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Green Meadow Newsletter 1/28/2016

posted Jan 28, 2016, 10:50 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                               

January 28, 2016                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

       

            Our next parent coffee will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 8:45 AM.  Robin Stuart from the Massachusetts Audubon Society and Jennifer Gaudet, Director of Curriculum will join us for an informative conversation about our science and nature curriculum initiative.   We will share information about the process and progress as well as the direction moving forward.  We will also have opportunities for questions.  We hope you are able to join us as we explore our Nature and Science initiative.

 

Each spring our students participate in the statewide assessment system.  Last year Maynard was one of many districts that administered the PARCC assessment to students in grades 3-8.  The PARCC assessment is designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge as well as application of skills and strategies.   Through this assessment, students are asked to think critically while using their knowledge and skill to read challenging text and solve complex problems.  The high quality instruction students receive each day during their Green Meadow experience prepares students well for this assessment as well as future academic success.   This year we were especially excited with the release of the state accountability data which through analysis of the results of this assessment, determined that we have made notable progress toward our goals and achieved Level 1 status. We are very proud of our students growth as learners and this incredible achievement.

 

Our third grade students will the participate in PARCC assessment from May 2 through May 13.   On Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 PM we will have a special evening presentation for parents, sharing information about this assessment.  We hope you will be able to join us for this informative discussion.

 

February 3 is also Global Play Day.  This day is designed to raise awareness of the importance of play in each child’s growth and development. Many schools and families are marking this day with a focus on providing students with opportunities for unstructured play. This day is an important recognition that learning occurs both in the classroom and through the many social interactions and opportunities to play during the day.

 

Donna Dankner          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 Greetings from Green Meadow Music! 

As some of you may know, our first musical event of the year is about to take place!  The entire first grade will be performing the musical “FLAKES! A Musical Celebration of Snow, Slush, and Snirt!”  on Friday, February 5th at 9:00 a.m.   Our show will be performed in the GM Cafeteria and will last approximately thirty minutes (If necessary, Snow Date: February 12).  The families and teachers of students in the production are invited to attend.  All other GM students will get to see a full run-through of the show the previous afternoon.

 

The second and third grade classes are also in the very beginning stages of their own musicals.  Families are invited to attend these performances as well.  But don’t worry; there is still plenty of time to clear your calendars.  Second graders will perform a musical entitled “Hats” on Friday, April 1st at 9:00 a.m., and third graders will perform a musical entitled “Summer Camp” on Thursday May 19th at 6:30 p.m.  These shows will also take place in the Green Meadow Cafeteria.  More information will be sent home closer to the given dates. 

 

Although Kindergarten does not prepare a grade level performance, parents of these students can enjoy an open music class with their student on March 4th & 11th.  Specific times for each class can be found on the Green Meadow Music website. 

 

Your children and I are excited to share all of our hard work with the families of Green Meadow and look forward to seeing you at our shows!  Your support of the Green Meadow Music Program is appreciated.     

Until next time, Andrea Docheff, GM Music Specialist.

 

News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Class

 

This week officially marks the half way point of our school year. We are all 90 school days smarter! To celebrate, we will participate in a variety of "half" activities. We would like to celebrate all of our accomplishments. All of the students are reading books and writing small moments about their life. We are counting to 100 together and skip counting by 10's. The children are learning addition and have mastered 2 and 3 dimensional shapes. The children have formed friendships and are learning what it means to have empathy and to cooperate. We can't wait for the second half of our kindergarten school year.

 

Special Notes:

 

·         Please remember to send warm clothing for outdoor play.  In order to play in the snow, students will need boots, snow pants, warm coats, and gloves.

·         Students must always be escorted as they walk in the parking lot. 

 

Dates to Remember

 

Friday, January 29                 Early Release  – 11:45 Dismissal

Wednesday, February 3        Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

Friday, February 5                 Grade 1 Concert

Friday, February 5                 Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

February 15-19                       Winter Vacation                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/21/2016

posted Jan 22, 2016, 7:26 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

January 21, 2016                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

               

 

Our recent early release afternoon provided us with a wonderful opportunity for a very informative and productive collaboration.   Classroom teachers worked closely with their grade level colleagues and specialists from Massachusetts Audubon Society to enhance our science and nature based initiative. Together grade level teams and facilitators focused on examining science content and crafting challenging and meaningful lessons that enhance students’ mastery of standards.  The resulting curriculum that was developed consisted of a range of lessons that offers students a balance of rich content and inquiry based learning.   Our professional development throughout the year as we progress in this initiative focuses on this important balance, fostering student learning through questioning, inquiry, research, and discovery.  During the most recess session Grade two teachers planned a comprehensive unit on erosion that will be part of their science curriculum this spring.  Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grade one teachers continued their exploration of nature and plants through scientific observations, experiments, and journaling while Grade three continued to expand exploration of weather phenomenon. 

We would like to share more information about this important curriculum initiative during our next Parent Coffee which will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 8:45 AM.  Joining us for this discussion will be Robin Stuart from the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Jennifer Gaudet Director of Curriculum will join us for this discuss as they share information about the initiative and science content as well as answer any questions that may arise.  We hope you are available to join us for this informative discussion.

