Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS

September 30, 2011

IMPORTANT CHANGE IN SCHOOL HOURS THIS YEAR:

DROP-OFF BEGINS AT 8:10am; STUDENTS LATE AT 8:25; DISMISSAL AT 2:30pm.


IMPORTANT DATES

OCTOBER 4TH – Kindergarten Field Trip

OCTOBER 6TH – PTO Meeting – Memorial School Library 7-8pm

OCTOBER 28TH – FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTY/ICE CREAM SOCIAL

NOVEMBER 9TH – Whole School Assembly (Veterans’ Day) – All Welcome

NOVEMBER 10TH – No School for students - Professional Development Day

NOVEMBER 11TH – No School – Veteran’s Day


LUNCH MENU – MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)
(beverage choices include water, milk, and fruit juice)

Wednesday

Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Hot Dog

Tuesday

Pancakes with Bacon or French

Bread Pizza

Thursday

Spaghetti with Meatballs or Chicken Parm on a Roll

Oct. 3rd - 7th

Monday

Popcorn Chicken or

Grilled cheese

Friday

Stuffed Crust Pizza or Tuna on a Roll


FROM the PRINCIPAL

It’s been another wonderful week here at Memorial. Each day we become more comfortable with one another and with the routines we are establishing as a new school community. Thank you for your patience as we work through traffic and bus issues! -- Mrs. R.


Note Required for a Change in Dismissal Plans

In the interest of safety, on any day that a child’s routine transportation plans are altered, a note must be written and signed by a parent or guardian to the classroom teacher to describe the change. Occasionally an emergency situation arises during the day that necessitates a change. If it is necessary to change your child’s transportation plans during the school day, please contact the office by phone (781-270-1721) before your child’s scheduled lunchtime to ensure that his or her teacher receives the information. (Do not call the teacher directly, or email requests, as these messages may not be received before the end of the day.) Please understand that due to the busy-ness of dismissal time and our concern about student safety, students cannot be dismissed without your notifying the office before 2 o’clock. Buses are held until all children are accounted for, impacting the timely departure of the buses and students’ arrival time at home. Thank you in advance for helping us to keep “Memorial kids” safe by informing us of changes well before dismissal time.


Memorial School Council

The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 mandates that all public schools have School Councils made up of the principal, parents, staff, and at least one business or community representative. The purpose of the Council is to advise the principal in the operation of the school. Meetings are held one Thursday afternoon per month during the school year. This year, our council needs two parent representatives. If you are interested in serving, please contact me at Rickershauser@bpsk12.org by October 12th. Thank you in advance for your interest and support!


CORI FORMS - If you are planning to volunteer or chaperone during this school year (and we hope you will), you must be CORI’d. You can do this by visiting the Superintendent’s office to fill out a CORI (Criminal Offender Records Information) form. If you are unsure of when your last CORI was done, please call the school office and Mrs. Bogosh will be happy to help you.

VETERANS’ DAY

One of our special traditions at Memorial School is honoring those who have served our country in the Armed Services. Each year, we collect the names of family and friends who have served (or are currently serving) in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, or National Guard. Their names are displayed on the Memorial School Wall of Honor just outside the cafetorium, and mentioned during our ceremony on Wednesday, November 9th. If you know a veteran or someone currently serving in the Armed Forces, please fill out the form that will go home in next week’s backpack folder and return it to school by Friday,October 21st. (If you have sent in your veterans’ names in previous years, there is no need to do so again as we have them on file and they will automatically be added to the wall.)



FROM THE PTO - Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Library. Please join us! Visit our website at www.memorialschoolpto.org.

PTO Dues help the PTO to contribute to school field trips, enrichment programs, and so much more. Dues are just $20 per family per year, or $2 a month. Dues may be paid online at the PTO website or returned to school in the envelope sent home several weeks ago. Together, we can make our children’s education richer, more meaningful, and more fun too!


The first PTO Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 6th at 7:00pm in the School Library (second floor). Come learn about our plan for the year and how you can help achieve our goals.


Save the Date - Please mark your calendars on October 28th 6:30 – 8:00pm for our “Memorial Night of Thrills Halloween party and Ice Cream Social!” More info about this family event coming soon.


