Thursday, June 21, 2012


Memorial School News
June 21, 2012


IMPORTANT DATES
JULY 15TH – Lowell Spinners Baseball Game 
SEPTEMBER 4th – First Day of School for Grades 1-5
SEPTEMBER 6TH – Kindergarten Orientation
SEPTEMBER 10TH – First Day of School for Kindergarten
SEPTEMBER 27th – Back to School Night for Grown-ups


FROM THE OFFICE/MRS. R.
Dear Memorial Families,
On the last day of school last year, we left school humming, “Make new friends, but keep the o- l - l - d… one is silver and the other’s gold.”  That was certainly a good predictor of what took place this year!   Boys and girls, staff, and families too blended beautifully into the New Memorial Family.  The partnership between families and school has always been a strong one at Memorial; at no time has that been more evident than last year, when we packed up for the Big Move, or this year, when we welcomed over 200 new students, 140+ new families, and many new staff members!  Thank you for your support (and patience) as we worked through the snags and tangles of our growing pains.  We look forward to the second year in our beautiful (no longer new!) school.  To those of you who are leaving, we wish you well.  To those of you who are returning, we look forward to seeing you again in the fall.  And to all, on behalf of the entire Memorial staff, we wish you and your family a relaxing, fun-filled summer! 

Before we head off for that long-awaited summer break, a very quick update --  

  • 5th graders celebrated moving up to middle school with a special ceremony in the gym and a dance-party with DJ Jack Ferren, and continued the celebration at Cedardale/Groveland the next day.  To help them remember their days at Memorial, they also received a memory book filled with photos of their years in elementary school and their own special writings.  Special thanks to the many fifth grade parents and staff members who made these events possible!  Yet another example of how “teamwork works” in making good things happen for Memorial kids! 
  • ·Librarian Gayle Field is retiring after a career dedicated to the children and families of Burlington.  Mrs. Field has nurtured in our students a love of both learning and literature, and provided staff with the resources needed to broaden their students’ world and deepen their understanding of it.  For her inspiration, her love of learning and children, her genuine kindness, and her extraordinary level of collegiality, we thank Mrs. Field and wish her the very best in the years ahead.
  •  Boys and girls in Kindergarten through Grade 4 participated in “Moving Up” this morning, where they met new teachers and classmates.  While your child has been assigned to one of our wonderful ‘home class teachers,’ they are very likely to have reading and/or math with another one, based on their skill needs and strengths.  The flexible grouping that is part of our instructional framework, Response to Intervention, allows us to meet the changing needs of our students, and allows them the opportunity to make many friends at their grade level. 

  • Names of new additions to our staff (both short- and long-term) will be placed on my blog (memorialprincipal.blogspot.com) as soon as they become available.  This will include our fourth 5th grade teacher, the new librarian, and teachers covering maternity/family leaves for Mrs. Percoskie (K), Mrs. Panagiotopoulos (Gr. 1), and Mrs. Warford (literacy tutor).  Rest assured that whoever is selected for these positions will be of the same high caliber as their colleagues at Memorial School!



The PTO is hoping to compile a school directory so that we may all remain in touch over the summer. This is only possible with the cooperation of Memorial families.  To be included in the directory and to receive a copy of it, you must go to www.memorialschoolpto.org and register (yellow Get Connected" button).  Even if you registered last fall, you must register on-line again to be included in the new Directory.  Our goal is to have all students listed in the directory so that parents may arrange playmates and parties over the summer.  Please do your part and take just a minute to enter your family's information. Thank you and have a wonderful, happy and safe summer!  



SUMMER READING As you make your vacation plans, don’t forget to add summer reading to your list.  Summer may mean ‘no homework!’ but it shouldn’t mean taking a break from learning, especially reading!  Studies shows that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read maintain or actually gain skills.

From “3 Ways to Prevent ‘Summer Slide’ ”
by Francie Alexander (www.readingrockets.org/article/15020)

Six books to summer success
Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader (or any reader, for that matter!) from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right – not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities.   Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area. Also check our booklists (www.readingrockets.org) for recommendations.

Read something every day

Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:
  • Morning: The newspaper – even if it is just the comics or today's weather.
  • Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter or son likes the food channel, help him or her look for a recipe on the network's Web site – then cook it together for more reading practice.
  • Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book he or she is currently reading (one of the six books, above).  Have your child rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Re-reading will help him or her to be more fluent – able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.

 

Keep reading aloud

Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, but especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so he or she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase your child’s knowledge and experience with text, so that he or she will do better when reading independently.


Wishing all of YOU – from all of US – a wonderful, safe, relaxing summer!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

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MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
June 15, 2012
Three and a half more days?  It’s true!!!
The last day of school is Thursday, June 21st.
Dismissal is at 11:15….


