Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What to do with the kids?



Check out the link below 
to find out about local events/activities during April vacation 
ENJOY!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Students present at Burlington Technology Summit


Memorial fourth and fifth graders presented at the 
Burlington 1:1 technology summit Saturday morning.
Mrs. Olshaw, Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Weldon, Mrs. Floyd, Mrs. Guiendon
Mrs. Warford and Mrs. Magliozzi supported our terrific students as they
shared their expertise with schools from around the New England area.
It's true...nine and ten year olds really can rule the world
if you let them!















Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekly Memo


MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS  
April 11, 2014
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)

Main office: 781-270-1721         Absentee Line:781-273-7649           Nurse:781-270-1724

IMPORTANT DATES
April 12th - Toast to Memorial 7pm - 11pm
April 14th - Spring Pictures
April 15th & 16th - 5th Grade Field Trip
April 15th & 17th - Incoming Kindergarten Story time @ 1:15pm
April 16th & 17th - Kindergarten Field Trip
April 18th - No School
April 21st - 25th - Spring Vacation, No School
April 28th - May 1st - Incoming Kindergarten screening


MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE LUNCH MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)   April 7th thu April 11th
Monday

Pancakes
Tuesday

Ham & Cheese
Wednesday

Hot Dog
Thursday

Baked Chicken
Friday

No School

From the Office
It is that time of year when we begin to create new class list for the 2014-2015 school year.  Creating these lists is a complex, thoughtful, and collaborative process that involves a variety of components and perspectives. Classroom, guidance, reading, and special education staff assist the principal in developing class lists for the upcoming school year. Your perspective as a parent is part of the placement process as well. The Student Information Form, sent home this week, has been designed to provide an opportunity to share your perspective regarding your child’s academic, social, and emotional strengths and needs. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please return the Student Information Form to Memorial School by Thursday, April 18th, as the process will get underway shortly thereafter.

From the Memorial PTO:
Save the Date: Toast to Memorial!  Saturday, April 12th - 7 to 11PM. Crowne Plaza, Woburn, MA.  Support and celebrate the Memorial Community!   Make new friends, renew old ones. Take a chance to win raffle prizes and auction items.  Please look in this weeks backpack folders for more information.


COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE PROGRAM IN BURLINGTON
Burlington Presbyterian Church and Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, MA, continue to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to the town of Burlington with a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In the CSA program, consumers receive a share of freshly-harvested produce throughout the growing season. Shares are picked up on Monday afternoons from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Burlington Presbyterian Church, 335 Cambridge St.  The Spring season starts on March 3 and runs 14 weeks. Farmer Dave’s also offers vegetable shares (June-October), fruit shares (July-October), and late fall shares (November-December). For more information about 2014 CSA membership, contact Ginger Turner at (978) 349-1952 or visit www.farmerdaves.net to register.



Memorial After School Homework & Study Club:  The 2014 session of Memorial’s After School Homework & Study Club for grade 3-5 will begin on Tuesday, April 8th, and run through Tuesday, June10th.  The purpose of the club is to help children develop effective study skills while providing them with the time, structure, and supervision needed to successfully complete their homework at school.  The fee will be $80, and the club will meet two afternoons per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 2:30pm until 3:30pm.  Any questions, please call the office at 781-270-1721.  We’re still accepting registrations.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BURLINGTON EDUCATIONAL SUMMER THEATRE
Contact: Vanessa Ovian, 781-229-2805, vovian@comcast.net
April 9, 2014
The Burlington Educational Summer Theatre triumphantly returns this summer for its sixth year with the
beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “Cinderella.”
“Cinderella” auditions will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School,
123 Cambridge Street, on April 30 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm OR May 1 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. All students in
grades four through eight at the time of the audition are eligible for the BEST Program.
Students only need to attend one of the audition days. They will be taught a dance routine (please come
dressed to move) and a song to sing. If interested in speaking parts, they will be asked to read a part of
the script.
BEST will once again offer the Summer Workshop as a one or two week program for kids currently in
grades one through three. No audition is necessary for Summer Workshop students.
All parents are asked to visit the BEST website (www.BurlingtonTheatre.com) for more information on
both programs and to register online. A $150 deposit is due at the time of auditions and will be applied
toward tuition; if the student is not accepted, the fee will be refunded.
For more information on either program, contact BEST at info@BurlingtonTheatre.com or phone 781-
270-1860.

