Thursday, February 17, 2011

Memorial School News -- February 17, 2011

Wishing you all a safe, happy, fun-filled Winter Break!

IMPORTANT DATES

FEBRUARY 18TH – INVENTION CONVENTION: GRADE 4 - 8:30AM (CAFETERIA)

FEBRUARY 22-26TH – WINTER BREAK – NO SCHOOL

MARCH 3RD – DORA INFORMATION SESSION FOR PARENTS - 6:30PM (COMPUTER LAB)

MARCH 3RD – PTO MEETING - 7PM (MEMORIAL LIBRARY)

MARCH 14TH – DARE GRADUATION: GRADE 5 - 7PM (GYM)

MARCH 22ND – GR. 4 MCAS TEST – LONG COMPOSITION

MARCH 23-24TH – GR. 3 MCAS TEST – READING

MARCH 28-29TH – GR. 4 MCAS TEST - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (READING & WRITING)

MARCH 30-31ST – GR. 5 MCAS TEST – READING & WRITING

APRIL 13TH – MEMORIAL SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT - 7:00PM (GYM)


LUNCH MENU (Feb 28-March 4th; milk or juice included with every meal)

MONDAY Popcorn chicken or stuffed crust pizza with french fries and fresh fruit.

TUESDAY – Ham, egg & cheese biscuit or cheese pizza quesadilla with veggie dippers and chilled fruit.

WEDNESDAY – Green eggs and ham or stuffed crust pizza and chilled fruit.

THURSDAY – Mini ravioli with meatball or chicken parm with tossed salad and chilled fruit.

FRIDAY – Stuffed crust pizza or grilled cheese on wheat with veggie dippers and fresh fruit.



FROM MRS. RICKERSHAUSER:

Congratulations to 5th graders John Stevens and Billy Waisnor, winners of the 2012 Heart Failure Calendar Award sponsored by Lahey Clinic. John’s page encouraged attention to the consumption of salt, Billy’s encouraged attention to measuring weight. I know the boys made their families proud, and the Memorial Family as well. Bravo, John and Billy!



Safety Reminder With the gently-rising temperatures, momentary cessation of snow, and growing hours of daylight, the hint of spring is in the air! Many students have relished the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and sense of freedom that outdoor recess brings, while others have enjoyed board games and activities with friends during indoor recess. Some children have brought small games and toys from home to enjoy during these ‘recess moments.’ Earlier this week, a student brought a nerf gun to school. Please be aware that bringing this kind of toy to school is in violation of the Safety Policy of the Burlington Public Schools, as outlined on p. 22 of the Memorial School Family Handbook. It reads:

Any article or behavior that creates a real or potential hazard to the safety of children or adults, negatively affects performance, or contradicts school policy is not permitted in school. Specifically, guns of any kind, knives or other sharp/pointed objects, wooden or aluminum bats, hard balls, skateboards, roller blades, frisbees, and nail polish or remover should not be brought to school.

Thank you for your help in maintaining a safe and caring environment for Memorial kids to learn and to grow.




FROM THE OFFICE

STORY-TIME

All children who will be starting kindergarten at Memorial in the fall are invited to enjoy a story and snack with their parent/guardian at the Memorial School library on the following dates:

Tues., March 15th 9:00 – 9:30

Wed., April 13th 9:00 – 9:30

Thurs., May 12th 9:00 – 9:30

Story-times will feature special readers from the Memorial School Staff. We hope you will join us! (R.S.V. P. to Mrs. Bogosh at 781-273-7647.)



PHOTOCOPYING

We are currently in need of volunteers to help photocopy on Tuesday’s and Friday’s. If you can give an hour or two of your time, it would be greatly appreciated by our staff! If you are interested, please call Mrs. Bogosh at 781-273-7647.



FROM THE NURSE

Please make sure your child is dressed for outdoor play at recess -- hat, mittens, and winter jacket. (To play in the snow, snowpants and boots are needed too. ) The children will be going out to play unless temperatures are unreasonably cold (less than 25 degrees), or there is no cleared surface for them to play.



PTO

Save the Date Toast to Memorial! Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 7 to 10PM – Holiday Inn, Woburn, MA. Support and celebrate the Memorial Community! Make new friends, renew old ones! Take a chance at winning our door prize, raffle items that have been donated by the Burlington Community, and some amazing auction items including signed sports memorabilia and tickets to the Red Sox and Revolution. Most importantly, you will have a chance at winning one of the amazing Gift Baskets created by all families and staff at Memorial School! (Please see today’s backpack folders for your official invitation, and additional information.)


Besides attending (and we hope you will!) there are other ways to be involved in the celebration. Contributing items for the raffle or auction, and assistance on the day of the event itself -- transporting items to the Holiday Inn and helping with setup or registration – are needed and appreciated. If you can help in any way, please contact Maryann Vigliotta (maryann.vigliotta@agenusbio.com) / 781-272-2212.


Please see next week’s bulletin for the countless ways Memorial kids benefit from the proceeds of this wonderful fun-filled ‘grown up’ event!




THE BURLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOL’S AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM is exploring expansion into the new Memorial School in September 2011. Registration for the Francis Wyman and Memorial programs will be open from February 7 through February 18. Registration forms are available at www.burlington.mec.edu under the Resources tab or in elementary school offices. For additional information, please email Laura Driscoll at ldriscoll@burlington.mec.edu. A final decision on the expansion will depend on interest and space and will occur in the spring.


