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Green Meadow Newsletter 2/16/2017

posted Feb 16, 2017, 6:28 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

February 16, 2017                                Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     

           

 

We begin each day reminding students of our Core Values, We are Kind, We are Safe, We are Learners. This week, Ms.Nguyen, our English language teacher, and some of our students wanted to help us better understand by showing us show us what acts of kindness looks like.  They explored the techniques of Marcel Marceau who was known for using mime to convey stories, thoughts, and feelings.   This art became the basis of their presentation of the story, “Be a Friend” by Salina Yoon.  With the illustrations presented as a backdrop and with the support of a narrator, they preformed the story of an individual in search of a friend, finding a companion with common interests.  The story also illustrated friends communicating through their acceptance of each other and acts of kindness rather than words.

  Following their performance for the second grade during their grade level meeting, Ms. Nguyen asked the students to share lessons they learned and their thoughts about the presentation.  Some of the ideas shared by the students were:

·         When you are kind, kindness follows.

·         You don’t have to talk to understand each other and be a friend.

·         Don’t hurt others either physically or verbally.

·         If someone falls, help them up.

·         Listen and help each other.

·         If someone is lonely, ask “Do you want to play with me?”

We were so impressed by the thoughtful comments and level of understanding students displayed regarding how to demonstrate kindness, establish friendships, and have a positive impact on others.  The students brought their presentation to many classrooms, sharing their message of friendship and talents with their peers.  We continue this ongoing focus by recording each individual’s many acts of kindness on the hearts that are displayed throughout the school.  Our week will culminate with a special whole school presentation from our Respectful Schools Committee to continue this focus on our core values.

 

During the past week, we have been reminded that even though we have enjoyed some warmer weather, it is still winter. We make every effort to go outside for recess whenever possible.   We also try to have an additional opportunity for play outside during arrival.  Please be certain students have boots, snow pants, winter coats, gloves, and hats each day so they will be prepared, staying warm and dry during their outdoor play.

                                                                                                                               Donna Dankner

 

 Ahoy from Mrs. McPhail's 3rd grade class! 

Along with celebrating our 100th Day of School with a variety of hands-on math/literacy activities, we have been cruising along with our Daily 3 math structure.  Students have explored perimeter and area by participating in both independent and cooperative activities in the components: Math by Myself, Math with Someone, and Math Writing.  During Writer's Workshop students have learned and practiced editing skills to help them be more independent authors.  Currently we are sharing a read-aloud chapter book entitled The Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich.  A recommendation from the Daily 5 co-

 

creators, this story helps us understand and practice the reading skill of "point of view".  Our class is enjoying the humorous, relatable text as we get to know each of these distinctive main characters.  We celebrated the friendSHIP and love of Valentine's Day with our classmates by exchanging cards on Tuesday.  Wishing everyone a fun, healthy break next week...wherever your "ship" may take you!  Bon voyage...

 

News from Mrs. Mazeika’s Duck Class

Since February is Black History month, we have been learning about a variety of important African Americans that have made a big difference in the world.  For example, we learned about two very brave children, Ruby Bridges and Ron McNair, that wanted to be treated fairly and stood up for their beliefs.  Also, we have been having all sorts of fun with our science unit on states of matter.  For instance, we conducted several science experiments, such as made dissolving snowmen and puffy snow paint for an art project.  Additionally, we learned about Snowflake Bentley with our first grade buddies in Mrs. Coppola’s class and did crayon resist snowflakes.

 

Lastly, inspired from our author/illustrator study on Jan Brett, I entered Green Meadow into a contest to have Jan Brett come to our school for free.  We are currently in 17th place in the entire US, and every vote counts!  Please Google “Jan Brett school visit 2017” and enter our school’s information (Green Meadow, 5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA, 01754).  Every vote counts!  This week our class participated in a video broadcast with high school students from WAVM.  Our hope is that high school students will see our video and vote for Green Meadow!

Special Notes:

 Please note that in order to avoid hurt feelings and lost invitations, birthday invitations may not be distributed at school.

·         Read Across America day is on Thursday, March 2nd. One way that you can celebrate is by purchasing a Cat in the Hat shirt or sweatshirt and wearing it on March 2nd. $5 will be given to our school library to buy books for every item that is purchased. If you are interested, visit this website:  raamerica.itemorder.com

·         Do you own a business or know anyone who does and might be interested in donating a gift certificate for goods or services to be auctioned off or raffled at the Tiger Trot in May? Or would your business be interested in sponsoring the event?  Different levels of sponsorship are available.  This is the GM PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year and money raised goes to fund PTO sponsored enrichment programs for each grade.  If you are interested, please email gmeadowpto@gmail.com.  Thank you!

 Dates to Remember             

February 20-24                                     No School – Winter Vacation

Thursday, February 23                 BattleRoad Brew House GM PTO Dining for Dollars night

Thursday, March 2                              Read Across America Day

Thursday, March 2                              Community Reading Day

Tuesday, March 14                              Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

Wednesday, March 22                      Bingo for Books (registration information to follow)

  

Green Meadow Newsletter 2/2/2017

posted Feb 2, 2017, 7:09 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

February 2, 2017                                 Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     

           

It is always exciting to spend time in classrooms.  In each classroom students are exploring interesting and complex topics while exploring their skills.   Recently I visited a preschool classroom where students were learning how to reduce, reuse, and recycle to support our environment. They thoughtfully sorted items made of paper, metal, and plastic during their meeting time followed by hands on learning experiences which allowed them to explore using these materials in unique ways.  They even created individual models of earth, using art materials to depict water and land. 

In a third grade class, students were previewing content vocabulary using the strategy of anticipation guides.  This strategy first asks students to use their background knowledge and experience to “anticipate” the meaning of each word.  Students then consult with their peers, sharing their thoughts and ideas, refining their thinking and learning from each other.  At the conclusion of the lesson, the class comes together to share their thoughts and, under the guidance of the teacher, determine the definition as well as how this vocabulary may be used in the text.  It was evident that during this lesson students were not only enhancing their vocabulary, but also learning to problem solve by using their knowledge and skills.  These lessons are characteristics of what occurs throughout each day in all classrooms helping our students to become strategic thinkers and contributing global citizens.          

