Friday, February 26, 2016

Weekly Memo

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
February 26th, 2016
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649
IMPORTANT DATES
Mar 1st - No School, Presidential primary
March 2nd - Dr Seuss Day
March 3rd - All Town Band Concert for all band students, BHS @ 7pm
March 5th - Toast to Memorial 7pm
March 7th - MARC Bullying Assembly
March 13th - Daylight Savings
March 25th - No School, Good Friday
April 1st - 1st Grade Field trip
April 5th - Spring Pictures
April 5th & 7th - Incoming Kindergarten Story Hour @ 1:15pm
Apil 18th - 22nd - No School, Spring Vacation
April 26th - May 5th - PARCC Testing, Grades 3-5






Monday
Popcorn Chicken

Tuesday
No School
Wednesday
Green Eggs & Ham
Thursday
French Toast
Friday
Pizza



From the office:
Box Tops:
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.


From the Burlington Police Department:  School Resources now has an official Twitter account.  We need followers @bpdschools  There’s information on youth issues as well as upcoming BPD programs and classes for our Burlington students. The account will be updated frequently so check back often. Even if you don’t use Twitter a lot please consider following us, the higher the number the more we get recognized. Thanks and have a great day!

Also, At the request of our traffic department, please remember not to park in handicap spaces while picking up your child. The law states as follows: "The disabled person must be exiting or entering the vehicle for proper use of the placard.  A person with a placard CANNOT park in a Handicap space while picking up another person other than the person photographed on the placard."

PTO Reminders:  
Toast to Memorial:  Memorial PTO’s 10th Annual Toast to Memorial is on Saturday, March 5th, 2016, 7pm to 10pm.  Register online and pay online at www.memorialschoolpto.org.    
Ski Fundraiser:  Skiing at Wachusett this season? Go online and purchase your tickets and/or Beginner Package for any day from now to April 5, 2016 and enter the code DON-MSPTO in the coupon box; be sure to "update the cart". For each ticket, you save $5 for purchasing online and Wachusett donates $10 to Memorial.
5th Grade Memory Book:  Parents don't forget to email your 5th graders pictures to Memorial5thgradecommittee@gmail.com. We need one baby and one Kindergarten picture to be include on your child's page. Pictures are due by February 29th.

Happenings Around Town:
Celtics Game and Adopt-A-Class 2016 Fundraiser:  The Adopt-A-Class Scholarship Foundation – Current Seniors have teamed up with the Boston Celtics for a unique and fun experience!

Friday, April 8th 7:30 Game Celtics vs. Milwaukee. Tickets are $30 each

For every ticket sold, ADAC 2016 will receive $10 to be added to the scholarships to be awarded this spring.  Please contact Michelle at tigges@bpsk12.org if you would like to purchase tickets.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Teachers sing and dance at Memorial School

We had our whole school reward this morning!

Thanks to Ms. Bannon and Mrs. York, our fantastic PE and art teachers, 
students were entertained by song, dance and cheer from our talented teaching staff.











Bridging the Generations at Memorial

We are so fortunate to have the Bridges Program 
begin in all of our fourth grade classrooms this afternoon.

Thank you to Katie Bercury, Kathy Lawless and all 35 Burlington Seniors
who are participating in the important work of promoting intergenerational relationships.

Fourth grade parents should be so proud of how welcoming and interested
 their children are in our senior experts!









Wednesday, February 24, 2016

STARbuck students of the week


Congratulations to Mia, Alex, Tanmayee, Saeed, Lauren and Madison!


Being Kind
Being Respectful
Being Responsible
Being Safe

The MEMORIAL way!



Tuesday, February 23, 2016

100th DAY in Kindergarten

                                          
Thank you to all the parent volunteers for helping 
with the fun activities the K team organized for 100th day!


                                                                                







                       

Friday, February 12, 2016

Weekly Memo

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
February 12th, 2016
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649
IMPORTANT DATES
Feb 15th - Feb 19th - School Vacation, No School
Mar 1st - No School, Presidential primary
March 2nd - Dr Seuss Day
March 5th - Toast to Memorial




WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22ND-26TH

Monday
Chicken Strips

Tuesday
Burlington Sampler
Wednesday
Chicken Parm
Thursday
French Toast
Friday
Pizza


From the office:
Outdoor recess:  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.

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.  Please do not send an email to the teacher as she/he may not check it until the end of the day or may be out.  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.

