Thursday, April 28, 2011

Memorial School News - April 28, 2011

IMPORTANT DATES

MAY 2ND – 5TH GRADE DARE DEVILS VS TERRIFIC TEACHERS 9-10AM

5TH GRADE MSMS PARENT ORIENTATION 7:00PM

MAY 3RD – MATH MEETING FOR PARENTS 7-8PM AT FRANCIS WYMAN

MAY 6TH – 3RD GRADE FIELD TRIP

MAY 10TH-11TH – MATH SESSION OF MCAS TESTING FOR 5TH GRADE STUDENTS

MAY 12TH & 13TH – MATH SESSION OF MCAS TESTING FOR 4TH GRADE STUDENTS

FINAL STORY TIME FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN 9:00AM IN THE LIBRARY

MAY 13TH – 5TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

3RD GRADE FIELD TRIP

MAY 14TH – PANCAKE BREAKFAST 8:00-10:00 (SEE BACKPACK FOLDERS FOR MORE INFORMATION)

MAY 17TH & 18TH – MATH SESSION OF MCAS TESTING FOR 3RD GRADE

MAY 18TH – 2ND GRADE FIELD TRIP

MAY 19TH & 20TH – SCIENCE SESSION OF MCAS TESTING FOR 5TH GRADE

MAY 19TH – KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP

‘CELEBRATE MEMORIAL NIGHT!’ FOR PAST & PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE MEMORIAL

FAMILY – ADULTS ONLY - 6-9PM IN THE GYM

MAY 23rd – FAMILY MATH NIGHT 6:30-7:30 PM

MAY 24TH – 1ST GRADE FIELD TRIP

MAY 25th- 5th GRADE STUDENT ORIENTATION AT MSMS

MAY 26TH – ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM 9AM IN THE GYM (presented by third grade)

- ‘FINAL WALK-THROUGH’ OF THE ‘OLD MEMORIAL!’ - 2:30-4PM

MAY 27TH – 2ND GRADE FAMOUS AMERICAN TEA 9:00AM

JUNE 1ST – FAMILY PICNIC


LUNCH MENU

MAY 2ND -6TH (milk or juice accompanies each lunch)

MONDAY Popcorn chicken or stuffed crust pizza with sweet potato fries, peas, and chilled fruit.

TUESDAY – Nachos grande or grilled cheese on wheat with chips and fresh fruit.

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

THURSDAY – Pasta with butter or chicken patty on a roll with green beans and chilled fruit.

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



FROM THE OFFICE

The Signature Project: Find Your Passion!

Through the generosity of the PTO, Memorial students were treated to an amazing presentation with a wonderful message for us all – The Signature Project, presented by artist Patrick Dunning. Even after seeing it (twice), it is difficult to describe. A unique presentation blending art, music, and technology, it made us think, it made us laugh, and at times, even shed a tear. The heart of the project is a huge, multi-faceted mural (76x36 feet) with a rich collection of layered images, one of which is composed entirely of individual signatures completed by over a million people. At the end of the program, Mr. Dunning invited all the adults present (including staff members and parents in attendance) to add their signatures to the project on behalf of everyone in the audience. Thank you, PTO, for providing this wonderful, inspirational experience that encouraged and inspired each of us to ‘find our passion!’

FROM THE NURSE: URGENT

All 4th grade students are required by Massachusetts’ 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. Dr. Goldfarb will be here during the third week in May to conduct physicals for those who have not yet submitted reports from their own physicians. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call Leslie Cadigan, Memorial School Nurse, at 781-270-1724.



FROM THE PTO

Art Show & Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, May 14th8am to 10 am in the Memorial School Cafeteria

Each year Mrs. York transforms our cafeteria into an incredible display of our children's art. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful.” Be amazed by our children’s talent and imagination while you enjoy breakfast with other Memorial families. Look for more details about the event and opportunities to volunteer in this week’s backpack folder. We hope you'll join us!



SAVE THE DATES! Celebrate Memorial!

