Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome back!

It's hard to believe that a new school year is about to begin! I hope you have all had time to relax, rewind and replenish this summer, finding moments to laugh and share joy with your loved ones.  We look forward to seeing all of our returning families and want to extend a warm welcome to the many families who are new to Memorial School this year. We are fortunate to be a strong and supportive community who values the social/emotional and academic education of all our children.  We continue with the long tradition of having a highly talented group of professionals lead your child's instruction. Burlington is special in so many ways, but for me, as a principal, I am most proud of the quality of educators that we have at Memorial. You should rest easy knowing that your child interacts with highly skilled classroom teachers, experienced specialists, knowledgeable RtI interventionists and supportive special education and guidance staff on a daily basis.

The custodial staff has been busy all summer long cleaning, waxing and moving almost every piece of furniture in the building. Mr. Ganley, Mr. Marsh, Mr. Heartquist and their crew of summer helpers made the impossible possible!  Your children will start a new school year in a shiny new building that I know will be respected and maintained.

We have some new additions to Memorial this year.  I am grateful to Dr. Conti, Mr. Larkin, Mr. Robinson and the school committee for their support in improving the safety concerns we had in the playground area. A beautiful new fence now surrounds the space and allows for adults to watch and protect your children more securely.

A new stage curtain has been installed in the cafe.  Our choral students can enter and exit from behind the curtain for the winter and spring concerts. As you know, every seat is always filled at Memorial School events! The music and band teachers will also be able to use this space for instrumental/choral practice now that it is separated from the larger cafe area.

We also have a new RtI room at Memorial.  Students and teachers will now have one destination for all of the ELA and math interventions. It is centrally located and should prove to have a positive impact on student achievement.

Enjoy the last days of summer! See you September 2nd for grades 1 -5 and September 8th for kindergarten. Thank you sharing your children with us.

Together we are stronger,
Deb Dressler