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.