Thursday, December 16, 2010

From the Memorial Staff to you....

As that last day before vacation approaches (December 23rd), we wish each of you a peaceful holiday season and a relaxing early-winter vacation. Whether you have already celebrated your holiday, or are still looking forward to it, may it overflow with special moments for you and for your family. And may the year ahead be a bright one, filled with good health, gladness, and peace!
Memorial School News: December 16, 2010

IMPORTANT DATES
DECEMBER 23RD –

- LAST DAY BEFORE HOLIDAY BREAK (FULL DAY-REGULAR DISMISSAL)
- ICE CREAM SOCIAL DURING STUDENT LUNCHES (read down for details)
JANUARY 3RD – END OF HOLIDAY BREAK; WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

LUNCH MENU
Monday - Chicken Teriyaki or Stuffed Crust Pizza with mashed potato, peas, chilled fruit, and milk or juice.
Tuesday -- French Toast Sticks or Meatball Sub with green beans, fresh fruit, and milk or juice.
Wednesday -- Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Hot Dog with veggie dippers, chilled fruit, and milk or juice.
Thursday -- Turkey with Gravy or Stuffed Crust Pizza with mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, fresh fruit, cookie, and milk or juice.
Friday -- NO SCHOOL – First Day of Holiday Break

FROM MRS. R(ickershauser)
The Holidays – a Season of Giving, a Season of Thanks….

Thank you…. to everyone who participated in yesterday’s 4th/5th Grade Winter Concert – singers, dancers, instrumentalists, and audience too! What a GREAT show! A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Mosier and Mr. Napierkowski. Due to their hard work, energy, and commitment, the talent, enthusiasm, and pride of every boy and girl shone brightly throughout the show. A word of thanks too to the many family members who were able to be with us at the concert. The delight on the faces of our children reflected just how much the love and support of family really means to them!

Thank you….to Mr. Frank Rais who videotaped our Winter Concert during the evening performance. His grand-daughters have moved on to middle school, but Mr. Rais continues to capture these special Memorial School moments, allowing them to be enjoyed by all long after the concert is over. Look for it on BCAT in the coming weeks!

Thank you… to Mrs. York and the students in grades 1 through 5. Their beautiful winter art projects have transformed the foyer and hallway into a Gingerbread Wonderland, helping us to welcome winter and celebrate the season in grand style.

Thank you… to the many volunteers who help Memorial School in so many ways – staffing our Child Safe Program, running off teaching materials and notices (like this one!) for teachers and the office, working in classrooms to support children’s learning, accompanying classes on field trips to provide safe out-of-school learning experiences, serving as room parents to help organize events for their child’s classroom, serving ice cream sundaes to make that last day before Winter Break a memorable and tasty one, and participating in PTO to plan events for Memorial families and raise funds to enrich the lives of our children. These gifts of time and caring are truly appreciated, and make a world of difference at our school. Thank you so very much!

FROM THE PTO
A Favorite Memorial Tradition Continues:
Ice Cream Sundae Social - December 23rd (during student lunch blocks in the cafeteria) Volunteers are needed to help serve ice cream. If you can help out for an hour or two, anytime between 10:30 – 1:00, please contact Cyndi Collins at 781-272-2779. Thanks!

Students with food allergies have the option to bring in an alternative treat, or to participate in the ice cream social using only toppings that are available to the food-allergy-free tables. Any toppings that contain peanuts, tree nuts, or state on the package that they are manufactured in a plant with possible cross contamination will not be a choice at these food allergy tables. If you have questions about toppings, please contact Ms. Cadigan at 781-270-1724.

FROM THE OFFICE
MCAS Test Dates
Several families have requested information about MCAS test dates at Memorial. The tests involve students in grades three through five. The dates are:
3rd Grade -- March 23 & 24: Reading; May 17 & 18: Math
4th Grade -- March 22: Long Composition English Language Arts; March 28 & 29: ELA (Reading & Writing); May 12 & 13: Math
5th Grade -- March 30 & 31: ELA (Reading & Writing); May 10 & 11: Math; May 19 & 20: Science

FROM THE NURSE Please make sure your child is dressed for outdoor play at recess -- hat, mittens, and winter jacket. The children will be going out to play unless temperatures are unreasonably cold (less than 25 degrees).

GRATITUDE – Filling Buckets (Theirs & Ours Too)
Coats for Kids
will run through January 8th, 2011. All sizes are needed for kids, moms, and dads too. There is a box for donations outside the Guidance Office.

Memorial Kids Care -- In lieu of a holiday gift exchange, 4th and 5th graders have decided to help others, locally and around the world too. Teachers are working with an area-based Council of Social Concern, creating gift baskets for families in need. Fourth graders have learned about an organization called Heifer International, which is responsible for providing families all over the world with the means to survive and prosper. Students voted to use their donations to provide families in need with a llama and a hope basket (chickens and rabbits). If you have questions, please call your child’s teacher.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Memorial School News: December 9, 2010

IMPORTANT DATES

DECEMBER 15TH – WINTER CONCERT - GR.4/5 CHORUS & BAND – 7PM (families); 9AM (school)

DECEMBER 16TH – KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP – THE NUTCRACKER

DECEMBER 23RD – LAST DAY BEFORE HOLIDAY BREAK (FULL DAY-REGULAR DISMISSAL)

- ICE CREAM SOCIAL DURING STUDENT LUNCHES (details on other side)

JANUARY 3RD – END OF HOLIDAY BREAK; WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!


Lunch
December 13-17:
Monday -
Popcorn Chicken or Cheesy Bread Sticks with Marinara Sauce, and potato puffs, vegetable, chilled fruit, and milk or juice.
Tuesday -
Nachos Grande or Grilled Cheese with Soup, and chilled fruit, and milk or juice.
Wednesday - Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Hot Dog, and veggie dippers, fresh fruit, and milk or juice.
Thursday - Spaghetti with Meatballs or Chicken Patty on a Roll, and green beans, chilled fruit, and milk or juice.
Friday - Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, or Tuna Sandwich, and veggie dippers, fresh fruit, and milk or juice.


FROM THE OFFICE
Ice Cream Social
-- December 23rd (During Student Lunch Blocks in the Cafeteria)
One of the ‘cherished traditions’ at Memorial School is the annual Holiday Ice Cream Social, generously provided by the PTO. After finishing their lunch, children have the chance to top a dish of tasty ice cream with toppings of their choice.

Students with food allergies will have the option to bring in an alternative treat, or to participate in the ice cream social using only toppings that are available to the food-allergy-free tables. Any toppings that contain peanuts, tree nuts, or state on the package that they are manufactured in a plant with possible cross contamination will not be a choice at these food allergy tables. If you have questions about toppings, please contact Ms. Cadigan.

Volunteers are needed to help serve ice cream. If you can help out for an hour or two, anytime between 10:30 – 1:00 (during children’s lunch blocks), please contact Cyndi Collins at 781-272-2779. Thanks!

MCAS Test Dates
It’s still several months away, but these are the dates for MCAS testing (gr. 3-5) at Memorial.

3rd Grade --March 23 & 24: Reading; May 17 & 18: Math.

4th Grade -- March 22: ELA Long Composition; March 28 & 29: ELA; May 12 & 13: Math.

5th Grade -- March 30 & 31: ELA; May 10 & 11: Math; May 19 & 20: Science.

FROM THE NURSE
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, winter jacket (and snowpants + boots if they want to play in the snow, which hopefully will not happen any time soon). The children will be going out to play each day unless temperatures are unreasonably cold (less than 25 degrees).

FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT: 4th & 5th Grade Winter Concert!
Halls nearly “decked,” voices lifted, instruments tuned – we are nearly ready for our annual Winter Concert! Under the direction of Mrs. Beth Mosier and Mr. Mark Napierkowski, there will be two performances on Wednesday, December 15th – one at 9am for the school, one at 7pm for family and friends. What a wonderful way to usher in this season of giving and gratitude! Concert dress for students is a white top and black bottom. Chorus members also need a festive holiday hat. For the daytime performance, children should wear their costumes to school and bring a change of clothes. For the evening performance, children should wear costumes to school and arrive at 6:30 sharp for warm-ups and line-up. Thank you, in advance, for your help in making the show a success!

FROM THE PTO
Box Tops for Education
Please send in your Box Tops from participating General Mills products. They are easily found on the back/sides of MANY every-day products like cereal, etc. We have a collection box located in the library on Mrs. Field’s desk, easily accessible to children for drop-off. This is an easy and FREE way to get money for our school. Thank you in advance for your help.

The Next PTO Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 6th at 7pm in the school library. We hope you will join us!

GRATITUDE – Filling Buckets (Theirs & Ours Too)
TOYS FOR TOTS The Memorial School will be helping the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves with the Toys for Tots Drive. We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys in the collection box located in front of the Health Office until tomorrow -- Friday, December 10th. This can be a very difficult time of the year for many families. Please consider helping to put a smile on a child’s face. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

COATS FOR KIDS Memorial School will be participating in the Coats for Kids program again this year! Now through January 8th, 2011 we will be collecting winter coats for kids, moms, and dads. All sizes are needed. There is a box for donations outside the guidance office.

MEMORIAL KIDS CARE
In lieu of a holiday gift exchange, 4th and 5th graders have decided
to help others, locally and around the world too. Teachers are working with an area-based Council of Social Concern, creating gift baskets for families in need. Fourth graders have learned about an organization called Heifer International, which is responsible for providing families all over the world with the means to survive and prosper. Students voted to use their donations to provide families in need with a llama and a hope basket (chickens and rabbits). If you have questions, please call your child’s teacher.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS: November 24, 2010


We have much to be grateful for here at Memorial School! Please know that your children and the support of families like yours are the things we count among our blessings. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

DATES TO REMEMBER

DECEMBER 6TH – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

DECEMBER 15TH – WINTER CONCERT 7PM (GR.4/5 CHORUS & BAND)

DECEMBER 23RD – LAST DAY BEFORE HOLIDAY BREAK (FULL DAY-REGULAR DISMISSAL)


FROM THE FOOD SERVICES DEPARTMENT (BURLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS)

Last spring, the Burlington Public Schools implemented a cashless cafeteria payment system. This system provides two options for school lunch payment:

* The first option is to bring a check into the cafeteria manager made out to Burlington Public School Lunch. The manager can put the money into the student's account.

* The second option is for the parent to go on to www.PayPams.com and set up an account.

PayPams is an online credit and debit card payment program, which offers a free service that allows parents to receive notification should a child’s lunch account balance run low. By registering for this service, you can also check on your child’s daily lunch purchases. Questions? Please contact the Food Services Department at 781-270-1756.

FROM THE OFFICE

A heartfelt thank you to the many families who contributed to the Treats for Our Troops Box and the CARE packages for American men and women serving in the military overseas (Honor our Heroes!). Your generosity will put smiles on the faces of many people, always important but especially during the holidays when they are so far from home and family!


FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Save the Date: MEMORIAL SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT

The 4th and 5th Grade Chorus and Band will present their Winter Concert Celebration on Wednesday evening, December 15th, at 7:00 pm. Look for additional information in upcoming bulletins and notices from Mrs. Mosier and Mr. Napierkowski.

BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL “It’s A Wonderful Life”

Burlington High School will present the stage version of the holiday classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 pm in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of the high school. Bring the whole gang to this great family-friendly production. Adults: $10 and Students/Sr Citizens: $5. Tickets available at www.BurlingtonTickets.org. For more information call 781-A-FUN-TIC.


FROM THE LIBRARY

The Book Fair is Coming! November 29th through December 3rd!