After-School Homework & Running Club:  The 2016 Winter Session of Memorial School’s After-School Homework & Running Club for Grades 1-2 will begin on Thursday, March 3rd  and run through Tuesday, May 3rd.  The main goal for the club is to provide a fun opportunity for students to become healthy and active, but also a time where students are able to complete homework with access to teacher support.  This is the start of a new club and we hope to combine two great activities to make learning more fun.  The club will meet two afternoons per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 2:30pm until 3:30pm.  The fee will be $80.00.  (Please note there will be no session on April 12th and 14th). For more information, please the office at 781-270-1721.

Incoming Kindergarten Registration Information:  Missed Kindergarten registrations at Memorial?  You can still register your child at the Student Information Office at 123 Cambridge St (Burlington High School).
Registration Hours: February 22-26, 2016  8 am - 12 pm & February 24, 2016  5 pm - 7 pm
For more information, please call the Student Information Office at 781-270-8179.
* If you plan to register at the Student Information Office, please park in the front circle of Burlington High School. Enter through the Main Entrance and check in with the Main Office. They will direct you to our office.
Please remember to bring the original birth certificate, proof of residency, an utility bill, and updated health records.


From the PTO:  
Toast to Memorial:  Memorial PTO’s 10th Annual Toast to Memorial is on Saturday, March 5th, 2016, 7pm to 10pm.  Register online and pay online at www.memorialschoolpto.org.    
Ski Fundraiser:  Skiing at Wachusett this season? Go online and purchase your tickets and/or Beginner Package for any day from now to April 5, 2016 and enter the code DON-MSPTO in the coupon box; be sure to "update the cart". For each ticket, you save $5 for purchasing online and Wachusett donates $10 to Memorial.
5th Grade Memory Book:  Parents don't forget to email your 5th graders pictures to Memorial5thgradecommittee@gmail.com. We need one baby and one Kindergarten picture to be include on your child's page. Pictures are due by February 29th.



Happenings Around Town:
From the Science Center:  The Science Center is looking for homes for their gerbils box turtles, snapping turtles and guinea pigs over Winter vacation.
--The Science Center will provide cage, food, bedding, and care sheet for each animal.
--CALL MS. WENDY PAVLICEK AT (781)-270-2928 if interested.  
--Animals are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  
--All animals must be picked up before Friday by making an appointment with Ms. Pavlicek.

Burlington High School Support the Junior Class:  March 10, 2016 Parent’s Night Out  Need a night out, just for yourself? No kids, no distractions, no worries? Then let us take the kids for the night from 5:30-8:30, on March 10. Open for all ages . Drop off anytime between 5:30 and 6:00 and pick up between 8:00 and 8:30. We can entertain them with a movie, food and crafts! The junior class student council and our advisors will be running this event and all the proceeds will help support us. Your kid gets a night to play with high schoolers and you get the night for yourself. One child will be $20 and there will be a $10 discount for each additional sibling. (Example, 2 kids- $30, 3 kids- $40). All forms must be passed in by Friday, March 4. Money can be sent in with the form or payed at the door. We accept cash or checks and checks can be made out to Burlington High School. Please fill out the attached form and send it to school with you child. If you have any questions feel free to contact ermoreira@verizon.net, or julieoco4@gmail.com. Thank you for supporting the junior class.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

STARbuck students of the week

Congratulations to...

Ryan, Jason, Jack, Andrew, Aubrey and Gemma

for being terrific role models at Memorial School!

Be Kind
Be Responsible
Be Respectful
Be Safe


Sunday, February 7, 2016

No School Monday February 8th, 2016

5th Grade Skating at Memorial

Ms. Bannon and Mr. Peterson, our dedicated physical education teachers, 
 took our terrific fifth grade students to the Ice Palace for skating lessons this month.
On Thursday, parents were invited to a talent show.
Some were beginners just getting used to skates and the ice!
Some were advanced beginners stretching their ability to move forward and backwards!
Some were hockey players speeding through drills!
Some were figure skaters demonstrating their advanced spins and skills!

Thank you to all the parent volunteers who make this happen each year!