We continue to plan parent coffees for the winter and spring.  Future topics will include a discussion of friendships with our school counselor Cecilia Tatum Small and an introduction to the PARCC Assessment that our third grade students will participate in this spring. Our goal is to offer informative discussions that interest and support Green Meadow families.  Please let us know if you have any topics of interest that you would like us to explore during upcoming Parent Coffees.

 

Donna Dankner          

 

Important Message:

Arrival and dismissal are extremely busy times at school.  If you are dropping your children off in the morning, please park in the Crowe Park parking lot and walk them to either the outdoor play area for outdoor arrival or the front door for indoor arrivalIn order to be certain all students arrive safely, children must be accompanied by an adult when walking to and from the parking lot.  We appreciate your assistance as we maintain safety for all.

 

                                                                                   

                                               

 

News From the Green Meadow Library                                         

 

 Kindergarten students now have the option of bringing their library book home to share with you. Please help them find a special place to keep their book and please help them remember what day they have library so they can return their book and choose a new one. I would like to extend a special thank you to the kindergarten Spanish Immersion parents for their recent generous donation of books in Spanish! First grade students have been learning about nature and the world around us through various fiction and informational texts. Second grade students have learned about Massachusetts and our other great states, as well as some of our famous animal friends.  We will soon be working on our dictionary, atlas and encyclopedia unit. Third grade students have heard literature from many different genres and in technology class have been excited to learn how to make a word document, find their home on Google Earth, and have started working with two different learn to type programs. Links to all of the websites we use can be found on the library website, which can be accessed through the Green Meadow homepage or at https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/lib/home. Stay warm! Mrs. Patino

 

News from Mrs. Viros’ Class      

 

Children worked on their journals to draw and dictate "something that they knew a lot about."  We brainstormed ideas during circle time and worked in small groups at the writing center.  Children drew pictures about bunnies, robots, fire engines, and princesses to name a few.

We began to discuss dinosaurs--what they were, how they lived, and some of the reasons why they disappeared.  If you hear roaring and stomping at school this week, it must come from preschool!

 

Special Notes:

 

·         The Green Meadow Preschool Program will be holding an Information Night on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 6:45 – 8:00 PM.  Parents who are interested in enrolling their child for the 2016-2017 school year are invited to attend.  During the evening parents will have an opportunity to learn about our program, meet our staff, visit our classrooms, and ask questions. The Green Meadow Preschool Program offers full day and half-day classes for children aged 3 – 5 years old.  For more information call the Maynard Public Schools Department of Student Services @ (978) 897-2138.

·         Order forms for the Red Sox game through the GM and Fowler PTOs are due Jan 25th. Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. 

·         Please remember to send warm clothing for outdoor play.  In order to play in the snow, students will need boots, snow pants, warm coats, and gloves.

 

Dates to Remember

 

Monday, January 25              School Council Meeting, 6:30 PM              

Friday, January 29                 Early Release  – 11:45 Dismissal

Wednesday, Februaryn3       Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

Wednesday, February 3        Basketball Bonanza sponsored by the PTO

Friday, February 5                 Grade 1 Concert

Friday, February 5                 Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

February 15-19                       Winter Vacation                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/8/2016

posted Jan 8, 2016, 7:01 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                               

January 7, 2016                                        Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

               

 

Happy New Year!  We were delighted to welcome our students and families back to school as we begin 2016. Along with all the learning the occurs in each classroom, many exciting activities and initiatives are planned for the coming year.  Our collaboration with the Massachusetts Audubon Society continues during the early release day on January 15.   Grade level teams will be continuing the study of specific topics such as weather, trees, erosion, and plant life, focusing on developing learning activities that support student understanding of science content.   Our second grade students are continuing their study of the Vernal Pool with special programs this week led by naturalist Erica Whitworth.  Her presentations throughout the year excite and inspire the students as they expand their knowledge and enhance their understanding.  Our first grade students have begun their preparations for their family concert on Friday, February 5.  The students are very excited to share their musical talents with families and friends.   March brings our Annual Read Across America Celebration and Bingo for Books as we begin our celebration of literacy.   We look forward to the learning and exciting events to come.

 

                                                                                    Donna Dankner

                                               

Holly Class Happenings:

(Written with help from Holly class students) 

 

We are happy to start the new year with Sensational Second Grade Attitudes.  We are KIND, we are SAFE, and we are SMART learners!

 

  • In science we have finished dissecting our owl pellets. We have learned a song about owl pellets too!
  • In math we are working on becoming fluent with our facts...we are RAP stars with our "Doubles RAP" song.  We have learned the count up and count back strategies, our doubles, and our doubles plus one strategies, and we are practicing with a lot of fun games!
  •  Before the break we celebrated Happy Holly-days with parent readers!  Thank you for sharing some of your family's favorite holiday stories. We were very surprised to get our own books to keep from "Jolly McJingle" our Kindness Elf"...Now that a new year has started, we are reading many books and "making connections" as we read and think about other stories, the real world, and ourselves!
  • We finished Small Moment stories and we started an Author study with our college student, Miss Wilson.  We will continue learning about and writing like real authors!

 

Happy 2016 from Elijah, Simon O,  Lydia, Sierra, Alex, Will, Cody, Caleb, Kat,  Kaleb,  Hannah, Maya, Allison, Idy, Maria, Katie, Molly, Kole, Max, Amanda, Simon A, and Mrs. Alford,  and Mrs. Holly!

