Tuesday, June 25, 2013

So Long



June 25, 2013

Dear Memorial Families,
As you know,
today is my last official day here at Memorial School.  I am retiring to spend more time with my own children and grandchild, all living in the Austin, Texas area.
 Excited as I am to head off to Texas, I have so loved my time at Memorial!   Thank you all for helping to make these years such special ones, and for supporting our efforts to help your children to learn and grow in both mind and heart.

Hard as it is to leave, it will be a bit easier knowing that our school is in very good hands (and many of them!).  Teachers and staff who care, families who are active participants in that all important home/school partnership, a PTO committed to supporting our school and helping to build a strong school ‘Family,’ a Superintendent and Central Office who support the many good things happening at Memorial and throughout the district, and last but not least, the Memorial children themselves -- TeRRiFCC kids who know that learning to be a responsible citizen and caring friend is as important as learning about their world and developing their skills.

Deb Dressler, our new principal, visited us several times, and in that short time, has noticed that “something special” about Memorial that we all cherish.  Mrs. Dressler is very much looking forward to becoming part of the Memorial Family.  She will be in touch with you over the summer.  I know you will welcome her as Memorial welcomed me eight short years ago.    

Please know I will be thinking about my Memorial Family as I move on to the next ‘season of my life.’

With heartfelt gratitude, warmest regards, and great affection,

Karen Rickershauser (aka Mrs. R.)

Friday, June 21, 2013

bulletin 06/21/13

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
June 21st, 2013
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)

IMPORTANT DATES
June 25th – Last Day of School for Students; dismissal at ~ 11:15
September 2nd - Labor Day, No School
September 3rd - First day of school for students Grade 1 -5
September 5th -  Kindergarten Orientation
September 9th - First day of school for Kindergarten
September 10th - Camp Bournedale Chaperone Meeting at Fox Hill 6pm
September 26th - Back to School Night



LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS) June 24th - June 25th
Monday – French Toast Sticks   
Tuesday – Bagged lunch available upon request   



From the Office
Olympic Field Day at Memorial School is like no other!!!!  One child was overheard to say, “This is better than Canobie Lake!”  All thanks, of course, to the organizational wizardry of Lynda Bannon and George Peterson, and to the support of Michele Burnham, who was ‘everywhere’ covering whatever needed to be done.  Thanks too to the very supportive members of the Memorial Staff, and to our 5th Graders who played a significant leadership role especially during the K/1/2 portion of the day.  Please ask your children about their day on the field (and on the water slide!); it will make you want to return to elementary school again!



From the Nurse’s Office:  The end of the school year is approaching quickly.  Please stop by the Nurse’s Office to pick up your child’s medication by the close of school on June 25th.  Thank you, Miss Cadigan



5th Grade End-of-Year Activities
From Mrs. Rickershauser, Principal - Thank you to the many parents, and to our fifth grade teachers, who have devoted the time, care, attention, and ‘heart’ to helping our 5th graders celebrate their years in elementary school in such a joyful way!  It will surely help them move on to the next phase of their formal education with eagerness and confidence!  A special thank you to the committee members who have worked especially hard to make it happen!! - Elaine Manners (chair), Karen Arrigo, Jen Baxter, Kerry Conley, Laura Vittum, Kelly Frisaura, Heather Wood, Judy Foley, Alicia Vaudo, Cecile Mercado, Carolyn Stevens, Karen Waisnor, Maryann Vigliotta, Susan Surabian, Darcie Sunnerberg, Kathleen Cecchini, Roberta Brown, Colleen Conceison, Stephanie Hovasse, Denise Hunter, Jill Patz, and MaryKathryn Conceison (teacher liaison).  Teamwork truly works, and this is yet another example of its presence here at Memorial School!



Memorial Kids Care
From the Memorial School 5th Grade Student Council (Advisors Ms. Martin & Mrs. Blois)
On behalf of the student council, we would like to thank you for your donations, and for helping our children learn that in helping others, we help ourselves to grow in understanding and compassion.  A treasure trove of art supplies will be delivered to Art Feeds - helping children in Moore, Oklahoma (http://dosomething.org) who were affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, and school supplies to Mila Milagro, to a school in Guatemala. Additionally, separate from the council, a collection was taken for Boston Children’s Hospital.  The $100 raised will help to support the important work they do for children.
   
