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Green Meadow Newsletter 6/11/2015

posted Jun 11, 2015, 8:33 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

June 11, 2015                                    Donna Dankner, Principal

                                               

There wasn’t a eye in the room as we participated in an amazing moment for a family and a wonderful surprise for one of our third grade students. Macenzie Rampley found a large gift wrapped box in her classroom.  She was so excited when she found that this box contained her father, Sargent Eric Rampley, who came to school to surprise her upon returning from his deployment in Korea.  Macenzie’s classmates were so excited to share this special moment with her.  The story was filmed and will be broadcast on the local news. 

This week has been filled with many other special activities as well.  Today the third grade students enjoyed a special enrichment program showcasing Paul Revere.  During visits to the third grade wax museums, I was able to meet many accomplished individuals such as Elvis Presley, Barak Obama, and Cleopatra who shared fascinating information about their lives and achievements.  Kindergarten students shared their original writing and illustrations during their special author’s presentations.  Preschool students and families celebrated the end of school with a special musical presentation from entertainer Hugh Hanley.

Friday is our school wide Service Day and Reading Celebration. We are eagerly anticipating the events of the day.  Details are available in the flyers being sent home today. We will have a special picnic luncheon.  Students may purchase the cookout menu or bring their own lunch to enjoy outside. The weather promises to be sunny and warm which should allow us to enjoy all events outdoors.

  This Saturday, June 13, we will have a special playground Spruce Up day. We will be spreading additional mulch on the play area to ensure a soft surface under the equipment to prevent injuries if children fall.  We will be painting games such as four square and hopscotch on the pavement for students to used during recess.  Please come and join us if you are available to help enhance our outdoor play area for children.  Many thanks to the members of the playground committee for their organization of this day and  for all of their efforts in support of the playground project.

 

Donna Dankner

 

Hello Everyone from Mrs. Jones’ 2nd grade class!

It is hard to believe that the year is coming to a close.  Last week we were very excited to have The Acton Discovery Museum come to Green Meadow to do a presentation on solids, liquids and gases. Be sure to ask your child about the cool experiments they were able to observe.  Do you think you could use a banana for a hammer? We are looking forward to the 2nd grade picnic on June 15th.  A flyer has gone home in backpack Thursday folders. We will be sending a reminder out next week stating that the rain date is June 17th

 

News from the Library:

Kindergarten students enjoyed learning their way around the library this year! They learned the difference between fiction and nonfiction and where to find those books, and they learned how to check out books and how to be responsible for keeping them safe. We read so many great books this year! Through these fiction and nonfiction books, students learned about reading, writing, nature, making friends and about the lives of people in different countries. They also got to use the computer lab on a few occasions. Websites used were Starfall.com and jrbrainpop.com.

 

First grade library class highlights a number of excellent authors and illustrators, such as Steve Jenkins, Mo Willems (always a favorite!), Judi Barrett, Steve Kellogg, and even some authors from the Green Meadow community! They also began to learn how the library is organized.

 

Second graders had lessons on dictionaries, encyclopedias and atlases and they also learned how to do Reading Counts, a program in which they read books and took quizzes on the computer. They were also very excited to learn how to use our online catalog system to look up books that we have here in our library. The catalog can also be accessed from home through the library website. We are finishing up the year with Library Jeopardy!

Third grade had an exciting year with the new technology curriculum on Fridays. Some of the skills the students learned are how to make a Word document, copying and pasting, using Clip Art, Paint, and an intro to Excel spreadsheets. In regular library class, students learned about various genres, such as Tall Tales, Trickster Tales, and Greek Mythology. Students finished up the year with a research project about our fifty states, which culminated in the creation of a flow chart comparing two of the states.

 

Have a great summer!

 

A Special Message from Mrs. Hazel

3rd grade Field Day is Tuesday June 16th! We need parent volunteers! Please send in your form ASAP. Don't forget to send a water bottle with your child and lots of sunscreen!  Any question please email me at shazel@maynard.k12.ma.us  Thanks!

 

Special Notes

·        Thank you to all our GM families, teachers and staff and community for making this a successful year for the PTO.  We couldn't have achieved all of our success without you.  We are looking forward to another wonderful year next year and want to hear from you how we should prioritize and what is important to you. Please take the time to complete this confidential PTO survey to help us plan for next year. It should take approximately 10 minutes.  

http://conta.cc/1IAXuJ6

•   Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools? Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators. When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, your child's teacher(s) will be sent a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online athttp://www.maynardeducation.org/. (Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 12, 2015. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)  Thank you!"

  • EXCEL Summer Programs 2015 enrollment is open to students in current grades K-7.
    The registration/information packet is available:
    online:  google - Maynard Public Schools- EXCEL/for Family/documents to download
    call:  978-897-8021 or e-mail: 
    excel-fasc@maynard.k12.ma.us or visit our office at
    Green Meadow School
    .

 

Dates to Remember                   

     Friday, June 12                               Service Day and Reading Celebration (Students only)

     Monday, June 15                          Grade 2 Family Picnic, 11:00-12:00

     Tuesday, June 16                          Grade 3 Field Day      (Raindate June 18)    

     Friday, June 19                              Grade 3 Procession , 11:15 (Outside by the Bus Circle)

  Friday, June 19               Last Day of School, 11:45 Dismissal

Green Meadow Newsletter 6/4/2015

posted Jun 9, 2015, 9:58 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

June 4, 2015                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                               

 Last night we enjoyed yet another wonderful musical presentation at Green Meadow School.   Our third grade students shared their talents with an appreciative audience of family and friends.  They gave us a glimpse into their future by singing about possibilities, dressed as what they would like to be when they grow up. This class is filled with future doctors, athletes, bakers, dancers, and so much more.  It was evident that along with their talents, the students have exciting ambitions and a bright future.  We would like to thank Mrs. Docheff for all her work with the students for this special performance.

