Monday, November 30, 2015

Memorial staff and students make a difference

I am reposting this from Ms. Conceison's fifth grade blog. Memorial School is filled with special staff and students! I am so proud to be a part of this caring school.


Thank you, Memorial!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. My father and I spent some of our Thanksgiving Day at the St. Francis House in Boston serving food to those who needed it. I asked my homeroom students to make cards for me to bring. I also reached out to the other teachers and many Memorial students participated. I brought close to 200 cards with me! I set them at each place setting and everyone who read them had a smile on his/her face. I promised one man that I would share his message. He told me to make sure the children knew that they touched the hearts of many homeless people. He went on to say that reading the cards was better than the meal. 

Many of the people we served took the cards with them. Thanks to everyone who participated in this! Your small act of creating something with construction paper and a simple "Happy Thanksgiving" 
made a very big impact

Ms. Conceison and her father, Mr. Conceison


Parent Teacher Conferences this Thursday 12/3



Parent-teacher conferences for Memorial students are scheduled for: December 3, 2015.
There is no school for students

Lost and Found:  The lost and found items are piling up in the cafeteria!  If you or your child are looking for missing sweatshirts, jackets, hat, glove, or any stray items, please check the Memorial lobby hall during Parent conferences on December 3rd.   All items will be donated to charity if not picked up by December 19th.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Giving Thanks: Helpful hints for teaching children




5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Give Thanks


Giving thanks and helping others isn’t just for Thanksgiving Day. You can incorporate simple, daily ways to instill and cultivate in your kids a sense of gratitude and a readiness to help others throughout the year. Before the holidays throw you into a frenzy, adopt these 5 everyday ways to practice thankfulness in your house.

1. Make “thank you” mandatory
Kids need constant reminders before a desired action or response becomes automatic. Continue to remind your children to always say thank you and explain to them that the response is expected whenever necessary. Similarly, make writing thank you notes a mandatory part of receiving a gift or a way to express appreciation to anyone who has gone out of their way for them. Little kids who can’t yet write can benefit from talking about what they like about a gift and why it was thoughtful, and can help you create a note by adding a personal drawing or even signing their name to it.
2. Model grateful behavior
Show your kids, each and every day, that you are grateful by making it a point to express your gratitude in simple statements, such as “Look what a beautiful day it is!”  or “We are so fortunate to be together today,”  or “That was so nice of your babysitter to take you to the park.”  Also remember to always say thank you to people you and your children encounter throughout your day, including the checkout clerk at the grocery store and the mailman who brings your mail, rain or shine.
3. Give to others
Routinely giving to others provides opportunities to talk to your children about the needs of others and to instill and nurture their compassion and sense of giving back to their community. Have the kids help with grocery shopping by having them choose a few canned items to donate to a Thanksgiving food drive or a food bank, or choose personal care items to donate to a shelter. Prepare for the holidays by cleaning out closets and encouraging your children to donate toys they no longer use or clothes they’ve outgrown, explaining that they can make a difference by sharing.
4. Volunteer as a family
Volunteering teaches social responsibility and helps children develop empathy and a belief that one person can make a difference. Research from the United Way shows that volunteering can benefit a child’s psychological, social and intellectual development. What better way to spend time together as a family than by working together to help others in your community? There are ways to volunteer as a family including, but not at all limited to helping at food banks, shelters, environmental clean-ups and visits to the elderly or those who are hospitalized. Organizations such as Idealist or The Volunteer Family can help match your family to a need in your community.
5. Create holiday traditions that show thanks
Holidays are a wonderful chance to show thankfulness. Creating holiday traditions around gratitude and giving ensures that your kids see the holidays as special for reasons beyond the commercial. Make kids part of Thanksgiving celebrations by having them share what they are thankful for, and make their own decorations to show thanks. A thoughtful project to do together is to create cards for your holiday guests that include a simple statement about why you are thankful for them. Take it a step further by showing your appreciation for those outside of your family, including teachers, sitters and your neighborhood police and firefighters. A wonderful tradition is to take a plate of homemade cookies to your local fire station each holiday season or to bring treats to a children’s hospital or nursing home.
According to the experts, showing gratitude is a critical factor to building compassion, empathy, and even to overall happiness. Grateful kids tend to be much more satisfied with their lives, do better in school, are less materialistic and less envious. As if you needed convincing that teaching your kids to feel and express gratitude benefits everyone involved!

