Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Google Educators visit Memorial School

We were fortunate to have software engineers from Google visit Memorial 
classrooms today.  Mrs. Olshaw, Mrs. Burns and Mrs. Gonzalez 
had students working on different google tools that successfully integrate learning 
and technology.  It truly is amazing to watch our teachers 
and students learning together!

Friday, September 26, 2014

weekly memo

September 26th, 2014

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

October 2nd - PTO Ice cream Social 7pm
October 3rd - School Pictures
October 13th - Columbus Day, No School


French Toast Sticks

Chicken Patty

Tuna Fish
Hot Dog



From the Memorial PTO:
Do you want to assist with 5th Grade Activities and be part of this year’s 5th Grade Committee?  Please email Elaine Manners at pemanners@rcn.com  if you would like to be added to the list of parents that will participate in picture taking, chaperoning, and other activities throughout the school year.

Halloween Dance Party & I-SCREAM Social:
Come join us for our Halloween Spooktacular on October 24th, from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Memorial School.  Register online at www.memorialschoolpto.org or complete the form sent home in the backpack.  Please make checks payable to Memorial PTO and send to school before Friday October 17th.

There will be:
  • DJ & Dancing
  • Make your own sundaes
  • Pumpkin Decorating
  • Tattoos
  • Face painting
  • Nail Polish
  • Donuts on a string
  • Halloween movie on big screen
  • Colored Hair spray
  • and Plenty of fun for the whole family!

From Burlington Pac:
Burlington Parent Advisory Council welcomes you to the 2014-2015 school year.  Pac is a resource providing support and education to parents and families on Special Education issues and services.
Mark your calendar for our first event:
PAC and Special Education Department Open House
October 1, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Marion Tavern*, Burlington MA

Join us for a night out in your community and kick off the new school year at the newly restored Marion Tavern. Come and meet this year's PAC board and hear what the PAC has planned for the 2014-2015 school year.

Also in attendance will be Louise D’Amato, Director of Special Education as well as special education staff from various schools. Hear about new developments in special education including new and improved programming, added staff positions and where we are headed as a district.  There will be a brief discussion of special education programming, time for question and answers as well as the opportunity to speak with some of our special education staff. Don’t miss this informative night out! Refreshments will be served.

From the Fox Hill PTO:
The Fantastic Pumpkin Fair….Friday, October 17, 2014, from 6pm to 9pm at the Fox Hill School.  Come join in on the fun of our annual fall tradition.  Great games, fall crafts, fabulous prizes and a few good scars.  The ever popular Haunted Hallway will be sure to fright, along with many old favorites:  Moon Bounce, Cake Walk, Pumpkin Painting, Spin Art, Face Painting, Duck Pond, Pizza, Cupcake Decorating, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Raffles, plus lots more games and activities.  Admission is free, tickets for each activity/game can be purchased at the door.  Open to the public.  For additional information, contact Julie Quinn at quinns@rcn.com

Adopt a Class 2019:
Sunday, October 12th at Burton’s Grill – private Patriots football viewing party from 11:30-4:00 PM. Tickets are $25 and include appetizers, cash bar, and the chance to participate in raffles/silent auctions.Mail check to Denise Griffin c/o Adopt a Class 2019 (payable Adopt a Class 2019) or purchase at door.
Credit card info coming soon! For more information:  adoptaclass2019.blogspot.com

Adopt a Class 2025:
Newtowne/Old Towne Golf Tournament on Monday, September 29th at the Billerica Country Club, 11 Baldwin Rd Billerica, MA.   For more information, please call the Newtowne Grill in Billerica, Ma.

Cori Forms:
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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Importance of Creativity

This is an article from the NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principal)

Encourage Your Child’s Creativity to Flourish

Creativity has been called a key 21st century skill. That means it-along with skills like communication and critical thinking-will help students navigate the increasingly collaborative and information-rich world that awaits them once they leave school. The arts have been shown to boost students’ academic performance, perseverance, self-confidence, and more. Here are strategies for supporting your child’s creativity.

Take stock of your toys. Flashy electronic toys are fun, but they don’t offer children opportunities for open-ended, imaginative play. Make sure to have basic art supplies—paper, crayons, glue, clay—at home, along with toys like building blocks, puzzles, or costumes for dress-up.

Cut the screen time. Set limits on TV and iPad time. Try designating a certain time during the week when your entire family will put down cell phones and work on a creative project.