Friday, June 19 is the last day of school for all students this year.   For our third grade students this day marks the conclusion of their Green Meadow experience and the beginning of their transition to Fowler School.  We are so proud of their growth as learners and their emergence and caring and compassionate individuals.  They are ready for this important next step in their education. 

We have many exciting activities planned to celebrate their achievement.  The third grade field day will be held on Tuesday, June 16 with a rain date of Thursday June 18. On Thursday, June 18, the third grade students will gather to share a DVD that highlights their experiences at Green Meadow School.    For the culminating activity, we invite you to come to school on Friday, June 19 at 11:15 as our third graders take a final walk around the building as Green Meadow students. In order for all to see the third grade students and share this special moment, the students will march outside to see their families following the same process as the Monster March held each fall.

v     Upon arriving at school, families should find a viewing spot outside, around the circle in the front of the school.

v     The third grade will exit the building through the door by the kindergarten wing and walk down the side walkway and around the circle, following the same path as the Monster March.

v     They will then reenter the building through the doors near the library and proceed to march around the school.  All other students will be seated in the hallways to greet the third graders as they go by.  Siblings will be able to see the third graders at this time.

v     The third graders will then return to their classrooms for an opportunity to gather as a class for the final time, saying goodbye to their teachers and classmates.

v     Once the third graders have reentered the school, we ask all families to meet them at the usual dismissal locations to ensure we can maintain safety and account for all students.

Everyone is looking forward to watching the third grade students take their special walk around the school.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate for our celebration.  If not, we will make appropriate adjustments. We look forward to this special opportunity to recognize their accomplishments and celebrate their many achievements.

 

Donna Dankner   

                                                                  

News from Mrs. Hazel’s Physical Educaion Class:

 

Third graders are getting ready for their annual Field Day on June 16th! A note for 3rd grade parents will be sent home later this week. We are looking for several volunteers to help us with stations on the back field. If you would like to help, but are not a third grade parent, that's alright! We need all the help we can get - email me at shazel@k12.maynard.ma.usif you are interested!! We will also be collecting bottles of water (the larger sized ones, not the mini ones). You can send those in any time!

 

The other grades have been working on throwing and catching skills as well as rolling skills. All grades will be doing fitness stations this week and next week. During fitness stations, students practice these particular skills: balancing, jump ropes, hula hoops, bowling, and basketball set shot. 

Enjoy the rest of the school year! 

 

 

News from the Art Room:

During the week of June 15th art classes will be held outdoors (weather permitting) as students work on a sidewalk chalk mural.  Students will be outside for approximately 20-25 minutes.  On your
child's art day, please have them dress for outdoor work and apply sunscreen in the morning.  Thank you.

 

Special Notes

 

•   Due to the snow days this winter, our last day of school will be an early release on June 19.  June 12 will now be a full day of school.

·        Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools? Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators. When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, your child's teacher(s) will be sent a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online athttp://www.maynardeducation.org/. (Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 12, 2015. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)  Thank you!"

  • EXCEL Summer Programs 2015 enrollment is open to students in current grades K-7.
    The registration/information packet is available:
    online:  google - Maynard Public Schools- EXCEL/for Family/documents to download
    call:  978-897-8021 or e-mail: 
    excel-fasc@maynard.k12.ma.us or visit our office at
    Green Meadow School
    .
  • We hope you will have an opportunity to complete the parent surveys and Title 1 surveys that were sent home.  We welcome your thoughts and feedback to help us plan for the coming year.

 

Dates to Remember                   

    

     Friday, June 5                                Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

     Tuesday, June 9                            Immersion Information Meeting

     Wednesday, June 10                    Preschool End-of Year Celebration

     Friday, June 12                               Service Day and Reading Celebration (Students only)

     Monday, June 15                          Grade 2 Family Picnic, 11:00-12:00

     Tuesday, June 16                          Grade 3 Field Day      (Raindate June 18)    

     Friday, June 19                              Last Day of School, 11:45 Dismissal

 

Green Meadow Newsletter 5/28/2015

posted May 28, 2015, 10:14 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

May 28, 2015                                    Donna Dankner, Principal

 

         

Last week our students were treated to a special preview of this year’s Third Grade Concert which will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 PM.  The third graders impressed all the other students and staff with their talents as musicians and singers.  We are looking forward to seeing the entire performance next week.

 

  The final two enrichment programs of this school year will provide special learning experiences for our second and third grade students. Today the Discovery Museum challenged the inquisitive natures and enhanced their knowledge of our second grade students with hands on programs connected to curriculum.  The third grade students are eagerly anticipating a visit from Paul Revere to enhance their understanding of history. We truly appreciate the ongoing support of the PTO and enrichment committee for providing us with wonderful enrichment programs.

 

            Last year we initiated a new transition with the establishment of Green Meadow Service and Reading Celebration Day.  Students took such pride in supporting their school and their accomplishments as readers.  T his year we will build on this very successful event with a full day of activities, celebration, and service on Friday, June 12.     As a school we spend the service portion of the day combining our efforts to clean and enhance our learning environment.  Each grade level has a specific task to perform that will have a positive impact on our school community.   Following the service component of the day, we will celebrate the travels we took as readers, reading around the building with an afternoon of special activities.  In addition, we will have a special cook out/ picnic lunch option for students. Students may purchase the cook out for lunch or bring their lunch which will be shared in a special outdoor picnic. Special thanks to all the staff members who have collaborated on the development of this special program and have provided the  information in the flyer being sent home today  to help your child prepare for the day’s events. 

            We are all looking forward to this special day! It promises to be a wonderful experience for all!

Donna Dankner

 

                            

                                                                         

 

 

Mrs. Foss’ Class Happenings…

 

Lots of exciting things have been happening in our class!  A few weeks ago, Erika Whitworth, our naturalist, came to work with us at the Vernal Pool.  We saw many great creatures including frogs, cadisfly larva, water bugs, and even egg masses.  The kids had a great time scooping the critters out of the pool and examining them under the microscopes. 

