Your Weekly Update from Memorial Elementary School
Welcome to November! We hope you enjoyed your scheduled parent/teacher conferences and learned about your child’s progress at school thus far. Our teaching staff is to be commended for their continued dedication to ensuring your child/children are having a productive learning school year. The next round of conferences is on November 16th for those families that have not attended yet.
Even though the weather keeps changing on us and the leaves are falling with brilliant colors of orange, red and yellow to decorate our school grounds the academic process here at Memorial continues to evolve with rigor and our focus on SEL (social emotional learning). Around November 14th, classrooms will begin discussions on the Self-Management competency. Our teachers and scholars have established their routines and procedures for class lessons. November is an important time for us all to reflect on the many blessings bestowed upon us. I am certainly thankful for the many blessings in my life, including working with the amazing scholars, parents/caregivers, teachers, and support staff at Memorial School.
I would like to thank our PTO and families that were able to join us for the annual Boo Bash and for our parent volunteers that provided some of our classrooms with a day of crafts and activities on October 31st. Our scholars enjoyed the day very much.
Our LOST AND FOUND is becoming a thrift store filled with articles of clothing and other items. We have attempted to return those items with student names on them, but have been unsuccessful with the abundance that are left. We will be sure to have them on display when you come in for conferences but also ask your child to visit on their way in or out of school. I am told that in the past we will donate items on a certain day in December if not retrieved. Thanks for your assistance with this.
As the parent-teacher conference days approach in November, I hope that you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher regarding their academic and behavioral progress so far this school year. Conferences are an important component to ensure that the school and the home are working together to maximize your child’s full potential. Additional Parent-teacher conferences will take place on 16th. All teachers have sent out schedules with options/times to sign up.
Have a great weekend everyone!
POINT OF PRIDE
It has been wonderful to welcome our families back on campus for school events and learning opportunities. This week we are showing our pride by giving our Mystery Readers a shout out. A Mystery Reader is the same as a guest reader, BUT their identity is kept secret to build anticipation and excitement. Teachers could choose to give clues before they arrive to get the students extra excited. Once we find out who the reader is, they read a story to the class. Providing our young scholars with an opportunity to have a "Read Aloud" improves their comprehension and active listening skills. It even helps build vocabulary. This is definitely a proud Memorial moment!
Five Things You Need to Know
1. DAY LIGHTS SAVING: Please remember that our clocks FALL back one hour this weekend.
2. November is STRESS AWARENESS month: Please see the attached link from our Special Ed. Coordinator/Assistant Principal, Sophie Prevost: Sped Coordinator Letter
3.Reminder for Parents Who Want to Volunteer--CORI Checks (ongoing communication)
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 Day Updates
- Shortened Days: November 16th- Parent Teacher Conference Days
- No School: November 11th- Veteran's Day
- Shortened Day: November 23rd- Thanksgiving Break
5. Please enjoy my weekend vibe: The O’jays (Flashback from 1972) ...Enjoy
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:
- 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