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Upcoming Events
Date
Event
Time
Place
4/1-4/4 ELA Testing Grades 3, 4 and 5   GM
4/9 Jump Rope Olympics 2:00 p.m. GM
4/14-4/18 No School - Spring Recess   No School
4/30-5/2 Math Testing Grades 3, 4 and 5   GM
5/9 Half Day - Staff Professional Development 11:30 a.m. GM
5/13 4th and 5th grade concert 7 p.m. At Genet
5/16 Science Fair 6:30 p.m. GM
5/23-5/26 No School - Memorial Day   No school
5/31 Freihofers Run 3k and 5k   Albany
6/12 GM PTO 7 p.m. GM
6/13 Half Day Dismissal 11:30 a.m. GM
6/24 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 9:30 a.m. GM
6/25 Last Day of School, Half Day Dismissal 11:30 a.m. GM

Spring Fest 2014 – mark your calendars!Posted April 2, 2014


You and your family are invited to Spring Fest 2014 on Tuesday, May 20, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year’s menu includes barbecue chicken, creamy herbed cole slaw, baked potato with sour cream and chives, dinner rolls and dessert. Prepaid cost is $8 per dinner. Sponsored by the East Greeenbush Education Foundation and All Sports Club, we hope you are able to join us for this wonderful community event!

Click here for your order form and more information!

April Letter from Mr. Garab - Posted April 2, 2014
We had a very exciting month of March at the Green Meadow Elementary School and certainly have a very busy month of April ahead of us. I can only hope that we will soon see more sunshine and experience warmer temperatures! Read more...

Green Meadow's Erin Tarbox named "Top Teacher" by WNYT - Posted March 27, 2014
Green Meadow Elementary School kindergarten teacher Erin Tarbox was recently selected as a "Top Teacher" by WNYT. Elaine Houston recently visited Erin's classroom - click below to see the full report!


Coach Hammond named Physical Education Teacher of the YearPosted March 27, 2014
Green Meadow Elementary School Physical Education Coach Barbara “Bobbi” Hammond was recently named Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by Capital Zone of New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD). The organization notes that Coach Hammond’s willingness to go above and beyond is most noteworthy in this honor. Read more...

East Greenbush Education Foundation hosting “Dessert Night”Posted March 25, 2014
The East Greenbush Education Foundation will be sponsoring a “Dessert Night” on Thursday, April 3, 6-8 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year, district-wide choral groups will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $5/adult, $3/student and $10/family.

The East Greenbush Education Foundation is an independent, all-volunteer, community-based organization that mobilizes financial resources, leadership and innovative ideas with the help of the community, local businesses, and a network of district alumni, educators and philanthropists that come together to strengthen and support the educational opportunities for the students in our district. For additional information, please visit: http://www.egedfoundation.org/.

Reading, Writing and Rhyming at Green Meadow Posted March 6, 2014
Richie Phillips of 107.7 WGNA recently brought his Reading, Writing, and Rhyming school program to Mr. Flannagan’s class at Green Meadow Elementary School. Richie first thought of program after years of writing songs based on current events for his morning radio show. Read more...

March Letter from Mr. Garab - Posted March 4, 2014
I am beginning to wonder if winter will ever end! We have certainly had our fair share of snow and cold weather this winter. With spring just around the corner, let’s hope Mother Nature brings us some warmer weather and the snow melts quickly.

Green Meadow had the pleasure of hosting the Board of Education Meeting on February 12th. Our staff presented detailed information about our newly adopted Common Core aligned ELA series, Reading Street. Read more...

6th grade Parent Orientation this Thursday - Posted March 4, 2014
Attention 5th grade parents: the incoming 6th grade Parent Orientation will be held this Thursday, March 6, 6 - 7 p.m. in the Howard L. Goff Middle School Gymnasium.

Students honored with special visitor on 100th day of school - Posted February 28, 2014



Green Meadow kindergarten students from Mrs. DiBella’s class were recently treated to a very special guest in their classroom. As part of commemorating the 100th day of the school year, the class welcomed their classmate Brooke’s great-grandfather George Witbeck, who recently turned 100 years old! Mr. Witbeck, along with his longtime wife Mabel, visited the students to talk about the keys to a long life and answered some very entertaining questions!

