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September 15, 2011

posted Sep 15, 2011, 8:17 AM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us   [ updated Sep 15, 2011, 8:26 AM ]
The annual Green Meadow School Back to School Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, September 22, from 6:30-8:00 P.M. All parents of students in preschool through grade three are invited and encouraged to attend this special program. During their presentations for parents, each teacher will be highlighting and discussing specific information about grade level curriculum and classroom expectations. You will learn about “Good Fit Books”, Writer’s Workshop, Mathematics, and other important learning experiences.
The evening will begin with a welcome for all parents in the cafeteria followed by teacher presentations in their individual classrooms. Each teacher will then offer an overview of the core curriculum as well as classroom instruction, procedures, and expectations. An important support for each student is the partnership between home and school.  During this evening you will also learn about supporting your child in order to maximize his/her educational experience. The specific schedule for the evening will be as follows:

 6:30-6:50    Welcome

7:00-7:25     Classroom Parent Presentation for Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1

                       Specialist Visits and the Book Fair for Grades 2 and 3

7:30- 8:00    Classroom Parent Presentation for Grades 2 and 3

                       Specialist visits and Book Fair for Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1

This schedule has been designed to allow families with more than one child at Green Meadow to attend classroom presentations at different grade levels. In addition, we encourage you visit the specialists to develop a comprehensive understanding of the Green Meadow Art, Music, Physical Education, and Library Instructional Programs.  The fall book fair will also be held in the gym throughout the evening.

The focus of this evening is on classroom instruction and curriculum initiatives.  In order to maintain student confidentiality, teachers will not be able to discuss individual students at this time.  The fall Parent Conferences this year are scheduled for December 1 and December 2.  During this time, you will have opportunity for an indepth discussion of your child’s academic progress and school experience with the classroom teacher.  Please remember that communication is not limited to scheduled conference times. We truly value open communication with families and encourage ongoing dialogue.  Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time by sending a note or email as well as leaving a message at the office for a discussion or meeting.

We hope you will find this evening to be an informative and enjoyable experience. We are excited to have you join us and look forward to the opportunity to discuss grade level curriculum and classroom instruction.

                                                            Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

News from Ms. Burns’ First Grade Class:

We have been busy at work in our first grade classroom getting to know each other, building a community, and learning the routines of the classroom. We can hardly believe it’s only the 3rd week of school.  We have already learned so much!

In language arts we have been reading a lot! We are learning each part of “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. In writing workshop we are learning how to write stories using pictures and words. We each have a special writing folder that holds all our work and they are growing with more stories every day! We are learning how to write stories about our own lives and experiences. We listen to books of famous authors and share our work with our classmates often (we’re becoming REAL authors and illustrators too!).

In math we are practicing our calendar skills every day. We are also reviewing numbers and counting, and practicing “more and fewer”. We often play games in math to practice our skills so we all agree this part of the day is fun! We will soon learn graphing, grouping, and ordering, and before long we’ll be adding and subtracting too!

News from Mr. Thomas’s Class:

We are off to a fabulous start this year. One of the things that we are most excited about is our new writing curriculum. The students are writing on a daily basis, and we have begun the year by focusing on personal narratives. So far, we have been focusing in on small ‘seed ideas,’ little tiny snippets of our lives, to write about in detail. In math we are working on place value, and we created some wonderful ‘ordinal number sundaes,’ listing the steps that we would each take to create the ideal ice cream sundae. The entire class loves our Smart Board, and we use it multiple times every day. This past year the USDA changed our nutrition guidelines from the pyramid to ‘MyPlate,’ which portrays our daily intake of food with plate with the five food groups. We’ve been doing work in science to learn about healthy eating habits related to this new graphic. Lastly, we will soon begin to study about the Pilgrims and Plimoth Plantation, and the entire third grade will be heading down to Plimoth this fall. We are looking forward to a superb year!

From The Library:

Our next BookFair by BookEnds is scheduled for Thursday, September 22nd during Curriculum Night.  The BookFair will be open from 6:00-8:00 pm and will be held in the gym.  Please stop in to see the wonderful selection of books available.  What a great time to come and do some early Christmas shopping without the kids!  All funds earned are used to purchase new books for the library.  Hope to see you there.

Special Notes:

The Enrichment Committee, part of the GMPTO, is a group of parent volunteers who research, plan and facilitate events at the school which enhance the school’s curriculum.  Volunteers can be involved in a number of ways, depending on their availability and interest. In recent years, we have been able to provide each grade level with three programs, as well as funding two all-school events.  To learn more, come to our first meeting on 9/28 at 7:00 pm at the GM library or contact Cindy Langlois or Lee McDonagh (langcy@verizon.net and leemcdonagh@gmail.com, respectively). 

 

Dates to Remember:

September 16, 2011            Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal

September 22, 2011            Curriculum Night for Parents

September 23, 2011            Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal

September 26, 2011            Pre K Field Trip – Honey Pot Orchards

September 28, 2011            Enrichment Committee Meeting 7:00 PM

October 6, 2011                  Picture Day