Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Why Are You Frustrated Helping Your Kids with Math Homework?




Please check out this 8 minute video explaining

Why is Math Taught Differently Now in School










Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekly Memo "a little late"

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS  
November 14th , 2014
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

 IMPORTANT DATES
Nov 25th - 5th Grade Thanksgiving Speeches 9:30 to 10:30
Nov 26th - Turkey Trot - 8:45am - 5th grade, 9:45 - 4th grade,  10:40am - 3rd grade
Nov 26th - ½ day, Dismissal at 11:15 am
Nov 27th - No School, Thanksgiving Break
Nov 28th - No School, Thanksgiving Break
Dec 1st - Dec 9th - Memorial School Book Fair in the Library
Dec 10th - 4th & 5th Grade Winter Concert, 7pm


Main Entree Choices (See Lunch Menu for More Details) Nov 17th - Nov 21st
   Monday

Popcorn Chicken
Tuesday

French Toast Sticks
Wednesday

Turkey Dinner
Thursday

Pasta
Friday

Pizza
From the Office:
From Miss Bannon & Mr. Peterson:  Please help us support the Burlington Food Pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item to the 6th Annual Turkey Trot race on Wednesday, November 26th.  Grade 5 - 8:45, Grade 4- 9:45, and Grade 3 - 10:40am.  If you are unable to attend, and would still like to donate, please drop off items in the box located outside the office now until Nov 26th.
THANK YOU! to the many families who contributed to the Treats for Our Troops Box.  Your generosity will put smiles on the faces of many people, especially during the holidays when they are so far from home and family.  
20th Annual Coats for Kids:  Please donate your gently used winter coats for children and adults.  Any warm, winter coats, gently used, good quality, all sizes needed (Especially XL, & Pre-K sizes).    Please do not drop off any coats with rips, tears, broken zippers, or permanent stains.  Sweatshirts, vests, and spring coats are not needed.  You may drop of coats in the main lobby of Memorial School, there will be a box in the lobby.  Once collected and cleaned, coats are distributed by social service agents to those in need within the community.  The coat drive will run now through January 10th.

From the Memorial PTO:  
Scrips Program:  The holidays are coming, and a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant of store might be the perfect gift for those folks in your life who provide a “Shopping Challenge!”  Shopping through the SCRIPs program will help your family and Memorial too.  For every gift card purchased, the school receives a percentage ranging from 2% to 18%.  Informational packets went home today in the backpack folders.  Orders can be placed online at www.shopwithscrip.com, using Memorial School Enrollment Code: 1328L3851L195, or fill out the order form, and send back in your child’s backpack.  Please make checks payable to Memorial School PTO.  All orders are due on Friday, December 5th.  Orders will be delivered by December 17th.  Any questions, please contact Marsha at mmcmakin18@gmail.com or 781-272-6480.
Box Tops and Coke Product Bottle Caps:  Please send in any box tops you have collected or Coke product bottle caps.  Every label and bottle cap collected is money for our school. Box tops can be found on over 240 participating products, it’s an easy way and free way for schools to earn cash for the things they need.  Collections can be dropped of in the office.


Happenings Around Town:
From PAC BURLINGTON:  Please join us for our upcoming presentation - Bringing School Behavior to Home Monday, November 17th 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Marion Tavern* Presented by Naomi O’Brien M. Ed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), BPS.  This workshop will discuss how to help bridge the gap between school and home behavior and create positive behavior systems for any environment. We will explore and discuss the four areas of the Life Skills Curriculum which is currently implemented throughout the district:  Instruction-Following, Functional Language Skills, Tolerance Skills, and Empathy Skills.  Strategies around how to teach these skills, reinforce them at home, as well as differentiate both the teaching and skill selection will be discussed.
*Marion Tavern is located next to the Burlington police department.  Doors open at 6:30 presentation begins at 7:00 If you have any questions please contact Lisa DeRosa at burlingtonspedpac@gmail.com

Burlington Youth Soccer:  U10, U12 & U14 Boys and Girls Soccer Clinic for grades 3 - 8 , will run for 7 weeks on Saturdays Nov 22-Jan 3.  Each session is held at separate times for 90 minutes each.     For more information contact Gina Lauder at glauder15@comcast.net or Kim Pigott at perfectpromo@verizon.net. Space is limited.


Burlington Public Schools Parent Teacher Organization Fundraiser:  Join us for a delicious fundraiser to benefit Burlington Public Schools Parent Teacher Organizations on Tuesday, November 18th, at 5pm at Flatbread Pizza.  $3.50 from every large & $1.75 from every small pizza sold will go to participating PTOs.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Time of Giving Thanks

Teaching your kids gratitude at an early age provides them with an outlook that will impact them positively for the rest of their lives. So, how do you do it? The most effective way is to model grateful behavior in front of your children. Say 'thank you' often to friends and strangers, talk about things you're thankful for everyday (not just at Thanksgiving!) and teach your kids to be appreciative of all the wonderful things they have in their lives.


1) Daily Dose: Take time each day to encourage your children to express gratitude. They can do this by making an entry in a family journal or by simply talking about what they are grateful for.
2) Model Thanks: As with everything, modeling is the best way to teach your children to be grateful. Be lavish with your thanks. Thank your children for hugs. Thank the cashier for ringing up your groceries. Thank the bus driver for returning your students home safely. Letting your children see that you are grateful will encourage them to be so as well.


3) Establish Rituals: We all know the importance of family rituals. Establishing rituals that highlight being thankful is a wonderful teaching tool. Start dinner with each family member sharing what they are most grateful for. Say goodnight by sharing what you were thankful for that day. Any ritual that based on gratitude will reinforce its power.