Fall Fundraiser

The Kids-Stuff Books were sent to home to Memorial Families on Monday, September 26th. The cost of the books is $25.00 each and we will receive 50% of the proceeds. Please return your payment no later than October 7th (make checks payable to the Memorial School PTO). If you are not interested in the book, please return it to school. If you wish to order additional books, please complete the enclosed order form and additional payment. These books will be sent home after October 7th. If you have questions, please contact Susan Lavacchia at slgnl@comcast.net or Janice Luecke at jcl05113@yahoo.com.



BURLINGTON EDUCATION FUNDATION

Building Exciting Friendships. Blending Expert Faculties. Beautifying Existing Fundamentals. Blissful Entertaining Forums. Benefiting from the Experience of a Few. Blossoming Every Fall. Budding Eager Forethoughts. Any way you look at it, this is the BEF. Burlington Education Foundation. We’re more than just volunteers for a great cause. Come and see what we’re all about at our next meeting on Monday, October 17th at 7pm in the BHS Lower Library. You just might Bond with us Energetic Folks.



BURLINGTON PAC

The Burlington PAC will host our annual Basic Rights Presentation on Wednesday October 12, 2011 in the School Committee Room in the rear of the Burlington High School at 123 Cambridge St. in Burlington. The meeting will begin at 6:30 P.M. with time for people to meet and become familiar with our group. The Basic Rights Presentation will begin at 7:00 P.M. with Donna Murphy from the FCSN as presenter. Donna does a great job with this speaking engagement and always has tremendous advice for parents, both new to the world of special ed and to those of us who have been around the block a few times. Please make time to attend this event if you want to know how to advocate for your child. Feel free to email (dandmmccarron@hotmail.com ) or call (781-273-5663) with any questions about this presentation or the PAC.

Sincerely, Dennis McCarron, Chairman Burlington PAC

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

Burlington Public Schools

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS

September 23, 2011

IMPORTANT CHANGE IN SCHOOL HOURS THIS YEAR:

DROP-OFF BEGINS AT 8:10am; STUDENTS LATE AT 8:25; DISMISSAL AT 2:30pm.


IMPORTANT DATES

SEPTEMBER 28TH – Picture day

OCTOBER 6TH – PTO Meeting – Memorial School Library 7-8pm

LUNCH MENU – MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)
(beverage choices include water, milk, and fruit juice)

Thursday

Pasta with Butter or Sauce or

Chicken Parm

Wednesday

Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Hot Dog

Tuesday

Egg and Cheese Quesadilla or

Cold Cut Sub

Sept. 19th – 23rd

Monday

Baked Chicken or

Cheesy Bread sticks

Friday

Stuffed Crust Pizza or Grilled Cheese on Wheat


FROM the PRINCIPAL

What a wonderful week it’s been here at Memorial School! Boys and girls are making new friends and settling into learning as ‘new’ classrooms and teachers become more familiar and comfortable. Last night’s Back to School night was well-attended, and launched the all-important partnership between parents and teachers. If you were unable to attend last night’s meeting with your child’s teacher, please look for information and hand-outs in today’s backpack folders. (Enclosed will be two important informational pieces re: policies and guidelines for Allergens and Bullying. Please read them carefully as they concern the safety of all of our children.)


Communication As a school and as a district, we are working to ‘go green’ while at the same time communicating Memorial School news in a timely and accessible way. You can access my blog at: memorialprincipal.blogspot.com. items are sometimes posted mid-week to communicate changes or concerns or items of interest. You can also access the PTO website at www.memorialschoolpto.org, recently launched by the PTO leadership as we opened school. We hope you’ll find these online sources informative and helpful. (The actual Memorial School website is in the process of being updated, and should be ready to launch sometime in October.)



Memorial School Handbooks are nearly ready to be posted on the blogs (both principal’s and PTO’s). Like the other schools in town, our handbook will be available on line for down-loading as opposed to being distributed in ‘hard copy’ form. Look for it at the end of next week.


FROM MR. NAPIERKOWSKI: 4th grade Instrumental Lessons

If your child wishes to play an instrument, please register online at elemband.wordpress.com by Monday, September 26. A commitment to practicing at home is essential for success. The company Music and Arts will be at the Burlington High School cafeteria on Monday, September 26 from 6:30-8:00 pm. They offer a rent-to-own program for new and previously owned instruments. If you cannot attend this event, please go to elemband.wordpress.com for further information. Beginner lessons will start after September 26. Parents and classroom teachers will be notified regarding the first lesson. Any questions please email Mr. Napierkowski at napierkowski@bpsk12.org or call his voicemail at 781-273-7032.


