Sunday, December 17, 2017

Supporting the Food Pantry

Retired school librarian, Linda Gilberti, made this sweet gingerbread house to raise funds for the Maynard Food Pantry. Raffle tickets (.25 each, or 5 for $1.00) available in the GMS office- deadline extended until the end of the school day on Monday, 12/18.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Earth Day 2018

Zones of Regulation

Our school counselors, Ann Rutherford and Julie Danforth, have been providing classroom lessons on the 'zones of regulations'. Below is an overview provided by Ms. Rutherford~

The Zones of Regulation (or “The Zones” for short) involve four different colored zones that help students gain skills in the area of emotional self-regulation.  Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management, and impulse control.  The zones describe our emotional state at any given time, and they can and do change throughout our days.

At any given time we are experiencing one of the four different zones.  When in the green zone, we feel “good to go” and show control, this is the zone student generally need to be in for schoolwork and for being social.  Some green zone feelings include happy, calm, ready to learn, and thankful.  If we are in the yellow zone we need to slow down, because we are starting to lose control. Frustrated, silly, annoyed, grouchy, upset, and nervous are a few of the yellow zone feelings.  If we are in the yellow zone and we don’t slow down we could end up in the red zone, which means that we are out of control.  Other red zone feelings include angry, aggressive, yelling, and mean.  The blue zone is used to describe low states of alertness, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick or bored.  This is when our bodies and/or brains are moving slowly or sluggishly.

It is important to remember that the zones describe our emotional state rather than our behavior, and there is nothing inherently wrong with being in any of the zones.  The zones are intended to be neutral and not communicate judgment. There is a saying “all feelings are okay, it’s what you do with them that counts”.  When talking to children about their zones, it can be helpful to distinguish between their zones and the actions they choose in order to express how they’re feeling.  While feeling that one is in the red zone is okay, expressing it by kicking or breaking things is not.

Over the course of the day there are many opportunities to discuss the zones.  When reading a book or watching a movie, we can observe the zones of the characters.  We can also model discussion of our own zones. For example, one could say, “I couldn’t find my glasses so I was briefly in the yellow zone, but now I found them and I’m reading the menu so I’m back in the green zone”.  We can also share with children how their behavior is affecting our zones and feelings by sharing our observations.  “I was in the blue zone because I was sad that we can’t go to the party, but when you gave me a hug that helped move me to the green zone,” is one example. Just as children's’ actions can change our zones, it is important to remember that our actions as adults can also change their zones.

Kindness is Cooler

The heart filled bulletin board in our front lobby was inspired by the book Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler. The story is about a kindergarten teacher who challenges her students to perform random acts of kindness, which then become contagious. As in the story, good deeds done by our students were recorded on paper hearts. 

WAVM Coloring Contest

First Grade Winner with WAVM Students

The WAVM station, run by Maynard High School students, recently held a coloring contest for GMS students. Winners received a gift bag with art supplies & coloring books.

PreK & K Registration for 2018-2019

 The Green Meadow School will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, January 9th from 9:00 a.m. to noonWednesday, January 10th from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Thursday, January 11th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  There will also be an evening registration on Wednesday, January 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2018 to enter kindergarten. At registration, parents must present their child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, recent physical exam, and proof of Maynard residency.  This could be a utility bill, a lease, or a tax receipt.  Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of residency.  If you have any questions, please call Green Meadow School at 978-897-8246.

Green Meadow School offers an integrated preschool program, accredited by NAEYC, open to all Maynard residents. We will be holding an information night on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Green Meadow School. At this time, we will be talking about our program and accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 school year. Come and learn about our program, meet the staff, and ask questions. For more information, call Donna Dankner at 978-897-8246. The snow date for this event will be Thursday, January 31, 2018 at 6:30 p.m..

A gift from the 'Mitten Man'

Thank you to the 'Mitten Man'!
We received a donation of handmade mittens from a generous community member. Over the years, he has anonymously donated tons of mittens so little hands can stay warm & dry.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thank You GMS Families!

Faculty Members enjoyed treats sent in by families on the day of parent conferences. Our staff table was filled with all types of delicious baked goods and drinks. Thank you!

Friday, December 1, 2017

SEPAC Winter Social

A Message from SEPAC:

The SEPAC Winter Social is happening on Tuesday, December 5 from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Green Meadow cafeteria. All families of children receiving special education services from the Maynard Schools are invited (siblings are welcome too!). We’ll have cookie decorating, crafts, music, and a goodie bag for each child. This free event is so much fun every year, and we look forward to seeing you there! (Please RSVP to Karen Heath at or at 978-394-6183.)