Sunday, January 31, 2016

What is Social Emotional Learning?


 We are fortunate at Memorial School to have two highly skilled guidance counselors and a school psychologist who create SEL lessons for students throughout the school year. In addition, all classroom teachers are trained in the Responsive Classroom social competency program and create daily or weekly meetings to specifically address social issues at school. 
  • Students are self-aware. They are able to recognize their emotions, describe their interests and values, and accurately assess their strengths. They have a well-grounded sense of self-confidence and hope for the future.
  • Students are able to regulate their emotions. They are able to manage stress, control impulses, and persevere in overcoming obstacles. They can set and monitor progress toward the achievement of personal and academic goals and express their emotions appropriately in a wide range of situations.
  • Students are socially aware. They are able to take the perspective of and empathize with others and recognize and appreciate individual and group similarities and differences. They are able to seek out and appropriately use family, school, and community resources.
  • Students have good relationship skills. They can establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation. They resist inappropriate social pressure; constructively prevent, manage, and resolve interpersonal conflict; and seek and provide help when needed.
  • Students demonstrate responsible decision-making at school, at home, and in the community. In making decisions, they consider ethical standards, safety concerns, appropriate social norms, respect for others, and the likely consequences of various courses of action. They apply these decision-making skills in academic and social situations and are motivated to contribute to the well-being of their schools and communities.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekly Memo

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
January 29th, 2016
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

IMPORTANT DATES
Feb 3rd & 4th - Incoming Kindergarten Registration 8am to 11am
Feb 4th - Memorial PTO meeting 7pm
Feb 15th - Feb 19th - School Vacation, No School
Mar 1st - No School, Presidential primary
March 2nd - Dr Seuss Day
March 5th - Toast to Memorial







Monday
Popcorn Chicken
Tuesday
Hamburger or Cheeseburger
Wednesday
Mac & Cheese
Thursday
Nachos
Friday
Pizza


From the office:
Cori Form Reminder:  If you are planning to volunteer or chaperone during this school year (and we hope you will), you must be CORI’d. You can do this by visiting the Superintendent’s office to fill out a CORI (Criminal Offender Records Information) form.  You will also need to bring a government-issued photo ID (a license will do). The Superintendent’s Office is located in the business office at the Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street. The entrance is around the back of the school. CORI approvals are good for three years, so if you filled out a CORI during the last two years, it is not necessary to submit a form again for this year. If you are unsure of when your last CORI was done, please call the school office and Mrs. Bogosh or Mrs. Shaikh will be happy to help.

Change of Dismissal Procedures:  On any day that a child’s transportation plans are altered, a note must be written to the classroom teacher to describe the change.  We understand that occasionally, a situation arises during the day that necessitates a change.  If this is necessary, please make every effort to contact the office before your child’s scheduled lunchtime to ensure that your child’s teacher receives the information.  Buses are held until all children are accounted for, so please help us to ensure student safety by keeping us fully informed well before dismissal time.

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".






Thursday, January 28, 2016

Biographies in Mrs. Farrand's Classroom



Students in Mrs. Farrand's second grade classroom published 
an informative biography on Abraham Lincoln.

Working and learning together!



STARbuck students of the Week



This week's STARbuck students are...

Charlize, Anthony, Jamal, Matthew, Tyler and Brooke!

Thank you for keeping Memorial School Strong

Safety
Kindness
Respect
Responsibility


Friday, January 22, 2016

Weekly Memo

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
January 22nd, 2016
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

IMPORTANT DATES
January 25th - K report cards sent home
January 29th - 3rd Grade Field trip, Lowell Mills
Feb 3rd & 4th - Incoming Kindergarten Registration 8am to 11am
Feb 4th - Memorial PTO meeting 7pm
Feb 15th - Feb 19th - School Vacation, No School
Mar 1st - No School, Presidential primary
March 2nd - Dr Seuss Day
March 5th - Toast to Memorial






Monday
Chicken Tenders
Tuesday
Pancakes
Wednesday
Chicken Parm
Thursday
Hot Dog
Friday
Homemade Pizza


From the office:
From the Office: Please send in any box tops you have collected.  Every label collected is money for our school. Box tops can be found on over 240 participating products, it’s an easy way for schools to earn cash for the things they need.

Winter weather tip from the Nurse: Hydration! Plenty of water is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Cold air, indoor heating systems, and warmer baths/showers can all contribute to dry skin, nose and lips in the winter. So have your children keep up with the fluids in the winter too! Chapstick will also help keep lips moisturized.
Just a few reminders:
Inclement weather, per the Memorial School Handbook, “On most days except on days of inclement weather or when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, students go outside to play to enjoy the outdoors.  If there is medical documentation that your child  cannot go out on cold days, a note from the pediatrician is necessary in order for your child to remain indoors.  If your child is well enough to come to school, they are well enough to go outside during recess.  It is very important that students come to school with proper outdoor attire, such as jackets, hats, and gloves in order for them to be safe and comfortable during recess.” Wind chill factor will also be considered when determining indoor/outdoor recess.