 

 

 

 

News from Mrs. Adamson’s Class

Happy New Year! In reading, we continue with the Daily 5 (Read to Self, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing, Word Work). We are also reading a variety of informational texts. In writing, we are realizing, “when we are done, we have only just begun.” We go back and add to the picture or the text, acknowledging our writing has a purpose and an audience. In math, we continue to practice addition strategies (making 10, doubles, doubles plus 1 or doubles minus 1). We will be moving on to subtraction strategies in chapter 5. The courtyard is our laboratory. As scientists, we wonder what will happen to the bulbs we planted, the bird feeders we fill, as well as the 16 pound pumpkin that is rotting.

                                 

 

 

Special Notes:

 

·         Kindergarten Registration 2016-2017

The Green Meadow School will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, January 12th, Wednesday, January 13th and Thursday, January 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  There will also be an evening registration on Wednesday, January 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2016 to enter Kindergarten.  At registration, parents must present their child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, recent physical exam, and proof of Maynard residency.  This could be a utility bill, a lease, or a tax receipt.  Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of residency.  If you have any questions, please call Green Meadow School at 978-897-8246.

·         McTeacher’s Night – Thursday, January 14th from 4:00-7:00 PM, Main Street McDonald’s

Come to McDonald’s where Fowler teachers and staff will prepare your food and serve you!  20% of all proceeds from McTeacher’s Night hours go directly to the Fowler School.

·         The Green Meadow PTO is inviting volunteers to the kickoff meeting of this year’s Tiger Trot. It was a wonderful event last year, and we need many volunteers to repeat its success. The planning meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the GM Cafeteria.

·         Please check today’s backpack folder for a flyer to purchase tickets to a Red Sox game through the GM and Fowler PTOs. Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis.

·         Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade families have been invited to an interactive movie night hosted by the GM PTO on Friday, Jan. 15. Students in those grades received a flyer in their backpack today. RSVP is required for this event and space is limited. Email gmeadowpto@gmail if you have any questions.

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Dates to Remember

 

January 12,13,14                       Kindergarten Registration  9:00-12:00

Wednesday, January 13           Evening Kindergarten Registration  5:00-7:00 PM

Friday, January 15                    Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, January 18                 No School – Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 25                School Council Meeting, 6:30 PM             

Friday, January 29                  Early Release Day – 11:45 Dismissal

Friday, February 2                    Grade 1 Concert

                                                                                                                       

Green Meadow Newsletter 12/17/2015

posted Dec 17, 2015, 9:02 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]   

December 17, 2015                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

With the approach of a new year, we often look forward to things to come and make resolutions to follow.  Before we look forward, I would like to take this opportunity to look back at all the amazing learning activities and special events that have occurred since the school year began.  As a school we have focused on developing our skills as effective readers and writers who can understand complex texts.  We are learning to be mathematical thinkers who are able to creatively solve complex content.   Our students have visited Plimouth Plantation and the Mayflower to enrich their study of Colonial America.  We have enjoyed assemblies lead by our Respectful School Committee that emphasize our core values and support our Responsive Classroom program.

 

As we look to the New Year we are excited to continue our science curriculum development and collaboration through our partnership with the Massachusetts Audubon Society. This initiative focused on inquiry based learning through science and nature is following different strands aligned with the science standards in each grade level. Students at different grade levels will have opportunities to explore topics such as weather, observe the changes in trees over time, consider the erosion in our natural environment and study the vernal pool.  In addition, we look forward to special events such as our Annual Bingo for Books program and the many enrichment programs sponsored by the PTO that enhance our curriculum.

We have enjoyed all the learning that has occurred in 2015 and look forward to what 2016 will bring.  We hope you enjoy this vacation and wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

 

                                                                              Donna Dankner

 

 

 

News from Mrs. Foss’ Class:

Second graders have been having fun being scientists the last few weeks!  We were lucky enough to have, Erika Whitworth, from the Audubon Society come back to our classroom to do a lesson on habitats.  Erika brought in isopods that we were able to observe.  The students really enjoyed the hands on science lesson!  We also made it out for our first visit to the “Grace Vernal Pool”!  The students were surprised by what the pool looked like in the fall, especially because it has been a dry season.  They seemed to enjoy the visit and had a good understanding about why it appears to be dried up and why it is not a good habitat for animals that need to live in water.  We look forward to going out again over the next few months!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News from Sra. Reyes’ Class:

 

 

We cannot believe how wonderful the weather has been and the topic of conversation has been when the first snowflakes will fall. We will make some predictions on when this will happen.

December is such a special month. Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza are some of the holidays we celebrate during this month. In all these celebrations, food is very important. Families get together to prepare and eat a special dinner. Candles and special lights are used too.  Did you know that other cultures use lights and candles too? In India, during Diwali or Festival of Lights; they light up candles and oil lamps and in Scandinavia, during the festivities of Saint Lucy, the girls wear a wreath with candles on their heads. The children have been learning about costumes and traditions during these holidays. We will continue learning about other cultures around the world during the year.

 

 

Special Notes:

 

·         Kindergarten Registration 2016-2017

The Green Meadow School will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, January 12th, Wednesday, January 13th and Thursday, January 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  There will also be an evening registration on Wednesday, January 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2016 to enter Kindergarten.  At registration, parents must present their child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, recent physical exam, and proof of Maynard residency.  This could be a utility bill, a lease, or a tax receipt.  Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of residency.  If you have any questions, please call Green Meadow School at 978-897-8246.

