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March 2016

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The Official Newsletter for Meadowbrook Farms School Students, Parents and Faculty.

MESSAGE FROM MR. MARCACCIO Dear  Meadowbrook Families, Not long ago we celebrated our 100th day of school, which is an annual milestone for students, staff and families. The 100th day reminds us of how much our collaborative efforts have accomplished in the form of student outcomes. It also means we are more than half way through our school year. It’s always fun to walk into the classrooms and recognize the huge shift our students have made in the areas of ownership and independence. More often than not it is the student that is leading the charge in many social and academic areas. There is certainly a lot happening academically across the grade levels. Our preschool just completed their RIELDS (RI Early Learning and Development Standards). These rigorous standards will be blended into our already challenging and diverse preschool program. Our preschool team just received a large grant to assist in meeting the rigorous “BrightStars” requirements. K-2 teachers are working to tweak our ELA and Math curricula, focusing on exemplars, aligning resources, and adding depth to various concepts and targets. In the coming weeks our grade level teams will be getting together with their counterparts at Frenchtown. Our students are writing more frequently in an atmosphere which promotes student-to-student discussion of writing with targeted teacher lead workshop components. It is amazing to sit in on these discussions, some of which involve digital tools. Keep an eye on the Friday Blogspot!   Kindly, Neil Marcaccio, Principal


We are very excited to announce the Magicians Drama Club! This activity is being offered through our Enrichment Program and although it is now full, we still encourage parents who are interested to add their student to the wait list. The Drama Club will be performing at this year’s Talent Show! The Spring Session of Enrichment begins on Monday, March 28th and is a 10-week session! For more information on the enrichment program or if you have questions, please email us at [email protected]

APRIL Friday, 1st Family Movie Night “Inside Out” 6pm • Gym Saturday, 2nd Camp Fair 3-5pm • Gym Tuesday, 5th School Committee Meeting 7:00pm • Cole Library Saturday, 10th MFS Outdoor Beautification Day Mon., 11th - Mon., 18th Reading Week Tues., 12th & Thurs., 14th MFS Kindergarten & 1st Grade Registration 10-11:30am • Gym Mon., 18th - Fri., 22nd No School Thursday, 28th MFS Paint Night 7pm • Clayground

MAY Mon., 2nd - Fri., 6th Staff Appreciation Week Friday, 20th Talent Show 6-8pm • Gym Tuesday, 24th PTG Meeting 6:30pm • Library Thursday, 26th Walk-A-Thon

Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School • 2 Chestnut Drive • East Greenwich, RI 02818 • (P) 401.398.1502 • (F) 401.398.1185

A MESSAGE FROM THE PTG BOARD Hello to all of our wonderful Meadowbrook Families! On behalf of the PTG Board, we would like to thank all of you for supporting our events this year. The success we have had thus far would not be possible without your help, participation, and generosity. Your contributions have allowed us to do great things such as provide over $900.00 in new books for our library, fund all of our classroom field trips, and plan exciting events for Staff Appreciation Week. But there is still so much more to come… In the next few weeks, we will be hosting a Family Movie Night, a MFS Paint Night - to name only a few. And please be sure to review the PTG Calendar of Events for exciting year-end events as well. If anyone has any ideas or feedback, we always welcome your thoughts.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the next General Meeting on May 24th @ 6:30 PM.

Thank You, Kara Guerette & Theresa Daly Co-Presidents


Co-Presidents Theresa Daly [email protected] Kara Guerette [email protected] Vice-Presidents Linsey Allain [email protected] Neil Marcaccio n[email protected] Treasurer Kara Guerette [email protected]

Recording Secretary Lori Gecawich [email protected] Ways and Means Tamara Glennon [email protected] Volunteer Coordinator Elisabeth Schenenga [email protected] Corresponding Secretary Lara Sloan [email protected] Enrichment Theresa Daly [email protected]

LOOKING AHEAD...GET INVOLVED WITH THE 2016-2017 PTG Our Nominating Committee is hard at work, looking to fill our standing committees for next school year. If you’re interested in becoming more involved with the PTG, we would love to have you! Chair and Volunteer positions such as Art Show, 2nd Grade Moving Up, Talent Show, Math Night, etc. are all great ways to get more involved at Meadowbrook while having fun doing it! Please contact Linsey Allain ([email protected]) or Elisabeth Schenenga ([email protected]) for more details and openings.