Last week, we shared that with the support of our community, our school is trying to win a visit from renown children’s author, Jan Brett.  Her books are favorite readings in all classrooms. Our students would be so excited to meet her and learn about her inspiration for her amazing stories and characters. In just one week we have reached eighteenth place.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to vote, please visit    

http://www.janbrett.com/index.html  and vote for Green Meadow School to win this very special school visit.

                We  hope you have had an opportunity to review the books  The Ant Hill Disaster and I’m Not Scared……I’m Prepard by Julia Cook, that we will use as we begin the conversations with students about safety in emergencies or ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate . We are very aware of the importance of sharing information to children in a reassuring way, teaching them strategies without creating concern.   We appreciate the thought shared by families regarding this process and would like the opportunity for further discussion.   Together with the district safety committee, we are planning a parent program in late February or early March to share information and provide opportunities for further discussion.  We will share additional information as well as the exact date for this program in our next newsletter.  We hope this is a topic and conversation your will find to be informative and helpful. In the meantime, copies of the books are still available in the office for families to preview.           

                                                                                                            Donna Dankner

 News from Mrs. Richard’s room

Happy February!  Last month our class joined a group of teachers from across the United States to teach mapping skills by exchanging gingerbread people.  Our class was able to learn about many different states, their climates, points of interests, sports teams, state capitals, school mascots, and many more interesting facts from this exchange of letters.   As we received the gingerbread people and their letters each student filled in a map of the United States and our discussions focused on cardinal directions (Never, Eat, Soggy, Waffles) and the compass rose.  Each student made their own large compass rose and was able to identify the 8 directions for our end of the year book to remember these skills and this very special activity.  Our class will be sending home the book we have created with the gingerbread people and letters to share with families!

 

News from Sra. Reyes First Grade Immersion Class

February will be a very busy month. They are some holidays that always come around this time of the year. On Thursday February 2nd, we will celebrate Groundhog Day or “Dia de la marmota”. The famous Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania will tell us if we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring is on its way.  We will celebrate the 100th Day of School and Valentine’s Day.  In Math, we are developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping in tens and ones. We will explore and discover how to use place value to model, read, and write numbers to 120.

                                                                                                                                                                             

Special Notes:

     In recognition of the Superbowl this weekend, we will have a team spirit day on Friday.  Students and staff are welcome to wear clothing supporting their favorite team or red, white, and blue.

·         Please note that in order to avoid hurt feelings and lost invitations, birthday invitations may not be distributed at school.

·         Next week! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library (3 Tiger Drive) from 7 – 9 p.m.  A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of essential information about special education laws. The goal of the workshop is to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn, ask questions, and be informed! Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

·         Do you own a business or know anyone who does and might be interested in donating a gift certificate for goods or services to be auctioned off or raffled at the Tiger Trot in May? Or would your business be interested in sponsoring the event?  Different levels of sponsorship are available.  This is the GM PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year and money raised goes to fund PTO sponsored enrichment programs for each grade.  If you are interested, please email gmeadowpto@gmail.com.  Thank you!

 Dates to Remember             

Friday, February 3                               Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Tuesday, February 14                        PTO Meeting GM Café – 7-8:15 PM

February 20-24                                     No School – Winter Vacation

Thursday, March 2                              Read Across America Day

Thursday, March 2                              Community Reading Day

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/26/2017

posted Jan 26, 2017, 10:33 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

January 26, 2017                                 Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     

           

            Through the Responsive Classroom social curriculum, we establish a strong school community in an environment of acceptance and respect.  We learn to discuss and solve problems together, developing an understanding of the impact of our actions on others.  Through the Zones of Regulation, a component of the Social Thinking Curriculum, we are able to extend this understanding and acceptance.  During our most recent parent coffee, our school adjustment counselor Ann Rutherford facilitated a discussion of these strategies and ideas that support our children through the complex relationships and challenges by developing self- awareness as well as an understanding of expected and unexpected reactions.  During grade level meetings as well as classroom and small group discussions, she supports students in their understanding of the Zones of Regulation and how this helps them to understand their feelings and respond to challenging situations.  This focus continues to have a positive impact on our students. We would like to share the concepts and vocabulary the students are learning with families so you can continue the conversation at home. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like additional information.

 Donna Dankner

 A Message from Ann Rutherford, our School Adjustment Counselor

The Zones of Regulation (or “The Zones” for short) involve four different colored zones that help students gain skills in the area of emotional self-regulation.  Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management, and impulse control.  The zones describe our emotional state at any given time, and they can and do change throughout our days.

At any given time we are experiencing one of the four different zones.  When in the green zone, we feel “good to go” and show control, this is the zone student generally need to be in for schoolwork and for being social.  Some green zone feelings include happy, calm, ready to learn, and thankful.  If we are in the yellow zone we need to slow down, because we are starting to lose control.  Frustrated, silly, annoyed, grouchy, upset, and nervous are a few of the yellow zone feelings.  If we are in the yellow zone and we don’t slow down we could end up in the red zone, which means that we are out of control.  Other red zone feelings include angry, aggressive, yelling, and mean.  The blue zone is used to describe low states of alertness, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick or bored.  This is when our bodies and/or brains are moving slowly or sluggishly.

It is important to remember that the zones describe our emotional state rather than our behavior, and there is nothing inherently wrong with being in any of the zones.  The zones are intended to be neutral and not communicate judgment. There is a saying “all feelings are okay, it’s what you do with them that counts”.  When talking to children about their zones, it can be helpful to distinguish between their zones and the actions they choose in order to express how they’re feeling.  While feeling that one is in the red zone is okay, expressing it by kicking or breaking things is not.

 News from Grade 2 Mrs. Jones’ room

We are very excited to report that our 100 day community service project is up and running!  As a second grade team we are hoping to collect a 100 food items for the Maynard food Pantry.  Our 100th day of school will be February 8th weather permitting.  We had a hands on science lesson with Erika Whitmore, our visiting scientist. We learned what archeologists do.  We were able to be archeologists digging through small middens and finding artifacts.  Our job was to identify the artifact and how it could be used.  We are finishing up our Gingerbread exchange letters and making a class book to share that contains the letters and the gingerbread people who traveled across the country to us! 

What’s the Buzz in Mrs. Messina’s Room:

We have been busy working on weather!  Students have been charting temperature in Maynard and a place in the southern hemisphere. Why you might ask?  The class has learned that due to the rotation and tilt of the earth seasons are not the same between the northern and southern hemisphere.  We graphed the temperatures and found that as Maynard’s temperature was going down, the temperatures in the southern hemisphere were going up!

