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Green Meadow Newsletter 11/17/2016

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

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]   

November 17, 2016                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

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

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

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

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

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

         

 Donna Dankner

              

Sra. Soler’s 3rd grade Spanish Immersion

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

 

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

 

Mrs. Coppola’s Science News:

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

 

Special Notes:

 

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

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

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

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

 

Dates to Remember 

November 23, 24, 25                No School, Thanksgiving Break

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

Thursday, December 1             Picture Retake Day   

Friday, December 2                  Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Wednesday, Dec 7                    Restaurant Night at Halfway Café

December 12 –15                      Holiday Shoppe

Thursday, December 8             Early Release – Parent Conferences

Friday, December 9                  Early Release – Parent Conferences

December 8 & 9                        No Preschool – Parent Conferences

December 26 – 30                     No School – Winter Vacation

 

Green Meadow Newsletter 11/10/2016

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

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]   

November 10, 2016                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

                                                                            

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

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

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

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

                                 Donna Dankner

                                                            

 News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Class:

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

 

News from Mr. Morello’s Physical Education Class:

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

 

Special Notes:

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

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

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

 

Dates to Remember 

Friday, November 11               No School, Veterans’ Day

Tuesday, November 15            Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

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

November 23, 24, 25                No School, Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 1             Picture Retake Day

Green Meadow Newsletter 11/3/2016

posted Nov 3, 2016, 11:07 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]   

November 3, 2016                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

       

          Elections and the voting process are the cornerstone of our democratic process.  Although elections for positions and voting on issues may occur at many times, the presidential election that occurs every four years always draws a significant amount of attention.  As a school we value the learning experiences that accompany an election.  It is an opportunity for students to learn that they have a way to voice their opinions to make a difference.  By exploring this process students will learn that each individual has a vote and that exercising their right to vote is important and counts.   Equally as important is the lesson that even if you exercise your right to vote to select a candidate or offer an opinion on an issue, your choice may not be the decision of the majority.  In that case, it is important to learn to be accepting of the decision even when you disagree.

          Lessons are best learned through authentic experiences.  Therefore, as a school, we will be providing our students with the experience of voting and making a collective decision on Monday, November 7.  We will vote on an issue that is meaningful to our students and one in which they will need to abide by and support the majority decision, even if it wasn’t their choice.

          On Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22, we will have school wide spirit days.   Students will have the opportunity to vote and make two selections from the choices offered.  Options include Tiger Day where they will wear black and orange, Hat Day, Mismatch Day, or Pajama Day.  Teachers will share this information with students in advance, showing them the ballot and how to indicate their vote.  Third grade students will manage the voting process by staffing the polls and tallying the ballots throughout the day.  We will then announce the school decision based on the majority of votes and look forward to participating in the school wide spirit days selected.  We hope this experience will help students develop an understanding of the voting and decision making process.

                                                                         

                                Donna Dankner

 

News from First Grade Immersion Class

We have been in school for a little more than forty days and it is hard to believe all the things we have learned so far! We started the new school year learning about rules and routines that are different from Kindergarten and sharing stories from the summer. In Science we have been going outside and learning from nature. We observed and wrote notes about the apple trees (manzanos) we have in school. We observed the changes of fall around school, collected leaves and classified them according to their shape. We learned about Juan, el manzanero (Johnny Appleseed) and Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus).   This month we will learn about el Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and how it is celebrated in Mexico and in other Latin-American countries and the United States.

 

Greetings from Second Grade and Mrs. Richard's class!  We hope you all had a fun and festive Halloween!  Our class enjoyed the Monster March and reading a variety of fall stories such as: Crankenstein, Room On the Broom, I Need My Monster, Where the Wild Things Are, and other books, while focusing on story elements such as: predicting, character traits, setting, sequencing, and author's purpose.  This week we are working as "inference detectives" to use what we read and what we know to make a guess or prediction about the story while we are reading.

 

In math, we are learning about numbers from 1 to 999.  Students are able to identify place value, expanded form, standard form, and word form of numbers as well as show their flexibility in building numbers with different amounts of tens and ones.  This week we have been discussing patterns we notice about a 100s chart and how it can help us skip count.

 

We are looking forward to the upcoming holiday season and spending some time talking and writing about the things we are most thankful for in our lives.  Happy November!

 

Math Information Programs for Parents. 

Terri Morrison, Math Coach will share information and resources about Math at Green Meadow School. Come learn about what we are teaching in math. Learn how you can support this work at home.   

          Tuesday, November 15th at 8:45-9:45 GMS Parent Coffee

          Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30-7:30 Parent Information Night

 

Please consider attending one of these information sessions to learn more about Math at GMS.

