MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWS
November 22, 2019
Main Office 781-270-1721 Nurse 781-270-1724 Absentee Line 781-273-7649
We are Respectful, Responsible, Kind and Safe.
Staff and Students alike!
Starbuck students of the week
Max, Ananya, Valerie, Cameron, Kamylla, and Nate
Superhero teachers of the week
Mrs. Sakey, Mrs. Kippenburger, Ms. Bannon and Ms. Sullivan
Nov. 27th - Early Release 10:45
Nov. 27th - Turkey Trot
Nov. 28th - 29th - Thanksgiving break - No School
Dec. 2nd - 6th - Book Fair
Dec. 11th - Winter Concert 6-7PM
Dec. 13th - PTO Food and Fun for kids Night 6-8PM
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.
Popcorn Chicken, Smiley Fries, Corn, and Peach Cup
WG French Toast Sticks, Sausage Patty, Hash Brown, and 100% Orange Juice
Half Day (Dismissal at 10:45)
(Alternative Daily Lunch Option: Bagel & Cheese Stick or Yogurt, SunButter & Jelly, Grilled Cheese, or Fresh Tossed Salad)
Try something new...here is a great list of podcasts for kids in elementary, middle and high school . Podcasts are a wonderful way to build listening comprehension skills for all ages!
I hope you all enjoy some valuable time with people you love and cherish this Thanksgiving.
We look forward to being a Memorial School family again when we return on December 2, 2019. Thank you for sharing your children with us!
The Surprising Benefits Children Gain From Giving Thanks
by Meghan Fitzgerald
Just the other day I was walking with my daughter, who upon picking up a very colorful fall leaf exclaimed, “Wow, mom, look at this leaf! Thank you, Mother Nature!”
I was tickled to see her so pleased by the beauty of the leaf, but I was all the more thrilled that she gave thanks without being prompted.
Giving thanks plays a big role this time of year, but it’s a practice that our children -- actually, all of us -- can benefit from year round. Not only does practicing gratitude make us more thankful, but it has other positive effects as well.
With thanks at the center of the upcoming holiday, now is a great time to incorporate a gratitude practice with your family.
But, what is a gratitude practice?
A gratitude practice is pretty simple in concept really. It’s the routine act of feeling and expressing thanks for the world around us, which includes everything from the natural world you live in to the family, friends, and neighbors that make up the community that surrounds you.
A gratitude practice can take the form of a walk where you and your kids point out the beautiful colors of the leaves this season, like recounted above. Or it could be taking the time to write a thank you card to someone in your life.
What are the benefits of starting a gratitude practice?
There is a substantial amount of research that outlines the benefits of incorporating a gratitude practice into your child’s life, as well as your own life. Science shows that people who make noticing, feeling and showing gratitude a part of their daily routine experience a host of positive effects. Gratitude can not only help you sleep better -- which is crucial for kids and parents -- but it can also help you feel more positive emotions and be a more compassionate and kind person. It may even help boost your immune system.
It makes total sense that gratitude has so many benefits when you consider that it takes great supporting habits in order to practice expressing thanks. For example, being grateful has the added bonus of helping you slow down and observe the world more closely. If you’re taking a moment to find something to be thankful for today, you are actually taking intentional time to pause from your overly busy life, be in the present moment and just notice.
Noticing creates the positive effect of activating all your senses. How brightly colored is this mushroom? How does the clear and crisp air feel on your face? What does the crunch of the dried leaves under your feet sound like? Engaging multiple senses not only helps bring you into the present, but it also plays a big role in brain development.
While noticing is one key element of practicing gratitude, communication is the other. Expressing what you’re thankful for encourages the use of rich language. We often use marvelous descriptors in this sharing, exposing kids to vivid vocabulary and eventually giving them a forum to use it themselves.
And using that expressive, positive language to describe the world -- emphasizing the good -- greatly influences how we experience our lives. If you want to find reasons to despair, the world will not disappoint you. But when you are oriented toward gratitude, you benefit from your own self-fulfilling prophecy, constantly reinforcing that the world is good. Darn good.
Who wants to wait to start building that in for our kids (and even ourselves)?!
Now, the important question: how do you actually start a gratitude practice with your kids?