Last week we wrapped up our Authors’ as Mentor unit, on Ezra Jack Keats, in writing. We had a publishing party to celebrate.  The kids were so excited to share their writing and all the hard work they did.  Last week in math, we also finished up our unit on money and have now moved into telling time.  We have been enjoying the beautiful weather and look forward to wrapping things up for the end of the year!

 

Special Notes

 

•   Due to the snow days this winter, our last day of school will be an early release on June 19.  June 12 will now be a full day of school.

·        The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, June 1st from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard, and their families, are invited to attend. Maynard High School's Best Buddies will be in attendance to serve ice cream and assist with crafts at our free annual event. Come to socialize with other families of children who receive services in Maynard and beat the heat with delicious ice cream!   Please RSVP to Michelle Grace at sepactres@maynard.k12.ma.us

  • EXCEL Summer Programs 2015 enrollment is open to students in current grades K-7.
    The registration/information packet is available:
    online:  google - Maynard Public Schools- EXCEL/for Family/documents to download
    call:  978-897-8021 or e-mail:  excel-fasc@maynard.k12.ma.us or visit our office at
    Green Meadow School
    .
  • We hope you will have an opportunity to complete the parent surveys and Title 1 surveys that were sent home.  We welcome your thoughts and feedback to help us plan for the coming year.

Dates to Remember                   

      Wednesday, June 3                     Grade 3 Concert, 6:30 PM

      Friday, June 5                               Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

     Tuesday, June 9                            Immersion Information Meeting

     Wednesday, June 10                    Preschool End-of Year Celebration

      Friday, June 12                              Service Day and Reading Celebration (Students only)

      Monday, June 15                         Grade 2 Family Picnic, 11:00-12:00

      Tuesday, June 16                         Grade 3 Field Day                 

      Friday, June 19                             Last Day of School, 11:45 Dismissal

Green Meadow Newsletter 5/21/2015

posted May 26, 2015, 10:22 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

May 21, 2015                                    Donna Dankner, Principal

 

        This has been a week to celebrate the accomplishments of our second grade students. On Monday, the Grand Opening Reception for the Second Grade Art Show was held at Art Space.   Walking into the gallery was like entering a museum of fine art.  The walls were covered with colorful and creative original student art.  Lizards, tigers, birds, and owls filled the room while spiders hung from the ceiling.  A replica of the vernal pool was surrounded by clay frogs.   The students were extremely proud to be able to share their original creations with families and friends in this special setting.  Special thanks to our art teacher, Mrs. Arcelay for the amazing work with the students on these creative projects and to the parents who assisted her in the preparations for this wonderful display.

Throughout the week, the second grade students visited the Vernal Pool guided by Erica Whitworth from the Mass Audubon Society.  Each class spent time exploring the Vernal Pool and learning about this special habitat. 

            Today we enjoyed a special musical presentation entitled “ARF!” Everyone in attendance was amazed at their musical talents and their presence on the stage as they recited their speaking parts.  We were all so delighted to see all the second grade students in their colorful costumes during this very special presentation. We would like to thank Mrs. Docheff for preparing the students for this wonderful event.

            In the days and weeks ahead, we will have opportunities to celebrate all the learning that has occurred throughout the year.  Author’s celebrations, publishing parties, wax museums and many other special programs are planned on an individual class basis.  In addition, on June 12, we will hold our second annual service day and reading celebration.  We will have a day of special activities to celebrate all the reading the students have completed throughout the year. 

            We would also like to celebrate the support of our community for supporting the Community Preservation Committee funding of the initial planning phase of the playground project.  All students will benefit from this initiative.  Thank you to the members of the playground committee and the community for all of their efforts to make this project a reality.   

 

Donna Dankner                                                                                                                                                                                

From the Art Room:

 

Students have been hard at work in the art room this spring!  Kindergarten students completed self-portraits and “You be You” mixed media collages based on the book by Linda Kranz.  They also learned about clay and glazing and made Thumb owls.  First graders learned about warm and cool colors by making Warm & Cool Penguins as well as pattern owls and clay birds in nests.  Second graders have continued their work for the art show at ArtSpace.  Projects included 3D lizards, clay frogs and aboriginal art.  The show is on until May 28th.  Gallery hours are Tuesday –Friday 11-4pm.  Please stop by and see all the amazing work they completed this year!  Third grade students created Koinobori (Koi Kites), which are still hanging in the front windows of the school.  They also learned about Friedrichstein Hundertwasser and made mixed media flowers in a similar style.   For their clay project they made slab owls.   Over the next few weeks students will create portfolios and will bring all their work home the week of June 8-12th.   I really enjoyed teaching your children this year and I hope you enjoy all the fabulous artistic creations!

 

What’s Buzzing in Mrs. Messina’s Busy Bee Class:

Our class is working on a STEM project using K’nex to create compound machines that actually work. We are busy learning about force, distance and friction, and how they work with simple and complex machines.  Students are also creating a display board explaining how their machines work. An elevator, bicycle wheel, carousel, lawn mower, crane, catapult, water wheel, lever mobile and roller coaster are some of the machines that were made.

 

Special Notes

 

  • "Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools? Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators.
    When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, your child's teacher(s) will be sent a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).
    To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online at 
    http://www.maynardeducation.org/. (Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 12, 2015. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)  Thank you!"
  • You’re invited to the Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social!  The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, June 1st from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria.  All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard, and their families, are invited to attend.  Maynard High School’s Best Buddies will be in attendance to serve ice cream and assist with crafts at our free annual event.  Come to socialize with other families of children who receive services in Maynard and beat the heat with delicious ice cream!  Please RSVP to Michelle Grace at sepactres@maynard.k12.ma.uc
  • EXCEL Summer Programs 2015 enrollment is open to students in current grades K-7.
    The registration/information packet is available:
    online:  google - Maynard Public Schools- EXCEL/for Family/documents to download
    call:  978-897-8021 or e-mail:  excel-fasc@maynard.k12.ma.us or visit our office at
    Green Meadow School
     
  • We hope you will have an opportunity to complete the parent surveys that were sent home last week.  We welcome your thoughts and feedback to help us plan for the coming year.
  • We are in need of substitutes for classrooms, paraprofessionals and recess.  Please let us know if you are interested.

