Your Weekly Update from Memorial Elementary School
Dear Families and Caregivers:
As the school year nears its end, it’s important to pause and reflect on where we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re headed. We often talk about the beginning of the school year as the starting line and that’s certainly true. It’s when we implement our plans, strive to reach our goals, and put our best foot forward. But just as important is the halfway point, also known as winter break. This is when we take stock of our progress, adjust our plans if necessary, and recharge our batteries for the final stretch.
And then there’s May – the sprint to the finish line. May is when we put all our hard work and dedication to the test. It’s when we push ourselves even more, knowing that the end is in sight. Our 3rd and 4th graders persevere through MCAS testing as our younger scholars complete one last benchmark to measure their success. But let’s not forget what brought us to May in the first place: long hours of projects and studying, the many assignments, and tests, and the after-school activities that made this school year memorable.
So, as we approach the end of the school year, let’s bring our best selves to school each day. The ability to show up with a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and a commitment to excellence is the greatest asset and skill any of our students will learn. Let’s support one another and celebrate each other’s accomplishments, whether big, small, or tiny – they all matter. Let’s remember that every day is an opportunity to grow, to learn, and to make a difference.
As we look back on the 2022-2023 school year, let’s celebrate the learning that took place, the friendships that were formed, and the struggles that were overcome. Together, we take the lessons we’ve learned and carry them forward, knowing that we’re better equipped to face whatever comes next. And finally, let’s finish strong together. Our Memorial Mustangs are ready to give it their all in these final weeks, leaving nothing on the table. As we look forward to a summer of rest, rejuvenation, and reflection, I know we spent this school year accomplishing something great.
As parents, guardians, and families, thank you for your partnership in education.Thank you for all that you do, and let’s continue to make this school year one to remember!
POINT OF PRIDE
Fourth Wall Fruit Files Education
This week our scholars were provided a great learning opportunity through a musical performance. Working at break-neck speed, the multi-talented performers of The Fourth Wall combine music, theater, and dance in this sprint-triathlon variety show. The audience chooses the show order by picking cards from a deck and even determines parameters for some pieces created on the spot. Every performance is unique! As the onstage timer ticks down, The Fourth Wall will blow your mind with tricks, bust your gut with laughter, and maybe even bring a tear to your eye with beautiful music.
This experience allowed our scholars to develop a sense of curiosity and excitement to hear new pieces and styles of music through helping to determine the order of the show. Students were able to gain or deepen an appreciation for chamber music through a variety of senses including sight, sound, and movement. Students saw creativity and divergent thinking in action as the performers bounce between pieces of music and different ways to move while playing instruments.
Things You Need to Know
1. MATH MCAS for our 3rd and 4th graders: Your child's classroom teachers will be sending out information in their communication.
2. With lots of events and field trips coming up, please make sure your CORI is complete.
3. The Natick Public Schools is excited to be offering Orchestra to 3rd and 4th grade students and band to 4th grade students for the 2023-2024 school year! Please find attached a flyer for our annual Instrumental Showcase which will take place on Tuesday, June 13 from 5 - 7pm. Students moving up to 5th grade may also attend. During this time students will have the opportunity to see, hear, and touch the instruments that will be offered for both orchestra and band. For even more information about our programs and how to register, please go to...
4. Current Vibe: Carefree Highway: RIP Gordon Lightfoot
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:
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- 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