Students asked several questions about food (“Do you eat carrots?” “Do you eat pears?”), exercise and transportation when George was a young man (“Did you have a buggy to get around?”).

Mr. Witbeck spoke about how he used to have his own garden, with bountiful fruit and vegetable plans, and had several fruit trees on his property.

Mr. Witbeck lives with his lovely wife across the street from Citizen Genet Elementary School with Mabel, a member of the first class at Columbia High School in 1941. The first-ever practicing attorney in East Greenbush, Mr. Witbeck attributes a long, healthy and loving life to “good, clean living” and “physical activity.” Until recently, Mr. Witbeck could be found tending to his garden, horseback riding and even chopping wood in his yard – with an axe!

A sincere thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Witbeck for visiting us at Green Meadow!

Attention parents of pre-school aged childrenPosted February 26, 2014
Do you have pre-school aged children living in your household? Do you have school-aged children not enrolled through the East Greenbush Central School District?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we are requesting your help with our student census! Please complete this questionnaire and return it as soon as conveniently possible.

The District’s pre-school and non-enrolled student census questionnaire helps us the District to accurately project future class sizes, arrange transportation routes and allocate resources to your neighborhood schools.

We thank you for your time and attention!

**Attention Parents and Community Members** East Greenbush CSD launches "Call to Action" - Updated February 18, 2014
The East Greenbush Central School District is initiating a community wide “call to action” advocacy effort to let state leaders and elected officials know that the District and taxpayers can no longer shoulder enormous cuts in education aid through the unfair Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle is encouraging all community stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, homeowners, seniors and business leaders who support the District’s efforts, to write letters, email and call Governor Cuomo and elected officials to urge them to eliminate the GEA. Read more...

Write to our elected officials - click here!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle recently sat down with state Senator Kathy Marchione to discuss the devastating impact the GEA is having on East Greenbush CSD students and teachers.

Principal Garab comments on adjustments to the Common Core Learning Standards - Posted February 12, 2014
After school yesterday, Green Meadow Elementary School principal Mr. Garab spoke with WTEN-Channel 10 about the NYS Board of Regentsí vote to adjust the implementation of the new Common Core Learning Standards for students in grades 5-12 and how the decision by the Board of Regents to hold off on teacher evaluation recommendations would affect educators in our schools. Click the video below to hear Mr. Garab's comments.

Link to video featuring Mr. Garab

School Spirit SportsWear Day at Green Meadow - Posted February 3, 2014
School Spirit SportsWear Day was recently held at Green Meadow school. Coordinated by the Student Council, students all around the school were seen sporting jerseys and athletic wear of their favorite team or athlete. This annual school spirit event is held the Friday before the Superbowl.

STILL in Fiscal Peril: January 30 Regional Forum on School Funding CrisisUpdated January 22, 2014

Stakeholders from 47 school districts will convene at Colonie Central High School on Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. to continue the unprecedented regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools, an effort that began last year.

Click here for this year's agenda and guest speakers!

The event, “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril: Our kids can’t wait another year” picks up where last year’s massive regional advocacy effort left off. It promises to again bring students, parents, teachers, taxpayers, legislators and school leaders together to talk about what is at stake if state leaders do not eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and provide fair and equitable funding for our schools.

Read more and find out all event details here - join us and be a part of our advocacy for a better education for New York's students!

"Roanoke - The Lost Colony: GM 5th grade project" - Posted January 30, 2014
116 people from England landed on an island off the coast of what is now North Carolina in the early 1600’s. They established a foothold, or settlement, long before Jamestown and long before the Pilgrims came to America. The fate of the Roanoke settlement remains a mystery.

How was it possible for all of the people, all of the buildings and practically everything that existed from this settlement just disappeared?