Dates to Remember                   

      Thursday, May 21                        Grade 2 Concert, 9:00 AM

      Monday, May 25                         No School, Memorial Day    

      Wednesday, June 3                     Grade 3 Concert, 6:30 PM

      Friday, June 5                               Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

     Wednesday, June 10                    Preschool End-of Year Celebration

      Friday, June 12                              Service Day and Reading Celebration

      Friday, June 19                             Last Day of School, 11:45 Dismissal

                                                                                                                        

Green Meadow Newsletter 5/14/2015

posted May 14, 2015, 11:39 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

May 14, 2015                                    Donna Dankner, Principal

 

                Next week is a special week for our second grade students.  They will be showcasing their amazing musical and artistic talents in special presentations.  On Monday, May 18 from 5:30-8:00 PM, we hope you will be able to stop by Art Space for the grand opening of the Second Grade Art Show.   Throughout the year the students have been exploring different medium and techniques as they create unique artwork.   Art Space provides the perfect setting to display a range and variety of student work in an authentic gallery setting.  Please join us to celebrate the student accomplishments for our special opening or during the next two weeks while the display remains available.

On Thursday, May 21 at 9:00, our second grade students will be presenting a special musical production entitled “Arf!”  As you can imagine, our students will be in costumes to fit themes, sharing their talents through song, dance, and speaking.   They have been diligently preparing and are excited to perform for their families and friends.  We look forward to seeing you there. A few notes to help us with the busy transition times:

·         We will begin seating families in the cafeteria at 8:50 AM after the preschool students have arrived and are in class.   Until this time, we are asking families to wait outside to ensure the safe transition for our preschool students.

·         Parking may initially be a challenge while our preschool students are arriving.  Once families bring their children to school, more parking will be available.

On Wednesday, May 20, we will have our final parent coffee of the school year.  This ongoing series of parent coffees has provided us with an opportunity to have meaningful and informative discussions about important topics.  This final parent coffee will include an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the current year and to discuss the process of transitioning to next year.  We hope you will join us to share your ideas, experiences, questions, and suggestions as we prepare for the transition to summer and the arrival of a new school year.

This is the time of year when we reflect on the current school year and begin planning for the next.  An important part of the process is gathering information and feedback from families about each child’s school experience.  Each year is filled with learning activities, friendships, and special events that define each child’s school experience.  In order for us to continue to grow and develop as a school, we are asking for your thoughts and suggestions.  You should receive a parent survey today which we hope you will take a few moments to complete.  We value the information you share to help us in the important planning process. Please return completed surveys to the school office or to your child’s teacher.

  We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather!  We are all delighted to see the return of sunny days.

          Donna Dankner 

Recess Update

            Spring has finally sprung at Green Meadow!  Flowers are blooming in the courtyard, the leaves on the trees are green, and students once again are enjoying our playground. However, along with the warmer weather inevitably come challenges in behavior management, especially at recess and lunch. After one particularly noisy and disruptive second and third grade lunch, the students and I met during their afternoon recesses to see how we could work together to fix the problem. One class of third graders though, feeling that this was particularly unfair, wrote carefully crafted letters to express their dissatisfaction, leading to an impromptu class meeting during their snack time.  We had an honest exchange of ideas, agreeing on some issues and disagreeing on others, and the students received the message that their thoughts and opinions are heard and valued. This is only one small example, though, of the way our third grade students have grown into thoughtful, school leaders. Our Green Meadow Community can be so proud that we have students who so articulately express their ideas and are willing to express their opinions in such a respectful way. 

                                                      Debbie Bresnick                                                  

 

 

Mrs. Mooradian’s Class

Preschool started the week of May 11 with our Annual Art Show.  It was a huge success as the children were able to view their art portfolios with family members and friends. We continue out ‘Healthy Habits’ this week with activities related to healthy food.  A favorite activity this week will be making Stone Soup and guessing who will get the lucky stone!  The ‘Healthy Habit’ theme will lead into the human body and it’s systems the following week. Other anticipated events are scheduled for June – the singer/musician presentation and our End-of –Year Celebration.

 

Mrs. McPhail’s Class

Ahoy from Mrs. McPhail's 3rd grade class!  We have been enjoying this beautiful weather (finally!).  We took a Spring Nature Walk with our kindergarten buddies in Mrs. Krasinski's class and observed all the sights and sounds of the new season.  We are busy preparing for our upcoming Wax Museum, finishing the filming for our Tigercast News project, and taking the End-of-Year PARCC assessments in literacy and math.  Soon we will visit Fowler for "Up Day" in preparation for the transition to 4th grade next year.  We can't believe we are sailing into the final weeks of school!  Bon Voyage!

 

Special Notes

  • The last parent coffee for this school year will be on WED 5/20 at 8:45 am.  Our focus will be the end- of -the -year transitions for students and their families and how to prepare for and celebrate the end of the school year.   I look forward to seeing you then. Cecilia Tatem Small, LICSW.
  • MHS class of 2018 will be hosting the Family Country Night on Sunday, 5/17, from 3:00 to 7:30pm at MHS. Line Dancing, country-themed movie, games, and lots of fun! Please consider attending! 
  • You're Invited to the Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social! The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, June 1st from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard, and their families, are invited to attend. Maynard High School's Best Buddies will be in attendance to serve ice cream and assist with crafts at our free annual event. Come to socialize with other families of children who receive services in Maynard and beat the heat with delicious ice cream!  Please RSVP to Michelle Grace at sepactres@maynard.k12.ma.us
  • EXCEL Summer Programs 2015 enrollment is open to students in current grades K-7.
    The registration/information packet is available:
    online:  google - Maynard Public Schools- EXCEL/for Family/documents to download
    call:  978-897-8021 or e-mail:  excel-fasc@maynard.k12.ma.us or visit our office at
    Green Meadow School
     
  • Please remember to register for the bus if you would like your child to be a bus student.  Registration forms are on the district website.   Space is limited.
  • We are in need of substitutes for classrooms, paraprofessionals and recess.  Please let us know if you are interested.