We also learned about biomes or areas such as desert, tundra, grassland, rainforest and savanna.  We found what plants, animals, rainfall and characteristics each area has.  We turned that into an information pamphlet to share.  

 A special Message from Mrs. Mazeika’s Kindergaten Class

Every year my kindergarteners and I do an author study on Jan Brett.  It is so much fun to see the enjoyment they experience as we explore Jan's books and discover her unique and creative style of writing and illustrating.  If our school wins this contest, my students, in addition to all the children at my school, would have the rare and exciting opportunity to meet this extremely talented author/illustrator in person!  Some schools have had a jump start, but every vote counts!  We only have until April 3, so please get your vote in and help our school meet this amazing author/illustrator!  Thank you!"  One entry can be made per email address, so if you could spread word to family and friends, that would be great!  You can Google “Jan Brett school visit contest,” or visit http://www.janbrett.com/index.html   Thank you for your support.                                                                                                                                                                                

Special Notes:

·          Do you own a business or know anyone who does and might be interested in donating a gift certificate for goods or services to be auctioned off or raffled at the Tiger Trot in May? Or would your business be interested in sponsoring the event?  Different levels of sponsorship are available.  This is the GM PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year and money raised goes to fund PTO sponsored enrichment programs for each grade.  If you are interested, please email gmeadowpto@gmail.com.  Thank you!

·         This year's Tiger Trot is scheduled for May 6th.  The GM PTO is looking for help with planning the different part of the Trot, and are looking for volunteers.  Come to our kickoff meeting on Tuesday, January 31at 7:00 to find out how you can be involved in this fun event!

·         Parking is always a challenge at transition times during the day.  Please be certain to leave the handicapped parking spaces clear for students and families who need them.  Thank you for your support and assistance.

·         Coming Soon! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library from 7 – 9 p.m.  A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of super-helpful information to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions. UMass Lowell hockey ticket order forms for the Feb. 11 game are due January 25th.  Don't miss out on this fun night out with GM and Fowler families!  Any questions, please contact John Cafarella at jcafarella3@gmail.com

·         Grade projects are a special part of the Tiger Trot and are raffled off at the event.  These unique art projects are made by each grade and coordinated by parent volunteers.  We are still looking for help with 2nd and 3rd grade.  If you are crafty and can lend a hand creating a priceless piece with a grade, please contact gmeadowpto@gmail.com.  Thank you

·         On January 26 at 7:00 PM Maynard Public Schools will be hosting a screening of the Wahlberg Foundation Film, "If Only".  This film addresses important questions about prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.  Following the screening, there will be a panel presentation by a group of community members directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Dates to Remember             

Friday, January 27                               Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Tuesday, January 31                           GMPTO Tiger Trot Kick-Off Meeting 7:00-8:15 PM

Friday, February 3                               Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

February 20-24                                     No School – Winter Vacation

Thursday, March 2                              Read Across America Day

Thursday, March 2                              Community Reading Day   

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/19/2017

posted Jan 19, 2017, 9:50 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

January 19, 2017                                 Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     

           

                As a school we focus on educating the whole child.  We spend much of our day engaged in rich academic pursuits, teaching our students to be effective readers, critical thinkers, creative individuals, and capable problem solvers.   We also focus on helping students develop their ability to interact with others, develop friendships, and be contributing members of the community.  In addition, we also teach our students strategies, protocols, and procedures to help them maintain safety at all times.

                Safety is always a foremost on the minds of us as a school, our families, and our community.  We carefully develop safety procedures for all anticipated situations, training staff and students how to respond calmly and safely in any emergency situation.  Multiple times during the year, under the guidance of the Maynard Fire Department, we practice procedures for evacuating the school in the event of a fire emergency. The procedures we use during fire drills have very familiar and comfortable to our students as they have remained constant throughout their Green Meadow experience

                Since many of our students travel regularly on the bus and others travel on buses for field trips, we also want to be certain students know how to exit the bus safely in an emergency situation.  This morning after arrival, students who generally ride the bus participated in a practice bus evacuation.  Students took turns exiting the bus safely from the rear emergency door to be certain they would understand the process should it ever become necessary.  Students who do not generally ride the bus will have the same opportunity for practice on Friday morning, ensuring that all students have an understanding of the procedure.

                For other emergencies, the protocols for how to best respond continue to be refined.  Rather than solely relying on the traditional Shelter in Place or Lockdown that we practiced for many years, we are learning to follow the ALICE protocol in the event of an emergency.  ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, is comprised of a series of responses that teachers implement depending on the situation.  Our district safety committee is leading the training of staff and development of protocols, helping us to understand how to address an emergency and how best to respond to maintain safety for all. As part of this process, we will be reading two books to our students that are specially written for primary school children as the basis for conversation.  These books, The Ant Hill Disaster and I’m Not Scared……I’m Prepard by Julia Cook, present information to students in a reassuring, informative, and age appropriate way. Teachers will use the books and the resulting discussion to explore procedures while reassuring the students that we are safe at school.  They will also reassure students that by exploring this topic, we are making sure that we are always prepared.  If you would like to preview these books, we have copies that will be available for you to review in the school office. Students may want to share their learning and engage  in follow up discussions with families at home.

In addition to physical safety and in recognition of Martin Luther King Day, our students explored the importance of emotional safety by fostering an environment of kindness, acceptance, and respect.  Inspired by this message and in conjunction with our core values, one class decided to take action.  After watching the video about the “Complement Guys” from Purdue University, Mr. Mehigan’s third grade class recognized the importance and impact that kind words can have on others.  They designed posters and stationed themselves at entrances to the school, offering complements and kind words to all who walked by.  On Monday, January 16, some students and their parents along with Mr. Mehigan extended this experience, bringing complements to members of the community members.  Through this experience, students learned a valuable lesson about the power of kind words and the impact of random acts of kindness on others.

                                                                                      Donna Dankner

 

 News from Mrs. Adamson’s Class:

As we enter the second half of the school year and the Patriots head to the AFC Conference Championship, we have adopted Coach Belichick’s catchphrase, “Do your job.” We realize Together Everyone Achieves More.

 In Fundations, we are using three glued/ welded sounds (all, am, an). Word study provides us an opportunity to look at the structure and meaning of how words work. During Read to Self or read aloud we continue to make text to text and text to self connections. Using the knowledge in our head helps us understand what we read.

