Thursday, March 24, 2011

MARCH 24, 2011

IMPORTANT DATES
MARCH 26TH – TOAST TO MEMORIAL!
MARCH 28-29TH – GR. 4 MCAS TEST - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (READING & WRITING)
MARCH 30-31ST – GR. 5 MCAS TEST – READING & WRITING
MARCH 31ST – KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP
APRIL 1ST – PIZZA/MOVIE NIGHT
APRIL 5TH – GR. 4 FIELD TRIP
APRIL 8TH – GR. 2 FIELD TRIP
APRIL 13TH – MEMORIAL SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT - 7PM
PRE-K STORYTIME - 9AM LIBRARY
APRIL 25TH – WHOLE-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT: THE SIGNATURE PROJECT

LUNCH MENU
March 21st -25th (milk or juice accompanies each lunch)
MONDAY – Popcorn chicken or stuffed crust pizza with mashed potato, peas and chilled fruit.
TUESDAY – French toast sticks or pizza with vegetable and chilled fruit.
WEDNESDAY – Hamburger, cheeseburger or hot dog with French fries and fresh fruit.
THURSDAY – Mac & cheese or chicken patty on a roll with green beans and chilled fruit.
FRIDAY – Stuffed crust pizza or grilled cheese on wheat with veggie tray and fresh fruit.


FROM THE OFFICE
It’s here! The 6th Annual Toast to Memorial! – Saturday, March 26th 7 PM – Holiday Inn, Woburn
Visit with Old Friends, Make New Ones! Always a memorable and enjoyable evening for the many members of the Memorial Family (the grown-up half, that is!) who come together that night, this event helps to make so many things possible. Raffle items include the beautiful theme baskets created by each classroom (thank you for your contribution to that!) and several donated by staff members, along with “Mr. Ganley/Ms. Bannon/Mrs. Rickershauser” for the day! Silent Auction items include signed memorabilia from Boston’s own professional athletes and tickets to sports events too. Wine-tasting and tasty treats from local merchants are included in the ticket price. Tickets are available at the door. Please join us if you can!


FROM THE NURSE
All 4th grade students are required by Massachussetts’ law to submit a current physical prior to the beginning of the fourth grade. If you have not yet submitted the physical, please do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call Leslie Cadigan, Memorial School Nurse, at 781-270-1724.


PTO
Pizza Movie Night – Friday, April 1st – 6pm to 8:30pm (Registration begins at 5:45)
Registration forms went home on Monday, March 21st. If your child is planning to attend, please send in the registration form along with a check made payable to Memorial School PTO by tomorrow, Friday, March 25th. You will receive confirmation that your registration was received by Thursday, March 31st.


MEMORIAL FAMILIES CARE
Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in 1 in 15,000 live births. AS is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism. Characteristics of AS include developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, and walking and balance disorders. Individuals with Angelman Syndrome will require life-long care.

The Angelman Syndrome Foundation seeks to improve the lives of individuals with Angelman Syndrome (AS), and their families. Through education, information exchange, and support for research, individuals, families, healthcare and education professionals benefit from a greater understanding of AS and improved therapies and treatment. Their ultimate goal is prevention and cure.

Each year thousands of people across the United States walk in support of ASF's mission to improve the lives of individuals with Angelman Syndrome. 5th Grader Joshua Lee (brother of Caiden) and his family will participate in the walk on May 21, 2011 to raise money for ASF. If you are able to help, the easiest and safest way to do so is to visit www.angelman.org/teams/TeamCaiden where your name will appear joining other donors. Checks made out to Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Inc. are also welcome. Thank you in advance for your support!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

IMPORTANT DATES

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

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

MARCH 26TH – TOAST TO MEMORIAL!

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

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

APRIL 1ST – PIZZA/MOVIE NIGHT

APRIL 13TH – MEMORIAL SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT - 7PM


LUNCH MENU

March 21st -25th (milk or juice accompanies each lunch)

MONDAY Corn dog chicken nuggets or cheese pizza with french fries and chilled fruit.

TUESDAY – Nachos grande or grilled cheese with veggie tray and fresh fruit.

WEDNESDAY – Hamburger, cheeseburger or hot dog with French fries and chilled fruit.