4) Volunteer: Volunteering is a great way for your children to see gratitude in action. There are numerous chances in every community to volunteer. Homeless shelters, nursing homes, and mentoring programs are just a few. There may also be other opportunities closer to home. Perhaps an elderly relative or neighbor could use a hand. It feels good to help others. Therefore, your children not only benefit from that, but they also get to experience the warmth of appreciation. Two things for which they can be grateful.

5) Assign Chores: Children learn by doing chores. They learn what it means to be part of a whole. They learn their contributions are important. They also learn that most things take effort. Simple household chores can help children learn to be grateful when they benefit from the efforts of others.
6) Thank You Notes: Writing thank you notes for gifts is a very literal way of teaching your children gratitude. Putting down on paper what they enjoyed about a particular gift, reminds your children why they are grateful for it.

7) Find Your Gratitude: Always be on the lookout for things to be grateful for and express your gratitude. When your children hear you say things like, "Buster is such a good dog" or "What a beautiful day", they realize they can be grateful for even the smallest of things.
The effects of this way of thinking will be far reaching for kids and parents alike. By developing more authentic gratitude, you will have the tools to persevere through adversity with a greater sense of hope and purpose, and provide your children with an invaluable life skill.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Turkey Trot 11/26/14

YOU’RE INVITED
6TH ANNUAL TURKEY TROT
Please help us support the Burlington Food Pantry by bringing a
non- perishable food item to the race.
WHEN:  Wednesday, November 26, 2014
WHERE: Start/Finish at the driveway circle in back of Memorial
TIME:  GRADE 5 8:45, GRADE 4 9:45, GRADE 3 10:40


PARENTS/RELATIVES/TEACHERS
Please join us and support your child as a spectator or participant.


The Turkey Trot is an annual fun run that is optional.  A student may choose to run or cheer.  The run is an opportunity for our students to work on improving their cardiovascular endurance and strive to improve on their own personal times also known as a personal record (PR).  This run supports our quest to improve all of our student’s fitness levels as measured by the President’s Physical Fitness Test that we administer twice a year.  Our hope is that through these personal records our students will eventually achieve an optimal fitness level and learn a valuable lesson about how to maintain fitness for a lifetime.

PREPARATION FOR RACE DAY:
  1. Please eat a healthy breakfast to fuel up for the race.
  2. Wear a hat and gloves because running in cold temperatures causes blood to divert to the working muscles and organs, hands and ears become very cold.
  3. Student’s with asthma should go to the nurse to use his/her inhaler prior to coming to the gym. Running in the cold constricts the airway.

Please help us support the Burlington Food Pantry by bringing a non perishable food item to the race.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Veterans Day Celebration

We had a wonderful Veterans Day celebration this morning.
 Each grade level presented flags, poems and songs 
that paid tribute to our servicemen and women.
Thank you for making the Veteran's Memorial Wall so special!
We are grateful to the all who have served
our great country!





Weekly Memo

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS  
November 7th , 2014
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

 IMPORTANT DATES
Nov 10th - No School, Professional Development Day
Nov 11th -  No School, Veteran’s Day
Nov 13th - School Picture Retake
Nov 25th - 5th Grade Thanksgiving Speeches 9:30 to 10:30
Nov 26th - Turkey Trot - 8:30 - 5th grade, 9:15 - 4th grade,  10am - 3rd grade
Nov 26th - ½ day, Dismissal at 11:15 am
Nov 27th - No School, Thanksgiving Break
Nov 28th - No School, Thanksgiving Break


  Main Entree Choices (See Lunch Menu for More Details) Nov 10th - Nov 14th
   Monday

No School
Tuesday

No School
Wednesday

Ham & Cheese
Thursday

Nachos
Friday

Papa Gino’s Pizza

Reminders from the Office:


20th Annual Coats for Kids:  Please donate your gently used winter coats for children and adults.  Any warm, winter coats, gently used, good quality, all sizes needed (Especially XL, & Pre-K sizes).    Please do not drop off any coats with rips, tears, broken zippers, or permanent stains.  Sweatshirts, vests, and spring coats are not needed.  You may drop of coats in the main lobby of Memorial School, there will be a box in the lobby.  Once collected and cleaned, coats are distributed by social service agents to those in need within the community.  The coat drive will run now through January 10th.


The Book Fair is Coming!:  Books make wonderful gifts, and the Memorial School Book Fair

will come just in time for the holiday gift giving!  The Fair will be held December 1st through December 9th right here in our library.  Please look for a notice during the last week in November, which will contain more detailed information, including times your child’s class is scheduled to visit the fair.  You are invited to join him or her and browse the fair together.  Research shows that children who own their own books are more likely to become better and more motivated readers.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Happenings Around Town:
Burlington Public Schools Parent Teacher Organization Fundraiser:  Join us for a delicious fundraiser to benefit Burlington Public Schools Parent Teacher Organizations on Tuesday, November 18th, at 5pm at Flatbread Pizza.  $3.50 from every large & $1.75 from every small pizza sold will go to participating PTOs.  

Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation:  Come celebrate with familiar faces, rekindle friendships, and share laughs, while reminiscing about the good days.  Alumni Bash, 70s, 80s, 90s, Reunion to Benefit the Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation on Saturday, November 8th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Tickets are $10.00.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fourth Grade Rocket Day


Fourth graders at Memorial School got to launch their rockets today.
A supportive group of parents stopped by to see the display.
Thank you to Mr. Musselman and Ms. Pavlicek for making this
important science unit come to life!











Friday, October 31, 2014

Vocabulary Parade at Memorial


 Hundreds of pumpkins decorate the cafe windows
after our Halloween Vocabulary Parade
this morning!
Students wrote nouns, verbs, adjectives
and science and social studies words as they build strong vocabulary skills