That was the question Green Meadow 5th grade students had to answer. Through presentations and display boards, each student wrote a brief chronological history of the events which took place leading up to the discovered disappearance of the colony using textbook or other sources. Students then had to identify possible scenarios as to why the colony disappeared, and then give a persuasive, realistic reason to explain why their top scenario was the best explanation. Finally, students had to explain why they believe that we have not been able to find the remains of the colony.

"GMTV" ribbon cutting ceremony: open for broadcast! - Posted January 21, 2014
On January 15, Green Meadow Elementary School made the opening of their new “GMTV” studio official with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Attending the ceremony were: William Smith, head custodian, representing all the fine work our maintenance staff did in renovating the studio; Jaimee Kusche, founder and director of the station; Mr. Daniel Garab, Green Meadow principal; and Dr. Angela Nagle, Superintendent of Schools. Mrs. Kusche started the ceremony saying that "GMTV's grand reopening has been a long time coming, but now the studio is fully operational and ready to report the news daily to the Green Meadow student body and staff.” Dr. Nagle cut the ribbon (which was kindly provided by the Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce), adding that, "GMTV is a great facility that keeps the lines of communication open at Green Meadow."

5th grade explores North American culturesPosted January 16, 2014

Fifth grade students at Green Meadow spent time exploring the ways early people of North America lived within different cultural regions. Focusing on the tribes of the Northwest, Southwest, the Plains, as well as the Eastern Woodlands, they examined the diversity of each culture’s language, types of shelter, religions, clothing, art, and food gathering methods. Working with a partner, students wrote essays describing the lifestyles of the cultural region they chose and then created posters showing what a typical “day in the life” of their particular culture would look like.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

January Letter from Mr. Garab - Posted January 10, 2014
I’d like to wish all of our Green Meadow families a Happy New Year! I hope it is off to a great start. Thanks to a little help from Mother Nature, our vacation was longer than usual. Our students have transitioned well back to school after this extended break. Read more...

World Cafe Community Forum, Wednesday, January 15 - Posted January 2, 2014
The East Greenbush CSD will hold a "World Cafe Community Forum" on Wednesday, January 15, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. The forum topic is the school budget and the District is encouraging all parents and community members to attend as their direct input will be utilized during the formation of this year’s school budget. Read more...

Kindergarten students celebrate the upcoming holidays - Posted December 19, 2013

Green Meadow Elementary Students from Mrs. Maney’s kindergarten class and their families today participated in Holiday games and songs as a way to usher in the holidays. Click here for additional photos.

4th Grade Native American unit project - Posted December 17, 2013
4th grade students at Green Meadow Elementary recently completed a unit on Native Americans in New York State. Part of the focus during the unit was the Native American dwellings in New York State called longhouses. Longhouses were good homes for Native Americans who intended to stay in the same place for a long period of time, and many were farming people who lived in permanent villages.

Teams of three students were formed to create their own longhouses as part of a project. Each longhouse on display at Green Meadow will be showcased at the Science and Learning fair this spring.

Make-A-Wish Foundation charity drive at Green Meadow - Posted December 13, 2013
Green Meadow Student Council, Co-advisors Mr. Flanagan and Mr. Otto, Coach Dedrick and Coach Hammond teamed up this year to sell stars to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children facing life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Stars are available to purchase for $1.00 each and have been proudly displayed in the front showcase and hall area.

So far, over 200 stars have been sold. Coach Dedrick and Coach Hammond believe it’s important for students to understand that our health is one of the most important things in our lives. They also stressed the adage “needs come before wants” to the students, and encouraged the students to earn the dollar at home for these stars as a way to take ownership of helping out another child.

Green Meadow staff, PTO step up for community families during the holidays - Posted December 12, 2013
Under the direction of Green Meadow teacher Mrs. Nicole Maney, and with the assistance of the Green Meadow PTO, over 50 staff members participated in the annual “Adopt-A-Family” holiday initiative. All donations will go toward eight Green Meadow families, including 32 children. The East Greenbush YMCA also steps up and adopts a Green Meadow family as well.