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Black History Month Biographies




      

Paul Cuffe Biography

Name at birth: Paul Slocum
Paul Cuffe was a Massachusetts shipping magnate of the early 19th century — and probably the wealthiest African American of his era. He was the youngest of the ten children of emancipated African Kofi Slocum and Wampanoag tribe member Ruth Moses. Paul was raised in Westport and educated by abolitionist Quakers, and at the age of 14 began the life of a sailor. Three years later, he was jailed for three months by the British during the American Revolution, and three years after that he began his own shipping business between Westport and Nantucket (1779). The next year he was briefly jailed again — for civil disobedience: Cuffe argued that he shouldn’t be taxed, as he was not allowed to vote. Although he lost his case, his action led to a change in the law by 1783. In the last two decades of the 19th century, Cuffe became a wealthy and respectable Atlantic merchant, trading in the Caribbean, Europe and Russia. All this was at a time when the trade in African slaves was still booming; Cuffe and his all-black crew risked kidnapping and captivity as they sailed the hemisphere. Much of Cuffe’s success came from his associations with Quakers, from whom he learned of abolitionism and the efforts to re-settle emancipated slaves in Africa. Cuffe voyaged to Sierra Leone to investigate the possibilities of emigration in 1810, and again in 1815, when he paid passage for 18 adults and 20 children. His early back-to-Africa venture failed and he died two years later, but he left behind a substantial estate and a reputation for philanthropy as well as business acumen.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekly Memo

MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
February 5th, 2016
(Memorialprincipal.blogspot.com)
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

IMPORTANT DATES
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 Nuggets
Tuesday
Pizza Sticks
Wednesday
Pasta
Thursday
Tacos
Friday
Pizza


From the office:
Incoming Kindergarten Registration Information:  Missed Kindergarten registrations at Memorial?  You can still register your child at the Student Information Office at 123 Cambridge St (Burlington High School).
Registration Hours:  
February 22-26, 2016  8 am - 12 pm
February 24, 2016  5 pm - 7 pm
Registrations will also be held at these schools:
Francis Wyman School
41 Terrace Hall Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803
Mrs. Conley, secretary (781) 270-1701
Registration Dates: February 8-9, 2016 9 am - 11 am


Pine Glen School
Pine Glen Way
Burlington, MA 01803
Mrs. Gosselin, secretary
(781) 270-1712
Registration Dates: February 10-11, 2016
9 am - 11 am

For more information, please call the Student Information Office at 781-270-8179.
* If you plan to register at the Student Information Office, please park in the front circle of Burlington High School. Enter through the Main Entrance and check in with the Main Office. They will direct you to our office.
Please remember to bring the original birth certificate, proof of residency, an utility bill, and updated health records.

After-School Homework & Running Club:  The 2016 Winter Session of Memorial School’s After-School Homework & Running Club for Grades 1-2 will begin on Thursday, March 3rd  and run through Tuesday, May 3rd.  The main goal for the club is to provide a fun opportunity for students to become healthy and active, but also a time where students are able to complete homework with access to teacher support.  This is the start of a new club and we hope to combine two great activities to make learning more fun.  The club will meet two afternoons per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 2:30pm until 3:30pm.  The fee will be $80.00.  (Please note there will be no session on April 12th and 14th). For more information, please the office at 781-270-1721.

From Nurse:  There have been a few cases of head lice in the Burlington Public schools.  The following are some proactive  steps parents can take:
  • Parents should check their children's heads at least once a week for active lice/ nits (eggs).
  • Remind your children to avoid sharing personal items (i.e., combs, brushes, hats, helmets, hair accessories) and head-to-head contact i.e hugging other children.
  • Teach children to tuck hats in the pockets or sleeves of their winter jackets.
  • Keep long hair pulled up.
  • Keep personal items the child sleeps with, (i.e stuffed animals, blankets) at home.
The teachers, and staff from the after school programs reinforce these measures.

As an alternative to traditional chemical treatments, there are several professional lice removal companies that exist. An internet search will provide the companies in the area. Burlington Public Schools does not endorse any particular company.

Links to helpful information on Head Lice:

We would appreciate all communication about any cases of lice.  If your child has lice, or has recently been treated for lice, please notify the school nurse. All children who are absent due to lice must be checked by the school nurse before re-admission to school.  An adult must accompany the students to the nurse's office the morning of return.

Happenings Around Town:
Understanding Dyslexia

Presented by  Charlotte Lunde and Caroline Legor of the

Massachusetts Branch International Dyslexia Association

Tuesday, February 9th at  7:00pm
Marion Tavern
55 Center Street, Burlington Ma
Join us for a presentation about Dyslexia, a language-based learning disability.
Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading.
Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words.
This presentation will discuss the red flags, steps towards and after diagnosis and what to do when outside evaluations and school evaluations don't align.
*doors open at 6:30
Please email us at burlingtonspedpac@gmail.com with any questions