 
A GOLD STAR TRIBUTE HONORING OUR VIETNAM FALLEN
We invite you to attend “A Gold Star Tribute Honoring Our Vietnam Fallen” at the Memorial School on Saturday, June 29th from 5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. For more information visit www.OperationHomeTies.com



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 next social will be held on Wednesday, June 19th from 3:30-4:30 at the Memorial school playground.  Please email Sharleen Davis at sharleendavis@hotmail.com to RSVP.



From The PTO: Please note the time change for the Memorial Family Lowell Spinners Game - June 20th at 1:05pm. Any questions, please contact Maryann at maryannvigliotta@gmail.com or 781-354-5135.



From Adopt a Class 2024: The Adopt a Class 2024 is looking for parents of 1st graders to get involved!!!  The Adopt a Class program involves a class (corporate) sponsor and a committee of parents with a parent coordinator.  Each class decides what activities or events they would like to have for their class to raise money for a scholarship fund for that class.  When a parent volunteers, they earn points for their child.  You can spend a little or as much time as you like on it - ideas are welcome for events and activities.   If you have any questions please contact Adopt a Class Coordinator Debbie Keene at dkeenebcsf@aol.com or 2024 parent coordinator Erin Ellis at eellis1002@yahoo.com



A Musical Memorial Tribute to Dr. Gary Goldfarb:  Please join us for a Memorial Tribute to Dr. Gary Goldfarb featuring “Back in Time”, formerly “Profile” $25 per person suggested contribution to Boston Children’s Hospital.  There will be a cash bar, appetizers, desserts, cold drinks, coffee and tea will be provided but feel free to bring a treat to share!  Please let us know if you have any good or service to notate for raffle items.  Please RSVP to Pam at 781-249-4513 or pamglass@aol.com.  



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 show that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read maintain or actually gain skills.  



Just Six Summer Books Lead to Skills’ 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 areas.  Also check our booklists for recommendations.  
From “3 Ways to Prevent ‘Summer Slide’ ” by Francis Alexander (www.readingrockets.org/article/15020)


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, ect.  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 of 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 your.  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. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Field Day Postponed to Friday

Memorial School Field Day Postponed til Friday 

Hello Everyone,
Due to the extraordinary rainfall over the past several days, our Big Backyard is just too wet to have Field Day tomorrow as originally scheduled.  An additional day should allow some of the standing water to drain off for Friday, and thankfully, the weatherman predicts a day that is sunny and bright!

We know this change is the right thing for students, and hope that it will not impact your ability to drop by and see them in action!

The schedule will be the same on Friday as it would have been on Thursday. Children will be eating lunch outdoors.  If you would like to join them, you are welcome to do so!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Bulletin 06/14/2013



Memorial School News
June 14, 2013 
Today is Flag Day! 
(and Gr. 2's Famous Americans' Tea!)

IMPORTANT DATES
JUNE 18th – 5th Grade Field Trip
JUNE 20th – Field Day (rain date June 21st)
JUNE 25th – Last Day of School; dismissal at ~ 11:15

LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS)
June 17th - 21st
Monday – Chicken Tenders
Tuesday – Hamburger or Cheeseburger
Wednesday – Pasta with Meatballs
Thursday – Bagged Lunch - Memorial School Field Day
Friday – Stuffed Crust Pizza (unless it rains on Thursday, then Bagged Lunch)

FROM THE OFFICE
What a grand couple of weeks we are enjoying here at Memorial! Field trips, Spring Concert, Art Festival & Pancake Breakfast, Memorial Day Assembly, and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast featuring the Kindergartener’s first official “performance;” 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony, special class projects and activities like Famous Americans’ Tea, and Author Share; Kindergarten Open House (for next year’s K families); and a whole-school Spirit Week!  And just around the corner, our whole-school Field Day on Thursday, June 20th! All have made this year’s end-of-school a fun-filled celebration of a year of learning!

