Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Turkey Trot is on with a Time Change


We are trying to get in the Turkey Trot this morning before the bad weather arrives! 
Please see below for time changes

GRADE 5: will start at 8:20-9:05
GRADE 4: will start at 9:05-9:50
GRADE 3: will start at 9:50-10:35


Monday, November 24, 2014

Forecast for Rain on Wednesday for Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot will be canceled if it is raining on
Wednesday morning
Let's hope for sunshine!
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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Recycling Program

Memorial School is partnering with the TerraCycle Company
to recycle juice pouches!


Thank you to the PTO for generously supplying 
collection buckets for each classroom. All empty drink pouches 
will be collected in the recycling bin located in the cafe
 Thank you to Joe Gaiero for offering to help us with 
this new adventure! 


Thank you for supporting our efforts to expand our recycling at Memorial School.
Stay tuned... snack bags may be next!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekly Memo

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS  
November 21st , 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 - 8:30 - 5th grade, 9:15 - 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 4th - No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences
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 24th - Nov 28th
   Monday

Chicken Parm Sub
Tuesday

Burlington Sampler
Wednesday
½ DAY
No Lunch Served
Thursday

NO SCHOOL
Friday

NO SCHOOL
Reminders from the Office:
From the Office;  BRRR!!!!!  It’s not officially winter yet, but it certainly feels like it!  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor play at recess - hat, mittens, and winter jackets.  The children will be going out to play each day unless temperatures are unreasonably cold (less than 20 degrees).
Safety & Security Reminder:  The main entrance door where walkers enter and exit will be unlocked between 7:55 am and 8:10 am.  If you are dropping off your child past 8:10 am, kindly walk them into to office and sign them in on the tardy sheet so that they are not marked absent.  Also, please remember, all exterior doors are locked during school hours.  Parents or guardians entering with their child or by themselves need to use the main entrance  and report to the office.  Please understand that parents are not allowed to disrupt instructional time by visiting classrooms unless specific prior arrangements have been made with the teacher.  


Lost and Found:  The lost and found items are piling up in the cafeteria!  If you or your child are looking for missing sweatshirts, jackets, hat, glove, or any stray items  be sure to have your child check in this area.    All items will be placed in the Memorial hall lobby during Parent conferences on December 4th.   You might find that one item you didn’t even know you lost.   All items will be donated to charity if not picked up by December 19th.
  
The Book Fair is Coming!:  The Fair will be held December 1st through December 9th right here in our library.  Online Shopping starts 11/20/2014 - 12/10/2014 go to scholastic.com/fair.
Find Memorial's Book Fair in three easy steps:
  • Step 1: Select your state.  
  • Step 2: Select Burlington to see our school.
  • Step 3: Click on Memorial Elementary and start shopping.


All orders will ship to school for FREE after the fair is over!   Thanks for your support! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Magliozzi by email:   magliozzi@bpsk12.org or by telephone -  781-273-7656.


From the Memorial PTO: The annual Scripts Gift Card Program is going on now; order forms were sent home last week.  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: mmcmakin18@gmail.com.




Happenings Around Town:

Student Accident Insurance:  Is available through ISI New England.  If you are intereseted in purchasing insurance for your child, information and enrollment forms are available online at www.isi959.com/student_accident.html.  When you reach the home page select Massachusetts Enrollment Form (Voluntary).

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.