Friday, September 28, 2012

homework club

The Memorial Elementary School 
After-School Homework & Study Club
Grades 3, 4, 5


For those students who returned the registration form,
The Memorial School After-School
Homework and Study Club
officially begins on 
Tuesday, October 2nd (2:30-3:30). 


Please disregard the notice in today's bulletin! 


Thank you!
Mrs. Rickershauser

PS If your child is interested in attending but has not yet returned the registration form, please send it in to his or her classroom teacher. 

Update from Dennis McCarron of the Burlington PAC

Dear Burlington Parents and School Staff,
 The PAC meeting scheduled for Monday, October 1st at 6:30 has been moved once again. Thanks to the cooperation of the PTO Chairs, we now have the use of the School Committee Room at Burlington High School. I sincerely apologize for the confusion.

For anyone interested in special education in Burlington, the Burlington PAC is holding a meet and greet with Louise D'Amato and staff members. This will be Monday, October 1, 2012 in the School Committee Room at Burlington High School. The room opens at 6:30 P.M. for social networking for parents with the meeting beginning at 7:00 P.M.

 For more information on the Burlington PAC or this location, please contact Dennis McCarron at dandmmccarron@hotmail.com or via phone at 781-273-5663.

bulletin 09/28/2012

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
September 28, 2012
(memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
IMPORTANT DATES
OCTOBER 8th - No School - Columbus Day
OCTOBER 11th – PTO Meeting – Memorial School Library 7-8pm
OCTOBER 26th - Halloween Family Fun Party
NOVEMBER 7th & 9th - 4th Grade Field Trip
NOVEMBER 15th & 16th - 5th Grade Field Trip

LUNCH MENU – MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)
           (beverage choices include water, milk, and fruit juice)
Oct. 1st- 5th   
Monday – Hamburger or Cheeseburger
Tuesday – French Toast sticks
Wednesday – Chicken Patty
Thursday – Meatball Sub
Friday – Macaroni & Cheese

FROM the PRINCIPAL
It’s been another great week here at Memorial School.  Boys and girls are settling into learning as classmates and teachers, routines and procedures, become more familiar.  It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night, launching that all-important partnership between parents and teachers.  If you were unable to attend, please look for information and hand-outs in today’s backpack folders.   

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.  We hope you’ll find these online sources informative and helpful.  

Homework & Study Club for third through fifth graders, previously scheduled to begin next Tuesday, has been put on hold due to lack of enrollment.  If your child would like to participate but did not submit the registration form for it, please contact the office at 781-273-7647 or email me at rickershauser@bpsk12.org.  

Cell Phones/Electronic Toys and Devices Students’ use of cell phones and electronic toys is prohibited during the school day.  Students should not bring them to school, as they serve as distractions and temptations. Additionally, the school cannot be responsible for lost or broken items.  Electronic items (including cell phones) that make their way to school will be held here in the school office until an adult can pick them up.  Thank you for your support.

FROM THE PTO
KidStuff Coupon Books The valuable, family-friendly KidStuff Coupon Books are available through our school again this year!  The KidStuff Coupon Books were sent home to Memorial Families on Tuesday, September 25th.  The cost of each book is $25.00 and our school will receive 50% of the proceeds.  Please return your payment no later than Tuesday, October 9th (make checks payable to Memorial School PTO).  If you are not interested in the book, please return it to school.  If you wish to order additional books, complete the enclosed order form and include your payment.  These additional books will be sent home after October 9th.  If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Restivo at arestivo@live.com.

Spirit Wear – Show your school spirit!  Memorial School Spirit Wear is now available through the PTO. Visit the PTO website atwww.memorialschoolpto.org for more information and the order form. All orders are due on October 10th and expected delivery will take 3-4 weeks. Please contact Alicia Vaudo atavdv82000@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

Halloween Family Fun Night
The PTO is looking for volunteers for its annual Halloween Party on October 26th.  Just 30 minutes of your time would be so appreciated!!  Please contact Linda Ingeme (lindaingeme@yahoo.com) for more details or to volunteer.  Thanks in advance for your time!

