Thursday, June 19, 2014

Principal of the Day

Paige M. was my third grade principal for the day today!
She brought her side kick, Alyssa to help out
Off to the library to give Mrs. Magliozzi the fifth grade class gift 

Then down to Kindergarten for their special days
Paige and Alyssa got to see the beautiful memory books the teachers made for each student
and listen to a wonderful Let Us Go song in Mrs. Percoskie's classroom

Then onto Mrs. Coates classroom for a special video presentation 
of all the events this year in kindergarten

We checked out Ms. York's new classroom and asked if she 
needed any help

We visited first grade classrooms and Paige found her
sister, Sydney

Doesn't every principal play games during school
My favorite…RushHour
Thank you Paige and Alyssa for a fun filled day!

Summer Exercise Ideas

Memorial Elementary School
Physical Education Summer Guide to Exercise

Exercise routines must be consistent in order to be effective.  Strength and cardiovascular endurance begin to decline after two days of inactivity.  With this in mind, as physical educators, we ask that our students continue on their quest to be physically fit for a lifetime by exercising throughout the summer months. 
Cardiovascular Endurance:
All of our students in grades 1-5 perform a daily fitness routine in class (running ¼ mile for grades 1-2 to ½ to 1 mile in grades 3-5).  We strive to get all children into the average fitness range as established by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. Running should be around 2 minutes and 30 seconds or less per lap for a pace to be average and 1 minute and 30 seconds to be advanced.  Cardiovascular exercise not only strengthens the heart and lungs but also improves brain function and learning due to improved oxygen levels in the brain.  Please take advantage of the new facility at the Marshall Simonds Middle School.  Four times around the track is a mile.
Game Plan:
Begin each workout by jogging one lap to warm up the body.  Stretch out:  hamstrings (back of upper legs) by touching toes with straight legs, quadriceps (front of upper legs) stand and pull one leg behind, groin (inside of legs) lean side to side, Achilles, foot half on half off a curb pushing heel down and toes up.
Work Out:
Run as far as you can be sure to pace yourself, use a watch to track your progress.  If you are unable to jog the entire lap, walk the remaining part.  Repeat this for 2 laps 3-4 times per week.  Children usually have trouble pacing themselves and will often run as fast as they can until they can’t run anymore.  Encourage your child to start slow and finish fast.  Continue on this routine until one lap is accomplished.  Now begin jogging 1 lap and walking 1 lap for a total of 4 laps.  Repeat this for 2 weeks.  Progress to jogging 2 laps walk 1, jog 1 for 2 weeks.  Once jogging 4 laps is easy, concentrate on improving overall time.  Try to run a little faster each work out.  We call this a personal record. 
Cool Down:
Remember to cool down by walking 1 full lap to allow the blood flow to return  from the working muscles in your legs to your vital organs so you do not feel dizzy and/or light headed.

Daily Strength Routine:
-       Sit-ups for one minute with someone holding feet
-       Push-ups as many as possible without letting body touch ground, elbows make box corners.
-       Agility-sprint 20 yards down and back as fast as you can touching the line each change of direction.
-       Sit and reach-hamstring flexibility, bending and touching toes and working on reaching past toes in a sitting position with legs together.
Drink water before, during and after exercise.  Remember, exercising in high heat and humidity or profusely sweating for 2 hours or longer is the ONLY reason to re-hydrate with Gatorade.
Tips for Success:
-       Establish a routine and make exercising a family affair
-       Exercise early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler
-       Record your progress. Motivation is essential to success.
-       Refer to the back of this sheet for standards for each grade level.

NATIONAL AVERAGE FITNESS STANDARDS:  A score below this level indicates that your child needs more moderate daily exercise.  Please encourage your child to be more physically active.