 In math, we are practicing subtraction strategies. We are realizing how addition and subtraction are related. The more we practice subtraction the easier it becomes.

 News from Mr. Morello’s Physical Education Class:

  Winter has set in, but that has not stopped students at Green Meadow from being active in various ways.  Hand-eye coordination was put to the test with the use of scoops and balls.  Third grade students got a cardio vascular workout with the aerobic game Cap-the-Cone.   Before winter break, the parachute was flying in the Green Meadow gym.  The parachute is a great collaborative activity and is engaging for all students!  Students favorite parachute activities included popcorn maker, igloo, mountain, color swap, and sharks.  Currently, students are working on rolling and throwing skills with the dynamic activity Battleships! Please remember to send students to school with sneakers on days when they have PE.   

                                                                                                  

Special Notes:

         Parking is always a challenge at transition times during the day.  Please be certain to leave the handicapped parking  spaces clear for students and families who need them.  Thank you for your support and assistance.

·         Coming Soon! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library from 7 – 9 p.m.  A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of super-helpful information to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn, ask questions, and be informed about special education laws. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

·          UMass Lowell hockey ticket order forms for the Feb. 11 game are due January 25th.  Don't miss out on this fun night out with GM and Fowler families!  Any questions, please contact John Cafarella at jcafarella3@gmail.com

·         This year's Tiger Trot is scheduled for May 6th.  The GM PTO is looking for help with planning the different part of the Trot, and are looking for volunteers.  Come to our kickoff meeting on Tuesday, January 31at 7:00 to find out how you can be involved in this fun event!

·         Grade projects are a special part of the Tiger Trot and are raffled off at the event.  These unique art projects are made by each grade and coordinated by parent volunteers.  We are still looking for help with 2nd and 3rd grade.  If you are crafty and can lend a hand creating a priceless piece with a grade, please contact gmeadowpto@gmail.com.  Thank you

·         On January 26 at 7:00 PM Maynard Public Schools will be hosting a screening of the Wahlberg Foundation Film, "If Only".  This film addresses important questions about prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.  Following the screening, there will be a panel presentation by a group of community members directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Dates to Remember             

Thursday, January 19                         Preschool Information Night 6:45 PM

Monday, January 23                           School Council Meeting 6:30—8:00 PM

Wednesday, January 25                   Hockey Order Forms Due

Friday, January 27                               Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Tuesday, January 31                           GMPTO Tiger Trot Kick-Off Meeting 7:00-8:15 PM        

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/12/2017

posted Jan 12, 2017, 9:32 AM by Joanne LoChiatto   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 9:33 AM ]

                 We are truly overwhelmed by the support of our community for the Green Meadow Playground project.  84% of those attending the meeting voted in favor of appropriating the funds needed to address the issues with drainage and accessibility on the playground.  As a result we can look forward to a safe, dry, and accessible playground for all students.

                We are committed to educating and supporting the whole child at Green Meadow School.  Outdoor recess plays a vital role in each child’s development of social skills, ability to collaborate with peers, and strategies for problem solving.  Currently the playground surface can be challenging for all students to navigate.  Inclement weather conditions and the lack of proper drainage cause water and ice to collect throughout the area, limiting our play space.  Through this initiative we will create accessible rubberized pathways that will allow all children to play together, fostering friendships and developing the interpersonal skills needed to interact with others.

                We would like to thank Leslie Knight, chairperson of the playground committee, along with all the dedicated members for committing countless hours and abundant energies to making this project a reality.  We would also like to thank the members of the school committee and the school administration for their ongoing efforts and support.  We would especially like to thank the community for their incredible support. We look forward to the next phase of this project as the work begins. We are so excited that through this project we will be able to fully address drainage along with accessibility concerns to maximize opportunities for all students to play outdoors together.

We are looking forward to our parent coffee on Tuesday, January 17 at 8:45AM with our school counselor, Ann Rutherford.  She will help us explore such important topics as friendships, anxiety, and transitions as well as other topics that are raised during the discussion. Sharing strategies and ideas from the book “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and How to Listen so Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish will be very helpful as we discuss supporting and communicating effectively with our children.  This discussion will also be a source of references, information, and ideas to help support students as well as providing opportunities for conversation, questions, and sharing ideas. We hope you are able to join us on Tuesday, January 17!

 

                                                                                    Donna Dankner

                                                           

News from Mrs. Holly’s class : Holly Class Happenings: 

 We are starting 2017 like  KIND, SAFE , SMART learners!  HAPPY NEW YEAR

     We said "Goodbye and Good Luck" to our college friend, Miss Sweeney- she  taught us about synonyms and antonyms, we studied Kevin                     Henkes, we read many stories,  and WE taught HER "how to teach 2nd graders"!

  • We are "Building a Snowman, OLAF"- with our Sensational 2nd grade behavior so that we can earn another CELEBRATION.
  • We created and displayed our OWL PELLET bone diagrams- The bones helped us discover the kind of prey/food that our owl ate.
  • We are working with "bar models" (part/ part/ whole) during Math as we learn how to write number sentences to help us  solve problems.
  • We continue to learn about the "Power of YET"...we are enjoying reading many books that teach us about "Our Fantastic Elastic Brain" and how:   We can do hard things, We can keep trying, We can learn from our mistakes, We can problem solve, We can try different strategies, and We can train our brains.

 

 News from Mrs. Viros’ Class:

In preschool, we started the new year by learning about music and musical instruments.  We brainstormed names of instruments we knew and practiced ways to play them by shaking, hitting, and tapping them.  It's been fun to make instruments too!  Children brought home some kazoos made of paper tower rolls and wax paper, and some shakers made of paper plates and rice.  In addition, we used music to work on three important concepts: patterns, story telling, and letters.  We read books with sound words and rhythm, such as We are Going on a Bear Hunt and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Finally preschool families had a chance to come and visit their children this week during our parent visiting days.  We always enjoy opening our doors and sharing the great work that we do each day.

 Important Information about Dismissal:

 As you can imagine, dismissal is an extremely busy time of the day.  Please help us make sure all students are dismissed safely and to the appropriate place or individual by adhering to the following:

·         Please do not call during the day to change dismissal arrangements unless there is an emergency or extenuating circumstance. 

·          If there are extenuating circumstances and you must make changes, please do so prior to 1:00pm PM.  After 1:00 PM is it very difficult for us to be certain that changes are properly communicated to teachers.