CORI FORMS

If you are planning to volunteer or chaperone during this school year (and we hope you will), you must be CORI’d.

You can do this by visiting the Superintendent’s office to fill out a CORI (Criminal Offender Records Information) form. You will also need to bring a government-issued photo ID (a license will do). The Superintendent’s Office is located in the business office at the Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street. The entrance is around the back of the school. CORI approvals are good for three years, so if you filled out a CORI during the last three years, it is not necessary to submit a form again for this year. If you are unsure of when your last CORI was done, please call the school office and Mrs. Bogosh will be happy to help you.


FROM THE PTO - meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Library. Please join us! Visit our website at www.memorialschoolpto.org.

PTO Dues help the PTO to contribute to school field trips, enrichment programs, and so much more. Dues are just $20 per family per year, or $2 a month. Dues may be paid online at the PTO website or returned to school in the envelope sent home several weeks ago. Together, we can make our children’s education richer, more meaningful, and more fun too!

FROM THE PAC: Attention Parents

The Burlington Special Education Parents Advisory Council (PAC) will hold their first morning get together on Wednesday, September 28th from 10:15 A.M. to 12:15 at the Burlington Public Library on Sears St. This event will be hosted by Lizzette Grattan, PAC board member. This is your chance to meet and talk with other parents in an informal setting about school matters, your child's progress, or any other issues that we can help you with. The Burlington PAC can help you:
1. help your child be successful in school.
2. help your child be happy.
3. help your child learn how to help themselves.
4. discover how your child learns.
5. understand how to work cooperatively with the Burlington Public Schools.
This is just a partial list of the benefits of attending PAC meetings. Please come, you'll be glad you did.
Sincerely,
Dennis McCarron, Chairman Burlington PAC

For more info on this morning get together contact Lizzette at dlc2dgrattan@verizon.net
For more info on the Burlington PAC contact Dennis McCarron at dandmmccarron@hotmail.com

Friday, September 16, 2011

Weekly Bulletin Week #2

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS

September 16, 2011

IMPORTANT CHANGE IN SCHOOL HOURS THIS YEAR:

DROP-OFF BEGINS AT 8:10am; STUDENTS LATE AT 8:25; DISMISSAL AT 2:30pm.


IMPORTANT DATES

SEPTEMBER 17TH – DEDICATION OF NEW MEMORIAL 2-2:30

COMMUNITY ‘OPEN HOUSE’ – 2:30-5

ALL ARE WELCOME!

SEPTEMBER 19TH – TASTE OF BURLINGTON AT MEMORIAL

(Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event)

SEPTEMBER 22ND – BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT for GROWNUPS 6:30–8:30pm

OCTOBER 6TH – PTO Meeting – Memorial School Library 7-8pm


LUNCH MENU – MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)

Friday

Tuna on a Roll

or Stuffed Crust Pizza

(beverage choices include water, milk, and fruit juice)

Thursday

Mac and Cheese or Chicken Patty

on a Roll

Wednesday

Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Hot Dog

Tuesday

Nachos Grande

or Grilled

Cheese on

Wheat

Sept. 19th – 23rd

Monday

Chicken Nuggets or Cheese Pizza Quesadilla



FROM the PRINCIPAL

Grand Opening – New Memorial

Yesterday was a special day at Memorial School, and for the community of Burlington! To mark the official opening of the New Memorial, we gathered in the cafetorium at 10 am and were joined by many of the people who helped make our dream of a new school a reality. Special guests included representatives of town government and the Burlington Public Schools, Architect Kevin Buckley, CTA owner Lyle Coghlin, and former Memorial School Principals Ann McNamara and Robert Teel. The program began with the singing of our new school song, written and taught by music teachers Andrea Niu, Jennifer Rzasa, and Rahffety Maxwell (substituting for Mrs. Niu, currently at home with her new baby), and performed by all students in grades 1-5. Remarks of congratulations, well-wishes, and gratitude to the Town of Burlington and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were offered by School Committee vice-chair Michael DeSimone, Memorial Building Committee Chair Thomas Murphy, Town Administrator Bob Mercier, Selectman Chair Walter Zenkin, State Representative Charles Murphy, and Executive Director of the Mass. School Building Authority Katherine Craven. Children’s voices ended the program with a beautiful song called “Put Your Hand in My Hand,” reminding us of the importance of working together to build a better world. The new Memorial Elementary School is a shining example of how the Community of Burlington does exactly that.