As our new building nears completion, we are preparing to say good-bye to the old one, celebrating and honoring the 56 uninterrupted years of learning it has provided for the children of Burlington. The celebration is planned to happen in two ways on two different dates:

May 19th – a (free) evening event for adult members of the Memorial Family (past and present)

from 6 to 9pm in the gym; and

May 26th – a ‘last walk through’ for children, families, and other interested community members from

2:30 to 4 pm.

The “Friends of Memorial” will host the celebration on May 19th in the Memorial School gym. All (adult) members of the Memorial School Family are invited to come by to share memories, memorabilia, and special moments. If you are a former Memorial student, parent, or staff member, please put the 19th on your calendar and help us celebrate all that Memorial has been in its current home – and the possibilities of what is to come – in its new one! For children and families, and those adults who can’t make it on the 19th, we have scheduled an afternoon for “final walk throughs” on Thursday, May 26th from 2:30 to 4pm.

Can You Share a photograph? newspaper clipping? other memorabilia? While the physical school building is to be honored and remembered, it is the special memories, traditions, and stories of former students, teachers, and families that we hope to gather and document as we say goodbye. If you have photos, articles, or items connected to the Memorial School from any year, we hope you will be willing to drop them off in our school office with your name and contact information. We will display these items at our celebration and return them to you after this event. Our school office is open from 7:15 to 2:30, Monday through Friday, when school is in session. Please contact Mrs. Bogosh or Mrs. Rickershauser at 781-270-1721 if you have questions about sharing your Memorial items.

It’s the people that make a place special, so most of all we hope to gather personal stories and memories connected to the Memorial community. It is your memories that will capture the spirit of the countless people who made the Memorial School community unique! We would love to collect your story of an unforgettable teacher, a favorite recess game, your favorite Memorial School celebration or tradition, a favorite lunch in the cafeteria, an important lesson you learned here, or a special moment. We ask that you write a brief summary of that special memory, and send it to us in one of two ways -- mail or drop off your written note to 119 Winn Street; email your memories to Principal Karen Rickershauser at Rickershauser @burlington.mec.edu. (There will also be an open ‘microphone’ opportunity on the evening of the 19th. Another great reason to come by that night!)

The current Memorial School teachers, students, and families thank you for helping us to commemorate the wonderful people who made our school building a true treasure!


Friday, April 15, 2011

April 15, 2011


IMPORTANT DATES

APRIL 18TH-22ND – NO SCHOOL-PATRIOTS’ DAY/ SPRING VACATION

APRIL 25TH – WHOLE-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT: THE SIGNATURE PROJECT

APRIL 26TH – KINDERGARTEN CLOWN DAY 9:00-11:00

APRIL 27TH – KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP

MAY 6TH – 3RD GRADE FIELD TRIP

MAY 19TH – ‘CELEBRATE MEMORIAL NIGHT!’ 6-9PM IN THE GYM

MAY 23rd – FAMILY MATH NIGHT 6:30-7:30 PM

MAY 26TH – ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM 9AM IN THE GYM (presented by third grade)

- ‘FINAL WALK-THROUGH’ OF THE ‘OLD MEMORIAL!’ (2:30-4PM)

LUNCH MENU

April 25th-29th (milk or juice accompanies each lunch)

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

TUESDAY – French toast sticks or cheese pizza quesadilla with veggie dippers and fresh fruit.

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

THURSDAY – spaghetti with meatballs or meat ball sub with tossed salad and chilled fruit.

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


FROM THE OFFICE

Congratulations to 4th and 5th grand band and chorus members! Under the talented leadership and direction of Mrs. Mosier and Mr. Napierkowski, they performed a wonderful Spring Concert that showcased their musical skills and talents, and entertained everyone in attendance. Memorial School is truly blessed to have such talented children, dedicated staff, and supportive families. Thank you to Mrs. Mosier and Mr. Napierkowski for their commitment to music and to children, and to Mr. Frank Reis, who videotaped the show for airing on BCAT.


During the evening performance, Mrs. Mosier announced her upcoming retirement (at the end of this school year) after 37 years as a music teacher, many spent right here at Memorial. In that time, she has filled our school with music and our hearts with song. We will miss her, but we wish her well as she embarks on this next chapter in her life!