 

Special Notes:

 Thank you to the School Committee, Faculty & Staff, and Community Members who attended last week's discussion on "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success". Below are some resources that were shared last night. A huge thank you to WAVM staff for recording the discussion. https://docs.google.com/…/1l2woN79LrMVH7nbNp1Jqg9xkQxpd…/pub

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

·         Join us for our GM PTO Vendor & Craft Night on Thursday, November 3 from 6:30 - 8:00 to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!  A variety of home based businesses and crafters will be there - plus a raffle table and bake sale. Shop local and support the GM PTO!

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

 

Dates to Remember      

Thursday, November 3                     Vendor & Craft Night GM Cafeteria 6:30-8:00 PM

Saturday, November 5                        GM/Fowler Hockey Night

Tuesday, November 8                       No School, Professional Development Day for Staff

Friday, November 11                         No School, Veterans’ Day

Tuesday, November 15                     Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

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

November 23, 24, 25                        No School, Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 1                      Picture Retake Day

 

                                     

Green Meadow Newsletter 10/27/2016

posted Oct 27, 2016, 6:53 AM by Joanne LoChiatto   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 6:54 AM ]

Green Meadow News                             

October 27, 2016                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

Maynard Schools Book Discussion: Mindset:  Smart Is Not Something You Are, But Something You Become.

 Supporting student learning is the focus of every school.  Learning occurs throughout the day in the classroom and on the playground.  We learn through collaboration, study, inquiry, and experience.   A range of academic and social emotional learning experiences support each individual’s ability to enhance and increase content knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and creativity.

Our mindset is such an important factor in the success of each learning experience.  Do we approach everything with a fixed mindset, believing that not everything is on our grasp or do we see everything through a growth mindset, believing that although through effort we can accomplish our goals.  As a district we are embracing and emphasizing Growth Mindset to our students.  We continuously remind them that they are always growing as learners and that with time, effort, and practice they will achieve.  The key message is that when there is something they don’t know, they have not learned it YET.  We build students’ self esteem with a belief in themselves and their abilities along with the support to help each individual learn and progress.   As I visit classrooms, I hear teachers consistently emphasizing the word yet and building students’ self confidence.  

This evening will provide us all with an opportunity to explore the concept of a growth mindset through an informative discussion based on the book Mindset The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Even if you have not had the opportunity to read the book, you will find this discussion interesting and informative.  Please join us this evening Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Fowler School for this discussion.

 

Green Meadow Monster March

Everyone is eagerly looking forward to the Monster March.  Unfortunately the forecast for Friday morning indicates that the weather may be unsettled, cool, and windy.   Given that the rain is expected to go through the night, we will postphone the Monster March until Monday, October 31 at 8:45 which offers a much more promising forecast.   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.  Teachers have contacted parents in advance to arrange for any assistance that may be needed 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.

         

                 Donna Dankner

  Hello from Mrs. Jones’ second grade class!

We have been working hard in grade 2.  In math we have been working with place value and practicing our math vocabulary.  We are being flexible with the different ways we can group numbers without changing the value.  In reading we have been enjoying looking closely at story elements such as character traits, sequencing, predicting and setting.  We are very excited about Halloween and the Monster March!

 News from Mrs. Lawton’s Class:

First grade has been very busy this month learning about the lifecycle of a pumpkin.  Did you know that a medium sized pumpkin could have over 500 seeds in it?  We carved our pumpkin and predicted how many seeds were in it.  To our surprise we spent a good portion of our math block sorting and counting as well as writing by 10’s to 500. This month we also learned a lot from our firefighters who made a special visit to teach us about fire safety.  We hope everyone has an evacuation plan in place in case your smoke detector goes out.  We are looking forward to the Green Meadow Monster March this Friday, weather permitting of course.  I hope everyone has a great Halloween and remainder of the fall season.

Take Care, Mrs. Lawton

 Special Notes:

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

·         Join us for our GM PTO Vendor & Craft Night on November 3 from 6:30 - 8:00 to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!  A variety of home based businesses and crafters will be there - plus a raffle table and bake sale. Shop local and support the GM PTO!  Are you a vendor interested in reserving a table? Please contact zoelopresti@gmail.com for more information.