 

 

 

Dates to Remember

 

December 24-31                        No School – Winter Break

January 12,13,14                       Kindergarten Registration  9:00-12:00

Wednesday, January 13           Evening Kindergarten Registration  5:00-7:00 PM

Green Meadow Newsletter 12/10/2015

posted Dec 10, 2015, 6:07 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]   

December 10, 2015                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

 

Last Saturday, on a beautiful day, we had a very exciting and productive meeting about the Green Meadow Playground.  Members of the school Committee, School Administration, Community Preservation Commission, and the playground Committee met with the project engineer and the playground designer/architect to discuss the vision and to explore the purpose of this initiative. 

 

As we look to the Green Meadow Playground as it is, we are appreciative of the expanse of space available for children to run and play.  The importance of this playground initiative is to maximize opportunities for all to grow and play together.   Our vision is to design a play space that has equipment and a surface that is accessible to all children.   We are looking to provide a play space that fosters curiosity and inquiry based learning in a natural environment as an extension of our classrooms.   By addressing the drainage issues, we look for a playground that can be utilized year round, providing safe play and access to all structures during our challenging New England winters. Toward this goal, this important project seeks to create a play space that is equally accessible to all children, nurturing growth and fostering friendships, providing all children with a sense of belonging.

 

Each experience in a child’s day provides opportunities for learning.   On the playground, children are able to develop the ability to collaborate and interact with others.  They learn to problem solve, negotiate, and compromise. In addition, they strengthen their gross motor skills and hone their coordination. These are some of the essential skills children need to prepare them for future success. We are so appreciative of the support of the Maynard Community as well as the dedication and commitment of the playground committee in helping us work toward the goal of an inclusive play space that is equally accessible to all children.

 

                                                                              Donna Dankner

 

Kindergarten Registration 2016-2017

The Green Meadow School will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, January 12th , Wednesday, January 13th  and Thursday, January 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  There will also be an evening registration on Wednesday, January 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2016 to enter Kindergarten.  At registration, parents must present their child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, recent physical exam, and proof of Maynard residency.  This could be a utility bill, a lease, or a tax receipt.  Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of residency.  If you have any questions, please call Green Meadow School at 978-897-8246.

 

 

 

 

 

News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Class:

 

Mrs. Ginnity’s kindergarten classroom is filled with laughter, friendships, cooperation and learning. The children are busy rhyming, playing letter sound games, learning songs and poems and reading. Echo the owl puppet finished teaching all the letters and sounds of the alphabet! Our kindergarten scientists are busy investigating, asking questions and doing observational drawings about the world around them. We are wondering, “What happens to the leaves on the ground after they have fallen off our tree?” Our current experiment is creating composting bottles in our classroom with the leaves from Barky. In math, we are learning all about 2 and 3 dimensional shapes and searching the school for shapes. The children are very excited that a new season is coming this month!

 

News from Mrs. Hazel’s Physical Education Class:

 

Kindergartners and first graders are working hard on throwing and catching skills. First graders have climbed the cargo net and other grades will hopefully climb before our holiday break. Second and Third grades are in the middle of a basketball skills unit. We are practicing our set shot, dribbling and the bounce pass. It seems that most students love to shoot hoops! This is great! Please remember to send your child to school with proper footwear on PE days! Have a happy healthy winter season! 

 

 

Special Notes:

 

·         Next ELL parent meeting:
Date:  Thursday, December 10

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: Maynard High School, room A101 (Mr. Engvall's classroom)
Information to be Presented: Progress Monitoring ELL students, WIDA information

*Supervision of children will be provided if they come with parents.

 

Dates to Remember

 

Thursday, December 10           Early Release/Parent Conferences, 11:45 Dismissal

Friday, December 11                Early Release/Parent Conferences, 11:45 Dismissal

Thursday, December 10           No Preschool – Parent Conferences

December 24-31                        No School – Winter Break

January 12,13,14                       Kindergarten Registration

Wednesday, January 13           Evening Kindergarten Registration  5:00-7:00 PM

 

 

                               

Green Meadow Newsletter 12/4/15

posted Dec 4, 2015, 7:37 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]   

December 3, 2015                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

We are always eager to share information with families about each child’s school experience.  Today you will receive your child’s report card in his/her backpack.  We distribute this information the week before conferences to enable you to review them prior to the meeting. These report cards provide information to families that identify the skills and standards that are taught at each grade level as well as each students progress toward these benchmarks.  Teachers have collaborated closely with their grade level colleagues to ensure consistent expectations for each term throughout the year.   Through classroom performance and results of classroom assessments, they determine the progress each student has made toward mastering standards.

 Report cards reflect the progress each individual student has made toward achieving the standard. The information on each child’s report card reflects each individual’s current performance in relation to the expectation for this time in the school year.  As you review this report card, it is important to note the indicators of effort and focus on learning which we highlight in our conversations with students in order to build their self confidence and encourage continuous learning.   As the expectations change and the pace increases throughout the year, we often see changes and growth in student understanding and acquisition of skills. 