Enrichment: Monday, April 25th

Memorial students will be welcomed back from spring break with a wonderful enrichment program offered through the generosity of our PTO. We are very excited to be able to host The Signature Project! Created by artist Patrick Dunning, The Signature Project is unique tapestry blending art, music, and technology. The tapestry is a huge, multi-faceted mural (76x36 feet) with a rich collection of layered images, one of which is composed entirely of individual signatures completed by over a million people. The layers will be revealed by Mr. Dunning during his live performance as he ingeniously weaves stories and images in the great tradition of Irish artists. Memorial School students will experience this wonderful event on Monday, April 25th in the gym. There will be an assembly from 9:15-10:05 for Grades K, 1, & 2, and from 10:20 to 11:10 for grades 3, 4, and 5. “Inspiring” and “memorable” are two words used again and again to describe the performance by previous audiences. We welcome you to come and share the experience with your child on Monday morning!



FROM THE NURSE: URGENT

All 4th grade students are required by Massachusetts’ 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. Dr. Goldfarb will be here during the third week in May to conduct physicals for those who have not yet submitted reports from their own physicians. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call Leslie Cadigan, Memorial School Nurse, at 781-270-1724.


FROM THE PTO

Art Show & Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, May 14th8am to 10 am in the Memorial School Cafeteria

Each year Mrs. York transforms our cafeteria into an incredible display of our children's art. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful.” Be amazed by our children’s talent and imagination while you enjoy breakfast with other Memorial families. Look for more details about the event and opportunities to volunteer in this week’s backpack folder. We hope you'll join us!


SAVE THE DATES! Celebrate Memorial!

As our new building nears completion, we are preparing to say good-bye to the old one, celebrating and honoring the 56 uninterrupted years of learning it has provided for the children of Burlington. The celebration is planned to happen in two ways on two different dates:

May 19th – a (free) evening event for adult members of the Memorial Family (current and past)

from 6 to 9pm in the gym;

May 26th – a ‘last walk through’ for children, families, and other interested community members from

2:30 to 4 pm.

The “Friends of Memorial” will host the celebration on May 19th in the Memorial School gym. All (adult) members of the Memorial School Family are invited to come by to share memories, memorabilia, and special moments. If you are a former Memorial student, parent, or staff member, please put the 19th on your calendar and help us celebrate all that Memorial has been in its current home – and the possibilities of what is to come – in its new one! For children and families, and those who can’t make it on the 19th, we have scheduled an afternoon for “final walk throughs” on Thursday, May 26th from 2:30 to 4pm.


Can You Share a photograph? newspaper clipping? other memorabilia? While the physical school building is to be honored and remembered, it is the special memories, traditions, and stories of former students, teachers, and families that we hope to gather and document as we say goodbye. If you have photos, articles, or items connected to the Memorial School from any year, we hope you will be willing to drop them off in our school office with your name and contact information. We will display these items at our celebration and return them to you after this event. Our school office is open from 7:15 to 2:30, Monday through Friday, when school is in session. Please contact Mrs. Bogosh or Mrs. Rickershauser at 781-270-1721 if you have questions about sharing your Memorial items.


It’s the people that make a place special, so most of all we hope to gather personal stories and memories connected to the Memorial community. It is your memories that will capture the spirit of the countless people who made the Memorial School community unique! We would love to collect your story of an unforgettable teacher, a favorite recess game, your favorite Memorial School celebration or tradition, a favorite lunch in the cafeteria, an important lesson you learned here, or a special moment. We ask that you write a brief summary of that special memory, and send it to us in one of two ways -- mail or drop off your written note to 119 Winn Street; email your memories to Principal Karen Rickershauser at Rickershauser @burlington.mec.edu. (There will also be an open ‘microphone’ opportunity on the evening of the 19th. Another great reason to come by that night!)

The current Memorial School teachers, students, and families thank you for helping us to commemorate the wonderful people who made our school building a true treasure!