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

Dates to Remember      

Friday, October 28th                           Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, October 31                          Monster March, 8:45 AM

Thursday, November 3                     Vendor & Craft Night GM Cafeteria 6:30-8:00 PM

Tuesday, November 8                       No School, Professional Development Day for Staff

Friday, November 11                         No School, Veterans’ Day

Tuesday, November 15                     Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

November 23,24,25                            No School, Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 1                      Picture Retake Day

                                                                                                                                                                        

Green Meadow Newsletter 10/20/2016

posted Oct 21, 2016, 9:44 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                         MC900229657[1]   

October 20, 2016                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

          Last Saturday a dedicated and enthusiastic group of Green Meadow families and community members spent a beautiful afternoon sprucing up the courtyard.  Adults and children alike arrived with their rakes and garden tools ready to rake, weed, and plant to make our courtyard a beautiful place for all.  It was wonderful to see our current and former students so actively engaged in this project.  Also a dedicated Daisy Troop took this opportunity to engage in community service and help us beautify our garden.  It was amazing to see the difference such a committed group of volunteers could make in a few hours.  We want to thank everyone for their efforts and contributions.

          Fire Prevention week gave our students an opportunity to learn strategies to keep safe in an emergency.  They learned the importance of remaining calm, following the plan, and having a meeting spot in the event of an emergency.  Following the presentation for our kindergarten students, the firefighters visited their classrooms wearing the equipment firefighters would be using during an actual emergency.  This was an effective way to introduce students to this equipment so they would not be scared and would know how to respond if needed.  Special thanks to the members of the Maynard Fire Department for this important and informative presentation.

          On Tuesday, October 18, we held our first Parent Coffee of the year.  Carol Gahan, Director of Student Services, and Jennifer Gaudet, Assistant Superintendent, shared information about the educational initiatives within the Maynard Public Schools.  This interactive discussion enabled families to ask questions, share ideas, and offer suggestions.  We look forward to our next parent coffee on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:45.  Our Math Coach, Terri Morrison, will share information about math instruction and offer resources for families to use at home to support student learning.

                                                                                             Donna Dankner

 News from Mrs. Smart’s Kindergarten:

It is hard to believe October is almost over. We have settled into a routine. We started writer’s workshop. Writer’s workshop is a time in our day that we all sit and write a story. Our stories need to be about a small moment. That means, we write about something that happened to us and we focus on only a small part rather than the whole story.

We also started the Daily Five. This is a time in our day that we break up into small clusters according to our individual academic needs. We rotate through listening, writing, read to self, and word work. During this time, Miss Tricia and I teach small groups. Our brains and bodies have grown since the first day of school in September.

 

Ahoy from Mrs. McPhail's third grade!  We are building our CAFE literacy skills with Daily 5.  We finished the math unit on adding/subtracting within 1,000 and have begun the unit on representing and interpreting data.  We are learning about the Pilgrims/early Massachusetts history and are looking forward to our trip to Plimoth Plantation next month!

 

 News From Music:

Hello!  My name is Christine Wysokowski and I am very excited to be the new music teacher at Green Meadow School! I have only been here a few weeks, but can already tell that Green Meadow is a special place.  I have really enjoyed meeting all of your children!

 

One of the ways I like to share some of the music and communicate with families is through ASK ME sheets.  I will be sending these out to families periodically throughout the year via email.  They will include the name of a song or activity students have learned with the corresponding lyrics or instructions.  You should expect to receive the first one before the end of October.  Please look for these and ask students to share them with you!

 

Special Notes:

 

·         Join us for our 1st Annual Vendor Night on November 3 from 6:30 - 8:00 to get a jump start on your holiday shopping! zoelopresti@gmail.com

·         Thank you to those who returned their PTO Parent Volunteer Forms. If you have not done so yet but still are interested in helping out with school activities sponsored by the PTO this year, please return the orange form in an envelope marked "GMPTO".  We appreciate your help!

·         Our first BoxTops collection is on Friday, October 21.  Please turn in your BoxTops at Green Meadow (a box is outside of the office) or at one of the many convenient drop off locations around town.  Every clip counts and is worth 10 cents for our school!

·        An email was sent to all families with a link to a survey of communication practices and needs in the Maynard Public Schools. Please take a moment to complete this survey. A committee is forming this fall to propose suggestions for a communication plan with the goal of improving family and school partnerships. Your input is valued and will be used to help guide those conversations. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please email Jean LaBelle-Pierce at Maynard High School: jlabelle@maynard.k12.ma.us

·        Hockey Night at UMass Lowell is on November 5 at 7:00.  Join families from GM and Fowler for a fun night out watching the UMass Lowell Riverhawks play UVM at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.  Ticket order forms went out in backpacks last Thursday and are due Oct 18. Contact  jcafarella3@gmail.com  with any questions.

