Newsletter Nov 27, 2019



November 27, 2019



Main Office 781-270-1721    Nurse 781-270-1724 Absentee Line 781-273-7649





Dec. 2nd - 6th - Book Fair

Dec. 11th - Winter Concert 6-7PM

Dec. 13th - PTO Food and Fun for kids Night 6-8PM

Dec. 23rd-Jan. 1st - No School - Winter Break 


Outdoor Recess

On most days except on days of inclement weather or when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, students go outside to play to enjoy the outdoors.  If there is medical documentation that your child cannot go out on cold days, a note from the pediatrician is necessary in order for your child to remain indoors.  If your child is well enough to come to school, they are well enough to go outside during recess. It is very important that students come to school with proper outdoor attire, such as jackets, hats, and gloves in order for them to be safe and comfortable during recess.


A Message from your School Nurse

There have been a few cases of lice in the Burlington Public schools.  The following are some proactive steps parents can take:

  • Parents should check their children's heads at least once a week for active lice/ nits (eggs).

  • Remind your children to avoid sharing personal items (i.e., combs, brushes, hats, helmets, hair accessories) and head-to-head contact i.e hugging other children.

  • Teach children to tuck hats in the pockets or sleeves of their outerwear. .

  • Keep long hair pulled up.

  • Keep personal items the child sleeps with, (i.e stuffed animals, blankets) at home.


Classroom teachers, and staff from the after school programs reinforce these measures.

Click here  for the BPS protocol on head lice along with some helpful resources regarding head lice. 

As an alternative to traditional chemical treatments, there are several professional lice removal companies that exist. An internet search will provide companies in the area. Burlington Public Schools does not endorse any particular company or product.

We would appreciate all communication about any cases of lice.  If your child has lice or has recently been treated for lice, please notify the school nurse. All children who are diagnosed with lice must be checked by the school nurse before readmission to school.  An adult must accompany the students to the nurse's office on the morning of return. Thank You.




Instagram App Guide For Parents & Teachers (And New Features)

November 19, 2019 By Josh Ochs 

Instagram is one of the most popular apps for teens. Nearly three out of every four now use the Instagram app, according to the Pew Research Center. The company claims it now has more than 1 billion users worldwide, which means your kids have a lot of company!

There are many reasons why teens love sharing photos, videos, and stories on Instagram. But there are also lots of reasons why parents should keep tabs on exactly what their students are doing on the app. The Facebook-owned platform has taken a proactive approach at keeping its users safe, but with widespread reports of bullying, predators, and privacy concerns– we want parents to know all the ins and outs of Instagram.

Watch our updated Instagram Parent App Guide video



What is Instagram?

  • Instagram is an app (and a website) built around sharing photos and videos 

  • The app became so popular that Facebook purchased the platform in April 2012 and has owned it ever since

  • Like most social media apps, Instagram allows users to follow others that they’re interested in. This creates a feed on the homepage showing posts from everyone the user follows

  • Users can like posts, comment on them, share them, or save them

  • Instagram gives users the opportunity to have a public or private profile

  • Since its launch, Instagram has expanded the platform to include features like: Instagram Stories, Instagram Direct, IGTV, and Instagram Restrict

Instagram App Screenshots

Instagram feed: Posts that appear on a user’s profile and the Instagram home page for their followers.

  • The Instagram feed is the original feature that made Instagram so popular

  • Users can post photos, videos, or IGTV previews to their feed and they will appear on their profile

  • Users can comment, like, or share content that is posted to the Instagram feed

Instagram Stories: Temporary video, image, or text posts that disappear after 24 hours.

  • Similar to Snapchat, Instagram Stories allows users to post text, images, or videos that will disappear after 24 hours 

  • Stories can be seen by your followers and if your account is public, anyone can watch your Stories

  • Instagram Stories are popular with students because of their temporary nature and the ability to easily add filters to videos

  • Users can highlight their Instagram Stories so that they appear on their profile after the initial 24 hour window

  • Instead of appearing in a user’s main feed, Stories appear at the top of the Instagram home page

Instagram Direct: Users can chat one-one-one, or in groups, privately so it does not appear in the feed.

  • In the upper right hand corner of the Instagram home screen, users can access their direct messages by tapping the paper airplane icon

  • Users can send text messages, videos, images, voice messages, GIFs, stickers, and other users’ Instagram stories within Instagram Direct

  • Additionally, users can video chat with each other through Instagram Direct

  • Anyone can Direct Message a user on Instagram – even if the user they’re messaging has a private account. Users must approve others in Instagram Direct in order to start a conversation

  • This is one of the main features we warn parents about because this is where strangers can contact your kids. Also, students might use Instagram Direct to hide their activity from their parents and their parent’s phone bill

  • Students might refer to Instagram Direct as “DMs” (direct messages) or “PMs” (private messages)

IGTV: Videos that are longer than 60 seconds.

