Memorial Buzz

News from Manchester Memorial Elementary School!

December 4, 2015

Principal's Note...

Brrrrrr....

This week was one to remind us that winter is right around the corner in New England! It sure was a cold start to the week, and the temperatures will be dropping over the next few weeks. This means that our preparations for winter weather will be put in action before too long.

One of the challenges this poses to elementary schools is outdoor physical activity time. It is very important for children (and adults) to spend time outdoors each day and to spend time being physically active. It is especially important for children to get their energy out and enjoy some mental downtime. Our goal is to get students outdoors for recess every day.

Please have your child come to school dressed to go outdoors for recess every day. This would included warm leg coverings (sorry boys...not shorts), a warm jacket, and hats/gloves at a minimum. Every effort will be made to have outdoor recess daily. However, rain, ice, and wind-chill temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit may necessitate indoor recess.

Thank you!

Have a great weekend,

-John

Upcoming Dates...

December

6 - 3:30 PM The MMES Chorus will be performing at the Manchester Tree Lighting

9- 12:00 Early Dismissal

18 - 9:00 AM All-school Winter Concert @ MMES

22- Chorus/Band Winter Concert @ MERMHS - 7PM

23 - Noon dismissal for Winter Recess


January

4 - Students return from Winter Recess

4 - Bradford Ski Program

29 - Grade 4 to Cape Ann Symphony at MERMHS Auditorium

Notices

Toy Drive!

December is a time for giving. Please donate toys to parents who can't afford gifts
for their children. Kindly, a woman named Hailey Granger thought of and idea for Memorial school, to donate toys for families in need. Pathways for children announced an annual holiday store. It ends on December 17th. Pathways program partners with over 30 local businesses and over 1,000 toys to families enroll to the Pathways programs. If you are willing to donate. This toy drive is very unique because donations stay in our community meaning that neighbors are really supporting neighbors. From the donated toys, parents are able to chose of what their kids like. Not every student needs to give a toy, but imagine if we did? Wow, we could make a lot of children happy. Please don't bring in used toys like old stuffed animals. In this project kids of all ages from a
baby to a college student will be receiving toys or gifts. Anything is good to donate. For example, a stuffed animal, a gift card, a book, socks, baby rattle, and many more items will be good, as long as it is new. These people who you will be donating to
might not get a gift during the holiday season but Memorial can make a difference. When the kids wake up they will have a surprise waiting for them. In the front of our school there will be a big decorative bin to put all your donated toys. If you donate a
toy we can make a difference in holidays for families in need. It would be so generous to donate a toy, remember December is a time for giving.

-Submitted By Grade 5 Student Ambassadors

Kyotango City - Japanese Sister School Project

A huge thank you goes out to the staff and students of MMES for their work on our sister school introductory package. Mrs. Grella and Mrs. Flood deserve a special recognition as they organized the "All About Manchester-by-the-Sea" package that was mailed to Shimadzu Primary School located in Kyotango City, Japan. This package is our first official communication with the small school in Japan that will be our sister school on the other side of the world!

We are so excited to hear back from our new friends in Japan. I wonder if they will send us a package back?!?!?

Book Drive!

Help support literacy at Memorial School by donating gently used books. We are mainly looking for books that are appropriate for grades pre-k to 5. Book donations will be accepted from November 30th to December 11th and can be dropped off in the donation box located in the main lobby. Books will be used to bolster classroom libraries.

A portion of the books that are collected will be donated to Family Island Book Initiative, which is a non-profit organization that brings books and reading education to the island of Exuma, Bahamas.

Announcements from our Friends

Grade 5 Laser Quest Fundraiser!

SUPPORT THE MANCHESTER MEMORIAL FIFTH GRADE CLASS

BY SPENDING THE DECEMBER 9TH EARLY RELEASE

AT LASER QUEST


WHAT: JOIN US AT LASER QUEST FOR AN HOUR OF LIVE ACTION

LASER TAG

COST $20.00 PER CHILD.

STUDENTS IN GRADES 1 - 5 ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.


WHEN: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 FROM 1:00 TO 2:00 OR

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 FROM 1:20 TO 2:20


WHERE: LASER QUEST, ENDICOTT PLAZA, 139 ENDICOTT ST,

DANVERS, MA (BEHIND MARKET BASKET)


USE THE LINK BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE TIME SLOT THAT YOU WOULD LIKE. THERE ARE ONLY 32 SLOTS PER SESSION SO DON’T DELAY IN SIGNING UP. ADMISSION FEE PAID AT THE DOOR.


www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0848A4A92FA02-memorial

Additional Grade 5 Fundraisers:

Holiday Cards, Invitations, Photo Books at Shutterfly and Tiny Prints
The Class of 2023 will receive 13% of all Shutterfly and Tiny Prints orders placed using this link: http://classof2023.shutterflystorefront.com. Please share with friends and family! Promotional codes/coupons will work on the site; it’s just like accessing Amazon using the AmazonSmile program.

Gift Cards for Holiday Giving or Everyday Purchases
Perfect for class gifts, teacher gifts, and birthday parties, OR stock up on cards for stores, restaurants and other places you regularly patronize. There are no activation fees. Percentages earned by the Class of 2023 vary by card; for details, see the extensive list of 125+ vendors. Download the order form at http://www.mmpto.org/#!5th-grade-gift-cards/vl9h0, and please share with friends and family. Orders are due to your child’s classroom teacher on Friday, December 11, and will be distributed directly to parents following the all-school winter concert on Friday, December 18.

PTO: Tapes for Education

Do you ever shop at Crosby's? We sure do! Please join us, as Manchester Memorial once again participates in the "Tapes for Education" program with Crosby's Market! Simply bring or send your Crosby's register receipts in to school. There is a red Crosby's bin by the office. The PTO will collect and submit them for FREE equipment, such as computers, printers, AV and athletic equipment, for Memorial School. Thank you for participating in this great, easy program!