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held next week for all grade levels. As you meet with your child’s teacher during conferences next week, they will share the grade level expectations as well as specific information about your child’s academic progress.  Teachers will also share skills and strategies that your child will be focusing on as the year progresses.  In addition to classroom teachers, special educators and specialists are also available to meet with you during this time.  We truly value these conferences as an important opportunity for open communication with families.  If you do not have a scheduled conference, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible to arrange a convenient time. 

            The students were very excited to visit the annual PTO Holiday Shoppe this week.   They carefully selected the perfect gift for each member of their family.  We truly appreciate the efforts of the many volunteers as well as the support of families in making this special program possible.

Linda Gilberti, a former librarian at Maynard High School, has created a gingerbread house to be raffled on December 18, 2015.  This tradition began several years ago, and the proceeds of the raffle are donated to the Maynard Food Pantry.  The house is on display in the main office and the raffle tickets are in today’s backpack folder.  The chances are 25¢ each or 5 for $1.00.  You will find more specific information in the flyer.  This, like the Beacon Santa Telethon, is a wonderful way to contribute to the greater Maynard community.  Thank you for helping make the outreach so successful.

                We look forward to seeing you at parent-teacher conferences next week!

 

                                                                              Donna Dankner

 

 

News from Mrs. Mazeika’s Class:

Mrs. Mazeika’s class hopes everyone had a happy and delicious Thanksgiving break.  In our kindergarten class, we have been studying one author/illustrator each month.  We are currently studying Tomie dePaola.  We have noticed he enjoys writing stories with the same characters, such as Strega Nona and Big Anthony.   In addition, he has written many stories about his childhood and family.  To celebrate diversity in our classroom, we have been learning “Good morning” greetings from around the world.  We have already learned seven different languages including Chinese, Greek, French, and Italian.  Stop by if you would like to learn a new way to say, “Good morning”!  With winter quickly approaching, we are looking forward to learning about the liquid and solid states of matter through exploration!

 

News from Mrs. Arcelay’s Art Room:

We have been working hard in the art room.  Students created turtles, birds, butterflies and flowers for our Green Meadow Community Mural.  Second Grade helped to put the murals together.  They will be hung in the hallway on the 10th.  If you’re in the building for conferences, please check the hallway outside the art room to see the beautiful work they created. 

 

We have begun our unit on Pablo Picasso.  Ask your children “Where was he born?” (Spain)  “Who did he meet in Paris?” (Henri Mattisse) “What style of art did you make?” (Cubism, Surrealism).   Check my blog for photos of the work www.artatgreenmeadow.blogspot.com and my Instagram account for Flipograms of the work in progress.  My account is artatgm.  

 

We are now at 50% participation in our online art Museum, Artsonia. I would love to get this number closer to 75 or even 100%!   I’ve been sending slips home, which you can use to log in and activate your child’s account or you may return the forms to me with your email address and I will set up the account.  You may also email me approval at sarcelay@maynard.k12.ma.us.

 

Special Notes:

·         We are looking for Legos to be used in classrooms.  We would appreciate donations of any Legos you have any at home that are no longer being used.  Thank you.

 

·         Next ELL parent meeting:
Date:  Thursday, December 10

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: Maynard High School, room A101 (Mr. Engvall's classroom)
Information to be Presented: Progress Monitoring ELL students, WIDA information

*Supervision of children will be provided if they come with parents.

 

·         Maynard Special Education students, parents and siblings are invited to the 6th Annual Winter Social!  The social will be held on Tuesday, December 1st from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Green Meadow cafeteria.  Each child will go home with a goodie bag! This event is free and open to the whole family of students receiving Special Education services. Please RSVP to Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or 617-458-1294.

 

Dates to Remember

 

Thursday, December 3             Picture Retake

Thursday, December 10           Early Release/Parent Conferences

Friday, December 11                Early Release/Parent Conferences

Thursday, December 10           No Preschool – Parent Conferences

 

Green Meadow Newsletter 10/29/2015

posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:13 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                  MC900229657[1]   

October 29, 2015                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

Today the third grade students explored American history through a field trip to Plymouth.  They spent time visiting Plimouth Plantation, exploring the buildings and speaking with the members of this community.  They visited the Mayflower, and saw the tight quarters shared by the pilgrims during their long voyage across the ocean.  The students thoroughly enjoyed this authentic opportunity to learn more about colonial America.

 

 Monster March

  • Everyone is eagerly looking forward to tomorrow’s Monster March which will begin at 8:45 Am.  Fortunately the forecast indicates that the weather will cooperate and allow our March to go forward as planned.   Please note that students should arrive at school in their costumes to allow for this early start. Students may participate in the procession whether or not they are wearing costumes.

 As always, participation in the parade is optional out of respect for differences in comfort levels and religious views.

 We ask that families wait outside for the March to begin after dropping students off at school.  The procession will begin at 8:45 as students come out the door where the walkers are dismissed, continue on the path by the kindergarten classes, and go around the circle in the front of the building. Students will reenter the building by the library doors where they will have an opportunity to view each other’s costumes before returning to their classrooms.  Staff will contact parents in advance if they will need assistance with costumes when students will return to class.

 

A few additional reminders as we prepare for tomorrow’s Monster March:

·         Scary or gruesome costumes as well as masks that depict violence may not be brought to school. Students should leave all weapons, props and extra pieces of their costumes at home as they are easily lost or broken in school.