Last week there was the Family Picnic on Tuesday evening in our beautiful big ‘backyard.’ What a wonderful time! It brought so many of us together, including our soon-to-be principal Deb Dressler, to relax and enjoy one another’s company, and celebrate 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 an extraordinarily special place because of all of you!

From the Nurse’s Office:
Please pick-up all medications - both prescribed and over the counter by 9am, Tuesday June 25th. If
they are not picked up, they will be disposed of in the trash.

5th Grade End-of-Year Activities
From Mrs. Rickershauser, Principal - Thank you to the many parents and fifth grade teachers who have devoted the time, care, attention, and ‘heart’ to helping our 5th graders celebrate their years in elementary school in such a joyful way! It will surely help them move on to the next phase of their formal education with eagerness and confidence!

Memorial Kids Care
From the Memorial School Student Council (Advisors Ms. Martin & Mrs. Blois)
We really enjoyed leading and keeping track of participation throughout Spirit Week. It was a lot of fun for everyone! Now, we would like to turn our energy to helping children in places that need it.

1. Mil Milagros - helping children in Guatemala (http://milmilagros.org)
Fifth Grader Amelia Murphy and her family plan to travel to Guatemala this summer to assist at a school
in need. She and her family will deliver all collected supplies. Items needed include:
* packs of pens
* packs of pencils
* toothbrushes
* toothpaste
2. Art Feeds - helping children in Moore, Oklahoma (http://dosomething.org)
Art Feeds is an organization that brings healing through art; they are working to bring their programs
to students affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Items needed include:
* 24 pack crayons
* 10-12 pack colored pencils
* 10-12 pack washable markers
* 8 color watercolor palettes
* erasers
* sketchbooks

Donations of new items will be gratefully accepted in each classroom through Wednesday, June 19th.
Thank you for your donations, and for helping our children learn that in helping others, we help ourselves to grow in understanding and compassion.

Memorial School Field Day: Gr. K-5
It’s hard to know what the weather will be, but based on ‘tradition,’ the day is sure to be filled with fun and high spirits! For safety reasons: 1) all students must wear sneakers to participate; 2) please apply sunscreen at home to prevent sunburns. For comfort: 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.

As always, we look forward to having families come by and watch our Field Day events. We do have a new format this year. Our 5th grade students will be running all the events. This will allow you - our guests - to view all events that your child is participating in. For best viewing AND security purposes, NO parents or family members will be allowed on the field. “Stations” will be set up near the fence, so watching your child from the other side of the fence will make for the best viewing as well as capturing those ‘Kodak moments.’

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, June 20th - rain date: Friday, June 21st. 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.

A GOLD STAR TRIBUTE HONORING OUR VIETNAM FALLEN
We invite you to attend “A Gold Star Tribute Honoring Our Vietnam Fallen” at the Memorial School on Saturday, June 29th from 5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. For more information visit www.OperationHomeTies.com

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 next social will be held on Wednesday, June 19th from 3:30-4:30 at the Memorial school playground. Please email Sharleen Davis at sharleendavis@hotmail.com to RSVP.

From the PTO - Memorial Night at the Lowell Spinners, Sunday June 30th.
Come join Memorial School families on Sunday, June 30th to see the Lowell Spinners. Tickets are $5.00 per ticket. Please turn in your order form by June 19th. Game tickets will be distributed to students on June 24th.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Math Olympiad


 Memorial Students Participate in Elite Math Tournament

This past Saturday, two teams from our school traveled to Marlborough, Massachusetts to compete in the Elite Math Tournament, an extension of the Math Olympiad for Middle and Elementary Schools.  Each of the teams from Memorial (one fourth grade, one fifth grade) had strong performances in both the individual and team events. 

