading)

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

v      March 31, 2012                         Green Meadow Auction

v      April 5-6, 2012                          Parent Conferences

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

v      May 9-10, 2012                         Grade 3 MCAS (Math)