IMPORTANT DATES
JULY 15TH – Lowell Spinners Baseball Game 
SEPTEMBER 4th – First Day of School for Grades 1-5
SEPTEMBER 6TH – Kindergarten Orientation
SEPTEMBER 10TH – First Day of School for Kindergarten
SEPTEMBER 27th – Back to School Night for Grown-ups


LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)
June 18th-21st
Monday Popcorn Chicken or French Bread Pizza
TuesdayChicken Parm or Grilled Cheese
WednesdayHamburger, Cheeseburger, or Hot Dog
ThursdayLast Day of School for students – Dismissal at 11:15am


FROM THE OFFICE
What a grand couple of weeks we are enjoying here at Memorial!   Field trips, Spring Concert, Art Festival and Pancake Breakfast; Earth Day Everyday, Memorial Day Assembly, 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony, Field Day, and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast featuring Kindergarten’s first official “performance;” special class projects and activities like Famous Americans’ Tea, Author Share,  and Field Day; Kindergarten Open House (for next year’s K families); and a whole-school Spirit Week!   All have made this year’s end-of-school a fun-filled celebration of a year of learning!  

Then there was the Family Picnic on Monday evening in our beautiful big ‘backyard.’  What a wonderful time!  It brought so many of us together to celebrate the year we’ve shared and the community we’ve created here at Memorial.  Weather-wise it could not have been a more perfect evening.  And thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the PTO leadership and many volunteers, it was a tasty and fun-filled one too! 
Thank you to the many of you who have made all of these wonderful things happen for Memorial children and families, and to the many many families who were able to attend.  Surely it is the people who make the place, and Memorial School is a special place because of all of you!   

If you are moving before the start of the next school year, we will miss you, but wish you well.  Please see Mrs. Bogosh in the office to fill out withdrawal forms for your child.  This will ensure that school records will be sent to the new school in time to place your child properly in the new school!


FROM THE NURSE
Physical Examination and Immunization updates for children entering 4th grade in the fall are required by Massachusetts State Law.  A copy of these documents needs to be on file here at the school.  Copies may be brought in to school through the end of this year, and as school starts in the fall. 
Medication – Parents will need to pick up any student medication by June 21st at 11:15.  All medication not picked up after this date will be thrown away.  Thank you!


SUMMER LITERACY PROGRAM There is space still available for the Summer Literacy Program to be held at the Memorial Elementary School.  The program will be held Monday through Thursday from July 9th through August 2nd from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00p.m.  You can sign up for one 2-week session or for the entire month.  If interested or you have questions, please contact Rosemary DeSousa at 781.270.1804.




MOTHER TO MOTHER Each spring and summer, Mother to Mother hosts socials for all children who will be entering kindergarten at Memorial School in the Fall. The play dates take place at the Memorial School Playground.  It is a great opportunity for Pre-Kindergarten children to meet their future classmates.
This year’s social will be held on Friday, August 24th at 10 am.  (Rain will cancel the social. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jenn Sirois at jenn@siroiselectric.com.)


PLEASE HELP BHS HOCKEY SUPPORT LOCAL 3-Year-Old BATTLING CANCER
Our two most recent championship boys’ hockey teams from BHS  -- Super 8 finalists from 2009 and State Champs from 2011 -- will be squaring off to help raise money for a local three-year old boy battling cancer.  Admission to the event is free, but donations will be collected at the door and there will also be raffles at the event to help raise money for three-year old Marty Wells of Burlington (Memorial School Family) who has been battling leukemia for over a year.  The game will take place at 6 p.m. on June 23rd at the Burlington Ice Palace.  Please come out and support this most worthy cause!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Memorial School Bulletin - June 8, 2012


MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
JUNE 8, 2012

IMPORTANT DATES
JUNE 11TH - Family Picnic 6-8pm  
JUNE 11th – Field Day (PLEASE PARK in St. Margaret’s large lot!)
JUNE 14TH – 5th Grade Move-Up Ceremony 7pm
JUNE 15TH – 5th Grade Field Trip
JUNE 21ST – Last Day of School – Dismissal at 11:15am
JULY 15TH – Lowell Spinners Baseball Game 


LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)
June 4th – 8th
Monday FIELD DAY/BAG LUNCH Tuna or Ham & Cheese on Croissant
TuesdayFrench Toast Sticks  or Bagel Pizza
WednesdayHamburger, Cheeseburger, or Hot Dog
ThursdaySpaghetti with Meatballs or Meatball Sub
FridayStuffed Crust Pizza or Tuna

SPIRIT WEEK!  June 11th-15th!!!
Student Council has been busy arranging Memorial’s First Annual Spirit Week!
Show your school spirit!  Classroom tallies will be taken at the beginning of each school day, and participation awards will be given to grades demonstrating the most spirit!