Dates to Remember

Monday, May 18                         Second Grade Art Show Recpetion, 5:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, May 20                    Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM                    

      Thursday, May 21                        Grade 2 Concert, 9:00 AM

      Monday, May 25                         No School, Memorial Day                            

                                                                                                           

Green Meadow Newsletter 4/16/15

posted Apr 16, 2015, 12:27 PM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

April 16, 2015                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

It was so wonderful that so many families were able to come to school for open house to celebrate the amazing learning of our students.  The art room was filled with parents and children exploring their creativity with special projects.  Second grade time lines filled the hallways with the important events of each child’s life.  Students were so excited to take their families on scavenger hunts through their classroom or serve as tour guides for all their special projects.  Desks were covered with original student writing and examples of mathematical thinking.  Many students were introducing their parents to the Smart Board Technology in their classrooms, demonstrating how to move and change images.  We are delighted you were able to share this special evening with us.

Many other exciting events occurred during this busy week.  Second grade students continued their study of the vernal pools with Erica Whitworth from the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  All Green Meadow students attended a special safety presentation from Officer Phil.  Our Respectful Schools Committee presented a special assembly for the students emphasizing our core values.   We will end the week with a crazy hair day on Friday, April 17 to celebrate reaching our first benchmark for the PTO Tiger Trot Fund raiser to support enrichment programs connected to curriculum that our students enjoy throughout the year.  Students are welcome to come to school with a “unique” hair style if they would like.  We look forward to seeing their creative hair styles!

 

                                                                        Donna Dankner                    

 

News from Mrs. Wallace’s Class

Greetings! In the Frog Class we are “hopping” along in our learning!  We have started a Geometry and Positions Unit: identifying, analyzing, describing, and creating both two and three dimensional shapes.  For writing we are composing non-fiction procedure books and reports.  In other words, we are writing “How to Do Books.”  You would be amazed at how many different things kindergartners are experts at and what they can do!  After vacation, we will be looking at many different growth cycles: frogs, butterflies, and plants.  The children have truly blossomed this spring in their reading abilities.  It is wonderful to see and hear them read with such delight.  We are also starting our “Picture in Writing” project this week!  The children will create colorful collages and poetry that will become a beautiful book.  We wish you all a very relaxing spring vacation.  Enjoy, Mrs. Wallace and the Frog class.

 

News from Sra. Milligan’s Class:

 

Happy Spring! Our class did a great job on timeline projects and enjoyed presenting them. The students had many insightful comments and inquisitive questions for each other. We have also been working hard with double-digit addition and subtraction. The last two weeks they have also been building their problem solving skills while learning to work well with one another on group biography projects. They came out really great! We will be presenting them to each other soon. During literacy blocks we are getting deeper into our reading and increasing comprehension and appreciation for both fiction and non-fiction texts. We are looking forward to getting outside more for science to enjoy the wonderful change in the weather!

 

Special Notes

  •  Calling all 3rd grade parents for picture submission for End of Year DVD -  Please email electronic copies to tkennedy@maynard.k12.ma.us, and include your child's name and teacher. We can also accept electronic copies via disc or Zip drives (please clearly label them so they can be returned).
  •  Tiger Trot Registration forms due April 17.  Questions please email tprevet@hotmail.com.
  •  The GM PTO board has 2 openings for the 2015/2016 school year. Applicants need to express their interest no later than April 30th. These are rewarding volunteer experiences that have a direct influence on enhancing the educational experience of Green Meadow students. Please reach out to Stacey Rosander, PTO President, at gmeadowpto@gmail.com, for more information, by April 30.
  • Sensory Strategies for School Aged Kids - The Maynard SEPAC welcomes Karen Ditto, OTR/L to speak to parents and educators about Sensory Strategies: Practical and effective strategies to use at home and in the classroom on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA.  Sensory processing challenges occur when an individual has difficulty organizing an effective and appropriate response to sensory input.  The resulting dysregulation can present challenges when performing countless everyday tasks, including maintaining self-regulation, maneuvering through the environment responding appropriately. Ms. Ditto will present a number of strategies and resources parents and educators can use to help kids become better regulated and more productive.  This workshop is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2705.
  • During Read Across America, Green Meadow will be collecting “sox” as a service project.  Our “Seuss Sox” project will benefit our school nurse when in need and the Maynard Food Pantry.  We are asking for donations of new “sox” sizes newborn to adult. Just have your child bring them in to their teacher or drop them off yourself. We will have “Sox Boxes” out and about.  We thank you in advance.

·        We are in need of substitutes for classrooms, paraprofessionals and recess.  Please let us know if you are interested.

 

Dates to Remember                   

    

      Friday, April 17                            Crazy Hair Day

      April 20- April 24                         No School, Spring Vacation

      Friday, May 1                               Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

      Thursday, May 7                          Grade 1 Concert, 9:00 AM

      Friday, May 8                               Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

 

                                                                       

                                                           

Green Meadow Newsletter 3/19/2015

posted Mar 19, 2015, 7:44 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

March 19, 2015                                 Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

       

            Bingo for Books will be held this evening.  Please be sure to complete your Bingo boards , in advance as there will not be time or supplies to complete them during the evening.  We will spend all our time playing Bingo. You should have received all the necessary materials with your registration confirmation last week.  When you arrive, please check in at the registration table in the lobby.  Please remember that all students attending must be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to seeing families this evening for this special event.

            Yesterday, our kindergarten students attended a wonderful presentation from Diane E. Root (Southborough author) and Priscilla Alpaugh (Maynard illustrator) of the children’s picture book Solomon Sire and the Fantastic Fib.  During this special program they heard an enjoyable story about a young mouse named Solomon who exaggerates to his friends.  Through story and song they explored the importance of telling the truth and making good choices.  We would like to thank the PTO for providing this as well as many other enrichment programs for our students.