PAC
Are you wondering what services are available to help your child succeed in school? Would you like to meet the new Director of Special Education in town as well as the staff who work with your children? Come out on Monday evening, October 1, 2012, at 6:30 P.M to the Burlington High School Lower Library. (This is a change in location due to a scheduling conflict.)   The Burlington PAC is hosting a meet and greet event to introduce Louise D'Amato our new Director of Special Education. Ms. D'Amato will present staff members and will be able to address questions about Burlington's Special Education programs.  For more information about this event or any other PAC sponsored events, or questions about how to advocate on your child's behalf, please contact Dennis McCarron at dandmmccarron@hotmail.com or at 781-273-5663.

SAVE THE DATE!  Fall Marketplace -- FW School Cafeteria and Gymnasium -- Thursday, November 8th, 2012 -- 5:00p - 9:00pm. FREE Admission to Shoppers.  We are seeking local crafters and merchants to showcase their gifts or services.  Vendor applications and information can be found at www.franciswymanpto.org  

FROM the BEF: Burlington’s Big Top Coming to Town!  Mark your calendars now! November 17, 2012. BEF hosts its 2nd annual Circus at BHS gymnasium. Shows at 11, 1:30 and 4. $10 per person. Ages 2 and under free.  Acrobats, Ringling Bros performers, comedy acts, daredevils, face painting, games, snacks and more. Come enjoy this family fun day!  Tickets to be sold at school open houses, online at www.burlingtonedfoundation.org,  and day of circus.  Sign up for our blog to keep informed of all BEF news and events,http://burlingtonedfoundation.wordpress.com

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY is Saturday, September 29, 2012 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.

FANTASTIC PUMPKIN FAIR ... Friday night, October 19, 2012, from 6-9 pm at the Fox Hill School. Come join in the fun of our annual fall tradition. Great games, fall crafts, fabulous prizes and a few good scares. The ever popular Haunted Hallway will be sure to fright, along with many old favorites: Moon Bounce, Cake Walk, Pumpkin Painting, Spin Art, Face Painting, Duck Pond, Pizza, Hot dogs, Cupcake Decorating, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Raffles, plus lots more games and activities. Admission is free; tickets for each activity/game can be purchased at the door. Open to the public. For additional information, contact Julie Quinn at quinns@rcn.com.
 
THE BHS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CLUB will host their annual Craft Fair, Saturday, October 20th. The fair will be at the BHS cafeterias from 10 - 3.  This year, 100 crafters will offer lovely jewelry, holiday items, doll clothes, home decorations, cards, books, and more. Our new cafe section will feature unique sauces, jellies, chocolates, and other gourmet items. Our bake sale table will feature delicious snacks. Enter the HUGE raffle including a wide variety of our crafters’ creations. Enjoy lunch at our concession stand and dining area. Visitors are encouraged to park in the Student Lot and ride the shuttle to the cafeteria-entrance.  Admission is only $2, and includes a FREE raffle ticket. This event is a major fundraiser to help our club support all of the BHS sports teams.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Memorial School After-School Homework & Study Club





The 2012 Fall Session of Memorial School’s After-School Homework & Study Club for Grades 3-5 will begin on Tuesday, October 2nd and run through Thursday, December 13th. The purpose of the club is to help children develop effective study skills while providing them with the time, structure, and supervision needed to successfully complete their homework at school.  The club will meet two afternoons per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 2:30 until 3:30.  The fee will be $85. (Please note: there will be no sessions on: Nov. 6, 13, 20, 22, and Dec. 6th.) 

         Registration Forms went home in backpack folders two weeks ago.  If you would like your child to participate in Homework Club, please return the form with payment (checks made payable to: Memorial School ) by Friday, September 28th. 