·         Please send dismissal changes in writing, either through a note with your child or an email to the office during the day (prior to 1PM) in the event of an unavoidable change.

·         School dismissal is at 2:50.  Please arrive on time to pick up your child. 

·         Parking can be a challenge at dismissal.  Please park at the Crowe Park parking lot. Please do not park in the bus circle, on the road leading in and out of the bus circle, or in the staff lot.

·         Please come to the school to pick up your child.  Students may not walk unattended to cars parked in the parking lot.

Thank you for your assistance in ensuring safety for all.

                                                                                                   

Special Notes:

      On January 26 at 7:00 PM Maynard Public Schools will be hosting a screening of the Wahlberg Foundation Film, "If Only".  This film addresses important questions about prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.  Following the screening, there will be a panel presentation by a group of community members directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

·         Winter Clothing: With very few exceptions, Green Meadow students go outdoors for recess twice daily. Both the weather conditions and temperatures can change throughout the day. Besides their jackets, students need to bring snow pants, boots, hat and mittens every day. They also need to bring shoes to wear in the classroom. It’s New England! We have several months to go before we can shed those winter clothes!

 

Dates to Remember 

                                                 

Friday, January 13                               Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, January 16                           No School, Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 17                           Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

Thursday, January 19                         Preschool Information Night 6:45 PM

Monday, January 23                           School Council Meeting 6:30—8:00 PM

Friday, January 27                               Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/5/2017

posted Jan 6, 2017, 7:16 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

January 5, 2017                                                               Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

               

Happy New Year to all!  Monday was an exciting day at school as the students and staff returned from the winter break, ready to continue with their learning.  It is hard to believe that the arrival of 2017 signals the beginning of our preparations for the 2017-2018 school year as we begin to plan for our incoming kindergarten class.  An important step in this process is kindergarten registration, when we welcome our new kindergarten families into the Green Meadow Community.  Children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2017 are eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

This year, kindergarten registration will be held on Tuesday, January 10th, Wednesday, January 11th and Thursday, January 12th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.  We also offer an evening registration option will be held on Wednesday, January 11th from 5-7 PM.  Registration packets are available in the office or online through the district website if you would like to complete the forms in advance.  As documentation for registration, birth certificates, proof of residency, current physical and immunization records are needed to complete the process.  For families who would like to participate in the EXCEL before and/ or after school program for the coming school year, EXCEL will be holding its fall kindergarten registration next week as well.  If you have an incoming kindergarten student, we look forward to seeing you at registration.  Also, please share this information with friends and neighbors who may have kindergarten age students so we can be certain to include them in our planning for the 2017-2018 school year. We always enjoy welcoming our new students to the Green Meadow Community.

Our next parent coffee will be held on Tuesday, January 17 at 8:45AM.  Our school counselor, Ann Rutherford will help us explore, “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and How to Listen so Kids Will Talk.”     Strategies and ideas from this insightful book by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish will serve as the catalyst for us to explore ways to support our children through the complex relationships and challenges they confront throughout childhood.  We will explore topics such as friendships, anxiety, transitions, and other  situations that children encounter, exploring how to keep the lines of communication open and have meaningful discussions with our children.   During this discussion Ms. Rutherford will also offer references, information, and ideas to help support students as well as providing opportunities for conversation, questions, and sharing ideas. We hope you are able to join us for this informative discussion.

                                                                                     Donna Dankner

 

News from Sra. Gamboni’s Class:

Feliz  Año Nuevo! We are back into the swing of classroom routines. We read Compost Stew by Mary McKenna just before the break and now we are writing our own A to Z book of composting! We are also learning all about the Arctic zones during this cold month of January. The children love learning about pinguinos and osos polares. In Math we completed 2D shapes and moved to 3D shapes while reviewing numbers by tens.  We added our Invierno song to our repertoire, observing the changes of the season and this week we also have our song for words that start with letter Dd. Hasta luego!

 News from Mr. Thomas’ class

Mr. Thomas' class recently wrapped up their second writing unit of the year on realistic fiction. All students went through the writing process to develop a final draft after revising, editing, and rewriting a first draft. This week the students began work on persuasive writing. Each student will write an essay on a topic of their choice, choosing a topic related to an activity, a special place to visit, or something of interest or importance.

Mr. Thomas' class also finished up a three chapter unit on multiplication prior to December break. This week they began work on division, with the understanding that division is the inverse of multiplication and relates to equal groups. Students are able to turn division problems into multiplication problems and use strategies already learned to find an answer. For example 42 ÷ 7 = ? can be thought of as 7 x ? = 42.

In the fall the third grade spent a considerable amount of time learning about the Pilgrims and Plimoth plantation. After that lengthy unit of study Mr. Thomas' class switched to a science unit on plant and animal life cycles. The students made posters about different animals, food chains on their animals, and are now in the process of creating informational short videos using the website animoto.com

The third graders are looking forward to the remainder of the school year, including learning about the precursors of the American Revolution and writing poems and fiction. 

 

Important Information

On Monday January 9 at 7 p.m. at the Special Town meeting, the town will vote on an article to appropriate $245,000 for the construction phase of the Green Meadow playground. This funding will allow the town to:

·    Regrade the entire play area to make sure water drains well and so that slopes are an appropriate grade for accessibility;

·    Put in drainage structures so that the playground is usable year round, despite weather;

·    Put in new asphalt pathways that help both with water drainage and accessibility and replace the old, cracked asphalt currently there;

·    Put in rubberized pathways that enable ALL children to access the play equipment.

Construction costs are not cheap, but they are necessary. The warrant article proposed by the Board of Selectmen pulls funding for this work from the Capital Stabilization Fund, NOT from an increase in taxes or from borrowing money. The work accomplished with the funds will provide a solid playground foundation that drains well and allows access to the playground for ALL children.

Please consider attending the Special Town Meeting to be held at Fowler on Monday, January 9 starting at 7 p.m. MHS National Honor Society students will provide free on-site babysitting starting at 6:30 with crafts, stories, and games (children must be toilet trained to participate).  Please attend the town meeting  and let your voices be heard on this and other important issues.                                                                                             

Special Notes:

 ·         Winter Clothing: With very few exceptions, Green Meadow students go outdoors for recess twice daily. Both the weather conditions and temperatures can change throughout the day. Besides their jackets, students need to bring snow pants, boots, hat and mittens every day. They also need to bring shoes to wear in the classroom. It’s New England! We have several months to go before we can shed those winter clothes!

