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Green Meadow School        Maynard Public Schools

 

5 Tiger Drive                                                                       Donna Dankner

Maynard, MA  01754                                                          Principal

Phone: 978-897-8246

Fax: 978-897-8298

 

 

                                                                       

Dear Families,

 

            Although it is hard to see the relaxing and warm days of summer end, it’s always exciting to begin a new school year.  We love greeting our returning the students as they begin a new year of learning.  We also always look forward to welcoming our new kindergarten and preschool students as they become important members of our Green Meadow family.

 

            Each new year brings exciting initiatives as we strive to continue to grow and progress as a school.  This year our schedule provides opportunities for extended learning and enhancement of the arts.  To enrich students’ learning experiences, each grade level will have a more in-depth focus on one specialty area by having a second lesson during full-day Fridays.  Kindergarten will have additional music classes, first grade will have additional physical education classes, and second grade will experience additional art classes. Third grade will participate in an additional library period, specifically focused on learning through technology.   We look forward to theese opportunities offered through our new schedule and the extended learning it supports.

 

            In previous years, the early release schedule has consisted of two different dismissal times. This year, we will be implementing one consistent dismissal time for all early release days.  On all early release days, students will be dismissed at 11:45.  Lunch will not be served on these days but breakfast will still be available for all interested students.  This schedule provides for the same learning time for students while strengthening the opportunities for professional development and collaboration for staff. Specific early release dates are noted on the district calendar.  In addition, a list will be sent home with the information at the beginning of the year.

 

            We are excited to welcome new staff members as the new school year begins.  Susan Arcelay joins our community as our new art teacher.  She comes to us as an experienced educator with a rich background in art obtained through her studies at the Museum of Fine Arts School and Tufts University. Lisa Scalone joins our third grade team as the teacher of the additional section which was added this year.  She comes to us with a wealth of instructional experience as a classroom teacher in Massachusetts and New Jersey.   Our music teacher, Ms. Lilley, has accepted a position as an Assistant Principal in another district.  We will certainly miss her and wish her much success in this new position.  Andrea Docheff will be joining our staff as the music teacher.  Andrea has recently moved to Boston from Colorado where she was a highly successful elementary music educator. Caitlyn Milligan joins our staff as the second grade teacher for the immersion program. Her experiences in immersion education both here and in Spain will be a wonderful addition to our program. In addition Jennifer Stone, Donna Amidon, and Stacey Wood are joining us as paraprofessionals while Kathleen Currier will become part of the Title 1 staff. We are delighted that Laura Ginnity will be returning to Green Meadow following her maternity leave, rejoining the kindergarten team and that Lorna MacDougall will be returning in a new role, as a member of the first grade team. We are looking forward to the many contributions these talented and skilled educators will bring to our school.

 

            Class lists with students’ classroom assignments for the up coming school year will be posted on the windows in the school lobby during the week of August 4. Staff members worked collaboratively to develop optimum classroom learning environments that maximize learning.  Therefore, classroom placements are final.

 

            Our opening schedule for the beginning of school for students will be as follows:

 

·               Thursday,  August 7                        Class Lists are posted

·               Wednesday, August  27                  Green Meadow Meet and Greet 2:00-2:30 PM

·               Thursday, August 28                       First Day of School for students in grades 1-3, 8:30-2:50

·               Thursday, August 28                       First day of school for  designated kindergarten students

            (Refer to kindergarten mailing for your child’s assigned day)

·               Friday, August 29                            First day of school for  designated kindergarten students

            (Refer to kindergarten mailing for your child’s assigned day)


    Tuesday, September 2                    First full day of school for all students

    Wednesday, September 17             Curriculum Night for Parents of all students, Preschool –  Grade 3, 6:30 PM


We hope you are able to enjoy the remaining days of summer and look forward to welcoming you all during our Meet and Greet on Wednesday, August 27.