Calling all Youth Wrestlers: join the "Youth Wrestling Program" - Posted December 9, 2013
Is your child interested in learning the fundamentals of wrestling? The Youth Wrestling Program may be for them! This program will offer various levels of instruction tailored to the skill levels of the wrestlers in the program. A variety of wrestling games to improve coordination and agility will also be included. The program will be taught by the Columbia Wrestling High school and Modified Wrestling staff. Columbia High school Wrestlers will also be assisting in the program. If any parents have a background in wrestling and would like to volunteer help please inform the staff at registration.

Registration is December 16th from 5 p.m.-7p.m. at Columbia High School (Boys PE Office), $45 includes t-shirt at sign-up (additional children from the same family are $10).

For more information, please click here.

Green Meadow community comes together to help families in need - Posted November 20, 2013
For several weeks, the Green Meadow Student Council, with guidance from Mr. Flannagan and Mr. Otto, has been organizing and collecting food items for “CoNSERNS-U”, a charitable program that is overseen by Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. As part of their Thanksgiving charity outreach, Green Meadow Student Council members reached out to their fellow classmates, teachers and the entire Green Meadow community and seeking donations for this food drive, now in its fourth year.

Click here to read the full story.

Green Meadow Safety Letter from Mr. Garab - Posted November 19, 2013
The administration and staff at Green Meadow Elementary School makes school safety a top priority. Over the past several weeks our building level safety committee has conducted a comprehensive review all of safety practices and procedures. Various measures are in place to ensure that we are best prepared for any situation that may arise. Please take a moment to review some of the safety protocols that are in place. Read more…

Green Meadow commemorates Veterans Day - Posted November 8, 2013
Green Meadow Elementary students and staff recently gathered at a school assembly to commemorate Veterans Day and honor current and former military personnel in a ceremony at the school.  

The Green Meadow ceremony began with a processional of students escorting their loved ones who are serving, or have served in the military. Then, in a series of moving presentations the students thanked the veterans in words, through song and with a dance.

 

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin attended the event and noted that, “It’s important we as Americans take time out of our daily lives to thank current and retired veterans for their courage, dedication, patriotism and service to our country. Without them, we would not be able to enjoy the many freedoms we as Americans are so fortunate to have.”

November Letter from Mr. Garab - Posted November 7, 2013
October was a fun-filled and busy month for our students and staff. The Annual Halloween Parade was held indoors due to rainy weather. Although the parade was forced to be held indoors, our students had a great time showing off their creative costumes. Read more...

Picture Retake Day - Posted November 7, 2013
Attention parents: picture retake day will be Thursday, November 21, in the morning hours only.

Halloween at Green Meadow - Posted November 1, 2013

Additional photos from Green Meadow's Halloween can be found by clicking here.

Green Meadow students learn value of entrepreneurshipPosted November 1, 2013
3rd grade students from Green Meadow recently held their “Mexican Marketplace”. Students have been learning about the culture and traditions in Mexico, notably that the “marketplace” is the hub of society in Mexico. In the preceding weeks, students were awarded pesos for making good choices, such as good classroom behavior and completing all homework assignments, and they were able to shop more in the marketplace using those pesos. Additional photos can be found by clicking here.

World Cafe Community Forum, Wednesday, November 6 - Posted October 28, 2013
The East Greenbush CSD will hold a "World Cafe Community Forum" next Wednesday, November 6, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year's topic is Communicating Academic Needs. Click the photo below for more details and we hope you can join us!

Green Meadow Spirit Wear Order Form for Fall 2013Posted October 31, 2013
Show Your School Spirit with Green Meadow Clothing! Green Meadow Clothing makes great Holiday Gifts! Click here to read more!

"Apple Race" at Green Meadow - Posted October 25, 2013

On Thursday, Green Meadow Elementary held its annual “Apple Race.” Students in each grade ran the 650 meter course with their fellow classmates with many parents and community members cheering on. After the race, each student received an apple from Goold’s Orchard.

