Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

On March 21st, GMS students and staff members donned crazy mix matched socks to raise awareness for the inclusion and well being of people with Down Syndrome. The socks were a reminder to celebrate diversity while remembering 'we are more alike than different.' The idea was suggested by Alyssa Gwordz, a member of the Maynard High School student goverment.       #rockyoursocks

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

PTO Gift of Sound!

Nance Messina, gr. 2 teacher, tried out the new sound
system at an all school assembly on Dr. Suess's birthday.

Over February vacation, the GMS PTO arranged for a new state of the art AV sound system to be professionally installed in the cafeteria at Green Meadow! A proper AV system has been lacking at GM for years, making it difficult to hear during presentations and performances. The PTO identified this need last year, and worked diligently to purchase and arrange installation of a system that would meet our needs now and in years to come. The gift will be used for open houses, school concerts, all school assemblies, and many other events.

We are grateful to the PTO Board for facilitating many fundraising events to fund this gift. Throughout the year, the PTO donates to a number of enrichment activities, including these March/April inhouse programs: 

Kindergarten- Curious Creatures 
2nd Grade-  Discovery Museum & Windows on Wildlife 
1st Grade- Discovery Museum 
3rd Grade- Paul Revere House 

Thank you to all the GMS families who donate their time and funds to enrich our school!!

Cradles to Crayons Service Project

A collection box will be in the GMS school lobby until April 6th to support a service project facilitated by a Fowler student. Below is his letter explaining what items are needed.

K Writers & Artists

These are some of the beautiful works hanging on the walls in our kindergarten classrooms. As you can see, the students have a variety of interests and each child develops his/her skills at their own pace. We have many amazing writers and artists at GMS!

Curious Kids & Creatures

Kindergarten students were captivated by a visit from ‘Curious Creatures’. The presenter showed a variety of animals while sharing educational facts about their habitats and characteristics. Students were able to touch a 75 year old turtle, a rabbit, a bearded dragon, a skunk, and several other animals.

This event was sponsored by our PTO- thanks to funds raised by GMS families!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Screenagers March 28th

Please watch this important video, a preview to an event sponored by our PTOs.

The potential impact of digital technologies on a child's developing brains is a concerned shared by many in the medical and educational community. Over the last decade, there has been a spike in anxiety and behavioral disorders. Many families are impacted by the devestating effects of gaming addictions on children and parents. I urge parents to educate themselves to the risks, be cognizant of screen use in your home, and reach out for help if needed. I believe this is a significant issue that will greatly impact society in the upcoming years. Thank you to our PTO's for sponsoring this event!

The event is free. Please RSVP to ensure adequate seatingScreenager RSVP

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Choose Kind

On Valentine's Day, a number of GMS staff and students wore 'Choose Kind' Teeshirts. 

Since this logo fits in so nicely with our core values to be "Kind, Safe, Learners", our PTO found a local vendor who agreed to offer similar shirts for only $5. Order forms for the teeshirts will be going home via backpacks.  On March 31st, our school is planning to have a "Kindness Day" in which everyone will be encouraged to wear something to promote kindness. To include everyone, those without teeshirts will be given emblems with a logo to add to their attire.

Rock your Socks March 21st

Alyssa Gwozdz, a senior at Maynard High School and member of the student government, sent me the above flyer. She invited us to join other schools in creating awareness for the inclusion and well being of people with Down Syndrome by participating in “Rock Your Socks Day” on March 21st.  On that day, GMS students and staff are invited to wear their craziest mismatched socks to represent that we are more alike then different.