Dedication of the New Memorial Elementary School - Saturday, September 17th 2:00-2:30pm

Memorial Elementary School is dedicated to the men and women who serve in the armed forces and sacrificed for us all. Names of those Burlington residents who made the supreme sacrifice are honored by their inscription in a bronze plaque, hung in Memorial Hall. The plaques will be unveiled during the ceremony on Saturday. The Burlington High School Band, and former Memorial student Katrina Osborne, will be part of the ceremony as well. Refreshments will be provided by the Memorial School P.T.O. From 2:30 to 5:00 PM, the school will be open for self-guided tours. All are welcome!


Thank you for your support and cooperation as we establish pick-up and drop-off procedures in front of the school. Our primary concern is safety, and we know that yours is as well. Central Office and the A& F Bus Company continue to work on improving scheduling for timely arrivals and departures. We have seen a great deal of improvement in this area, and appreciate your patience with this process.


GREEN! As a school and as a district, we are working to ‘go green’ while at the same time communicating Memorial School news in a timely and accessible way. You can access my blog at: memorialprincipal.blogspot.com. You can access the PTO website at www.memorialschoolpto.org, recently developed by parent Bridget Jay (thank you!!) and launched by the PTO leadership as we opened school. We hope you’ll find these online sources informative and helpful. (The actual Memorial School website is in the process of being updated, and should be ready to launch later in the fall.) In today’s backpack, you will find a form to indicate your preference to receive paper copies of the weekly bulletin. Please return the form if you would like to receive a paper copy as well.



Memorial School Handbooks are being revised to reflect life in our new building, including staff extensions and phone numbers. Within the next two weeks, the handbook will be available at memorialprincipal.blogspot.com. Due to the cost of printing and the environmental impact, we are happy to make hard copies available to those families with unreliable internet access.


BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT FOR GROWN-UPS is scheduled for Thursday, Sept.22nd from 6:30 to 8:30. This is a special evening when teachers and parents come together to talk about expectations, curriculum, and classroom procedures. Look for the schedule of events in your child’s backpack folder. See you on the 22nd!



FOURTH GRADE INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS

4th graders will soon be attending an assembly that demonstrates the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone. Students interested in beginning lessons on one of these instruments will receive a notice describing the instrumental program. If your child wishes to play an instrument, please register online at elemband.wordpress.com by Monday, September 26. A commitment to practicing at home is essential for success. The company Music and Arts will be at the Burlington High School cafeteria on Monday, September 26 from 6:30-8:00 pm. They offer a rent-to-own program for new and previously owned instruments. If you cannot attend this event, please go toelemband.wordpress.com for further information. Beginner lessons will start after September 26. Any questions please email Mr. Napierkowski at napierkowski@bpsk12.org or call his voicemail at 781-273-7032.



CORI FORMS

If you are planning to volunteer or chaperone during this school year (and we hope you will), you must be CORI’d.

You can do this by visiting the Superintendent’s office to fill out a CORI (Criminal Offender Records Information) form. You will also need to bring a government-issued photo ID (a license will do). The Superintendent’s Office is located in the business office at the Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street. The entrance is around the back of the school. CORI approvals are good for three years, so if you filled out a CORI during the last three years, it is not necessary to submit a form again for this year. If you are unsure of when your last CORI was done, please call the school office and Mrs. Bogosh will be happy to help you.


FROM THE PTO - meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Library. Please join us! Visit our website at www.memorialschoolpto.org.

PTO Dues help the PTO to contribute to school field trips, enrichment programs, and so much more. Dues are just $20 per family per year, or $2 a month. Dues may be paid online at the PTO website, returned to school in the envelope sent home last week, or at the PtO table at Back to School Night. Together, we can make our children’s education richer, more meaningful, and more fun too!


CRAFTS ON THE COURTS CRAFT FAIR

Shop with local crafters, artisans, and vendors. Sunday, September 18th, 11-3 PM (rain date 9/25). Burlington Swim & Tennis Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Burlington. Visit our website for details and a list of vendors. www.bstc.org