Monday - Field Day!  Family Picnic!

Tuesday - Crazy Hat Day!

Wednesday - Sports Day!

Thursday - America Day! (Wear red, white, & blue!)

Friday - PJ Day!

SHOW YOUR SPIRIT! 
NOW THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKIN' ABOUT!












FROM THE OFFICE
Field Day – Monday, June 11th!  K, 1, 2 in the morning… 3, 4, 5, in the afternoon!
The forecast looks to be just right – sunny, warm, and dry!   Perfect conditions for our all-school Field Day!  For safety reasons, all students must wear sneakers to participate.  Please apply sunscreen at home to prevent sunburns.  There will be events that include water, so all children should wear a bathing suit to school under their clothes and bring a towel and a dry change of clothing.  Whether you have signed up to volunteer, or would just like to come by to cheer and wave from the sidelines, we look forward to seeing you on Monday!  (Activities will be set up in our school’s side lot too.  Additional parking is available in the large lot next to St. Margaret’s Church.) 



FROM THE PTO: Annual Family Picnic – June 11th – 6 to 8pm – Rain or Shine!
It’s here – finally!  Out on the field behind the school, under sunny skies – or inside our beautiful cafetorium and gym, if Mother Nature should decide we need more rain!  A DJ and other fun-filled activities have been arranged, including some great raffle items up for grabs.  Raffle tickets will be sold at $1.00 a ticket or $20 for 25 tickets.  If you have already pre-ordered dinner, the caterer will be here, serving dinner whether the picnic is inside or out.   If you haven’t pre-ordered, dinner will be available on a very limited basis.  But whether you bring your picnic supper or buy it here, it is sure to be a great evening for kids and grown-ups alike.   We hope to see you there! 


D.A.R.E. DAY!  On Saturday, June 9th, the Burlington Common will be the site of our 24th annual D.A.R.E. Day. We are inviting you to join us!!! ! Bring your family and friends to the Burlington Common from 11am to 3pm.  Enjoy raffles, prizes, games and rides, and much, much more!  To volunteer, make a donation, or for more information; please contact the Burlington D.A.R.E. Program at 781-270-1919.


5th Grade Gets Ready to Move On to Middle School
Next Thursday evening, June 14th, is Move-Up Ceremony -- designed to help 5th graders and their families celebrate and mark the end of their elementary school years.   The ceremony itself will take place in the cafetorium at 7pm, followed by a dance party in the gym with Jack Ferren from 8 to 9pm.  Making memories to last a lifetime….


SUMMER LITERACY PROGRAM There is space still available for the Summer Literacy Program to be held at the Memorial Elementary School.  The program will be held Monday through Thursday from July 9th through August 2nd from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00p.m.  You can sign up for 1 two-week session or for the entire month.  If you have questions, please contact Rosemary DeSousa at 781.270.1804.

 

MOTHER TO MOTHER:  Each spring and summer Mother to Mother hosts socials for all children who will be entering kindergarten at Memorial School in the Fall. The play dates will take place at the Memorial School Playground.  It is a great opportunity for Pre-Kindergarten children to meet their future classmates.
This year’s socials will be held on the following dates: Tuesday, June 12th at 3:30 pm and Friday, August 24th at 10 am.  (Rain will cancel the social. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jenn Sirois at jenn@siroiselectric.com.)


PLEASE HELP BHS HOCKEY SUPPORT LOCAL 3-Year-Old BATTLING CANCER
Our two most recent championship boys’ hockey teams from BHS  -- Super 8 finalists from 2009 and State Champs from 2011 -- will be squaring off to help raise money for a local three-year old boy battling cancer.  Admission to the event is free, but donations will be collected at the door and there will also be raffles at the event to help raise money for three-year old Marty Wells of Burlington who has been battling leukemia for over a year.  The game will take place at 6 p.m. on June 23rd at the Burlington Ice Palace.  Please come out and support this most worthy cause!

Friday, June 1, 2012

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June 1, 2012
IMPORTANT DATES
JUNE 5TH - Family Picnic 6-8pm  (Rain Date June 6th)
JUNE 7th – Field Day (rain date June 8th)
JUNE 14TH – 5th Grade Move-Up Ceremony 7pm
JUNE 15TH – 5th Grade Field Trip
JUNE 21ST – Last Day of School – Dismissal at 11:15am
JULY 15TH – Lowell Spinners Baseball Game 


LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)
June 4th – 8th
Monday Baked Chicken or Cheese Pizza Quesadilla
TuesdayNachos Grande or Grilled Cheese on Wheat
WednesdayHamburger, Cheeseburger, or Hot Dog
ThursdayField Day/Bag Lunch -  Tuna or Egg salad
FridayStuffed Crust Pizza or Ham and Cheese Melt

FROM THE OFFICE
Moving?  Parents of children who are moving and leaving Memorial School should notify the office as soon as their plans are finalized.  This will ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for the transferring of school records and allow for registration and placement in their new school.  Thank you.

