May 10, 2019
Starbuck students of the week for May 1st
Sam H., Avery, Josh, Grant, Sophia, and Drew
Care bear teacher kindness this week
Ms. Kiely, Mrs. Percival, Mrs. Gaudio, and Mrs. Cline
Main Office 781-270-1721 Nurse 781-270-1724 Absentee Line 781-273-7649
MAIN EVENTS AT MEMORIAL SCHOOL
May 11th - Pancake Breakfast & Art Show 8:00 am - 10:00 am
May 14th & 15th - Math MCAS grades 3-5
May 16th & 17th - Math MCAS make-up
May 20th & 21st - Science MCAS (5th grade)
May 22nd - Science MCAS make-up
May 27th - No School - Memorial Day
June 5th - Family Picnic 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
June 6th - Field Day (rain date June 7th)
June 11th - Fifth Grade Field trip
June 13th - Fifth Grade Celebration
June 13th - Fourth Grade Field Trip
June 20th (as of March 19th) - Last day of school (11:15 release)
Fun week at Memorial School
annual 5th grade Volleyball game!
Sweet Golden Corn
Warm Garlic Bread
Warm Cinnamon Apple Slices
BBQ Chicken Dinner
Perky Pear Cup
Ham & Cheese
Sweet Peach Cup
Tossed Garden Salad
Mixed Up Fruit Cups
Springtime in school is a busy assessment time of the year. Grades three through five will be taking the Math session of MCAS on May 14-15th. Grade five will complete Science MCAS on May 20-21. Students in grades 1-5 will be taking iReady which assesses important reading comprehension components as well as universal math assessments. If you have questions about your child’s/children performance on these screeners, please contact your classroom teacher. Please make sure your child gets a good night sleep and has a healthy breakfast before coming to school. Also,remember to pack your child a peanut/tree nut free snack for the classroom.
Information On May 23 Distance Learning Pilot - Students Will Report To School As Usual
MAY 1 2019
Dear Burlington Public Schools Families,
Burlington Public Schools will be conducting a Distance Learning Pilot on May 23rd. This pilot is about testing our effectiveness in communicating assignments to students at home in case of a canceled day. The purpose of the two-week window in this Distance Learning Pilot is to allow students time to receive the proper support and services to complete the assignments within the two week window. Students in grades 6 through 12 will utilize Google Classroom for this pilot and K through 5 students will use Seesaw.
Here are some quick details about the pilot
Students will still report to school
This is a test of our ability to communicate assignments online
Parents don’t need to be connected to Seesaw or Google Classroom. Students (and parents of younger students) can access the information by signing into the student account directly. The reason for using Seesaw for K-5 students and Classroom in grades 6-12 is to provide consistent, organized locations for students and parents to access information without having to go to several platforms or go through several emails.
BPS will review feedback about this process and this feedback will be utilized to assist the School Committee in its decision on whether to implement Distance Learning in the future.
If you have any questions or concerns, please give us your feedback here.
The Burlington Public Schools Distance Learning Committee
From the Nurse
"Reminder for parents of current 3rd-grade students:
Please submit a copy of a current physical exam from your pediatrician. This form is needed for entry into grade 4 for the next school year and is required for all Massachusetts children to attend public school per the Department of Public Health’s Physical Examination requirements This form must be dated after Sept 1, 2018. Thank you in advance"
IN THE KNOW WITH MEMORIAL
http://www.memorialschoolpto.org President - Lisa Cline
“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something”
We are looking for volunteers for the following Memorial Events:
Memorial School Pancake Breakfast and Art Show
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Come enjoy breakfast and exhibit of our children’s beautiful artwork
Register and pay online at
June 5th, Family Picnic. Sign up genius will be sent out soon.
Are you sick of your kids being sick this time of year? If so, the PTO is still collecting donations of kleenex, Clorox and Lysol disinfecting wipes and soap for Memorial classrooms.
If you would like to help with donations, please go to
Burlington Education Foundation 2019 Grand Prize Raffle
Grand Prize – The Bancroft: Private Dining 4-Course Dinner & Wine Pairing for 10 ($1,600 value)
2nd Prize – The Capital Grille: Private Dining 4-Course Dinner & Wine Pairing for 6 ($1,000 value)
3rd Prize – Seasons 52: Chef’s Table 7-Course Private Room Dinner for 10 ($1,000 value)
4th Prize – Strega Prime: Chef Tasting with Wine Pairing Dinner for 6 ($1,000 value)
5th Prize –Kings Bowling: Group Bowling Party, Pizza & Apps for 20 ($650 value)
➢ Online: Click the Grand Raffle Button at www.BurlingtonEdFoundation.org
➢ Submit payment and ticket(s) below to any Burlington School Office
➢ Mail: Send ticket(s) below to BEF at PO Box 756, Burlington, MA 01803 ➢ Winners to be contacted directly and announced on May 31st
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BPD radKIDS Week
The Burlington Police Department will once again be offering the radKIDS program this summer to Burlington children ages 8-12. The kids will be in a fun and very active program that stresses safety awareness through role-play, self-defense and other activities.
The Burlington Police will incorporate risk awareness skills (strangers, public safety, etc.) with radKIDS, a program that offers defense against abduction. The radKIDS portion of the class is a 15 hour class to be integrated with safety awareness teachings.
Classes will be free for all attending residents. Donations to Burlington DARE are appreciated. As per the radKIDS organization, each child thereafter will be able to re-attend the class on an unlimited basis for free.