During an afternoon assembly after the races, students were given several awards. One of the most coveted is the “Iron Kid” award. Students who receive this award have beaten their 650 meter time each time they had physical education class. There were 24 students who received the award this year. Congratulations!


Click here for additional photos from the day.

Emergency Go-Home Drills - Posted October 24, 2013
On Friday, November 8, 2013, all East Greenbush Central Schools will be conducting their mandated Emergency “Go-Home” Drills. Green Meadow Elementary School’s dismissal will be approximately 15 minutes earlier than usual and students will dismiss at 3:15 p.m. on that day. This Emergency “Go-Home” Drill is required by NYS Law. Green Meadow School will close promptly at 3:15 p.m. on this date. Read more...

East Greenbush CSD hosts first “Parent Information Session”Posted October 23, 2013

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle, administrators and teachers last evening hosted the first “Parent Information Session,” a proactive initiative by Dr. Nagle to team up parents and teachers for student success by educating parents on the new Common Core standards, APPR, the shift in state assessments and parent resources. Several media outlets were present at last evening’s forum – click each link below to see video and photos from the Parent Information Session:

Albany Times Union
WTEN
WRGB
WNYT
YNN
“The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter

Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle's featured letter in The Troy Record - Posted October 17, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle today had her featured letter published in The Troy Record in regards to the upcoming Parent Information Sessions being hosted by the District. Click here to read Dr. Nagle's letter and find out how you can learn and help your child succeed academically. Read more...

Students "Race for the Cure" - Posted October 8, 2013
Several Green Meadow students participated in last Saturday's Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" in Albany. These students truly stepped up to honorably represent their school and community in the fight against breast cancer. More photos can be found on the EGCSD Facebook page.

Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure

Green Meadow students honor former student through cleanup project - Posted October 9, 2013
Mrs. Markowitz

One student from each of Green Meadow’s four 5th grade classes recently participated in a cleanup project at the school in honor of a former student, Dana Markowitz. Dana was a student at Green Meadow from 1977-1981, and was tragically killed in a car accident. Dana's mother, Patricia Markowitz, planted a tree in memory of her son at the school on Arbor Day 1993. Each of these students, chosen to participate in the cleanup based on their love for gardening, took time at the end of the school day to help Mrs. Markowitz dig up weeds and plant flowers and mulch, and shared memories and stories of Green Meadow Elementary.
Cleanup project

An October Message from Mr. Garab - Posted October 8, 2013
I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the entire Green Meadow community for helping our school year get off to a fantastic start.  Students, parents, and staff all played a key role in this success.  As I visit classrooms, it is evident our students are actively engaged in the learning process and have settled into routines. Read more...

October's Character Education Assembly: Respect - Posted October 7, 2013
Green Meadow Character Assembly
Earlier today, Green Meadow Elementary held its second Character Education Assembly of the school year. October’s theme is respect. The monthly assembly meetings are an opportunity for students to learn a different character value and see examples of that value acted out by fellow classmates. It’s also an opportunity for the entire student body to recite the “Green Meadow Character Pledge”:

Respect, Responsibility and Citizenship too,
They bring out the best in me and you.
Trustworthiness and being fair
Help us to show others that we really care.
We all know what’s right,
We all know what’s good-
We will do the things that we know we should.

Click here for more photos from the Character Education Assembly.

Principal Garab addresses students
Mr. Garab addresses students at the October Character Education Assembly.

Students and Staff welcome Principal Garab - Posted September 23, 2013
On Friday, September 13, 2013, the students and staff at Green Meadow Elementary welcomed their new principal, Dan Garab, with a school wide assembly. Songs and trivia were shared and enjoyed by all. Welcome Mr. Garab! Read more...

Back to school letter from Mr. Garab - Posted August 26, 2013
Dear Parents and Guardians - I hope you and your family have had some time to relax and enjoy the summer. In just a few weeks the 2013-2014 school year will begin. This is certainly an exciting time for our students, staff, and the greater Green Meadow community. Read more...

Any questions, please contact Joanne Nolette at 207-2640
email Joane Nolette - nolettjo@egcsd.org

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