 

Sincerely,

 Donna Dankner

 

 


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

 

 

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/30/2015

posted Jan 30, 2015, 7:28 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]                   

January 30, 2015                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

            The snow has finally arrived!  I have seen many snowstorms but it has been quite a while since I have seen nearly 3 feet in one storm!  Hopefully everyone was able to enjoy the beauty of the storm from the safety and warmth of your homes. We greatly appreciate all of the efforts of our custodial staff and the DPW in the clean up after this major storm.  As school reopens, we will continue to look for opportunities to play outdoors. Please send boots, snow pants, warm jackets, hats, and gloves (preferably waterproof) with your child each day so they can enjoy the snow.

            Last week we enjoyed a wonderful assembly presented by our Respectful Schools Committee.  This committee is a vibrant group of teachers who help guide us in reinforcing and instilling our core values in all members of our community.  We are delighted that our students can easily recite the core values, “We are Kind. We are Safe. We are Learners.” It is also important that they understand the expectations and know how to display these core values throughout their day.  Through classroom discussions, conversations, stories, and assemblies such as the one we enjoyed last Friday, students understanding their role in creating a supportive and respectful Green Meadow Community. 

   We are very excited about a new component to our art program.  Student work is now available for families to enjoy through an online art museum, Artsonia.  Through www.artsonia.com you are able to view and enjoy the amazing artwork created by our students. More information can be found in the article below on our school’s online museum.  In order to participate in this format, you must complete and return the permission slip to Mrs.  Arcelay. 

Donna Dankner

       

News from  Mrs. Arcelay’s Art Class

Have you heard? Green Meadow is now utilizing Artsonia.com to display, highlight and preserve your child’s artwork.  Artsonia is the world's largest kids' art museum. The art gallery online is a great place to reflect their masterpieces from K through high-school, preserved for all time!

What can your child do on Artsonia?

·         Start a Fan Club! Invite family and friends to view artwork and join your child’s Arstonia Fan Club. 

·         Create a Buzz!  Friends and family can leave positive comments about your child’s artwork in their guestbook. 

·         Get Gear! Purchase customized art keepsakes from Artsonia featuring your child’s artwork.

·         Students can also look up and view artwork from around the world!

What do you need to do? 

1)      Sign and return the Artsonia permission slip your child brings home.  Be sure to include your email address. (3rd & 2nd Grade have gone home, 1st and K will be coming home soon.)

2)      Watch for an email from Artsonia asking you to activate your child’s account.  Until you do so, artwork but will be “hidden” until you activate the account and grant permission online. If you can not locate the initial email please contact Mrs. Arcelay.

3)      Check your child’s artwork, leave comments, share with other family members, order mugs, t-shirts, post cards and more with your child’s artwork. 

4)      Check out school museum.  Go to www.artsonia.com  click on “Schools” (just under where it says Art Museum) Select Massachusetts, Maynard and Green Meadow. Fowler is also listed if you’d like to browse the art work of Middle school students as well

If you have questions please contact Mrs. Arcelay. At sarcelay@maynard.k12.ma.us  She is always happy to assist you with the process.  Lastly, if you want to volunteer to help with the program, you can help updating accounts, filing permission slips and uploading artwork. 

 

News From Ms. Mara’s Class

Last week we had a presentation from a paleontologist, Greg Wentzel.  He shared many artifacts, stories, and information about being a scientist and author.  We enjoyed the time he spent with us and look forward to working as scientists to increase our knowledge about dinosaurs. 

In reading and writing we have been working on character development.  We finished reading Ramona the Pest as a class read aloud.  Then used the character of Ramona to study how an author develops a character and how this character works to show what is happening in a story.  After identifying important actions, feelings and character traits of Ramona, we compared her to ourselves using a Venn diagram.  Next we wrote about the similarities and differences.  All of this work will help us to develop great characters who show what is happening in our realistic fiction stories.  We love writing stories, and hope you will enjoy reading our realistic fiction stories.

 

News from Mr. Mehigan’s Class

 Hello Green Meadow Families,

I'm typing this gazing out over a vast ghost town coated in white.  I'd like to say how pretty it is but all I can think about is green grass and the warm sun the spring brings.  I hope you all made it through the blizzard with plenty of heat and electricity and your backs still intact.  

We are shining through winter in class.  In writers' workshop, they had fun creating fictional characters and are now drafting realistic fiction stories.  We are looking at text structure and different literacy genres in reading but focusing on realistic fiction to go along with our writing.  In science, we have been studying sound.  They enjoy working in teams creating posters about sound and conducting sound experiments.  We are fully engaged in multiplication concepts and strategies in math and they are working hard to memorize their multiplication facts.  Stay warm, everybody, and hang in there because spring will be here before you know it!  I'm counting the days.  See you at Erikson's! 

 

News from Mrs. Viros’ Class

This week, we are investigating buildings.  Young children are very curious about this theme.  They want to know how buildings are constructed and what people do inside them.  We will talk about buildings by learning about their sizes, their colors, their materials, and locations in town.  We were also excited to be able to go and play outside after two long weeks of indoor recess.  We all cheered when Ms. Sullivan announced outdoor recess on the intercom!

 

Special Notes

·        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 remember that supervision begins in the morning at 8:15.  Students should not arrive before supervision begins unless they are enrolled in the morning Excel program.

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

 

Dates to Remember       

              Friday, January 30                           Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

              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

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/22/15

posted Jan 23, 2015, 7:36 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

January 22, 2015                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

Math has been a focus this year at Green Meadow with the addition of our new math resource, Go Math.  Throughout the year teachers have been engaged in ongoing collaborations and professional development connected to the implementation of this resource with the goal of helping our students enhance their understanding of critical concepts and skills.  We are very fortunate to have the support and expertise of our math coach, Terri Morrison to continue to enhance our math program.

This week, our second grade students have been exploring fossils with Paleontologist, Greg Wenzel.  They are fascinated with the wealth of information he shares and the activities during his presentation which fosters learning about the past. 

 

Donna Dankner                                                                                                                        

News from our Math Coach Terri Morrison

 

GoMath- Common Core Math Resource

This is a new math teaching resource for teachers and students. Teachers K-3 are currently navigating the units and materials. Our ER day on January 30th will be spent working with a consultant from the publisher, HMH to provide ongoing support for teachers on the effective use and features of this resource.

JCOMING SOON: Online access to GoMath student textbook and GoMathAcademy, an online resource for students and families.

 

Math ZONE Club

MEF has generously sponsored Math ZONE Club for students in Grades 2 and 3. Not all students learn on the same schedule. Math ZONE Club will provide students with opportunities to practice and construct the deep mathematical understandings required for effective progress in math. Selection will be based on focused assessments and teacher input.

Math ZONE Club will be held at Green Meadow School on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 8 weeks beginning February 10th.  Letters will be sent home to participating students. Their teachers will select students for participation.  Families will have an option of choosing before school or after school sessions. Green Meadow teachers will be providing instruction and support. 

There is no cost to families.

 

Parent MATH Workshops

Parents will be invited to participate in parent MATH workshops beginning in March.  We will learn about the big math ideas we focus on, how children learn math and how we can support their learning.

·        Grades K-1 – Counting and Operations

·        Grades 2-3-Place Value and Fact Fluency

 

 

 

 

Math Resources for Home

KReflexmath.com- https://www.reflexmath.com/

is available for all students in Grades 2 and 3. It is used for fact fluency practice. The program adapts to each student, providing fact practice that builds on individual progress.

KGregtangmath.com- http://gregtangmath.com/

is a great site for students who enjoy playing math games, who may be fluent in their facts, or who appreciate a math challenge. There are a wide variety of games available for free. Games can be differentiated by operation, by number, and by challenge. Additionally there is an app available for purchase called Kakooma.

KThinking Blocks- http://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html

This site is great for helping students understand math with mathematical models. Students are exposed to a variety of models in school. These models help to illustrate math ideas that may be difficult to understand. A model or a picture is a useful tool to support understanding.