Friday, February 4, 2011

IMPORTANT DATES

FEBRUARY 7th – FIELD TRIP: KINDERGARTEN

PARENT INFORMATION MEETING RE: DORA 7PM Francis Wyman School Auditorium

FEBRUARY 7-11TH – KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION - 9-11AM (MEMORIAL OFFICE)

FEBRUARY 11TH – FIELD TRIP: GRADE 4

FEBRUARY 18TH – INVENTION CONVENTION: GRADE 4 - 8:30AM (CAFETERIA)

FEBRUARY 22-26TH – WINTER BREAK – NO SCHOOL

MARCH 14TH – DARE GRADUATION: GRADE 5 - 7PM (GYM)

MARCH 22ND – GR. 4 MCAS TEST – LONG COMPOSITION

MARCH 23-24TH – GR. 3 MCAS TEST – READING

MARCH 28-29TH – GR. 4 MCAS TEST - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (READING & WRITING)

MARCH 30-31ST – GR. 5 MCAS TEST – READING & WRITING

APRIL 13TH – MEMORIAL SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT - 7:00PM


LUNCH MENU

January 31st – February 4th (milk or juice accompanies each lunch)

MONDAY Popcorn chicken or french bread pizza with smiley fries, green beans and chilled fruit.

TUESDAY – Nachos grande or ham, egg and cheese sandwich with fresh fruit.

WEDNESDAY - Hamburger, cheeseburger or hot dog with French fries and fresh fruit.

THURSDAY – spaghetti with meatballs or meatball sub with garden salad and chilled fruit.

FRIDAY – Stuffed crust pizza or grilled cheese on wheat with veggie tray and fresh fruit.



FROM MRS. RICKERSHAUSER: DORA

In the next couple of weeks, parents will receive a summary of their child's most recent DORA (Diagnostic Online Reading Assessment) results. To help parents have a better understanding of this test, there will be a Parent Information Meeting about the DORA on Monday, February 7th at 7:00PM at the Francis Wyman Elementary School Auditorium. This meeting is for parents from all four elementary schools. Dr. Conti and the four elementary school principals will share information about the test so that parents will have a better understanding of this assessment.

I will be hosting a morning Parent Information Meeting on Wednesday, February 9th at 8:15 AM at Memorial for Memorial School parents who cannot attend the Monday evening meeting. The same information will be shared at both meetings.



KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION will be held on Monday February 7th through Friday, February 11th from 9:00-11:00 am at Memorial School. Children must attain the age of 5 by August 31, 2011 to be eligible to register. Please remember to bring the child’s birth certificate (original) and proof of residency (current lease or utility bill or real estate tax bill showing your name at the Burlington address). Up to date health records will need to be returned to Ms. Cadigan, our school nurse, two days prior to the start of school. If you have questions concerning registration, please contact Mrs. Bogosh at 781-273-7647. Thank you!


STORY-TIME

All children who will be starting kindergarten at Memorial in the fall are invited to enjoy a story and snack with their parent/guardian at the Memorial School library on the following dates:


Tues., March 15, Wed. April 13, Thurs. May 12


9:00 – 9:30

Story-times will feature special readers from the Memorial School Staff. We hope you will join us! (R.S.V. P. to Mrs. Bogosh at 781-273-7647.)


THE BURLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOL’S AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM is exploring expansion into the new Memorial School in September 2011. Registration for the Francis Wyman and Memorial programs will be open from February 7 through February 18. Registration forms are available at www.burlington.mec.edu under the Resources tab or in elementary school offices. For additional information, please email Laura Driscoll at ldriscoll@burlington.mec.edu. A final decision on the expansion will depend on interest and space and will occur in the spring.


CALLING ALL 5TH GRADE PARENTS!

Fifth grade is always an exciting time for children as they enjoy their last year in elementary school. This year, we have the ‘added excitement’ of four snow days already, with nearly two months of winter ahead of us still! Due to the timing of the storms, the meeting for 5th Grade Parents about end-of-the-year activities has been postponed twice. We’re hoping the third try is ‘the charm,’ but with the weather forecast we’re hearing for next week, we’re reluctant to set a date at this point. Stay tuned for more info from Committee Co-Chairs Dawn Morris and Paula Sullivan.


PTO

Save the Date! Toast to Memorial! Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 7 to 10PM. Holiday Inn, Woburn, MA. Support and celebrate the Memorial Community! Make new friends, renew old ones. Take a chance to win raffle prizes and auction items. Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks!


IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Adopt-A- Class of 2020 (currently 3rd graders)

Save the Date- Saturday, March 12th for a night of laughs and all you can eat pizza at the Giggles Comedy Club at Prince Pizza on Route 1, Saugus, MA. Please look for the flyer to come home soon. Parents of current 3rd graders are encouraged to volunteer to help with the fundraiser and earn scholarship points for your children. If interested in helping, please call Karen Arrigo at 781-221-4140 or email karrigo1@verizon.net


Adopt-A-Class 2019 (currently 4th graders)

Volunteer Opportunity - Now is the time to get involved and support the class of 2019! We are planning a large Spring Gala/Casino Night event for Friday, April 29th at the American Legion in Burlington and we need volunteers to make it happen! If you are interested, please contact Parent Coordinator Denise Griffin at denisegri@alumni.tufts.edu or (781)572-6139. Denise will be hosting the first of our planning meetings on Wednesday, February 9th at 7:00pm. Contact Denise to RSVP. Join the fun, earn points and save the date for the gala event!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

5th Grade Parent Meeting Re-scheduled

Last night's meeting for parents of fifth graders about end-of-the-year activities has been rescheduled for tonight at 6:30 in the Art Room, just prior to the PTO meeting at 7pm in the Library. We apologize for the short notice. If you are unable to attend, 5th Grade Committee Chairs Dawn Morris and Paula Sullivan will be in touch about Committee plans, and how you can become involved!