Modeling gratitude is the easiest way to teach it to kids. The best way to teach your child to practice gratitude is to do it yourself. Look for chances to mention how thankful you are for things like the natural world, your community, friends, helpers, or the gift of time together. Take chances to express thanks to other people for the help they give to you or your community.
Thank you cards are a great way to do that, and they shouldn’t be reserved for just family or friends. Tinkergarten ran a wonderful “Thank you, parks” class in honor of National Public Lands Day. The kids wrote cards to the stewards of the parks to thank them for all they do to care for the parks we get to enjoy. It was a nice way to bring awareness to the good works of others and highlighted the importance of recognizing that work through thanks.
Establish gratitude as a regular ritual. Another way to cement a gratitude practice into your child’s life is to establish it as a regular ritual. (Remember, family rituals connect us and teach us values.) Whether or not you use Thanksgiving to kick off your practice, you’ll want to make it a regular part of life. At dinner or bedtime ask each other, “What were you thankful for today?” Or take a pause on every hike and engage all your sense to find things for which you can be thankful.
But most importantly, remember: be patient and keep at it. We have been modeling gratitude for years -- it’s allowed us to create sweet, little moments -- and it works. Recently, it has started to be our kids who have initiated conversation around what makes us each thankful. Without them even knowing we can hear, our girls drop sweet thank yous to mother nature here and there when they spy something marvelous in their world.
Keep in mind that the feeling of gratitude does not necessarily come naturally to all -- for some, it might be intrinsic and for others, it’s learned. But all it takes to make it automatic is practice. Science has found that the more you practice you have at giving thanks the more naturally you’ll start to feel thankful. The trick is remembering to do it, which calls for a little intention and practice. The good news is you can easily get started today.
If you are looking for ways to put thanks back into Thanksgiving, consider this simple tree of thanks activity. Gather loose branches and place them in a bucket or vase. Cut out paper leaves and welcome all of the members of the family to dictate or write something for which they are grateful on each leaf, then add each leaf to the tree. Do this over the course of days or as part of your Thanksgiving Day celebration. At the end, you’ll all benefit from the positive effects of being thankful, and you’ll have a meaningful centerpiece to crown the Thanksgiving table, too.
No matter who or what you thank, your whole family can benefit from this practice. Whether God, Allah, Mother Nature, or the Universe, you can thank whichever entity matches your family’s spiritual and worldview. What matters is that you notice, experience and express thanks for that which is around us, between us and within us.
So, in this season of giving thanks, let's try not to get too distracted by the hustle of pulling off a feast or packing up the kids to survive the travel to a Thanksgiving meal. Instead, we can make it our intention to practice the gratitude that underlies this holiday with our families.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 781.273.7656
If you are interested you may learn more about a Follett Book Fair online at follettbookfairs.com.
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 www.BurlingtonEdFoundation.org ➢ Winners announced on November 30th ➢ Mail: Send ticket(s) below to BEF at PO Box 756, Burlington, MA 01803 (via email and BEF
11TH ANNUAL TURKEY TROT
Please help us support the Burlington Food Pantry by bringing a non- perishable food item to the race.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
WHERE: Start/Finish at the driveway circle in the back of Memorial
(Parents will watch their child from the driveway circle)
TIME: GRADE 5 8:20, GRADE 4 9:00, GRADE 3 9:40
Please join us and support your child as a spectator or participant.
The Turkey Trot is an annual fun run that is optional. A student may choose to run or cheer. The run is an opportunity for our students to work on improving their cardiovascular endurance and strive to improve on their own personal times also known as a personal record (PR). This run supports our quest to improve all of our student’s fitness levels as measured by the President’s Physical Fitness Test that we administer twice a year. Our hope is that through these personal records our students will eventually achieve an optimal fitness level and learn a valuable lesson about how to maintain fitness for a lifetime.
PREPARATION FOR RACE DAY:
Please eat a healthy breakfast to fuel up for the race.
Wear a hat and gloves because running in cold temperatures causes blood to divert to the working muscles and organs, hands and ears become very cold.
Student’s with asthma should go to the nurse to use his/her inhaler prior to coming to the gym. Running in the cold constricts the airway.