Friday, December 2, 2011


Memorial School News

Friday, December 2, 2011


DECEMBER 7TH – Report Cards/Progress Reports Go Home with Students

DECEMBER 9TH – Elementary Parent Conference Day (No School for Students)


School: 9-10AM; Families 7:00 – 8:00PM

DECEMBER 21ST – Kindergarten field trip

DECEMBER 23RD – JANUARY 2ND – NO SCHOOL (Mid winter break)


Baked Chicken or Mozzarella Sticks


French Toast Sticks or Grilled Cheese


Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Hotdog


Pasta with Butter, Pasta with Sauce, or Meatball Sub


NO SCHOOL -- Parent Conferences


Progress Reports Home on Wednesday/Parent-Teacher Conferences on Friday

On Wednesday, your child’s progress report for the first term will be sent home. You’ll notice that two things are very different about it: first, the format is different from previous report cards issued by the Burlington Public Schools; second, the skills listed under each category are based on the end –of-year expectations for the grade level as defined by the Massachusetts Common Core Standards; third, the marking keys are different. (A key to these terms will accompany the report card.) Teachers look forward to their conference with you on Friday to discuss your child’s progress, and suggest ways that we can work together to support your child’s learning and to maximize his or her progress. (There is no school for students on Friday due to these scheduled parent-teacher conferences.) We look forward to seeing you then!


SCRIPS Program The holidays are coming, and a gift card to a favorite restaurant or store might be the perfect way to solve your ‘Shopping Challenges!’ Once again, the PTO is offering the opportunity to purchase gift cards for the holidays without leaving the comfort of your home. (Please see backpack folders for details.) Shopping through the SCRIP program will help your family and Memorial School too. For every gift card purchased, the school receives a percentage ranging from 2% to 17%. What a simple -- and useful - fundraiser! Orders are due on Friday, December 3rd. As orders will be placed over the weekend to ensure delivery ‘in time,’ there can be no exceptions.


This is an exciting time for our children as they enjoy their last year at Memorial School and prepare to move on to middle school. Special events and projects are planned for the coming months such as a Moving Up Ceremony, an all-day picnic in June, and the creation of a special Memory Book. At this stage, our focus is on gathering photographs for the Memory Book. If you have photos of our current 5th graders from grades K-5 – individual, small group, or large group -- at Memorial or a previous school -- sharing them with us will help to make the book even more special for fifth graders and their families.

There are several ways to share them. One way is to send them in to your child’s classroom teacher in an envelope marked ‘Memory Book’ with your child’s name, room number, and contact number on the envelope. Another way is to

burn the photos onto a CD or save them on a thumb drive (any format will work). Please be sure to label all photos, CDs or thumb drives with your child's full name so that they may be returned to you.

If you would like to be involved in the Yearbook Committee, please contact Susan Lavacchia at Thank you for your help in making this year’s Memory Book an extra-special one for our first year at the New Memorial!

-- Committee Co-Chairs Susan Lavacchia & Janice Cobuzzi-Luecke


Looking for a social experience for your young preschooler?

The LABBB Preschool, located here, in the Memorial Elementary School, has openings in their integrated preschool classroom, which will run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:35-11:35. This classroom offers a fun and nurturing, social environment where children enjoy a variety of activities that include music, art, story, dramatic play and social games. Please contact Antonette Russell, the LABBB Elementary Program Coordinator, at 781-270-1851 if you are interested in taking advantage of this social opportunity for your preschooler.


Small Change Can Make a BIG Difference

We all have it…maybe in a jar, a junk drawer, a jewelry box, or sometimes it can be found underneath furniture cushions, in an old coat, or in your car. Let’s gather our spare change just lying around serving no purpose and really make a difference in our community. On behalf of People Helping People and the Burlington Food Pantry, we will be participating in a change drive to raise money to help our families in need.

A five-gallon water bottle will be placed in your school for two weeks beginning Monday, December 5th and ending Friday, December 16th. So, if you’ve got coin kicking around…bring it in and drop it in the jug!

TOYS FOR TOTS The Memorial School will be helping the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves with the Toys for Tots Program. We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys in the collection box located in front of the Health Office until Friday, December 9th. This can be a very difficult time of the year for many families. Please consider helping to put a smile on a child’s face. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.