February Update

 February Updates                     


Elementary Recess Update

Additional recess time added to school schedule following February vacation

Beginning shortly after our community forums connected with the strategic planning process, elementary school leaders worked with internal staff and parent teams to explore ways in which to increase existing recess time for our elementary school students.  This effort came with extensive interest and support from the greater community who echoed our belief system and the research that children who have an opportunity for more movement and physical fitness during the day are better able to focus and achieve.  


We communicated this summer regarding challenges related to implementing these changes.  Since then we have been working collaboratively with the Medway Federation for Teachers for the K-4 schools to determine the best implementation of this plan.  We are pleased to share that, following the February break, all students in our K-4 programs will have a 25 minute daily recess block (previously 15 minutes).  This implementation is the result of additional collaborative efforts on the part of building based teams at both McGovern and Burke-Memorial Elementary Schools.


Our goal is to have students play outside at recess daily. However, there are times when when weather conditions are prohibitive. In those cases, students will have indoor recess. With students playing outside for longer periods of time, it is important that students are dressed  appropriately for the outside conditions which are predicted to exist at recess time. When snow is on the ground, it is important that children wear boots and snow pants in order to play in the snow. An extra pair of socks tucked into the backpack is also a good idea if feet get wet while playing outside.


School Start Time -

Plan to arrive at 8am

We ask for parents who drop  students off to school to make an effort to be on campus between 8:00 and 8:05 am. This will provide  students with  time  need to unpack, socialize and get settled before the official start of our school day at 8:15am.  Our school day starts each day with morning announcements at 8:15am. Students  transition into instruction immediately following announcements. The flow of the day is disrupted when students arrive late. More importantly, however, students who are tardy miss important instruction. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.


S.T.E.M. Saturday for Girls - Registration Open!

Saturday, March 25, 2016 at Memorial School

Medway Public Schools is excited to announce the Second Annual S.T.E.M Saturday for Girls!  The event will include opportunities for girls in grades 2 through 8 to participate in a variety of hands on activities to learn and explore different science, technology, and engineering topics.  Participants will also have the opportunity to learn from women who have fostered their passion for science, technology, engineering, and math into successful careers in various STEM fields. The event will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2016.  Pre-registration is required. Click here to access the registration link.


Summer Community Programming Night- Wednesday, March 15th  6-8pm

Medway Public Schools is partnering with several local organizations to offer a summer community programming night.  This open house event will provide families with students age 4-15, an opportunity to gather information about summer programs and if interested, begin the registration process.  


The summer programming night will take place on March 15th, from 6-8pm, at the Memorial Elementary School cafeteria.  Community organizations that will be in attendance include: Medway Community Education, Medway Public Library, Sunshine Group, Franklin YMCA, Hopkinton YMCA, Tri-County Vocational and more!


BOKS Before School Program Returning to Memorial School…

Parent Volunteers Needed!

Thanks to a grant written by science/technology teacher Marissa Keleher and funded by the Medway Foundation for Education, we are hoping to offer our students another BOKS (Build Our Kids Success) session in the spring. BOKS promotes the impact that physical activity has on a child’s mind, body and spirit. The program aims to get elementary school aged children active first thing in the morning to help prepare them both mentally and physically for a day of productive learning.


The Medway Foundation for Education graciously approved a grant to pilot the BOKS program at Memorial School, but we need your help!  We are looking for parent volunteers who can donate their gift of time to make the BOKS program a success.  The more volunteers we have, the more students we can accommodate. The volunteer commitment would be from 7am to 8am on Mondays and Fridays, starting on March 27th and ending on May 26th.  A fitness background is not required to volunteer -- the only requirements are reliability and a passion for working with kids!


If you are interested in learning more about the BOKS program, please visit their website at www.bokskids.org. To volunteer, please contact Marissa Keleher at mkeleher@medwayschools.org.  



Students in grades three and four will participate in MCAS 2.0 testing this spring. Students in both grades will take the English Language Arts (ELA) and Math MCAS assessment. Third grade students will participate in paper based testing, while our fourth grade students join other fourth grade students across the state by taking computer based testing.


Below you will find specific test dates for our students. Please make every effort to have your student in school on his/her assessment date.


Grade 3 -                     

Paper Based Testing                        

English Language Arts- April 11, 12 & 13th

Math- May 17th & 18th                            


Grade 4

Computer Based Testing

English Language Arts-  April 11, 12 & 13th

Math- May 16th & 17th


GRADE Assessments

This week, all students brought home a copy of their mid-year Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE). When reviewing your child’s results, please keep in mind that this assessment provides us with one measure of student reading proficiency. Through additional measures, and most importantly, your child’s classroom performance, we are better able to understand your child as a reader and continue to support his/her learning. If you have questions about your child’s reading performance or the GRADE results, please contact your child’s teacher, reading specialist, special educator or building principal.