Thanks again to Mrs. Lynch and all of our families for their support during our president project, and for the fabulous showing at our Living Museum of Presidents. The children were so proud to show off all of their hard work!

We are currently bringing our Air and Weather Science kit investigation to a close. The children have been collaborating throughout the unit, and have come up with some very thought-provoking observations regarding the properties of air. Along with the terrific scientific exploration brought to us for Digital Learning Day, the students actively enjoyed these engaging, hands on investigations. In Writing and Reading, we spent time investigating point of view and how characters’ actions impact story events, and wrote about how Amos & Boris are good problem solvers. We are in the midst of a nonfiction unit on George Washington, where the children are comparing multiple texts on the same topic. The students have been quite intrigued, as our discussions regarding George Washington have incorporated information regarding the birth of our nation and the events leading up to it, as well. This unit will culminate with the children writing a constructed response using the RACE strategy to answer the prompt, “Give two to three reasons why the people elected George Washington as our first president.” The children have grown leaps and bounds in mathematics this year. During the current unit, we have been exploring a variety of addition and subtraction problem solving strategies, including solving two-step word problems. The strategies that we have been utilizing are opennumber lines, base ten blocks, two and three digit addition frames, webbing, expanded format, coins, ten frames, and more. They were also very excited to extend their math computation into the thousands! *As always, having your child study their basic math facts at home is a great help. Having their addition and subtraction math facts to 18 memorized allows your children to focus their energy on the new concepts being taught. Looking ahead…, it won’t be long before we introduce our Sea Creature combined ELA and Science project. This is always a student favorite…and we look forward to it, as well! There will be an at home part of this project, where the children create three-dimensional models of their sea creatures in dioramas. We will be sending home guidelines for the diorama after we introduce the project in the classroom, but for now please keep an eye out for an adult-sized shoe box. Thank you for all that you do to support your children and their classrooms! Sincerely, Mrs. Sullivan, Mr. Potter & Mrs. Garcia

Friday, April 1st ~ Family Movie Night Friday, April 1st at 6:00 pm we will be having a Family Movie night, tickets are $2 per person. Come in your PJ’s, bring a blanket, and get cozy while watching Disney’s Inside Out! Popcorn and water will be provided.

Saturday, April 2nd ~ 1st Annual Camp Fair Guess what? Life just got a little easier for you! Please join us on Saturday, April 2nd from 3pm-5pm for our first Camp Fair-palooza! We are working with Familytopia this year to gather all of the best Rhode Island summer camps into one place...Meadowbrook! Stop by to ask questions and pick up information from local camp representatives - some may even take your registration! There is no RSVP required for this event. Hanaford families are invited as well! We will even have an activity station to help keep your kiddos busy while you browse! Stay tuned for additional information in the coming month.

Sunday, April 10th ~ Outdoor Beautification Day What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by giving our beloved school a much-needed day of “pampering”! Grab your rakes, brooms, garbage bags, and gloves and join your Meadowbrook Community from 10am-3pm. This is a great way for families to learn about and experience Earth Day together! We are always looking for donations of perennial flowers and plants to keep the school looking great. There is no sign-up necessary for this event! More details to come…

Thursday, April 28th ~ MFS Paint Night Join us for an evening of creativity at Clayground Studios, 5600 Post Road, East Greenwich on Thursday, April 28th at 7:00 pm. This will be a fun night out creating a canvas painting and mingling with fellow MFS parents and teachers. This is a B.Y.O. Refreshments and the PTG will be providing a couple of pizzas to munch on. Watch for a flyer to come home in the next couple of weeks with more details. Space will be limited so don’t delay in signing up!

Sunday, May 15th ~ PawSox Please join us for an afternoon with other Meadowbrook families at a Pawtucket Red Sox game. The game is scheduled for Sunday, May 15th at 1:05 pm, and tickets can be purchased in advance for $12. See the attached flyer for more details.