Dates to Remember 

January 10, 2017                               PTO meeting, 7-8:15pm.

January 10,11,12                               Kindergarten Registration

Wednesday, January 11                   Evening Kindergarten Registration, 5-7PM

Friday, January 13                             Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, January 16                         No School, Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 17                         Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

Green Meadow Newsletter 12/22/2016

posted Dec 23, 2016, 6:51 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]   

December 22, 2016                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

  

As 2016 ends, we begin looking forward to all the events and experiences that 2017 will bring.  Before we begin this look forward, I would like to take a moment to celebrate all the amazing learning activities and special events that have occurred since this school year began. A true highlight and enormous sense of pride surrounds the development of our new mural.  The many images displayed come directly from our students understanding of our school core values, reflecting their creativity, kindness, and caring.   We continue our school wide focus on differentiated instruction, seeing each child as an individual and tailoring the learning to help them maximize their potential.

  

              Our students learning has been enriched through  special experiences such as a visit to Plimouth Plantation to further understanding of colonial America and exploration of owls and animal habitats with scientist Erica Whitworth.    Our learning about the democratic process during this election year culminated with a school wide election as students voted for two school spirit days.  They learned that their vote was an opportunity to have a voice in decisions and make a difference.  We continue to expand our skills as effective readers, writers and mathematicians, writing about the small moments in our lives, understanding complex texts, and solving challenging problems. We have also enjoyed assemblies lead by Respectful School Committee that emphasize our core values and support our Responsive Classroom program as well as those led by our music teacher that support our music program.

 

        Excitement is certainly building as the winter break and winter holidays approach.  Students and staff are anxiously looking forward to the visits, activities, and celebrations that are planned.  We hope you enjoy this vacation and wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.  We look forward to seeing everyone and sharing the many new learning experiences that 2017 will bring.

                                                                                           Donna Dankner                                                                    

News from Mrs. Krasinski’s Class:

Mrs. Krasinski’s class is busy this December.  In math, we are learning all about 2D shapes.  In January, we start an exciting unit on 3D shapes! We are becoming quite the authors and illustrators in writing workshop! We are learning our letters and sounds, and how to put them together to read CVC words!  In Science, we are studying animals and their habitats.  We are learning how different animals hibernate and migrate!

  

News from Mrs. Vasta’s preschool class

Over the last month we have completed two units of study – Boxes and Buildings. Coincidentally, those themes tie in nicely with each other! We have learned about the characteristics of boxes, whose jobs involve boxes, what you can do with a box, and how boxes are moved (Has the UPS truck been to your house lately?). Since some boxes are cube shaped it was a nice way to learn about familiar 3-D shapes as well. We built buildings with boxes in our classroom as a segue to our Buildings theme, which we are finishing up this week. We compared buildings and homes in our neighborhood to those found around the world. When discussing the buildings we see in Maynard we also learned about people who work inside those buildings – community helpers.  We made a 3-D cardboard map of Maynard where children decorated paper bags to look like their own homes and painted streets for cars to drive on. Since the holidays are right around the corner we included gingerbread houses in our study of buildings as well! Some books we read over the last month include: Not a Box; The Birthday Box; Me on the Map; Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site; The House That Jack Built; The Three Little Pigs; The Gingerbread Man; The Gingerbread Baby; and the Gingerbread Girl. When we come back from winter break we will begin our “Music Study” which should be very entertaining! On our “Science Thursdays” we have been busy as well. We continue to do our tree observations, outside temperature observations, and our pumpkin plants now have blossoms! This week’s Science Thursday lesson is on light and shadows. Hopefully it will be warm enough to spend time outside and do some investigating!  Happy Holidays from all of us in preschool to all of you!

 Special Notes:

 ·         Winter Clothing: With very few exceptions, Green Meadow students go outdoors for recess twice daily. Both the weather conditions and temperatures can change throughout the day. Besides their jackets, students need to bring snow pants, boots, hat and mittens every day. They also need to bring shoes to wear in the classroom. It’s New England! We have several months to go before we can shed those winter clothes!

 ·         Save the DateMaynard Special Town meeting will take place at the Fowler Auditorium on January 9th, 2017.  An article to fund repairs to the Green Meadow playground will be up for a vote.  Please come and let your voice be heard.  The Maynard High School National Honor Society Students will provide onsite babysitting.  The students will meet families at the Fowler School Assembly Hall entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The students will play games, read to them and do arts and crafts with the children. *Please note that children should be toilet trained.  

 Dates to Remember 

Dec, 24 – January 2                  No School – Winter Vacation

January 3, 2017                         School Reopens following the Winter Break

Friday, January 13                    Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Tuesday, January 17                 Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

                                                                        

Green Meadow Newsletter 12/8/2016

posted Dec 12, 2016, 9:55 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]   

December 8, 2016                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

                What an amazing experience it was for us to work with our artist in residence Bren Bataclan this week!  The students were so engaged in this process and are incredibly proud of the results.  Our week started with a whole school assembly on Monday morning led by Mr. Bataclan.  We learned about him as an artist and how he travels the world giving away paintings of his signature characters.  He then skillfully guided all 500 students as well as the staff through the process of drawing and creating unique characters that make us smile.  He taught us how to combine animals, objects, and letters in clever and creative ways into wonderful and entertaining characters.   Students and staff had opportunities to share their original characters with everyone as they were projected on a screen for all to see and celebrate.

                On Monday afternoon, Mr. Bataclan continued his work specifically with our third grade students.  After providing them with additional practice in developing characters, he gave them an important challenge.  Students were asked to create characters that reflected our core values of Kind Safe Learners.  Third grade students worked with our art teacher, Mrs. Arcelay in advance to come develop ideas and themes connected to our core values to base their original characters on. We were truly amazed by wide variety of creative results! Some of the ideas they generated were:

 

KIND: Holding Hands, Heart, Hugs, Unity, World with people holding hands, Helping others, Making people smile

SAFE: Safety cone, Stop sign, Green Meadow Logo (Kind Safe Learners with Tiger Paw), Yellow Diamond Sign or Triangle

LEARNERS: Brain, Thought bubble, (Plus, minus, multiply, divide), Books, Science beaker, Computer, Magnifying glass.

