Thursday, May 26, 2011

Memorial School News - May 26, 2011

IMPORTANT DATES

MAY 27TH – 3RD GRADE FIELD TRIP

MAY 30th – NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVED

MAY 31ST – KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP

JUNE 1ST – FAMILY PICNIC (rain date JUNE 2nd)

JUNE 2 – 2ND GRADE FAMOUS AMERICANS TEA 9:00AM

JUNE 6TH – FIELD DAY (rain date JUNE 7th)

JUNE 8TH – 4TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

JUNE 16TH – 5TH GRADE MOVE UP CEREMONY – 7:00 PM

JUNE 17TH – 5TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

JUNE 22ND –LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS- DISMISSAL AT 11:15



LUNCH MENU

MAY 30th – JUNE 3RD (milk or juice accompanies each lunch)

MONDAY No School – MEMORIAL DAY

TUESDAY – French toast sticks or grilled cheese on wheat with chips, carrots and fresh fruit.

WEDNESDAY – Hamburger or cheeseburger with french fries and chilled fruit.

THURSDAY – Meatball sub with tossed salad, and fresh fruit.

FRIDAY – Ham and cheese melt with vegetable, and chilled fruit.



FROM MRS. RICKERSHAUSER

Today we honor all brave men and true

Who fought to protect us, to guard me and you.

A freedom worth having, to keep it secure.

Takes a wide-awake heart and a hand that is sure

And a humble remembrance of what went before.

This was the heart of the Memorial Day program, presented this morning in grand style to a ‘packed house’ by our third graders. With the help of classroom teachers Mrs. Ferullo, Ms. Gianis, and Mrs. Kippenberger, and music teachers Mrs. Mosier and Mr. Napierkowski, 3rd graders explained the history behind the celebration of Memorial Day, why we continue to observe it, what it means to be a good citizen, and how Memorial School got its name. They concluded it with a spirited rendition of “It’s a Grand Old Flag,” with the audience joining is as they circled the auditorium. Thanks to our third graders, to the Memorial School Band (who played the “Star Spangled Banner”), to 5th grader Rudy Poirier (who played “Taps” on the trumpet), and to third grader Anna Mathew, who ended the program with “Ode to Peace” on the violin, for helping us all to celebrate Memorial Day in a special and meaningful way.


FROM THE OFFICE

Physical Examination and Immunization Updates for children entering 4th grade in the fall are required by Massachusetts State Law. A copy of these documents need to be on file here at the school. Copies may be brought in to school through the end of this school year, and as school starts in the fall. Current third grade students should be receiving a letter this week.



FROM THE PTO

The Annual Memorial School Family Picnic is just around the corner – Wednesday, June 1st from 6-8 pm. Orders for meals will be accepted through tomorrow, Friday, May 27th. If you miss that ‘deadline’ and want to attend, please join us anyway! Just grab a pizza and a blanket, and come on over to the Big Backyard behind the Memorial School. (A puck – and a hat -- signed by Bruins ‘star’ Tyler Seguin will raffled off, among other ‘treasures!’) We hope to see you there!



IT TAKES A VILLAGE

DARE DAY

The 23rd Annual DARE DAY will be held on Saturday, June 11th, from 11:00-3:00 p.m. on the Town Common. The day’s events include games, amusements, exhibits, raffles, music, a variety of food concessions and much more! For more information, please contact the Burlington D.A.R.E. Program to volunteer, sponsor or donate at (781)270-1919.


GIANT YARD SALE : Sponsored by Mother-to-Mother , Saturday June 11th 9 am – 2 pm (rain date Sun. 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


Burlington Presbyterian Church and Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, MA, continue to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to the town of Burlington with a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In the CSA program, consumers will receive a share of freshly-harvested produce throughout the growing season. Shares will be available for pick-up on Monday afternoons from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Burlington Presbyterian Church, 335 Cambridge St. For more info about a CSA membership, contact Farmer Dave's at (978) 349-1952 or visit http://www.farmerdaves.net to register.


MAD DOG HOCKEY at Marshall Simonds Middle School will be running a hockey camp this summer Aug. 15-19 @ 6pm to 7pm 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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Family Math Night at Memorial

On Monday, May 23rd, Memorial families enjoyed an evening of challenge and problem-solving to sharpen their 'number sense' and mental math skills. Teachers Stacey Ioakimidis, Crystal Grigway, Suzanne Siegel, Lauren Kippenberger, Holly Weinberg, Valerie Burns, Joe Buckley, and Marie Murray provided lots of opportunities for learning and fun. The evening was organized by Math Coach Carrie Fortunato. Thanks to all of them, and to the many families who attended, for putting kids and learning first!

