December News from Memorial School

Memorial School

December News


Family Literacy Night Survey

Thanks to all of our students and Memorial families who came out to support Family Literacy Night on Wednesday. We hope that a good time was had by all! As we reflect on this event and begin to plan for next year, we would like some feedback from our families. If you attended Family Literacy Night, please take a moment to complete the survey below.

Family Literacy Night Survey

Eyes on Owls Grade Two MEPTO Sponsored  Enrichment

Today, our second grade students were treated to an enrichment program sponsored by MEPTO. During this presentation, students had the opportunity to meet live owls such as New England’s tiniest owl, the Northern Saw-Whet Owl (weighing in at 4 ounces) as well as the world’s largest owl, the Eurasian Eagle Owl ( with a five foot wingspan!) Students also participated in a hooting lesson. A great time was had by all!  Be sure to ask your child about this program!


Principal’s Tea- Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Our next Tea with the Principals event will be held on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30 pm in the Memorial Library. The focus of this Tea will be the new  elementary report card.


We understand that this report card will be a change for returning elementary families and we have put together the following presentation in order to give a brief overview of the report card. The presentation is linked here.


Report Card Distribution- Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Report Cards will be distributed to students on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.   We encourage families to review the report card and to discuss questions with your child’s classroom teacher during parent-teacher conferences.


Elementary Early Release Days- 12/7 & 12/12

On Thursday, December 7th and again on Tuesday, December 12th, Medway Elementary Schools will be dismissed early for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please mark these dates on your calendar.  Dismissal time is 11:30am for Memorial students.


Harvest of the Month- December

The Harvest of the Month for December is squash.  Students will have the option to try squash prepared in two different styles: raw and roasted.  Please find the ingredient list for these recipes here:  Harvest of the Month: Squash .  If a student is allergic to squash, an alternative fruit or vegetable will be offered.  


Hour of Code:

Hour of code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and reaching tens of millions of students with the purpose of introducing computer science and computer programming to all ages. We are excited to announce that our students will participate in this movement.  Officially,  Hour of Code is celebrated during  the week is Dec 4th - 8th. However, we have encouraged our teachers to extend the timeframe and identify a time frame that will work for the class. All students will participate in this experience before  the holiday break.


December PBIS Theme : Random Acts of C.A.R.E.

This December, our school theme is Random Acts of C.A.R.E.  Throughout the month, we will be honoring and celebrating the kind things we do for others. Each morning, we will suggest an act of kindness/C.A.R.E. for children to practice throughout the day. We will also encourage children to demonstrate their own acts of C.A.R.E. We will encourage your children to exhibit some Random Acts of C.A.R.E. at home too! Below are some opportunities for our students to show C.A.R.E. this month:


Small Group Random Acts of C.A.R.E. Assemblies- Monday, December 4th

On Monday, December 4th, Mr. Kelly and Mrs. Luizzi will be holding small group Random Acts of C.A.R.E. Assemblies to kick off our December theme and to remind students of our core values.


In Pursuit of Presents- Tuesday, December 5th

The Medway Police Department will be collecting presents for those in need again this year! Due to the amazing response from the community last year, we would like to make the 2017 holiday season even better! We are asking for donations of new unwrapped gifts. These gifts will go to the less fortunate children of Medway, as well as other charitable children's groups in the area.  We ask that donations be made at the Medway Police Department or the Memorial School Collection event on  Tuesday, December 5, 2017 between 8:00 and 8:30am

Suggested gifts include: Board games, dolls, building toys, art supplies, puzzles, action figures and coloring books are suggested. Help us make this a special holiday for those in need!


Memorial C.A.R.E. Days-  December 11th - December 15th

During the week of December 11th, we invite our students to spread a little CARE to others in our community by supporting the Medway Food Pantry. Students are asked to bring in one of the following items: toilet paper, paper towels, soap, tooth brushes or tooth paste. During the week of the 11th, classrooms will count their donations and we will tally up our donations at the end of the week.   We look forward to supporting the great work of the Medway Food Pantry.


Toys for Tots- December 1- December 29

Burke-Memorial School will once again be collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program. There is a collection bin in the main hallway of the school. Students are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys until December 19, 2017. Let’s do our best to make this our best collection year ever!



MEPTO Meeting- Tuesday, December 5, 2017 7pm

On December 5th, METPO has invited the elementary school counselors present on the topic of Holiday Stress.  This time of year can be joyful, however the stress of the season can be a lot for our young ones to manage.  The presenters include: Stacey Ward McGovern School Psychologist, Anne Jacobs McGovern School Adjustment Counselor, Colleen Christie Burke/Memorial School Psychologist and Amanda Grinberg Memorial School Adjustment Counselors.  Highlights include Structure and Routine, Warning Signs, Nontraditional Families, Destressors, and Community Resources.  We hope to see you on the 5th!


Amazon Smile-

It’s time for some holiday shopping! Did you know that you can shop on Amazon and raise money for MEPTO by buying things that your were going to purchase anyway? It is super easy: just click this link and add Medway Elementary PTO as your charity of choice! Happy Shopping!


Important Dates





Random Acts of C.A.R.E. Assemblies for students

Small groups of students will meet with Ms. Luizzi and Mr. Kelly to learn about our December School Theme.


In Pursuit of Presents Drop off Morning

Support Medway PD as they collect unwrapped holiday gifts for those in need. MPD will be on campus from 8-8:30am to collect gifts.


Tea with the Principals

6:30pm Memorial Library


MEPTO Meeting

7pm Memorial Library


Report Cards Distributed

Be sure to check your child’s backpack!


Elementary Early Release

11:30am Dismissal


Memorial CARE Days

Students are invited to bring in one of the following items to support the Medway Food Pantry: toilet paper, paper towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste or soap


Elementary Early Release

11:30am Dismissal


PBIS School-Wide Assembly & School-Wide Pajama Day!

Students invited to wear PJs to school. Please remember students will go outside for recess and PE classes will be held. For safety reasons, students may not wear slippers.


School Vacation

Enjoy the break!


School Resumes

Happy New Year!


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