THURSDAY – spaghetti with meatballs or chicken parm on a roll with tossed salad and fresh fruit.

FRIDAY – Stuffed crust pizza or tuna on a roll with veggie dippers and fresh fruit.


FROM THE OFFICE

Afterschool Safety

After-school programs at Memorial are in full swing. They include Homework Club and Math Camps for Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5. Because we have so many camps running at the same time, there is more of a traffic ‘situation’ than usual. When picking up your child at 3:30, please drive around the circle and form a line along the front of the school. For safety’s sake, students will leave the porch to go to their car at their teacher’s direction. Thank you for your help with this!


Toast to Memorial! Just Around the Corner – Saturday, March 26th at the Holiday Inn in Woburn

The PTO has been busy at work putting together our main fundraiser for the year – our sixth annual “Toast to Memorial.” Always a memorable and enjoyable for the Memorial Family (the grown-up half, that is!) this event helps to make so many things possible. Tickets are available at the door. If you are unable to attend in person, and would like to take your chance at winning one of the beautiful classroom baskets or other raffle items, a form will go home on Monday for purchasing raffle tickets. Please return it by Thursday so the tickets end up in the right spot on the raffle table!


PHOTOCOPYING We are still 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.


PTO

Save the date – Pizza Movie Night – Friday, April 1st6pm to 8:30pm

The movies shown are: Despicable Me; Toy Story 3; How to Train Your Dragon. Ticket order forms will go home on Monday.


THE FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS TEAM OF BURLINGTON will be holding a meeting to discuss the new food allergy policy. Parents of children with or without food allergies are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at the Burlington Fire Department on Tuesday March 22nd at 7PM. Please contact Lisa Hovasse with any questions......faatob@gmail.com


FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Burlington High School presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” over two big weekends and featuring two matinee performances. “Be Our Guest” on March 25, 26 and April 1 at 7:30 pm, April 2 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm, and April 3 at 2:00 pm. Tickets: www.BurlingtonTickets.org. Info: 781-A-FUN-TIC. (Note from Mrs. R: we enjoyed a sneak preview of the performance on Wednesday morning here at school, and it was GREAT! What a wonderful ‘night out’ for the whole family! No need to travel into Boston when there are opportunities like this one right here in town starring Burlington’s own very talented kids!)

Friday, March 11, 2011

"Beauty and the Beast" Comes to Burlington!

Burlington High School presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” on March 25, 26 and April 1 at 7:30, April 2 at 2:00 and 7:30pm, and April 3 at 2:00pm. Filled with all the enchantment, wonder and surprise that has made it an international sensation, the production will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School, a handicapped accessible venue. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens; $15 for adults. Tickets are available at www.BurlingtonTickets.org. For further information, call 781-A-FUN-TIC.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

IMPORTANT DATES

MARCH 10THALL TOWN BAND CONCERT – BHS GYM – 7PM (TONIGHT!)

MARCH 11TH – LAST DAY TO PURCHASE COMMEMORATIVE BRICKS

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

MARCH 16TH – DORA INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR PARENTS 7PM

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

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

MARCH 26TH – TOAST TO MEMORIAL!

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

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

APRIL 1ST – PIZZA/MOVIE NIGHT

APRIL 13TH – MEMORIAL SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT - 7PM



LUNCH MENU

March 14th-18th (milk or juice accompanies each lunch)

MONDAY Popcorn chicken or stuffed crust pizza with potato puffs, corn and chilled fruit.

TUESDAY – French toast sticks or bologna & cheese sub with veggie tray and fresh fruit.

WEDNESDAY – Hamburger, cheeseburger or hot dog with French fries and chilled fruit.

THURSDAY – Pasta with butter, pasta with meat sauce or meatball sub with green beans and chilled fruit.

FRIDAY – Stuffed crust pizza or fish sandwich with French fries and fresh fruit.



