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September 22, 2011

posted Sep 23, 2011, 6:40 AM by   [ updated Sep 23, 2011, 6:58 AM ]
As we visit classrooms throughout the school, we are consistently amazed by the depth of discussion and the extent of the learning that is occurring in each classroom. Students are actively engaged in strategic thinking as they explore complex mathematical concepts. From preschool to grade three, writing is prevalent in all classrooms as students learn to express their ideas through Writers’ Workshop.   All students are immersed in reading a wide range of texts as they develop the skills and strategies to become effective readers.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to share these curriculum and instructional initiatives with you as you visit classrooms this evening.  We hope you are able to join us this evening for our Back to School Curriculum Night.  Each teacher will discuss classroom and curriculum expectations in conjunction with our school wide focus on differentiation.  We will also share schedules, routines, and procedures to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your child’s school day.  The schedule for the evening is as follows:


Welcome for all parents in the cafeteria

7:00- 7:30       

Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 classroom visits

Grade 2 and  Grade 3 visits to specialists and the Book Fair


Grade 2 and Grade 3 classroom visits

Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1 visits to specialists and the book fair.

We look forward to seeing you this evening!

Special Notes:

Given the number of families in attendance, parking may be a factor.  Please utilize the Fowler School parking lot when the Green Meadow lot is full.

Back to School/ Curriculum Night is a program for parents.  An Open House for students to share their learning with their families will be scheduled later in the year.


                                                           Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator


News from Ms. Bausmith’s Second Grade Class:

Second graders in Ms. Bausmith’s class are busy at work each day. In language arts second graders are enjoying learning how to make predictions while listening to read alouds and in guided reading groups. In Writing Workshop we are quickly filling up our Writing Folders with wonderful stories about our lives that have both pictures and words. At the end of Writing Workshop we all come together to share our work and reflect on the lesson. It is an exciting time to hear about what each other wrote and worked on.

In math we are learning about geometry by exploring pattern blocks and geo blocks. We are working with partners and small groups to learn about the faces of 3D shapes and also the name of each pattern block.

This school year is off to a fantastic start and we are looking forward to an exciting year together!

News from Mrs. Wallace’s Kindergarten Class:

We bet you are wondering what the “Frog Class” has been up to. Well, we are really hopping along! In English Language Arts, we have started the “Daily Five”: Self Reading, Partner Reading, Listening to Stories, Word Work, and Writing. Many stories and poems have sparked our interest: Mary Wore her Red Dress, Animal ABC Book, All Wet!  Colors and Rhymes, The Kissing Hand, Miss Mary Mack, The Wheels on the Bus, Traffic Light, Where is the Frog, Now What Do You Think of That, I Can Play Music, Go Fish, From Head to Toe, Can You Sing, Little Robot, The Paper Boy, and The Hat!   In addition, we have started to learn about the importance of illustrations. The children have started their Daily Red Writing Folders, and are doing a great job illustrating and labeling their pictures. If you walk by our classroom, you will see the children using their small chalk boards, practicing their pencil grips, and singing Where Do You Start Your Letters.

During Math we have been working on position concepts:  Top- Middle- Bottom, Above & Below, Before, After, & Between, Up & Down, Left & Right and In & Out. We have listened to stories like Old Mother Hubbard and The Farmer and the Dell and played fun games like the Hokey Pokey to learn about and understand these important Position Concepts. Our class has also started to explore simple AB patterns. Calendar Math is now up and running.  We enjoy singing Days of the Week and Macarena dancing to Months of the Year.

In Science, we have been working on classifying things, as living and non-living.  In addition, we have been discussing animals and their need for food, water, air, and shelter.  We have talked about how animals move and grow and the similarities and differences between baby animals and adults.

Social Studies topics have included learning about Labor Day and discussing many different types of jobs that our Community Helpers fill. On Constitution Day, we created our own classroom rules. This week we learned about a local hero from the neighboring town of Leominster, MA: Johnny Appleseed.  Yes, we are hopping!

From The Library:

Our  Book Fair by BookEnds is scheduled for Thursday, September 22nd during Curriculum Night.  The Book Fair 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.


Dates to Remember:

v     September 22, 2011            Curriculum Night for Parents

v     September 23, 2011            Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal

v     September 26, 2011            PreK Field Trip – Honey Pot Orchards

v     September 28, 2011            Enrichment Committee Meeting 7:00 PM

v     October 6, 2011                  Picture Day