Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bulletin 03/28/2013

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
March 28, 2013
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)

From all of us to all of you, Happy Spring! (Finally!)

IMPORTANT DATES
MARCH 29 – NO SCHOOL – Good Friday
APRIL 6 - Toast to Memorial!
APRIL 10 – Pre-K Story Hour – Memorial School Library – 9:15-9:45am
APRIL 11 – PTO Meeting
APRIL 15 – NO SCHOOL – Patriots’ Day
APRIL 16TH – 19TH – NO SCHOOL – Spring Vacation

 
LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS) April 1st thru 5th
Monday – Roasted Chicken
Tuesday – Ultimate Nachos
Wednesday – Chicken, Broccoli & Ziti
Thursday – Meatball Sub
Friday – Tony’s Individual Pan Pizza


FROM the OFFICE
SAFETY FIRST - PLEASE!  School Safety Officer (of the BPD) Bernie Schipelitti visited Memorial the other day, and expressed concern regarding several very important safety matters:
“Walker” Families - 1)Follow the established traffic pattern in the drop off/pick up area; 2) Drive slowly to avoid personal injury or property damage; 3)‘Buckle up’ before leaving home; 4) No cell phones, please.
“Bus” Families - Families, remind your children to gather at the bus stop in a safe manner; no need to be ‘first’ in line - there is room on the bus for everyone! On the bus, 1) Remain seated; 2) K/1 students at the front of the bus; 2/3 in the middle; 4/5 at the back; 3) Use quiet voices, and kind and respectful words only (this will allow the driver to keep his/her eyes on the road). Thank you for your support! -- Mrs. R.    


MCAS Information
Test Dates (test sessions take place first thing in the morning)   
Gr. 3:   Math: May 6, 7;
Gr. 4:  ELA: Tuesday, April 2, Wednesday, April 3; Math: May 13, 14;
Gr. 5:  Math: May 9, 10; Science: May 15, 16.
Thank you for sending your student to school on time on these dates - well-rested and having had a good breakfast too.  This will allow them to show what they know and do their very best on these assessments!  Sending in an additional healthy snack (i.e. peanut/tree-nut free granola bar, hard-boiled egg, fruit, yogurt, etc.) may help children who are unable to eat a good breakfast at home to have a bite here at school before the test, and approach it with the ‘fuel’ they need to concentrate and do their best.  Because studies have shown that gum-chewing can reduce anxiety and provide additional circulation to the brain, students may bring in gum to chew (quietly - mouth closed, etc.) as they take the test.  


PTO:  It’s almost here!  The Toast to Memorial!  Saturday, April 6th - 7 to 10PM. Crowne Plaza, Woburn, MA.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support and celebrate the Memorial Community!   Make new friends, renew old ones.  Take a chance to win raffle prizes and auction items.  It is always a great ‘take’!!! For more information or to order tickets, please go to: http://www.memorialschoolpto.org/  (Iif you are not able to attend, you can still purchase raffle tickets using the order form that went home previously in backpacks. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each, or $20.00 for 25 tickets.)


Important PTO News:
The Memorial PTO has several open Board positions for the 2013-2014 school year.  If you are interested in any of the positions listed, below, please email Laura Vittum vitt_maple@mac.com before April 1st.  We will have a vote for the positions at our next PTO meeting on April 11, 2013.  This is a wonderful way to get to know other families and to help enhance your child’s experience at Memorial.  If you are not able to commit to a Board position, we will still be looking for volunteers to help plan and coordinate our many events throughout the school year.  We will never turn away anyone who would like to help!  
Open Positions:  
Co-President (1 opening, 2 year term)                                  Co-Secretary (1 opening)
VP of Fundraising (1 opening)                                      VP of Social Events (2 openings)
Treasurer (2 year term)                                      Co-webmaster (1 opening)
Thank you in advance for your time!


School Supplies for Next School Year - Orders due April 26th. (Unfortunately, no exceptions.)
The PTO is offering an opportunity to purchase suggested school supplies for the next school year.  School Supply Order forms are being sent home in backpacks this week. You can order online at www.shopttkits.com and pay with a credit card. The school account number is 31615. You can also find a link on our website www.memorialschoolpto.org .  Ordering supplies is not a requirement, but a convenience made available to Memorial families.


