Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Looking for Something To Do This Saturday?

Kindergartners are BLASTING off in READING

Mrs. Petelle's kindergarten classroom is ready to 
SHINE and PROUDLY SHARE their reading skills!
Can you answer... What is a digraph?
Can you answer… What is a vowel ?
Can you answer... What is a consonant?
Can you answer... How do you tap out a word?
Can you answer..What do all words have to have in order to be an English word?

ASK your Kindergartner, THEY KNOW!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Google Earth Day Quiz

You can search Google for answers to all kinds of animal questions: What does an aye-aye eat? Where do narwhals live? How long is a toco toucan's beak? And this Earth Day, you can turn to Google for the answer to something that you’ve always needed to know: which animal are you???

Clicking on this year’s Earth Day logo (or searching for “Earth Day quiz”) presents one of the Internet’s favorite pastimes: a totally scientific and 1,000% accurate personality quiz. Take the time to answer a few questions to determine and share your Earth Day animal. And, of course, you’re only a search away from learning more about nature’s precious pals and interesting inhabitants (fyi: kakapo is the heaviest parrot).

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekly Memo

April 17th, 2015
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

Apr 20th - Apr 24th - Spring Vacation, No School
Apr 27th - 5th Grade Field Trip to Concord
May 5-6th -  Science MCAS
May 4th - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Reservoir
May 6th - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Reservoir
May 7th - 5th Grade Volleyball Game
May 9th - Math Madness Tournament 9am to 10am
May 16th - Memorial Pancake Breakfast & Art Show 8am to 10am

Main Lunch Menu Choices April 27th - May 1st
Chicken Parm Sandwich
Burlington Sampler
Chicken Drumstick
French Toast Sticks

From the Office:  
Have a safe and fun Spring Vacation!  No School from April 20th - April 24th.
Happenings Around Town:
Pre K Social:  Calling all children entering kindergarten at Memorial this fall!  Join us on Sunday, May 3rd from 3 pm to 4 pm for a laid-back, friendly play-date at the Memorial school playground as part of monthly Pre-K socials being organized by Burlington Mother-to-Mother.  The socials are free and open to all incoming kindergarteners.  This is a great way for kids (and parents) to get to know each other and the school environment. Please rsvp with both your name and your child's name to Sharleen Davis at  Hope you can join us!

Blizzard Bag ebooks at available at Memorial School

New ebooks about Bees now available on Memorial Elementary School's Follett Shelf!

Checkout the new ebooks about Bees now available through Memorial School's
Library Catalog.

Please click here to sign out an ebook for Blizzard Bags.  You will need your
 sign in and password.

Obstacle Course at Memorial

Thank you to Ms. Bannon and Mr. Peterson for creating an exciting
obstacle course for our students at Memorial this week.  
It is BIG "hit"with our students every year!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PLEASE READ: Memorial School Support for Blizzard Bags

Memorial School
FAX (781) 229-5751              125 WINN STREET Burlington, MA 01803
Deborah Dressler

April 15, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian of Students in Grades 1-5,

In addition to the online district support session on Tuesday April 28th that Central Office will be planning, we will be supporting Memorial students the week of May 18 - 22, 2015.  Monday through Friday staff will be available from 2:30-3:30 pm in the library and computer lab room.  Please take advantage of this support time to have your child
  • seek clarification of projects already started
  • start a specific project
  • complete research or read links online
  • read the text with a teacher

Your child may attend one or more days of support but please be aware that we expect many students to take advantage of this opportunity and direct time with staff may be limited. Transportation will NOT be provided to students for the after school support. Students can be picked up in front of the building promptly at 3:30 pm so teachers and staff can get to their other work and family obligations.

Thank you for your patience as we pilot these new learning projects,

Deborah Dressler
Principal Memorial School

PLEASE READ: Blizzard Bag Information for Grades 1-5

We are excited to have the opportunity to pilot learning projects for school day cancellations. We will be the first district in the state of Massachusetts to try this with the assigned “Blizzard Bag” work that is available on this BPS Blizzard Bag site. As with any pilot, we expect that there will be a lot of questions and that not everything will proceed exactly as planned. However, we are committed to offering multiple methods to support students so that they can complete their work successfully.

Questions will be answered live on our Blizzard Bag phone line at 1 (512) SNOWDAY (1-512-766-9329) on Tuesday, April 28 from 4-7 p.m. Voice messages and texts can also be sent to this number during the duration of the assignment and will be responded to daily. In the meantime, we have also created an e-mail address where you can send questions ( We will share all of the questions asked on a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that will be added on this Blizzard Bag site.

Of course, your student’s classroom teachers are also a great resource for questions and we will be adding support opportunities that are available at individual schools in the days ahead as well on the website. Teachers will be checking in with their students during the week of May 4, which is the midpoint of the projects, to make sure that students are making progress. It is our hope that at least half of the assignment will be completed at this time. If students have any questions about expectations or length of assignments, they should ask their teachers.