The course will be held at the Marshall Simonds Middle School gymnasium Mon. – Fri. (9am-12noon) July 8-12, July 15-19. All 5 classes must be attended. Full time Burlington Police officers will teach the class.
Registration forms can be picked up at the police station lobby or printed out here; (http://www.burlington.org/departments/police/community_events.php). They must be dropped off at the Police Station. Limited space available! For questions, call Officer Keith Sheppard at 781-505-4965.
July 8th to August 15th
Explore Careers, Gain New Knowledge, Develop New Skills
Middlesex Community College provides children ages 8 and up with an exciting range of unique educational opportunities. Children make new friends and gain confidence in a safe and exciting environment using the vast open spaces in Bedford and the cultural and ethnic resources in Lowell. Some of the programs include:
Minecraft (ages 8-12)
Coding for Kids (ages 8-12)
Lego Mindstorms EV (ages 8-11)
Veterinary Medicine (ages 8-11 & 12-16)
Frozen Jr. (ages 8-15)
Medical Laboratory Science (ages 12-16)
Farm to Table: Healthy Eating (ages 10-15)
Career Exploration (ages 12-17)
Fashion Design (ages 12-16)
Creative Sculpture (ages 8-12)
And many more!
Registration is now open!
For more information visit middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids. If you have questions or concerns please contact Lauren Ellis, Program Manager at (781) 280-3669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Principal Dressler
Committee for Children Blog
Let’s Talk SEL: Parents, This Is for You!
Thursday, September 27, 2018 | By: Kim Gulbrandson
Parents, are you wondering what all the talk is about SEL and social-emotional skills? Chances are you’re already doing a lot to support your child with these skills, so keep reading to make additional connections about what it is, why it’s important, and what resources you can turn to if you’re interested in doing more.
Why do youth need social-emotional skills?
Think of a time when your child had a falling out with a friend or a difficult time fitting in socially. Maybe it was a time you received a phone call from the principal as a result of a situation at school, or when your child came home from school sad or upset, or couldn’t sleep because of an incident at school. Or was it a situation where your daughter or son could not finish a group academic project because of a problem with classmates?
Unfortunately, youth often have these and other types of negative experiences. Parents are there to help in any way they can, but over the long-term social and emotional skills can minimize the worst of these experiences and make youth’s experiences in life easier to manage.
With social-emotional skills, they can establish rewarding relationships with others, maintain meaningful relationships, and handle difficult social situations. They can manage times of high stress, and during times of anger, keep from launching into destructive actions they may regret later.
What are social-emotional skills?
Social-emotional skills are the strategies one has for managing strong emotions, navigating relationships, working effectively with others, solving difficult problems, and making responsible decisions.
Social-emotional skills pave the way for positive life experiences. When these skills are taught and supported, youth are more likely to succeed academically and have a positive attitude toward self and school, and less likely to experience emotional distress and use drugs.
Where and when are they used?
Social-emotional skills are needed and used from early childhood through adulthood. There is never a time they aren’t needed. We use these skills many times a day, navigating sibling and parent-child relationships, friendships, social and academic situations at school, our jobs, and anything we do in our communities. We need them for in-person interactions and even when communicating by phone or email.
For example, if a friend texts me about having an extremely bad day, I use my skills for empathizing when responding to her. If I don’t recognize and acknowledge her feelings and instead tell her to “toughen up,” I may not keep that friend.
What’s SEL? Is it different from social-emotional skills?
SEL stands for social-emotional learning. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, it’s the process by which we learn and apply social-emotional knowledge, attitudes, and skills for understanding and managing emotions, setting and achieving goals, establishing and maintaining relationships, and feeling and showing empathy for others. Second Step is considered an SEL program because it provides a process for learning and practicing many important social-emotional skills. This SEL: What and Why video explains SEL in less than three minutes.
As a parent, how can I learn more about this and support it at home and in my kid’s school?
Two ways to support social-emotional development at home are through the SEL Passport Challenge and with books. This reading list includes books on topics such as friendship, cooperation, bullying, dealing with anger, and problem-solving. For parents and caregivers of children ages two through five, check out this Sesame Street–Committee for Children resource on navigating challenges, and if you are a parent of a teen, look into ParenTeenConnect to support your teen with real issues at home. For more information, check out this list of curated blog posts on Edutopia.org.
How does SEL help prevent bullying, or to protect kids from abuse?
Bullying thrives in situations where bystanders (those who know about and witness bullying) don’t stand up for those who are being bullied or don’t report the bullying. Students who are bystanders to bullying can use social-emotional skills, such as assertiveness, to stand up to and report bullying when they see it. Because having friends can be a protective factor against bullying, friendship skills are another important social-emotional skill to have.
Safety skills, confidence, skills for identifying one’s own feelings (for example, recognizing when something someone says does not feel “right”), and assertiveness skills such as refusing and reporting can make the difference in a potential child abuse situation because they build capacity to recognize a situation is not okay, to say “no” and to report it.
Although social-emotional skills alone don’t in themselves prevent bullying or child abuse, they’re one of many factors that can affect these types of situations, especially when an adult isn’t present.
If your child’s school hasn’t already reached out to you about social-emotional learning, start a conversation. Ask the staff what they’re doing to promote SEL and how you can get involved. Share what you’re doing to promote SEL with your child at home.