 

Mr. Bataclan then selected 30 of the students original characters based on these ideas and proceed to combine them into the mural design.  He spent the next two days painting the mural as the students watched in awe.  On Wednesday afternoon the third grade students and teachers came together to celebrate the completion of the mural.  Everyone was delighted and so impressed with the final result! 

As you come to school for parent conferences, please take a moment to visit the mural. You can look for the themes and ideas the students developed to reflect our core values.   All the characters are the original creations of our students and staff!  Near the mural will be paper hearts for you to share a comment with our students if you would like.  They are looking forward to hearing your thoughts! We would like to say a very special thank you to the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) for funding this special and unique experience and to Vivian Viros for writing the grant!       

                         Donna Dankner

 News from Mr. Mehigan’s Class:

Happy Holidays from Mr. Mehigan's class!!  I truly love this time of year.  There is an excitement in the air and people are quicker with a smile or a kind word.  We are having lots of fun learning together in class.  Our class is rockin' through multiplication in math and taking pride in learning our facts.  We are in the publishing stage of our realistic fiction stories in writers' workshop and celebrated our kindergarten buddies' finished work with Mrs. Mazeika's class.  In social studies our "Pilgims at Plymouth" play is almost ready for Broadway!  We have seen so many changes in our environment during our nature hikes. The class recently oriented their way through the woods to a lake teeming with life from beavers to Canada geese which was dried up just two months ago due to the drought!  We want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best for a healthy and happy 2017!    


News from Mrs. Mazeika’s Kindergarten Class

We are on our third author study of the year.  We have already read a variety of books and learned about Donald Crews and Lois Ehlert and we are now studying Tomie dePaola.  The children have really enjoyed books that contain favorite characters of Tomie, such as Strega Nona and Big Anthony.  During writers’ workshop, many friends in class have used Tomie’s style of splitting the page into many pictures to show action over time.  Mrs. Latta has been conducting numerous science experiments in class, including dancing corn kernels and a Thanksgiving themed science lesson on cranberries and why they float.  If you are curious how cranberries are able to float, or wonder what can make a corn kernel dance, stop by the duck class!

 

Special Notes:

 

·         Save the DateMaynard Special Town meeting will take place at the Fowler Auditorium on January 9th, 2017.  An article to fund repairs to the Green Meadow playground will be up for a vote.  Please come and let your voice be heard.  The Maynard High School National Honor Society Students will provide onsite babysitting.  The students will meet families at the Fowler School Assembly Hall entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The students will play games, read to them and do arts and crafts with the children. *Please note that children should be toilet trained.  

·         The Holiday Shoppe is scheduled from Dec 12 - 15 for children in K-3rd. This GM PTO sponsored event during the school day is an opportunity for children to buy holiday gifts for family members. In order for it to be a success, we need volunteers to help guide children through the shop, gift wrap, and restock inventory.  If you can give 2 hours of your time, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aadaa2da20-calling1The Shoppe classroom schedule, instructions, budget envelope and gift tags were all sent home in backpacks last week.  Please read the instructions and refer to the schedule to see when your child's class is attending the Shoppe. If you have any questions, please contact gmeadowpto@gmail.com.  Thank you!

 

Dates to Remember 

                                                  

Friday, December 9                  Early Release – Parent Conferences

Tuesday, December 13            PTO Meeting, GM Cafeteria, 7:00 - 8:15

December 12 –15                      PTO  Holiday Shoppe

Dec, 24 – January 2                  No School – Winter Vacation

January 3, 2017                         School Reopens following the Winter Break

Tuesday, January 17                 Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

Green Meadow Newsletter 11/17/2016

posted Nov 18, 2016, 6:39 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]   

November 17, 2016                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

     Our third graders explored the topic of weather this week through a fascinating presentation by Bri Eggers from Channel 7 News.  She discussed in detail many different weather events, focusing on characteristics and impact.   We learned that tornadoes may be four miles wide and only last ten minutes, causing major damage as they pass. We also learned that hail occurs mostly in the summer as it needs the warm air to form.  We saw a picture of hail eight inches in diameter that fell in South Dakota.  Students were amazed that snow from the snowiest winter on record did not completely disappear until July 14.  Also part of her presentation was how the weather is forecast and how the news is filmed.    

     Third grade students are also looking forward to their trip to Plimoth Plantation on Friday.  The weather is forecasted to be wonderful which will greatly enhance this special outdoor experience.  Students will have an opportunity to walk around the village and visit the many buildings, making the history they have been learning come to life.

     Math was the focus of our most recent parent coffee.  Terri Morrison shared an informative presentation for families about the critical concepts that are the core of our Math instruction.  In addition, she discussed strategies that are used in school to foster student learning and offered suggestions for ways to support students at home.   Also provided were some games that parents and students could play at home to foster numeracy and fluency skill development. If you were unable to attend this discussion,  we will be offering an evening program focused on math on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30.  We hope you will be able to join us.

     We are anxiously looking forward to our school spirit days next week.  On Monday we will have a school wide Pajama Day when everyone may come to school in their pajamas.  (Please remember to have children wear sneakers for outdoor recess and gym.)  On Tuesday, we will celebrate Tiger Pride day.  Students are encouraged to wear Green Meadow or Maynard spirit wear as well as black and orange clothing.  We will have an exciting couple of days leading up to the Thanksgiving Break.

     As Thanksgiving approaches, it offers us an opportunity to reflect and be thankful, sharing time with friends and family.  The staff and I truly appreciate being part of each child’s educational experience.  We are so grateful for the ongoing support of our community and the partnership we share in helping students learn and grow.  We wish you a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday and look forward to seeing you after the break.       

         

 Donna Dankner

              

Sra. Soler’s 3rd grade Spanish Immersion

The Spanish Immersion class is super excited to learn more about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags.  On Friday we will be visiting Plimoth Plantation and will have a closer look at life in the settlement. We have been reading extensively about how the first Thanksgiving happened and why; how the Pilgrims and Wampanoags got together, what they ate and what they did during the celebration.  We are comparing and contrasting our Thanksgiving celebrations and traditions to theirs.  We are also comparing life then and now.

 

In Math have started with multiplication and are catching up fast.  Math is super fun!

 

Mrs. Coppola’s Science News:

Students are learning the life cycle, stages, and parts of a pumpkin. Students have observed our class pumpkin, and written what they already know. They made pumpkin predictions about how many seeds are in our pumpkin, and what will happen if they plant the pumpkin.  Predictions of seeds ranged from less than 25, 25-100, or more than 100. We will find out soon when we carve our pumpkin.