Supplies Pick Up: Supplies will not be given out to students at school, but will be available for (adult) pickup on Friday, June 21st or Monday, June 24th.  (Both daytime and evening pick-up hours will be available.)  If you are unavailable to pick them up, please ask a friend to do so in order that your child will have them in time for the first day of school. For more information, please contact Rhonda Poirier at rnrpear@rcn.com or 781-229-1866.


ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS!  The creation of our Fifth Grade Memory Book is well underway!  If you have not sent in your photos yet, please refer to the flyer sent home earlier in backpack folders for instructions as to how to submit them.  To ensure that your photographs are included, please send them in just as soon as possible! Questions? Please contact Elaine Manners at pemanners@rcn.com. Thanks!


DANCING WITH THE STARS!  Burlington’s first ever DANCING WITH THE STARS fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Burlington. Come see our local celebrities: Julie Conley, Sonia Rollins, Faydeen Sateriale, Charley Murphy, Bob “Moose” Kirshner and Patrick Larkin compete against one another in a dance contest. Celebrity judge is the beloved Dottie Yeadon and the evening will be hosted by Jack Ferren. Friday, April 26, 7-11 pm, Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Wheeler Road in Burlington. Appetizers, dessert, cash bar, competition and dancing. An evening not to miss. Tickets are going fast. Contact Cheryl Shafman 781.771.6410 or Julie Quinn 617.909.5060 to purchase tickets. $25.00 per person.


BURLINGTON COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION (BCSF) has scholarship applications available starting for adults attending graduate and undergraduate school, and senior high school students, who are residents of Burlington. Applications can be picked up at the High School Guidance Office or the Town Hall. Applications are also available on the town’s website at www.burlington.org under ‘Schools.’  To be considered, applications must be received by the following deadlines: high school students -- returned or postmarked by March 25st, 2013; Adopt a Class returned or postmarked by April 5th, 2013; adults - returned or postmarked by April 22th 2013.
AAC 2021: SAVE THE DATE: AAC 2021 will be hosting a fundraiser on April 21 in conjunction with Earth Day at Flatbread Pizza. More information to follow.
Pack 105 Den 2 Wolf Cub Scouts  Project Smile community service project.  Stuffed animal donations.  Collection dates March 25 - April 5.  The donations will be given to local police and fire departments to give out to traumatized children.  Collection boxes will be located in the school lobby.  For stuffed toy donation guidelines go to www.projectsmile.org/drop.htm.

 
BBSA  We are excited to offer a Junior Softball Clinic geared toward 2nd grade girls, 1st year players, or to any girl wishing to improve their skills.  We have a great team of coaches in place as well as 2 planned sessions led by Bob Mahoney who for many years has been involved with girls softball, coaching at all levels.  This clinic is designed to transition first time players into the sport prior to the start of the season building skills and confidence along the way.   This is a “No Cost” clinic; the only requirement is that you have registered your child on line at BBSA Online. Remaining clinics will be held on April 6 & 13 at the Francis Wyman Gym from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Bulletin 03/22/2013



MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
March 22, 2013
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)

IMPORTANT DATES
MARCH 29 – NO SCHOOL – Good Friday
APRIL 6 - Toast to Memorial!
APRIL 10 – Pre-K Story Hour – Memorial School Library – 9:15-9:45am
APRIL 11 – PTO Meeting
APRIL 15 – NO SCHOOL – Patriots’ Day
APRIL 16TH – 19TH – NO SCHOOL – Spring Vacation

 
LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)
March 25th-28th  
Monday – Sloppy Joe     
Tuesday – Chicken Patty
Wednesday – Pasta with choice Sauce
Thursday – Pancakes
Friday – NO SCHOOL TODAY – GOOD FRIDAY


FROM the OFFICE
MCAS Information
Test Dates (test sessions take place first thing in the morning)   
Gr. 3:   Math: May 6, 7;
Gr. 4:  Long Composition: March 25; ELA: April 2, 3; Math: May 13, 14;
Gr. 5:  ELA: March 27, 28;  Math: May 9, 10; Science: May 15, 16.
It is important for children to arrive at school on time on these dates - well-rested and having had a good breakfast.  This will allow them to show what they know and do their very best on these assessments!  Sending in an additional healthy snack (i.e. peanut/tree-nut free granola bar, hard-boiled egg, fruit, yogurt, etc.) may help children who are unable to eat a good breakfast at home to have a bite here at school before the test, and approach it with the ‘fuel’ they need to concentrate and do their best.  Additionally, studies have shown that gum-chewing can reduce anxiety and provide additional circulation to the brain.  Students may bring in gum to chew (quietly - mouth closed, etc.) as they take the test.  