 

Dates to Remember      

Thursday, October 27                        Preschool Halloween Parade 9:00 AM

Friday, October 28                              Monster March 8:45 AM

Friday, October 28th                            Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, October 31                          Monster March Rain Date

Thursday, November 3                     Vendor Night GM Cafeteria 6:30-8:00 PM

Tuesday, November 8                       No School, Professional Development Day for Staff

Friday, November 11                         No School, Veterans’ Day

Tuesday, November 15                     Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

                                                                        

Green Meadow Newsletter 10/13/2016

posted Oct 13, 2016, 8:44 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]   

October 13, 2016                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

We are eagerly preparing for the Monster March, a special fall tradition at Green Meadow School. This year the Monster March is scheduled for Friday, October 28 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 hope this early morning schedule will allow families to 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 day of school 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 during this time.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the Monster March will be held on Monday, October 31.  If necessary to reschedule, we expect to inform families of this decision in the Green Meadow News on Thursday, October 27.

The excitement is evident as children and families prepare for this special event.  We enjoy seeing the colorful costumes as well as the excitement of students and families as they march around the school.  The creativity and enthusiasm of all enhances the enjoyment of the day.  We hope you are able to join us for this special event.

                                   Donna Dankner

 News from Mrs. Vasta’s Class:

It's hard to believe that we have been in school for just about six weeks already - and we have done so much in that short time! We began the school year familiarizing ourselves with the faces and names of our new friends and learning about preschool rules and routines. This is the third week of our “Trees Study” and we have learned about the parts of a tree, who lives in trees, and what foods come from trees. We have been scientists and have begun “our tree” observations which we will continue to do throughout the year so we can record how our tree changes with the seasons. This month we will also be focusing on "pumpkins" which will lead us right up to our Halloween Parade on October 27th!

  News from Mrs. Arcelay’s Art Room:

We have started the year with fun projects including Summertime Selfies, Name designs, The Dot and Maynard Tigers. We will soon begin studying the work of Laurel Burch and as the year progresses we will study Claude Monet, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian and more. I’m excited to start hanging all the gorgeous artwork in the building! There are several ways to keep informed about what creating: 1) Visit my blog at www.artatgreenmeadow.blogspot.com2) follow me on Instagram:@artatGM.  If you have questions please feel free to email me at sarcelay@maynard.k12.ma.us

The art room could use the following:

For projects:                                                                 Supplies:

·         Paper grocery bags with handles                                                        disinfectant or hand wipes

·         Shoe boxes                                                                                             tissues                          

·         Buttons                                                                                                   hand sanitizer  

·         Old watch or clock parts

·         Toilet paper and paper towel tubes

·         Egg cartons

     Looking forward to an amazing and creative year!  

 Special Notes: 

·         Please join us for our first Parent Coffee of this school year on Tuesday, October 18 at 8:45 AM for an informative discussion with Jennifer Gaudet, Assistant Superintendent, and Carol Gahan, Director of Student Services.

·         Please join us on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 at Fowler School for an informative discussion on the Elementary Math and Literacy Program for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5.  Information will also be shared regarding the Maynard Public School Title 1 program.

·         An email is being sent to all families with a link to a survey of communication practices and needs in the Maynard Public Schools. Please take a moment to complete this survey. A committee is forming this fall to propose suggestions for a communication plan with the goal of improving family and school partnerships. Your input is valued and will be used to help guide those conversations. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please email Jean LaBelle-Pierce at Maynard High School: jlabelle@maynard.k12.ma.us

·         Join us for our 1st Annual PTO Vendor Night on November 3 from 6:30 - 8:00 to get a jump start on your holiday shopping! A variety of home based business and crafters will be there - plus a raffle table to win one of many prizes!  Are you a vendor interested in reserving a table? 

·          Contact  zoelopresti@gmail.com  for more information.

·         Hockey Night at UMass Lowell is on November 5 at 7:00.  Join families from GM and Fowler for a fun night out watching the UMass Lowell Riverhawks play UVM at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.  Ticket order forms went out in backpacks last Thursday and are due Oct 18. Contact  jcafarella3@gmail.com  with any questions.

Dates to Remember      

Tuesday, October 18                          Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

Tuesday, October 18                          Hockey Order Forms Due

Wednesday, October 19                  Elementary Math and Literacy Presentation 6-7 PM at Fowler

Wednesday, October 19                  PTO Meeting 7:00-8:15 PM     

Thursday, October 27                        Preschool Halloween Parade

Friday, October 28                              Monster March 8:45 AM

Friday, October 28th                           Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, October 31                          Monster March Rain Date

Thursday, November 3                     Vendor Night GM Cafeteria 6:30-8:00 PM

Green Meadow Newsletter 10/6/2016

posted Oct 6, 2016, 7:31 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                          

October 6, 2016                                       Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

 

October is a busy month at Green Meadow School and throughout the district. Next week, during Fire Safety week, members of the Maynard Fire Department will be helping us extend our knowledge of fire safety.  Each grade level will have an opportunity to attend an informative presentation for awareness and understanding on ways to keep everyone safe.   Students have the opportunity to attend these presentations each school year, emphasizing the importance of the information and reinforcing what has been learned in previous years.  This year, prior to these presentations, our third grade students, along with students throughout the state, will answer a short series of questions to help the presenters determine what students have learned about fire safety since kindergarten. Following these presentations your children may have information to share and may enjoy continuing this conversation with you at home.

