Your Weekly Update from Memorial Elementary School
September 23, 2022
Dear Memorial Families and Caregivers:
It is my sincere hope that your child(ren) and family have had an incredible start to this school year. In these past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to visit classrooms, and have been humbled to witness our students, staff, and families so excited and renewed to begin this school year. It brings me great joy to be at Memorial listening to staff, students, and many parents, as how great this year feels. I appreciate all the positive dialogue during this week's Ice Cream Social and Curriculum Nights. Things finally feel like we are returning to “normal,” or at least more familiar. I am looking forward to celebrating more of our school’s traditions throughout the school year.
As educators, we know that the needs of our students are greater now more than ever. My job as principal is to make sure our teachers and staff have the tools necessary to create a strong, well-rounded instructional program, while accelerating student learning and supporting well-being. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, you had the opportunity to learn more about grade level standards and expectations during our annual Curriculum Nights. It was great to see the our amazing teachers make those connections with all of you.
As many people returned to school with excitement and anticipation, we understand that the first few weeks of school can also feel overwhelming. We are all doing our best to make meaningful connections while placing a high priority on the social and emotional health of our students. Everyday Speech has launched and our scholars are engaging in classroom discussions and activities that align with the SEL competencies.
Please enjoy your extended weekend as there is no school on Monday. To our families that celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we wish you a Happy New Year.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership.
POINT OF PRIDE
The Arts Are Alive
This week, let's give a shout out to the amazing art work that is on display in our school lobby. Many of you may have noticed the bulletin boards during this week's Curriculum Nights. Led by our Art Coach, Caitlyn Thompson, our students share the message of Peace, Love and Kindness.
Five Things You Need to Know
1. No School on Monday: Rosh Hashanah
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. Thank you for following 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. A friendly reminder that all families need to complete the Required Yearly Forms:
All families received links to the forms prior to the beginning of the school year. A form must be completed and submitted for every child separately. If you have any questions, please contact, Cynthia Popp @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. They have also included a virtual link on their website.
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- 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