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September 29, 2011

posted Sep 29, 2011, 3:07 PM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us

The calendar tells us it is fall, but the beautiful weather we have been enjoying feels like summer!  Students have truly enjoyed running and playing outdoors in the warm and dry weather.  The preschool was very fortunate to have the first Green Meadow Field Trip of the year during this beautiful week.  They boarded the bus to travel to the apple orchard to pick apples and see the animals.  As a follow up learning activity the students described and sequenced the events of the day.

We were delighted to have so many families participate in our annual Back to School Curriculum Night.  Teachers truly appreciated the opportunity to share their classroom routine and expectations in addition to discussing grade level curriculum.  We also appreciate the support of families for the book fair, which benefits our library and the PTO spirit sale which supports the enrichment programming our students enjoy throughout the year.

As we plan for the year, we are looking for opportunities to enhance communication through family and parent programs.  In previous years, we have offered parent coffees on topics of interest on the first Friday of each month.  We have also offered literacy and math programs as well as Bingo for Books.  Along with this week’s newsletter, we are sending a survey to gather your thoughts about future family programs and parent coffees.  Please take a moment to complete the survey and return it to the school office.  The information you provide will be extremely helpful as we schedule activities during the coming school year.  We appreciate your participation and your ongoing support.

The PTO provides our school with valuable supports and enrichment programming throughout the year.  Participation in the PTO is also a wonderful way to connect with families and have a positive impact on the community.  The PTO would like to encourage families to participate by assuming some key positions for the coming school year that are currently held by families of third grade students who will be moving on to Fowler School.  In particular, we are looking for a new treasurer for the 2012-2013 school year.  The role of Treasurer is a great way to become involved in the PTO because the responsibilities are very structured, clearly defined, and procedures are already in place.  Financial experience is not required.  The primary responsibilities of the Treasurer include:

·      Posting financial transactions in Quickbooks

·      Writing checks and making deposits

·      Reconciliation of bank accounts

·      Presenting Treasurer’s report (performance to budget) at montly PTO meetings and development of the annual budget.

We would like to encourage families to be active participants in this important organization.  Anyone interested in the position of treasurer would contact Christine Barilone (rbarilone@hotmail.com) for more information.  For all other volunteer opportunities, please contact Michelle Grace, PTO president.

 

Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

 

News from Mrs. Lawton’s Grade 1 Class

I can hardly believe we have completed our first month of school together.  The weather does not seem like fall yet!  We have been busy in our first grade class reviewing letters and sounds as well as correctly forming our numbers and letters.  We have begun talking about Fall and planting.  We especially enjoyed learning about Johnny Appleseed and celebrating his birthday!  We are looking forward to publishing our first writing this month and can hardly wait to share them with our friends and family!  It was nice seeing all the parents around the school during our back to school curriculum night!  Enjoy the weather and Take Care! Mrs. Lawton

 

News from Mrs. Duddy’s Grade 3 Class:

Mrs. Duddy’s class has had a busy start to the school year!  We have spent a lot of time discussing respect, responsibility and effective effort.  Students have created a set of guidelines in which they feel will enable them to become responsible learners.  Getting to know our classmates has been fun!  The acrostic name poems paired with water color self portraits really brighten up our classroom.  Our first math project was a success as students located numbers and determined whether the numbers were used to name, locate, show order, measure or count.  Students are excited about, and continue to embrace writing during Writer’s Workshop.  The goal for the year is to catch 100 compliments.  As a team, we can achieve anything!

 

Dates to Remember:

  • September 28, 2011                Enrichment Committee Meeting 7:00 pm
  • October 4, 2011                      PTO Meeting 7:00 pm
  • October 6, 2011                      Picture Day
  • October 7, 2011                      Early Release, 12:30
  • October 10, 2011                    No School, Columbus Day
  • October 11, 2011                    No School, Professional Day