 

There are some interesting and informative programs for parents scheduled this month that we hope you will be able to join.  Please mark your calendars with these special events.

 

·              On October 18 at 8:45 at Green Meadow School, Jennifer Gaudet, Assistant Superintendent, and Carol Gahan will join us for our first parent coffee of the school year. ( Our November parent coffee will feature a discussion of math with our Math Coach, Terri Morrison.  More details to follow.)

·         On October 19 from 6-7 PM at Fowler School, there will be a special opportunity for parents to learn about the elementary literacy and math instructional programs and supports in Kindergarten through Grade 5.  Administrators and instructional coaches from both Fowler and Green Meadow will share information, resources, and offer suggestions on supporting students at home.

·         On October 19 at 7:00 in the Green Meadow Cafeteria, the PTO will hold its monthly meeting sharing the many ways they support our school and providing opportunities for involvement.

·         On October 27, from 7:30-9 PM at Fowler School, The Maynard Public Schools will host a discussion of the book Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success and its influence on education in our schools.   This book focuses the concept that “Smarter is not something you are, but something you become,” reinforcing the power of believing in each individual’s potential for growth.

 

The month of October will conclude with our Annual Monster march on Friday, October 28 at 8:45.(Raindate, Monday, October 31).  Specific information will be provided in the next newsletter.

                                                                                 Donna Dankner

 News from Mrs. Mooradian’s Class:

We have been off to a great start in preschool! We have all enjoyed reuniting with former friends and making new friends.  The next few weeks we will focus on a unit entitled ‘Trees’ where the children will explore the kinds of local trees, animals that live in trees, what foods come from trees, and the changing of trees in the four seasons.  We are most excited this month as we begin visits to music, art, library and physical education classes and look forward to our ‘Monster March’.

 

What’s the Buzz in Mrs. Messina’s room: We have settled into an amazing third grade routine. Our class is beginning our Pilgrim unit in anticipation of our trip. Everyone is very excited!

    

Special Notes:

 

·         VENDORS NEEDED for 1st annual GM PTO Vendor Night! Join us Thursday, November 3rd from 6:30-8:00 pm for this excellent selling opportunity! Table reservations are only $25.00 and a raffle donation is required. Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your home based business and participate in this unique community shopping event. Please direct all questions and reservation requests to zoelopresti@gmail.com.

·    GM has a Japanese memory garden in the inner courtyard that was created decades ago, and plants and trees have been planted over the years in memory of students and staff. The garden is in need of TLC and we need families' help.  Please lend a hand on Saturday, October 15 anytime between 1:00 - 3:00 to help rake leaves and pull weeds so we can bring this beautiful spot back to life. Bring your own rake and we will provide the rest.  Sign up using the linkhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aadaa2da20-gmjapanese.

 

Dates to Remember       

Monday, October 10                No School, Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 18                Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

Tuesday, October 18                Hockey Order Forms Due

Wednesday, October 19          Elementary Math and Literacy Presentation 6-7 PM at Fowler

Wednesday, October 19          PTO Meeting 7:00-8:15 PM           

Thursday, October 27              Preschool Halloween Parade

Friday, October 28                   Monster March 8:45 AM

Friday, October 28th                 Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, October 31                Monster March Rain Date

                                                          

Green Meadow Newsletter 9/30/2016

posted Sep 30, 2016, 7:40 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

September 29, 2016                                  Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

 

Today was picture day at Green Meadow School.  Students anxiously waited for their class to visit the gym for their individual portraits. Many members of the PTO joined us to assist with the management and organization of the day.  Special thanks to all the dedicated volunteers for their support throughout the day.

We were delighted to see so many parents during our annual Back To School Curriculum Night.  We appreciate the opportunity to share information, focusing on classroom expectations, daily routines, curriculum, and instruction.  The classroom presentations reflected the richness of the curriculum and the enthusiasm toward learning that is evident throughout every school day.  We also appreciate this opportunity to connect with parents, establishing a strong partnership that supports student learning.  Each school year is filled with learning and growth.  We look forward to sharing your child’s journey as a learner with you.

            During the evening you may have met some of our new staff members.  They are excited to be part of the Green Meadow Community. Our new staff members were so impressed with the commitment and involvement of the Green Meadow families in each child’s education.  They felt warmly welcomed to the community by both the students and families and look forward to a wonderful year at Green Meadow School.  In addition to our new staff, we would like to welcome back Karen Kanter who returns to us as our Special Education Team Chair. 

