Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Hello Memorial Families!

Welcome back to the 2013-2014 school year. A new school year begins next Tuesday, September 
3, 2013 for all first through fifth graders.  Kindergarteners will be attending orientation on September 
4, 2013 in two different sessions and then starting the year on September 9, 2013.  Teachers have been busy attending professional development this week and setting up their classrooms.  There are many exciting new curriculum initiatives in the district that address the changes in the Common Core standards for Massachusetts. All of this means our students will be supported and challenged with exciting new materials and approaches to learning! 

In a tradition that started last year, all first through fifth students and staff will gather in the cafetorium for a brief ALL SCHOOL morning meeting.  We will review school wide expectations for behavior and learning and then dismiss students to their classrooms.  

Morning drop-off begins 7:55am. 

*All students arriving after 8:10 (cell phone time) will be considered tardy and you will need to park your car and walk them into the office and sign them in. Please have your student ready to get out of the car when you pull up to the teachers on duty.  Children need to get out on the sidewalk side of the road. The start of the school day is critical to your child feeling settled and ready to learn, please be prompt.

Drop-off and Pick-up procedures have not changed. The line can get very long in both the morning and afternoons. Please be patient. NO PASSING  for the safety of our children and staff. We encourage you to use the bus whenever possible to avoid any delays.

*Bus schedules have been published in local newspapers.  Please review bus safety with your child
keep it simple: 
  • keep your hands and body to yourself
  • stay in your seat
  • use a quiet voice and kind words
*All students in grades 1-5 get dismissed at 2:15 pm
*All kindergartners get dismissed at 12:45 pm

Once again, We all look forward to welcoming both old and new faces to the Memorial school family! 

Warm regards,
Mrs. Dressler, principal

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Memorial Kindergarten Orientation:Wednesday September 4th

Letters went out to all families with children registered for kindergarten at Memorial School last week. There are two sessions scheduled for orientation. The first session begins at 9:00-10:15 am and the second session begins at 11:30-12:45.  If you have not received a letter and have a child entering kindergarten, please call the office at 781-270-1721 or stop by to register.  We look forward to welcoming you and your child to the Memorial School family.

Monday, August 5, 2013

New Beginnings

As the summer begins to wind down and the days get shorter, you can feel the cooler air creep into the early evening. Beach chairs are removed from the back seat and you wonder, “Where did I put the ice scraper and shovel?” Labor Day seemed like it was so far away when the school year ended in June and now you are trying to book those last minute get-a-ways and promise yourself that you will remember the feelings of relaxation, calm and peace you found on the edge of the lake or the sea. As we move into the last weeks of August and the calendar starts to fill with doctor appointments and drives to the mall for "back to school shopping," I wish for you a smooth transition to a new beginning for you and your family.

There is a comfort in the rituals that August brings each year. The first day of school represents something of a rebirth, a “restart” button of sorts. It offers an opportunity for new experiences, new friendships, new knowledge, and new skills for all of us.

As I start my “new beginning” as principal of the Memorial School, I look forward to building a productive and positive partnership with the families at Memorial. It is clear that the Burlington community cares deeply about their children and actively supports the public schools. If you have a concern or a celebration about your child, please share them with me. Together we can make a difference. 

Rest, rewind and replenish,
Deb Dressler