From Marshall Simonds Middle School:
More information to follow.


Family Skate Night: Come out and skate for a great cause. Relay for Life Team, The Fighting Irish Families is hosting a family skate night on Friday, April 25th, 7:00 - 9:00pm at the O’Brien Ice Rink, 55 Locust Street, Woburn. $5.00 per skater. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be available for sale. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Burlington. Thank you for your support!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

STUDENT VOTE in Burlington


STUDENTS, COME VOTE! Burlington Town Election, Saturday, April 12, 2014



WHY VOTE?
U.S. citizens age 18+ have the right to vote in order to choose who will run the government. When you vote, you have a say in how your town will be run.

HOW WE VOTE
Registered voters go to the polls and mark their ballots for the candidates they think will do the best job. Candidates run for town offices and forTown Meeting seats.

WHEN and WHERE TO VOTE
The polls are located at the Burlington High School Gym, 8AM-8PM, Saturday April 12, 2014.

TOWN OFFICES: WHO DOES WHAT?
BOARD OF SELECTMEN, FIVE ELECTED MEMBERS
Promote the safety of residents and visitors Protect the town’s natural resources Provide a strong economic climate Establish a sense of community

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, FIVE ELECTED MEMBERS
Decide an the annual school budget Establish educational goals and policies Advise the superintendent on school issues

PLANNING BOARD, SEVEN ELECTED MEMBERS
Oversee long-range planning for land, houses, and buildings Enforce local and state planning laws
Help control use of land


RECREATION COMMISSION,THREE ELECTED MEMBERS
Provide sports and fitness programs for children and adults
Sponsor town events like Celebrate Burlington and the Town Common tree lighting Organize trips and tours


BOARD OF HEALTH, FIVE ELECTED MEMBERS
Ensure health and safety of residents
Provide flu clinic, rabies clinic, emergency response planning, restaurant health guidelines, public health services.


Student Vote in Burlington gives you a special opportunity to cast a ballot, even though you are not yet 18.
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StudentVote is organized and sponsored by theTown Clerk’s office in partnership with Burlington Public Schools.

GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO


VOTER RESPONSIBILITIES
We are a representative democracy (also called a “republic”). Our government is ruled ‘by the people.’ One way to rule is to vote.

To vote wisely, you must know about the candidates and the issues. It’s up to you to learn beforehand about each candidate so you can make the best decision when you cast your ballot.

HOW TO LEARN ABOUT THE CANDIDATES
In Burlington, there are many ways to learn about the candidates and issues:
BCAT: A candidate forum is broadcast
Local newspapers: Candidates submit statements & answer questions about the issues On the Internet: Some candidates have their own websites
Events: Candidates host open houses
‘Dear friend’ cards & campaign literature: Mailed to your home
Campaign signs: Candidates’ workers hold signs at busy intersections
AND, REMEMBER...
Don’t hesitate to ask questions.
You have a right and responsibility to be an informed voter!

THIS YEAR’S CONTESTS*
When there is choice of candidates for an office, the race is called a contest.

BOARD OF SELECTMEN, ONE SEAT
Dan Grattan 
Virginia Mooney
SCHOOL COMMITTEE, TWO SEATS
Steve Nelson
Kristin Russo
Larry Way

RECREATION COMMISSION, ONE SEAT
Katherine Leary 
Michael Winn

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RESULTS
The results of student voting will be published in the Burlington Union, the Daily Times Chronicle, and on Burlington’s town website (http://www.burlington.org).

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StudentVote is organized and sponsored by theTown Clerk’s office in partnership with Burlington Public Schools. 

FREE New England 1:1 Summit at BPS




Summer Theatre Opportunity


First graders go in the Star Lab

Mrs. Farrell and Mrs. Gearin's class got to be 
 the stars and planets: Earth, Sun, Moon with Mr. Mussleman.
They practiced rotating and orbiting and
then got to go inside the Star Lab!






Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Recycling Rain Water in Burlington







We are, once again, offering the Great American Rain Barrel at a huge discount through our municipal rain barrel program. These barrels are just $69 through our program - 40% off the retail price of $119. Be sure to order yours now; this program may not be offered again next year.