Medication: If your child must take medication during school hours, or he/she needs to have medication available for emergencies, a permission release form is available from the nurse.  The prescribing physician and the parent must complete a two-part form.  MEDICATION IN A PHARMACY LABELED CONTAINER, MUST BE BROUGHT INTO THE SCHOOL BY AN ADULT. THE ADULT SHOULD MEET WITH THE NURSE TO DISCUSS THE STUDENT’S NEEDS.
Bring in only the amount needed.  If your child is on a prescribed medication, ask the pharmacy to provide separate containers for school and home.  No more than a thirty day supply of the medicine should be delivered to the school.  Children are not permitted to keep the medication with them or at their desk.

Illness Guidelines:
Red Light Symptoms:  (Children don’t attend school):  Fever (99.5 or higher), diarrhea, vomiting, and sore throats (sore throats could be strep which is highly contagious).  These are the big four to keep your child at home.  Children need to be free from these symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.  If your child has any type of flu symptoms, fever, chills, low energy please keep them home from school.
Yellow Light Symptoms: (Children could or couldn’t attend school, need to use your best judgement):  If your child has cold symptoms and you feel they should go to the doctor, please keep them home from school.  If your child has a runny nose that is green and thick and a hacking cough, they should stay home.  If your child has a bad cold, but no energy and requires any type of medicine to get through the day, they should probably stay home.  Remember children are not available to learn if they aren’t feeling well.
Green Light Symptoms:  (Children can attend school): Your child has allergies and has a clear runny nose or cough.  Your child has been sick but has been symptom free or on antibiotics for 24 hours.
I hope that you find these guidelines helpful when deciding whether or not to keep your child home from school.  Please keep in mind that your decision to keep your child home could help to keep other children and staff healthy.

Food Services:  Cafeteria Substitutes needed, Please call Karen Damaso at 781-270-1756 for more information.

Happenings Around Town:
Adopt a Class 2016:


Thursday, January 21, 2016

STARbuck students of the week!


This week's STARbuck students at Memorial School are...

Max, Zohar, Barack, Madison, Tessie and Avani!

Thank you for representing Memorial School so proudly!

Be Kind
Be Safe
Be Respectful
Be Responsible



Saturday, January 16, 2016

Need to clean out your closets?



Need to get rid of your unwanted 
clothing, shoes, bedding, curtains?

Drop them off at our recycling bin in the side parking lot.

It gets picked up each week and the 
Memorial PTO earns money!!!





           





Friday, January 15, 2016

Teaching Tolerance at Home



 How Can Parents Teach Tolerance? 

Parents can teach tolerance by example — and in other ways, too. Talking together about tolerance and respect helps kids learn more about the values you want them to have. Giving them opportunities to play and work with others is important as well. This lets kids learn firsthand that everyone has something to contribute and to experience differences and similarities.

Things parents can do to help kids learn tolerance include: 

1. Notice your own attitudes. Parents who want to help their kids value diversity can be sensitive to cultural stereotypes they may have learned and make an effort to correct them. Demonstrate an attitude of respect for others.

 2. Remember that kids are always listening. Be aware of the way you talk about people who are different from yourself. Do not make jokes that perpetuate stereotypes. Although some of these might seem like harmless fun, they can undo attitudes of tolerance and respect.

 3. Select books, toys, music, art, and videos carefully. Keep in mind the powerful effect the media and pop culture have on shaping attitudes. 

4. Point out and talk about unfair stereotypes that may be portrayed in media.

5. Answer kids' questions about differences honestly and respectfully. This teaches that it is acceptable to notice and discuss differences as long as it is done with respect. 

6. Acknowledge and respect differences within your own family. Demonstrate acceptance of your children's differing abilities, interests, and styles. Value the uniqueness of each member of your family.

 7. Remember that tolerance does not mean tolerating unacceptable behavior. It means that everyone deserves to be treated with respect — and should treat others with respect as well 

8. Help your children feel good about themselves. Kids who feel badly about themselves often treat others badly. Kids with strong self-esteem value and respect themselves and are more likely to treat others with respect, too. Help your child to feel accepted, respected, and valued.

9. Give kids opportunities to work and play with others who are different from them. When choosing a school, day camp, or child-care facility for your child, find one with a diverse population. 

10. Learn together about holiday and religious celebrations that are not part of your own tradition.

11. Honor your family's traditions and teach them to your kids — and to someone outside the family who wants to learn about the diversity you have to offer. When parents encourage a tolerant attitude in their children, talk about their values, and model the behavior they would like to see by treating others well, kids will follow in their footsteps. 

Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD Date reviewed: January 2011 C 1995—2011 . The Nemours Foundation/Kidshealth. Reprinted with permission.