Despite our hope for summer to remain with us throughout the year, the weather has begun to turn colder.  Mornings are often cool while afternoons often become warmer.  Please send your child to school with layers that will prepare them for the range of temperatures that occur each day.  The students are truly enjoying every opportunity for outdoor recess during this beautiful fall weather.

We are eagerly anticipating our first Parent Coffee of the school year which will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at 8:45.  Jennifer Gaudet, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, and Carol Gahan, Director of Student Services will join us for an informal conversation.  Please join us to share your thoughts and ideas as we discuss curriculum, instruction and supports for students in our schools.  This Parent Coffee is the first in a series on a range of topics that will be held throughout the school year.  Please mark your calendars with the dates listed in the Green Meadow at A Glance that you received at the beginning of the year and join us for these informative discussions.­­

Donna Dankner

 

News from Mrs. Krasinski’s Class:

Mrs. Krasinski’s class is so excited to start their adventure in Kindergarten at Green Meadow.  We are getting to know one another and becoming acclimated with the school.  We are looking forward to learning our letters and sounds in the upcoming weeks. In math, we just completed our first unit on numbers! We are becoming quite the authors and illustrators in writing workshop! It has been a great start to the new school year!

 

From Ms. Mara’s Class:

      We have enjoyed getting to know all our new friends.  We are working very hard to establish routines and begin our second grade work.  In math we have been practicing a new math fact strategy called “capture and count”.  One of our favorite math games is “dice toss”.  We have read some wonderful stories and are writing personal narratives.  After reading What the Sea Left Behind by Mimi Gregoire Carpenter, we were inspired to sketch like scientists and paint like artists.  The result was a collection of beautiful watercolors that we hung up in our classroom. We are looking forward to a fantastic second grade year!

 

Special Notes About Arrival and Dismissal:

·        The animal control officer has reminded us that dogs may not be on the school grounds.  For the safety of all and being aware that some children may be fearful of dogs, please do not bring dogs to arrival and dismissal.

·        Please park in the Crowe Park Parking lot when dropping off or picking up students.

 

Special Notes:

·        Deadline for GM Spiritwear orders is Friday, September 30.  Don't miss out on showing your Tiger pride and order today!  Order forms are in backpack folders or order online atgmeadow.itemorder.com

·        VENDORS NEEDED for 1st annual PTO Vendor Night! Join us Thursday, November 3rd from 6:30-8:00 pm for this excellent selling opportunity!  Table reservations are only $25.00 and a raffle donation is required. Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your home based business and participate in this unique community shopping event. Table reservations from members of the Green Meadow community will be taken until October 6th, after which reservation requests will be open to the general public. Please direct all questions and reservation requests to zoelopresti@gmail.com.

·        GM has a Japanese memory garden in the inner courtyard that was created decades ago, and plants and trees have been planted over the years in memory of students and staff. The garden is in the need of TLC and we need families help. Please lend a hand on Saturday, October 15 anytime between 1:00 - 3:00 to help rake leaves and pull weeds so we can bring this beautiful spot back to life. Bring your own rake and we will provide the rest. Sign up using the link below to join your fellow Green Meadow families for this special community service day. 
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aadaa2da20-gmjapanese

·        Reminder: Maynard SEPAC Parent Pizza Party on 10/4 - You're invited to the Parent Social Pizza Party in the Fowler School library. The parent social begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4th. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, or want to learn more about the Special Education program in Maynard, come and join us for some delicious pizza!  Please RSVP to KarenHeath4@gmail.com or call 978-394-6183Free and open to the public.

  • Show your school spirit by ordering some of our GM Spiritwear!  New this year: rainbow tie dye t-shirts and dri-fit t-shirts, along with sweatshirts and tees.  Order forms are due September 30 or order online.

Dates to Remember       

Thursday, Sept. 29                   Picture Day – for students during school

 Friday, Sept. 30                        Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Friday, Sept. 30                         Spiritwear Orders due 

Monday, Oct.  10                     No School, Columbus Day

Wednesday, Oct. 19                PTO Meeting 7:00-8:15 PM                           

Green Meadow Newsletter 9/22/2016

posted Sep 22, 2016, 11:40 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                  MC900229657[1]   

September 22, 2016                                  Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

Within the few short weeks since the school year has begun, the classes have developed strong communities and are engaged in exciting and meaningful learning experiences.  Students are focusing on enhancing their literacy skills as they become effective readers and writers. They are developing mathematical understanding, using their skills and knowledge to solve complex problems. 

