Memorial Buzz

News from Manchester Memorial Elementary School!

April 15, 2016

Principal's Message

A few years ago, we hung a banner in the front hallway that reads, "Through these halls pass the greatest students in the world." I love when we have evidence to support that claim! Here is an email I received about our students:

Dear Mr. Willis,

I just wanted to let you know that your students who attended the performance of LIGHTNING THIEF at the North Shore Music Theatre were polite and well-behaved. They were a great audience as they attended to the show. It was a pleasure having them at our theatre. Thank you!

Enjoy the rest of your school year!!

Jackie Rapisardi
Jacqueline Rapisardi
House Manager
North Shore Music Theatre

Have a great weekend and vacation week!



Upcoming Dates...


11 - Parent Workshop @ MERMS - All invited!

18-22 - Spring Break

26 - 1:30 PM - Gr. 3 Recorder Recital

29 - 10:15 AM - Gr. 4 Concert


2 - 1:00 PM - Gr. 1 Concert "Hooray for the USA"

4 - Bike/Walk to School Day

4 - 12:00 PM Early Dismissal

4 - Student Showcase Night @5:30 PM (MMES)

4 - Student Showcase Concert @7:00 PM (MERMHS)

10 - Gr. 5 Math MCAS I

11 - Gr. 5 MCAS II

17 - Gr. 3 & 4 Math MCAS I

19 - Gr. 5 Science I

19 - Gr. 3 & 4 Math MCAS II

20 - Gr. 5 Science MCAS II


1 - 12:00 PM Early Dismissal

9 - 1:00-2:30 Grade 5 Step Up Day visit to Middle School

14 -Field Day

15- 9:30 AM Grade 2 - Great Kapok Tree

15 - Crossing the Bridge Ceremony - Gr. 5 (MERMHS)

17- Grade 4 Field Trip to Harvard Museum

21 - Last day of school (based on 3 snow days)

Yearbook Time!

The moments you'll want to remember.

Preserve this year's school memories for your child with a yearbook. You'll get to catch up on all of the best and brightest moments at Manchester Memorial Elementary​ Sch​ool​ .

Order today at

4th and 5th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed!

4th and 5th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed!

District-Wide Spring Concert

Manchester Essex High School Auditorium

Dress Rehearsal Tuesday May 3, 2016 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Concert Wednesday May 4, 2016 7:00 p.m.

I need parent volunteers to supervise our young musicians during the dress rehearsal on Tuesday May 3rd from 7:30-8:30 a.m. while I conduct the 2 bands. An extra set of eyes would also be helpful at the concert on May 4th 6:30– 8:00 p.m. The children will be in their warm up room prior to performing on stage and your presence in the room would be extremely helpful. Thank you! - Richard Carpenter

Announcements from our Friends

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SAVE THE DATE for the PTO's Party with a purpose...

The Great Gatsby Gala

Saturday, May 14


See the Gala page on the MMPTO's website to purchase your tickets, make a donation, see the Gala menu, and more

Link to the website:!great-gatsby-gala/r3fzb

Parks and Rec. Program

Need something to do this April vacation?
Register your child with Manchester Parks and Rec, Knucklebones Program!

The program runs from 8am-12 Tuesday-Friday.
This is not your average sports vacation club! Knucklebones Multi-Sport
Class focuses on strategy, fitness, and fun, allowing everyone to get
involved and have a good time. Bringing all our own unique equipment, we’ll
play traditional games such as hockey, soccer and basketball and add some
outside the box games like Poison, Gaga, and Castleball. Ever tried to
score points using a four foot tall ball on a 10 foot high inflatable
tube? Welcome to Powerball! Everyone will be challenged, learn new skills
and have a blast! Proper clothing and sneakers are required. Program is
geared for children in grades K-5. Please wear sneakers and pack a snack
and water bottle. We promise to send your children home tired!

Have you seem MPR new Spring/Summer Brochure? Click here!

Don’t miss out on the Spring classes, most of them start the week of May 2nd. Register at

We will be taking Summer Program registration after April Vacation.



The Manchester Essex Green Team is selling 40 pound bags of Black Earth Compost converted into rich and nutritious soil made from the Manchester Essex School District’s compost for $8 each. This sale will be happening on a rolling basis starting in April and will continue all year long. All participation is greatly appreciated because the profits will be donated to the Green Team programs in all three schools. The funds collected will be used to fund great projects happening throughout the district. The compost bags are scheduled to arrive by early April, so the product will be on its way to your doorstep as soon as it arrives. The Team is accepting credit card orders by visiting the Team’s secure website at, click on the “buy compost” option on the homepage. Or you make payments by checks made out to MERSD and send to The Green Team, 36 Lincoln Street, Manchester. Green Team Director, Eric Magers, will deliver the product for free to any location in Cape Ann. If you have questions, please contact the Green Team @ or 978.525.6469.

2016-2017 District Calendar

Please click the link below for the 2016-2017 District Calendar

MERSD 2016-2017 District Calendar!