On Thursday, March 26, you will receive your child’s report card which provides information about your child’s progress throughout the school year.  Through the differentiated and  targeted instruction provided in the classroom,  students develop of the skills, strategies, and content knowledge in the Common Core Standards.   During conferences which will occur the following week, you will have an opportunity for further discussion of your child’s progress during the school year.   Teachers are looking forward to the opportunity to meet with you for this discussion.  The amount of time available for each conference is limited and may vary by class to ensure teachers will be able to spend time meeting with each family.   Specialists and special educators are also available to meet with families for conferences.  Please contact them to schedule times if you would like to arrange a conference.

            Next week our third grade students will participate in the PARCC Assessment.  This assessment measures students’ acquired knowledge in literacy and math as well as their application of skills and strategies.  Students will participate in the second portion of this assessment in May.

 

Donna Dankner

 

 

News from Mrs.Krasinski’s Class:

Mrs. Krasinski’s class is so excited for Spring!  We just finished a Dr. Seuss book study and published our fourth piece of writing! We are blossoming like the flowers into readers and writers! In math, we just completed our last unit on numbers and we are learning about shapes now! We are about to start our living and nonliving unit in Science.  Caterpillars will be arriving soon and seeds will be growing in our classroom! 

 

                                                                                   

 News from Ms. Mara’s Class

We are getting ready to publish our Realistic Fiction pieces.  We did many pre-writing activities to help us develop good characters who would show what is happening in our stories.  Then we used a graphic organizer to help us plan out our story.  As we wrote our pieces, we looked at how other authors, such as Ezra Jack Keats, wrote their books.  We noticed they used strong beginnings, sound words, hyphens, dashes, end punctuation, dialogue, vigorous verbs, and ellipses.  We are using these in our stories to make them more interesting. Next we will decide on a title, make a cover, write an about the author blurb, edit, and generally fancy up our stories with color and beautiful illustrations.  We have had a lot of fun writing our stories, and hope you will enjoy reading them at Open House in April.

 

Special Notes

·        We would appreciate donations of cases of water for the Bingo for Books evening.  If you are able to donate water, please bring it to the evening event this evening.  Thank you for your support.

·        Important Reminder for Kindergarten families:  On April 9 and 10 we will hold kindergarten screening for the incoming students.  There will be no school for current kindergarten students on these days.  In addition there will be no Kindergarten Before/After School EXCEL on April 9 & 10.

·         The GM PTO needs a treasurer for the 2015/2016 school year. This is a rewarding volunteer experience that involves managing the PTO funds, helping out at various events and participating in the monthly board meetings. The funds and activities put on by the PTO contribute to enhancing the education students receive at Green Meadow. The PTO would like this person to start soon, to train with the outgoing treasurer. Please reach out to Stacey Rosander, PTO President, at gmeadowpto@gmail.com, for more information. 

·        Please park only in designated areas when coming to school. 

·        Please do not leave cars running or idling when you pick up or drop off your children at school.  This is a significant safety issue for all.

·        Please remember that there are designated spaces for handicap parking both in the circle and in the parking lot that must be reserved for families and children who need them.  Please do not park in these spaces or block access to these parking spaces without a handicap placard.

·        We are in need of substitutes for classrooms, paraprofessionals and recess.  Please let us know if you are interested.

 

Dates to Remember

 

      Thursday, March 19                    Bingos for Books 

      Friday, March 20                          Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

      Friday, March 20/27                    Kindergarten open Music for designated classes

      March 23-April 6                          Grade 3 PARCC Assessment

      Thursday, April 2                         Early Release 11:45 Dismissal, Parent Conferences

       Thursday, April 2                        Placement letters are due in the office

      April 9 and April 10                     Kindergarten Screening for incoming students

      April 9 and April 10                     No school for current kindergarten students       

 

Green Meadow Newsletter 3/12/2015

posted Mar 13, 2015, 12:19 PM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

March 12, 2015                                 Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

        The response to our annual Bingo for Books program has been overwhelming!  Once again, our program reached capacity enrollment during the first two days.  We truly wish we could accommodate all who would like to attend but we must abide by the fire codes and designated cafeteria capacity.  All families whose forms were received in the office on Friday, March 6 and Monday, March 9 are registered for the program and will receive packets of information today.  All families whose registration forms were received after March 9 have been placed on a waiting list and will be notified as soon as spaces become available.  We will make every effort to include as many families from the waiting list as possible. If anyone who is registered has a change of plans or will have fewer people than registered, please notify us as soon as possible so we can include additional Green Meadow students and families in this special event. Please remember all children attending must be accompanied by an adult.

            If you received a packet of information, you will need to spend time preparing materials in advance.  There are four bingo boards with four different sets of cards.   Each Bingo Board is labeled by game.  Please follow the directions included in the packet to prepare the boards.  The will not be extra materials or time during the evening to prepare boards so please be sure to bring them complete.  Please come to the registration table upon arrival so we can check you in.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Approximately 30 parents joined us for an informative discussion on the PARCC Assessment  that our third graders will be participating in March and May. This assessment is based on the Common Core standards that our students are focusing on through their daily instructions. During the evening presentation, we explored the process and expectations associated with this assessment as well as sharing sample questions.  Our math coach Terri Morrison discussed the skills and strategies that comprise the Math component while our Literacy coach explained the reading and writing components of this assessment.  Through the high quality instruction our students receive each day, they have developed the broad base of knowledge, skills, and strategies that are the focus of the PARCC assessment.  

On Wednesday, March 18 at 8:45 we will hold our next parent coffee.  Our school counselor Mrs. Small and our literacy specialist Ms. Reimer will lead a discussion of Fostering Families through Literature.   Please join us for this informative discussion as we explore this important topic.