         For safety’s sake, remember to indicate on the form your arrangements for transportation home. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bulletin 09/21/2012

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
September 21, 2012
(memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
IMPORTANT DATES
SEPTEMBER 25TH – PICTURE DAY!
SEPTEMBER 27TH – BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT (FOR GROWN-UPS) 6:30pm – 8:30pm
SEPTEMBER 28TH – Kindergarten Field Trip
OCTOBER 11TH – PTO Meeting – Memorial School Library 7-8pm
NOVEMBER 15th & 16th - 5th Grade Field Trip

LUNCH MENU – MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)
           (beverage choices include water, milk, and fruit juice)
Sept. 24th - 28th  
Monday – Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Tuesday – Hot Dog
Wednesday –Popcorn Chicken
Thursday – Hamburger or Cheeseburger
Friday – Whole Wheat Pizza Sticks

FROM the PRINCIPAL
Back to School Night for Grown-ups is scheduled for this Thursday, Sept.27th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. This is a special evening when teachers and parents come together to talk about expectations, curriculum, and classroom procedures, and establish the all-important partnership between home and school.   We regret that we are unable to provide child care here at school that night, and hope that this time-line will help you to make arrangements to attend.
  • 6:30-7:00 Overview of the year re: curriculum and routines (Grade Level Teams / Classroom Teachers
  • 7:00-7:30 “Welcome Back!” (Mrs. Rickershauser & PTO co-presidents in the cafeteria);
  • 7:30-8:00 Repeat of grade level/classroom overviews
  • 7:00-8:00 Visits with Special Subject Teachers (Art, Music, Physical Education, Library, Technology, Learning Center)
  • 7:30-8:30 Coffee & conversation in the cafeteria -- “Make new friends, renew the old ones…” & learn about opportunities for involvement.
We appreciate your making the time to participate in this important evening.  Working together, we can help our children grow into well-rounded, successful students and TRRFCC people!

Lunch at School  As you know, we are all -- home and school! -- making a concerted effort to grow strong and healthy boys and girls. Fresh fruits and vegetables are offered every day in the cafeteria, and children are required to choose one and place it on their tray.  Some students enjoy their choice; others simply discard it with their lunch trash.  Please encourage your child to take at least a ‘no thank you’ bite of the fruit or vegetable they have selected before deciding to eat the rest or discard it.  If for some reason you need to deliver your child’s lunch to school, please help us by making it a healthy one.  Seeing packaging from favorite fast food restaurants is a distraction for other students who are trying to make healthy choices.  

Note Required for a Change in Dismissal Plans Students should be reminded that after-school plans must be made ahead of time, at home, before coming to school.   On any day that a child’s routine transportation plans are altered, for any reason, a note must be written and signed by a parent or guardian and sent in to the classroom teacher to describe the change.  Occasionally an emergency situation arises during the day that necessitates a change.  If such an emergency should arise and 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 sending in a note to the teacher or notifying the office before students’ scheduled lunch times.  Buses are held until all children are accounted for, impacting the timely departure of the buses and students’ arrival time at home.  This is just a reminder that notification of a change in transportation must be received the morning of the change.  Thank you in advance for helping us to keep “Memorial kids” safe.  

Cell Phones/Electronic Toys and Devices Students’ use of cell phones and electronic toys is prohibited during the school day.  Students should not bring them to school, as they serve as distractions and temptations. Additionally, the school cannot be responsible for lost or broken items.  Electronic items (including cell phones) that make their way to school will be held here in the school office until an adult can pick them up.  Thank you for your support.

KidStuff Coupon Books
The valuable, family-friendly KidStuff Coupon Books are going to be available through our school again this year! The KidStuff Coupon Books are being sent home to Memorial Families on Tuesday, September 25th.  The cost of each book is $25.00 and our school will receive 50% of the proceeds.  Please return your payment no later than Tuesday, October 9th (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 include your payment.  These books will be sent home after October 9th.  If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Restivo at arestivo@live.com.

FROM the LIBRARY
Library Volunteers needed!
If you enjoy books, working with children and may have an hour or two to donate, please consider volunteering at the Memorial School Library. We are appreciative of any time that volunteers can donate, even if it is once every two weeks.  Our volunteers help to rearrange and organize the print collection, shelve books, cover and repair books, and perform many other important tasks. Occasionally, you might interact with students by checking out books and assisting them with book selection. If you are interested, please contact kfloyd@bpsk12.org or Magliozzi@bpsk12.org  or come visit us at Open House!    - Mrs. Kelly Floyd & Mrs. Rose Magliozzi, Memorial School Library/Media Teachers

CORI FORMS
If you are planning to volunteer at school or to 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).  