  • Students may not wear makeup or face paint during this event.
  • The use of masks will be at the teacher discretion. If masks interfere with the students’ ability to see clearly and/or walk safely or if they are not appropriate, students will not be allowed to wear them.

 

 Green Meadow School Council

The strength of a school community comes from the contributions of its staff, students, and families.  The Education Reform Act recognized the importance of these contributions with the establishment of School Councils.  The charge of the School Council is to discuss initiatives and procedures that support education. Ideas generated through these discussions form the basis of a School Improvement Plan which identifies school-wide goals that support and enhance the instructional excellence that is characteristic of Green Meadow School.

                Green Meadow School is very fortunate to have a committed and dedicated School Council comprised of staff members, community members, and parents.  Membership on the School Council rotates to offer ongoing opportunities for families and staff members to participate in the process.  Parent representatives provide valuable information and perspectives to all discussions and develop the school improvement plan.  The first meeting of the school year will be held on Monday, November 2 at 6:30 PM.  This year we are seeking additional parent representatives for the School Council who would be interested in participating and would be available to attend regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year. Please consider this opportunity and contact the school office if you are interested in becoming a member of the 2015-2016 Green Meadow School Council.

 

Donna Dankner

 

 

                                                                                                                           

News from Mrs. Adamson’s Class:

We continue to focus on our core values: kind, safe, learners. We learned the I Pick Rap which helps us choose “just right” books for our book boxes. We have almost reached our goal of Reading to Self for 20 minutes. In math, we are working on addition and subtraction strategies. We are excited to continue learning together!

 

News  from Mrs. Smart’s Class              

One of the first things we did as kindergarteners in September (summer) was to adopt a tree outside our classroom. We became scientists and observed the tree’s leaves, trunk and bugs. We drew pictures of the tree in the summer and recorded what it looked like in our Science Journals.  The other day we visited our tree again and observed how it has changed since that summer day. We talked about the color of the leaves and the fact that there were less leaves. We noticed that the trunk did not change much. We recorded our observation in our Science Journal. We will observe the tree many times this year.

 

In addition to observing our tree, we have been busy learning our friends’ names, how to sit on the rug, walk in the hall, and play with our friends. We have also been learning letters and numbers. Life is busy in kindergarten.

 

Special Notes:

 

·         The HS is looking for a choral accompanist for its high school choruses. They meet Monday-Friday, 2:15-3pm during the school year. We perform a wide variety of literature so the person accompanying would need to be comfortable playing classical, renaissance, jazz, spirituals, musicals and pop literature.

The stipend is $3,000 for the year and for someone who would enjoy playing for the students, is a great experience-the students are wonderful!! Please contact Mrs. Blanchard at cblanchard@maynard.k12.ma.us if you are interested.

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·         Help support the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) and enjoy a great meal any Tuesday in October at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton. When you tell your server that you are a MEF supporter, Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase* to MEF. *(Offer excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)

Don't miss this opportunity to help raise funds for MEF's grant program!

(Please note you must mention MEF or present a certificate (available at www.maynardeducation.org) for MEF to receive a donation.)

 

               

Dates to Remember

 

Thursday, October 29              Preschool Halloween Parade

Friday, October 30                   Monster March, 8:45 AM

Monday, November 2              Monster March Rain Date

Wednesday, November 11      No School – Veterans’ Day

Friday, November 20               Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

                                                                                             

 

Green Meadow Newsletter 10/22/2015

posted Oct 22, 2015, 9:54 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

October 22, 2015                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

The Green Meadow Monster March is a very special fall tradition at our school. This year the Monster March is scheduled for Friday, October 30 and will begin at approximately 8: 45 AM.   Weather permitting; students will walk outside with their classes to the areas where families will be waiting to view the procession. We have selected this early morning time in order to allow families to attend this event and view the procession before beginning the day’s activities.

Please bring students to school at the regular arrival time to allow them to prepare for the march in their classrooms.  Please note that students should arrive at school in their costumes to allow for this early start.    We ask that scary or gruesome costumes as well as masks that depict violence not be brought to school.  Students should leave all weapons, props and extra pieces of their costumes at home as they are easily lost or broken in school. Please be certain that students are able to walk a distance safely in their costumes.

Please review the following additional important information:

 

  • We will not have an outdoor morning arrival on the day of the Monster March.  Students should follow the indoor arrival procedure on this day only.
  • Parents should wait outside for the parade to begin.  Staff will assist students with their costumes as needed.  Teachers will contact parents in advance if assistance is needed in the classrooms to prepare for or at the conclusion of the March.
  • Students may not wear makeup during this event.
  • The use of masks will be at the teacher discretion. If masks interfere with the students’ ability to see clearly and/or walk safely or if they are not appropriate, students will not be allowed to wear them.
  • Please send students with clothing for the school day as well as a bag for costumes as they will change following the march to be ready for learning.
  • Students may participate in the procession whether or not they are wearing costumes.
  • Participation in the parade is optional out of respect for differences in comfort levels and religious views.

Students who are not participating will be involved in an optional activity in the library.

  • In the case of inclement weather, the Monster March will be held on Monday, November 2.  If necessary to reschedule, we expect to inform families of this decision in the next Green Meadow News.

