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October 13, 2011

posted Oct 13, 2011, 7:53 AM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us   [ updated Oct 13, 2011, 10:17 AM ]

What an amazing weekend it was! The weather was perfect for viewing the changing of the leaves and enjoying the beautiful colors of the fall season. It certainly has been a wonderful fall!

We are eagerly preparing for a special fall tradition at Green Meadow School, the annual Monster March. This year the Monster March is scheduled for Monday, October 31 at approximately 8:45 AM.  Weather permitting, students will walk outside where families will be waiting to view the procession. We hope this early morning schedule will allow families to view the procession before beginning the day’s activities.

Please bring students to school at the regular arrival time to allow them to prepare for the march in their classrooms.  Please note that students should arrive at school in their costumes to allow for this early start.  We ask that scary or gruesome costumes as well as masks that depict violence not be brought to school.  Students should leave all weapons, props and extra pieces of their costumes at home as they are easily lost or broken in school. Please be certain that students are able to walk a distance safely in their costumes.

Please review the following additional important information:

Parents should wait outside for the parade to begin.  Staff will assist students with their costumes as needed.  Teachers will contact parents in advance if assistance is needed in the classrooms.

Students may not wear makeup during this event.

The use of masks will be at the teacher discretion. If masks interfere with the students’ ability to see clearly and/or walk safely or if they are not appropriate, students will not be allowed to wear them.

Please send students with clothing for the day of school as well as a bag for costumes as they will change following the march to be ready for learning.

Students may participate in the procession whether or not they are wearing costumes.

Participation in the parade is optional out of respect for differences in comfort levels and religious views.

The excitement is evident as children and families prepare for this special event.  We enjoy seeing the colorful costumes as well as the excitement of students and families as they march around the school.  The creativity and enthusiasm of all enhances the enjoyment of the day.  We hope you are able to join us for this special event.

Special Note:

Picture Day was a wonderful success.  Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped throughout the day.

                                                            Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

 

From Mrs. Vasta’s Pre K Class:

It's hard to believe that we have been in school for six weeks already - and we have done so much in that short time! We began the school year familiarizing ourselves with the faces and names of our new friends and we have already gone on our first field trip to Honey Pot Hill Orchard. This week, as we conclude our unit of study entitled My Family, My Friends, and Me", we are focusing on "School" and becoming more familiar with our learning environment. In keeping with our theme this week preschoolers enjoyed three guest visits from some very important people who help make Green Meadow such a special place to learn - Mrs. Dankner, our Principal; Mrs. Bator, Assistant Principal; and Mrs. Dowst, School Nurse. As we continue through the month of October we will be focusing on "Fall Leaves" and "Pumpkins" which will lead us right up to our Halloween Parade on October 27th.  Coming up in November is our first ever Preschool Art Show. It will be an exciting day for parents to come and explore the classroom and enjoy their children's artistic creations. As you can see there is a lot to look forward to!


News from Miss Laferriere’s Grade 1 Class:

First graders in Miss Laferriere’s class celebrated their writing last Friday during our first ever publishing party!  We enjoyed a dance party and some tasty treats after sharing our writing with friends in Mrs. Coppola’s class.  Our published personal narrative pieces are hanging in our classroom, so feel free to stop by and take a look at all of our hard work! 

We recently finished our author study on Eric Carle and have begun to explore the creative writing and color illustrations by Lois Ehlert.  By taking a look at various authors, we have learned about different writing styles and ways to add details to illustrations. 

In math, we have been practicing our adding skills by playing various math games and hopping up the number line.  In addition, we are in the process of completing culminating activities for the books Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.           

As you can see, the first graders have been working hard and look forward to continuing to learn more and more everyday as the year progresses!  Miss Laferriere 

Dates to Remember:

  • October 21, 2011                    Early Release, 12:30
  • October 28, 2011                    Early Release, 12:30
  • October 31, 2011                    Monster March 8:45 AM