FROM THE OFFICE:

4th and 5th grade bands will be performing in the All-Town Band Concert tonight – Thursday March 10th at the Burlington High School gymnasium. Reporting time for 5th graders is 6pm, reporting time for 4th graders is 6:20, followed by the concert at 7pm. Performing bands include- Combined 4th Grade Band, Combined 5th Grade Band, MSMS Concert Band, MSMS Symphonic Band, BHS Concert Band. The concert should be complete by 8pm. Any questions please email Mr. Napierkowski at napierkowski@burlington.mec.edu. (Note from Mrs. R: last year’s concert was amazing, and well worth attending. Tonight’s is sure to be as well!)


Toast to Memorial! Just Around the Corner – Saturday, March 26th at the Holiday Inn in Woburn

The PTO has been busy at work putting together our main fundraiser for the year – our sixth annual “Toast to Memorial.” Always a memorable and enjoyable for the Memorial Family (the grown-up half, that is!) this event helps to make so many things possible. Funding raised that evening:

· supplements the cost of buses, reducing the price of field trips for families;

· provides assemblies which touch children’s minds and hearts, and enrich their learning in ways that couldn’t be accomplished otherwise;

· brings published authors and experts to speak with students about writing or their area of expertise or both;

· helps fifth graders celebrate the end of their Memorial experiences with a Moving On Ceremony, Memory Book, and class picnic.

And the list goes on and on. This is just a small portion of the many things that the PTO and participants in the Toast to Memorial! provide for “our kids.”


Saturday evening, the 26th of March, is fast approaching, and if you haven’t purchased your tickets to this enjoyable event, it’s not too late! One way to buy them is to fill out the attached order form, and send it to school with your child before Friday, March 18th with a check made out to the Memorial PTO in the proper amount. (See notices in previous backpack folders.) Another way is to buy them at the door that evening. Either way, we hope to see you then! Most importantly, we thank you for contributing items to the BEAUTIFUL and CREATIVE baskets created by each class and many staff members that will be on display, and raffled off, that night!



Story Time for Incoming Kindergarteners 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.)


FROM THE NURSE All 4th grade students are required by Massachussetts’ law to submit a current physical prior to the beginning of the fourth grade. If you have not yet submitted the physical, please do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call Leslie Cadigan, Memorial School Nurse, at 781-270-1724.


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.


PTO

Commemorative Bricks – Leave your mark on the new Memorial! Tomorrow, March 11th will be the last day to submit your order form for the Commemorative Bricks.


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. (See last week’s backpack folder for more info.)


Save the date – Pizza Movie Night – Friday, April 1st6pm to 8:30pm

Stay tuned for more info!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Math Camp Gr. 4 & 5

MEMORIAL SCHOOL

Math Camp

Fractions, Decimals and Percents

OH MY!!


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30-3:30

March 15th – May 5th

Calling All
Problem Solvers in Grades 4 & 5!!!!

• Need extra help with fractions, decimals, and percents?
• Crave a challenge, especially one that involves fractions, decimals, and percents?
• Looking for practice to make your math skills even stronger than they are already?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then Math Camp is for you!

Each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for 7 weeks, beginning on March 15th, Memorial School’s Terrific Teachers will work with small groups of students on:
1) problem solving strategies;
2) writing and solving word problems;
3) math games to deepen understanding of fractions, decimals, and percents;
4) strategically solving previously released MCAS questions.

The fee for this 14-session course will be $80, which includes snack. Be assured that no child will be denied the opportunity to participate in the club due to financial hardship; support will be made available to those families who need it. (Call Mrs. Rickershauser if this applies to you and to your family.) Please call Mrs. Bogosh at 781-273-7647 if you are interested.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

IMPORTANT DATES

MARCH 3RD – DORA MEETING FOR PARENTS POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 16TH *

MARCH 3RD – PTO MEETING 7PM MEMORIAL LIBRARY

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

* MARCH 16TH – DORA INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR PARENTS 7PM

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

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

MARCH 26TH – TOAST TO MEMORIAL!

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 - 7PM


LUNCH MENU

March 7th-11th (milk or juice accompanies each lunch)

MONDAY Chicken nuggets or stuffed crust pizza with french fries, green beans and chilled fruit.

TUESDAY Turkey with gravy or grilled cheese with mashed potato, veggie dippers and fresh fruit.

WEDNESDAY – Hamburger, cheeseburger or hot dog with French fries and chilled fruit.

