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October 20, 2011

posted Oct 21, 2011, 10:17 AM by   [ updated Oct 21, 2011, 10:27 AM ]

What a busy week it has been at Green Meadow School! On Monday we shared our first school wide assembly of the year.  Students were very excited as the entire school gathered in the gym where Jen Lilley led us in song.  Throughout the year, we will have a number of assemblies exploring different themes that allow all students to come together to share stories and songs and to celebrate learning.  These assemblies are an important component of our Green Meadow Community.

Fire Safety was also a focus this week as a member of the fire department presented an informative program to all students.  Throughout the week, students learned the importance of awareness and prevention.  Many thanks to the Maynard Fire Department for making certain our students understand the importance of fire safety.      

The PTO sponsored a special program to begin the annual magazine drive.  This important fundraiser supports the wonderful programs and events our students enjoy throughout the school year. Specific information regarding participation was distributed to all students today.

Classrooms continue to enjoy publishing parties to celebrate their writing.  Students’ original writing about their “small moments” are shared through reading, displayed throughout the school, and are celebrated with friends and classmates. The quality of the writing reflects the emergence of students as skilled authors. Writing has truly become a highlight of each school day.

The response to the parent surveys regarding family programming has been truly amazing.  Over 100 responses have been received containing wonderful ideas and suggestions that will express the preferences and interests of Green Meadow families. We are in the process of assessing the data collected to develop a comprehensive schedule of programs that offer a combination of parent and family activities.  As we plan events throughout the year, we will vary the times, offering a variety of evening and daytime activities to best meet the needs of all families.  Specific information and a schedule for the year will be included in a future newsletter.  To begin this initiative our first parent program will be an evening discussion on November 3 at 7:00 p.m. entitled “Friends and Foes: Navigating the Social-Emotional World of the Elementary-Aged Child.”  The results of the surveys indicated that many families were interested in attending evening programs and exploring this important topic.  We hope you will be able to join us for this informative discussion.

                                                            Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

Special Notes:

  • The Star/Title 1 Program will host a parent meeting on Tuesday, October 25 at 8:30 AM.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the instructional supports offered by this important program.
  •  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.
  • The next Enrichment Committee meeting is Wed. 10/26 at 10:30 am in the Cullen Room (2nd floor) of the Maynard Public Library.  Any questions can be directed to Cindy Langlois or Lee McDonagh (, or

From Miss Silberzweig’s Grade 2 Class:

Happy October!  I can’t believe we have already been in school for over 30 days!  We recently completed our first unit in our Writers’ Workshop.  The authors celebrated with a publishing party where we shared our pieces of writing with other students.  We had a special snack and dance partyJ  Students chose 1 piece of writing to publish for the celebration and they are proudly displayed on our “Bananas for Writing” bulletin board outside our classroom.  We are now working on Small Moments: Personal Narrative Writing.

We are concluding our book study on The Rainbow Fish series by Marcus Pfister.  Students have learned about character traits, writing descriptive settings, retelling a story, and writing book recommendations.  Students are in the process of creating a book about Rainbow Fish that includes these comprehension skills.

In science, we are very eager to start our study of the Vernal Pool.  This unit is ongoing throughout the year.  We plan to visit the Vernal Pool at least once per season.  A few weeks ago, we had a guest speaker from the Audubon Society come in to talk about how to identify different leaves found in nature.  Ask your child about the stuffed owl she brought in.  It was very interesting!  Best, Miss S

News from Mrs. McPhail’s Kindergarten Class:

☺Greetings from the Smiley Face Classroom!  Mrs. McPhail's kindergarten friends have been busy reviewing the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make with our puppet friend, Alphapotomus.  We are learning the difference between "writing" our letters, instead of "drawing" our letters.  We are having fun hearing/finding rhyming words throughout our day, as well as beginning sounds of words.  We celebrated "WORLD SMILE DAY" on the first Friday of the month! We are exploring the numbers 1 through 10 with lots of hands-on activities.  We have talked about the Plant Life Cycle, and each made his very own "grass head"!  It's been exciting watching them grow and giving them "haircuts"!  This month we're learning about Fire Safety and Columbus.  We enjoy visiting with our 3rd Grade Buddies in MRS. KRASINSKI'S class and doing activities with them such as sharing our writing, painting, and reading!  Mrs. Dankner came to read a fun, "scary" book to us called OH, NO! by Keith Faulkner.  We are looking forward to the Monster March on the 31st! ☺

Dates to Remember:

  • October 21, 2011               Early Release, 12:30
  • October 25, 2011               STAR/Title 1 Parent Meeting 8:30-9:30 AM
  • October 26, 2011               Enrichment Committee Meeting 10:30 AM
  • October 28, 2011               Early Release, 12:30
  • October 31, 2011               Monster March 8:45 AM
  • November 3, 2011             Cookies and Conversation, Parent discussion Forum