Weekly Memo

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
January 15th, 2016
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

IMPORTANT DATES
January 18th - No School, Martin Luther King Day
January 22nd - 3rd Grade Field trip, Lexington Symphony
January 22nd - PTO Pizza Movie Night
January 25th - K report cards sent home
January 29th - 3rd Grade Field trip, Lowell Mills
Feb 3rd & 4th - Incoming Kindergarten Registration 8am to 11am
Feb 15th - Feb 19th - School Vacation
March 5th - Toast to Memorial






Monday
No School
Tuesday
Burlington Sampler
Wednesday
French Toast
Thursday
Chicken Sandwich
Friday
Pizza


From the office:
Homework Club:  The 2016 Winter Session of Memorial School’s After-School Homework & Study Club for Grades 3-5 will begin on Thursday, January 19th and run through Tuesday, March 22nd. The purpose of the club is to help children develop effective study skills while providing them with the time, structure, and supervision needed to successfully complete their homework at school.  The club will meet two afternoons per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 2:30 until 3:30.  The fee will be $80. (Please note: there will be no sessions on: Feb. 16th,18th and March 1st.)

From the PTO:  Memorial Pizza Movie Night will be held on January 22nd! This wonderful Memorial tradition is sponsored by the PTO.  We will be offering 2 sessions, Session 1 at 5:00 pm and Session 2 at 5:45 pm. One movie will be shown at each session.  For more information, visit www.memorialschoolpto.org

Food Services:  Cafeteria Substitutes needed, Please call Karen Damaso at 781-270-1756 for more information.



Happenings Around Town:
Adopt a Class 2027:  A night with Jim Plunkett Entertainment, Saturday, February 27th, at the Sons of Italy in Woburn.  7:30pm to Midnight.  Includes Appetizers & Raffles.  For more information:  https://bcsfds.yapsody.com/event/index/24462/jim-plunkett-night

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

STARbuck students of the week!

Thank you to Ayser, Mahi, Omar, Caden, Rohan and Scottie

for being Role Models at Memorial School!

Being Kind
Being Responsible
Being Respectful
Being Safe

Is the Memorial way!

Thank you parents for being great partners in understanding that 
social emotional learning is just as important as reading, writing and math!


There's Snowplace like Memorial


As part of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) 
each student wrote on a snowball/top hat and answered the question...

What do you LOVE about Memorial School?

Then we put the them all together and built four snowmen in the front entrance.













Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Kindergarten Information Night at BHS

Calling all 2016-2017 Kindergarten Parents...

Please join us for an information filled evening 

January 13, 2016
at 7:00pm
in the Burlington High School Auditorium


Friday, January 8, 2016

Weekly Memo

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
January 8th, 2016
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

IMPORTANT DATES
January 13th - Incoming K parent information night
January 18th - No School, Martin Luther King Day
January 22nd - 3rd Grade Field trip, Lexington Symphony
January 22nd - PTO Pizza Movie Night
January 25th - K report cards sent home
January 29th - 3rd Grade Field trip, Lowell Mills
Feb 3rd & 4th - Incoming Kindergarten Registration







Monday
Chicken Nuggets
Tuesday
Meatball Sub
Wednesday
Baked Chicken
Thursday
Mozzarella Sticks
Friday
Homemade Pizza


From the office:
From the Office:  BRRR!!!!!   Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor play at recess - hat, mittens, and winter jackets.  The children will be going out to play each day unless temperatures are unreasonably cold (less than 20 degrees).
Homework Club:  The 2016 Winter Session of Memorial School’s After-School Homework & Study Club for Grades 3-5 will begin on Thursday, January 19th and run through Tuesday, March 22nd. The purpose of the club is to help children develop effective study skills while providing them with the time, structure, and supervision needed to successfully complete their homework at school.  The club will meet two afternoons per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 2:30 until 3:30.  The fee will be $80. (Please note: there will be no sessions on: Feb. 16th,18th and March 1st.)

Food Services:  Cafeteria Substitutes needed, Please call Karen Damaso at 781-270-1756 for more information.





Happenings Around Town:
Valentine Tea Soiree:  Come to a Family Valentine Tea at Grand View Farm Saturday, February 13th. This is a fundraiser for Burlington nonprofit, The Mama Bear Effect. There will be a 1:00 service with magic show and a 4:00 with live classical guitarist. Tea or cocoa will be served along with buffet of refreshments, raffles, silent auction, and craft for children. For more information visit: www.TheMamaBearEffect.org or search: Mama Bear Effect on EventBrite.com for tickets. You may also contact Adrianne Simeone at adsimeone@gmail.com or 617.571.6802.
From Burlington PAC:

Basic Rights In Special Education

Wednesday, January 13th  |  Marion Tavern  |  6:30 - 9:00pm

Presented by the Federation for Children with Special Need
The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights in regards to their child’s education.

This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

Adopt a Class 2024 Fundraiser: