Friday, June 8, 2018

Congratulations Class of 2018




The Maynard School District has a wonderful tradition of inviting the graduating seniors to march in their graduation gowns through the middle school and elementary school as younger students and former staff members cheer and congratulate them. On Thursday, June 7th, there were many teary eyed teachers smiling proudly as their former students strolled through the Green Meadow hallways one last time.

Officer Phil Safety Education

Officer Phil Safety Program

On June 8th, students in grades k-3 attended a safety presentation with 'Mr. Michael' and his puppet friends 'Officer Phil' and 'Cosmo'. The educational show incorporated magic, music, and puppetry. The safety tips highlighted included: memorizing your address & phone number, 'stay low & go' if a smoke detector goes off, wear seatbelts, do not take rides from strangers, always wear a bicycle helmet, and many more.

Students also received a coloring book full of Officer Phil safety tips. They were encouraged to show the book to their families and share the safety tips they learned from the presentation. Maynard police officers, Trista Manchuso and Chris Silva also joined us for the presentation.



Friday, June 1, 2018

Countdown to June 21st



This bulletin board in the second grade hallway displays the number of remaining school days for the year. The last day, June 21st, is an early release (11:45am).

One of Ms. Holly's students created the "Choose Kind" sign in the center of the board. She told me she recycled flowers from a broken lei- very creative!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Juuling

It seems there are always new crazes popping up among youth. As parents, it is hard to stay abreast of the latest trend, yet, very important that we do in order to provide guidance and education to help them cope with peer pressure.

Today, I learned of a new e-cigarette that is sweeping across the country. The small size of the "Juul" product, and sweet flavors, make it very appealing to teenagers. Early research suggest it is highly addictive. If you have middle school or high school aged children, you may want to check out this article:  what-parents-need-to-know-about-juuling

Positive Change

 Thank you to the James family for sharing these time line photos. As you can see, today many more families are biking to school. Where there once was no bike stand, a dozen bikes can be found.

Biking to school is a great way to get fresh air and exercize!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tick Tips inspired by a 2nd Grader

I received a beautifully handwritten letter from a second grade student. She noticed there have been a lot of ticks appearing this year and wanted to raise awareness of ways to address the problem. Most people think of ticks in the woods, but it is equally likely they will appear in grass. "Ticks like to live in areas where there is tall grass because of the shade and moisture."  Mice, squirrels, chipmunks and other rodents can easily spread ticks beyond tree lines. Just after reading her letter, I went outside during recess and noticed a group of children gathered outside the designated play area. Apparently, a frog had captured their attention and led them toward a spot of long grass. We do not want to limit children from enjoying these special moments in nature. However, it is important to take precautions and make tick checks a regular routine.

Because the risk of catching lyme and other diseases increases dramatically after 24 hours, removing ticks quickly is essential. Make tick checks part of your nightly routine... when bathing or brushing teeth, also check for ticks. If you suspect a tick has been attached for an extended time, or a round red mark becomes visible, consult a medical provider. The video below was found on the Lyme Disease Association website, it was produced by the University of Manitoba.
I have inquired about spraying the grounds for ticks, but due to strict mandates regarding chemical use near public schools, it was not recommended. However, I would like to share a simple DIY home remedy I just became aware of..."Tic Tubes." It may be worth doing your own research to find out if buying, or making them, would be good for your own personal use -just be sure to keep them safely away from young children and pets. The links below are good resources for additional information about ticks:

    Lyme Disease Association: https://lymediseaseassociation.org/

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

MEF Teacher Tributes & Grants

Ms. Wallace & Ms. Krasinski displaying StoryMarkers

Thanks to community support, the Maynard Educational Foundation donated $28,000 in grants to our schools during the 2017-2018 school year!

At their recent 'Spring Celebration of Teaching & Learning' recepients had a chance to share how the grants enriched their classrooms. For Green Meadow, grants helped purchase story markers for kindergarten, sensory stools for a first grade classroom, and robot STEM kits for a third grade classroom. Please check out the MEF website for more information on this wonderful grant program: http://www.maynardeducation.org/

The 'Teacher Tribute Program' offers an opportunity to make a donation to MEF in honor of a Maynard teacher. Deadline June 11, 2018. For more details and an online form, please visit:  MEF Teacher Tribute

Friday, May 25, 2018

Kudos to the PTO!




The rainy weather turned out to be a blessing,  the PTO moved the Annual Tiger Trot indoors and it resulted in the highest attendance so far. The funds raised exceeded all expectations! Thank you to the families and volunteers who made this possible. The funds will go directly to enriching your childrens’ school experience. 


Warm Weather Tips


- If you would like your child to wear suncreen or insect repellant, please apply it at home. (Nursing staff are not allowed to apply without written parental permission and a medication order from a doctor).

- Children are welcome to bring hats or sunglasses for recess, if they wish. 

- Sneakers are more fun for recess since they allow traction for climbing and running. Sandals fly off when on the swings and do not protect toes from the mulch under the play structure.

- Little shorts under dresses are recommended for girls who enjoy cartwheels and active play. 

- Please continue to do nightly tic checks, as the little pests seem to be numerous this year!

- Even though the days are warming up, the building can be cool in the morning. Dressing in layers is helpful.