Wednesday, September 30, 2015

STARbuck winners of the week

STARbuck winners of the week are...


Thank you for being role models at Memorial School!

Be Kind- Be Responsible- Be Respectful- Be Safe

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Weekly Memo

September 25th, 2015
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

Sept 30th - K field trip
Oct 1st - Coffee with Mrs. Dressler, (Parents/Guardians Only) 9-10am
Oct 1st- PTO meeting 7-8pm
Oct 2nd - School Pictures
Oct 12th - No School
Oct 26th - Vocabulary  Parade
Oct 30th - PTO Halloween Party & iScream Social 6:30 - 8pm

Sept 28th - Oct 2nd
Popcorn Chicken
French Toast
Macaroni & Cheese
Hamburger or Cheeseburger

From the office:
Parent Drop Off/Pick-Up:  A.M. Drop-Off is 7:55 am, and pick-up begins at 2:15 pm.   (Your child is marked tardy if arrival time is past 8:10 am,  You MUST walk your child into the office and sign them in.)
Parents driving students to school in the morning are required to use the access road on the right as you enter Memorial Elementary School..  Students are to exit the car on the right  hand side of the car and walk to the sidewalk.

Parents of children in grades 1-5 who pick them up in a car at the 2:15pm dismissal time are to  drive along the Memorial access road and the first car will stop parallel to Memorial School front entrance  doors.
  • Cars will form a single line and parents will remain in their cars.
  • Teachers will walk all parent pick up students out to a designated spot at 2:15pm and teachers will dismiss students.
  • Students will enter the car on the right hand side of the car.
  • Once students are in the car and the car door is closed, parents proceed to the parking lot and exit Memorial School.
Parents who have indicated that “Parent Pick Up” is their child (ren)’s regular dismissal plan are to follow the aforementioned procedure.

Parents of kindergarten children who pick up their children at 12:40pm should follow the same procedure.
Any parent who
  • sends a different driver to pick up their child other than the usual driver must send a note to the classroom teacher stating the change of driver that includes their full name.  Students will not be dismissed to a different Parent Pick Up driver without a note from a parent.
  • changes their usual dismissal routine to “Parent Pick Up” must send a note to the teacher indicating this change in dismissal plan.
  • needs to make a last minute decision to “Parent Pick Up” must call the school office no later than 1:30pm.
  • Is late for the Parent Pick Up line must come to the main office to pick up and sign out their child.  Teachers will bring parent pick-up children to the main office to wait for late parents.

Visitors:  Visitors are welcome at school.  There is a buzzer positioned at the main entrance of the school.  Please push the button and the main office will allow you access to the building.  Upon entry, you are required to go into the main office, sign the visitor’s log and receive a visitor’s badge to wear while you are visiting Memorial.  If you do not have a badge, staff members are instructed to ask you to return to the main office to sign in and retrieve a visitor’s badge.  When you leave Memorial School you are required to return to the main office, sign out and return your visitor badge to the secretary.  This procedure ensures the safety of all students and all school staff.  

If your child has forgotten any school related item, you can bring that item to the main office and the secretary will inform their teacher that the item is in the main office.  To maintain a safe environment and to limit distractions parents do not go to classrooms to pick up their child or stop by a classroom without an appointment for any reason.  

After school hours, students may not have access to the building for safety and security reasons since teaching staff is not on duty.  Forgotten items (instruments, clothing,homework etc.)  can be retrieved the following day during school hours.

From the Nurse:  All medication required during school hours is to be brought to the school by an adult parent/guardian. Children are not to bring their own medicine, prescription or over the counter to school. All medication -- both prescribed and over the counter -- needs to be in properly labeled packaging.A signed order form from you health care provider is also required for each medication. Medication order forms can be obtained in the Nurse’s office or online at the Burlington Schools’ website. Please call Lynne Sakey, RN 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. The best way to combat all communicable disease is to wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially before eating. Cough into the crook of your elbow and not your hands to eliminate the transmission of illness.

Items Needed:  
Here's a list of clothing needs:
  • Girls up to size 10 - tops and bottoms
  • Boy up to size 7 -  bottoms
  • Boys size 12+  - tops and bottoms
Sweat/athletic/yoga pants are best, but anything donated would be welcome!