THURSDAY – Mac & cheese or chicken patty with green beans and chilled fruit.

FRIDAY – Stuffed crust pizza or tuna on a roll with veggie dippers and fresh fruit.


READING MATTERS at Memorial School!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Memorial School celebrated Read Across America Day (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss’s Birthday) in grand style on Wednesday. More than 35 students from BHS visited Memorial classrooms, k-5, to share various Dr. Seuss stories, inspiring them with their own experiences around reading and learning. A big thank you goes out to these exemplary representatives of Burlington High School and the wonderful families who have raised them. Thank you too to the efforts of Reading Specialist Marjorie Johnson, PE teacher and BHS Athletic Trainer Lynda Bannon, and Memorial Cafeteria Manager Chris Stevens, for organizing such a special day for “our kids!”

MCBA Voting – The People Choice Award for Middle-Graders’ Chapter Books -- next Wed. March 9th! For over ten years, Memorial School 4th and 5th graders have participated in the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award program, sponsored by Salem State University and founded back in 1975 to nurture a continuing interest in books in middle-graders. Participants in grades four, five, and six are given a "master list" of book titles. After reading five of the books, students may vote for their favorite. (The list is compiled from nominations of participating teachers, their students, librarians, and interested publishers.)

On Wednesday, March 9th, participating 4th and 5th graders who have read at least five of the books on this year’s list (distributed back in June and again in September) will participate in an MCBA Pizza Luncheon to cast their vote during their scheduled lunchtime. Thank you to fourth and fifth grade teachers Tara Olshaw, Holly Weinberg, Valerie Burns, Crystal Keating, librarian Gayle Field, and reading specialist Marjorie Johnson for promoting this very beneficial and enjoyable program!


Story Time for Incoming Kindergarteners 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.)


How Can Parents Help Nurture Proficiency in Reading and a Love of It at the Same Time?

1. Let your child “catch you reading” – whether it’s a newspaper, magazine, book, or online article. You truly are your child’s best teacher – and teaching occurs most powerfully through example.

2. Encourage your child to read every day – whether it is after school, at the dentist’s office, at a sibling’s athletic practice/event, at bedtime, in the morning – whatever suits him or her (and your schedule). Research shows that daily practice really DOES make a difference!

3. Reading to your child (regardless of grade) and helping them to build a library of their own at home (Discount Books readily available on Cambridge Street!) are surefire ways to “grow a reader.”

4. If your child’s teacher requests that they keep a reading log or journal, take an interest in it and sign it with acknowledgment of their commitment to it.

(Note: A student who reads 20 minutes a night, 5 nights a week, gets 100 minutes of practice each week. Over the course of a school year, this is the equivalent of 66 hours, or TEN WHOLE SCHOOL DAYS a YEAR! All that practice will make your child a more competent confident reader, and a more curious committed learner too!)

5. If your child is a beginning reader, his or her teacher likely sends home books for sharing with you and practicing at home. Life is so busy these days, but taking the time to sit and allow him or her to read them to you matters more than you can imagine. Your child wants to please you and make you proud. This is the perfect context for doing both!

Thank you for helping to make reading a ‘family affair’ at Memorial School!


FROM THE NURSE All 4th grade students are required by Massachussetts’ law to submit a current physical prior to the beginning of the fourth grade. If you have not yet submitted the physical, please do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call Leslie Cadigan, Memorial School Nurse, at 781-270-1724.


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.


PTO

Meeting Tonight – 7pmMemorial School Library

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. (See last week’s backpack folder for more info.)

Commemorative Bricks – Leave your mark on the new Memorial! (More info in pre-vacation backpack folders!)


FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

4th and 5th grade bands will be performing in the All-Town Band Concert on Thursday March 10 at the Burlington High School gymnasium. Reporting time for 5th graders is 6pm, reporting time for 4th graders is 6:20, followed by the concert at 7pm. Performing bands will include- Combined 4th Grade Band, Combined 5th Grade Band, MSMS Concert Band, MSMS Symphonic Band, BHS Concert Band. The concert should be complete by 8pm. Any questions please email Mr. Napierkowski at napierkowski@burlington.mec.edu.