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October 27, 2011

posted Oct 27, 2011, 10:10 AM by   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 10:12 AM ]

It seems that the beautiful fall weather has left us and winter is about to arrive.  Hearing the word snow in the weather forecast is certainly a surprise in October!  Weather permitting our students go outside for recess daily. Outdoor recess is certainly a highlight of the day. Please be certain students bring coats, hats, and gloves to keep warm on these cool days.

On Monday, October 31, we will have our annual Monster March.   Although the weather should be cool, it will allow us to enjoy the outdoor celebration.  Children should come to school in costume as we plan to begin at approximately 8:45.  At that time classes will march out the side door to begin the walk around the circle where families will be waiting to see each child in their colorful costumes. Please remember that students should not bring to school small accessories for costumes that are easily lost or broken.  Scary masks that depict violence should remain at home as well.  We hope you are able to share this exciting event with us.

We also hope you are able to join us on Thursday, November 3, at 7:00 for our first parent discussion group to talk about the important topic of “Friends and Foes.”  Questions often arise about the challenges that face students in developing and maintaining friendships.  This evening provides us with the opportunity to explore this complex topic through discussion as well as the sharing of ideas and strategies.  We look forward to seeing you then.

                                                Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

Special Notes:

  • Please do not drop students off at school prior to 8:05 when supervision begins.  Please contact the Excel Program if you need an early morning drop off.
  • Just a reminder that  the annual magazine drive ends November 3. Also you can place your order on line at using the code 1152876. Don't forget to write your checks out to GMPTO.
  • Please join Brain Balance Achievement Center and Maynard SEPAC on Monday, November 7th at 7:00 pm at the Fowler School Library in Maynard to learn more about the causes of ADHD, autism, aspergers, Tourette's, and other disorders.   In 2011, nearly 25% of all children will struggle with the challenges of ADHD, autism, dyslexia, aspergers, and other learning and developmental disorders.  Our presentation will introduce the concept of positive neuroplasticity, the importance of integrated brain function, and the reality of remediation through hemispheric stimulation as well as helpful hints for working with children of every challenge both at home and in the classroom, as well as advice on identifying areas of weakness in your son/daughter.  Contact Jennifer O'Leary at or 978-897-2705 for RSVP or more information.

Mrs. Coppola’s First Grade Reading News:

I am in the process of introducing Literacy Centers to the class. During this time we will be reading and practicing skills through many new and exciting learning experiences. The children will be engaged in literacy centers which include Reading Corner, Listening Center, Computer Time, Making Words, Reading Games, and Guided Reading with me.

In the Reading Corner students will read books at their independent level from books that they choose on a weekly basis. I will teach them how to choose ‘just the right’ book. They will also practice reading their poems from their poetry folder. In the listening center the students will listen to stories that focus on our theme of the month. During computer time the students will practice reading skills through reading software and websites that I choose. The first website I will introduce is Starfall. The students practice making words, reading & listening to short stories and poems, and many other fun and interactive activities. Each student will have the opportunity to make words from their spelling list and ‘trick word’ list in a variety of ways. They will make words using magnetic letters, letter cards, dry erase boards & markers, and write words with rainbow colors to name a few.  During this time of literacy centers I work with small groups of students in guided reading and on specific instructional reading goals. Students will also be introduced to a variety of reading games that will focus on word families, rhyming, short vowels, and complete sentences. Literacy centers are a great way for students to enhance their reading skills in a fun and positive atmosphere. It also creates opportunities for different learning styles, and for students to become more independent learners.


Dates to Remember:

October 28, 2011                  Early Release, 12:30 Dismissal

October 31, 2011                  Monster March 8:45 AM

November 3, 2011                 Family Association Pre School Info Night 6:30-8:30 PM

November 3, 2011                 Cookies and Conversation, Parent discussion Forum

November 4, 2011                 Early Release, 12:30 Dismissal

November 7, 2011                 Grade 3 Field Trip – Plimouth Plantation