Friday, February 27, 2015

Reading Cooperative Bank supports Fourth Graders

Dr Seuss Day at Memorial School

It was Dr. Seuss Day at Memorial School!
Thank you to all the BHS students who came and read in each grade level
and to Lynda Bannon and Chris Stephens for organizing and feeding 
our hungry readers!

and to Mr. Peterson for reading Green Eggs and Ham during
the fourth and fifth grade lunch period! 

Weekly Memo

March 6th, 2015
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

Feb 27th - Dr Seuss Read Aloud Day
Mar 8th - Daylight Savings, Spring Forward
Mar 10th - 1st Grade Field trip to Chelmsford Theatre
Mar 23rd-27th PARCC testing grades 3-5
Mar 28th - Toast to Memorial
Mar 30th -31st -  PARCC makeups
Apr 7th - Spring pictures

Main Entree Choices (See Lunch Menu for More Details) Mar 2nd - Mar 6th
French Toast Sticks
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Taco Mac Cheese
Steak & Cheese Sub
French Bread PIzza

From the Office:  READING MATTERS at Memorial School!  Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Memorial School celebrated Read Across America Day (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss’s Birthday) in grand style today.   More than 20 students from BHS visited Memorial classrooms, K-5, to share various Dr. Seuss stories, inspiring them with their own experiences around reading and learning. A big thank you goes out to these exemplary representatives of Burlington High School and the wonderful families who have raised them. Thank you too to the efforts of Reading Specialist Marjorie Johnson, Librarian Rose Magliozzi, PE teacher and Athletic Trainer Lynda Bannon,  and Memorial Cafeteria Manager Chris Stevens, for organizing such a special day for “our kids!”

Memorial students took The Dr. Seuss Oath in their class today.
The Dr Seuss Oath
I promise to read
Each day and each night.
I know it's the key
To growing up right.
I'll read to myself,
I'll read to a crowd.
It makes no difference
If silent or loud.
I'll read at my desk,
At home and at school,
On my bean bag or bed,
By the fire or pool.
Each book that I read
Puts smarts in my head,
'Cause brains grow more thoughts
The more they are fed.
So I take this oath
To make reading my way
Of feeding my brain
What it needs every day!

From Miss McLaughlin:  I am VERY excited (and a little nervous) to say I will be running the 2015 Boston Marathon in April! I am running for a charity called Challenge Unlimited.  Challenge Unlimited in Andover provides therapeutic, educational and recreational opportunities using horses for children, teens, and adults with varying disabilities such as autism, cancer, stroke, Down syndrome, and more.
For more information, please check out this link:

From the PTO:  Save the Date: The Toast to Memorial will be on March 28th at the Crowne Plaza.  
Happenings Around Town:
BBSA Registration is OPEN!  Please go to to register for the 2015 Spring Season.  Opening Day is April 18th!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bridging Generations at Memorial

BRIDGES: Growing Older, Growing Together is an award- winning intergenerational program that promotes mutual respect, understanding, and friendships between elementary school students and older adults in the community. 

We are so fortunate to have our super seniors working in
fourth grade at Memorial.
Thank you for taking the time to connect and share
 your life experience with our young students.

New Kindergarten Screening Dates

Kindergarten Screening Dates have Changed
new dates for Memorial School are
Monday through Wednesday
June 1-3, 2015

Make-up day June 4th

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Congratulations Mrs. Harlow

Congratulations to Mrs. Harlow!
Our wonderful fourth grade teacher at Memorial won 
a full scholarship to BayPath University.
She will be earning a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction
Thank you to Dr. David Brant, Director of Graduate Studies, 
who offers this great opportunity to a Burlington employee.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A New England Food Vision for Burlington

Locally Grown Food Builds Community: A New England Food Vision

You are invited to learn about sustainable living, composting, the community garden and a Burlington Farmer’s Market to begin this spring.

Please join The Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation and The Burlington Food Pantry on Monday, March 2, 2015 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM in the Hall at the Grand View Farm, 55 Center Street, Burlington.
This event is free!

