Thursday, June 25, 2015

Calling all parents and community members!

MEMORIAL 



Please consider becoming part of the Memorial School Council
for the 2015-2016 academic year.

What is School Council? 
 click here

When and where is School Council? 
We will meet approximately once a month at school for one hour
and/or connect through email or google hangout.  
Time to be determined 

Who is on School Council?
Two parent representatives, two staff representatives, two community representatives
and the school principal

Please contact the front office at 781-270-1721 or email me at ddressler@bpsk12.org if you are interested. Thank you!






Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Weekly Memo

 MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
June 23rd, 2015
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649




IMPORTANT DATES
August 31st- 1st Day of School for Grades 1st - 12th
Sept 3rd - Kindergarten Orientation
Sept 7th - No School, Labor Day
Sept 8th - 1st Day of School for Kindergarten
Sept 15th - Back to School Night, Adults Only
Sept 24th & 25th - Camp Bournedale Field trip for 5th grade

From the Office:
From the Office:  If you are moving before the start of the next school year, we will miss you, but wish you well.  Please drop by the office to fill out a withdrawal form for your child.  This will ensure that school records will be sent to the new school in time to place your child properly in the new school.  


FROM THE NURSE
Physical Examination and Immunization updates for children entering 4th grade in the fall are required by Massachusetts State Law.  A copy of these documents needs to be on file here at the school.  Copies may be brought in to school through the end of this year, and as school starts in the fall.

Just Six Summer Books Lead to Skills’ Success!:    Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader (or any reader, for that matter!) from regressing.  When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right - not too hard and not too easy.  Take advantage of your local library.  Ask for help selecting books that match your child’s age, interests and abilities.  Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what’s available in your areas.  Also check our booklists for recommendations.  
From “3 Ways to Prevent ‘Summer Slide’ ” by Francis Alexander (www.readingrockets.org/article/15020)


Read something every day.
Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read.  Find them throughout the day:
  • Morning:  The newspaper - even if it is just the comics or today’s weather.
  • Daytime:  Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, ect.  For example, if your daughter or son likes the food channel, help him or her look for a recipe on the network’s Web site - then cook it together for more reading practice.
  • Evening:  End of the day by having your child read to you from the book he or she is currently reading (one of the six books, above).  Have your child rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to your.  Re-reading will help him or her to be more fluent - able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.  


Keep reading aloud
Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, but especially those who struggle.  One benefit is that you can read books your child can’t, so he or she will build listening comprehension skills with grade - level and above books.   THis will increase your child’s knowledge and experience with text, so that he or she will do better when reading independently.
Happenings Around Town:
Memorial:  Calling all children entering kindergarten at Memorial this fall!  Join us on Sunday, June 28th from 3 pm to 4 pm for a laid-back, friendly play-date at the Memorial school playground as part of monthly Pre-K socials being organized by Burlington Mother-to-Mother.  The socials are free and open to all incoming kindergarteners.  This is a great way for kids (and parents) to get to know each other and the school environment. Please rsvp with both your name and your child's name to Sharleen Davis at sharleendavis@hotmail.com.  Hope you can join us!

BEF STAR award student and teachers

We were fortunate to have Mrs. Karin Oakes from the Burlington Education Foundation (BEF)
award three teachers and one student at Memorial with the STAR award for outstanding
performance. 
Congratulations Connor,
Mrs. Weinberg, Mrs. Warford and Mrs. Guttenplan



STARbuck students of the week

Our last week of school  STARbucks winners are…

Chase, Emily, Kritika and Omar

Thank you for representing Memorial School values and being role models for

   S: Showing Kindness
        T: taking safety seriously
A: Acts responsibly
          R: Respect self and others




Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Literacy Ideas

Book, Books, Bookshelf, Read,Literacy:
Besides visiting the library and reading books, websites, apps, and games are great ways to reinforce literacy skills over the summer!

Websites
The following is a list of websites with interactive literacy and thinking activities for children of all ages.