IT TAKES A VILLAGE

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

Spring Gala/Casino Event - Tickets on Sale NOW: Buy your tickets now for the event on 4/29/11 at the American Legion in Burlington! Flyers went home with payment info or you can go to www.franciswymanpto.org/class2019 and use paypal. Email us at adoptaclass2019@gmail.com with any questions. If you have a 4th grader and want to volunteer and earn scholarship points, contact Parent Coordinator Denise Griffin at denisegri@alumni.tufts.edu .


MSMS PTO Spring Fundraiser ... THIS JUST IN ... If you go to "Joe's" on Tuesdays (April 19th &/or 26th) each check paid (eat-in or take-out) receives a raffle ticket to win a $50 Gift Card to "NYAJ's" (winner pulled on April 27th). This is Joe's way of saying thank you for helping MSMS!!!

UPDATE ... MSMS PTO has a budget deficit of $800. We need to average $100 per eightTuesdays in order to accumulate what is needed. Your support is greatly appreciated and the PTO would like to say thank you to all who have already gone to Joe’s to help our students.


MSMS PTO Spring Fundraiser ... "Not Your Average Cause" at Not Your Average Joe's (Wayside Common). Every Tuesday (all day/night) during April (19th & 26th) 15% of what you purchase goes directly back to the students and teachers. Just mention MSMS PTO to your server and they will have certificates there. Make a reservation to save time or order online (www.notyouraveragejoes.com. Takeout orders count! Please support the students of MSMS, get a great meal and possibly win a $50 gift card at the same time!


Household Hazardous Waste Collection day is Saturday, April 23, 2010 from 8:30 am to Noon at Francis Wyman Elementary School. For more information, please visit the Board of Health website at http://www.burlington.org/boh/hhw.html or call 781-270-1955.


Join us on Sunday, May 1, 2011 for the Walk for Hunger!

The Walk for Hunger is an annual tradition and a rite of spring in Massachusetts! Join 40,000 caring friends and neighbors and raise money for those struggling to make ends meet. For more information visit www.projectbread.org"


COMMUNITY YARD SALE sponsored by Fox Hill PTO

Do you have household items that you never use and would like to sell -- children's clothes and toys that have been outgrown? If so, we have an opportunity for you: The Community Yard Sale at the Fox Hill School on Saturday, May 14th (Rain date Sunday May 15th) from 9am - 2pm. Reserve your 12 foot space for $20 by Friday, May 6th. Don’t need a whole space of your own but have some items you’d like to part with? Donate your sellable goods to the Fox Hill PTO table. For info contact Lauren @ 781-750-8036 or laurenamattson@yahoo.com


GIANT YARD SALE : Sponsored by Mother-to-Mother , Saturday June 11th 9 am – 2 pm (rain date is Sunday, June 12th), located in the Memorial Elementary School Parking Lot, 125 Winn Street, Burlington. Need to do some spring cleaning????? Vendors and Sellers: Only $25 for each 10 foot space. Reserve your space by May 30th. For more info: Contact Jenn at Jennsirois@comcast.net


Mad Dog Hockey at Marshall Simonds Middle School will be running a hockey camp this summer August 15-19 @ 6:00 pm-7:00 pm each day at the O'Brien Rink in Woburn. Check out the website to learn more about Mad Dog Hockey at www.maddoghockey.net This is for all next year’s 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for the 2011-2012 season.



Friday, April 8, 2011

IMPORTANT DATES

APRIL 8TH – GR. 2 FIELD TRIP

APRIL 13TH – MEMORIAL SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT - 7PM

PRE-K STORYTIME - 9AM LIBRARY

APRIL 18TH-22ND – NO SCHOOL-PATRIOTS’ DAY/ SPRING VACATION

APRIL 25TH – WHOLE-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT: THE SIGNATURE PROJECT

APRIL 27TH – KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP

MAY 6TH – 3RD GRADE FIELD TRIP

LUNCH MENU

April 4th-8th (milk or juice accompanies each lunch)

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

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

FROM THE OFFICE

Pizza Movie Night was a special evening for the 100 Memorial School boys and girls who attended. They enjoyed Pizza and a Magic Show before viewing their favorite movie pick – Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon, or Despicable Me – on a big screen in one of Memorial’s small (classroom) theaters. Thanks to the many volunteers (parents and BHS Adopt-a-Class students) for their careful chaperoning, and to organizers Caroline Mallard, Barbara Hamilton, and Kathy Bogosh for providing an opportunity for children to share some special out-of-school time with friends and school-mates.