The formal program begins at 7:00PM with a presentation on ‘A New England Food Vision’ by our Keynote Speaker, Brian Donahue, Ph.D., Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies, Brandeis University. Dr. Donahue will discuss the 50 x 60 Vision – a concept establishing a goal that fifty percent of New England’s food can be grown and distributed locally by the year 2060.

Following his presentation, Dr. Donahue will be joined by panelists speaking on behalf of local CSAs and Farmer’s Markets, including those organizing a Farmer’s Market to begin this spring in Burlington.

For further information, please call the Chamber’s office at 781-273-2523.
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Fourth Grade Invention Convention

Fourth graders at Memorial School are…
creators, engineers, problem solvers and 

This is a small sampling of simple machines that students built using
pulleys, screws, levers, incline plane, wedges, wheels and axles

Problem: Not having enough time to exercise and clean
Solution: Use levers and pulleys to do leg lifts while you sweep!

Problem: Garbage and recycling taking up too much room
Solution: Crush your cans and cartons on the handy shelf inside the bin! 

Problem: Tired of holding onto your book while you read?
Solution: a book holder to free up your hands!

Problem: Having food available for your pet when they need it
Solution: Using incline planes and a container to keep your pet from ever going hungry! 

Problem: Having food close by once you are sitting down
Solution: create storage underneath!

Problem:  How to clean up a mess fast
Solution: Use wheels and axles to make the job easy!

Problem: keeping hockey equipment organized
Solution: The Puck Lot. 

Weekly Memo

February 13th, 2015
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

Feb 16th - Feb 20th - No School, Winter Vacation
Feb 27th - Dr Seuss Read Aloud Day
Mar 8th - Daylight Savings
Mar 10th - 1st Grade Field trip to Chelmsford Theatre
Mar 23-27 PARCC testing grades 3-5
Mar 28th - Toast to Memorial
Apr 7th - Spring pictures

Main Entree Choices (See Lunch Menu for More Details) Feb 23rd - Feb 27th
Fish Nuggets
Burlington Sampler
Chicken Parm
French Toast Sticks
Dr Seuss Day
Green Eggs & Ham or
Tater Tots

From the Office:
Two Hour Delay Clarification:  As a result of the snowstorm, Burlington Public Schools started two hours later than usual on Tuesday.  We received many calls that morning here in the school office regarding the start time for school that day, so for clarification purposes this is how it works:  when there is a two-hour delay, Memorial School doors open at 9:55am, and students are marked tardy if they arrive past 10:10am.  Dismissal time remains unchanged.  Kindergarten dismissal is still at 12:45pm;  and grades 1-5 are dismissed at 2:15pm.  Additionally, there is no Before School Care on days with delayed openings as the purpose of the delay is to permit safe travel to school during or after inclement weather.  

How Can Parents Help Nurture Proficiency in Reading and Love of It at the Same Time?:  
1. Let your child “catch you reading” – whether it’s a newspaper, magazine, book, or online article. You truly are your child’s best teacher – and teaching occurs most powerfully through example.

2. Encourage your child to read every day – whether it is after school, at the dentist’s office, at a sibling’s athletic practice/event, at bedtime, in the morning – whatever suits him or her (and your schedule). Research shows that daily practice really DOES make a difference!

3. Reading to your child (regardless of grade) and helping them to build a library of their own at home (Discount Books readily available on Cambridge Street!) are surefire ways to
“grow a reader.”

4. If your child’s teacher requests that they keep a reading log or journal, take an interest in it and sign it with acknowledgment of their commitment to it.
(Note: A student who reads 20 minutes a night, 5 nights a week, gets 100 minutes of practice each week. Over the course of a school year, this is the equivalent of 66 hours, or TEN WHOLE SCHOOL DAYS a YEAR! All that practice will make your child a more competent confident reader, and a more curious committed learner too!)

5. If your child is a beginning reader, his or her teacher likely sends home books for sharing with you and practicing at home. Life is so busy these days, but taking the time to sit and allow him or her to read them to you matters more than you can imagine. Your child wants to please you and make you proud. This is the perfect context for doing both!