This year we are excited to extend our focus on science and exploration of our natural environment through our continued collaboration with the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  Each grade has selected specific areas of study aligned to the science standards that will span through the year.  We are very fortunate to have our focus on science and inquiry based learning supported by a rich natural environment.   This year:

v  Preschool students will explore Outer Space, trees, Insects, movement, and the human body. They will also learn the importance of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to conserve our environment.

v  Kindergarten students will be involved in an in-depth cycle on a tree and apples in the fall and a study of solids and liquids during the winter. During the spring they will explore the life cycles of plants and butterflies by, raising butterflies and growing a mystery garden. 

v   First grade students will become experts in planting, weather and seasons, light & sound, as well as learning about the Earth & space by studying the sun, moon, stars &sky.  They will also explore life cycles of animals, pumpkins, and apples.

v  Second Grade students will engage in the greatly anticipated study of the Vernal Pool.  They will also have opportunities to explore. Solids, Liquids, & Gases as well as the effects of water on the land.  A highlight of the year is learning about owls as they take apart owl pellets to discover their components.

v  Third grade students begin more concentrated students of weather, plant & life cycles, and biological evolution. They also explore earth's systems, forces & motion, and engineering design.

As you visit classrooms this evening during Curriculum Night, your child’s teacher will share more information about all of the learning experiences that will occur throughout the school year.  We look forward to seeing you this evening.

·         6:30-6:50        Welcome in the cafeteria for all parents

       7:00-7:30         Classroom Parent Presentation for Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grade 1

Specialist visits

·                                            7:30- 8:00       Classroom Presentations for Grades 2 and 3

Specialist Visits

Each year we offer a series of parent coffees which offer opportunities for further exploration of pertinent topics. Our first parent coffee will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at 8:45.  During this parent coffee we `will have an additional opportunity to explore curriculum initiatives and student supports with Jennifer Gaudet, Assistant Superintendent, and Carol Gahan, Director of Student Services.   We hope you will be able to join us for this informative discussion.

Donna Dankner

  News from the Library:

Our school library has a new library teacher this year; Mrs. Larsson. She lives in Bedford, MA with her husband, cat and dog! She has two wonderful, grown sons who live and work out of state. Mrs. Larsson enjoys reading and just finished reading the children’s chapter book, PAX by Sarah Penypacker. The students have been busy making library cards (complete with a bar code on the back side) out of index cards. Scanning the bar code at check-out will make the line move along much faster than entering the last name of each student into the computer. Students will come to library class every-other week this year.  Students have been learning how to take care of their library books and by Friday everyone will have had a chance to check out a book. Just as it takes a town to raise a child, it takes a community to run the library. If you have one or two hours/week to assist Mrs. Larsson in the library it would be appreciated. The best way to reach her is by e-mail at LLarsson@maynard.k12.ma.us

 News from Mrs. Adamson’s Class: 

We have been busy establishing routines that support our core values; kind, safe, learners. Looking forward to seeing you tonight.

 Special Notes:

·         Special Note About Arrival and Dismissal: The animal control officer has reminded us that dogs may not be on the school grounds.  For the safety of all and being aware that some children may be fearful of dogs, please do not bring dogs to arrival and dismissal.

·         Maynard SEPAC Parent Pizza Party - Do you have a child receiving Special Education services in the Maynard School District? You're invited to the Parent Social Pizza Party in the Fowler School library on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 PM. If you want to learn more about the Special Education program in Maynard, come and join us for some delicious pizza!  Please RSVP to KarenHeath4@gmail.com or call 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.

  • September 29th is Picture Day and the PTO is asking for parent volunteers to help the kids before, during and after their pictures. To volunteer, please sign up for a slot that works best for you. All volunteers must complete and submit a CORI form (available at the GM office). These forms can take a few of days to process, so you will want to hand it in as soon as possible.  Please follow the Sign Up Genuis link to sign up  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4AADAA2DA20-picture1
  • Please complete and return the Family Directory form by Friday, September 16 in order to be included in the GM Family Directory. 
  • Show your school spirit by ordering some of our GM Spiritwear!  New this year: rainbow tie dye t-shirts and dri-fit t-shirts, along with sweatshirts and tees.  Order forms are due September 30 or order online.
  • The PTO is kicking off our BoxTops for Education collection drive. BoxTops labels can be found on hundreds of products and every Box Top donated is worth 10 cents for Green Meadow. We use the money to fund a wide variety of programs offered through the PTO. Have your children join the collection effort by clipping BoxTops and attaching them to the collection sheet in this week's backpack folder. We have a collection box at GM but also at many locations around town including Middlesex Savings Bank, Anytime Fitness, CVS, the library, Town Hall, the Flower Pot, Jamtime, and at the Council of Aging. Thank you for your help - every Box Top counts!         

