Saturday, April 30, 2016

MCBA award winners

 Memorial School is proud to announce the four fifth grade MCBA 
winners are...

Mihir, Noyal, Giana and Layla 

Congratulations for reading all of the 25 MCBA books this year!


Friday, April 29, 2016

Principal of the Day

Tessie and her crew, Ava, Natalie and Julia, spent the day being
Principal for the day.
Tessie started by announcing our STARstudents of the week

Then it was off to fifth grade lunch to announce MCBA award winners
(Noyal, Mihir, Giana and Layal read all 25 MCBA books this year)

A few moments for a group pose.

Then we visited each classroom and awarded STARbucks to students. 

Back to work making a teacher appreciation picture for every teacher at Memorial

Then A LOT of shredding took place in my office

And a pizza lunch before returning to the classroom.
Thank you to Tessie and the girls for all your help today 

Weekly Memo

April 29th 2016
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649
2nd - May 6th - Teacher Appreciation Week
5th-School Council Mtg. 5:00 pm Public Welcome
8th - Mother’s Day
9th- Fifth Grade vs Teachers Volleyball Game at 10:00am
10th - 12th - PARCC makeup if needed
11th- Spring Music Concert  for 4th & 5th grade at 7:00pm
13th - 3rd grade field trip, Reservoir, (Keating/Cyr)
14th- Middlesex Math Madness Tournament at Memorial
16-17th - MCAS science grade 5 starting  9:20am
20th - 3rd grade field trip, Reservoir,  (Ferullo/Kippenberger)
21st - Pancake Breakfast/Art Show at 8am
23rd - 5th grade Orientation @ MSMS 10am for kids, 7pm for Parents
25th - 2nd Grade Memorial Day Concert at 10am
27th - 1st grade field trip
30th - Memorial Day, no School

1st - Incoming K Open House at 1:15pm
3rd - 4th Grade field trip, State House
8th - 3rd Grade Concert
9th - Field Day
10th - 2nd Grade Field trip, Ipswich River
13th - 17th - School Spirit Week
13th - Field Day Rain Date
14th - 5th grade field trip, Cedardale
15th - PTO Family Picnic
16th - PTO Family Picnic Rain Date
19th - Father’s Day
20th - Last day of school (½ day)

Week of May 2nd - 6th

Burlington Sampler

Turkey or Ham Sandwich
Mac & Cheese
French Toast Sticks
Homemade Pizza

From the office:

Today we were notified from Central Office that a coyote may be in the wooded area near Memorial School. Teachers were notified and supplied with horns to ensure student safety as they played closer to the school.

Parent RTI Survey:

In order to continue to improve our Response To Intervention (RTI) protocols in Burlington we are asking for feedback. Please take a few moments to answer the brief survey by clicking on the  RTI Parent Survey link.

From the Music Department:  

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The music department at Memorial presents, A Night at the Symphony” on:

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Your child has been working very hard towards this concert and we hope you and your family can be there to support them. Feel free to email or call us if you have any questions.

Concert Attire:  
Morning - The students may wear regular school clothes in the daytime - but please no t-shirts with logos or words.

Evening - Our concert is all about opera and music from classical composers.  We would like the students to be as fancy as possible, while still being comfortable.  

Below are some ideas:
Girls:  Fun/fancy dresses, skirts, or nice pants.
Boys:  Suits and ties/bow ties, dress pants with polo shirts, or even tuxedo t-shirts!

Mrs. Niu and Mrs. Rzasa will likely be wearing gowns with opera gloves and costume jewelry.  Have fun with your outfit choice!

Call Time:  Please make sure that your child arrives to the school no later than 6:40 p.m. Band students will report to the music room, string students will report to the lesson room, and chorus students who do not play an instrument will report to the Art Room at 6:50pm.

Please note: ALL 4th and 5th graders must attend the Spring Concert. The students have been working so hard since January to prepare for this performance, and we need all of their wonderful voices in our ensemble!  (Please contact us in advance if you have a conflict with attendance).

* We look forward to seeing you there! *
Mr. Napierkowski, Mrs. Niu, and Mrs. Rzasa

From the PTO:  The next PTO meeting will be on Thursday, May 5th at 7pm in the library. We will be discussing the end of the year activities.
The PTO is looking for a few new board members to help out for the 2016-2017 school year. We are looking for a Co-Treasurer, a Co-Vice President of Social Events and a Co-Vice President of Fundraising. If you would be interested in volunteering for these positions or for more information, please contact the PTO at
Teacher Appreciation Week is next week, May 2-6! The PTO would like to show our appreciation to the teachers and staff at Memorial School by providing treats for them throughout the week. We are looking for donations of candy for Monday. Please send in bagged candy to the office by Monday morning, May 2.
Save The Date: Please mark your calendars for the annual Memorial Spring Art Show and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 21st 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.  Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve.  Please consider giving 30 minutes of your time.  Registration for the breakfast will be begin on May 1st online

Happenings Around Town:
It’s not too late for the Summer Reading, Writing or Science Programs:
Burlington is excited to once again offer a summer school program entitled Digging Up Dinosaurs a Prehistoric Adventure for students entering Grades 1-5. The program this year will include an emphasis on reading, math and writing across the curriculum. Students will be exploring fiction, and also be developing their reading skills in non-fiction areas like math, social studies and science. Time will be built into the schedule for developing reading comprehension strategies for solving math word problems and tackling interesting and challenging non-fiction texts. Ultimately the purpose of the program is to enhance reading, math and writing skills as well as their confidence in all the subject areas.

