Green Meadow News
September 6, 2012 Donna Dankner, Principal
Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal
It is amazing how quickly the students have adjusted to their new classrooms, creating wonderful learning communities. Each morning they arrive at school ready to learn and excited by the many educational experiences that fill each day. It is evident that many friendships are forming in the classroom, during lunch, and on the playground. Through collaborative learning, students are extending their understanding and sharing their knowledge with their classmates.
As a school we continuously explore and discuss new ideas and initiatives to extend student learning and enhance the community. One important additional avenue for these discussions is the School Council. The School Council is a committee comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members who serve on the committee on a rotating basis. The School Council focuses on developing a school improvement plan discussing future directions and initiatives, and exploring structures that support the community. During the past year, members of the School Council devoted their efforts on the development of a new student and family handbook that is reflective of the current procedures while providing information that will be an important resource to families. This new student and family handbook is currently being revised and should be available for distribution to all Green Meadow families this fall. We are seeking additional parents to participate as members of this council to provide information and insights that enhance and support our community. We hope you will consider participating in this important venture. Please contact the school office if you would like further information or if you are interested in becoming a member.
Please save the date….. The Green Meadow Back to School/ Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, September 20. During this evening, parents will visit their children’s classrooms to learn about curriculum expectations and classroom routines from each teacher. This parent evening provides an opportunity to ask questions, gain understanding, and learn ways to support students as they master grade level curriculum. We hope you are able to join us for this informative program.
News from Ms. Burns’ First Grade Class
Hello and welcome back to a brand new school year! I have loved seeing and meeting all my new and old students here at Green Meadow School. In our first grade class we have been busy at work getting to know each other, building a community, and learning the routines of the classroom. We’ve only been here a week, but already we are starting to learn a lot! This week we are continuing to build on “The Daily 5”, which is the structured reading block in our classroom. This includes reading independently, reading with a buddy, working with words, listening to reading, and writing. We also had a class discussion about our hopes and dreams for this year and talked about all the many things we want to learn and do. There’s so much to be excited about, it’s going to be a great year!
News from Mrs. Mooradian’s Preschool Class:
After a beautiful and enjoyable summer we were all excited about meeting new friends and reuniting with old friends. This week was for many of our preschoolers the first experience in leaving the home environment and attending school and thus we used the story The Kissing Hand to aid in promoting our targeted concepts. This perfect first day of school story is about a little raccoon ready to start school. He talks about his fears to his mother, fears that many children have before beginning school. His mother comes up with a wonderful solution to help her little raccoon remember that she loves him and is thinking about him, even when she isn't with him. We look forward this month to beginning our school year, learning all about ourselves and each other, and taking our first field trip to Honey Pot Orchard.
Dates to Remember:
v September 14, 2012 Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal
v September 20, 2012 Curriculum Night 6:30 P.M.
v September 21, 2012 Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal
v October 4, 2012 Picture Day
v October 5, 2012 STAR / Title 1 Open House