FROM THE NURSE: URGENT

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. Dr. Goldfarb will be here during the first week in May to conduct physicals for those who have not yet submitted reports from their own physicians. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call Leslie Cadigan, Memorial School Nurse, at 781-270-1724.

FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT Mark your calendars! The Spring Concert is fast approaching and the 4th and 5th Grade Chorus and Band are busily preparing for their big night. The band will play under the direction of Mr. Napierkowski, and the chorus will perform "Gotta Be Jazz - Celebrating America's Music" under the direction of Mrs. Mosier. Dress rehearsal will be held on Monday, April 11th. Students should wear their brightly colored solid top and black bottoms to school on that day. The concert itself is on Wednesday, April 13th - at 9am for the school, and at 7pm for family and friends. Students in the show should arrive at 6:30 sharp on the night of the 13th dressed in their concert clothes. They should also remember to bring band instruments and music to school on Wednesday.

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!

FROM THE PTO

Meeting – tonight! – 7pm in the Memorial School Library.


Save the Date!

Please mark your calendar for the annual Memorial Art Show and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 14th from 8:00-10:00 am in the school cafeteria. Each year Mrs. York transforms our cafeteria into an incredible display of your children's art. You'll be amazed by their talent and imagination while you enjoy breakfast with other Memorial families. Look for more details about the event and opportunities to volunteer in next week’s backpack folder. We hope you'll plan to join us!


IT TAKES A VILLAGE

FROM THE BURLINGTON FOOD PANTRY

There will be an Election Day food drive on Saturday, April 9th at the high school to benefit the Burlington Food Pantry. Un-opened boxes and un-dented cans that are within the expiration dates would be great. Canned soups, beef stew, jelly, tuna and vegetables, especially peas and green beans are always needed. There will be a box available for cash or check contributions. Checks maybe made out to the Burlington Food Pantry.

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

Spring Gala/Casino Event - Tickets on Sale NOW: Buy your tickets now for the event on 4/29/11 at the American Legion in Burlington! Flyers went home with payment info or you can go to www.franciswymanpto.org/class2019 and use paypal. Email us at adoptaclass2019@gmail.com with any questions. If you have a 4th grader and want to volunteer and earn scholarship points, contact Parent Coordinator Denise Griffin at denisegri@alumni.tufts.edu .

MSMS PTO Spring Fundraiser ... "Not Your Average Cause" at Not Your Average Joe's (Wayside Common) ... every Tuesday (all day/night) during April (5, 12, 19, 26) ... 15% of what you purchase goes directly back to the MSMSPTO ... bring in the certificate (located at http://marshallsimonds.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/messages-from-the-msms-pto/) and hand it to your server ... use your smartphone & show the certificate to your server ... mention MSMS PTO to your server & they will have certificates there ... take out orders count!!!! Please support the students of MSMS & get a great meal at the same time!!!

Household Hazardous Waste Collection day is Saturday, April 23, 2010 from 8:30 am to Noon at Francis Wyman Elementary School. For more information, please visit the Board of Health website at http://www.burlington.org/boh/hhw.html or call 781-270-1955.

Join us on Sunday, May 1, 2011 for the Walk for Hunger!

The Walk for Hunger is an annual tradition and a rite of spring in Massachusetts! Join 40,000 caring friends and neighbors and raise money for those struggling to make ends meet. For more information visit www.projectbread.org"

Mad Dog Hockey at Marshall Simonds Middle School will be running a hockey camp this summer August 15-19 @ 6:00 pm-7:00 pm each day at the O'Brien rink in Woburn and if anyone is interested to check out the website to learn more about Mad Dog Hockey www.maddoghockey.net This is for all next years 6, 7 and 8 graders for the 2011-2012 season.