Memorial Buzz

News from Manchester Memorial Elementary School!

April 8, 2016

Principal's Message

Earlier this week, town meeting took place at MMES where the district budget was on the agenda along with the vote for the MSBA feasibility study. I wanted to thank all of you who went out to support our school and town at town meeting. I know how challenging it can be to juggle little ones at home along with getting out for important town meetings like this one.

The feasibility study is a big step towards potentially addressing the facility issues at MMES. Although we have a long road ahead of us, it is exciting to think about what potentially could be on the horizon for our students!

Another quick "thank you" goes out to the second grade parents who served our staff an amazing lunch on Wednesday. To quote Mr. Boria, "Oh...I love staff luncheon days!" We all appreciate the support from all of you greatly.

Have a great weekend!




Upcoming Dates...


11 - Parent Workshop @ MERMS - All invited!

12 - 1:00 PM - 1st Grade Concert "Hooray for the USA"

18-22 - Spring Break

26 - 1:30 PM - 3rd Grade Recorder Recital


4- Bike/Walk to School Day

4 - 12:00 PM Early Dismissal

4 - Student Showcase Night @5:30 PM (MMES)

4 - Student Showcase Concert @7:00 PM (MERMHS)

10 - Gr. 5 Math MCAS I

11 - Gr. 5 MCAS II

17 - Gr. 3 & 4 Math MCAS I

19 - Gr. 5 Science I

19 - Gr. 3 & 4 Math MCAS II

20 - Gr. 5 Science MCAS II


1 - 12:00 PM Early Dismissal

9- 1:00-2:30 Grade 5 Step Up Day visit to Middle School

15 - Crossing the Bridge Ceremony - Gr. 5 (MERMHS)

21 - Last day of school (based on 3 snow days)

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Pennies for Patients Collection Extended

The 5th grade student ambassadors collected classroom boxes for our Pennies for Patients fundraiser earlier this week. Some very strong 5th grade students struggled to carry these boxes through the hallways because they were overflowing from our incredible efforts! Way to go Memorial!!!!

Unfortunately, the Pennies for Patients coin counting machines are experiencing temporary difficulties. So let’s use this opportunity and take advantage for having extra time to bring in money! Coincidentally, we appear to be a bit short of our “hula hoop goal.”

Therefore, we will be extending our fundraising efforts for Pennies for Patients and accepting donations until next Friday, April 15th.

Let’s keep those coins rollin’ in so that we can see our teachers show off their hola hooping skills at our next School wide meeting!

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ZenTies Bowls

This years choice for the One Book One School Hooper grant fund is Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth. The two main characters are panda bears that teach three young children the importance of compassion and friendship towards an older neighbor. During the May 4th Student Showcase, each student will have made clay a panda bowl to give to a family member. The symbolic gesture of giving away something for someone else is shown in the book . Other art work inspired by the Zen Ties book will also be on display in the school’s cafeteria the night of the Student Showcase. Students will be able to take their panda giving bowl with them the night of the showcase to give to someone in their family. Below is a photo of the Zen Ties book cover and a photo of the many panda giving bowls getting ready to be fired. Claudette Yutkins

Yearbook Time!

The moments you'll want to remember.

Preserve this year's school memories for your child with a yearbook. You'll get to catch up on all of the best and brightest moments at Manchester Memorial Elementary​ Sch​ool​ .

Order today at

4th and 5th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed!

4th and 5th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed!

District-Wide Spring Concert

Manchester Essex High School Auditorium

Dress Rehearsal Tuesday May 3, 2016 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Concert Wednesday May 4, 2016 7:00 p.m.

I need parent volunteers to supervise our young musicians during the dress rehearsal on Tuesday May 3rd from 7:30-8:30 a.m. while I conduct the 2 bands. An extra set of eyes would also be helpful at the concert on May 4th 6:30– 8:00 p.m. The children will be in their warm up room prior to performing on stage and your presence in the room would be extremely helpful. Thank you! - Richard Carpenter

Parent Workshop

Easy Ways to Support Your Child and Adolescent at Home

April 11, 2016

6:30-9:00 p.m. - Middle School First Floor


1. Self-Advocacy: Fostering the skill development in our students (For all parents, by Gillian Polk, Counselor)

2. Standardized testing accommodations for students with disabilities (For all parents of high school students, by Karen D’Amour, Counselor)

3. Supporting positive behavior at home (For parents of children PK-5, by Ashley Sartell and Melissa Goldner, SWING teachers)

4. Promoting positive play dates for children with learning disabilities (For parents of elementary age children, by Kim Egan, SAIL teacher)

5. Next steps: Transition planning and vision development (For parents of middle and high school age children, by Louise Vose, Special education chair)

6. Helping your child identify passions and interests (For all parents, by Kerri Schaub, Reading specialist)

Parents will be welcome to choose three of the six workshop sessions on the night of the event. Each session will approximately run for thirty minutes. Light refreshments will be served in between each session.

RSVP to Rosie Read at or 978-525-6060

Organized by the Manchester Essex Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Announcements from our Friends

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SAVE THE DATE for the PTO's Party with a purpose...

The Great Gatsby Gala

Saturday, May 14


See the Gala page on the MMPTO's website to purchase your tickets, make a donation, see the Gala menu, and more

Link to the website:!great-gatsby-gala/r3fzb


The Manchester Essex Green Team is selling 40 pound bags of Black Earth Compost converted into rich and nutritious soil made from the Manchester Essex School District’s compost for $8 each. This sale will be happening on a rolling basis starting in April and will continue all year long. All participation is greatly appreciated because the profits will be donated to the Green Team programs in all three schools. The funds collected will be used to fund great projects happening throughout the district. The compost bags are scheduled to arrive by early April, so the product will be on its way to your doorstep as soon as it arrives. The Team is accepting credit card orders by visiting the Team’s secure website at, click on the “buy compost” option on the homepage. Or you make payments by checks made out to MERSD and send to The Green Team, 36 Lincoln Street, Manchester. Green Team Director, Eric Magers, will deliver the product for free to any location in Cape Ann. If you have questions, please contact the Green Team @ or 978.525.6469.

2016-2017 District Calendar

Please click the link below for the 2016-2017 District Calendar

MERSD 2016-2017 District Calendar!