Terri Morrison, Math Coach, tmorrison@maynard.k12.ma.us

 

News from Mrs. Mooradian’s Class

We are very excited to begin a new unit of study this week entitled the “Buildings Study”.  In this study the children will have opportunities to learn more about the characteristics and features of buildings, the people who build them and the role buildings play in our communities. Included in this study is a dramatic play area construction site which requires hard hats to be worn in order to enter! Preschool is looking forward to our early visit day this month when families have the opportunity to visit the classroom and view their child’s curriculum related projects and activities.

 

 

Special Notes

·        Please remember that supervision begins in the morning at 8:15.  Students should not arrive before supervision begins unless they are enrolled in the morning Excel program.

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

 

Dates to Remember       

              Friday, January 30                           Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

              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                        Bingo for Books         (Snowdate 3/26)

                       

Green Meadow Newsletter January 8, 2015

posted Jan 12, 2015, 6:53 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

January 8, 2014                                        Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

                                 

Happy New Year to all!  Monday was an exciting day at school as the students and staff returned from the winter break, ready to continue with their learning.  We would like to welcome Lisa Boardman, special educator, as she returns from her maternity leave.  We thank Laura Refrigeri for her work with our students in this role since September.

With the arrival of the New Year, we begin the process of preparing for the next school year.  An important step in this process is kindergarten registration, when we welcome our new kindergarten families into the Green Meadow Community.  Kindergarten registration will be held on Tuesday, January 13th, Wednesday, January 14th and Thursday, January 15th from 9-12:00.  Evening registration will be held on Wednesday, January 14th from 5-7 PM.  Registration packets are available in the office if you would like to complete the forms in advance. Birth certificate, proof of residency, physical and immunization records are needed to complete the registration process. The EXCEL program will be holding its fall kindergarten registration next week as well.  If you have an incoming kindergarten student, we look forward to seeing you at registration.  Also, please share this information with friends and neighbors who may have kindergarten age students so we can be certain to include them in our planning for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Our next parent coffee will be held on Wednesday, January 21 at 8:45 AM.  We will be exploring complexities and challenges in a discussion about “Fostering Friendships.”   We hope you are able to join us to share ideas and questions on this important topic.

With the arrival of winter, the snow may not be far behind.  In the event of a school cancellation or delay due to inclement weather, the information will be shared on WBZ television, radio, and internet as well as on the school and district website.  For delayed openings, the daily schedule will be as follows:

·        9:30-2:50 for a one hour delay

·        10:00-2:50 for a 90 minute delay

·        10:30-2:50 for a 2 hour delay

In response to the cold weather this week, we are implementing a temporary change in the arrival process.  For this week only, we will have all students enter the building through the front door as soon as they arrive.  Staff members will then direct them to their grade level indoor arrival locations.  This will minimize the time outside on these cold mornings.  On Monday, we will return to our regular arrival process.  Teachers have shared this information with their classes as well.  We want to keep everyone warm on these cold days!

                                                                                   

                                                                          Donna Dankner

                                                           

News from Mr. Thomas’ Class

 

Mr. Thomas and his 3rd grade class had a nice vacation and have returned to school ready to learn all that they can. In math we are working on multiplication and learning how to apply different strategies to solve harder multiplication facts. One of the strategies we recently learned was related to doubling. If you learn the facts for multiplying by 2’s by can double the products to find the products for the 4’s. The same thing applies when working with the 3’s and 6’s, 4’s and 8’s and 5’s and 10’s. We have also been playing some math games to work on developing our multiplication facts.                                                                                 

  Over the month prior to vacation the third graders worked on matter in science. This has continued in 2015 and we spent a few days during our first week back learning about electromagnets. We tested out different types of batteries to see how the strength of an electromagnet could change. We will soon be shifting gears back to social studies once our science unit is done.                                                       

 

We began a new writing unit this week, and the students are now in the development stage of writing essays. The 3rd graders will be developing thesis statements and coming up with several supporting details to prove their thesis statement. These opinion pieces will be much shorter than the personal narratives and realistic fiction writing we did during our first two writing units of the school year. We are looking forward to the remainder of our time together at Green Meadow. 

