Sunday, February 7, 2016

No School Monday February 8th, 2016

5th Grade Skating at Memorial

Ms. Bannon and Mr. Peterson, our dedicated physical education teachers, 
 took our terrific fifth grade students to the Ice Palace for skating lessons this month.
On Thursday, parents were invited to a talent show.
Some were beginners just getting used to skates and the ice!
Some were advanced beginners stretching their ability to move forward and backwards!
Some were hockey players speeding through drills!
Some were figure skaters demonstrating their advanced spins and skills!

Thank you to all the parent volunteers who make this happen each year!

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Black History Month Biographies


Paul Cuffe Biography

Name at birth: Paul Slocum
Paul Cuffe was a Massachusetts shipping magnate of the early 19th century — and probably the wealthiest African American of his era. He was the youngest of the ten children of emancipated African Kofi Slocum and Wampanoag tribe member Ruth Moses. Paul was raised in Westport and educated by abolitionist Quakers, and at the age of 14 began the life of a sailor. Three years later, he was jailed for three months by the British during the American Revolution, and three years after that he began his own shipping business between Westport and Nantucket (1779). The next year he was briefly jailed again — for civil disobedience: Cuffe argued that he shouldn’t be taxed, as he was not allowed to vote. Although he lost his case, his action led to a change in the law by 1783. In the last two decades of the 19th century, Cuffe became a wealthy and respectable Atlantic merchant, trading in the Caribbean, Europe and Russia. All this was at a time when the trade in African slaves was still booming; Cuffe and his all-black crew risked kidnapping and captivity as they sailed the hemisphere. Much of Cuffe’s success came from his associations with Quakers, from whom he learned of abolitionism and the efforts to re-settle emancipated slaves in Africa. Cuffe voyaged to Sierra Leone to investigate the possibilities of emigration in 1810, and again in 1815, when he paid passage for 18 adults and 20 children. His early back-to-Africa venture failed and he died two years later, but he left behind a substantial estate and a reputation for philanthropy as well as business acumen.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekly Memo

February 5th, 2016
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

Feb 15th - Feb 19th - School Vacation, No School
Mar 1st - No School, Presidential primary
March 2nd - Dr Seuss Day
March 5th - Toast to Memorial

Chicken Nuggets
Pizza Sticks

From the office:
Incoming Kindergarten Registration Information:  Missed Kindergarten registrations at Memorial?  You can still register your child at the Student Information Office at 123 Cambridge St (Burlington High School).
Registration Hours:  
February 22-26, 2016  8 am - 12 pm
February 24, 2016  5 pm - 7 pm
Registrations will also be held at these schools:
Francis Wyman School
41 Terrace Hall Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803
Mrs. Conley, secretary (781) 270-1701
Registration Dates: February 8-9, 2016 9 am - 11 am

Pine Glen School
Pine Glen Way
Burlington, MA 01803
Mrs. Gosselin, secretary
(781) 270-1712
Registration Dates: February 10-11, 2016
9 am - 11 am

For more information, please call the Student Information Office at 781-270-8179.
* If you plan to register at the Student Information Office, please park in the front circle of Burlington High School. Enter through the Main Entrance and check in with the Main Office. They will direct you to our office.
Please remember to bring the original birth certificate, proof of residency, an utility bill, and updated health records.

After-School Homework & Running Club:  The 2016 Winter Session of Memorial School’s After-School Homework & Running Club for Grades 1-2 will begin on Thursday, March 3rd  and run through Tuesday, May 3rd.  The main goal for the club is to provide a fun opportunity for students to become healthy and active, but also a time where students are able to complete homework with access to teacher support.  This is the start of a new club and we hope to combine two great activities to make learning more fun.  The club will meet two afternoons per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 2:30pm until 3:30pm.  The fee will be $80.00.  (Please note there will be no session on April 12th and 14th). For more information, please the office at 781-270-1721.

From Nurse:  There have been a few cases of head lice in the Burlington Public schools.  The following are some proactive  steps parents can take:
  • Parents should check their children's heads at least once a week for active lice/ nits (eggs).
  • Remind your children to avoid sharing personal items (i.e., combs, brushes, hats, helmets, hair accessories) and head-to-head contact i.e hugging other children.
  • Teach children to tuck hats in the pockets or sleeves of their winter jackets.
  • Keep long hair pulled up.
  • Keep personal items the child sleeps with, (i.e stuffed animals, blankets) at home.
The teachers, and staff from the after school programs reinforce these measures.

As an alternative to traditional chemical treatments, there are several professional lice removal companies that exist. An internet search will provide the companies in the area. Burlington Public Schools does not endorse any particular company.

Links to helpful information on Head Lice:

We would appreciate all communication about any cases of lice.  If your child has lice, or has recently been treated for lice, please notify the school nurse. All children who are absent due to lice must be checked by the school nurse before re-admission to school.  An adult must accompany the students to the nurse's office the morning of return.

