Memorial Buzz

News from Manchester Memorial Elementary School!

Principals Note...

We are so excited that the Safe Routes to School Project is almost over!!! The workers are on the final phases of landscaping and smaller details. Once the crew is done, the traffic patterns at and around MMES will be back to normal, and we are hoping even a little better! I want to thank all of you for being so patient with dropoff and pickup as we navigated "daily curveballs." The end result is some great improvements for our pedestrian traffic flow and safety. Please note that new signage will be going up to indicate the "no parking" areas. Thank you for your efforts to respect these areas. There will be a few visitor spots along the inner loop and additional parking is always available on Lincoln St., at Brook Street, and at Sweeney Park. A big "thank you" to the Manchester Bike and Pedestrian Committee who initiated this project for the town.

Parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner. This is a great time to meet with your child's teacher to get an update on their academic and social development. Please know that our teaching staff is always willing to meet with parents at any time throughout the year to discuss their child's progress. All you need to do is reach out to set up a time to meet with the teacher as they are happy to be able to work with you as partners in your child's success!

Thank you to the grade 5 parents who put on an amazing spread for our first staff appreciation luncheon...it was amazing and so appreciated. Have a great weekend!

-John

Upcoming Dates...

October

28 - Noon Dismissal - Parent-Teacher Conferences


November

3- No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences

11 - Veteran's Day - No School

16 - School Photo Re-takes

25 - Early Release - TIme TBA - (Thanksgiving Recess)

26/27 - Thanksgiving Recess


December

18 - All-school Winter Concert @ MMES - Time TBA

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

Help Wanted...

VEGETABLE GARDEN: We are looking for some parent volunteers to help out with the MMES Vegetable Garden and Greenhouse. Contact Mrs. Morgese (morgesek@mersd.org) if you are willing to help out!


BEAUTIFICATION: We are looking for some parent volunteers to help beautify the school entrance with decorations, plants, flowers, etc. Contact Mr. Willis (willisj@mersd.org) if you are able to help take a lead on this. Thanks!

Announcements From Our Friends...

In Case You Missed It...

Poetry Contest!


2015-16 GCFM

POETRY AND ESSAY CONTEST


Scientists say that frogs are the most visible (and vocal) indicators of the health of the environment. In a healthy woodland or pond, they're all around you. When their ecology is upset, the frogs disappear.


The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. are sponsoring two frog-themed competitions to develop and creatively express environmental awareness. The competitions are open to all area students, and prizes range from the opportunity to see the winner's work published, to scholarships.


"Don't Let the Frogs Croak"

The theme of the 2015-2016 NGC High School Essay Contest


The High School Essay Contest is open to ninth through twelfth grade students. The essay must be 600-700 words, typed and titled and should explain the environmental concerns implicit in the theme and add personal ideas or solutions. A single garden club, group of member clubs, councils or districts, or a State Garden Club must sponsor the contest. Entries must include the following: name, address, phone number, high school, grade list of activities, and sponsoring garden club.


State prizes: 1st Place - $200.00; 2nd Place - $100.00, 3rd Place - $75.00


National prize: A $1,000.00 National Garden Club Scholarship will be awarded to the National winner.


Entries must be submitted to the sponsoring garden clubs no later than November 24, 2015, and the Poetry and Essay Committee must receive all entries for judging by December 1, 2015. Please send entries to GCFM Essay Contest Chair Jeannie McIntyre, c/o Manchester Garden Club, P.O Box 531, Manchester-by-the Sea, MA 01944.


Questions? Contact Jeannie McIntyre at Jeannie.d.mcintyre@gmail.comor 978-526-1156.


Complete rules and National prize information are available at the National Garden Clubs website: www.gardenclub.org and check under Youth Programs.


"Croaking Leaping Frogs"

The theme of the 2015-16 NGC Poetry Contest


The Poetry Contest is open to all students in kindergarten through ninth grade. The poem can be in traditional verse or any poetic form. What is important is the poem explores the theme. The winners will have their poems published in a book to be sponsored by National Garden Clubs, Inc.


Entries must be typed and titled. On the back of the entry please include: name, address, age, grade, participant's school, and sponsoring garden club. The sponsoring garden club may be that of a grandparent.


Entries must be submitted to the sponsoring garden clubs no later thanNovember 24, 2015, and the Poetry and Essay Committee must receive all entries for judging by December 1, 2015. Please send entries to the GCFM Youth Poetry Contest Chair Jeannie McIntyre, Manchester Garden Club, P.O. Box 531, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944.


Questions? Contact Jeannie McIntyre at Jeannie.d.mcintyre@gmail.comor 978-526-1156.


Complete rules are available at the National Garden Clubs website:www.gardenclub.org and check under Youth Programs.

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!

Spaulding Night of Stars

Mark your calendars! Spaulding Education Fund's Annual NIGHT OF STARS will be on Sunday, November 15, 2015!

Audition dates are Tuesday, October 20 from 4:30-7pm and Saturday, October 24 from 9-11am so sign up TODAY at www.spauldingeducationfund.org!


We are looking for all talent of all ages! So start practicing that dancing, singing, juggling, instruments, magic acts, dramatic dialog, the spoons, jamming with your band, … whatever your talent we want to see it! Students from Manchester and Essex, who are Kindergarteners through High School Seniors are invited to audition. And new this year – parents and teachers from Manchester and Essex are invited to Audition too! Adults can perform with their children/students or alone.


The “Night of Stars Talent Show” is Spaulding Education Fund's largest fundraising initiative of the year, raising the vital funds needed to support their mission of advancing educational excellence in the Manchester Essex regional schools.


From the Art Room

PTO Fund Raiser

The PTO Original Art works fund raiser art work has been completed in every class. Students made a painting or drawing that will be summited to the Original art works company and printed onto items you will be able to purchase for the holidays. Please look in your child’s back pack for more information and how this program raises money for the PTO.

For more art room news go to:

www.memorialschoolart.weebly.com