Your Weekly Update from Memorial Elementary School
Dear Memorial Families and Caregivers:
At Memorial, we believe that it is important for our students to be connected to school through positive relationships and a strong sense of community. I believe that every student can learn and be successful if provided the right supports and opportunities. Our teachers and staff are committed to providing all students with an appropriate and challenging educational experience in a respectful environment that fosters learning and growth. Through collaboration and professional development, we can continue to foster growth within ourselves to better serve our young scholars.
A crucial part of success for students is attendance. As a parent or guardian, it is essential for you to maintain an attitude that “Every day Counts” for students to be in school and ready to learn each day. At Memorial, we will assist in helping parents and families understand the importance of instructional time and school attendance. Additionally at Memorial, we recognize that family and community support are integral to our success. Parents/Guardians play the most important roles in a student's success, and I invite you to collaborate with us in your students' education.With that being said, I want to share this year’s MCAS dates for state testing this school year.
April 3 - 4th Grade ELA MCAS 1
April 4 - 4th Grade ELA MCAS 2
April 11 - 3rd Grade ELA MCAS 1
April 13 - 3rd Grade ELA MCAS 2
May 9 - 4th Grade Math MCAS 1
May 10 - 4th Grade Math MCAS 2
May 16 - 3rd Grade Math MCAS 1
May 18 - 3rd Grade Math MCAS 2
Thanks for your continued support!
POINT OF PRIDE
4th Grade Natural Disaster Presentations
Our 4th grade scholars spent some time examining and learning about Natural disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and wildfires that happen all over the world. Understanding how natural disasters happen and why helps children feel less anxious and more prepared. Therefore, this unit focuses on teaching students the science behind each natural disaster while also explaining what to do if they live in an area prone to a particular natural disaster. Over the course of the unit, students heard about many famous natural disasters, but the unit places more of an emphasis on how the disasters happen rather than exploring the devastation or destruction caused by previous natural disasters. The unit provides many opportunities for students to learn more about recent natural disasters, including a culminating research project and group presentations. Presentation skills help create innovative ideas when students come up with creative and interesting slides to illustrate their talk. The use of presentation aids makes for a much more interesting talk, and the creation of such aids can help develop students' confidence. We are proud of our 4th grade scholars!
Things You Need to Know
1. It’s that time of year again, one of our favorite events held in PE!! We are getting ready to kick off the Kids Heart Challenge adventure with the American Heart Association!! Over the next few weeks students will be learning about their heart, learning new jump roping skills, raising awareness and funds for the American Heart Association. Last year our school raised over $38,205.00!!! Together we can continue to help support and raise money to help the American Heart Association. Yeah!
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Tuesday, February 7 at 7pm via Zoom -- For parents, caregivers, educators, and community members
Behind every child who is differently wired is likely one or more frustrated, isolated, perhaps even burnt out adult. In this practical and actionable talk, author and parenting activist Debbie Reber, MA, shares ten powerful “tilts,” a.k.a. practical ideas to help parents shift their thinking and give their extraordinary children what they need to thrive.ASL interpretation will be provided at this event. Register and learn more about this FREE online program and all our upcoming events at www.SPARKKindness.org
3. *NEW* BEHAVIORAL HEALTH HELP LINE *NEW*
The Department of Mental Health has launched a new Behavioral Health Help Line that people can call or text at 833-773-2445. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in more than 200 languages. The help line can help individuals and families navigate the behavioral health system and access treatment, including mobile crisis services. Anyone with questions or concerns about the help line can email the help line director at Mio.Tamanaha@mass.gov.
4. Please help us help you! Lots of winter belongings are being left behind. Check our Lost and Found. Thanks for your help with this.
4. Please enjoy my weekend vibe: Stephen Stills- Love The One You're With
The Memorial PTO is a parent and teacher run, non-profit organization committed to enhancing and enriching the education of our students and fostering a sense of community within our school. The PTO provides assistance to teachers within the classroom settings, raises funds for educational materials and experiences, advocates school and family social interaction, and provides an unbiased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our students. We believe in cultivating a positive learning environment to allow for students to achieve their highest potential. Please become an active participant in the PTO. Below is the link to their website:
or email them at:
- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5