Embrace mistakes. Children who are afraid of failure are less likely to think creatively. Teach your child that mistakes are opportunities for growth. Ask, “What could you do differently next time?” Be patient with your child—and model patience as he or she learns new skills or tries a new project.

Encourage curiosity. Don’t squelch kids’ natural curiosity by being frustrated when your child
asks lots of questions. Embrace it! Ask, “What if” questions, and encourage your child to use his or her imagination.

Offer constructive praise... Too much praise can make a child “hooked” on success. Instead of offering general praise (“You’re so smart!”), offer specific feedback that praises your child’s effort or the process he or she used (“You found a great way to paint that scene,” or “I can tell you’ve been practicing.”) Offer non-verbal praise (a hug or a thumbs-up), or implicit encouragement by displaying your child’s work on the refrigerator.

...but step back sometimes. If a child feels constantly watched, he or she may be less likely to try new ideas. Give your child space to play on his or her own. Wait until your child is finished drawing to ask what he or she has made.

Look for community resources.
Check your local library, museum,
or community center for art classes or workshops to try new creative skills. Keep
an eye out for poster or story contests offered by community organizations, too. Or, try teaming up with a neighbor or friend to host an art playdate. Some projects can be time-consuming or expensive, but working together with other families can help ease the burden.

Web Resources
Visit Crayola’s Creative Parenting Web page for activities and tips to spark creativity at home. bit.ly/creativeparenting
The Tinkerlab offers dozens of hands-on art, science, writing, and craft ideas for families to try.
At The Artful Parent blog, explore interviews with children’s art experts along with lists of the best supplies.
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Important Information

Good Morning Memorial School families,

I wanted to share some information regarding the recent routine Lead and Copper Rule monitoring that took place at Memorial School. Two samples of water were taken and tested by the Burlington Water Department.  One of those samples tested positive for “elevated levels.”  The location at “elevated levels” was not in an area that students would be exposed to or drink from.  Moreover, these levels are not considered harmful and do not meet the maximum contaminate levels allowed for safe drinking water. These levels do, however, reach an “action level” that requires the school district to put an action plan in place.  Please know, all suggested action steps from the Town of Burlington DPW and the Board of Health are currently taking place. In addition, we are providing water bottles to students and staff and have designated all water bubblers out of order until we get updated water level results. The kitchen staff is also using bottled water to prepare student lunches. I will update you with more information as I get it. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Deb Dressler

Memorial School principal

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Open House for parents only

September 23, 2014
                              6:30-8:00 pm

Kindergarten:   First Grade:   LABBB:
Mrs. Percoskie rm 173 Mrs. Gearin rm 108 Ms. Beers rm 115
Mrs. Petelle rm 177 Mrs. Farrell  rm 109 Mrs. Abrams rm 116
Mrs. Sullivan/Coates rm 180 Mrs. Panagiotopoulos rm 111 Ms. Costa  rm 185
Mrs. Ioakimidis rm 185 Mrs. Burnham  rm 112

Second Grade: meet in Third Grade: meet in Fourth Grade:meet in room 237
the Library (upstairs) room 212 (upstairs) Mrs. Gonzalez
Mrs. Nelson Mrs. Ferullo Mrs. Harlow
Mrs. Farrand Mrs. Kippenberger Mrs. Warford/Ms. Felton
Ms. Santullo Mrs. Muise-Keating Mrs. Weinberg
Ms. McLaughlin Mrs. Cyr

Fifth Grade: meet in Special Educators Specialist teachers
room 232 Mrs. Rummel rm217 Ms. Bannon/ Mr. Peterson: PE
Mrs. Burns Ms. Cirrone  rm217 Ms. York: Art
Mrs. Conceison Ms. Drugg    rm217 Mrs. Rzasa/Mrs. Niu: Music
Mrs. Rabazzi Ms. Kushmerek rm 218 Ms. Flaccavento: guidance
Mrs. Olshaw Ms. Sedovic: school  psych

Mrs. Moussa ELL rm 202 Ms. Johnson:Reading Specialist rm  202
Mrs. Guttenplan Mrs. Myint: Reading teacher

7:00-7:30 pm        EVERYONE to the cafeteria for ALL school WELCOME
Mrs. Dressler and PTO

1. parents/guardians with one child: you may visit specialist teachers (PE, Music,Art, Special educator, ELL, guidance counselor etc) during this time.
2. parents/guardians with more than one child: You may visit a different grade level classroom presentation  
Gentle Reminder: Parent teacher conferences will be held on December 4th. This evening is for curriculum information only. Please do not have individual conversations with your teacher about your child.