Thursday, August 9, 2018

Preparing for the New School Year


As you can see from the photos below, our custodians have been busy stripping and waxing floors so the school building will be clean and shiny for opening day. Office staff have been ordering supplies, setting up schedules, and preparing class lists. We have also been attending trainings and working on transitioning to a new database system (Tyler) that has many great features. This month, the District will be launching a more updated website which will connect to all our social media including blogs and email blasts. 
This year, Green Meadow students will have several new specials along with Art, Music, Physical Education, and Library. K-3 students will participate in Foreign Language (Spanish), Computer Science, and Wellness classes. Welcome back letters, with information regarding classroom placements/homeroom teacher, will be mailed home the week of 8/13/18. Below are some important dates to keep in mind:







  • Meet and Greet for Grade K-3 Families- Tuesday, August 28th, 2:00-2:30pm
  • First Day of School for gr. 1-3- Wednesday, August 29th, 8:30am-2:50pm
  • First Day of Kindergarten- (Last name determines which date students attend: A-M on August 29th and N-Z on August 30th)
  • Meet & Greet for Preschool Families- Wednesday, August 29th (Classroom visits~ Baudin 9-10am; Mooradian 9:30-10:30am; Viros 9:30-10:30am; Vasta 10:30-11:30)
  • First Day of Preschool- Thursday, August 30th 
  • No School 8/31 & 9/3- Labor Day Weekend 
  • PTO Family Picnic at Crowe Park- September 7th, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Back to School Night for Parents- September 27th, 6:30-8:00pm
Link to the 2018-19 school calendar: http://www.maynard.k12.ma.us

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

School Council Parent Survey


I would like to express my appreciation to the 2017-2018 Green Meadow School Council for helping to create a parent survey. It was sent out via email to families on June 19th. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The data will help provide feedback to better understand parents' perceptions and opinions. If you did not receive the survey, feel free to access it at this link:
Green Meadow Parent Survey

By law, every school in Massachusetts must create a "School Council" consisting of an equal number of parent and teacher representatives, and one community member. The council's key responsibilities are to assist the principal in: identifying the needs of students attending the school, adopting educational goals, formulating a school improvement plan, and reviewing the annual school building budget.

Green Meadow will have several openings for parent representatives on the council next year. At the start of the school year, we will send out a notice seeking volunteers. (If there are more volunteers than openings, the PTO will be asked to assist in holding an election). The council meets approximately one evening. For more information contact Principal Shea or visit the: DOE Advisory on School Councils

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