PTO
PTO partially funds most of the enriching activities for students and families at Memorial.  Please know that when you pay dues or attend or participate in fund-raising activities, the funds raised go directly to ‘our kids.’  Thank you very much for your support in making so many wonderful things possible for the Memorial Family!  -- Mrs. R. J
Important News
The Memorial PTO has several open Board positions for the 2013-2014 school year.
If you are interested in any of the positions listed, below, please email Laura Vittum

vitt_maple@mac.com before April 1st. We will have a vote for the positions at our next

PTO meeting on April 11, 2013. This is a wonderful way to get to know other families

and to help enhance your child’s experience at Memorial. If you are not able to commit

to a Board position, we will still be looking for volunteers to help plan and coordinate our

many events throughout the school year. We will never turn away anyone who would

like to help!

Open Positions:

Co-President (1 opening, 2 year term)

Co-Secretary (1 opening)

VP of Fundraising (1 opening)

VP of Social Events (2 openings)

Treasurer (2 year term)

Co-webmaster (1 opening)                                       

Thank you in advance for your time!


Save the Date: Toast to Memorial!  Saturday, April 6th - 7 to 10PM. Crowne Plaza, Woburn, MA.  Support and celebrate the Memorial Community!   Make new friends, renew old ones. Take a chance to win raffle prizes and auction items.  Please check student backpack folders for information.


ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS!  
This is an exciting time for our children as they enjoy their last year in elementary school.  As we move closer to those last days, we are putting together a Memory Book of their experiences and we need your help.  Please send one baby photo and the Kindergarten school photo of your child. Kindergarten school pictures are preferred, but if you do not have one, we will certainly accept another photo. We would also appreciate group photos taken from school activities, field trips, concerts, etc. The book will primarily consist of 4th & 5th grade photos. A small section will be included with photos from Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Please submit only photos of children who currently attend Memorial School.  If you have not sent in your photos yet, please refer to the flyer sent home in last week’s backpack folder for instructions as to how to submit them.  To ensure that your photographs are included, send them in just as soon as possible!                   
-- 5th Grade Memory Book Committee

BHS Music Department
You can’t stop the beat when Burlington High School performs the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray. A family friendly show, performances will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of BHS on March 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 and March 24th at 2:00 pm. For best seat selection buy your tickets now: online at www.BurlingtonTheatre.com or by phone with a credit card @ 781-A-FUN-TIC:  $10 for students/sr citizens, $15 for adults.


Dancing With The Stars
Burlington’s first ever DANCING WITH THE STARS fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Burlington. Come see our local celebrities: Julie Conley, Sonia Rollins, Faydeen Sateriale, Charley Murphy, Bob “Moose” Kirshner and Patrick Larkin compete against one another in a dance contest. Celebrity judge is the beloved Dottie Yeadon and the evening will be hosted by Jack Ferren. Friday, April 26, 7-11 pm, Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Wheeler Road in Burlington. Appetizers, dessert, cash bar, competition and dancing. An evening not to miss. Tickets are going fast. Contact Cheryl Shafman 781.771.6410 or Julie Quinn 617.909.5060 to purchase tickets. $25.00 per person.

The Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation (BCSF) has scholarship applications available starting March 1, 2013 for adults attending graduate and undergraduate school and senior high school students who are residents of Burlington.  Applications can be picked up at the High School Guidance Office or the Town Hall. Applications are also available on the town’s website at www.burlington.org under schools. High School student applications must be returned or postmarked by the deadline date of March 25st, 2013.  Adopt a Class applications must be returned or postmarked by April 5th, 2013.  Adult applications must be returned or postmarked by the deadline date of April 22th 2013.

AAC 2021: SAVE THE DATE: AAC 2021 will be hosting a fundraiser on April 21 in conjunction with Earth Day at Flatbread Pizza. More information to follow.

BHS Post Graduation Party – Fundraiser – Shop at Roche Bros. on Wednesday, March 27th 3:00 – 6:00. Volunteers will be at the registers collecting receipts.  Roche Bros. will contribute 5% of your total.  Last year Roche Bros donated $1,200 to our event!


Pack 105 Den 2 Wolf Cub Scouts
Project Smile community service project.  Stuffed animal donations.  Collection dates March 25 - April 5.  The donations will be given to local police and fire departments to give out to traumatized children.  Collection boxes will be located in the school lobby.  For stuffed toy donation guidelines go to www.projectsmile.org/drop.htm.

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BBSA
We are excited to offer a Junior Softball Clinic geared toward 2nd grade girls, first year players, or to any girl wishing to improve their skills.  We have a great team of coaches in place as well as 2 planned sessions led by Bob Mahoney who for many years has been involved with girls softball, coaching at all levels.  This clinic is designed to transition first time players into the sport prior to the start of the season building skills and confidence along the way.   (We strongly encourage 1st year players to attend 4 of the 6 clinics.)
This is a “No Cost” clinic; the only requirement is that you have registered your child on line at BBSA Online.
Clinics will be held from 4:30pm – 6:30pm
*        Saturday, March 16th                                                 Francis Wyman Gymnasium
*        Saturday, March 23rd                        Francis Wyman Gymnasium
*        Saturday, April 6th                                Francis Wyman Gymnasium
*        Saturday, April 13th                             Francis Wyman   Gymnasium        

Monday, March 18, 2013

DESE Reschedules Long Prompt due to Weather





IMPORTANT

March 18, 2013

Dear Grade 4 Parents,

In anticipation of the severe weather expected for Tuesday, March 19, 2013, and the possible school closings and delayed openings that may result from it, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has made the decision to postpone the administration of the Grade 4 Long Composition Assessment to Monday, March 25, 2012.  This new date maintains the security of the Long Composition Prompt and ensures that testing is equitable among all fourth grade classrooms in Massachusetts.

Please be sure that your grade 4 student attends school on Monday March 25, 2012 to participate in this important assessment event.  Thank you for your support and understanding!

Sincerely,




Karen Rickershauser
Principal
Memorial School

Friday, March 15, 2013

bulletin 03/15/2013



MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
March 15, 2013
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)


IMPORTANT DATES
MARCH 29 – NO SCHOOL – Good Friday
APRIL 6 - Toast to Memorial!
APRIL 10 – Pre-K Story Hour – Memorial School Library – 9:15-9:45am
APRIL 11 – PTO Meeting
APRIL 15 – NO SCHOOL – Patriots’ Day
APRIL 16TH – 19TH – NO SCHOOL – Spring Vacation


 
LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)
March 18th-22nd
Monday – Chicken Nuggets
Tuesday – French Toast Sticks
Wednesday – Beef Taco
Thursday – B-Good Hamburger or Cheeseburger
Friday – Sal’s Pizza


 
FROM the OFFICE
MCAS Information
Test Dates (test sessions take place first thing in the morning)   
Gr. 3: ELA: March 20, 21; Math: May 6, 7;
Gr. 4:  Long Composition: March 19; ELA: April 2, 3; Math: May 13, 14;
Gr. 5:  ELA: March 27, 28;  Math: May 9, 10; Science: May 15, 16.
It is important for children to arrive at school on time on these dates - well-rested and having had a good breakfast.  This will allow them to show what they know and do their very best on these assessments!  Sending in an additional healthy snack (i.e. peanut/tree-nut free granola bar, hard-boiled egg, fruit, yogurt, etc.) may help children who are unable to eat a good breakfast at home to have a bite here at school before the test, and approach it with the ‘fuel’ they need to concentrate and do their best.  Additionally, studies have shown that gum-chewing can reduce anxiety and provide additional circulation to the brain.  Students may bring in gum to chew (quietly - mouth closed, etc.) as they take the test. 


Great Things Happening at Memorial!
Learning is always an interesting and enjoyable experience for ‘our kids,’ but over the past several weeks, there have been many wonderful events that have made learning even more enJOYable than usual!
Pre-K – Story-time for incoming Kindergarteners
K – 100 Day; Big Fish Day; Field Trip to New England Aquarium & Science Discovery Museum (re-scheduled due to No School Day last Friday)
Gr. 1 – Field Trip to see “How to Become a Pirate!”; in-school visit with “The Penguin Lady;” Chick-Hatching with Wendy Pavlicek of the Burlington Science Center;
Gr. 2 – Visit to the Science Discovery Museum
Gr. 3 – Field Trip to Lexington Symphony Orchestra and to the Tsongas Center in Lowell
Gr. 4 – Invention Convention, Chick Hatching with the Burlington Science Center
Gr. 4/5 – All-Town Band Concert
Gr. 5 – “Hands-on History” program with Dennis Cormier
Gr. K-5 – Read Across America Day/Dr. Suess’s Birthday (guest-readers: BHS Scholar/Athletes); sneak-preview of “Hairspay” by BHS Drama Students; Energy Exhibit in the front foyer of the school (will be here through Thursday, March 14th –come by and visit!); Family Math Night!
Many thanks to the staff who have organized the events, and to the parents who have supported them – either as chaperones, participants, or PTO contributors.   


