Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Burlington Public Schools
TEL (781) 270-1721 MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
FAX (781) 229-5751 125 WINN STREET
email@example.com Burlington, MA 01803
Deborah Dressler July 21, 2014
Dear Memorial Family and Burlington School Community,
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I share the news of the passing of our beloved second grade teacher, Suzanne Siegel. Mrs. Siegel has been a valued member of not only our Memorial learning community but also to the Burlington School community as well. She taught second grade for the past eight years and positively impacted the lives of many young students, parents and colleagues. Her commitment to students and love for learning has touched us all. When we know the details of her funeral arrangements I will pass that along.
We encourage you to talk with your child. How we, as adults, manage ourselves serves as an important model for helping kids handle tragedies like this. It is important that they know they are loved and supported as they talk about their feelings.
You may want to consider the following when talking with your child:
- Tell the truth. Talk about death vs. “going to sleep.” Explain the situation.
- Allow for your child to talk about feelings. If this is the first loss your child has experienced, your child may not know how to respond and will be looking for your guidance.
- Affirm all expressions. It’s okay to express feelings honestly. Tolerate the expressions rather than dismissing them or discouraging the expression of feelings.
- Encourage written expressions such notes, letters, pictures to the family etc.
- Reaffirm that your child is safe and that your child is loved.
- Affirm that your child’s reaction is normal and you understand the way the child’s feels.
- Watch for changes in behavior such as aggression, withdrawal etc.
- Help the children return to as normal routine as possible.
If you want anymore information on how to talk to your child, please refer to www.dougy.org. We have connected with community mental health resources for the Memorial staff and will continue to work with the Riverside Trauma Center on an ongoing basis.
We will have counselors at school on Tuesday July 22, 2014 from 4-6 pm to provide emotional support for our students and parents. If you have special counseling concerns or would like additional support for your child, please call us at 781-270-1721. Danielle Flaccavento, our guidance counselor, and Madeline Sedovic, our school psychologist, will be available to meet with her child/children at the beginning of the school year. Our deepest sympathies go to the Siegel family as we mourn the loss of a talented and cherished member of our school family.
With peace and love,
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Paige M. was my third grade principal for the day today!
She brought her side kick, Alyssa to help out
Off to the library to give Mrs. Magliozzi the fifth grade class gift
Then down to Kindergarten for their special days
Paige and Alyssa got to see the beautiful memory books the teachers made for each student
and listen to a wonderful Let Us Go song in Mrs. Percoskie's classroom
Then onto Mrs. Coates classroom for a special video presentation
of all the events this year in kindergarten
We checked out Ms. York's new classroom and asked if she
needed any help
We visited first grade classrooms and Paige found her
Doesn't every principal play games during school
Thank you Paige and Alyssa for a fun filled day!
Memorial Elementary School
Physical Education Summer Guide to Exercise
Physical Education Summer Guide to Exercise
Exercise routines must be consistent in order to be effective. Strength and cardiovascular endurance begin to decline after two days of inactivity. With this in mind, as physical educators, we ask that our students continue on their quest to be physically fit for a lifetime by exercising throughout the summer months.
All of our students in grades 1-5 perform a daily fitness routine in class (running ¼ mile for grades 1-2 to ½ to 1 mile in grades 3-5). We strive to get all children into the average fitness range as established by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. Running should be around 2 minutes and 30 seconds or less per lap for a pace to be average and 1 minute and 30 seconds to be advanced. Cardiovascular exercise not only strengthens the heart and lungs but also improves brain function and learning due to improved oxygen levels in the brain. Please take advantage of the new facility at the Marshall Simonds Middle School. Four times around the track is a mile.
Begin each workout by jogging one lap to warm up the body. Stretch out: hamstrings (back of upper legs) by touching toes with straight legs, quadriceps (front of upper legs) stand and pull one leg behind, groin (inside of legs) lean side to side, Achilles, foot half on half off a curb pushing heel down and toes up.
Run as far as you can be sure to pace yourself, use a watch to track your progress. If you are unable to jog the entire lap, walk the remaining part. Repeat this for 2 laps 3-4 times per week. Children usually have trouble pacing themselves and will often run as fast as they can until they can’t run anymore. Encourage your child to start slow and finish fast. Continue on this routine until one lap is accomplished. Now begin jogging 1 lap and walking 1 lap for a total of 4 laps. Repeat this for 2 weeks. Progress to jogging 2 laps walk 1, jog 1 for 2 weeks. Once jogging 4 laps is easy, concentrate on improving overall time. Try to run a little faster each work out. We call this a personal record.
Remember to cool down by walking 1 full lap to allow the blood flow to return from the working muscles in your legs to your vital organs so you do not feel dizzy and/or light headed.
Daily Strength Routine:
- Sit-ups for one minute with someone holding feet
- Push-ups as many as possible without letting body touch ground, elbows make box corners.
- Agility-sprint 20 yards down and back as fast as you can touching the line each change of direction.
- Sit and reach-hamstring flexibility, bending and touching toes and working on reaching past toes in a sitting position with legs together.
Drink water before, during and after exercise. Remember, exercising in high heat and humidity or profusely sweating for 2 hours or longer is the ONLY reason to re-hydrate with Gatorade.
Tips for Success:
- Establish a routine and make exercising a family affair
- Exercise early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler
- Record your progress. Motivation is essential to success.
- Refer to the back of this sheet for standards for each grade level.
NATIONAL AVERAGE FITNESS STANDARDS: A score below this level indicates that your child needs more moderate daily exercise. Please encourage your child to be more physically active.
NATIONAL HIGH FITNESS STANDARDS: A score at this level or higher indicates that your child is maintaining a high fitness level. Please continue to work hard.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
It was a special night for fifth graders at Memorial
The moving on ceremony started with each student introducing each other
and then speeches from the fifth grade teachers
and original lyrics to the song, HAPPY!
Then cake and refreshments
and a dance in the gym
Congratulations Class of 2021
We will miss you!