 

News from Mrs. Lawton’s Class

Dear Families,

Happy New Year from Mrs. Lawton’s class!  We are excited about the New Year and all that it has to bring.  We look forward to getting back into the swing of our routine and continuing our math and Fundations work.  We are jumping into maps and will be sharing where our gingerbread people went on our holiday break.  We will be learning about the map of Maynard and discussing some of the landmarks where we took our gingerbread.  We will even incorporate our adventures into writer’s workshop.  We hope everyone stays warm with this lovely New England weather we are experiencing right now!  Brr…

Take Care! 

 

Special Notes

 

·        If you are shopping online, please help support the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) by participating in the AmazonSmile program. Go to smile.amazon.com and select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to MEF. Proceeds will benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, administrators and students. Since 2000 MEF has supported innovative grants that enrich the Maynard Public Schools. Over the years we have heard from countless teachers how MEF has made a difference to the students of Maynard. Thank you for your support!

 

·        Preschool Information Night - The Green Meadow Preschool Program will be holding an Information Night on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 6:45 – 8:00 PM.  Parents who are interested in enrolling their child for the 2015-2016 school year are invited to attend.  During the evening parents will have an opportunity to learn about our program, meet our staff, visit our classrooms, and ask questions. The Green Meadow Preschool Program offers preschool for children 3 – 5 years old.  The snow date for Information Night will be January 29, 2015.  For more information call the Maynard Public Schools Department of Student Services @ (978) 897-2138.

 

Dates to Remember       

January 13,14,15                                      Kindergarten Registration, 9-12 AM

Wednesday, January 14                          Evening Kindergarten Registration, 5-7 PM

January 15                                                            Preschool Information Night

Friday, January 16                                   Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, January 19                                No School, Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday, January 21                          Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM                                                                                                                                                                          

Green Meadow Newsletter 12/11/14

posted Dec 11, 2014, 7:06 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                         MC900229657[1]   

December 11, 2014                                    Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

               

 

As a staff we truly value professional development opportunities that enable us to be ongoing learners and maximize supports for students. One focus for us as a school this year is the implementation of Responsive Classroom as our school wide social curriculum.  As a staff we are committed to the philosophy and tenants of this program as a way to enhace learning and relationship building in our school. Responsive Classroom is a research based program that focuses on the following 4 domains:

·        Engaging Academics  that are active, interactive, appropriately challenging, purposeful, and connected to students’ interests.

·        Positive Community teachers that nurture a sense of belonging, so that students feel comfortable taking risks and working with a variety of peers.

·        Effective Management fosters an environment that promotes autonomy and allows students to focus on learning.

·        Developmental Awareness where knowledge of child development, along with observations of students, creates and enhances a developmentally appropriate learning environment.

Many teachers have participated in an intensive week long training program that focuses on the philosophy and practices.  This summer an additional group of teachers completed the course to be ready for the fall implementation.   Under  the guidance of a trained consultant, the entire staff spent last Friday afternoon exploring the importance of clear language and interactive modeling to help students develop  a true understanding of expectations.  We focused on strategies such as using cues to gain and sustain attention.   This training was also the catalyst for a whole staff discussion of clear and consistent expectations not only in individual classrooms but also in common areas such as hallways, cafeteria, and playground.  

            As a school we are very committed to our core values, “We are kind. We are safe. We are learners”.  Responsive Classroom supports and reinforces these important values that help us foster a respectful and supportive environment for all.

                        We are delighted to see so many families as you come into school for conferences.  Teachers look forward to this opportunity to share information about your child’s progress this school year. We also appreciate the opportunity to review the progress reports you received last week.

 

                                                                        Donna Dankner

 

News from Ms. McDougall’s Class:

We are world travelers this month!  Room 1C is travelling by MacDougall Air and train to travel the world.  We are going around the world and visiting Italy, China, Israel, Egypt, and then coming back to the United States.  In each country we are learning about a holiday tradition that the country celebrates.  We will also be learning about the importance of each tradition.  Some traditions we will be “witnessing” are Chinese New Year, Hanukah, as well as Kwanzaa.  We have our suitcases and passports ready so that we can go on our adventure.  Come and join us!

