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September 8, 2011

posted Sep 10, 2011, 7:39 AM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us   [ updated Sep 10, 2011, 8:04 AM ]

One of the highlights of the beginning of each year is the opportunity to welcome new kindergarten families to the Green Meadow Community.  The excitement and anticipation of families is evident as the new kindergarten students gather with their teachers and classmates to walk to their classrooms for the first time.  We enjoy sharing this special milestone with each student and his/her family.

Once the kindergarten students have greeted their teachers and travel to their classrooms, we share an orientation meeting with families, offering an overview of the kindergarten program, curriculum, and classroom learning experiences.  We emphasize the importance of educating the whole child, focusing on their social and emotional growth as well as their academic progress.  We also stress the importance of ongoing communication with families that form the basis of an important home school partnership to support students.

As we begin a new school year, we would like to share the same message regarding the value we place on effective communication with all Green Meadow families.  As we continue to explore and extend the learning opportunities within the school, we welcome the thoughts and feedback of families through a variety of different avenues that foster a sharing of information.  In addition to ongoing informal conversations, we will offer a series of parent coffees throughout the year that allow us to discuss curriculum, procedures, plan for the future, and explore activities that support learning.  We also welcome additional ideas or suggestions you may have regarding the sharing of information throughout the year.  In addition, PTO meetings also offer us the opportunity to explore ideas and share information.

One additional avenue to foster communication and participate in ongoing discussions is through the School Council.  The School Council, a committee comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members, serves as an important support for the school by focusing on developing a school improvement plan and discussing plans for the future.  This year we are seeking additional parents to participate as members of this council to provide information and insights that enhance and support our community.  We hope you will consider participating in this important venture.  Please contact the school office if you have any questions or if you are interested in becoming a member.

Please save the date…The Green Meadow Back to School/Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, September 22.  During this evening, parents will visit their children’s classroom as teachers share information about curriculum expectations, classroom routines, and the development of community.  This parent-only evening provides an opportunity to ask questions, gain understanding, and learn ways to support students as they master grade level curriculum.  We hope you are able to join us for this informative program.

Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

 

News from Ms. Marchand's Class

In Ms. Marchand’s “Fish” kindergarten we are working on welcoming all of our new friends.  We are learning how we are similar and different and how we can celebrate our differences and work as a team.  The children are learning the rules and routines of the classroom.  We are learning how to be readers and writers.  We are also working on building confidence and self-esteem and learning to take risks and try new things when learning.  We are looking forward to an exciting school year!

What's Happening in Mrs. Foss's Class

Can you believe it’s already the 6th day of school?  We have had such a busy start to second grade!  We have been getting to know each other, our routine, and working hard.

In writing workshop children have been working to create authentic stories.  They’ve learned that authors use pictures and words in order to tell stories.  We’ve also learned that when writers are done with a piece of writing that you can always add to the pictures, add to the words, or start a new piece of writing that could be based on an idea that you’ve already written about. The children have really enjoyed being authors!

In math we’ve been exploring, learning about, and talking about numbers.  Yesterday we learned two new routines in math that we will be doing at least once per month—Number of the Day and How Many Pockets.  Our first Number of the Day was 5 and we talked about the various ways to make or show 5.  It was amazing to see what everyone came up with.  Ask your child about an idea they came up with to show 5.  For our How Many Pockets routine we added up all the pockets of everyone in the class, took estimates before we counted them up, and then found out the answer using snap cubes.  It was a lot of fun completing this activity.

We are looking forward to the rest of the school year and what it has to bring!

Dates to Remember:

September 9, 2011        Green Meadow Picnic

September 13, 2011      PTO Meeting at 7:00 in the cafeteria

September 16, 2011      Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal

September 22, 2011      Curriculum Night – 6:30-8:00

September 23, 2011      Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal

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

October 6, 2011            Picture Day