Weekly Memo


MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
November 20th, 2015


(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

IMPORTANT DATES
Nov 25th - Memorial Annual Turkey Trot
Nov 25th - Early Release, Dismissal  @  11:15am
Nov 26th & Nov 27th - No School,  Thanksgiving Recess
Nov 30th - Report cards sent home
Dec 3rd - Parent/Teacher Conferences  No School
Dec 14th - Dec 18th - Book Fair
Dec 16th - Winter Concert 7pm





November 21st - 27th
Monday
Popcorn Chicken
Tuesday
Ultimate Nachos
Wednesday
½ Day, No Lunch
Thursday
No School
Friday
No School



From the office:
From the 4th Grade Team, Mrs Olshaw, Miss Bannon & Mr. Peterson:  Please help us support the Burlington Food Pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item to the 7th Annual Turkey Trot race on Wednesday, November 25th.   If you are unable to attend, and would still like to donate, please drop off items in the box located outside the office now until Nov 25th.
The Annual Turkey Trot at Memorial
will be on:  Wednesday, November 25th 2015
Start/Finish at the driveway circle in back of Memorial School
Parents, and relatives  are welcome to participate, or  watch the fun!
fifth grade 8:30
fourth grade: 9:30
third grade: 10:40

FROM THE CAFE:  It is the policy of the Burlington Public Schools to limit the amount of money a child can owe the Burlington School Lunch Program. When the limit is reached, the child is given a cheese sandwich and a carton of milk for a charge of $1.50 for lunch for the duration of their negative balance.  To enable your child to continue to receive a full school lunch, you must deposit the missing funds into his/her lunch account. This can be done either online through the PayPams System or by sending in a check to your child's school cafeteria made out to 'Burlington Public Schools Lunch".

The Book Fair Is Coming:  Mrs. Rachel Small, Librarian at Memorial School is looking for volunteers for the annual book fair. click here to sign up.  Book Fair Dates are December 14-18.

Book Fair at Memorial Coming Soon….

Book fair is will be open December 14-18th
Books make great gifts for the Holidays!

Lost and Found:  The lost and found items are piling up in the cafeteria!  If you or your child are looking for missing sweatshirts, jackets, hat, glove, or any stray items  be sure to have your child check in this area.    Please ask your child to check the lost and found during school hours.

21st Annual Coats for Kids:  Please donate your gently used winter coats for children and adults.  Any warm, winter coats, gently used, good quality, all sizes needed (Especially XL, & Pre-K sizes).    Please do not drop off any coats with rips, tears, broken zippers, or permanent stains.  Sweatshirts, vests, and spring coats are not needed.  You may drop of coats in the main lobby of Memorial School, there will be a box in the lobby.  Once collected and cleaned, coats are distributed by social service agents to those in need within the community.  The coat drive will run Oct 12th - Jan 8th.
   


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

STARbuck winners of the week


This week's STAR students are terrific role models! 

BE KIND
 BE RESPECTFUL
BE RESPONSIBLE
BE SAFE

I am so proud of Rithikh, Jason, Mark, Ryan, Brandon and Ethan.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Closing The Digital Divide presentation


Burlington PAC presents
Tuesday, November 17th
7:00 PM at the Marion Tavern
Presented by Jenn Scheffer

Do you feel as though you're struggling to stay ahead of the technology curve?
In this session, designed for parents of k-12 students, you will learn about the latest technology tools your child may be using.
You'll walk away understanding how to guide and support your child in today's digital world.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Weekly Memo

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
November 13th, 2015
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

IMPORTANT DATES
Nov 25th - Memorial Annual Turkey Trot
Nov 25th - Early Release, Dismissal  @  11:15am
Nov 26th & Nov 27th - No School,  Thanksgiving Recess
Nov 30th - Report cards sent home
Dec 3rd - Parent/Teacher Conferences  No School






November 16th - Nov 20th
Monday
Burlington Sampler
Tuesday
Ham & Cheese Croissant
Wednesday
Baked Chicken Dinner
Thursday
Meatball Sub
Friday
PIzza



From the office:
From the 4th Grade Team, Mrs Olshaw, Miss Bannon & Mr. Peterson:  Please help us support the Burlington Food Pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item to the 7th Annual Turkey Trot race on Wednesday, November 25th.   If you are unable to attend, and would still like to donate, please drop off items in the box located outside the office now until Nov 25th.
The Annual Turkey Trot at Memorial
will be on:  Wednesday, November 25th 2015
Start/Finish at the driveway circle in back of Memorial School
Parents, and relatives  are welcome to participate, or  watch the fun!
fifth grade 8:30
fourth grade: 9:30
third grade: 10:40

21st Annual Coats for Kids:  Please donate your gently used winter coats for children and adults.  Any warm, winter coats, gently used, good quality, all sizes needed (Especially XL, & Pre-K sizes).    Please do not drop off any coats with rips, tears, broken zippers, or permanent stains.  Sweatshirts, vests, and spring coats are not needed.  You may drop of coats in the main lobby of Memorial School, there will be a box in the lobby.  Once collected and cleaned, coats are distributed by social service agents to those in need within the community.  The coat drive will run Oct 12th - Jan 8th.


Happenings Around Town:
Support the BHS Art Department Scholarship:  Come in to Chipotle in Burlington on Wednesday, November 25th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm.  Bring in a flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Burlington High School Art Department Scholarship.









Monday, November 9, 2015

Veterans Day Celebration

It was an honor to have Chris Hanafin, a Marine Corps Veteran, 
and Jennifer Goldsmith, a Navy Veteran, from the Burlington Veteran Services
at our school assembly this afternoon.