Thank you for helping to make reading a ‘family affair’ at Memorial School!

From the Nurse:  All medications required during school hours is to be brought to the school by an adult parent/guardian.  Children are not to bring their own medicine, prescriptions or over the counter to school.  All mediation - both prescribed and over the counter -- needs to be in properly labeled packaging.  A signed form from your healthcare provider is also required for each medication.   Medication order forms can be obtained in the Nurse’s office.  Please call the nurse’s office at 781-270-1724 if you have any questions.

Returning to school after an illness:  Children who have been out ill need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.  Please adhere to this standard as cold and flu season has already begun at Memorial School.  The best way to combat all communicable disease is to wash your hands frequently throughout the day.  

Incoming Kindergarten Registration:  You can still register your incoming Kindergartener at the Student Information Center at BHS on Monday, February 23rd thru Friday, February 27th between the hours of 8am to 12pm, and the evening of February 26th between the hours of 5pm and 7pm. For more information, please call 781-270-8179.

From the PTO:  Save the Date: The Toast to Memorial will be on March 28th at the Crowne Plaza.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dr. Conti's post on Blizzard Bags

Blizzard Bags A Potential Replacement For Some Missed Snow Days

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Back in early January, before we were buried in over four feet of snow, the Burlington School Committee approved further discussion of “Blizzard Bags” for Burlington Public Schools to potentially make up days of schools lost because of snow. Burlington, along with Wayland, is one of two school districts in the state,  that has the approval of the Massachusetts Department of Education to explore an alternative model to making up snow days at the end of the school year.
This pilot program will explore the creation and completion of assignments and projects that students will be able to complete to meet time on learning minutes from school days that are canceled.  Of course the number of days that would be added back in would depend on the amount of work involved in the assignments. However, before going too much more into logistics, it is important to discuss school calendar construction/requirements and Blizzard Bags further.
School Calendar Construction:
State regulations require that the district create a 185 day school-year calendar although only 180 days are mandated.  The five, built-in days allow for up to five days of cancellations within an approved calendar year.  We are currently within our five day allowance already built into our school calendar.  If everything stays as it is (no more cancellations), the school year will end on Thursday, June 25, 2015 (except for seniors).
School Requirements:
Massachusetts requires elementary and middle school students to attend school for 900 hours per school year and high school students 990 hours per school year.  These hours take place over 180 days.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has not allowed any exceptions to the 180 requirement in prior years.  The “Blizzard Bag” pilot provides Burlington with the possibility of maintaining the learning hour requirement but over a reduced number of days.
What are Blizzard Bags?
The concept of Blizzard Bags is not new. The practice of assigning work to students to make up snow days is already happening in states like Minnesota, Ohio, and New Hampshire just to name a few.  One difference in some states, like New Hampshire, is that the students are assigned work to do on a snow day and are expected to have it completed when they get back to school. However, this “homework” will not be the option that we will be looking to replicate this year.
Our district is exploring using a model where a sufficient amount of lessons/projects will be developed to equal the amount of instructional time students would have received for the days of school that we are looking to count. Once the assignments are created for all Burlington students, we will create a due-date for their completion. We will continue to offer frequent updates and will have a website with all of the assignments as well as resources to support their successful completion.
We believe that these learning projects will be more educationally relevant than additional worksheets.  We are also exploring ways to leverage the technology that the community provides to extend learning.
Any proposal will require school committee and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approval.  In addition, there may be working condition considerations in regards to school staff.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Recess walk in the snow

It's a beautiful day for walk at Memorial School!
First graders got some exercise by walking around the building today.
Thank you to Bobby Ganley and his crew for clearing
all the sidewalks and making this possible.
Thank you to the Burlington DPW for plowing the parking lots too!

Update for Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration will take place
at Memorial School
Today February 10th from 11:00-12:30
If you are unable to attend this session you can register at
Burlington High School
Student Information Center
Monday, February 23rd thru Friday, February 27th 
between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

We will also hold registration, again at the Student Information Office,
during the evening of February 26th between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.