Happenings Around Town:
Understanding Dyslexia

Presented by  Charlotte Lunde and Caroline Legor of the

Massachusetts Branch International Dyslexia Association

Tuesday, February 9th at  7:00pm
Marion Tavern
55 Center Street, Burlington Ma
Join us for a presentation about Dyslexia, a language-based learning disability.
Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading.
Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words.
This presentation will discuss the red flags, steps towards and after diagnosis and what to do when outside evaluations and school evaluations don't align.
*doors open at 6:30
Please email us at with any questions

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

STARbuck students of the week

This week's STARbuck role models at Memorial School are...

Liliana, Krish, Autumn, Gianna, Leyad and Paul

Thank you for making Memorial School a

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chinese New Year: Fire Monkey

The students in Mrs. Cyr's second grade classroom were fortunate to have Mrs. Chang visit their classroom and share a book and activities celebrating the Chinese New Year. Thank you!

The Monkey is ninth of the 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. Every 12 years there is a Monkey year. (Interestingly, Monkey years are all multiples of 12 — from 12 AD, through 1200 AD, to now in 2016.)

2016 Is a Fire Monkey Year 

In Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign and one the Five Elements: Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, or Earth. Both the sign and element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny. Element-sign combinations recur every 60 years:

National Geography Bee winners!

Mrs. Burns participated the National Geography Bee with her 
Fifth grade students at Memorial School! 

Connor and Layla were our second place finishers
Fabiola is our Memorial finalist and will move on to the next round!

Good Luck Fabiola!

A job well done by all!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

What is Social Emotional Learning?

 We are fortunate at Memorial School to have two highly skilled guidance counselors and a school psychologist who create SEL lessons for students throughout the school year. In addition, all classroom teachers are trained in the Responsive Classroom social competency program and create daily or weekly meetings to specifically address social issues at school. 
  • Students are self-aware. They are able to recognize their emotions, describe their interests and values, and accurately assess their strengths. They have a well-grounded sense of self-confidence and hope for the future.
  • Students are able to regulate their emotions. They are able to manage stress, control impulses, and persevere in overcoming obstacles. They can set and monitor progress toward the achievement of personal and academic goals and express their emotions appropriately in a wide range of situations.
  • Students are socially aware. They are able to take the perspective of and empathize with others and recognize and appreciate individual and group similarities and differences. They are able to seek out and appropriately use family, school, and community resources.
  • Students have good relationship skills. They can establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation. They resist inappropriate social pressure; constructively prevent, manage, and resolve interpersonal conflict; and seek and provide help when needed.
  • Students demonstrate responsible decision-making at school, at home, and in the community. In making decisions, they consider ethical standards, safety concerns, appropriate social norms, respect for others, and the likely consequences of various courses of action. They apply these decision-making skills in academic and social situations and are motivated to contribute to the well-being of their schools and communities.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekly Memo

January 29th, 2016
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

Feb 3rd & 4th - Incoming Kindergarten Registration 8am to 11am
Feb 4th - Memorial PTO meeting 7pm
Feb 15th - Feb 19th - School Vacation, No School
Mar 1st - No School, Presidential primary
March 2nd - Dr Seuss Day
March 5th - Toast to Memorial

Popcorn Chicken
Hamburger or Cheeseburger
Mac & Cheese

From the office:
Cori Form Reminder:  If you are planning to volunteer or chaperone during this school year (and we hope you will), you must be CORI’d. You can do this by visiting the Superintendent’s office to fill out a CORI (Criminal Offender Records Information) form.  You will also need to bring a government-issued photo ID (a license will do). The Superintendent’s Office is located in the business office at the Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street. The entrance is around the back of the school. CORI approvals are good for three years, so if you filled out a CORI during the last two years, it is not necessary to submit a form again for this year. If you are unsure of when your last CORI was done, please call the school office and Mrs. Bogosh or Mrs. Shaikh will be happy to help.

Change of Dismissal Procedures:  On any day that a child’s transportation plans are altered, a note must be written to the classroom teacher to describe the change.  We understand that occasionally, a situation arises during the day that necessitates a change.  If this is necessary, please make every effort to contact the office before your child’s scheduled lunchtime to ensure that your child’s teacher receives the information.  Buses are held until all children are accounted for, so please help us to ensure student safety by keeping us fully informed well before dismissal time.

FROM THE CAFE:  It is the policy of the Burlington Public Schools to limit the amount of money a child can owe the Burlington School Lunch Program. When the limit is reached, the child is given a cheese sandwich and a carton of milk for a charge of $1.50 for lunch for the duration of their negative balance.  To enable your child to continue to receive a full school lunch, you must deposit the missing funds into his/her lunch account. This can be done either online through the PayPams System or by sending in a check to your child's school cafeteria made out to 'Burlington Public Schools Lunch".

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Biographies in Mrs. Farrand's Classroom

Students in Mrs. Farrand's second grade classroom published 
an informative biography on Abraham Lincoln.

Working and learning together!