From the PTO:  The Memorial PTO needs you!  Please visit our website to register your family, pay your dues online, and sign up for volunteer opportunities.  Information about the many ways that you can help the PTO are on the website.  We look forward to the events that are coming up during this school year.  

Halloween Dance Party & I-SCREAM Social:  Come join us for our Halloween Spooktacular on October 30th, from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Memorial School.  Register online at

Happenings Around Town:  
Burlington's First Annual Bowl-a-thon:   at Kings Burlington on Sunday morning 9am - 12pm, October 4th.  $15 per person (for ages 3+) and bring the littler ones (0-2) at no extra charge.  This is an ALL AGES family event.  "GUTTER BUMPERS" are available so even the young ones will have a blast bowling!   There will be plenty of carnival style activities for everyone to enjoy before or after their turn on the lanes at no extra charge.  

The $15 for admission gets you 2 strings of bowling, shoe rental, food, beverages, carnival activities, and entry into the door prize (Kings Gift Certificate).

We are also selling tickets for a Grand Raffle ($10 for one ticket and $20 for three tickets).  [1st Prize - iRobot Roomba Vacuum : 2nd Prize - Kings Bowling Party for 10 people : 3rd Prize - Cases-Cases Inc. BackYard Campfire Basket]  
You do not need to attend the bowl-a-thon to win the Grand Raffle, so it is a great way to support the cause if you cannot make it on the 4th.

To purchase admission tickets, grand raffle tickets or for more information, visit our website

All proceeds benefit the Adopt-a-Class 2027 Program

BHS ROBOTICS:  Please support the BHS Devilbotz by visiting Uno’s on Oct 8th all day and eating pizza.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Thank you to the BEF (Burlington Education Foundation) 
for funding our FRIENDSHIP BENCH.

The friendship bench came from the 

Acacia’s dream is to place friendship kits into every school across the United States and spread friendship around the country and around the world. She believes that if we can begin to put the spotlight on all of the goodness, random acts of kindness, and yes, friendship, then we will begin to see a brighter more vibrant world. A world where kindness, compassion, and humanity are recognized, appreciated and rewarded. A world where acts of violence are replaced by acts of kindness.

Our talented guidance counselors, Danielle Flaccavento and Jamie Martin
created a lesson for the entire school to learn more about the purpose of the friendship bench

Why do we need a Buddy Bench?

  • If you are new to school
  • If you want to make new friends
  • If your friends aren’t here today
  • If you want to play something different than what your friends are playing
  • If you’re having a problem with your friends and you just can’t solve it right now

All students received an "I am Amazing" band after they learned how the friendship bench can help all students at Memorial School have a better time out at recess.

Mrs. Ioakimidis and Mrs. Canty's kindergarten class 
got to be the first students to gather at the bench!

Thank you again to the BEF for funding this important PBIS 
(positive behavior intervention supports) work.

STARbuck winners of the week

Our STARbuck winners of the week are...

Liam, Ava, Seumas, Yvenaya, Daniel and Vala

THANK YOU for being role models at Memorial School! 

Be Kind-Be Responsible-Be Respectful-Be Safe

Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekly Memo

September 18th, 2015
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649

Sept 24th & 25th - Camp Bournedale Field trip for 5th grade
Sept 30th - K field trip
Oct 1st - Coffee with Mrs. Dressler, (Parents/Guardians Only) 9-10am
Oct 1st- PTO meeting 7-8pm
Oct 2nd - School Pictures
Oct 12th - No School
Oct 26th - Vocabulary  Parade
Oct 30th - PTO Halloween Party & iScream Social 6:30 - 8pm

Sept 21st - Sept 25th
Chicken Nuggets
Beef Nachos
Hamburger or Cheeseburger
Hot Dog
Stuffed  Crust Pizza

From the office:
Memorial School After-School Homework & Study Club:  The 2015 Fall Session of Memorial School’s After-School Homework & Study Club for Grades 3-5 will begin on Thursday, October 1st and run through Tuesday, December 1st. The purpose of the club is to help children develop effective study skills while providing them with the time, structure, and supervision needed to successfully complete their homework at school.  The club will meet two afternoons per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 2:30 until 3:30.  The fee will be $80. (Please note: there will be no sessions on: Nov. 10th, and 26th.)
Memorial School After-School Homework & Running Club:  The 2015 Fall Session of Memorial School’s After-School Homework & Running Club for Grades 1-2 will begin on Thursday, October 1st and run through Tuesday, December 1st. The main goal for the club is to provide a fun opportunity for students to become healthy and active, but also a time where students are able to complete homework with access to teacher support. This is the start of a new club and we hope to combine two great activities to make learning more fun. The club will meet two afternoons per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 2:30 until 3:30.  The fee will be $80. (Please note: there will be no sessions on: Nov. 10th, and 26th.)