Follow this link (or copy and paste it into your browser) to a video clip of Family Math Night at Memorial School.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDFlCqx9Iqo&feature=youtu.be

Thursday, May 19, 2011

MAY 19, 2011

MAY 19, 2011


IMPORTANT DATES

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

MAY 19TH ‘CELEBRATE MEMORIAL’ NIGHT! FOR 6-9PM IN THE GYM (ADULTS ONLY)

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

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)

- WELCOME NEW MEMORIAL FAMILIES – at the ‘OLD MEMORIAL’ - 2:30-3:30PM

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

MAY 27TH – 3RD GRADE FIELD TRIP

MAY 30th – NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL

MAY 31ST – KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP

JUNE 1ST – FAMILY PICNIC (rain date JUNE 2nd)

JUNE 2 – 2ND GRADE FAMOUS AMERICANS TEA 9:00AM

JUNE 6TH – FIELD DAY (rain date JUNE 7th)

JUNE 8TH – 4TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

JUNE 16TH – 5TH GRADE MOVE UP CEREMONY – 7:00 PM

JUNE 17TH – 5TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

JUNE 22ND – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS



LUNCH MENU

MAY 16th-20th (milk or juice accompanies each lunch)

MONDAY Popcorn chicken or stuffed crust pizza with french fries, green beans, and chilled fruit.

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

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

THURSDAY – Pasta with butter, pasta with meat sauce or chicken parm with tossed salad, and chilled fruit.

FRIDAY – Stuffed crust pizza or tuna with veggie tray, and fresh fruit.



FROM MRS. RICKERSHAUSER

We at Memorial are so fortunate to have the kind of school community – families and staff – who come together so willingly to make the school lives of Memorial children and their families such memorable and enjoyable ones! Recent examples include:


-The Pancake Breakfast and America the Beautiful! Arts Festival, which provided a feast for the eyes and for the palate too! Thanks go out to organizers extraordinaire Judy Foley and Sandra Young, to their volunteer chefs, setter-uppers, and clean-sweepers, and to Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. Lozier, Mr. Ganley and Mr. Marsh, for their efforts in making things run so smoothly. And of course, to Mrs. York, who worked her magic once again in finding the artist in every child, all displayed in a Museum of Magnificent Art!


-The Annual Volleyball Game, when the 5th Grade DARE DEVILS challenged the Terrific Teachers to a ‘play off.’ Organized and trained by Ms. Bannon, both Teachers and Devils put up a tremendous offensive. But the DARE DEVILS out-scored the Teachers, winning 2 out of the 3 games! Both the players and the audience displayed tremendous teamwork and good sportsmanship (which is what it is all about).


- Thursday, May 26th, at 9:00 AM when 3rd graders will lead our school in an observance and celebration of Memorial Day. With the help of their classroom teachers and music teacher Mrs. Beth Mosier, they will present a program that explains why we celebrate Memorial Day and what it means to be a good citizen. The music, poetry, and literary pieces will surely touch your heart, and help you and your family to ‘celebrate’ Memorial Day in a meaningful way. Please join us if you can! All are welcome.

FROM THE OFFICE

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 – today! -- a (free) evening event for adult members of the Memorial Community (past and present) from 6 to 9pm in the old gym, hosted by the Friends of Memorial. All adult members of the Memorial School Family are invited to come by to share memories, memorabilia, and a few laughs too. Please join us and help us celebrate all that Memorial has been in the 56 years in its current home, and the possibilities of what is to come in its new one. (Thanks to our PTO, commemorative bricks and t-shirts will be available.)


May 26th a ‘last walk through’ for former students and families and other interested community members from 2:30 to 4 pm. and a ‘FIRST walk-through’ for students and families NEWLY assigned to Memorial to meet the people who make the place. Although our new ‘home’ isn’t ready for occupancy (or visitors) quite yet, teachers and staff look forward to welcoming new students and their families to the MEMORIAL family. If you know of a family who will be coming to Memorial in the fall, please help us get the word out that we would love to see them on Thursday afternoon, May 26th between 2:30 and 3:30pm here in the Old Building!


FROM THE PTO


FAMILY PICNIC is June 1st and we hope everyone will attend!

Besides the opportunity to visit, have fun, and celebrate our upcoming move to the new school, the following items will be up for Raffle: tickets to the Museum of Science, Life Is Good products, restaurant gift cards, Tyler Seguin signed hockey puck and more…. (Cash or check will be accepted)


COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRTS are on sale for $10.00 and will be available at
the picnic. If you are not able to attend the picnic, and would like to purchase a t-shirt, please email Maryann Vigliotta at [ mailto:maryann.vigliotta@agenusbio.com ]maryann.vigliotta@agenusbio.com or contact her by phone at 781-272-2212. (child and adult sizes are available)

Memorial School Night at LOWELL SPINNERS BASEBALL, Monday, June 27th at 7:00pm. Tickets are discounted at the rate of $5.00 each. Flyers are going home in the backpack folders. All order forms are due on Wednesday, June 1st. We only have 50 tickets.