Age   Sit-ups   Sit and Reach   Push-ups     Pull-ups     1/4mile     ½ mile      1 mile     Shuttle
6          22               26c                 7             1           2:21                                  13.3
7          28               25c                 8             1           2:10                                  12.8
8          31                25c                           9             1                         4:22                    12.2
9          32               25c                12             2                           4:14                  11.9
10         35               25c               14             2                                        9:48         11.5
11         37               25c                15             2                                        9:20     11.1

Age   Sit-ups   Sit and Reach   Push-ups     Pull-ups     1/4mile     ½ mile      1 mile     Shuttle
6          23                27c                            6             1          2:26                                  13.8
7          25                27c                            8                  1                   2:21                                  13.2
8          29                28c                            9             1                         4:56                      12.9
9          30                28c                           12             1                           4:50                  12.5
10         30                29c                           13             1                                     9:48            12.1
11         32                29c                           11             1                                     9:20        11.5

NATIONAL HIGH FITNESS STANDARDS:  A score at this level or higher indicates that your child is maintaining a high fitness level.  Please continue to work hard.

Age   Sit-ups   Sit and Reach   Push-ups     Pull-ups     1/4mile     ½ mile      1 mile     Shuttle
6          33               31c                 9                  2                    1:55                                 12.1
7          36               30c                14             4            1:48                                 11.5
8            40                 31c                        17             5                         3:30         8:31     11.1
9          41               31c                18             5                           3:30         7:57   10.9
10         45               30c               22             6                                       7:32          10.3
11         47               31c                27             6                                       7:11      10.0

Age   Sit-ups   Sit and Reach   Push-ups     Pull-ups     1/4mile     ½ mile      1 mile     Shuttle
6          32                32c                            9             2           2:00                                  12.4
7          34                32c                           14             2           1:55                                  12.1
8          38                33c                           17             2                          3:58        10:02        11.8
9          39                33c                           18             2                            3:53         9:30  11.1
10         40                33c                           20                 3                                                9:19         10.8
11         42                34c                           19                 3                                                9:02            10.5

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

fifth grade moving on ceremony

It was a special night for fifth graders at Memorial
The moving on ceremony started with each student introducing each other
and then speeches from the fifth grade teachers 
and original lyrics to the song, HAPPY!
Then cake and refreshments
 and a dance in the gym
Congratulations Class of 2021 
We will miss you!

weekly memo

June 20th, 2014

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

June 24th - Last Day of School dismissal at 11:15
September 1st - Labor Day, No School
September 2nd - 1st Day of School for 1st - 12th grade
September 4th - Kindergarten Orientation
September 8th - 1st Day of School for Kindergarten
September 18th & 19th - Camp Bournedale for 5th graders
September 23rd - Back to School Night, 6:30pm to 8pm


Popcorn Chicken

Bagged Lunch available

No School

No School

 No School

Summer Reading:  As you make your vacation plans, don’t forget to add summer reading to your list.  Summer may mean “no homework!” but it shouldn’t mean taking a break from learning, especially reading!  Studies shows that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read maintain or actually gain skills.  

From the Office:  If you are moving before the start of the next school year, we will miss you, but wish you well.  Please drop by the office to fill out a withdrawal form for your child.  This will ensure that school records will be sent to the new school in time to place your child properly in the new school.  

From the Nurses:
Physical examinations and immunizations updates for children entering 4th grade in the fall are required by Massachusetts Law.  A copy of these documents needs to be on file here at the school.  Copies may be brought in to school through the end of school year and as school starts in the fall.

Medications:  Parents will need to pick up and student medications by June 24th by 11:15am.  All medications not picked up after this date will be thrown away.  Thank you.

From the Burlington Food Pantry
We are requesting donations of toothpaste and toothbrushes.  Donation boxes will be  dropped off at the elementary schools for the lobby.  Collections will take place until June 23rd.

CSA Farm Share: Looking for locally-grown, ethically-raised, delicious food in Burlington?  Order and pick up a CSA farm share at the Presbyterian Church in Burlington, 335 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA.  The church is distributing sustainably-raised eggs, meat, vegetables, and fruit from 3 local farms on Monday afternoons this year.  Contact the church to order a weekly dozen or half dozen eggs from Clark Farm of Carlisle. to order weekly fruits and/or vegetables from Farmer Dave’s of Dracut.  Visit to order monthly meat shares from Lilac Hedge Farm of Berlin, MA.  Contact the church with questions.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wacky Tacky Day at Memorial

A small sampling of the creativity of our students are captured below.
I can't wait for crazy hat day tomorrow!
Spirit Week at Memorial