Tuesday, April 30, 2013

PRACTICE DRILL AT MEMORIAL

NO WORRIES, EVERYONE.  WE ARE HAVING A PRACTICE CODE BLUE HERE AT MEMORIAL SCHOOL THIS MORNING.

ALL IS WELL.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

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MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
April 26, 2013


IMPORTANT DATES

May 2nd - Terrific Teachers vs 5th Grade Dare Devils - 9am to 10am  
MAY 8th - Spring Concert (Grade 4/5) - 9am for the school; 7pm for family and friends
May 9th - Story time for Incoming Kindergarten - 9:15 to 9:45am
May 9th - Final PTO meeting - 7pm
May 11th - Pancake Breakfast & Art Show - 8am -10am
May 24th - Memorial Day Program - 9am - presented by Fr. 3
May 27th - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Observed
May 30th - Kindergarten Open House

MCAS Information - Test Dates for Round Two   

Gr. 3:   Math: May 6, 7;    Gr. 4:  Math: May 13, 14;     Gr. 5:  Math: May 9, 10;  Science: May 15, 16

LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS) 
April 29th - May 3rd
Monday – Chicken Patty
Tuesday – Pasta with Meatballs   
Wednesday – Open Faced Turkey SandwichThursday – Ultimate NachosFriday – Homemade Pizza


FROM the OFFICE 

Dear Families,
Some of us thought it might never happen, but spring has finally sprung here in Burlington.  Forsythia is in bloom, tulips and daffodils have burst forth from their bulbs, and flip-flops have appeared on many happy feet here at school.  Fun as they may be to wear, they are not an appropriate and safe foot covering for phys. ed. or recess.  If your child is a flip-flop fan, please make sure that they also bring sneakers to school so they can participate in recess and physical education activities safely!  Thank you for your support in keeping ‘our kids’ safe.  
Mrs. 'R'


THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT invites you all to our 4th and 5th grade Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 pm.  Stay tuned for more info!


5th GRADERS vs. Faculty VOLLEYBALL GAME

The Terrific Teachers will take on the 5th Grade Dare Devils in the annual volleyball game on Thursday, May 2nd. The game will start at 9am. Due to limited seating, only 5th grade parents and relatives are invited to attend. Please plan on arriving at 8:45am to get a good seat. The game will last approximately one hour.  We hope to see you there!


PRE-K SOCIALS

Children who will be entering Kindergarten this fall are invited to join the monthly Pre-K socials being organized by Mother-to-Mother.  You do not need to be a member of Mother-to-Mother to participate.  The first social will be held tomorrow, Saturday, April 27th, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the Memorial School playground.  Please email Sharleen Davis at sharleendavis@hotmail.com to RSVP.



HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY  is Saturday, April 27th 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, Departments A-M, Health or call 781-270-1955.

PROJECT CARE (Community Action Relief Effort)
 Burlington High School will be fundraising for the families affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy on Saturday, April 27th from 9am to noon at the BHS Cafeteria.  Bake sale, car wash, and Boston One window decals.  All donations will  be given to the Boston One Fund.  

BEF Road Race
The 9th annual BEF Exercise for Education Road Race will be held on Sunday May 19th.  We will be hosting a 5K run or walk, and a 1/2 mile fun run!  The Fun Run starts at 9am, and the 5K at 9:30am.  The route starts and ends at the Burlington High School.  Lots of activities and fun for everyone!  Join us to run, walk, or just watch!  Enjoy Mix 104.1, get some ice cream from Harvey the B.good Ice Cream Truck, buy some raffle tickets and so much more!  To register online, visit: http://burlingtononedfoundation.org/ and us the link our our home page.  Online Registration will be open until May 17!  Your registration includes a t-shirt that you can pick-up on race day.  

The Middlesex Sheriff’s office will hold it’s annual Youth Public Safety Academy for Burlington youths ages 9-11. The Academy will be held July 1 through 5 with the exception of July 4 which will be an off day for the students.  To apply to have your child attend, please go to the Middlesex Sheriff’s website, www.middlesexsheriff.org.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Exclusion Begins Tomorrow

Dear Families,
Some of you have received an "Exclusion Letter" regarding the need for you to submit your child's updated medical/immunization records.  The due date for those documents was today.  Beginning tomorrow, you will need to provide those documents in order for your child to continue to attend school. 

This is in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Chapter 76, Section 15 of the General Laws of Massachusetts. The intention of the law is public safety.

If you have questions, please call Memorial School Nurse Leslie Cadigan at 781-270-1724.

Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
Karen Rickershauser,
Principal of Memorial School

Friday, April 12, 2013

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MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
April 12, 2013
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)


Happy Vacation, Everyone!  See you on April 22nd!


IMPORTANT DATES
APRIL 15 – NO SCHOOL – Patriots’ Day
APRIL 16th– 19th – NO SCHOOL – Spring Vacation
May 2nd - Terrific Teachers vs 5th Grade Dare Devils -9am to 10am
                 (due to a space issue, 5th grade parents/relatives only are invited to attend)
MAY 8th - Spring Concert (Grade 4/5) -7pm
May 9th - Story time for Incoming Kindergarten - 9:15 to 9:45am
May 24th - Memorial Day Program 9am
May 27th - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Observed
May 30th - Kindergarten Open House



MCAS Information - Test Dates for Round Two   
Gr. 3:   Math: May 6, 7;    Gr. 4:  Math: May 13, 14;     Gr. 5:  Math: May 9, 10;  Science: May 15, 16

LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS) April 22nd - 26th
Monday – Chicken Nuggets
Tuesday – Hamburger or Cheeseburger   
Wednesday – French Toast SticksThursday – Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Friday – Homemade Pizza