Donna Dankner

 

News from the Art Room:

Green Meadow artists have been hard at work making some really beautiful masterpieces.  Check out samples of work on my webpage http://artatgreenmeadow.blogspot.com.  You can also find a link to the page on the Green Meadow website under “classroom websites”.  For those of you who follow social media, I’ve joined Instagram, and you can follow me at ArtatGM to see weekly progress as well.    As you have heard, we are now part of an online Art Museum, Artsonia.   If you would like to grant permission for your child to have an Artsonia account and can not locate the permission slip sent home, we have attached one for you.   Alternatively, you may email me directly (sarcelay@maynard.k12.ma.us) and I will create the account.  Once I have input your email address you will receive an email from Artsonia asking you to activate your account.  Please try to activate the account as soon as you receive the email (don’t forget to check your JUNK folder!).  I have many student’s whose parents provided permission but have not activated their account so their uploaded artwork remains “hidden”.  Please contact me directly with questions!  Lastly, SAVE THE DATE!  The Annual Art Show at Art Space will be held May 18th-26th.  Opening reception will be May 18th from 5:30-8:30pm.  This year’s theme is Nature in Art.  If you are interested in volunteering in the art room or for the art show please email me-there is LOTS to be done!

 

News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Class:

Mrs. Ginnity’s kindergarten class is filled with laughter and learning. We will be welcoming our new class pets this week, fish! We are in the process of learning how to take care of them and discussing our responsibilities. We have also started our poetry unit during Writers Workshop. We have read many Dr. Seuss books and the children wrote their first rhyming poem and a poem about a rock.  In math, we are working on subtraction and the children have been creating their own subtraction stories. The children are very excited that spring is just around the corner! We can’t wait to get outside and explore what has changed and is changing.

 

Important Reminder for Kindergarten families:

 

On April 9 and 10 we will hold kindergarten screening for the incoming students.  There will be no school for current kindergarten students on these days.  In addition there will be no Kindergarten Before/After School EXCEL on April 9 & 10.

 

Special Notes

·        We are looking for donations of cases of water (preferably small bottles) for the Bingo for Books evening.  If you are able to donate water, please bring it to the office in advance or to the evening event.  Thank you for your support.

·        We are also looking for volunteers to help us with our reading challenge.  If you have time to help us hang the many airplanes, balloons, cars, suitcases and paws that represent the books children are reading on the walls throughout the school, please let us know.

·        On Wednesday, March 18th at 7pm the Maynard SEPAC will meet in the Fowler School library. Director of student services, Jill Greene, will be the guest speaker to give updates on Special Education in Maynard. Topics for discussion will be the most recent Special Education survey, parent discussion groups, the status of current programming, staff, and district initiatives, and professional development plans. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or call 978-897-2705.

·        Please remember that there are designated spaces for handicap parking both in the circle and in the parking lot that must be reserved for families and children who need them.  Please do not park in these spaces or block access to these parking spaces without a handicap placard.

·        We are truly enjoying the warmer weather.  Please be certain to send boots and snow pants for outdoor play.

 

Dates to Remember

 

              Friday, March 13                              Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

             Wednesday, March 18                    Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

             Thursday, March 19                         Bingos for Books  (Snow date 3/26)

             Friday, March 20                              Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

             March 23-April 6                             Grade 3 PARCC Assessment

            Thursday, April 2                       Early Release, Parent Conferences

             April 9 and April 10                          Kindergarten Screening for incoming students                

Green Meadow Newsletter 2/12/15

posted Feb 13, 2015, 12:38 PM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

February 12, 2015                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

                       

 Wednesday was a day of celebration at Green Meadow.  Students enjoyed parades and special activities in honor of the 100th day of the school year.  One kindergarten class was very excited to share the many ways they explored counting to 100.  The students were especially proud that they had learned to count by 10s to 100!   Throughout the school students were excited to celebrate 100 days of learning! 

We are delighted that Green Meadow has received a grant from the Maynard Cultural Council to establish a Spanish and Portuguese Lending Library.   With input from the classroom teachers and recommendations from other established libraries, we will be selecting high quality literature connected to curriculum.  We are very appreciative of the support from the Maynard Cultural Council to begin the development of this collection that will be available to our students and families.

We would like to share some calendar updates with you.  Our Service Day and Reading Celebration will be held on Friday, June 12.  Friday, May 1 will be our Community Reading Day.  Also, the third grade concert will be held on Wednesday, June 3.

It looks like the vacation will bring us more snow.  It is certainly a winter to remember!

                                                            Donna Dankner                                             

  

Parking

Dismissal continues to be a difficult time for us.  Please do not park anywhere around the circle unless you are in need of one of the designated handicap spots. Otherwise please park only in designated spots in Crowe Park or in the Fowler lot.  The Maynard Police have been helping us monitor the situation. We understand the challenge the snow has caused.  We appreciate your assistance as we bring the buses in safely and to maintain safety for all.

 

Recess

             Our goal is to have the students play outside and enjoy the  fresh air during recess times as often as possible. Recently the low temperatures and the large amounts of snow have made this goal difficult to achieve.

Each day we check the temperature and wind chill factors as well as the conditions in the play area. For example, yesterday,  the temperature during recess times was 18 and with the wind chill it felt like  7.  In addition, the pavement where the children would be playing was covered with ice.  Throughout the day we continue to check for improving conditions, enabling us to switch to outdoor recess. We use the chart at

http://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/weatherwatchforchildren2.pdf  as a guide to determine if the temperature is safe for outdoor play.    Please contact us if you would like further information or have suggestions that may be helpful to this process.

 

                                                                     

 

 

News from Mrs. Duddy’s Class:

Students read the biography of Martin Luther King Jr.  They participated in a drawing exercise inspired by the story The Crayon Box That Talked to help them understand the concept of diversity and why it should be celebrated.   This book was read aloud and acted out by staff at the all school assembly this month. “We are like a box of crayons each one of us unique.  But when we get together….The picture is complete”.  What a great way to help students discover the value of diversity! 