Friday, May 20th ~ Talent Show ~ HELP WANTED We are looking for two people to organize this year’s Talent Show! You do not need to have any “performing” or “musical” experience, just a desire to help our kiddos showcase their talents! For more information and/or if you are interested in helping to organize, please contact Theresa Daly at [email protected]


Dear Meadowbrook Farms Families,

Please mark your calendars for the following date: Dental Screenings for K-2 students will be performed on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Please note that these state-mandated screenings are conducted by outside Agencies. These screenings will only be performed on their specific dates. There will not be any re-screenings for absent students. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me any time. For other Meadowbrook School Nurse’s office information, visit my website. Eve Bisard, MS, RN • Certified School Nurse-Teacher Phone: 398-1612 • Fax: 398-1185 • [email protected]

Registration is on Tuesday, April 12th & Thursday, April 14th from 10am-11:30am in the school cafeteria.

Kindergarten Registration: Your child must have attained the age of 5 on or before September 1, 2016. 1st Grade Registration: Your child must have attained the age of 6 on or before September 1, 2016. Here is what you need to bring: child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, up-to-date proof of immunizations - signed by your physician, evidence of physical exam (within 6 months), evidence of eye exam, and lead screening date/results. These documents are all required to be on file with the district administration office before your child can be officially registered.

Please consider signing up for Shoparoo the fundraiser that does not require you to purchase anything! Simply download the app onto your smart phone and start taking pictures of your receipts from grocery stores, pet stores, local businesses and restaurants. Each receipt generates either a sweepstakes ticket or points toward cash for Meadowbrook. For more information, visit www.shoparoo.com.

MEADOWBROOK LIBRARY RECEIVES AWARD! Our library was awarded $920 as a result of our 1st Annual Barnes & Noble Holiday Extravaganza this past December! Thanks to everyone who shopped at Barnes & Noble in Warwick on December 6th and to those who shopped online later that week, the PTG was able to present Mrs. Lynch with a gift card to purchase new books and materials for the library. She will be hand-picking some very special titles for the kiddos and we can’t wait to see the new books arrive!

A MESSAGE FROM PRESCHOOL There are so many exciting things happening in preschool this year! Our preschool program has been awarded a 2-star rating through Bright Stars, Rhode Island’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System. The Bright Stars Tiered Quality Improvement System measures and supports quality in early care, education and school-age programs. More information about Bright Stars is on their website www.brightstars.org. An application to advance to a 3-star has been submitted and an on-site assessment will be conducted sometime in March. Our Preschool staff have been working hard to meet the standards for a 3 star are well prepared and very confident. In February our preschool program was awarded a Child Assessment Technology Grant. This grant will support high-quality child assessment practices and support our use of technology-based child assessment in our preschool program. We are able to purchase new tablets for data collection, laptops, color printer, and an online program to improve communication between school and parents. On March 4th a Quality Improvement Grant was submitted. This grant will support our programs quality improvement plan goals, 1. Enhance classroom environment and 2. Provide professional development opportunities to all staff to increase their knowledge and understanding of high quality curricula and to achieve a higher Bright Stars rating in this area. We are happy to report on our successful registration and enrollment for September 2016-2017 school year. Our preschool program continues to grow due to the support and positive recommendations from the East Greenwich community. Children benefit from participating in early learning opportunities during their early development and we are grateful to be part of a community that recognizes the importance of early childhood education.


Last Call to Order Yearbooks! Thank you to all who placed orders! Yearbooks are expected to arrive a few weeks before the end of the school year. If you have any pictures that you would like to share of your child at a school-related function, please email them to [email protected] gmail.com. Volunteers to help coordinate the yearbook and to take pictures are always welcome! If you would like to order a yearbook, click here.

Mentoring Matters/ Mental Health Mentoring and Social Matters/ Work at MFS Mental Health and Social Mentoring Work at MFS Matters/ Mental Health and Social Mentoring Work at MFS Matters/ Mental Health and Social Work at MFS