Dates to Remember       

Thursday, Sept. 22                   Back to School Night (PK-3) – 6:30-8:00 PM

Friday, September 23               Energizer Guy Presentation for Grade 3 Students

Wednesday, Sept. 28               School Council Meeting 6:30 PM

Thursday, Sept. 29                   Picture Day – for students during school

Friday, Sept. 30                         Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Friday, Sept. 30                         Spiritwear Orders due 

Wednesday, October 19          PTO Meeting 7:00 PM

Green Meadow Newsletter 9/15/2016

posted Sep 15, 2016, 5:56 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                  MC900229657[1]   

September 15, 2016                                  Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

                                                                                               

We are looking forward to meeting with our Green Meadow parents during our annual Curriculum Night next Thursday, September 22 from 6:30-8:00 PM. Teachers are always  appreciative of this opportunity to share information with parents about classroom routines, curriculum expectations, and how each teacher will share information with you about  your child’s school experience.   Please note that this evening program is for parents only.  Our family open house for students and family members will be held during the spring.

The schedule for this evening is as follows:

              6:30-6:50         Welcome in the cafeteria for all parents

  • 7:00-7:30         Classroom Parent Presentation for Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 Specialist visits    
  • 7:30- 8:00       Classroom Presentations for Grades 2 and 3 Specialist Visits

 This year we are delighted to welcome many new skilled and talented staff members to our school community.  They are enjoying getting to know our students and being part of their school experience.  Please take some time during the evening to introduce yourselves and welcome:

·         Dam Nuygen                           English Language Teacher

·         Michael Morello                     Physical Education Teacher

·         Laura Larrson                          Librarian

·         Christine Wysokowski             Music Teacher

·         Carolyne Ventricelli                Special Educator

·         Jackie Vater                            Special Educator

·         Ann Rutherford                       School Adjustment Counselor

·         Justine Spedden                      Literacy Specialist

 

Our school year promises to be filled with exciting and enriching learning experiences for all.  We hope you are able to join us for this informative program.

Donna Dankner

 News from Ms. Fioretti’s Class:

 Greetings from Mrs. Fioretti’s class!  Our class is working to build a strong classroom community by creating class rules, getting to know one another through various activities, such as sharing “me bags”, and celebrating our similarities and differences.  We recently read the book, Each Kindness, where the children learned that even small acts of kindness can change the world!  This ongoing theme of building community has helped this group of first graders learn to identify others’ feelings and appreciate differences.  We are excited about continuing to explore these topics throughout the year!  

  

Holly Class Happenings: 

We are off to a great start this year!  We are KIND, we are SAFE, and we are SMART learners!

             We welcome a new friend to Maynard and our classroom- Zachary!

  • We are learning all the routines and expectations for being a Sensational 2nd grader- and more importantly- "a HOLLY kid".  Our class mantra- Hollys never quit!
  • We are in the process of developing a class set of "rules" to follow so that we will best be able to learn and reach our "Hopes and Dreams" for second grade.
  • We have met all the new "Specials" teachers and feel comfortable working with a familiar teacher in Art-  Mrs. Arcelay!
  • We are lucky to have a classroom aide, Miss LeBlanc, and a High School Future teacher, AND a Framingham State College Field Study candidate working with us this fall!

  

News from Mrs. Duddy’s Class:

 Welcome back!  I hope you all have a wonderful school year!

 

Special Notes:  

·         Help is needed in the school library shelving books, covering books and entering new books into the computer. No prior experience needed! Please get in touch with our library teacher, Laura Larsson by e-mail at LLarsson@maynard.k12.ma.us

  • September 29th is Picture Day and the PTO is asking for parent volunteers to help the kids before, during and after their pictures. To volunteer, please sign up for a slot that works best for you. All volunteers must complete and submit a CORI form (available at the GM office). These forms can take a few of days to process, so you will want to hand it in as soon as possible.  Please follow the Sign Up Genuis link to sign up http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4AADAA2DA20-picture1
  • Please complete and return the Family Directory form by Friday, September 16 in order to be included in the GM Family Directory. 
  • Show your school spirit by ordering some of our GM spiritwear!  New this year: rainbow tie dye t-shirts and dri-fit t-shirts, along with sweatshirts and tees.  Order forms are due September 30 or order online.

·         Please complete and return the paperwork you received on the first day of school.  Please keep this information current by updating your emergency and personal contact information as it changes throughout the year.

           

Dates to Remember       

Thursday, Sept. 22                   Back to School Night (PK-3) – 6:30-8:00 PM

Thursday, Sept. 29                   Picture Day – for students during school

Friday, Sept. 30                         Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

                                                                       

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