Over 400 Thank you cards were written by our students!
Chris and Jennifer will be distributing these cards to local Veteran 
agencies and hospitals















Sunday, November 8, 2015

November is Family Literacy Month


Governor Baker has proclaimed November the month for
Family Literacy 

Please check out this terrific website for 30 fun ideas to share as a family 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Weekly Memo

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
November 6th, 2015
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

IMPORTANT DATES
Nov 9th - Veteran’s Day Assembly 1:15pm
Nov 10th - No School, Professional Development
Nov 11th - No School, Veteran’s Day
Nov 12th - Make-up pictures
Nov 25th - Memorial Annual Turkey Trot
Nov 25th - Early Release, Dismissal @  11:15am
Nov 26th & Nov 27th - No School,  Thanksgiving Recess






Nov 9th - Nov 13th
Monday
Hot Dog
Tuesday
No School
Wednesday
No School
Thursday
Pasta
Friday
Pizza



From the office:
School Make-up Pictures Reminder:  School picture retakes are scheduled for November 12th.
From the PTO:  Just a reminder all Memorial Pride spiritwear orders are due on Monday, November 9th.
How the PTO Works:  Each Year the Memorial School PTO raises approximately  $18,000 to support the needs of the school.  PTO Volunteers organize all social functions for the school, enabling kids to spend time outside of the classroom to build relationships.  Parents are also given the opportunity to come together, strengthen friendships and foster school community.  
PTO MONEY HARD AT WORK:  
Enrichment - The PTO supports educational programs that come to Memorial to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom.  Children in all grades benefit from these programs which include author visits, music, science and weather programs and various artist visits.  

Field Trips - The PTO subsidize the cost of hiring buses for class field trips throughout the year.  Each class is provided with a free bus ride for one of their educational field trips each year compliments of the PTO.

Family Social Events - This committee plans all extra curricular events at the school.  Ice Cream Socials, Family Picnic, Pizza Movie Night are just a few examples where kids and parents are getting together at the school just for fun!

End of Year Gifts for School - Past gifts include a portable audio system and an art/mural paper dispenser.

Recess Equipment/Supplies for Music and Art - The PTO provides all the recess equipment your child uses during recess.

Scholarships - The PTO awards a scholarship each year to graduating High School Seniors that are alumni of Memorial School

Fifth Grade Committee - The PTO supports the 5th Grade Memory Book and all moving up activities associated with the 5th grade class.

Field Day - The PTO provides the bounce house for this momentous occasion, and volunteers get to see the kids enjoy going from station to station and competing against each other for fun.

Miscellaneous - From landscaping to subscriptions, retirement gifts to supplies, the PTO here to support our school in any way we're able.  

Teacher Appreciation and Hospitality - The PTO subsidize coffee for the teachers.  On the first Thursday of each month, volunteers sign up to bring in goodies for the morning in appreciation for the teachers’ efforts each and every day.  Also, each year we welcome new parents to the school with refreshments and an information packet.  The PTO also provides refreshments after most evening events that are scheduled at Memorial.

Veteran’s Day Assembly:  One of our special traditions at Memorial School is honoring those who have served our country in the Armed Services.  Each year, a  grade level leads us in honoring veterans and those currently serving our country in a whole school sing along.  This year’s assembly will be held on Monday, November 9th, at 1:15 pm in the cafetorium.  Families are welcome to join us for this special ceremony.  If you know of a veteran, or a current serviceman or woman who would be available at that time, please invite them to attend!

21st Annual Coats for Kids:  Please donate your gently used winter coats for children and adults.  Any warm, winter coats, gently used, good quality, all sizes needed (Especially XL, & Pre-K sizes).    Please do not drop off any coats with rips, tears, broken zippers, or permanent stains.  Sweatshirts, vests, and spring coats are not needed.  You may drop of coats in the main lobby of Memorial School, there will be a box in the lobby.  Once collected and cleaned, coats are distributed by social service agents to those in need within the community.  The coat drive will run Oct 12th - Jan 8th.

Happenings Around Town:
From the Burlington Veteran’s Service Office:  You are cordially invited to attend:  The Town of Burlington’s Veterans Day Ceremony.  Hosted by the Town of Burlington’s Veteran Service Office & The Allied Veterans Council.  Wednesday November 11, 2015 @ 0900 on the Town Common at the Veterans Memorial.




The Burlington Education Foundation is pleased to announce:

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Burlington Education Foundation
www.BurlingtonEdFoundation.org
P.O. Box 756, Burlington, MA 01803
grants@BurlingtonEdFoundation.org

2015 BEF Fall Raffle
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Raffle tickets can be purchased online through our secure donation website at the link below.

Thank you and good luck!
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As a proud member of your community, the Burlington Ice Palace provides great exercise, an opportunity to make new friends and a positive environment to learn life lessons. From public skating and birthday parties to learn to skate, hockey and figure skating programs, we provide quality and affordable ice sports activities for all ages and abilities.
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