Orders must be received before 5:00pm Saturday, May 3rd
Order by phone: (800)251-2352
Order by snail mail: Order form attached to this message

Barrels must be picked up between 9:00am and 11:00am Saturday, May 10th
Parking lot behind Burlington Town Hall at 29 Center Street  


Some great reasons for using a rain barrel: 

Using a rain barrel reduces storm water run-off
Capturing rain water in a barrel before it hits the ground decreases storm water run-off, which otherwise carries pollutants from paved surfaces into groundwater and rivers. 

Plants prefer rain water. 
Non chlorinated rain water is better for your plants than what comes out of the tap and it shows in the garden.

It is sustainable.
Harvesting and using your own rain water is an easy step towards sustainability. It lowers your carbon foot print and teaches conservation.






Jodie Wennemer Keene, Assistant Conservation Administrator
Town of Burlington | Conservation Department | 25 Center Street | Burlington, MA 01803
e: jkeene@burlington.org | t: 781.270.1655 | f: 781.238.4667 |www.burlington.org

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weekly Memo


MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS  
April 4, 2014
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)

Main office: 781-270-1721         Absentee Line:781-273-7649           Nurse:781-270-1724
*
IMPORTANT DATES
April 12th - Toast to Memorial 7pm - 11pm
April 15th & 16th - 5th Grade Field Trip



MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE LUNCH MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)   April 7th thu April 11th
Monday

Burlington Sampler
Tuesday

Hamburger or Cheeseburger
Wednesday

Chicken Parm
Thursday

Meatball Sub
Friday

Pizza

From the Office
It is that time of year when we begin to create new class list for the 2014-2015 school year.  Creating these lists is a complex, thoughtful, and collaborative process that involves a variety of components and perspectives. Classroom, guidance, reading, and special education staff assist the principal in developing class lists for the upcoming school year. Your perspective as a parent is part of the placement process as well. The Student Information Form, sent home this week, has been designed to provide an opportunity to share your perspective regarding your child’s academic, social, and emotional strengths and needs. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please return the Student Information Form to Memorial School by Thursday, April 18th, as the process will get underway shortly thereafter.


From the Memorial PTO:
Save the Date: Toast to Memorial!  Saturday, April 12th - 7 to 11PM. Crowne Plaza, Woburn, MA.  Support and celebrate the Memorial Community!   Make new friends, renew old ones. Take a chance to win raffle prizes and auction items.  Please look in this weeks backpack folders for more information.



COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE PROGRAM IN BURLINGTON
Burlington Presbyterian Church and Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, MA, continue to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to the town of Burlington with a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In the CSA program, consumers receive a share of freshly-harvested produce throughout the growing season. Shares are picked up on Monday afternoons from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Burlington Presbyterian Church, 335 Cambridge St.  The Spring season starts on March 3 and runs 14 weeks. Farmer Dave’s also offers vegetable shares (June-October), fruit shares (July-October), and late fall shares (November-December). For more information about 2014 CSA membership, contact Ginger Turner at (978) 349-1952 or visit www.farmerdaves.net to register.



Fruitberry Fundraiser for the Food Pantry!
Fruitberry is hosting a Fundraiser to help the Burlington Food Pantry on April 8th, from 9am to 9pm!  Fruitberry serves 16 flavors of frozen yogurt, personal-size gourmet pizzas with your choice of Italian, multi-grain or wheat organic crusts, and organic Peet's Coffee products.  Fruitberry will donate 20% of profits -- just put your receipt in the special collection box!  Fruitberry is located in Crossroads Plaza at 34 Cambridge Street in Burlington, near Panera Bread & Roche Bros.



Memorial After School Homework & Study Club:  The 2014 session of Memorial’s After School Homework & Study Club for grade 3-5 will begin on Tuesday, April 8th, and run through Tuesday, June10th.  The purpose of the club is to help children develop effective study skills while providing them with the time, structure, and supervision needed to successfully complete their homework at school.  The fee will be $80, and the club will meet two afternoons per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 2:30pm until 3:30pm.  Any questions, please call the office at 781-270-1721.


From Marshall Simonds Middle School:
More information to follow.