Friday, February 28, 2014

Weekly Memo

February 28th, 2014

Main office: 781-270-1721         Absentee Line:781-273-7649           Nurse:781-270-1724

March 6th - All-Town Band Concert 7pm - 8pm
March 25th - Kindergarten Field Trip
April 3rd - 2nd Grade Field Trip


Chicken Patty

French Toast

Chicken soup with grilled cheese

pasta with meatballs


Save the Date: Toast to Memorial!  Saturday, April 12th - 7 to 11PM. Crowne Plaza, Woburn, MA.  Support and celebrate the Memorial Community!   Make new friends, renew old ones. Take a chance to win raffle prizes and auction items.  Please look in this weeks backpack folders for more information.

The 5th annual All-Town Band Concert will take place on Thursday, March 6 at 7pm in the Burlington High School wooden gym. All band members grade 4-12 are participating. For more details go to Any questions please email Mr. Napierkowski at

Adopt-A-Class 2020 Fundraiser:
Sponsored by the Liquor Cabinet on March 7, 2014 , Jim Plunkett Entertainment & DJ 7:30 pm - Midnight held at Son's of Italy - Woburn  168 Lexington Street
$25 Per person Admission - includes appetizers.  Raffle & Silent Auctions   Questions please call Linda Norden 781-272-2726   Reserve tickets on line at

Adopt -A -Class 2022
Come support the graduating class of 2022 on Monday, March 17, 2014 from 6-10pm at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. Orange Leaf will donate 15% of your purchase for anyone who mentions Adopt-A-Class. Thank you for your support!
Child Development Preschool:
Is now accepting applications for September enrollment.  Monday through Thursday morning sessions - 8:30am to 11:15am. Your child must be 3 years of age by August 31, 2014. Tuition cost is $500/year. There is Experienced Staff, Certified Early Childhood Teacher, Qualified High School Assistants provide and Ideal Child/Staff Ratio, located within the Burlington High School, easily accessible room, convenient drop off/pick up, many school resources available and a Nurse on duty.  For more information, please contact Sheila Kennedy at or call 781-238-4629.

The Burlington Baseball Softball Association
Is now accepting online registrations for Spring baseball and softball.  We are also looking for coaches.  Anyone interested in coaching should fill out an online application and must have a current CORI with the BBSA.  Please go to for more information and to register.  A discount is offered for early registrations.  We look forward to seeing you at Opening Day in April!

Junior Softball Clinics
This March BBSA is excited to host 4 Junior Softball Clinics geared toward 2nd grade girls, first year players, or to any girl wishing to improve their skills. This is a no cost clinic to be held at the Francis Wyman Gymnasium Saturday March 15, 22, 29 and April 5th from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Requirements:  Your child must be registered for the 2014 season through BBSA Online to be eligible and must bring a glove and a drink.
From Burlington Youth Lacrosse:
Spring Lacrosse registrations is open for all levels (boys and girls).  Spots are limited, so register soon.  Please visit the Burlington Lacrosse website for details and registration information -

Burlington Girl Scout Troop 77235 is working on their Bronze Award. The troop is hosting a food drive to benefit the Burlington Food Pantry. From February 28th until March 13th,food donation boxes will be set up in the lobbies of  Fox Hill School, Pine Glen School, Francis Wyman School, and Memorial School. The food pantry is in need of pasta, pasta sauce, breakfast foods such as oatmeal and cereal, and any other non-perishable foods. The troop will also be at Shaw's in Burlington on March 8th from 12pm -4pm to collect food for the pantry. Please help this great cause.

Burlington Presbyterian Church and Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, MA, continue to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to the town of Burlington with a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In the CSA program, consumers receive a share of freshly-harvested produce throughout the growing season. Shares are picked up on Monday afternoons from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Burlington Presbyterian Church, 335 Cambridge St.  The Spring season starts on March 3 and runs 14 weeks. Farmer Dave’s also offers vegetable shares (June-October), fruit shares (July-October), and late fall shares (November-December). For more information about 2014 CSA membership, contact Ginger Turner at (978) 349-1952 or visit to register.
The Burlington Education Foundation's annual Trivia Night Fundraiser is coming up. We always have a fun crowd and hope to see some returning faces this year! It's a great night out with friends or family. Be sure to email and reserve your table! This year's theme is That's Entertainment!

Date: Friday, February 28th 6:30
Time: Doors open at 6:30 and trivia starts at 7
Location: Sons of Italy in Woburn
Cost: A tables cost $150. There can be four to ten people at each table.
As always, team “uniforms” or costumes are encouraged!! If you are in need of some inspiration, check out pictures from past events on our Facebook page or blog.  Prizes are awarded to the winners, best costumes, and best table spread. There will be a cash bar and you may bring whatever food you wish. Don't forget some extra cash to buy some mulligans!  Reserve your table now! Call 781-572-5002 or email  Check out our NEW Facebook and Twitter pages!