What a great job they did representing Memorial School and the Town of Burlington! We are so proud of them! Thank you to their teachers, Mrs. Olshaw and Mrs. Burns, for their leadership, support, and encouragement. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

bulletin 06/07/2013

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
June 7, 2013
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)


IMPORTANT DATES
JUNE 13th – 3rd Grade Field Trip
                 - 5th Grade Move-Up
JUNE 14th – Gr. 2 Famous Americans’ Tea
                  - 5th Grade Field Trip
                   - 3rd Grade Field Trip
JUNE 20th – Field Day (rain date June 21st)
JUNE 25th – Last Day for Students


LUNCH MENU- MAIN ENTRÉE CHOICES (SEE MENU FOR MORE DETAILS) June 10th - 14th
Monday – Steak & Cheese   
Tuesday – Chicken Patty   
Wednesday – Mini Twin Burgers or Hot DogThursday – Meatball SubFriday – Sal’s Pizza

From the Office
We are in need of 4th Grade Parents to help with serving refreshments for the 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony this coming Thursday evening, June 13th.  This will allow parents of children moving on to middle school to truly share the enjoyment of the evening with their child.  It is also a wonderful way to catch a ‘sneak peek’ of what you and your child can look forward to next year!  Please contact Judy Foley at judyfoley113@verizon.net if you are able to help, or for more information.  Thank you in advance for any assistance you might be able to offer. -- Mrs. Rickershauser


From the 5th Grade Committee Chair
I would like to thank all the Committee Members and the 5th Grade Teachers for working so hard on the various committees to make the final events of 5th grade such memorable ones.  See you all on Thursday evening (June 13th) in the Memorial School Cafe!  - Elaine Manners - Chair


Memorial School Field Day: Gr. K-5!
It’s hard to know what the weather will be, but based on ‘tradition,’ the day is sure to be filled with fun and high spirits!  For safety reasons: 1) all students must wear sneakers to participate; 2) please apply sunscreen at home to prevent sunburns.  For comfort: 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.  

As always, we look forward to having parents and relatives come by and watch our Field Day events. We do have a new format this year, and our 5th grade students will be running all the events.  This will allow you - our guests - to view all events that your child is participating in.  For best viewing AND security purposes, NO parents or family members will be allowed on the field.  “Stations” will be set up near the fence, so watching your child from the other side of the fence will make for the best viewing as well as capturing those ‘Kodak moments.’  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, June 20th - raindate: Friday, June 21st.  (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.)

A GOLD STAR TRIBUTE HONORING OUR VIETNAM FALLEN
We invite you to attend A Gold Star Tribute Honoring Our Vietnam Fallen at the Memorial School on June 29, 2013, from 5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. For more information visit www.OperationHomeTies.com


PLEASE HELP CONTINUE THE TRADITION: Will you be a chaperone at the BHS Post Graduation (all-night) Party?  It’s tradition for the parents of underclassmen to chaperone the party for our graduating seniors.  We still need chaperones (both men and women) for the early morning shifts on Monday June 10.  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.


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.  Socials are held at the Memorial School playground. Please email Sharleen Davis at sharleendavis@hotmail.com to RSVP.  


ADOPT-A-CLASS PROGRAMS for grades K-3 are looking for parents to get involved!!
The Adopt a Class program involves a class (corporate) sponsor and a committee of parents with a Parent Coordinator.   Each class decides what activities or events they would like to have for their class to raise money for a scholarship fund for that class.  When a parent volunteers, they earn points for their child.  You can spend as little or as much time as you like on it – ideas are welcome for events and activities.    If you have any questions please contact Adopt a Class Coordinator Debbie Keene (dkeenebcsf@aol.com) or 2019 Parent Coordinator Denise Griffin (denisegri@alumni.tufts.edu).

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ununusual Request?

Hello Families,
Late last week, a child brought a new navy blue lunchbox to school with the initials 'BC' stitched on the front.  We have checked Lost and Found several times and asked in various classrooms with no success.  If your child inadvertently brought it home (thinking it was his or her own), please have them return it to the school office.

Thank you so much for your help with this,
Karen

 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Deb Dressler - New Memorial School Principal

New Principal Selected for Memorial School: Deb Dressler

We are very excited to welcome Mrs. Deb Dressler to Memorial School as our new Principal!  Mrs. Dressler comes to us from the Norfolk Public Schools (located near Foxborough), and before that, from the Sudbury Public Schools.  

Deb will join us at tomorrow evening's Family Picnic, and I hope you will join us then too!  If you don't have the opportunity to welcome her then and you would like to send her a message, she can be reached at: DDressler@bpsk12.org.