PTO
PTO partially funds most of the enriching activities for students and families at Memorial.  Please know that when you pay dues or attend or participate in fund-raising activities, the funds raised go directly to ‘our kids.’  Thank you very much for your support in making so many wonderful things possible for the Memorial Family!  -- Mrs. R. J


Save the Date: Toast to Memorial!  Saturday, April 6th - 7 to 10PM. Crowne Plaza, Woburn, MA.  Support and celebrate the Memorial Community!   Make new friends, renew old ones. Take a chance to win raffle prizes and auction items.  Please check student backpack folders for information.


ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS!  
This is an exciting time for our children as they enjoy their last year in elementary school.  As we move closer to those last days, we are putting together a Memory Book of their experiences and we need your help.  Please send one baby photo and the Kindergarten school photo of your child. Kindergarten school pictures are preferred, but if you do not have one, we will certainly accept another photo. We would also appreciate group photos taken from school activities, field trips, concerts, etc. The book will primarily consist of 4th & 5th grade photos. A small section will be included with photos from Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Please submit only photos of children who currently attend Memorial School.  If you have not sent in your photos yet, please refer to the flyer sent home in last week’s backpack folder for instructions as to how to submit them.  To ensure that your photographs are included, send them in just as soon as possible!  (no later than mid-March, please!).              
-- 5th Grade Memory Book Committee

BHS Music Department
You can’t stop the beat when Burlington High School performs the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray. A family friendly show, performances will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of BHS on March 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:30 and March 24 at 2:00 pm. For best seat selection buy your tickets now: online at www.BurlingtonTheatre.com or by phone with a credit card @ 781-A-FUN-TIC:  $10 for students/sr citizens, $15 for adults.


The Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation (BCSF) has scholarship applications available starting March 1, 2013 for adults attending graduate and undergraduate school and senior high school students who are residents of Burlington.  Applications can be picked up at the High School Guidance Office or the Town Hall. Applications are also available on the town’s website at www.burlington.org under schools. High School student applications must be returned or postmarked by the deadline date of March 25st, 2013.  Adopt a Class applications must be returned or postmarked by April 5th, 2013.  Adult applications must be returned or postmarked by the deadline date of April 22th 2013.

BHS Post Graduation Party – Fundraiser – Shop at Roche Bros. on Wednesday, March 27th 3:00 –6:00. Volunteers will be at the registers collecting receipts.  Roche Bros. will contribute 5% of your total.  Last year Roche Bros donated $1,200 to our event!


Pack 105 Den 2 Wolf Cub Scouts
Project Smile community service project.  Stuffed animal donations.  Collection dates March 25 - April 5.  The donations will be given to local police and fire departments to give out to traumatized children.  Collection boxes will be located in the school lobby.  For stuffed toy donation guidelines go to www.projectsmile.org/drop.htm.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif 
BBSA
We are excited to offer a Junior Softball Clinic geared toward 2nd grade girls, first year players, or to any girl wishing to improve their skills.  We have a great team of coaches in place as well as 2 planned sessions led by Bob Mahoney who for many years has been involved with girls softball, coaching at all levels.  This clinic is designed to transition first time players into the sport prior to the start of the season building skills and confidence along the way.   (We strongly encourage 1st year players to attend 4 of the 6 clinics.)
This is a “No Cost” clinic; the only requirement is that you have registered your child on line at BBSA Online.
Clinics will be held from 4:30pm – 6:30pm
*        Saturday, March 16th                                                 Francis Wyman Gymnasium
*        Saturday, March 23rd                        Francis Wyman Gymnasium
*        Saturday, April 6th                                Francis Wyman Gymnasium
Saturday, April 13th                                         Francis Wyman   Gymnasium