Art Studio

Families are invited to visit the Art Studio website to view student art projects. Once in the site, click on your child’s grade and scroll down to find his/her teacher’s name. Once you are looking at a project, you can scroll over the first photos to advance to other artwork within that project. Enjoy browsing through the work of our talented artists.


Visitor Parking

We love hosting families for events at our school, but we also want to ensure that we are good neighbors to those who live around Memorial School. When visiting our school, please make sure you are parked in a parking spot. Between the hours of 8:30 am and 1:45 pm, (with the exception of half days) visitors may also park in our pick up lanes. Cars may never be parked along our fire lane or block safety vehicles or neighbors driveways on Cassidy Lane and Cole Street. Should the front lot of the school be filled when you visit, please park behind the Burke School and on Center Street. Follow the paths to the school and buzz into the building. We look forward to your next visit.


School Banking Program

Charles River Bank offers our students an opportunity to begin saving by hosting a School Banking Program at Burke-Memorial School. Students have the opportunity to deposit money into their savings accounts right in our school lobby.  Representatives from the bank will be available to students who would like to conduct banking business on WEDNESDAY mornings.

Lost and Found-  

HELP! our lost and found is overflowing!  Please encourage your child to look through the items displayed on our lost and found tables when we return from vacation week.  Parents are also welcome to look through the items after school.  Any items left on the lost and found tables after Friday- March 3rd,  will be donated to a local charity.


Reminder from the School Nurse

Families are asked to return any clothes that have been borrowed from the school nurse’s office. The clothes are labeled “Memorial Nurse” Thank you.


Community News


Sponsored by Medway High School’s Tolerance Acceptance Diversity Alliance (TADA)

Until March 26th TADA is collecting new and gently used shoes to repurpose.

Any type of shoe will be accepted - flip-flops, cleats, sneakers, kids, boots - anything goes.  We ask that the shoes be new or gently used. If shoes are muddy, torn, have holes, or the sole is detached we cannot accept them. Otherwise, we will gladly take any pair of shoes you are willing to donate.

Collection boxes are located at Medway High, Middle, and Memorial schools, Town Hall, and Shaw’s.

Start the year off on the right foot and donate to the shoe drive!



6th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K                                Shamrock Shuffle flyer!

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017     

Start Time - 9:00 AM (pre-register 8:00 AM)

Where: Medway High School, 88 Summer Street, Medway, MA 02053

Professional Timing by RaceWire

Awards:   Gift Cards to the top 3 male and female finishers, ribbons awarded to the top place male and female finishers in all age categories.


Prizes:  Prizes will be awarded for the best costume!

T-shirts:  To all registered runners by February 28th, 2017

Registration:           By Feb 28, 2017            After Feb 28, 2017          17 and under

                                   $25.00                    $30.00                              $15.00

To register or for more info, visit us at www.mepto.org  or



Amazon Smile

Don't forget that if you shop through Amazon Smile, MEPTO will receive .5% of all your eligible purchases. To add us as your designated charity, please click here and select "Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization" -- that's it! Then for future shopping, just go to smile.amazon.com, which is just like the Amazon you know (same prices, same Prime benefits). Happy shopping and thanks for your support!


Ice Cream Social & Basket Raffle-

Save the Date- Friday, March 31, 2017

The Ice Cream Social and Basket Raffle will be held on  Friday, March 31, 2017 at  6pm at Medway High School. Stay tuned for more information.


News from the Medway Foundation for Education

Dodgeball Tournament at Medway Middle School, March 18 from 11:30 am - 7:00 pm. Go to mfeducation.org for more information or how to register

Textile Bins

Thanks to all who continue to use these bins, located at each of our school locations.   Please consider using these bins to recycle clothes and shoes. The MFE continues to receive cash from these bins and those dollars go right back into supporting our schools.  Spring cleanup time is just around the corner!


Important Dates





February Vacation

No School for Students.

Ongoing thru 3/26

TADA Shoe Drive

Collection Boxes in lobbies of High School, Middle School and Memorial School


Last Day to register for the  Shamrock Shuffle

Register by this date to receive a Shamrock Shuffle T-Shirt and discounted registration ($25).


MFE Trivia Bee

7:00 pm  Memorial School Cafeteria

3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29

School Banking

Before School, Memorial School Main Lobby


Principal’s Tea followed by  MEPTO Meeting

6:30 McGovern School


6th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K

9:00 am (pre-registration 8:00) High School


Summer Community Programming Night

6 pm - 8 pm  Memorial School Cafeteria


Early Release Day

Report Cards Distributed

Students released at 11:30 am



Middle School Gym


Memorial School Council Meeting

3:00 pm  Memorial School Conference Room


STEM Saturday for Girls

Grades 2-4    11:30 am - 2:30 pm    Memorial School


Ice Cream Social & Basket Raffle

6:00pm   High School





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