Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weekly Memo (a little late!)


MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS  
April 17, 2014
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)

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

IMPORTANT DATES
April 18th - No School
April 21st - 25th - Spring Vacation, No School
April 28th - May 1st - Incoming Kindergarten screening
May 7th & 9th - 3rd Grade Field Trip
May 12th - Kindergarten Field Trip


MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE LUNCH MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)   April 28th - May 2nd
Monday

Chicken Nuggets
Tuesday

Hamburger or Cheeseburger
Wednesday

Pasta with meatballs
Thursday

TBD
Friday

TBD

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.

Memorial Pre-K Social
Do you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten this fall at Memorial?  Burlington Mother-to-Mother is organizing socials for future Kindergartners, which are free and open to everyone.  The first Memorial social will be on April 29, 2014 from 3-4 pm at the school's playground.  To rsvp, please contact Sharleen Davis at sharleendavis@hotmail.com.

BPD radKids Week
Your kids will be in a fun and very active program that stresses safety awareness through role-play, self-defense and other activities. Burlington Police D.A.R.E. will incorporate risk awareness skills (strangers, public safety etc.) with radKIDS, a program that offers defense against abduction. RadKIDS teaches all kinds of cool things, like what you can do to be safe from fires, or how to be safe when you're out shopping, even what to do if a strange dog scares you. The radKids portion of the class (defense against
abduction) is a 15-hour class to be integrated with the D.A.R.E. safety awareness teachings.  Due to a generous grant from Lahey Clinic, classes will be free for all attending residents. Donations to the Burlington D.A.R.E. Program are appreciated. As per the radKIDS organization, each child thereafter will be able to re-attend the class on an unlimited basis for free.   The program is intended for children ages 8-12. The course will be held at the Memorial Elementary School gymnasium Mon. – Fri. (9am-12noon) July
14-28, July 21-25 and July 28-August 1. All 5 classes must be attended. Full time Burlington Police officers will teach the class! Registration forms will be made available at the Burlington Police Web Site: www.bpd.org and may be dropped off at the Police Station. Limited space available! For questions, call Officers Keith Sheppard or Steve Cross at (781) 505-4919 or 781-505-4965.

Adopt-A-Class of 2025 Parents:
You are invited to a planning meeting for the first fundraiser for the Class of 2025. Come and learn how you can begin to earn hours toward scholarship money for your son or daughter. Tuesday, April 29th from 7-8pm at panera, crossroads plaza in burlington. The Class of 2025 business partner is Newtowne Grille/Old Towne Liquors. Please contact Joanie Tremblay or Cathy Perry with any questions at adoptaclass2025@gmail.com

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!

Burlington Community Garden needs volunteers


April Vacation Garden Fun! 

Friday April 25, 2014 

10am - 1 or 2 pm

Behind the Francis Wyman School Athletic Fields 





We will gather to continue our quest to get the garden ready for planting. We had a temporary set back with the cold weather last week, but we have set a planting date for May 15, so we will continue to believe that Spring is here to stay. So come join us, bring you families, gloves, rakes and shovels and a wheel barrel if you have one! This is a great family activity!

As you know the garden is located behind the Athletic Fields of Francis Wyman School, 41 Terrace Hall Ave.

Hope to see lots of friends at the garden,

Jane

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Getting comfortable with failure


This is a repost from a favorite website: www.thedailycafe.com

Schools are the perfect place to build tenacity,resiliency and fortitude.


Try Something New

Joan Moser 

I was recently listening to Kathleen Turner, stage and film actor, as she talked on NPR about her long career. I was especially interested when she shared her philosophy about accepting work projects. In the interview she said, "I have to find projects that I might fail at doing. Because if I don't, then I am just repeating what I already know I can do. And secondly, I won't ever know what I might be able to do." Where does that kind of attitude and belief come from? Was she just born with it?

There is a striking similarity between Ms. Turner and many of the children we work with. We encourage students to try something new, to stretch themselves further, and to not be afraid. Some bump against roadblocks that require tenacity to push through, and they are able to do just that.

But what about the students who are afraid to fail, don't have the spirit to take risks, or are lacking an attitude of perseverance? Were they, in turn, just born that way?

In my first years as a teacher, I used to look at children who were assigned to me as those who were independent and those who weren't. Now I know that all children can be taught to be independent. This is why I cannot quit thinking about Kathleen Turner's interview. I truly believe that we need to teach children to try things at which they may fail. Through our own modeling of trying new things, pushing through tough times, sticking with it, and yes, failing and starting again, we can help every student reach their untapped potential.

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.
 page1image15856 page1image16016 page1image16176 page1image16336 page1image16496 page1image16656 page1image16816 page1image16976 page1image17136 page1image17296 page1image17456 page1image17616 page1image17776 page1image17936 page1image18096
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

page2image13880
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).

page2image15688
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!