SAVE THE DATE!  Fall Marketplace -- FW School Cafeteria and Gymnasium -- Thursday, November 8th, 2012 -- 5:00p - 9:00pm. FREE Admission to Shoppers.  We are seeking local crafters and merchants to showcase their gifts or services.  Vendor applications and information can be found at www.franciswymanpto.org  

Burlington’s Big Top Coming to Town!  Mark your calendars now! November 17, 2012. BEF hosts its 2nd annual Circus at BHS gymnasium. Shows at 11, 1:30 and 4. $10 per person. Ages 2 and under free.  Acrobats, Ringling Bros performers, comedy acts, daredevils, face painting, games, snacks and more. Come enjoy this family fun day!  Tickets to be sold at school open houses, online at www.burlingtonedfoundation.org,  and day of circus.  Sign up for our blog to keep informed of all BEF news and events,http://burlingtonedfoundation.wordpress.com

The Burlington Baseball and Softball Association is having tryouts for the major league, September 22 at 2:00pm -- Lower Simonds.  Go to web site for more info www.bbsaonline.com
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Saturday, September 29, 2012 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.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Back to School Night






Thursday, September 27th, is Back-to-School-Night for Grownups  at Memorial School 

We hope you will join us to:
  • meet your child’s teacher(s); 
  • hear more about classroom routines, curriculum, and expectations at the grade level; and
  • begin to establish the important partnership between home and school.   
We regret that we are unable to provide child-care here at school that night, 
and hope that this time-line will help you to make arrangements to attend.

                               6:30-7:00 Overview of the year  re: curriculum and routines; 
                                                 - grade level teams and classroom teachers
               
                                       7:00-7:30 “Welcome Back!” (cafeteria)
                                   - Mrs. Rickershauser & PTO co-presidents;

                               7:30-8:00 Repeat of grade level/classroom overviews
                                                 - repeat of earlier presentations;

                   7:30-8:30 Visits with Special Subjects' Teachers (Art, Music, Physical Education),
                                             Library, Technology Lab, Learning Center
                                                 
                                            Coffee & conversation available in the cafeteria;
                                            “Make new friends, and renew the old ones…” 

We appreciate your making the time to participate in this important evening.  Working together, we can help our children grow into well-rounded, successful students 
and TRRFCC people! 


                                    

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Important Classroom Snack Update 09/18/2012


RE: Updated Classroom Snack Policy

Dear Parents of Students in Grades 1-5,

The allergen-related grade level letter you recently received was a direct reflection of the doctors' orders we received on children with life-threatening allergies.  We are working with these doctors and asking them to make more of a distinction between life-threatening and non-life-threatening allergens. While we are amending our allergy action plans, please focus on eliminating the two main allergens - peanuts and tree nuts - from classroom snacks. 

Please do not send in classroom snacks that contain peanuts or tree nuts, or products that are made in a facility processing foods containing peanuts or tree nuts. Please read ALL labels on any food items that you send in for your child’s classroom snack.

For further information regarding the allergen policy, the policy is posted on the Burlington Public School’s website. If there are any questions regarding appropriate snack items to send in to school, or if you have any other food concerns, do not hesitate to call either of us at 781-270-1721.

Thank you for you patience as we work to implement our new district policy.


Sincerely,

Karen K. Rickershauser,                                                         Leslie Cadigan,
Memorial School Principal                                                      Memorial School Nurse

Friday, September 14, 2012

bulletin 09/14/2012

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
September 14, 2012
(memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)

IMPORTANT DATES
SEPTEMBER 20TH – 5TH Grade Field Trip
SEPTEMBER 25TH – Picture day
SEPTEMBER 27TH – BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT (FOR GROWN-UPS) 6:30pm – 8pm
SEPTEMBER 28TH – Kindergarten Field Trip
OCTOBER 11TH – 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)
Sept. 17th - 21st  
Monday – Turkey and Cheese on Whole Wheat Sub Roll
Tuesday – Nachos with Ground Beef
Wednesday – Breaded Whole Grain Chicken Nuggets with Sauce
Thursday – Whole Wheat Pancakes with Sausage
Friday – Whole Wheat Stuffed Crust Pizza

FROM the PRINCIPAL
Dear Memorial Families,
It’s been another wonderful week here at school!  Boys and girls are settling into routines in their new classrooms, friendships are forming or being renewed, and in many ways (all good), it seems that we’ve been back for quite some time.