Pancake Breakfast

We would like to thank all of the families who came out Saturday morning to attend the Art Show and Pancake Breakfast. Memorial families enjoyed each other's company while taking pride in the amazing art created by our children. A big thank you to Donna York for inspiring the children's creativity and for transforming our cafeteria into "America the Beautiful." We would also like to thank Mrs. Bogosh, Mr. Ganley, Mr. Marsh, Mrs. Stevens, and Mrs. Lozier for all their hard work in making the event a success and, last but not least, all the parent volunteers who came in bright and early to cook pancakes, serve families and clean up after the event. Thanks to all for a great morning. -- Breakfast ‘Chairs’ Sandra Young & Judy Foley

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May 12, 2011

IMPORTANT DATES

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

MAY 12TH - 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

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

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

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)

- WELCOME NEW MEMORIAL FAMILIES – at the ‘OLD MEMORIAL’ - 2:30-3:30PM

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

MAY 27TH – 3RD GRADE FIELD TRIP

JUNE 1ST – FAMILY PICNIC (rain date JUNE 2nd)

JUNE 2 – 2ND GRADE FAMOUS AMERICANS TEA 9:00AM

JUNE 6TH – FIELD DAY (rain date JUNE 7th)

JUNE 8TH – 4TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

JUNE 16TH – 5TH GRADE MOVE UP CEREMONY – 7:00 PM

JUNE 17TH – 5TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

JUNE 22ND – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

LUNCH MENU

MAY 16th -20th (milk or juice accompanies each lunch)

MONDAY Chicken patty or stuffed crust pizza with potato puffs, peas 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 – Mac and cheese or ham and cheese melt on croissant with green beans, and fresh fruit.

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



FROM THE PTO

Please Join us this Saturday, May 14th for the Annual Art Show & Pancake Breakfast – 8 am to 10 am in the Memorial School Cafeteria- Walk-Ins are Welcome!

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. If you have not submitted a breakfast order form and would like to attend you may pay for breakfast items at the event. We are still in need of volunteers to help cook and serve breakfast. If you would like to help or have any questions about the event, please call Judy Foley at 781-221-7431 or Sandy Young at 781-273-5762. We hope to see you there!

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 Community (past and present)

from 6 to 9pm in the gym; and

May 26th – a ‘last walk through’ for former students and families and other interested

community members from 2:30 to 4 pm. AND

a ‘first walk-through’ for students and families NEWLY assigned to Memorial to meet

the people who make the place. Although our new ‘home’ isn’t ready for occupancy (or

visitors) quite yet, teachers and staff look forward to welcoming new students and their

families to the MEMORIAL family. If you know of a family who will be coming to

Memorial in the fall, please help us get the word out that we would love to see them

on Thursday afternoon, May 26th between 2:30 and 3:30pm, here in the Old Building.


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 join us on the 19th 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 former students and families, and those adults who can’t make it on the 19th, please join us on Thursday, May 26th between 2:30 and 4pm for a ‘last walk through.’

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. We so appreciate the items we have received to date, and have enjoyed learning about the people and events portrayed in them. Together, we are compiling the chapters of Memorial’s history book.


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. If you’d prefer to bring along your written memory that night, or jot a note about it while you are here, we will gratefully add it to the afore-mentioned ‘book.’

Current Memorial School teachers, students, and families thank you in advance for helping us to commemorate the wonderful people who have made our school a true treasure!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May 5, 2011

IMPORTANT DATES

MAY 5TH – PTO MEETING – MEMORIAL LIBRARY – 7PM

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

JUNE 1ST – FAMILY PICNIC (Raindate JUNE 2nd)

JUNE 2ND – 2ND GRADE FAMOUS AMERICANS’ TEA – 9:00 AM

JUNE 6TH – FIELD DAY (Raindate JUNE 7th)



LUNCH MENU

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

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

TUESDAY – pancakes or turkey and cheese croissant with vegetable and fresh fruit.

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

THURSDAY – Pasta with meatballs or meatball sub with tossed salad, and fresh fruit.

FRIDAY – Stuffed crust pizza or tuna with veggie tray, and fresh fruit.



FROM THE OFFICE

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. You should have received a flyer in last week's backpack folder that includes a breakfast order form and a place to indicate if you'd like to volunteer your time as a pancake chef or server. Order forms are due in by Wednesday, May 11th. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Foley at 781-221-7431 or Sandy Young at 781-273-5762. We hope to see you there!



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!