4th GRADE Invention Convention

Ask fourth graders at Memorial School to think creatively, 
work collaboratively and be inventive and this is what happens...

They solve the problems of the everyday life using
simple machines!

Lever, Wheel, Pulley, Inclined Plane, Wedge, Screws

Laundry shoot

Pet feeder

Air powered vehicles

Recycling and reducing cans

Brushing the back of your hair

Fruit slicer

Pet feeder

Water dispenser

The Anti-Microwave

Food and water feeder

Hijab organizer

Pet games

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Musician visits Memorial

Mr. Restivo entertained third graders with an
accordion performance during music class this week.  
He is the grandfather to Ali and Ava Restivo. 
Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

Please check out the memorial music blog for videos

DAY 100 in Kindergarten!

Kindergartners had a wonderful day celebrating 
100 days of school!
Thank you to all the parent volunteers who made the day so special!
As I moved through each station, I was so impressed with the
students understanding of the number 100. They know...
There are 10 groups of 10 in 100
How to fill in a 100's chart
What they would look like if they lived to 100 years old?
How to organize and sort 100 objects
How to skip count by 2's, 5's and 10's 
How to say and write the number 100 in 8 different languages 
How to explain their math mathematical thinking!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Science Center Electricity Show

Third and Fifth grade students got to participate in the Science Center's 
Electricity Show this morning at Memorial School.
Mr. Musselman and Ms. Pavlicek had the students...

Identify two types of electricity (Current and Static)
Sort materials into two categories (Insulators and Conductors)
Label components of an Atom (Proton-Neutron-Electron)
Observe a Van de Graff generator making lightning

Monday, February 24, 2014

PTO makes wishes come true!

The PTO has generously funded the purchase of headphones 
for our kindergarten and first graders at Memorial School. This 
will make using the iPads and laptop computers much more efficient 
in the classrooms. Students can be listening to different 
programs while working right next to each other!
Thank you 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Summer Activity Fair THURSDAY MARCH 20 6:30-8:30 pm

Summer Activity Fair at
Memorial Elementary School

Not sure what to do with your kids this summer? We’d like to help!
The Memorial Elementary School PTO will be hosting a Summer Activity/Camp Fair to get the word out on fun summer activities for Burlington children. Please join us to get more information on the many activities in the local area!

What: Summer Activity Fair

When: March 20,2014

Where: Memorial School, 125 Winn St 

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Other: If you or someone you know has a local camp or business that would like to promote at this event, please contact Laura Vittum at 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The day after Valentines Day

We are an active caring school community!
I have always known it shouldn't take a holiday to remind me of the need to communicate kindness throughout the year, but sometimes a gentle reminder like Valentines Day can provide that reflective moment. We need to recognize the inherent goodness in each other on a daily basis. Being inclusive at Memorial School is as meaningless as the message on a candy heart if we don’t show it through words and actions. We can make everyday Valentines Day by participating in positive and caring home school communication, understanding and accepting each others differences, and being kind to ourselves and others.  Students can show their affection for Memorial School by keeping it clean, making safe choices at recess and committing to come to school each day, on time, ready to learn and work together.
One needs only to meet with our wonderful students, witness the daily supportive acts of our talented staff, marvel at our devoted volunteers, attend a PTO event to recognize that huge hearts are alive and well in our learning community. 
Thank you! 

Google Science Fair 2014

Mrs. Olshaw's 4th grade class participated 
in a Google Hangout with
Oceanographer, Sylvia Earle
from National Geographic!

Sylvia Earle has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She's led more than 50 undersea expeditions, and she's been an equally tireless advocate for our oceans and the creatures who live in them.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Invention Convention 2/28/14 8:30-9:15 am

Rescheduled for Friday February 28, 2014
in the cafe
8:30-9:15 am


Due to the delayed opening this morning 2/14/14
the Grade 4 Invention Convention
will be rescheduled  

2 Hour Delay this Morning

Memorial School has a two hour delayed opening
Friday February 14th
Students should report to school by
Please be careful on the roads

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Healthy Snacks at School

Healthy snacks are an important part of every student's education! Smart snacking helps boost  your child's mental and physical skills.  Memorial School is a busy place and our children need energy to do their best work.  Please make sure the snack you pack is a healthy one. Everyone enjoys a sweet treat every now and then, but school is not the place for sugary processed foods. Too much sugar makes children feel sleepy and makes it hard for them to focus on learning. Here are some suggestions to give your child a head start on making the most out of every school day!


100 calorie packs
String cheese
 Small bagel 
Granola Bars
Vegetables cut up
Fruit cut up

School is cancelled Thursday February 13, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How do kids get exercise in the cold weather?

Students get to complete an incredible obstacle course this week
in PE class! Thank you Ms. Bannon and Mr. Peterson

Rope climbing till you reach the bell

Rock climbing 

Agility course

Ball toss

Bean Toss

Carpet Pull

The Maze entrance

Bouncy Balls

Balance Beam