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May 3, 2012

posted May 4, 2012, 8:03 AM by

It is so difficult to believe how quickly summer is approaching.  We are all looking forward to the beautiful weather that summer brings.  This summer will bring exciting additional changes to Green Meadow School.  Our building will be undergoing some much needed improvements that will enhance our learning environment.

The carpeting will be removed throughout the school and replaced with beautiful new tile.  Warm beige tiles will be installed in the hallways while light blue tiles will cover the classroom floors.  The cafeteria will showcase a fun pattern with beige, blue, and purple tiles.  In addition, work will be done on the building systems, creating greater energy efficiency and consistency of temperatures throughout the building.  You may have noticed that work has begun on the front hallway to polish and restore the vibrancy of the floor.  The ramp will be refinished, including a large imprint of our logo with our core values.  We are delighted that everyone will see our core values each time they enter the building.

These building improvements are so exciting for us as a school community. As you can imagine many preparations need to be made in order for all this work to be done. It is necessary for us to pack all materials within the building as the rooms will be emptied to allow the floors to be installed and all other work to be completed.  To help manage this process, we would truly appreciate any assistance you can offer as we begin packing. On Saturday, June 9, we are scheduling a Pizza and Packing Day.  Anytime you have available to assist us with this endeavor would be greatly appreciated.  More specific information regarding this event will be sent home at a later date.  We are eagerly anticipating the wonderful improvements that will result from all of the work that will occur throughout the summer!

Please join us  for the Grade 2 Art Exhibit at ARTspace, 63 Summer Street, Maynard on Monday, May 7th, opening from 5-8:00 PM.  Additional viewing hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 11-3:00 PM.  All second graders have multiple works of art on display.  We are very excitied about this special exhibit and welcome the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity.

Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

 News From Mrs. Mully’s First Grade:

We are presently studying money in math.  We identify the values of all U.S. coins and discuss their comparative value (e.g. a nickel is of greater value than a penny).  Our main focus is on the penny, nickel, dime and quarter.  We find equivalent values (e.g. five nickels are equivalent to a quarter), use appropriate notation, and use the values of coins while solving problems.  We learn about buildings and people printed on the penny, nickel, dime and quarter.  We also watched a couple of movies about money and had a brief discussion on earning interest on money put in the bank (versus putting money under the mattress!).  Following our money unit, the remainder of the year is focused on assessments and review. 

In social studies our next focus is on map skills.  We will describe a map as a representation of a space such as the classroom, the school, the neighborhood, town, state, country or world.  The children identify directions (north, south, east and west) and apply them to maps, locations in the classroom, school, playground and community.  We will also explore map keys, locate the North Pole, the South Pole and the equator, and find examples of a continent, mountain, river, lake and ocean.  Closer to Memorial Day, we will learn about the significance of this national holiday.

Our final unit in science this year is on Earth’s Materials.  Children will explore water, soil, rocks and living organisms.  We will also prepare for our field trip to the New England Aquarium.  The children are writing “How-To-Books” in Writing Workshop.  The purpose of these books is to give clear directions in sequential order.  Following the “How-To Books”, children embark on writing “All-About Books”.   We continue to review and/or introduce a variety of skills in language arts.

Although we are winding down the year, there are still things to cover and keep us busy.  Spring wishes, Mrs. Mully.

News from Mr. Mehigan’s Class:

As we roll into May, things are heating up outside and in Mr. Mehigan's class.  I can hardly believe they will be Green Meadow graduates in 6 weeks!!   Here's what we've been up to lately:

In math, we have been busy preparing for the MCAS test next week.  We have been exploring fractions and measurement recently and have been working hard on previous years' math MCAS questions in class and at home.  Thank you parents for your support at home!!

In writers' workshop, we have begun persuasive essay writing.  Students enjoyed coming up with a thesis (ex: dogs make the best pets, hockey is the best sport) and are working on writing to convince the reader to agree with them.  We are really focusing on their writing structure and supporting their thesis with reasoning and personal experiences.  

Social studies is really fun in class.  We have begun work on our readers' theater performance of "The British are Coming!" Paul Revere's Ride.  We have also started an in class activity to show how colonists must have felt to be unfairly taxed by King George without representation in the British government.  I play King George and the students must pay their daily taxes (play money, of course).  Ask your child. 

Time seems to actually pick up speed when spring hits so I really try to enjoy and appreciate every day because summer will be here before we know it.  I would like to wish everyone an excellent end to this school year and a safe and fun filled summer!    Mr. Mehigan  :)

Special Notes:

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.  If you are interested in a position, please join us at our May meeting on Tuesday, May 5th, in the Green Meadow Library at 7 pm.  If you can’t make the meeting, 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!

Staff Appreciation Luncheon: The Green Meadow PTO will be honoring the staff of Green Meadow for their dedication and hard work with a buffet luncheon on Friday May 11, 2012.  Volunteers are needed to provide food donations (salads, desserts, beverages) and to assist with duties on the day of the luncheon.   If you would like to donate food, please contact Tracy Fowler at 978.461.4953 or  If you would like to volunteer for set up or clean up, please contact Lee McDonagh at 978.897.0358 or

Third Grade DVD for Ice Cream SocialLAs 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

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 3, 2012                             Preschool Spring Art Show

v      May 4, 2012                            Grade 1 Music Concert 8:40 AM

v      May 4, 2012                            Early Release – 12:30 dismissal

v      May 7, 2012                            Grade 2 Art Show at Artspace 5-8:00 PM

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

v      May 11, 2012                            Early Release – 11:25 dismissal

v      May 17, 2012                            Preschool Drumlin Farm Field Trip