FROM MS. BANNON Field day is Thursday, June 7th (rain date June 8th).  Please look for the important field day information notice and confirmation letter for all parent volunteers in your child’s back pack folder this week.
 
FROM THE PTO
Annual Family Picnic – June 5th (Rain Date: the 6th) – 6 to 8pm in the Memorial Field (out back)
Weather Permitting!
Apparently Mother Nature did not receive a copy of our Family Picnic Flyer…. The 6-day weather forecast does not look promising for either the 5th or the 6th, so the picnic may need to be held on a different date. A ConnectEd call will go out on Tuesday to let you know where we are at date-wise.
We hope to see you all there!

“Come socialize with old friends and new at Memorial School’s annual Family Picnic.  The theme is officially Hawaiian-luau, but it is truly just a ‘fun fun fun!’  way for the Memorial School Family to come together to celebrate the community here at our school.
You can purchase dinner ahead of time at $6 per person for hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, watermelon, chips, and beverage, or you can bring your own if you would prefer.  A DJ and other fun-filled activities have been arranged.  We will also have some great raffle items up for grabs.  Raffle tickets will be sold at the event at $1.00 a ticket or $20 for 25 tickets.  (Check backpack folders for the Event Flyer.)”

Ordered School Supplies? Pick Up in August! Supplies will be available for pick- up on August 29th and 30th. (Daytime and evening hours will be available.) For more information, please contact Rhonda Poirier at rnrpear@rcn.com or 781-229-1866.

DARE DAY JUNE 9th, 2012
On Saturday, June 9th, the Burlington Common will be the site of our 24th annual D.A.R.E. Day on the Town Common. We are inviting you to join us on D.A.R.E. Day! Bring your family and friends to the Burlington Common from 11am to 3pm. Enjoy raffles, prizes, games and rides and much, much, more! To volunteer, make a donation or for more information; please contact the Burlington D.A.R.E. Program at 781-270-1919.


GRADE 5’s CHERISHED MEMORIAL TRADITION: 5th Grade Move-Up Ceremony is just around the corner. It will take place on June 14th at 7pm here in the Memorial School cafetorium.  (Details to follow.)  If you are a fourth grade parent and are willing to help with the set up and serving of refreshments, please contact Laura Pinkham at LApinkham@gmail.com.  (Three are needed.)  Your volunteering will allow fifth grade parents to enjoy the evening with their children and provide you with a ‘sneak preview’ of things to come! 

SUMMER LITERACY PROGRAM There is space still available for the Summer Literacy Program to be held at the Memorial Elementary School.  The program will be held Monday through Thursday from July 9th through August 2nd from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00p.m.  You can sign up for 1 two-week session or for the entire month.  If you have questions, please contact Rosemary DeSousa at 781.270.1804.


BHS POST-GRADUATION PARTY PLEASE HELP! Will you be a chaperone at the BHS Post Graduation (all-night) Party?  We still need chaperones (both men and women) for the overnight shifts on Monday June 11.  We have a few spots open for 2nd shift which is 12 am - 3 am and we have a lot of spots open for 3rd shift which is 3am -5am.   You don't need to have a child in the high school, any adult that does not have a senior at the party is welcome.  This is a great way to "pay it forward." Help us this year and when your child graduates, the parents of underclassmen will be there for you!  To volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact Michele Shields at Michele_Shields@verizon.net or 781-270-5142.

MOTHER TO MOTHEREach spring and summer Mother to Mother hosts socials for all children who will be entering kindergarten at Memorial School in the Fall. The play dates will take place at the Memorial School Playground.  It is a great opportunity for Pre-Kindergarten children to meet their future classmates.
This year’s socials will be held on the following dates: Tuesday, June 12th at 3:30 pm and Friday, August 24th at 10 am(Rain will cancel the social. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jenn Sirois at jenn@siroiselectric.com.)


COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE PROGRAM IN BURLINGTON 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.  The season starts on June 11 and runs through Oct 22. For more information about 2012 CSA membership, contact Farmer Dave's at (978) 349-1952 or visit http://www.farmerdaves.net to register.


Please Help BHS Hockey Support Local Three-Year Old Battling Cancer
Our two most recent championship boys hockey teams from BHS (Super 8 finalists from 2009) and (State Champs from 2011) will be squaring off to help raise money for a local three-year old boy battling cancer.  Admission to the event is free, but donations will be collected at the door and there will also be raffles at the event to help raise money for three-year old Marty Wells of Burlington who has been battling leukemia for over a year.  The game will take place at 6 p.m. on June 23rd at the Burlington Ice Palace.  Please come out and support this most worthy cause!