Mentoring Matters/Mental Health and Social Work at MFS...All of these topics are related in the work I do each day. I provide mentors for children at MFS as well as the other five schools in our district. I am always seeking people interested in learning more about the Strategic Support Mentoring Program. The program has been in the district for 16 years and provides one to one mentors for deserving students referred by our teachers and staff, teams and others. Parents can refer a child to have a mentor. Call Nina at 398-1634 if you’d like to get involved in this rewarding program, the commitment to help another child is crucial to all of us doing well together. Mental Health - is a topic on all of our minds as we read articles and hear news of the impact mental health has on our children’s and family’s overall well-being, functionality at work, home, school, and in the community and, in general, in all of our relations. The district received a sizable Mental Health Grant to provide training for 50 of our staff over the past 24 months. The trainings were held at the High School and provided by a licensed Social Worker from Gateway Health Care and Washington County Coalition for Kids. The topics focused on safety, assessing a child or adolescent in a crisis, getting help, providing support and in general helping our staff all feel more comfort serving our students in a crisis event.We were able to train staff from all six schools, in many disciplines because we know anyone might be a first responder in a mental health emergency. For example: Our office staff might be called to help, our teaching or custodial staff or others. We all need to understand how to support our kids. This was a great opportunity, we are looking at ways to continue to train,learn and address our needs in these areas moving forward. Social Work - is the heart and soul of what I do along with staff, teachers, teams, principals and parents daily. I see my role as multifaceted and including all of the above and then some. In daily work, I don’t often separate one from the other - they are so related. Social workers (there are only 2 in the district) do Social History Reports, Clinical case work, home outreach, support in classes to students and teachers, Character Education and group work, Adopt A family /food distribution, manage interns and volunteers, educate staff on mental health topics ongoing, create programming such as the recent Mental Health trainings, build awareness of the needs of all students for resources and help within and outside of the schools. March is Social Work Awareness Month, I thought I might share these thoughts. I can be reached at 398-1634, if you’d like to get involved in any of the programs mentioned. I enjoy all of my roles and work with all of you - parents are the vital link to student success! If you are interested or know of someone that would make a good mentor, please call me at 398-1634 Nina Mackta, District Social Worker/Mentoring Program

Thank You!

A MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST Who is “That Lady in the Office Near the Library”? For the past 21 years, I have had the best job that I could have hoped for. I have developed long-term and close relationships with students and their families, and had the pleasure of watching hundreds of “my school kids” grow from sweet preschoolers to young adults, having a front-row seat to their progress. What a joy! When asked to contribute to the PTG newsletter, I thought it best to provide a quick overview regarding what exactly IT is that I, and school psychologists in general, do: • School psychologists perform special education assessment (which includes test administration, interpretation, and report writing). They also consult to faculty and conduct screenings for Response to Intervention Services. School Psychologists maintain a weekly intervention caseload of students whom they provide emotional/social/behavioral intervention. More Specifically: • School psychologists can help prevent or reduce the immediate and long term effects of children’s mental health problems. • School psychologists provide mental health services that address needs at school to help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally. • School psychologists are specially trained to link mental health to learning and behavior • School psychologists work with parents, educators and other mental health service providers to help young students to develop resiliency, confidence and self esteem. • School psychologists conduct research and develop best practices to support the mental health needs of children. • School psychologists work to find the best solution for each child in each situation. • Intervention/ Treatment to help kids overcome mental health problems • Prevention/ Early Intervention- preventing and lessening problems • Assessment/ Diagnosis, Consultation/ Case management • Advocacy/ Interagency Collaboration to promote research based policies • Adapted from http://school-psychology.org/basic-functions-school-psychologist In addition, with my role of being available to ALL students at both Meadowbrook Farms and Hanaford, there are the everyday “low intensity”(but of high importance to children) interventions; for example the death of a pet, troubles with friends, worries, and frustration with school work. I also provide whole-class character education through the Morning Meetings of which I am involved with at each grade level. Please let me know if I may ever be of assistance to your child or your family. Warm Regards, “Dr. S.” Nora Santamour, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

Meadowbrook Notes INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Library and other volunteers are needed! Simply go on Sign Up Genius, browse through the volunteer opportunities at Meadowbrook, and pick what you have time to do. Click here to access the Sign Up Genius.

POPCORN TUESDAYS We always need volunteers to pop on Tuesdays! It’s lots of fun and the kids love it! If you haven’t signed up but have been meaning to, please click here. We are more than happy to pair you with an “experienced” popper! WE NEED YOUR BOX TOPS Congratulations to Mrs. de Groot’s 1st Grade class who turned in 320 box tops to win February’s Box Top Contest. They received the trophy and free popcorn. Please continue to cut out and send in your box tops. Keep up the good work!

