A new school year always brings excitement. Throughout the summer, teachers eagerly prepared classrooms for their new students. Everyone could feel the energy during our annual Meet and Greet as the students and families visited classrooms, reconnected with classmates, and met their new teachers. Even the power outages and downed trees of Hurricane Irene could not dampen the excitement and anticipation of a new school year.
This year we are so fortunate to welcome new skilled and experienced staff members to our community. Please welcome Assistant Principal Pam Bator, Grade 1 teacher Samantha Laferriere, Grade 2 teacher Andrea Bausmith, Special Educator Amanda Laughman, Special Education team chair Joan Lyons, as well as custodians Kyle Brainard and Bob Murphy. In addition, Tarah Patino will now be the fulltime librarian at Green Meadow School. We are looking forward to the many contributions they will make to the Green Meadow Community.
Along with the beautiful weather, this summer provided the Green Meadow teachers with unique opportunities for learning and collaboration in support of our ongoing curriculum initiatives. Teachers attended a week long writing institute with the Reading and Writing Project of Columbia University focused on developing a Writer’s Workshop model. You will have an opportunity to learn more about this important curriculum initiative during Back To School Curriculum Night on September 22.
Our Green Meadow website has a new look! Please visit this revised website for current information, an updated calendar, and contact information for the school staff. Links to the district website also make important information, lunch menus, and forms easily accessible. We hope this site will be a valuable resource for all families.
We are all looking forward to a wonderful school year filled with rich curriculum and exciting learning opportunities in positive and productive classroom communities. We hope to see everyone at the Green Meadow picnic on September 9!
—Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator
· Early Release days are noted on our school calendar. This year students will be dismissed at 12:30 for most early release days.
· Please visit the website for lunch menus and Free and reduced lunch forms. Please contact the school office of you would like a paper copy.
· This year we we have fall and spring parent conferences. Please check the district calendar for the exact date.
News from Mrs. Mully’s Class:
Welcome to another year at Green Meadow School! In Mrs. Mully’s class, we’ll enjoy getting to know each other over the next few days. It is exciting to be back at school and we appreciate the nice weather we have had since Irene (Sunday’s storm) swept through Maynard and other parts of the country.
We start out the year reviewing, writing and counting numbers 1-10. We also tour the school, acquaint ourselves with new daily routines in and out of the classroom, and we get comfortable with our peers. We have done some reading and writing these past couple of days and will look forward to continuing doing much more throughout the school year.
This week we have been (or will go) to Art, Library and Gym, and soon we’ll go to Music. It is so neat to see Ms. Santillo, Ms. Lilley, Mrs. Patino, and Mrs. Hazel again. No doubt they have super exciting plans for us this year.
It is with great anticipation we look ahead to an interesting, involved and fun year at our school.
News from Mrs. Mooradian’s Class:
Green Meadow Preschool begins the 2011-2012 school year with excitement and perhaps a little trepidation as all of us, both staff and students, begin and continue a lifelong journey of education and learning. Our first week consists of activities designed to foster confidence in students leaving the safe and secure home environment and provide the platform for them to venture forth into a new, unfamiliar yet exciting, school environment. The September themes will enable the children to realize that both home and school are places for sharing, caring, helping and learning. In addition, our fall theme will culminate in a field trip to Honey Pot Hill Orchard. We are off to a great start and feel confident that each and every day will be fulfilling for all.
Dates to Remember:
September 2, 2011 No School
September 5, 2011 No School – Labor Day
September 16, 2011 Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal
September 22, 2011 Curriculum Night
September 23, 2011 Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal
September 26, 2011 Pre K Field Trip – Honey Pot Orchards
October 6, 2011 Picture Day