       

Donna Dankner

 

                                                                                                                           

Mrs. Coppola’s Science News:

 Students are learning interesting facts about the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin through great literature. We read, The Pumpkin Book, by Gail Gibbons. This popular nonfiction book describes planting and harvesting pumpkins. The book displays beautiful illustrations and labels to support the text. We also read our Scholastic News about a Pumpkin’s Life. As part of our subscription to Scholastic News we have additional resources to support our topics. We watched a video about how a pumpkin grows and played a game together which sequenes how a pumpkin grows.

 

News  from Sra. Gamboni’s Class            

We had a great beginning of school. We are learning everyone’s name during morning meeting and learning new songs every week. In Math we are into Chapter 2 of go Math, comparing numbers and finding which number is equal, greater or smaller. In science we are learning about life cycles and observing the changes of seasons around us and writing about it. We are learning letter names and sounds and learning letter formation during reading and writing. We are learning new vocabulary every day!

 

Special Note from Kate Markowitz             Wings for Autism event at Logan Airport

Travel is stressful in general, but can be particularly difficult for families who have a child with special needs. This Wings for Autism event allows children and their families to practice the airport boarding process. This event is specifically designed for families who have a child with an autism spectrum disorder. During this event, families can practice getting a ticket, going through security, waiting in the terminal, and boarding the airplane.  The date of this event is November 7th at 9:00. It is being held at Logan Airport in Boston at Terminal E. Registration is required and can be done at http://www.charlesrivercenter.org/what-we-do/wings-for-autism/. For more information or to have questions answered contact Jennifer Ryan, Wings for Autism Coordinator at wingsforautism@charlesrivercenter.org or at (781) 474-9146. This is the 10th year that Wings for Autism has sponsored this event at Logan Airport and many families have enjoyed the experience.

 

 

Special Notes:

 

·         The HS is looking for a choral accompanist for its high school choruses. They meet Monday-Friday, 2:15-3pm during the school year. We perform a wide variety of literature so the person accompanying would need to be comfortable playing classical, renaissance, jazz, spirituals, musicals and pop literature.

The stipend is $3,000 for the year and for someone who would enjoy playing for the students, is a great experience-the students are wonderful!! Please contact Mrs. Blanchard at cblanchard@maynard.k12.ma.us if you are interested.

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·         Help support the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) and enjoy a great meal any Tuesday in October at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton. When you tell your server that you are a MEF supporter, Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase* to MEF. *(Offer excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)

Don't miss this opportunity to help raise funds for MEF's grant program!

(Please note you must mention MEF or present a certificate (available at www.maynardeducation.org) for MEF to receive a donation.)

               

Dates to Remember

 

Friday, October 23                   Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Thursday, October 29              Preschool Halloween Parade

Friday, October 30                   Monster March, 8:45 AM

Monday, November 2              Monster March Rain Date

Wednesday, November 11      No School – Veterans’ Day

 

       

Green Meadow Newsletter 10/8/2015

posted Oct 8, 2015, 7:49 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                  MC900229657[1]   

October 8, 2015                                       Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

        During this fire prevention week, our students learned about safety from Captain Sean Kiley of the Maynard Fire Department.  He spoke to the students about knowing the difference between tools that adults use and toys that are safe for children.  He emphasized the importance of staying away from items such as lighted candles which can cause fires.  He also spoke to the students about family and school fire drills to help them be prepared in the event of an emergency. The students eagerly participated in the presentation and enhanced their understanding of fire safety.

Tomorrow is the first early release day of the school year.  Dismissal for students will be at 11:45, prior to lunch.  Please make certain your child’s teacher is informed of dismissal arrangements for an early release day.

Early release days give the staff the opportunity to collaborate and spend time in meaningful professional development that supports classroom instruction.  Just as our classroom instruction is differentiated to meet the needs of the learners in our classes, our professional development is differentiated to meet the needs of our staff.  Tomorrow our literacy coach will be working with grade level team and special educators on specific programs to address phonics and word study.  Our math coach will be working closely with grade level teams and special educators, using our math resource, Go Math.  Specialists will be involved in collaborating and curriculum planning with their colleagues throughout the district.  Throughout the year, our early release will provide us the opportunity to collaborate with the Massachusetts Audubon Society as we focus on curriculum development and inquiry based learning incorporating our natural environment into our instruction.   We will also continue collaborations and instructional planning with our instructional coaches. We truly appreciate the support of the community and the district in providing us with these professional development opportunities.

Please join us next Wednesday, October 14 at 8:45 for our first parent coffee of the school year.  We will be joined by our new curriculum director, Jennifer Gaudet who will lead our discussion and answer questions.  This parent coffee is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our district curriculum.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Donna Dankner

 

News From Mrs. Mooradian’s Class

 

Preschool students have been very busy settling into school, learning about our routines and schedules, making new friends and reuniting with former friends. We have begun our second theme “Trees” which correlates with our new introduction of ‘science day’ on Thursday of each week. Thus far we have adopted a tree in our courtyard, recorded tree parts in science journals and this week we are sorting deciduous and evergreen leaves for journal entries.  Additional ‘tree’ topics will be food from trees and trees as animal habitats.  How exciting to be a preschool scientist!

