Green Meadows Newsletter

September 2018

Important Dates

September 4

First day of School for Kindergarten

September 4

PreK Parent Orientation at 6:00 p.m.

September 5

PreK Classroom Visits at 10:00 a.m

September 6

First Day of School for Preschool

September 12

Open House for Parents 6:15-7:45 p.m.

September 17

PTO Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the library

September 20

School Council Meeting 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the conference room

October 2

Picture Day

The Job of the Leader is to Speak to the Possibility!

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Mr. Villamaino and I are fully embracing the change this year with the addition of our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. We already enjoy getting to know them and have had some good conversations about their hopes for this year. There are many possibilities that exist and we promise to explore them all so all our students have a fun and memorable year filled with lots of opportunities for leadership, learning, and growth.

~Ms. Moberg

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Green Meadows School Pride

School pride and spirit are important to us at Green Meadows School (GMS). Be on the lookout for information regarding school spirit wear. Our school colors are blue and gold so we will be sure to include those colors in the design of our t-shirts, sweatshirts and other gear. Stay tuned!
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Paperless Parent Newsletter

Just a reminder that my newsletter is electronic and will be sent to parents via BlackBoard Connect monthly. It will also be posted to our new website. I'll be sure to send home a quick note to all families to let them know.
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Green Meadows has a handful of new staff members this year. Welcome to the TEAM!

Andy Villamaino: Assistant Principal

Glenn Pittsinger: Board Certified Behavior Analyst- BCBA

Erin Walsh: Educational Team Leader and Inclusion Specialist

Evette Moltenbrey: 5th grade teacher

Laura Lucas: 5th grade teacher

Sherry Krassin: 6th, 7th, 8th grade English Language Arts teacher

Kara Vicalvi: 6th, 7th, 8th grade Math teacher

Dennis Donahue: 6th, 7th, 8th grade Science teacher and Special Educator

Doug Casey: 6th, 7th, 8th grade Social Studies and teacher

Amy Soucy: 7th, 8th grade Spanish teacher

A Real Good Fella...

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Farewell Mr. Dennis Warner

Green Meadows said goodbye to Mr. Dennis at the end of this school year. Mr. Dennis worked at Green Meadows for 14 years. In this time he supported several students, families, and staff in his role as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Mr. Dennis, we will miss you and know you will continue to impact the lives of students in important and caring ways. Thank you for your dedication, gentle way and commitment to our kiddos. We wish you all the best.

Andrew's Day of Support: September 14, 2018

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Say hello to Andrew Stark!

Andrew is a fourth grade student at Green Meadows. He was diagnosed with leukemia in September of 2013. Andrew is a smart, kind, caring boy with a great smile and fun sense of humor. Andrew is now in remission and has been since 2015 . Whoo hoo! The month of September was particularly sad for Andrew and his family but they decided to do something a bit different and change the way they thought about that day Andrew was diagnosed and turn it into something POSITIVE. During the early days of Andrew's diagnosis, they received overwhelming love, kindness, and support from family, friends, and strangers. With Andrew's help, the Stark Family came up with a great idea and way to pay forward all the kindness and love they received. They now celebrate September 14th and refer this day as "Andrew's Day of Support". On this day, the Stark Family asks others to "Do Small Things With Great Love". Green Meadows School is very excited to help out by collecting new TOYS to donate to Baystate Children's Hospital. The toy drive will begin on "Andrew's Day of Support: September 14, 2018" and run through Friday, September 28th. Thank you in advance for your support.
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PK-8 Arrival and Dismissal

Parent drop-off for students in grades K-8 begins at 8:15 a.m. Our preschool students start just a bit later at 8:30 a.m. PreK pick-ups have a "hot pink" PK sign to help identify these cars and make sure they are in the PreK pick-up line and not the K-8 line. So far, this looks to be working pretty great! At the end of the day, our preschool students are dismissed a bit earlier at 2:30 p.m. Parents of students in grades K-8 should plan to arrive at Green Meadows for parent pickup at 2:45 p.m. or a couple minutes later. This will help minimize your wait and allow a clearer path for our buses. Parents, please also be mindful as you are leaving the Green Meadows parking lot and buses are just arriving. Staff may need to kindly ask you to wait a brief moment to allow the buses into the school parking. We do appreciate your attention to this and patience as we work towards making our procedures as as safe and efficient as possible. Thank you!
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Whose car is that?

Parents of students who will be permanent pick-ups will soon be given a "number" to place on the dash of their windshield at parent pick-up. This will help staff quickly identify which car is picking up which child. We hope this will help move along our pick-up line quickly. More detailed information to come.
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Click on the Healthy Kids Running Series title above to view a video about this awesome and active opportunity for our Green Meadows students in grades PreK to 8. Last year, students and families had a ton of fun. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Slattery for organizing this again this year and thank you to all the other amazing volunteers. It is because of you awesome experiences happen for our Green Meadows students! Here is the link to register.

Snapshots of Summer 2018: Send along these awesome photos for our bulletin board!!

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Parents ~ See you on September 12th at 6:15 p.m. for Open House!

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Be sure to...

Parents, please visit our School Climate display table at Open House. Here you will find lots of information to learn more about a framework we use for supporting a positive school climate and behavior at Green Meadows. Information will be available about PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports), Positive Expectations, Core Values, and School-wide Acknowledgements.

An Important Green Meadows Theme This Year, Every Year

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Continuous improvement is important to us at Green Meadows, this year and every year. Please continue to send along your feedback. Getting better and better every year is our goal. Thanks to those who have already sent along some feedback. We appreciate it and value it!

Thanks for Reading!

Principal Moberg

Assistant Principal Villamaino