 

News from Mrs. Messina’s Class:

The Buzz from Mrs. Messina’s Hive: Our class is very excited to be working on the water cycle in science. Vocabulary, partner work, creating models and gathering information have helped us understand the water cycle. One very interesting fact we learned was that all the water on our Earth is the same water that has always been here. So, we could be drinking water that dinosaurs might have used! That made us think about our next drink of water!

 

News from Mr. Mehigan’s Class:

The big news in our room is the addition of a new student all the way from Scotland!  We have been having fun welcoming Tushiyah to Maynard and to the Green Meadow School and showing by example what it means to us to be kind, safe learners.  It has been a time of change in class academically in addition to the change in the number of friends in class.  In math, we have finished our unit on data collection and analysis and graphing and have begun multiplication!  In writing, we have recently completed and celebrated publishing our personal narrative stories and have begun character development for realistic fiction stories.  We recently completed our social studies unit on the Pilgrims and will soon begin a science unit on the phases of matter.  We would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season with family and friends.  Happy 2015!!!  Can you believe it?  

 

Special Notes:

·        The Scrip Gift Card Program is underway. This is an opportunity to purchase gift cards as gifts or use them to do your holiday shopping. The program earns money for the Green Meadow PTO, which will be used to enrich the students’ learning experience through programs and activities. To place an order online, go to www.shopwithscrip.com and use the code 9381EL66353L5. For questions, please email Michelle Grace at mlgracey@verizon.net.

·        Learn how to teach children to effectively balance and manage their academic work and materials, plus their time, with guest speaker Sarah Ward at the Fowler School Auditorium on Monday, December 15, 7-9 pm. This free event is hosted by the Green Meadow PTO and the Fowler School PTO. Ward will be providing parents with actionable, practical ways they can help their children develop their “executive function” skills. Those are the skills we all use and need to plan, start and finish tasks on time. You will learn how to effectively teach the children in your life to create a homework space, organize personal and school materials, record assignments and create a schedule, manage time and tasks, and complete long-term projects. Please RSVP by emailing Jen Lenicheck @jenlenicheck@yahoo.com

·         Beacon Santa Telethon: WAVM Telethon will be held at Maynard High School on December 12 to 15. The students are in need of donated items for their on-air auction. Donations of toys, games, furniture, electronics, books, household items, holiday decorations as well as tickets to a show, concert or a sporting event, gift certificates or a provided service are all most welcome. Gift baskets donated by your family, neighborhood or club are also a great way to help the auction. Items are being collected at Maynard High School during school hours and throughout the weekend of the telethon. The WAVM students will also be happy to pick up your donation at your home. Please call the station at 978-897-5213 for assistance. All donations are gratefully accepted but regret that we can only accept new items. 

·        Please remember that the cool weather has arrived and students will need warm clothing each day for outdoor play.  Please send jackets to school with children daily for outdoor recess.

  

Dates to Remember                                                                                                                               

·        December 11 & 12                                          Early Release 11:45, Parent Conferences

·        December 23                                                   Early Release 11:45 dismissal

·        December 24-January 2                                 No School, Winter Break

·        January 5                                                         School Reopens

 

                                             

Green Meadow Newsletter 12-4-2014

posted Dec 4, 2014, 7:12 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                         MC900229657[1]   

December 4, 2014                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

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

 Indicators on the report cards reflect the progress each individual student has made toward achieving the standard. As you review your child’s progress, it is important to note that the information you receive reflects each individual student’s current performance in relation to the expectation for this time in the school year.  As the expectations change and the pace increases throughout the year, we often see changes in student understanding and acquisition of skills. 

