Your Weekly Update from Memorial Elementary School
Welcome Back Mustangs!
Dear Memorial Families and Caregivers,
What an exciting kick-off to the new school year! Our young scholars are so excited to be back on campus and our Kindergarten students are settling in nicely. I couldn’t be prouder of our students, teachers, and staff as we kicked-off the new school year. Thank you again to our PTO for the wonderful breakfast and coffee fuel that they provided during our first staff meeting of the school year. Your support is greatly appreciated!
The energy and enthusiasm around our campus has been so exhilarating. We are off to a great start as we reconnect with old friends, connect with our new friends, and feel that sense of belonging in a diverse and inclusive environment. I am so happy and humble to be on this journey with you all! Thank you for your continued support.
Our teachers have been spending time this week going over lots of routines and procedures with all young scholars as we embark on a year of rigorous academics and begin to implement our new SEL (Social Emotional Learning) curriculum, Everyday Speech. Next week, I will spend some time with each grade level of students to share our expectation matrixes that align with our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Safety, Kindness, and Life-long Learners. We call this, "The Principal High-Five". We will talk about what our core values look like in all things at our school. (Playground, Cafeteria, Assemblies, Bus, Hallways, Bathrooms, etc.). We appreciate any conversations you can have at home that will help support all of this.
Updates to the Music Program
This is a particularly exciting year for the Music Department, as Natick is introducing a 3rd-12th grade Orchestra program for the very first time! Students in the 3rd and 4th grade can sign up for violin, viola, or cello, join the lesson program, and play in before-school ensembles just like Band students! We are also adding string ensembles at both Kennedy and Wilson Middle Schools. Beginners are welcome at all grade levels, as well as more experienced players looking for an ensemble experience. Students can sign up for lessons at the music website here or email Sirkka Natti, our new Elementary/Middle School Orchestra teacher, for more information at email@example.com. She looks forward to hearing from you!
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.
Protecting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Cards and Benefits:
Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) clients have been the target of benefit theft through skimming, in which thieves put a device on a store’s card-swiping machine to copy card information. To protect clients from skimming, DTA is requiring cardholders in locations with a high incidence of skimming (Eastern Massachusetts) to set a new PIN to use their EBT over the next few weeks and is encouraging all clients to change their PIN regularly. Cardholders can change their PIN through automated steps by calling the number on the back of their card, as outlined in this flyer. More information and steps on how to change a PIN are available at Mass.gov/ProtectYourEBT and Mass.gov/ProtejaSuEBT, and outreach materials are available in 11 languages.
I want to thank all of you for the warm welcome and have been enjoying getting to know all of you. Please remember my door is always open.
POINT OF PRIDE
4th Grade Flag Bearers
Let's give a big shout out to our new 4th grade Flag Bearers, Zoey Klein, AJ Meins, and William Maloy, for doing such a great job raising our flags on the first day of school. We are so proud of them for taking on this important responsibility, and being great role-models for the Memorial community. #Mustang Pride!
Five Things You Need to Know
1. No School on Monday, September 5th due to Labor Day. We will be on a regular day schedule on Tuesday.
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. REMEMBER TO log in to Pick Up Patrol (PUP) and DROP OFF MEDICATIONS TO NURSE!
Please remember to log in to Pick Up Patrol and create default plan for your children. You are not able to use a mobile device to accomplish this task. If you need support or have questions, please reach out to Cynthia Popp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. SCHOOL SAFETY:
School safety is always a priority on the Memorial campus. Please remember to follow 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 - Mark Your Calendars (Parent/Teacher Curriculum Night).
- Wednesday, September 21, 2022- Grades K-2@ 6pm
- Thursday, September 22, 2022- Grades 3-4 @ 6pm
Your child's teacher will be sending out more detailed information on meeting places and agendas.
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.
- 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
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