Green Meadow Update

Robert Rouleau

School News

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend with their families. This newsletter is packed with information about the return to school. Please take few minutes to read through it.

Return to School - Q & A

What is the schedule?


  • Classes begin at 8:30.
  • School is dismissed at 2:50.
  • Starting April 5: Grades PK-3 will attend 8:30-2:50, Monday thru Friday.



What are the student schedule details?


  • Teachers will communicate any changes to the schedule with families prior to April 5th.
  • Specials will be on a two week rotation schedule.
  • Students in the building will receive Art, Physical Education, Technology and Library.
  • Remote students will be receiving live Music lessons and optional pre-recorded lessons in Art, Physical Education, Technology and Library.



What if the student is absent for many days due to Covid quarantine?


  • Teachers will be supplying students with work packets who are quarantining or out for extended periods of time.
  • If your child will need to attend classes remotely due to quarantining, please notify your child’s teachers.



Can we use the playground?


  • The playground will remain open for students to use.
  • Students are expected to sanitize their hands prior to and after using the playground facilities.
  • Students are also required to wear a mark while out on the playground.



What will happen if recess needs to be indoors due to weather?


  • Staff will remain with their students indoors, in their classrooms.
  • Students will need to remain masked.



What about breakfast?


  • Breakfast will continue to be free for all students this year
  • Students who are interested in eating breakfast, should arrive at school between 8:15 - 8:25 (if possible) to allow time for eating before class begins at 8:30.



When is lunch and recess?


  • Kindergarten: 11:30 - 12:30
  • First Grade: 11:00 - 11:45
  • Second Grade: 11:30 - 12:15
  • Third Grade: 12:00 - 12:45
  • Lunches will continue to be free for all students this year.
  • Students may also bring their own lunch from home.



Are the bubblers still closed?


  • Yes, students should bring a bottle of water to school every day.



What’s for lunch?


  • Bagged pre-packed lunches similar to what is currently distributed for take home lunches.
  • Lunches will continue to be free for all students this year.
  • Students may also bring their own lunch from home.



How will lunch work?


  • Students will grab a bagged lunch as they enter the cafeteria.
  • The lunch will not have to be warmed up.
  • Students will have assigned seats and be grouped by class.
  • Students will sit 6 feet apart unless divided by a plexiglass barrier.
  • Students will sanitize when they leave their classroom.
  • Allergy tables will be set up.
  • Lunch spaces will be sanitized between uses.



How will students enter/exit the building?


  • Parent Drop Off/Pickup
  • Parent drop off and pickup will remain the same for all grades.

Bus Students?



  • Students who ride the bus will enter through the front doors if they would like to eat breakfast.
  • All other students will enter the building as they have been.
  • Kindergarten and grade 3 students will be entering by the right hand side of the building.
  • Grades 1 & 2 will be lining up at the left hand side of the building according to their classes.
  • Teachers will be present to guide students.
  • During inclement weather students will be directed to enter the building immediately upon arrival.



Dismissal?


  • Bus students will be dismissed at 2:45.
  • Parent pick-ups will be dismissed promptly at 2:50.



Why are students being spaced 3 feet apart?




How will contact tracing be handled?


  • Students will have assigned seats in all classes and at lunch.
  • Our Nurse, Sarah Bernardi, will be handling all contact tracing according to the state’s guidelines.



How are classrooms cleaned?


  • Classrooms will continue to be cleaned daily with 2x/week deep cleanings mid-week and Friday evenings.



What about mask breaks?


  • Teachers will continue to provide mask breaks, and generally these will be outside - weather permitting.



Should my child bring his/her computer to school?


  • As of April 5th, grade 1 will be returning their computers to the Technology Department at Green Meadow.
  • All other grades will be returning their devices to the Technology Department as soon as their Technology classes begin.
  • Students will be notified by the Technology Department as soon as it is their time to return their device.



How many students are remaining fully remote?


  • Over 20% of our students will be remaining remote for the remainder of the school year.



Who do I contact for bus information?


MARA Book Drive

Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to fulfill all of the teacher and librarian book requests following the MARA Book Drive. Approximately 125 books were purchased for Maynard’s schools. A special thank you to everyone who participated in the drive.

Backpack Program

The Maynard Food Pantry, will be providing nutritious,kid-friendly breakfast, lunch and snack items packed weekly for children in our community.


For more information about the Backpack Program, please view the following flyer:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15EFfECAU_FqyXASPWjdw3lqsRL4LxCEoEbx4lH0cQlI/edit?usp=sharing

WizFit Challenge

A special thanks to the Maynard PTO and Mr. Michael Mehigan for organizing the WizFit Challenge at our school. Thanks to everyone's efforts, the students were able to raise over $13,500 to benefit our school.Way to go!
Big picture