Students entering grades 4 and 5 for the 2016/2017 school year may participate in this program spun from the popular "hour of coding" experience during this past year's "Computer Science Week" (this is a repeat of last year’s summer program). Students will participate in a blend of games, programming and LEGO robotics challenges that will explore the basics behind coding software, robots, and programming languages.

Students entering grades 2 - 5 for the 2016/2017 school year will have the opportunity to participate in a summer writing workshop. Participants will experience various writing genre. They will write on topics of their choosing, revise, edit and publish with the guidance of experienced writing teacher(s) and peers. Literature will be used as models for students’ writing.

All completed forms must include the following emergency form.

This Spring, our Books are all in Bloom! And there will be Plenty for you to pick from!  All books, CDs, Audio, DVDs and Puzzles - $1.00 Children’s Paperbacks 2/$1.00.  SPRING SALE SPECIAL Friends Members–Buy 2 & your 3rd book is FREE!
Friday, April 29th – 10:15 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30th –10:15 to 4:30 p.m
Sunday, May 1st – 1:15 – 3:30 P.M. Buy a Bag Day!* *Paper bags provided by us - $5.00 per bag! That’s a lot of books!

Contact: Vanessa Ovian, 617-257-9916,
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra: 3:00 pm, Sunday, May 8, 2016. Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA. Returning to the Burlington Community Concert Series for a special Mother’s Day performance, the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra continues to be the most popular and sought after big bands in the world for both concert and swing dance engagements. With a unique and time-honored jazz sound, memorable hits include “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Tickets range between $5 and $25. Purchase tickets at, 781-A-FUN-TIC and at the box office the day of the performance. All seats are reserved. The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, a fully accessible venue, is located on the campus of Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA. Co-sponsored by Burlington Public Schools and Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce.

STARbuck students of the week

Congratulations to Sarah, Shreedhar, Beckett, Camyrn, Brendon and Alyssa
 for being role models at Memorial School!

Being Kind
Being Safe
Being Respectful
Being Responsible
The Memorial way

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fire Truck delivers Memorial Students

Burlington Fire Truck dropped students off at Memorial School yesterday
                 What a surprise to see Caden, Tessie, Ava, and Kelsey hop out of the Big Red Truck!                                       



Friday, April 15, 2016

Weekly Memo

April 15th 2016
Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724   Absentee Line 781-273-7649
April 18th - 22nd - No School, Spring Vacation
April 22nd - Earth Day
April 26th - May 5th - PARCC Testing, Grades 3-5  starting at  8:30
April 28th - K Field trip
May 2nd - May 6th - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9th- Fifth Grade vs Teachers Volleyball Game at 10:00am
May 10th - 12th - PARCC makeup if needed
May 11th- Spring Music Concert  for 4th & 5th grade at 7:00pm
May 13th - 3rd grade field trip, Reservoir, (Keating/Cyr)
May 14th- Middlesex Math Madness Tournament at Memorial
May 16-17th - MCAS science grade 5 starting  9:20am
May 20th - 3rd grade field trip, Reservoir,  (Ferullo/Kippenberger)
May 21st - Pancake Breakfast/Art Show at 8am
May 23rd - 5th grade Orientation @ MSMS 10am for kids, 7pm for Parents
May 25th - 2nd Grade Memorial Day Concert @ 10am
May 27th - 1st grade field trip
June 20th - Last day of school (½ day)

Week of April 25th - April 29th

Chicken Parm Sandwich

French Toast
Chicken Fingers
Ultimate Nachos

From the office:
Happy Spring Vacation to everyone in the Memorial School family!
If you are looking for interesting and creative activities to do with family or friends please check out for some low cost ideas.
To Parents of current 3rd grade students: Please send a copy of your child’s most recent physical exam dated after January 1, 2016 to your elementary school Nurse’s Office before the start of school in September.  Any form that your physician’s office uses is acceptable. Please make sure that all required immunizations are also documented on the form. You may send a printed copy or email an attachment with the student’s name in the subject area to your school nurse.  Any questions, please call Lynne Sakey, School Nurse at 781-270-1724 or email  Fax: 781-229-5751.

11 Facts about Earth Day:
  1. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
  2. Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by   1990.

  1. On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called Earth that followed the migration paths of four animal families.

  1. On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution. An environmental movement was born as a result.

  1. Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet.

  1. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a US senator.

  1. Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.

  1. Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.

  1. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.

  1. In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.

  1. In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.

Happenings Around Town:
Burlington Apple Retail Store - Workshops Offered during April School Vacation week.  
Apple Retail in Burlington, Massachusetts will be holding Workshops during school vacation week from April 17 - 23, 2016.   These events are always free.
Topics include Basics of using an iPhone/iPad/Mac, Introduction to using iCloud, Videography on an iPhone, Shooting Artistic Photos with iPhone, Sharing ideas for Presentations, Sketching, Drawing or Painting on an iPad.

Workshops are held for one hour.  Details, schedules, and reservations are available via this website:      Apple Team Members will provide content for these events.