STOP & SHOP A+ SCHOOL REWARDS. REGISTER YOUR CARD TODAY Register your Stop & Shop card at http://www.stopandshop.com/aplus. Stop & Shop will donate funds to the school based upon each dollar spent. So far, we’ve earned $660.53! You can designate up to two schools to divide your points. The code for Meadowbrook is 10774. Other school codes are, as follows: Hanaford - 10776; Cole - 08942; EGHS - 10775; Frenchtown - 10771; Eldredge – 08850. This will not affect your gas points. HOW TO GET A BACKGROUND CHECK Please note that you must have a background check completed yearly in order to volunteer in school and/or chaperone a field trip. The process takes time before you are eligible to volunteer. If you haven’t already filled out the forms, please do so today. A BCI form is available in the office along with instructions on how to complete it. It is quick and easy. KEEP INFORMED. MAKE SURE YOU ARE PART OF OUR MAILING LISTS. Contact Librarian, Kat Lynch, [email protected], to be added to the school and district listserv. FIND US ON FACEBOOK Join Meadowbrook PTG, https://www.facebook.com/groups/meadowbrookPTG on Facebook, and we will keep you up to date on all school happenings.

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hooray  for  movie   night!     Join  us  in  watching  Disney’s  Inside  Out  

Friday,  April  1st   at  6:00  pm  


Meadowbrook  Farms  Gymnasium.    Bring  your   blanket,  chairs  and  come  in  your  pajamas.    We   will  have  popcorn  and  water.  




Any  questions  email  [email protected]  



Tickets  are  $2  per  person  and  can  be  purchased  at  the  door  or  in   advance.  

_____________________________________________________________________________________     Please  fill  out  and  return  in  your  child’s  folder  in  an  envelope  marked  “Movie  Night”   Childs  Name___________________________________________________________________________   Teachers  Name_____________________________              _____  #  of  Tickets  at  $2.00=_________________  

Meadowbrook Farms PTG & Familytopia Presents:

2016 Summer Camp Fair Join us on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 3pm to 5pm Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School, Gymnasium 2 Chestnut Drive, East Greenwich RI Life JUST got a little easier for you! We have been working with Familytopia to gather some great summer camps from all over the Rhode Island area, and have now put them all in one place for our Meadowbrook Farms and Hanaford families! Come and ask questions, pick up camp information packets, and maybe even register your child(ren) for a summer camp! No RSVP is necessary to attend this much-anticipated, free event. Feel free to bring the kiddos - we will keep them busy while you browse! Questions? Email us at [email protected] Door Prize Alert: We will be awarding one lucky winner a $50 Amazon gift card, compliments of !

Parent Paint Night. Enjoy an evening out, creating a canvas painting. When: Thursday, April 28, 7 pm Where: Clayground Café 5600 Post Rd, East Greenwich Cost: $35 per person B.Y.O. Refreshments. The PTG will provide a couple of pizzas to snack on. Reservations are required. Space is limited Please return form and payment to the PTG attn. Tamara Glennon school office by April 18th. Any questions, please email [email protected]

We would love to participate in Parent Paint Night Parent(s) name: ________________________________________________________________________ Home phone: _______________________ Cell phone: _______________________

Please make checks payable to Meadowbrook Farms PTG.

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Meadowbrook’s Got Talent 2016 Variety Show Show us your talent, whatever it be!

We know you can do it, so just let us see! Maybe you dance or maybe you sing, or maybe comedy is just your thing…

The time is now to show us your style,

but hurry, get ready, it’ll be here in a while. Friday, May 20th 6pm-8pm

Meadowbrook Farms Gymnasium To register, click here.

Deadline to enroll: April 20th Groups and Individual Acts are welcome but

students may only participate in one of each. Questions? Email [email protected]

JUST FOR KIDS SPRINGTIME MAZE (1) Print this page. (2) Use a pencil to show how Buzz can find his friends. (3) Write your name and your teacher’s name on the bottom. (4) Submit your maze to your teacher by March 31st and you will receive a chance to win a fun prize.


Your Name: