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.