Our final due date for the assignments is June 1, 2015. If students complete their work prior to that date, they are welcome to turn them in early to their teachers. Since the work is meant to be substituted for two days of school, all students who do not complete the work will be marked absent for two days. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this pilot. We look forward to your feedback along the way.

Please visit this site for information and details about student work that must be completed to ensure learning goals are met. Student assignments are posted by grade levels at the top of the Blizzard Bag Website. High school teachers will be giving students their assignments this week. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Weekly Memo

April 10th, 2015
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

Apr 20th - Apr 24th - Spring Vacation, No School
Apr 27th - 5th Grade Field Trip to Concord
May 4th -May 8th -  Science MCAS
May 4th - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Reservoir
May 6th - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Reservoir
May 7th - 5th Grade Volleyball Game
May 9th - Math Madness Tournament 9am to 10am
May 16th - Memorial Pancake Breakfast & Art Show 8am to 10am

Main Entree Choices (See Lunch Menu for More Details) Apr 13th - Apr 17th
Chicken Nuggets
Pizza Sticks
Ravioli’s w/meatballs
Fish Nuggets

From the Office:  
Safety & Security Reminder:  The main entrance door where walkers enter and exit will be unlocked between 7:55 am and 8:10 am.  If you are dropping off your child past 8:10 am, kindly walk them into to office and sign them in on the tardy sheet so that they are not marked absent.  Also, please remember, all exterior doors are locked during school hours.  Parents or guardians entering with their child or by themselves need to use the main entrance  and report to the office.  Please understand that parents are not allowed to disrupt instructional time by visiting classrooms unless specific prior arrangements have been made with the teacher.  

Drop-off and Pick-up procedures are as follows:
  1. Enter the school grounds through the driveway next to the blue Memorial School sign and turn right.
  2. Keeping right, follow the roadway down and around the flagpole, and pull up along the curb behind cars in front of you.
  3. Staff members will be there to direct traffic and supervise children as they exit, or enter, vehicles.  For safety’s sake, children must use the car door on the PASSENGER side, or curbside.
  4. After your child has left, or entered, the car, remain in line (NO PASSING) and follow the cars in front of you to merge on to Winn Street.
Thank you for following these safety procedures, developed by Burlington Police Department Safety Officer Bernie Schippelitti and the Burlington Public Schools.  They will help everyone to arrive at school, and later at home, safe and sound.

Save The Date: Please mark your calendars for the annual Memorial Spring Art Show and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 16th from 8:00-10:00 a.m.! Mrs. York is busy decking the main hall with our children’s amazing artwork. Come and take it all in then enjoy breakfast in the cafe with Memorial friends, new and old. The whole family is welcome!  More information about the event will follow after spring vacation.

Happenings Around Town:

Join Us on April 13th  From: 6:30-9:00pm

At the Marion Tavern for a night out with other PAC parents.

For anyone interested in special education in Burlington, the Burlington PAC is holding a networking night. In attendance will be special guest, soon to be School Committee member, Martha Simon.

Join us at the Marion Tavern (downstairs)  
Come at 6:30 and meet Martha.
She will give us an introduction, including her background and experience in special education.  Then open it up to questions, concerns, and share ideas for what's working currently and what's not.

After, we will discuss the future of the PAC, how we've been doing, what we can do better and discuss volunteer opportunities for the next school year.

A great night to come out and discuss your experiences both in the school district and with PAC.

For more information on the Burlington PAC or this location contact Lisa DeRosa at or via phone at 781-365-0124

We originally had Math Skills scheduled for this night but the presenter canceled because of a conflict. We will reschedule that presentation and let you know the new date. Sorry.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day:  On Saturday, April 25th, the Burlington Board of Health will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at Francis Wyman from 8:30am to 12pm.  This collection event is for Burlington Residents and provides an opportunity for proper disposal of household quantities of hazardous materials.  Proof of residency will be required.  For more information, please visit the Board of Health website at, Department A-M, Health or call 781-270-1955.

Substitute Cafeteria Workers & Bus Monitors Needed:

The Burlington Schools are looking for part-time Substitute Cafeteria Workers and Bus Monitors.  If you or someone you know would be interested in learning more, please visit our website at

Burlington Mother to Mother:  Pre-K Socials for Burlington children entering Kindergarten in Fall 2015.  Organized by Mother to Mother, socials are free, open to everyone and take place at each of the schools’ playgrounds.  The socials can help ease the transition to kindergarten as they are a great opportunity for children (and parents) to start familiarizing themselves with the school environment and getting to know others whom they’ll be seeing this fall.    

The first socials will be starting at the end of April.  To rsvp or if you have any questions, please contact Sharleen Davis at  with your name, email address and first name of your child entering kindergarten.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

In Need of a Loving Home

April Vacation AnimalAdoption

Burlinton Science Center

The Science Center is looking for homes for some of its animals over
April vacation.
gerbils   hamsters    

--The Science Center will provide cage, food, shavings, and care sheet for each animal.
--CALL MS. WENDY PAVLICEK AT (781)-270-2928 ASAP if interested.
--Animals are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
--All animals must be picked up by making an appointment with Ms. Pavlicek.
Thank you.