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May 24, 2012

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You may have noticed that our bulletin board in the front hall has become filled with “paws.”  This display is comprised of the special paws that children earn when they practice our core values of being kind, being safe, and being learners throughout the school day.  Students earn paws for actions such as being kind to their classmates, demonstrating consideration or compassion, using safe words and actions in class or on the playground, and focusing their efforts on learning.  Each student displays pride as they bring their earned paws to the office to share their accomplishment and add it to the collective display.The completion of this display is truly an achievement for our students.  They have internalized our core values, making them an important part of our community.  Together we will celebrate this achievement with a special whole school celebration on Friday afternoon.

This is the time of year for special activities and field trips that are special highlights for our students. This week, our first grade students enjoyed a special field trip to the New England Aquarium.  The students were so excited to share their experience and the amazing sights. The persistent rain this week caused the postponement of the recess Spring Fling to May 31.  Hopefully the weather will be more cooperative!  Plans are underway for the third grade end of the year celebrations.  We look forward to the ice cream social and sharing of the DVD that celebrates their Green Meadow experience. There is still an opportunity to contribute pictures to be included in this special DVD.  It creates a cherished memory for all students and families.

On Thursday, May 31, we will have a special information evening for parents of incoming kindergarten students. This evening provides an opportunity to learn about the kindergarten program and curriculum expectations.  We look forward to this opportunity to welcome the parents of the incoming kindergarten students into the Green Meadow Community.

Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

News from Mrs. Hazel’s Physical Education:

In physical education all students have been super busy this Spring! Second and third graders are working on batting skills. All students have been hitting that ball! We have some major heavy hitters! Third grade is also learning about some of the major bones in the body. From our femur to our cranium, we are putting this learning into fun relays and group work. In kindergarten and first grade, we are doing our fun fitness stations and playing some crazy tag games! I have been working on an 'end of year' video to show the kids how much they have grown this year and to show some of the fun activities we have done. I will show it in class and then send out the Youtube link so you can see it as well. It will be private so only those who have the link can view it. It will not be seen by the public. It's been so fun seeing the pictures and videos from all year!

* 3rd grade field day is June 5th~ rain date the 6th! A note will go home this week about volunteer opportunities!

News from Mrs. Smart’s Kindergarten

With the end of the year fast approaching we are busy finishing up many exciting units. At the end of our study of the sky, sun and moon, we went on a pretend field trip to the moon. We realized the moon was a great place to start our study of the earth because when we looked into the sky, we saw the earth. We discovered the earth was covered with land and water. We performed an experiment and discovered there was more water than land on earth. We noticed there were 7 “chunks” of land. We learned the chunks of land are called continents. We returned from the moon and started visiting each of the continents. We begin by having our passport stamped.  Then, all the centers in our classroom had activities that gave the children a glimpse into the culture of the continent. The children have listened to stories from each continent, made a craft, learned facts and watched short videos. The main goal of the unit is for the children to appreciate that the world is bigger than Maynard and to understand that although people around the world look different, they are all the same on the inside.

In addition to our travels, we have spent the last month studying the author/illustrator Eric Carle. We have read many of his books and watched a video where he himself explained his art techniques. After watching the video, we decided to try his techniques. The children made a caterpillar using a collage format. Their caterpillars resembled The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, so well it was difficult to tell what one Eric Carle made and what one was made by the students.  Every day, we experimented with a new painting technique. The children designed a single piece of paper as they tried nine different techniques. They became the most beautiful papers you could imagine. Using another technique, they transformed their papers into butterflies and used pieces of their friend’s paper to decorate the butterflies.

Special Notes:

Spring Fling: Has been rescheduled due to weather.  It will be held on Thursday, May, 31st    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 envelope 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 12th at 7 pm.

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