FROM the OFFICE
Dear Families,
It is that time of year when we begin to create new class lists for the 2013-14 school year.  Creating these lists is a complex, thoughtful, and collaborative process that involves a variety of components and perspectives.  Classroom, guidance, reading, and special education staff assist the principal in developing class lists for the upcoming school year.  Your perspective as a parent is part of the placement process as well. The Student Information Form, sent home in today’s backpack folder, has been designed to provide an opportunity to share your perspective regarding your child’s academic, social, and emotional strengths and needs.  If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please return the Student Information Form to Memorial School by Thursday, April 25th, as the process will get underway shortly thereafter.  
With warm regards,
Mrs. Rickershauser



Changes in School Supplies for Next Year
Unlike past years, parents will no longer be asked to provide school supplies for their child(ren).  Necessary school supplies will be purchased for students by the school.  You may have received an order form in your child’s backpack folder recently and perhaps even placed an order online.  If that is the case, please notify Rhonda Poirier at rnrpear@rcn.com and you will receive a refund for the order you placed.   



GRADE 5 Update
Memory Book Committee will meet on Tuesday evening, April 23rd at 7:00pm in the Memorial School Library.



5th GRADERS vs.Faculty VOLLEYBALL GAME
The Terrific Teachers will take on the Grade 5 Dare Devils in the annual volleyball game on Thursday, May 2nd. The game will start at 9am. Due to limited space, only 5th grade parents and relatives are invited to attend. Please plan on arriving at 8:45am to get a good seat. The game will last approximately one hour.  Hope to see you there!



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.



AAC 2021: The Adopt a Class fundraising event will be held at Flatbread Pizza in Bedford for the annual Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 21st from 11am to 3pm. There will be garden fun, hula hooping and yoga classes for all ages, face painting, a farmers market, pony rides, and more!  It’s going to be an awesome day, so plan ahead and bring the whole family!

Household Hazardous Waste Collection day is Saturday, April 27, 2013 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, Departments A-M, Health or call 781-270-1955.

BEF Road Race: The 9th annual BEF Exercise for Education Road Race will be held on Sunday May 19th.  We will be hosting a 5K run or walk, and a 1/2 mile fun run!  The Fun Run starts at 9am, and the 5K at 9:30am.  The route starts and ends at the Burlington High School.  Lots of activities and fun for everyone!  Join us to run, walk, or just watch!  Enjoy Mix 104.1, get some ice cream from Harvey the B.good Ice Cream Truck, buy some raffle tickets and so much more!  To register online, visit: http://burlingtononedfoundation.org/ and us the link our our home page.  Online Registration will be open until May 17!  Your registration includes a t-shirt that you can pick-up on race day.  



The Middlesex Sheriff’s office will hold it’s annual Youth Public Safety Academy for Burlington youths ages 9-11. The Academy will be held July 1 through 5 with the exception of July 4 which will be an off day for the students.  To apply to have your child attend, please go to the Middlesex Sheriff’s website, www.middlesexsheriff.org.


Mother to Mother PreK Social:  Children who will be entering Kindergarten this fall are invited to join the monthly Pre-K socials being organized by Mother-to-Mother.  You do not need to be a member of Mother-to-Mother to participate.  The first social will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the Memorial School playground.  Please email Sharleen Davis at sharleendavis@hotmail.com to RSVP.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Playground Mystery Solved

April 11, 2013 

Dear Families,
Last week during one of our recess periods, a car was observed pausing in the area of the playground and appeared to be taking photographs.  Before a staff member could reach the car, it exited the property and drove away from the school.  A call was placed to the Burlington Police Department shortly afterwards to report the incident.

We have since learned that the car belonged to a Daily Times photographer, familiar to us all as Rick Karwan.  The photograph he took that day appeared on the front page of Tuesday's newspaper (April 9th). 

We are very glad to have solved the 'mystery,' and apologize for any alarm or concern this may have caused your child or your family.

Focused on keeping Memorial kids safe,
Karen Rickershauser (aka Mrs. R.)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

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MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
April 5, 2013
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)

IMPORTANT DATES
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
MAY 8TH - Spring Concert

 
LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS) April 8th - 12th
Monday – Chicken Tenders
Tuesday – B-Good cheeseburger or hamburger  
Wednesday – Hot Dog
Thursday – Roasted Turkey
Friday – Sal’s Pizza


FROM the OFFICE
Hello Everyone,
This is a repeat of last week’s note re: safety.  It is in again this week because many boys and girls shared that they had not had conversations with their families about #2 (below).  
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:
1) “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.
2) “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!  At the end of the day, they are to go DIRECTLY home when they are dropped off unless they are otherwise directed by you.  While on the bus, students must: 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.  Following these bus rules will allow the driver to keep his/her eyes on the road and get everyone to and from school safe and sound.
As always, thank you for your support! -- Mrs. R.    


MCAS Information - Test Dates for Round Two   
Gr. 3:   Math: May 6, 7;    Gr. 4:  Math: May 13, 14;     Gr. 5:  Math: May 9, 10; Science: May 15, 16.


PTO:  It’s here!  The Toast to Memorial!  Tomorrow Night - Saturday, April 6th - 7 to 10PM. Crowne Plaza, Woburn, MA.  If you have not yet purchased tickets, they are available at the door.  Hope to see you there!


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.

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.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection day is Saturday, April 27, 2013 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, Departments A-M, Health or call 781-270-1955.


The Middlesex Sheriff’s office will hold its annual Youth Public Safety Academy for Burlington youths ages 9-11. The Academy will be held July 1 through 5 with the exception of July 4th which will be an off day for the students.  To apply to have your child attend, please go to the Middlesex Sheriff’s website, www.middlesexsheriff.org.