Your Weekly Update from Memorial Elementary School
Dear Memorial Families and Caregivers,
This week of learning and growing marks the finish of our first full week of school. We kicked off the week by spending some necessary time at assemblies that were geared to provide clarification and support for our school-wide expectations and behaviors. We are working diligently to provide a safe and welcoming climate and atmosphere for all of our students.
My experience thus far identifies Memorial as an exceptional, highly innovative safe place, beautifully rich with motivating materials, where enjoyment and enthusiasm have become contagious to all. This to me is a vision for a great school!
All who enter - students, parents, staff, and community members- are working, learning, and applauding each other. The environment is harmless, thoughtful, understanding, and caring. Everyone senses “we” are accountable for helping each other overcome whatever obstacles to learning “we” may encounter. Determination and hard work are rewarded, mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities, and works-in-progress receive ongoing monitoring and constructive feedback. Above all, there is a shared belief that “natural born” talent is not required for success. Instead, everyone has a “growth” mindset and works to build resiliency.
As we continue to connect over this school year, keep in mind that learning is a never-ending journey that is best experienced with others. I welcome students, teachers, parents, and community partners to join me in this learning journey. We will need to take turns sharing what we know, examining possibilities, cheering each other on, pointing out different viewpoints, and holding up a mirror for reflection.
Our mutual expectations of each other should include a shared commitment to excellence.
As we work together throughout the school year, let’s continue to bring our ideas to the table, we must view them with an open mind, believe the glass is half full or at least be grateful we even have a glass to fill, seeing learning “distinctions” instead of “disabilities,” and add the word “yet” to the end of all “can’t” statements. In our communications with each other, shared respect must be the standard and great importance must be placed on showing that we care.
Thank you for your supportive partnership.
POINT OF PRIDE
BOKS IS BACK!
We are pleased to announce the launch of BOKS, a before school physical activity program, at Memorial School this Fall. BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children gain an appreciation of the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime. BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”. Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play, since the program focuses on fun!
This year we will be running BOKS on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning from 8:00 am to 8:40am. The session will start on Tuesday, September 27th and end on Thursday, December 15th. We are only accepting 60 students for this session.Please complete the attached registration form for each child and make sure to sign the last page.
It is important that you have these forms signed and returned by September 20th. As mentioned above we are only accepting the first 60 students, the rest of the applications will be waitlisted. We will notify you by email to inform you of drop-off procedures and to welcome you to our program.
Five Things You Need to Know
1. Everyday Speech SEL Curriculum: We will be launching our SEL curriculum, Everyday Speech in all grades levels beginning on September 19th. The program is broken down into 5 SEL Competencies: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social-Awareness, Responsible Decision Making and Relationship Skills.
2. Breakfast and Lunch is free to all students this school year. Even though meals are free to students all year, we ask that you do fill out an application because you may qualify families for additional supports.
Please remind your child/children that if they had breakfast at home, that they don't need to be in the cafeteria. All classrooms doors are open for students beginning at 8:40am.
3. Reminder for Parents Who Want to Volunteer--CORI Checks
Reminder If you want to volunteer in schools, you must have a CORI check conducted and you must go into the building with identification (drivers license or passport) to do this. Click here for description of what a CORI check is and does. Without a CORI check, you cannot volunteer in the school. Here is the form to fill out for a CORI.
4. SCHOOL SAFETY:
School safety is always a priority on the Memorial campus. Please remember to follow our arrival and dismissal procedures so that we can continue to provide a safe school environment. If your child is arriving late to school, an adult must sign them in at the front office before we can send them off to class. In order for establish systems to work effectively, we need everyone to do their part in their implementation. Thanks for your cooperation with our safety protocols. If you are unsure or need some clarification on anything, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
5 - Mark Your Calendars (Parent/Teacher Curriculum Night).
- Wednesday, September 21, 2022- Grades K-2@ 6pm
- Thursday, September 22, 2022- Grades 3-4 @ 6pm
Your child's teacher will be sending out more detailed information on meeting places and agendas.
Just a friendly reminder the on Sunday, September 18th, we will be hosting an Ice-Cream social for all families. Please see the attached flyer with more information.
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:
The first General PTO meeting is on 9/27 @ 7:00pm in the school cafeteria.
- 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
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