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November 10, 2011

posted Nov 13, 2011, 9:36 AM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us   [ updated Nov 13, 2011, 9:41 AM ]

Friends and Foes was the topic of discussion during our first “Cookies and Conversation” evening for parents.  We shared warm cider and cookies while tackling the challenging topic of friendships in school.  We addressed questions such as:

  • How do we support our children when they experience difficulty with friendships? 
  • When and how should we support and intervene?
  • How do we foster new friendships?
  • How do we help our children develop the skills to create new friendships? 

We were so impressed with the spirited conversation and the collective wisdom among all who attended.  Special thanks to our school counselor, Cecilia Tatem-Small, and our literacy coach, Candace Adamson, for their valuable contributions in facilitating this important discussion.  Future programs are planned to address challenges that all families confront.  We hope you will be able to join us for future events.

A school council is an important aspect of a school community.  It provides parents, teachers, and

community members with opportunities to discuss important topics that strengthen and  support the school.  Among other topics, this year the Green meadow School Council will focus on revising the school improvement plan and updating the school handbook. Please let us know if you are interested in serving on this important committee. 

                                                                                          Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

Special Notes:

  • If you bring your child to school in the morning, please remember not to pass stopped cars as children are exiting to ensure all children arrive safely in school.
  • Reminder to families to turn in your Green Meadow PTO Directory Information Forms by this Friday, November 11th
  • Reminder to families to turn in your Scrip Gift Card Fundraiser Order Forms by Friday, November 18th.
  • The planning for the Annual Green Meadow Spring Auction 2012 is underway and we need LOTS of volunteers to help out with this event.  It is our highest grossing fundraiser and provides the majority of budget for the School Enrichment Programs, Teacher Start Up Funds, and many of the programs offered to the school community by the Green Meadow PTO.  We hope that you will come join us for our Kick Off Meeting scheduled for Thursday November 17th.  We will have two sessions of this meeting to accommodate our various family schedules.  There will be a morning meeting at 10:00 am at the Boston Bean House in Downtown Maynard and an evening meeting at 7:00 pm at Red Ginger in the Stow Shopping Plaza.  Please RSVP to Michelle Grace at mlgrace@comcast.net or 978-897-1603 and specify what session you will attend.  Thank you from the Green Meadow PTO!

News from Mrs. Krasinski’s Grade 3 Class:

The Krasinski classroom is very busy this year!  We went this week to Plymouth Plantation with the rest of the third grade classes.  It was a very educational trip and a wonderful conclusion to our Colonial Life study.  We had the perfect weather and could not have asked for a better day! The class was split on whether they liked the Mayflower or the Plantation the best. We are now moving onto the study of matter in Science.  In writing workshop, we are finishing up our second seed story on a small moment, and starting to embark on a new genre- fiction!  The children love to go through the process and share our published pieces with their Kindergarten buddies! We started to implement the Daily Five Reading in our classroom as well!  In Math, we are ending our unit on addition and starting to master multiplication!!!! November is off to a great start!

News from Mrs. Ewing’s Grade 1 Class:

Mrs. Ewing’s students are using the Smartboard on a daily basis. You say what is a Smartboard? It operates much like an IPAD except it is 5’ by 4’. Parents would be amazed at how comfortable the students are at using it. I know I am!  Some of the activities done on the Smartboard are Education City which covers language arts and mathematic activities. The great thing about this program is it monitors the student’s progress. Starfall is a reading program that covers several levels of reading. Students are using the board to write the morning newsletter. I use the board as an interactive teaching and research tool that can easily be seen by everyone. Something new for me this year, which I am really impressed with, is the interactive program linked to Weekly Reader.  You are not only covering the current issue but additional social studies information pertaining to that topic. Smartboards are throughout Green Meadow classrooms. So when you watch “NCIS” and their “Smartboard” think, that is what my child is using and be proud! 

Dates to Remember:

November 11,2011            Veteran’s Day, No School

November 18, 2011           Early Release, 12:30 Dismissal

November 23, 2011           Early Release, 11:25 Dismissal

November 29, 2011           Picture Retake Day

December 1-2, 2011          Early Release 11: 25 for Parent Conferences

December 5-9, 2011          Holiday Shoppe