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

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

Linda Gilberti, a former librarian at Maynard High School, has created a gingerbread house to be raffled on December 18, 2014.  This tradition began several years ago, and the proceeds of the raffle are donated to the Maynard Food Pantry.  The house is on display in the main office and the raffle tickets are in today’s backpack folder.  The chances are 25¢ each or 5 for $1.00.  You will find more specific information in the flyer.  This, like the Beacon Santa Telethon, is a wonderful way to contribute to the greater Maynard community.  Thank you for helping make the outreach so successful.

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

                                                                        Donna Dankner

 

News from Mrs. Hazel’s Physical Education Class:

Students are practicing throwing skills this week. Since the start of the year we have completed a soccer unit and are now diving into basketball! Please be sure to send your child with sneakers on PE days! We have been trying to keep up with our Tabata and with our CALM meditations, but have been running out of time lately. We should be back to a normal schedule after the holidays! 

 

 Also check out our blog for daily/weekly news and updates as well as pictures! www.grenmeadowpe.blogspot.com

 

News from Ms. Mara’s Class:

November was a very busy month for us.   We began the month working with Erika Whitcomb from Habitat.  She brought in sow bugs.  We observed and then recorded information from our observations about these crustaceans.  We look forward to going out to the vernal pool in December.  In math we are doing a great job learning our addition and subtraction facts using Reflex Math.  We have worked very hand learning about what it means to be a ‘’safe” member of the Green Meadow community. Last week we made a “Bucket Filling A to Z” quilt that is hanging on our classroom door. Make sure you check it out when you come for your conference.

 

News from the Art Room: The Art Room could use the following supplies:
Q-Tips                                     Old watches/Small Clocks                                Yarn/String

Buttons                         Paper bags with handles                                    Sequins

Masking tape                            Colored Duct tape/Masking tape                      Hand wipes                 
Old hardware parts (washers, small screws, nuts, fasteners, small gears)
Scrapbooking paper (scraps, small pieces and uneven pieces are fine)
Clean egg cartons (i.e. no trace of egg)
Small clean plastic trays


Also, for updates on what’s happening in the room please go to www.artatgreenmeadow.blogspot.com
A BIG thank you to Lydia Clancy who has been working to help label, hang and prep work this year!!! If you are in the school check out the great work she has hung for us!  If you are interested in volunteering time in the art room please email me at sarcelay@maynard.k12.ma.us

 

Special Notes:

·        Announcing the Maynard SEPAC 5th Annual Winter Social – The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be hosting its 5th Annual Winter Social on Monday, December 8th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Green Meadow Elementary cafeteria.  This free event will feature crafts, activities, snacks and fun for the entire family.   RSVP to Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or 617-458-1294, or go to http://sepac.maynardschools.org.

·        The Scrip Gift Card Program is underway. This is an opportunity to purchase gift cards as gifts or use them to do your holiday shopping. The program earns money for the Green Meadow PTO, which will be used to enrich the students’ learning experience through programs and activities. To place an order online, go to www.shopwithscrip.com and use the code 9381EL66353L5. For questions, please email Michelle Grace at mlgracey@verizon.net.

·         Beacon Santa Telethon: WAVM Telethon will be held at Maynard High School on December 12 to 15. The students are in need of donated items for their on-air auction. Donations of toys, games, furniture, electronics, books, household items, holiday decorations as well as tickets to a show, concert or a sporting event, gift certificates or a provided service are all most welcome. Gift baskets donated by your family, neighborhood or club are also a great way to help the auction. Items are being collected at Maynard High School during school hours and throughout the weekend of the telethon. The WAVM students will also be happy to pick up your donation at your home. Please call the station at 978-897-5213 for assistance. All donations are gratefully accepted but regret that we can only accept new items. 

·        Please remember that the cool weather has arrived and students will need warm clothing each day for outdoor play.  Please send jackets to school with children daily for outdoor recess.

  

Dates to Remember                                                                                                                               

·        December 5, 2014                                           Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

·        December 11 & 12                                          Early Release 11:45, Parent Conferences

·        December 23                                                   Early Release 11:45 dismissal

·        December 24-January 2                                 No School, Winter Break

·        January 5                                                         School Reopens

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