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May 17, 2012

posted May 21, 2012, 5:46 AM by   [ updated May 21, 2012, 5:47 AM ]

We are delighted to see the sun return so all the students can enjoy outdoor recess!  You may have noticed the pods that have arrived and been placed around the school.  They are to provide storage for all the classroom and instructional supplies throughout the summer building improvements.  In order to complete the extensive work occurring throughout the building, all material and supplies must be out of the rooms.   Storing materials in these pods facilitates the building improvements, making  the process more timely and efficient in order to ensure completion by midsummer.

The arrival of these storage units was met with awe as the students watched the process of large trucks delivering and unloading them outside our windows. As the school day ended, students were anxious to closely examine the units, exploring how they open and what they will find inside.  As always, safety is a primary concern for all Green Meadow students. During the school day, students do not have access to the areas where the storage pods have been located. However, during dismissal we have noticed students running and playing between the pods, lifting the doors, and going inside.  These actions truly raise serious safety concerns. We are asking all families to help keep our students safe by watching their children carefully at both arrival and dismissal and preventing them from playing around or with the storage pods.  To support this we are purchasing locks to prevent the doors from opening.

When students are dismissed from school they are anxious to exert much of their energy.   After connecting with their families, they often run off to play while parents have an opportunity to connect. While we appreciate the social opportunities dismissal presents on these warm and sunny days, it is important to address the hurtful and unsafe actions that have been occurring during this time.  We are asking families to help us in this process by watching students carefully to prevent:

·         Hurtful or unsafe actions such as hitting, kicking, and chasing

·         Unkind words or comments

·         Climbing trees

·         Throwing  objects

We will be visiting each classroom over the next week to discuss these expectations with students.  We will remind all students that even during dismissal we hold the same expectations for kind and safe behaviors that are present during the school day. We appreciate your support in ensuring a safe dismissal for all.

We have emphasized our core values throughout the school year.   Students understand that we are kind, we are safe, and we are learners.

Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator


News from Mrs. Duddy’s Grade 3 Class:

Students are excited about creating free form poems using an art –and-literature based approach to writing called Picturing Writing which was developed at the University of New Hampshire.  Students create collages using various hand-painted textured papers and a variety of art techniques.  Image-making within the writing process helps students gain confidence and provides visual and kinesthetic tools for thinking and writing allowing the writer to be successful.  The students’ poems are truly amazing.

News from Mrs. Ewing’s First Grade Class:

This is an exciting time in First Grade. We are able to extend our prior knowledge to work on Life Skills. In math we are studying Time.  Students are thrilled to be able to tell when we should be somewhere or if we are running late, which I am sure you appreciate at home.  Money is another important life skill.  At this point our focus is on how to recognize and count money up to $1.00. As you plan summer trips, be it near or far, share the information with your child.  They have been working on Map Keys, Rose Keys, Cities and States.  The more they actually find on a map as they travel the better their understanding.

I have had a bodacious year with students, parents and faculty. My appreciation and memories run deep and heartfelt!

Special Notes:

Spring Fling: The recess teachers present Spring Fling on Wednesday, May 23.  During recess students will enjoy special games and activities such as hopscotch, sack races, bubbles, and the parachute.   In conjunction with this special day of recess activity, the PTO is suggesting a $1.00 donation to resupply the recess equipment the children use on a daily basis.  If you would like to participate, please send in your donation in an envelop marked recess.  Thank your for support.

Third Grade DVD for Ice Cream Social: As part of the ice cream social celebration for our third grade classes, a DVD chronicling their years at Green Meadow will be viewed.    It will be a keepsake memory guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye!   Photos or Short Video Clips are needed from our families for this special video!  Please send along photos in an acceptable format to by Monday, May 21st.  If you need to have photos scanned, please contact Kathy Gargas at

Green Meadow PTO Board Positions: The Green Meadow PTO is looking for parents to serve on the PTO Board for the 2012/2013 School Year!  Volunteering with the PTO is a great way to help with providing programs to enrich your child’s educational experience, make some new friends, and build a strong Green Meadow community.  Please contact Michelle Grace at or 978.897.1603 for more information.   Election of the 2012/2013 Board will take place at our June meeting on Tuesday, June 5th at 7 pm.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will consider being a part of the PTO Board!

On May 22, 2012 – Dr. Ross Greene presents Collaborative Problem Solving Dr. Ross Greene, renowned author of “The Explosive Child” and “Lost at School” will be in Maynard to present on Tuesday, May 22 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Fowler School Auditorium.  This presentation will introduce parents and educators to the Collaborative Problem Solving Technique pioneered by Dr. Greene.  This event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at 978-897-2705 or

Dates to Remember:

v      May 17, 2012                  Preschool Drumlin Farm Field Trip

v      May 21, 2012                  Grade 1 Field Trip to New England Aquarium

v      May 28, 2012                  Memorial Day, No School

v      May 31, 2012                  Kindergarten Orientation for incoming Kindergarten Families

v      June 9, 2012                   Pizza and Packing  9:00-2:00

v      June 14,2102                  Last Day of School, 11:25 dismissal