Sunday, August 19, 2018

Welcome Back!

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

August 22, 2018

Dear Memorial School Families,

Welcome back to a new school year!  A long time ago someone shared this analogy. The summer
is like a long weekend...the end of June is like Friday night, you have lots of energy to go out
and it feels like you have all the time in the world to do the things you want with friends and family.
 July is like Saturday, you are excited to have two days left of the weekend and you finally relax
into a pace that feels like it will never end. August is like Sunday. The end of the weekend
when you realize the summer heat grows long and you might actually look forward to a cool
September breeze and the desire to get back to a routine. Well… it’s almost  Sunday evening!

Some news about our talented staff at Memorial School.  We are so excited to welcome back
Deanna Goggin, special educator, after the birth of her twin girls and Erica Farrand,
second-grade teacher, after the birth of her triplets!  Going out on maternity leave is Jenna Harlow,
fourth-grade teacher. We are fortunate to have Annie White supporting her students till she returns
in November. Also in fourth grade, Tara Olshaw will be taking a leave till October and Kara Doherty
will be supporting her students.  Both Annie and Kara are smart new educators who are well known
to our students and staff working as permanent substitute teachers last year.
Unfortunately, some of our staff have moved onto other exciting opportunities. Andrew Deane,
special education instructional assistant, got a fifth-grade teaching position in Melrose and
Hannah Linstead-Atkinson, speech and language instructional assistant, is attending nursing school!  
Ginny Bucknam, a beloved reading tutor, retired to spend more time with her family. and Sally Sherman,
a new tutor who brought great skill to her small group instruction, is taking time off to be with her two
young children. Janet Cappola, our longtime PT at Memorial also retired to spend more time with her
family. We wish them much success in their new adventures. They will be missed.
Onto some important September dates.  
  • The 2018-2019 School calendar
  • School Hours: same as last year
    • 7:55-8:10 car drop off  (after 8:10 you need to park your car and sign your child
    • in at the front office)
    • 8:10 instruction starts
    • 2:15 instruction ends
  • The first day of school for students in first through fifth grade will be September 4, 2018.
  •  At arrival, all students will gather in the cafe for a whole school assembly
  • Kindergarten Orientation will be September 5, 2018.
    • Two sessions: 9:30 am and 11:30 am
  • The first day for kindergarten students will be September 6, 2018.
  • Bournedale Trip for Fifth graders will be September 13-14th
  • Open House will be on September 27, 2018
  • Picture Day will be on September 28, 2018

I hope you all enjoy these last weeks of summer. We are ready to welcome you and your
child/children to a wonderful school year. Thank you for sharing your child/children with us!
We can’t wait to make this NEW school year, a GREAT school year!

Warm wishes,
Deb Dressler