  • In order to compete with YouTube, Instagram created IGTV so that users could post videos longer than 60 seconds to the platform

  • In the upper right hand corner of the home screen, next to the Instagram Direct icon, users can navigate to IGTV by tapping the TV icon

  • IGTV can be filtered to show the most popular IGTV posts, posts from people a user follows, or by their viewing history

  • When a user uploads an IGTV, they have the option to post a preview (less than 60 seconds long) of the video to their Instagram feed

Instagram App IGTV Screenshot

Instagram Discover: The search engine of Instagram.

  • By tapping the magnifying glass icon in the lower left hand side of the app, users can search Instagram for all types of posts

  • Users can use Instagram Discover to see posts similar to the posts that they engage with or to search for accounts, hashtags, and places

  • If a user has a public profile and their post is getting a lot of engagement from their followers, their post may appear in the Discover tab and attract new followers

Instagram Saved: A private place where users can save posts to folders.

  • Many parents might not know about the Saved feature which allows users to save posts 

  • Users can create folders and save posts into those folders

  • To access the Saved feature, users should navigate to their profile, tap the icon in the upper right hand corner (it looks like 3 lines), and tap Saved

  • Following the steps above will allow the user to see all of their Saved posts and folders

Instagram Restrict: A feature introduced in 2019 that helps users have more control over negative comments and cyberbullying. 

  • Instagram consulted with teens to determine how the platform can help users who are being bullied

  • Before Instagram released the Restrict feature, teens said that they were reticent to block bullies on the app because the bully would be notified that they were blocked (which could escalate the situation in real life) and also because when a user blocks someone on Instagram, they give up the ability to see what the bully is doing

  • Users can restrict the actions of anyone who posts negative comments or sends offensive messages. Once someone has been restricted, the user who restricted them has to approve their comments before they’re posted

  • The user and the user who has been restricted can see the comment but it will not appear to others unless approved

  • Direct messages from a restricted user will appear in a separate inbox and if the original user chooses to read the message, the restricted user will not be notified

  • To restrict someone: Users swipe left on the person’s comment, use the privacy tab in settings, or go directly to the profile of the account they want to restrict

Instagram App Restrict Screenshot

Instagram has begun hiding likes – November 2019

In November 2019, Instagram began restricting certain users in the US from seeing how many likes a post gets. While each user can still see the likes their own posts get, scrolling through your Instagram feed may not show the likes on posts from the uers you are following. This feature was rolled out earlier this year – first in Canada. It then expanded to Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. Now this feature is being rolled out to users in the United States.

The Head of Instagram tweeted about the change, stating “[o]ur hope is to better understand how this idea changes how people feel about using our platform, particularly young people.”



Chicken Nuggets, French Fries, Broccoli, Apple   



Pancakes, Sausage Patty, Applesauce, Baby Carrots 



Pasta w/Meatballs, Dinner Roll, Green Beans, Roasted Chickpeas, Pear Cup




Nacho Grande, Corn, Peach Cup




Tony’s Deep Dish Pizza, Garden Salad Mixed Fruit, Carrot Sticks

(Alternative Dailey Lunch Option: Bagel & Cheese Stick or Yogurt, SunButter & Jelly, Grilled Cheese, or Fresh Tossed Salad)





Memorial is hosting a Follett Book Fair! 

Supporting a love for reading is critical to student success. Supporting your school is just as important. The Follett Book Fair encourages your child's reading habits, builds their personal libraries and raises funds for the school, all at the same time. 

A flyer will be coming home next week with some examples of the books that will be in the book fair as well as the day and time your student will be attending the book fair. 

Book fair dates: Monday, December 2 thru Friday, December 6th

Book fair times: Monday thru Thursday 8:00 am - 2:45 pm;  Friday 8:00 - 12:00

The book fair will accept cash and checks only.  Support your school and avid readers in your family by visiting the book fair. We hope to see you there! 

If you are interested in Volunteering at the Book Fair, please contact our Teacher Librarian - Mrs. Myer at or 781.273.7656


If you are interested you may learn more about a Follett Book Fair online at 



Burlington Education Foundation

2019 Fall Raffle

Grand Prize – Eddie V’s Prime Seafood: Private Dining Food & Wine Pairing for 12 ($1,250 value) 

2 nd Prize – Tuscan Kitchen: Exclusive Chef’s Table Dinner for 10 ($1,000 value) 

3 rd Prize– Black & Blue Steak and Crab: Board Room Private Dining & Wine Pairing for 10 ($1,000 value) 

4 th Prize – Kings Bowling: King Pin Private Group Bowling Party, Pizza & Apps for 20 ($1,000 value) 

5 th Prize – Total Wine & More: Host a Private Wine Tasting Function for 20 ($500 value) *** $5,000 in Prize Values. 


Take a chance to win and support the BEF *** ➢ Online: Click the “Fall Raffle” tab at ➢ Winners announced on November 30th ➢ Mail: Send ticket(s) below to BEF at PO Box 756, Burlington, MA 01803 (via email and BEF