As your children have probably shared with you, there have been some changes in the ‘dining room’ this year.  Due to a federal mandate, our school lunch menu reflects healthier choices like whole wheat bread and pasta.  Children are also required to select a fruit or a vegetable or both.  Lastly, we are limiting children to one ‘snack’ selection as they go through the lunch line, if indeed they are purchasing a ‘snack.’  Many children continue to bring  lunch from home with nutritious food items selected by you and your child.   It is good to know that school and home are working together to develop healthy bodies and learn how to make healthier food choices.  During recess time, we (finally!) have access to our beautiful field out back.  Two grade levels dine together, and afterwards, one grade heads up to the field for fun and exercise, while the other grade enjoys the playground and basketball court.  

As children head out of the cafeteria, sometimes lunch boxes, jackets, or other belongings are left behind.  Putting your child’s name on these items will help to see that they are returned to their owner, and keep our ‘lost and found’ area small and manageable!

Back to School Night for Grown-ups is scheduled for Thursday, Sept.27th 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 early next week.  Working together, we can make this a year of learning and growing for everyone here at Memorial.  See you on the 27th!

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 such an emergency should arise and 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 sending in a note to the teacher or notifying the office before students’ scheduled lunch times.  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.

FROM MR. NAPIERKOWSKI
Attention 4th graders and parents re: 4th grade Instrumental Music Lessons: Beginner lessons will start the week of September 17th -- this week!  Classroom teachers will receive the detailed schedule and parents who have registered will receive an email from Mr. Napierkowski regarding the day of the first lesson.   Late registrations will be accepted until Friday, September 21.  For more information and to register please go to elemband.wordpress.com.A

FROM the LIBRARY
Library Volunteers needed!
If you enjoy books, working with children and may have an hour or two to donate, please consider volunteering at the Memorial School Library. We are appreciative of any time that volunteers can donate, even if it is once every two weeks.  Our volunteers help to rearrange and organize the print collection, shelve books, cover and repair books, and perform many other important tasks. Occasionally, you might interact with students by checking out books and assisting them with book selection. If you are interested, please contact kfloyd@bpsk12.org or Magliozzi@bpsk12.org  or come visit us at Open House!        
- Mrs. Kelly Floyd & Mrs. Rose Magliozzi, 
          Memorial School Library/Media Teachers
CORI FORMS
If you are planning to volunteer at school or to 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 two 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.  

SAVE THE DATE!  Fall Marketplace -- FW School Cafeteria and Gymnasium -- Thursday, November 8th, 2012 -- 5:00p - 9:00pm. FREE Admission to Shoppers.  We are seeking local crafters and merchants to showcase their gifts or services.  Vendor applications and information can be found at www.franciswymanpto.org  PLEASE JOIN US TO SHOP WITH OVER 60 UNIQUE VENDORS FROM ACROSS NEW ENGLAND AND AMAZING RAFFLE ITEMS!!  Delicious bake sale table, pizza, and beverages available, so bring the whole family!

Burlington’s Big Top Coming to Town!  Mark your calendars now! November 17, 2012. BEF hosts its 2nd annual Circus at BHS gymnasium. Shows at 11, 1:30 and 4. $10 per person. Ages 2 and under free.  Acrobats, Ringling Bros performers, comedy acts, daredevils, face painting, games, snacks and more. Come enjoy this family fun day!  Tickets to be sold at school open houses, online at www.burlingtonedfoundation.org,  and day of circus.  Sign up for our blog to keep informed of all BEF news and events,http://burlingtonedfoundation.wordpress.com

The Burlington Baseball and Softball Association is having tryouts for the major league, September 22 at 2:00pm -- Lower Simonds.  Go to web site for more info www.bbsaonline.com
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Saturday, September 29, 2012 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.