 

Special Notes:

 

·         Reminder: There is no school on Wednesday, November 23.

·         Save the date for the GM PTO Restaurant Night at Halfway Cafe Wednesday, Dec. 7! Have dinner out with your family and the PTO will receive a percentage of the proceeds. Have a great meal and support our school!

·         Support the Maynard Education Foundation when you Dine at Not Your Average
Joe's in Acton any Tuesday in November
 Come enjoy a great meal and help raise funds for the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton any Tuesday during the month of November. Present a certificate (available at www.maynardeducation.org) or simply mention that you are a MEF supporter to your server when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF. (Excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)  Thank you for your support!

·         From the Maynard SEPAC: After Thanksgiving, December is just around the corner, which means. . . the SEPAC Winter Social is coming soon! Please save the date: Tuesday, December 6, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Green Meadow cafeteria. The free event is open to the whole family of any student receiving special education services. Stay tuned for more details! (To RSVP, contact Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or at 617-458-1294.)

 

Dates to Remember 

November 23, 24, 25                No School, Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 30      Parent Program, Exploring Math Instruction, 6:30 PM

Thursday, December 1             Picture Retake Day   

Friday, December 2                  Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Wednesday, Dec 7                    Restaurant Night at Halfway Café

December 12 –15                      Holiday Shoppe

Thursday, December 8             Early Release – Parent Conferences

Friday, December 9                  Early Release – Parent Conferences

December 8 & 9                        No Preschool – Parent Conferences

December 26 – 30                     No School – Winter Vacation

 

Green Meadow Newsletter 11/10/2016

posted Nov 15, 2016, 7:56 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]   

November 10, 2016                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

                                                                            

         On Tuesday, November 8, the staff engaged in an exciting and productive day of professional development.  Our day began with an inspiring presentation from Ron Suskind entitled “Seeing the Unseen."   He shared with us the stories of two boys and the educational journeys that helped to shape their lives that formed the basis of his books  A Hope in the Unseen and Life Animated. Additional informative workshops during the day focused on high expertise teaching and fostering growth mindset as well as best practices in math instruction.  We greatly appreciate the opportunity to spend this time collaborating with colleagues while developing new strategies and skills to support our students to help them maximize their learning.

          This week we have learned so much about the electoral process.  At Green Meadow our students had an opportunity to go to the polls and vote for the spirit days of their choice.  They waited anxiously for the results that were finally announced at the end of the day, after all had voted and the school polls had closed.   The result of our election was that our student body selected a Pajama Day for Monday, November 21 and a Tiger Pride on Tuesday, November 22.  This result was welcome news and brought cheers from some while for those who had votes for the other choices experienced disappointment.  As we think about talking with our children about the presidential election, we can help them understand that the principles of the election and process are the same as what we experienced during our school election.  People had an opportunity to go to the polls and vote not only for candidates but also on important issues for our state.  Just as with our election, the results created excitement for some and disappointment for others.  As an important part of the learning process, we learned that we can all make different choices but it is important that we are always respectful of each other, ensuring that we follow our core values that we are kind, we are safe, and we are learners.

            Today we continued our exploration of our core values through a special school assembly.  All classes read the book Kindness is Cooler Mrs. Ruler and discussed how we make acts of kindness an important part of each day.  Through our Respectful Schools Committee, a talented group of teachers presented this story to our students as a play.  Similar to the students in the book, our Green Meadow students will post their acts of kindness on hearts or paws on bulletin boards in the hall.  This display will serve as a constant reminder of the acts of kindness we show  throughout each day.

            Our next Parent Coffee will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:45.  Our Math Coach, Terri Morrison, will share information with us about math instruction.  Through instruction, we focus on developing student’s understanding of mathematical concepts and enhancing their ability to solve complex problems.  She will share strategies used in classrooms to foster understanding as well as ideas for supporting students at home.  I hope you will be able to join us for this informative discussion.             

                                 Donna Dankner

                                                            

 News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Class:

Our class community continues to thrive through acts of kindness, cooperation and friendships. Our class is focusing on acts of kindness as we join together with the school to learn from the book, Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler. In math we are finishing learning how to show, write and count numbers 6, 7, 8, 9. We have enjoyed using dominoes and creating block towers to represent these numbers.  Also, we have been working very hard learning all our letters and sounds and we are sounding out, reading and writing words. We are showing what we know, as we draw and write about small moments in our lives. Our friends have enjoyed storytelling with each other as they prepare to draw and write these moments.  As we continue on our science journey we are adding to our journals and learning about nature in November. We have been visiting our adopted tree, “Tree Tree”, frequently as we observe and collect data on the changes it is going through.  We have been very excited about the presidential election as we experience historical events! We are also learning the importance of Veterans Day as it approaches. We send a big thank you from our class to all the Veterans as we honor their service for our country!

 

News from Mr. Morello’s Physical Education Class:

My name is Mr. Morello (Mr. M), and I am the new physical education teacher at Green Meadow School.  I have had an amazing experience during my first few months and I am very excited about the rest of the school year!  Hopefully, your son/daughter has already told you about some of the new and exciting things going on in the Green Meadow gym.
Students have been engaged right away with some ASAP activities including Bananas, Stuck in the Mud, Frogs Across the Pond, and Listen and Move.  October was filled with soccer skills and aerobic tagging games.  Upcoming units include tossing, catching, and throwing!  How can you help?  Remember to send your child to school on days they have physical education with or wearing sneakers.  -Mr. M

 

Special Notes:

Support the Maynard Education Foundation when you Dine at Not Your Average

Joe's in Acton any Tuesday in November Come enjoy a great meal and help raise funds for the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton any Tuesday during the month of November. Present a certificate (available at www.maynardeducation.org) or simply mention that you are a MEF supporter to your server when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF. (Excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)  Thank you for your support!

·         News from Maynard SEPAC: there will be no SEPAC meeting in November (due to the conflict with Election Day), but please save the date on your calendars now: The SEPAC Winter Social will be Tuesday, December 6! More information coming soon.

 

Dates to Remember 

Friday, November 11               No School, Veterans’ Day

Tuesday, November 15            Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

Thursday, November 15             PTO Meeting, GM Cafeteria 7:00-8:15 PM

November 23, 24, 25                No School, Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 1             Picture Retake Day

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