For all students in grades 1-5 and some Kindergarten students; instruction may include: Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, and Comprehension of Literature and Nonfiction texts. Students’ username is their unique LASID number (which they should know, but if they do not, please ask their classroom teacher) and the password is: BPS1.

Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books.  Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube.  Rainbow Fish, Wilfrid Gordon MacDonald Partridge, and To Be a Drum are just a few of the books available.

a laptop computer : Free

While some areas of Starfall are part of their premium service, they have many early reader stories available for free.  Students can follow along as the story is read to them and can, in some instances, help create their own story.  The website is highly engaging and a favorite of young readers.

Children can listen to short stories read aloud to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  ABCya! has a variety of educational games in addition to the featured stories.  Free resources and materials are available for grades K through 5.

National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students.  Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  It is a great way to bring interesting non-fiction stories into reading center time.

Play games, watch videos, learn about animals, and places, and get fun facts on the National Geographic Kids website.

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Apps
This list of suggested free apps that will have children practicing their reading, memory, and thinking and reasoning skills…

EPIC books (use blizzard bag log-in)
Trivia Crack
Chicktionary
Heads Up
Tikatok StorySpark
FarFaria
MeeGenius
Learn with Homer
The Opposites
Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion

Board Games
FUn for the whole family!

Spot It! (any version) I Have (Play ‘n Learn System)
Respond! Word Game WordTeasers (Small Fry)
Hedbandz Memory (any version)
Morphology Jr. Scrabble (any version)
Pairs in Pears Guess Who (any version)
Blurt Apples to Apples Jr.
Boggle Hangman
Rory’s Story Cubes Don’t Say It
Taboo for Kids BuzzWord Jr.
American Trivia Family Edition Freeze Up
Last Word Smart Mouth

Wild Guess Chase Guesstures

Weekly Memo

 MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
June 19th, 2015
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

IMPORTANT DATES
June 23rd - Last Day of School, dismissal at 11:!5am
August 31st- 1st Day of School for Grades 1st - 12th
Sept 3rd - Kindergarten Orientation
Sept 7th - No School, Labor Day
Sept 8th - 1st Day of School for Kindergarten
Sept 15th - Back to School Night, Adults Only
Sept 24th & 25th - Camp Bournedale Field trip for 5th grade


Main Lunch Menu Choices June 22nd - June 23rd
Monday
Popcorn Chicken
Tuesday
Bagged Lunch available
Wednesday
No School
Thursday
No School
Friday
No School

From the Office:
From the Office:  If you are moving before the start of the next school year, we will miss you, but wish you well.  Please drop by the office to fill out a withdrawal form for your child.  This will ensure that school records will be sent to the new school in time to place your child properly in the new school.  

5th Grade End-of-Year Activities:  Thank you to the many parents and fifth grade teachers who have devoted the time, care, attention, and ‘heart’ to helping our 5th graders celebrate their years in elementary school in such a joyful way! It will surely help them move on to the next phase of their formal education with eagerness and confidence!


Summer Reading:  As you make your vacation plans, don’t forget to add summer reading to your list.  Summer may mean “no homework!” but it shouldn’t mean taking a break from learning, especially reading!  Studies shows that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read maintain or actually gain skills.
 

From the Nurse’s Office:  The end of the school year is approaching quickly.  Please stop by the Nurse’s Office to pick up your child’s medication by the close of school on June 23rd.  If they are not picked up, they will be disposed of.






Happenings Around Town:
Memorial:  Calling all children entering kindergarten at Memorial this fall!  Join us on Sunday, June 28th from 3 pm to 4 pm for a laid-back, friendly play-date at the Memorial school playground as part of monthly Pre-K socials being organized by Burlington Mother-to-Mother.  The socials are free and open to all incoming kindergarteners.  This is a great way for kids (and parents) to get to know each other and the school environment. Please rsvp with both your name and your child's name to Sharleen Davis at sharleendavis@hotmail.com.  Hope you can join us!