 

 

News from Mrs. Coppola’s Class:

 

Mrs. Coppola's Hundred's Day News!

The first graders celebrated by preparing a special lunch for the 100th day of school. They were challenged to bring in a lunch that included 100 items. We encouraged them to have fun and be creative! The children filled in a 100 Day Lunch form which included all items, how many, and the total number...100! They were so excited to talk about their special lunch with the class. Some examples were, 8 triangle pieces of sandwich, 10 bites of cheese, 15 spoonfuls of yogurt, 1 note from mom, 8 slices of banana, 25 fish crackers, 1 juice box, and 1 apple. It was so nice to see the children get so excited talking about their special 100 day lunch. Thank you to all the families for your help in making this a special day!

 

 

Special Notes

·         3th  ANNUAL TASTE OF MAYNARD

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 13th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road , Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.  Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings" and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org.  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

·        Please remind students and siblings not to throw snow as they wait outside.

·        Our lost and found continues to grow.  Please check the lost and found for any missing items.

 

Dates to Remember       

              February 16-20                                 School Vacation

              Thursday, March 5                          Grade 2 Hoops-a-Thon          (Snowdate 3/12)

              Thursday, March 19                        Bingos for Books                    (Snowdate 3/26)

              March 23-April 6                              Grade 3 PARCC Assessment

 

Green Meadow Newsletter 2/5/2015

posted Feb 5, 2015, 10:02 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

February 5, 2015                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

                       

The arrival of more new snow has created such excitement!   It’s wonderful to see the delight as the children spend their recess climbing, playing, and building with the snow.  Please remember to send winter clothing, boots, snow pants, hats, and mittens daily so students are prepared whenever it is warm enough to play outside. The snow also presents particular challenges during arrival and dismissal.  The custodial staff continues to work hard clearing pathways and parking areas to keep everyone safe.  

Beginning in March our third grade students will be among those who will be participating in the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness) assessment.  Similar to the MCAS, PARCC focuses on students’ acquired knowledge and understanding of standards in reading and math as well as their application of skills.  In class, students will explore the questions they will encounter as well as the strategies that will help them demonstrate their knowledge.  On Wednesday evening, March 11 at 6:30, we will have a special parent program to explore this assessment.  During this program we will discuss the expectations and administration process in addition to sharing some sample questions. We hope you are able to join is for this special program. 

                                                                       

                                                                      Donna Dankner

 

News from Mrs. Docheff Music Class:

Greetings from Green Meadow Music!  It is that time of year where all of the grade levels are starting exciting units to prepare for end of year musical events.  There are several dates to keep in mind.  The kindergarten classes are working on a few fun activities to share with parents and guardians during the Open Music periods on March 20 and March 27 (specific class times are listed on notes going out to all kindergarten families).  The first grade has just started on a musical called “Bugz”, which will be presented to families on May 7 at 9:00 a.m.  The second grade is getting to work on a different musical called “Arf”, which will be performed on May 21 at 9:00 a.m.  Lastly, the third graders have just begun their recorder unit.  They are thrilled to learn how to play these instruments and will show off their instrumental talents as well as vocal talents in their musical entitled “Possibilities” on June 4 at 6:30 p.m.  There will be more details to follow in specific communication for each grade level.  We cannot wait to share these performances with you!   Mrs. Andrea Docheff, Green Meadow Music

 

News from Mrs. Holly’s Class:  (Written with help from Holly class students) 

We are happy to welcome a new student into our classroom!

We have enjoyed our days off because of the snow… We are even writing our own versions of “The Snowy Day”.

  • In Math we are learning the addition and subtraction strategies of counting up and counting back 1,2,and 3  (Akrif is our reigning “Around the World champion).
  • In science we are learning about Fossils and Dinosaurs.  We had a great time working with Greg Wenzel, a Maynard paleontologist/artist that showed us some fossils and his “famous” drawings and books. We even sketched our own outline of a dinosaur by looking at the bones
  • During reader’s workshop, we are reading many books as we explore the ideas of reality and fantasy.
  • For celebrations, we are collecting cans for the Maynard Food Pantry (at least 100 for 100 Day) and we are making cards to help us celebrate friendship and kindness.

February may be the shortest month- but we are very busy being Kind, Safe, SMART thinkers and learners.

 

News from our Math Coach Terri Morrison

Last week (week of 1/12) at Green Meadow School, the kindergarten students and teachers celebrated their first HALF Day. This was a full day of school dedicated to thinking about halves. All math teachers in Maynard have been thinking about how we teach fractions and how these big math ideas grow. In kindergarten children can begin to consider what half means. The important thing is that we have two equal pieces or parts.

Students started by recognizing that on the 90th day of school we have completed one half of the 180 day school year! We have another equal number of days left. The calendar, and counting days of school are an important part of math every day. Classes also read books that talked about half and did lots of fun projects like making beaded necklaces, coloring shapes and sharing snacks. Thanks to the kindergarten teachers for building strong foundations in math for our youngest students!

At home, you can reinforce these early ideas about fractions by pointing out examples of fair shares, parts of sets, and the importance of equal pieces. Use the language of fractions, like half and equal parts when you notice it…for example: “I’ll pick up half of these blocks, you pick up the other half. This way we will both do the same amount of work.”

Special Notes

·         3th  ANNUAL TASTE OF MAYNARD

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 13th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road , Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.  Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings" and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org.  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

·        Parking is a challenge for us with this much snow.  Please park in the Crowe Park lot whenever you come to school to ensure there are enough spaces for staff in the staff parking lot.

·        Please remind students and siblings not to throw snow as they wait outside.

·        Our lost and found continues to grow.  Please check the lost and found for any missing items.

 

Dates to Remember       

              Friday, February 6                           Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

              February 16-20                                 School Vacation

              Thursday, March 5                          Grade 2 Hoops-a-Thon          (Snowdate 3/12)

              Thursday, March 19                        Bingos for Books                    (Snowdate 3/26)

              March 23-April 6                              Grade 3 PARCC Assessment

 

 

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