Memorial PTO:  The Memorial Elementary School PTO is made up of Parents, Teachers and School Administrators from the Memorial School Community.  The PTO is led by an Executive Board comprised of elected officers from the Memorial Community.  

Meet the Memorial PTO 2015-2015 Board:
  • Co-Presidents:  Susan Schultz & Lisa Cline  
  • Vice President: (Fundraising):  Marie Mikolinski
  • Treasurer:  Jennifer Carabetta & Kelly Mercier  
  • Secretary:  Pamela Schenck
The PTO supports the teachers, students and families of Memorial Elementary School.  We foster the growth of the Memorial Community by volunteering our time to hold several social functions each year.  We raise money by collecting dues and organizing several fundraising events.  Money raised is used to support the teachers, students, families and all programs at the School.  The PTO also organizes volunteers for field trips and all school related events.   
PTO Meetings are held on one Thursday every month.  7:00 PM - 8:15 PM in the Memorial School Library.  Everyone is welcome.  Come by and see what it's all about.
  • Thursday, October 1, 2015
  • Thursday, November 5, 2015
  • Thursday, December 3, 2015
  • Thursday, January 8, 2016
  • Thursday, February 4th, 2016
  • Thursday, March 3, 2016
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time:  7:00 PM to 8:15 PM       Where:  Memorial School Library
For more information visit:
Upcoming PTO Event October 30th:  Children arrive in costume and may choose from a variety of activities: Make your own sundaes; Eat donuts on a string; Watch Halloween movies on the big screen with friends; Dance the night away as the DJ plays your favorite songs; Get your “Halloween Hair” done, Decorate pumpkins, Get your face painted and much, more .  Pre-registration required.  Stay tuned for more information….
Current PTO Fundraiser: The valuable, family-friendly, KidStuff Coupon Books are available through our school again this year! The KidStuff Coupon Books will be sent home to Memorial Families on Monday, September 21st. The cost of each book is $25.00 and our school will receive 50% of the proceeds.  Please return your payment no later than Monday, October 5th (make checks payable to the Memorial School PTO).  If you are not interested in the book, please return it to school.  If you wish to order additional books, please complete the enclosed order form and include your payment. Books for other states are also available. Please check the order sheet for more information. These books will be sent home after October 19th.  If you have any questions, please contact the PTO at

Happenings Around Town:  
From Food Services: Looking to work three hours a day on a per diem basis, how about joining our school cafeteria substitute list?   If you are interested please contact Karen Damaso at 781-270-1756.

From BPS EDtech:

BPS Edtech Presents: September Tech Savvy Parenting Night

From the BPS Ed Tech Blog:The BPS Edtech Team is thrilled to announce the first Tech Savvy Parenting Night of the 2015-2016 school year. This event is part of our ongoing Digital Bootcamp Series which was launched last year. Our September parent tech night, taking place on Monday, September 28th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Marshall Simonds Middle School Library Commons features Alan Katzman. Katzman is the founder of the New York City based Social Assurity and is a nationally recognized digital citizenship expert. Katzman also serves as a member of the #digcit Twitter chat moderation team.

Alan’s presentation, “Elevating Your Child’s Social Media & Digital Presence for Better College & Career Opportunities” will help parents and students understand how to leverage social media tools proactively and purposefully. The new reality is that “social media has completely changed the college application and job recruiting process.” Katzman will help parents and students learn how to showcase their skills and talents in innovative ways and ultimately get noticed by college admissions representatives. He will share how students can take advantage of social media to create an impressive and discoverable digital brand. And in today’s digital world, students and their parents MUST understand how they can use various technology tools to gain a competitive advantage and achieve their higher education goals.  This event is open to all Burlington Public School parents. It is ideal for parents who have children in grades 7 through 12. Pre-register is NOT required, however in order to prepare for the event, the BPS Edtech Team asks attendees to complete this Google Form.  The BPS Edtech team looks forward to seeing you and your children on Monday, September 28th!