 

 

 

 

News  From Ms. Reimer, Literacy Specialist

 

Green Meadow School is fortunate to have trained volunteer literacy tutors from the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy come to our school. Tutors come weekly and work in classrooms to work with individual students or groups of students to practice new strategies and skills for reading and writing. Often times, Green Meadow students eagerly read to and with tutors or eagerly continue writing the piece they began in class. This year we are hoping to establish a 2nd and 3rd grade enrichment book club and a writing club for students run by some of the tutors who will work closely with our reading specialist. For further information on  the book club or the writing club please contact our literacy specialist, Meaghan Riemer.

 

Special Notes:

 

·         Help support the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) and enjoy a great meal any Tuesday in October at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton. When you tell your server that you are a MEF supporter, Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase* to MEF. *(Offer excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)

Don't miss this opportunity to help raise funds for MEF's grant program!

(Please note you must mention MEF or present a certificate (available at www.maynardeducation.org) for MEF to receive a donation.)

       Ÿ      Next PTO meeting scheduled for Oct 13 at 7pm in the GM cafeteria.

 

               

Dates to Remember

 

Friday, October  9                       Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Wednesday, October  14         Parent Coffee With Jennifer Gaudet, Curriculum Director, at 8:45

Friday, October 23                   Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

 

                                                  

Green Meadow Newsletter 9/24/2015

posted Sep 24, 2015, 9:22 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                  MC900229657[1]   

September 24, 2015                                  Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

        It was wonderful to see so many parents during our Curriculum Night last week.  We appreciated the opportunity to share information about curriculum initiatives and classroom instruction.   This program allows us to share with you your child’s school experience.

 

            One important initiative is our Collaboration with the Massachusetts Audubon Society as we develop curriculum integrating science and nature.  On August 31, the Green Meadow staff participated in a professional day led by educators from the Audubon Society.  We focused on inquiry based learning, teaching students to learn through questioning, discovery, and collaboration.  We also collaborated as grade level team on identifying critical concepts and curriculum development.  This informative day served as the basis for our year long collaboration.  This week the teacher leaders met with these same consultants to continue the planning process.  We identified areas of focus, curriculum topics, resources, and support specific for each grade level team to maximize the learning for all. Going forward the consultants will model lessons, consult with grade level teams, and provide professional support in the development of curriculum.   We are very excited about this partnership and they way in which we will be able to incorporate our natural environment in student learning.  

 

Each year we enjoy meeting with families through a series of parent coffees focused on a range of topics.  Our first parent coffee of the year will be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 8:45.  We will be joined by our new Curriculum Director, Jennifer Gaudet.   We will have an opportunity to discuss curriculum initiatives and spend some time with questions.   We hope you will be able to join us to welcome our new Curriculum Director and participate in this informative discussion.   Dates for all future parent coffees are noted on the Green Meadow At  A Glance Calendar that was sent home during the first week of school.

             

The beautiful weather encourages us all to spend more time outdoors.  We enjoy seeing many families walking and bicycling to and from school.  We will be adding a bicycle rack for bicycle storage during the day.  The bicycle rack will be located near the walkway from Crow Park near Tiger Drive.  Safety is always our primary concern.  In order to ensure safety for all:

 

·         Students may not ride bicycles to school unless accompanied by an adult.

·         Walk bicycles as soon as you reach school grounds to ensure safety of all those walking. 

·         Have students wear bike helmets when riding bicycles.

 

It is important to note that bicycles left on the bike rack will not be monitored or watched during the school day.  A lock is recommended to secure all bicycles during the school day.

 

             

           

Donna Dankner

 

 

News From Ms. Silberzweig’s Class

 

Happy fall y'all!  We have had an exciting first couple of weeks in second grade.  Students have been building community within our classroom and learning the routines of second grade.  We are very excited for what lies ahead!

 

Arrival and Dismissal

           

            Our students have quickly mastered the procedures for arrival and dismissal.  We emphasize the importance of safety at these busy times of the day.  Staff members are assigned to supervise students as they arrive and are dismissed each day.  To ensure safety and proper supervision:

·         During arrival, only students should be on the playground in the front of the building or on the side where the third grade students arrive.

·         Students should not arrive at school prior to 8:15.  Please contact the Excel program if you need an early arrival.

·         A note should be sent to school with any changes in dismissal.  Please do not send emails to teachers with dismissal changes during the day as they may not be seen.  If we are not familiar with the person you have designated to pick up your child, we will ask for identification.

We appreciate your assistance and support in this process.

 

           

Special Notes:

·         The PTO is asking for parent volunteers to help out while students get their photos taken. We have several time slots still available for this special day. Anyone who volunteers needs to submit a CORI form to the office at least a couple of days before Oct 1. Please sign up either through this link: http://bit.ly/1QZIrsZ or by visiting the PTO's Facebook page at facebook.com/greenmeadowpto.

 

·         A reminder: Green Meadow Spirit Wear is available for a sale through Friday, Oct 2. Forms were sent home in last week's backpack. This year you can order online at https://greenmeadow.itemorder.com or you can submit your form and a check made out to Green Meadow PTO.

               

 

Dates to Remember

 

Thursday, October 1                Picture Day

Friday, October  9                       Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Wednesday, October  14         Parent Coffee With Jennifer Gaudet, Curriculum Director, at 8:45

 

                                                  

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