An amazing selection of books is headed our way the week after Thanksgiving -- just in time for holiday gift-giving! The theme for this year’s Fair is “Honor Our Heroes! Reading Saves the Day!” and it is a GREAT way to get the whole family excited about reading. The Fair will be open during school hours Monday through Friday that week, and during extended hours on Monday (11/29) and Thursday (12/2). You are more than welcome to join your child during his or her scheduled browsing time, or to come by the Fair during school or extended hours. If you would like to volunteer to be a part of this fun event, please call 781-273-7656 or send an email to gfield@burlington.mec.edu. ‘Hope to see you there! -- Mrs. Field


FROM THE PTO

The next PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, January 6th in the school library. We hope you will join us!

SCRIPS Program The holidays are coming, and a gift card to a favorite restaurant or store might be the perfect way to solve your ‘Shopping Challenges!’ Once again, the PTO is offering the opportunity to purchase gift cards for the holidays without leaving the comfort of your home. (Please see last week’s backpack for details.) Shopping through the SCRIP program will help your family and Memorial School too. For every gift card purchased, the school receives a percentage ranging from 2% to 17%. What a simple -- and useful - fundraiser! Orders are due on Friday, December 3rd. Gift Cards will be delivered by December 15th.

Box Tops for Education Please send in your Box Tops from participating General Mills products. They are easily found on the back/sides of MANY every-day products like cereal, etc. We have a collection box located in the library on Mrs. Field’s desk, easily accessible to children for drop-off. This is an easy and FREE way to get money for our school. Thank you in advance for your help.

GRATITUDE – Filling Buckets (“Theirs” & Ours Too)

COATS FOR KIDS

Memorial School will be participating in the Coats for Kids program again this year! Now through January 8th, 2011 we will be collecting winter coats for kids, moms, and dads. All sizes are needed. There is a box for donations outside the guidance office.

TOYS FOR TOTS The Memorial School will be helping the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves with the Toys for Tots Drive. We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys in the collection box located in front of the Health Office until Friday, December 10th. This can be a very difficult time of the year for many families. Please consider helping to put a smile on a child’s face. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.







Monday, November 1, 2010

Reminder -- Redistricting with Dr. Conti -- Thursday at 7pm

Dr. Conti will be a guest at the next PTO meeting, scheduled for Thursday, November 4th, at 7pm in the gym. Please join us for an update on the plans for re-districting and progress on the construction of our new school. There will be a brief PTO meeting following Dr. Conti's talk for those who would like to remain.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Memorial School News - October 28, 2010





Have a Safe and Happy Hallowe'en!


IMPORTANT DATES

NOVEMBER 1ST- 3RD GRADE FIELD TRIP

NOVEMBER 2ND – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

NOVEMBER 4TH – PTO MEETING 7PM (Dr. Conti to Share Plans for Redistricting)

NOVEMBER 10TH – VETERANS’ DAY PROGRAM 8:40 AM – all welcome!

NOVEMBER 11TH – NO SCHOOL (VETERANS’ DAY)

NOVEMBER 19TH – PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE DAY (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)



FROM THE OFFICE

"And a fun time was had by all!" The Memorial School Spooky Family Fun Night was a wonderful evening for the over 90 families in attendance! Thanks so much to parents Cyndi Collins and Kerri Conley, who organized it for us! Thanks too to the high school volunteers, and to the parents who stepped forward to help with stations, craft tables, and ‘bouncy structures.’ Besides the enjoyment provided for children and families, events like this one serve to strengthen our school community. Without parent volunteers, however, they simply would not be possible. Please know that the PTO is always looking for parents to help during these events. Life is busy and commitments are many, so we thank you – in advance! – for coming forward. With your help, we can continue to make events like these part of your child’s Memorial School experience! As always, thank you for your support. -- Mrs. R.


Memorial School Council: The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 mandates that all public schools have Councils made up of the principal, parents, staff and at least one business or community representative. The purpose of the Council is to advise the principal in the operation of the school. Meetings are held one afternoon per month (Thursdays) beginning in October and culminate in May/June. This year, our Council needs one parent representative. If you are interested in serving, please contact Mrs. Bogosh at 781-273-7647 or bogosh@burlington.mec.edu. Thank you in advance for your interest and support!


VETERANS’ DAY

In observance of Veterans’ Day, we are collecting the names of family and friends who have served (or are currently serving) in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, or National Guard. Their names will be mentioned as a way of honoring them and their service at a very brief ceremony we will have here at Memorial on Wednesday, November 10th, and posted on the Wall of Honor just outside our cafeteria. If you know a veteran or someone currently serving in the Armed Forces, please fill out the form in next week’s backpack folder, and return it to school by Monday, November 8th. (If you have sent in your veterans’ names in previous years, there is no need to do so again as we have them on file and they will automatically be added to the wall.) Our brief ceremony in honor of Veterans and this special day will take place on Wednesday, November 10th, at 8:20 am in the gym. All are welcome.


Scholastic Book Fair is Coming! November 29th through December 3rd!

An amazing selection of books is headed our way! At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for students, as well as books of interest to parents. Mark your calendar for our Family Event where the whole family can join in the fun. And, you can contribute books to your child's classroom library. The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading. See you there!

If you would like to volunteer and be a part of this fun event call 781-273-7656 or send an email to gfield@burlington.mec.edu. Hope to see you there. -- Mrs. Field



FROM THE NURSE

With the cooler weather upon us, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the outdoor play at recess. The children will be going out each day, weather permitting.



GRATITUDE – Filling Buckets (Theirs & Ours Too)

Treats for Our Troops

It’s here! Finally! On Sunday evening after the ‘treaters’ have left, you may find yourself with too much candy on your hands. If so, please consider donating the extra candy to our troops overseas. Beginning Monday Nov. 1st, extra candy may be dropped off to the orange-colored Treats for our Troops box under the table outside the office here at Memorial. If you have a loved one or dear friend stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan that you would like to have included in the list of recipients, please contact Caroline Mallard at treatsforourtroops@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity!


Honor Our Heroes

Once again the Memorial School will participate in the “Honor Our Heroes” project, sponsored by the Burlington High School Community Service Club. This is a tangible way for our school and the community at large to show support and appreciation of our troops overseas. Donations of non perishable food items, toiletries, magazines, decks of cards, or anything else you can think of that will help to make their time away from home a little less difficult will remind them that out-of-sight does not mean out-of-mind. There is a yellow box under the table outside the office here at Memorial for all donations. Thank you for helping.


COATS FOR KIDS

Memorial School will be participating in the Coats for Kids program again this year! Now through January 8th, 2011 we will be collecting winter coats for kids, moms, and dads. All sizes are needed. There will be a box for donations located outside the guidance office.



FROM THE PTO

SAVE THE DATEOur Superintendent ERIC CONTE will be a guest at our next Memorial PTO meeting on November 4th at 7:00pm in the school gymnasium. He will give us an update as to how the re-districting is going, and progress on the new school. We will have a short PTO meeting after he speaks for all that would like to remain. We will extend the meeting to 8:30pm.


BURLINGTON PARENT SEMINAR ON YOUTH DEPRESSION, BULLYING, AND CYBER-BULLYING: All parents are welcome to attend this parent-only assembly dealing with bullying. Monday, November 8th, 6:00-7:30pm at the Marshall Simonds Middle School Auditorium. See link: http://marshallsimonds.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/halligan-event.jpg



Friday, October 22, 2010

Memorial School News: October 21, 2010

IMPORTANT DATES

OCTOBER 22ND – SPOOKY FUN-FILLED NIGHT for MEMORIAL FAMILIES 6:30-8:00PM

OCTOBER 27TH – KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP

NOVEMBER 1ST- 3RD GRADE FIELD TRIP

NOVEMBER 2ND – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

NOVEMBER 5TH – PTO MEETING 7PM (Dr. Conti to Share Plans for Redistricting)

NOVEMBER 10TH – VETERANS’ DAY PROGRAM 8:40 AM

NOVEMBER 11TH – NO SCHOOL (VETERANS’ DAY)

NOVEMBER 19TH – PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE DAY (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

MEMORIAL SCHOOL COUNCIL:

The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 mandates that all public schools have School Councils made up of the principal, parents, staff and at least one business of community representative. The purpose of the Council is to advise the principal in the operation of the school. Meetings are held one afternoon per month beginning in October and culmination in May/June. This year, our council needs one parent representative. If you are interested in serving, please contact Mrs. Bogosh at 781-273-7647 or bogosh@burlington.mec.edu. Thank you in advance for your interest and support!

FROM THE NURSE

With the cooler weather upon us, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the outdoor play at recess. The children will be going out each day, weather permitting.

CALLING ALL WRITERS! Annual Spooky Writing Contest!

The Burlington Union is hosting its third annual Spooky Writing Contest! Burlington students in grades one through six are invited to write a spine-tingling tale to share with our readers. Download and print an entry form with the complete rules from www.wickedlocal.com/burlington (look in the highlight section). The top three entries will receive a Simon Mall gift card for $100, $75 and $50, respectively, courtesy of the Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club.

GRATITUDE – Filling Buckets (Theirs & Ours Too)

Treats for Our Troops

HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, and if you are like many of us, you may find yourself with too much candy on your hands come Monday, Nov.1st! If so, don't let it go to WASTE or WAIST! Donate the extra candy to our troops overseas. Beginning Monday Nov. 1st, extra candy may be dropped off to the Treats for our Troops box on the table outside the office here at Memorial. If you have a loved one or dear friend stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan that you would like to have included in the list of recipients, please contact Caroline Mallard at treatsforourtroops@gmail.com"

Honor Our Heroes

Once again the Memorial School will participate in the “Honor Our Heroes” project, sponsored by the Burlington High School Community Service Club. This is a tangible way for our school and the community at large to show support and appreciation of our troops overseas. Donations of non perishable food items, toiletries, magazines, decks of cards, or anything else you can think of that will help to make their time away from home a little less difficult will remind them that out-of-sight does not mean out-of-mind. There is a large box in the main lobby for all donations. Thank you for helping.


COATS FOR KIDS

Memorial School will be participating in the Coats for Kids program again this year! Now through January 8th, 2011 we will be collecting winter coats for kids, moms, and dads. All sizes are needed. There will be a box for donations located outside the guidance office.

FROM THE PTO

Change a Light, Change the World Fundraiser: The PTO has organized a fundraiser to purchase LED Holiday lights through N-Star. These bulbs are water and weather resistant, cool to the touch, long lasting LED lights that use 98% less energy than conventional lights. Our school will receive 100% of the proceeds of what is sold. If you’re thinking about buying holiday lights, purchasing them through this program will help your family, our school, and the planet too! Please return all orders to the Memorial School office by Wednesday, October 27th. Please contact Janice Luecke at jcl05113@yahoo.com with any questions.

PTO meeting at 7pm on November 4th with Dr. Conti: The larger capacity of our new building allows Burlington to reduce the crowding in all of our elementary schools. Dr. Conti will discuss plans for re-districting. Please join us for this important conversation. It will be held in the gym.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Memorial School News: October 14, 2010

IMPORTANT DATES
OCTOBER 22ND – SPOOKY FUN-FILLED NIGHT for MEMORIAL FAMILIES 6:30-8:00PM
OCTOBER 27TH – KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP – FRANKLIN PARK ZOO

YOU ARE INVITED!
Memorial Families – Come one, come all to our very own SPOOKY FUN-FILLED FAMILY NIGHT!
Friday, Oct 22nd from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Costumes are welcome but definitely not necessary. NO scary masks though! Games and activities to delight every ghourl and boy! This is a family event, and parents will need to remain at school with their children for the fun and safety of all. Volunteers are needed to help run several of the activities. Please contact Cyndi Collins at CyndiBillC@aol.com or Kerry Conley at kerry8772@gmail.com if you have questions or want to volunteer. Flyers went home in backpacks last Friday! Please return by Friday, Oct. 15th (yes, that’s tomorrow!).

CALLING ALL WRITERS! Annual Spooky Writing Contest!
The Burlington Union is kicking off its third annual Spooky Writing Contest! Burlington students in grades one through six are invited to write a spine-tingling tale to share with our readers. Download and print an entry form with the complete rules from www.wickedlocal.com/burlington (look in the highlight section). The top three entries will receive a Simon Mall gift card for $100, $75 and $50, respectively, courtesy of the Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club.

Gratitude – Filling Buckets (Theirs & Ours Too)
Treats for Our Troops
HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, and if you are like many of us, you may find yourself with too much candy on your hands come Monday, Nov.1st! If so, don't let it go to WASTE or WAIST! Donate the extra candy to our troops overseas. Beginning Monday Nov. 1st, extra candy may be dropped off to the Treats for our Troops box on the table outside the office here at Memorial. If you have a loved one or dear friend stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan that you would like to have included in the list of recipients, please contact Caroline Mallard at treatsforourtroops@gmail.com"






Honor Our Heroes
Once again the Memorial School will participate in the “Honor Our Heroes” project, sponsored by the Burlington High School Community Service Club. This is a tangible way for our school and the community at large to show support and appreciation of our troops overseas. Donations of non perishable food items, toiletries, magazines, decks of cards, or anything else you can think of that will help to make their time away from home a little less difficult will remind them that out-of-sight does not mean out-of-mind. There is a large box in the main lobby for all donations. Thank you for helping.


FROM THE NURSE
4th Grade Parents: A reminder to submit your child’s current physical exam. This is a requirement mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please call Leslie Cadigan if you have any questions.
Returning to school after an illness: Children who have been out ill need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Please adhere to this standard as cold and flu season has already begun at Memorial School. The best way to combat all communicable disease is to wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially before eating. Cough into the crook of your elbow and not your hands to eliminate the transmission of illness.

FROM THE PTO
Change a Light, Change the World Fundraiser: The PTO has organized a fundraiser to purchase LED Holiday lights through N-Star. These bulbs are water and weather resistant, cool to the touch, long lasting LED lights that use 98% less energy than conventional lights. Our school will receive 100% of the proceeds of what is sold. If you’re thinking about buying holiday lights, purchasing them through this program will help your family, our school, and the planet too! Please return all orders to the Memorial School office by Wednesday, October 27th. Please contact Janice Luecke at jcl05113@yahoo.com with any questions.

Want to understand the ins and outs of Facebook and keep your child(ren) as safe as possible when they use it now or will at some point in the future? BHS Principal, Patrick Larkin and Dennis Villano from Marshall Simonds Middle School will be running a parent workshop (#1 in a series) focusing on Facebook ... Tuesday, October 19 ... 6:30-7:30 pm ... BHS Auditorium. The goals are to get parents acclimated with Facebook and also to discuss the importance of ensuring that our students are not making mistakes with their on-line activities that will cause them short or long term headaches. Future workshops will be dictated by parent feedback.

PAC
Attention Parents. Does your child have any difficulty with educational, social or emotional issues? Is your child receiving extra help or special education services? Do you think they should be, but don't know how to get these services? Come out on Wednesday October 20 at 7:00 P.M. and join other parents in the School Committee Meeting Room at Burlington High School. Maureen Ryan will give a very informative presentation that will help all parents learn how to help their children succeed in school and in life. For more info, email Dennis McCarron at dandmmccarron@hotmail.com or by phone at 781-273-5663. This is your chance to help your child.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Memorial School News: October 7, 2010

IMPORTANT DATES

OCTOBER 7TH – PTO MEETING – Memorial School Library – 7pm

OCTOBER 11TH – NO SCHOOL – COLUMBUS DAY

OCTOBER 12TH – KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP – PARLEE FARMS

OCTOBER 22ND – MEMORIAL FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTY 6:30 – 8:00pm


FROM THE OFFICE

Gratitude – Filling Buckets (Theirs & Ours Too)

Honor Our Heroes

Once again the Memorial School will participate in the “Honor Our Heroes” project, sponsored by the Burlington High School Community Service Club. This is a tangible way for our school and the community at large to show support and appreciation of our troops overseas. Donations of non perishable food items, toiletries, magazines, decks of cards, or anything else you can think of that will help to make their time away from home a little less difficult will remind them that out-of-sight does not mean out-of-mind. There is a large box in the main lobby for all donations. Thank you for helping.

Treats for Our Troops

HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, and if you are like many of us, you may find yourself with too much candy on your hands come Monday, Nov.1st! If so, don't let it go to WASTE or WAIST! Donate the extra candy to our troops overseas. Beginning Monday Nov. 1st, extra candy may be dropped off to the Treats for our Troops box on the table outside the office here at Memorial. If you have a loved one or dear friend stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan that you would like to have included in the list of recipients, please contact Caroline Mallard at treatsforourtroops@gmail.com"


FROM THE NURSE

All medication required during school hours is to be brought to the school by an adult parent/guardian. Children are not to bring their own medicine, prescription or over the counter to school. All medication -- both prescribed and over the counter -- needs to be in properly labeled packaging. A signed order form from you health care provider is also required for each medication. Medication order forms can be obtained in the Nurse’s office or online at the Burlington Schools’ website. Please call Leslie Cadigan, RN at 781-270-1724 if you have any questions.

4th Grade Parents: A reminder to submit your child’s current physical exam. This is a requirement mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please call Leslie Cadigan if you have any questions.

Returning to school after an illness: Children who have been out ill need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Please adhere to this standard as cold and flu season has already begun at Memorial School. The best way to combat all communicable disease is to wash your hands

frequently throughout the day, especially before eating. Cough into the crook of your elbow and not your hands to eliminate the transmission of illness.

CALLING ALL WRITERS! Annual Spooky Writing Contest!

The Burlington Union is kicking off its third annual Spooky Writing Contest. Burlington students in grades one through six are eligible to write a spine-tingling tale to share with our readers. Download and print an entry form with the complete rules from www.wickedlocal.com/burlington (look in the highlight section).

The top three entries will receive a Simon Mall gift card for $100, $75 and $50, respectively, courtesy of the Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club.


FROM THE PTO

Memorial Families – Come on, come all! to the Memorial School FAMILY Halloween Party!

Fri, Oct 22 6:30 – 8:00pm. Costumes are welcome but definitely not necessary. NO scary masks though!

This is a family event, and parents will need to remain at school with their children for the fun and safety of all. Volunteers are needed to help run several of the activities. Please contact Cyndi Collins at CyndiBillC@aol.com or Kerry Conley at kerry8772@gmail.com if you have questions or want to volunteer. Look for a flyer in backpacks soon!

Change a Light, Change the World Fundraiser: The PTO has organized a fundraiser to purchase LED Holiday lights through N-Star. These bulbs are water and weather resistant, cool to the touch, long lasting LED lights that use 98% less energy than conventional lights. Our school will receive 100% of the proceeds of what is sold. If you’re thinking about buying holiday lights, purchasing them through this program will help your family, our school, and the planet too! Please return all orders to the Memorial School office by Wednesday, October 27th. Please contact Janice Luecke at jcl05113@yahoo.com with any questions.

Please send in your Coca-Cola caps and Box Tops with your children. Both will help purchase supplies for our school!


PAC

Attention Parents. Does your child have any difficulty with educational, social or emotional issues? Is your child receiving extra help or special education services? Do you think they should be, but don't know how to get these services? Come out on Wednesday October 20 at 7:00 P.M. and join other parents in the School Committee Meeting Room at Burlington High School. Maureen Ryan will give a very informative presentation that will help all parents learn how to help their children succeed in school and in life. For more info, email Dennis McCarron at dandmmccarron@hotmail.com or by phone at 781-273-5663. This is your chance to help your child.