March Updates

March Updates                     

 

Hat Day - Supporting Student Athletes

Wednesday, March 23rd

Many of our students will be  participating in a five town Special Olympic Game Day in Ashland at the beginning of April. We are incredibly proud of our athletes and  would like to show them our support.

Therefore, all Memorial School students and staff are invited to wear a hat in school on Wednesday, March 23rd. We invite students and staff  to donate $1.00 to wear a hat in school. Funds raised will be donated to the Special Olympics in honor of our student athletes.

 

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

 While there is still frost on our cars, it’s about time to start thinking about summer! For some parents this brings excitement, but for others, this brings stress. Summer is a time of fun and relaxation. It is also a time when kids have a lot of down time. It can be a challenge for parents to find safe and affordable programming that is the right fit for their child.

 

The Medway Wellness Department has reached out to several summer program providers, and is hosting a community night! Parents will be able to gather information to help make plans for their kids, and sign up if interested. Families of kids from ages 4-15, are invited to join us for a drop in informational open house. 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.

 

While some of these services are free, most are not; however, everyone joining us has flexibility around funding and transportation if these are challenges for your family. Medway Schools and the chosen providers, never want finances to stand in the way of great experience for our students.  We hope to see you on March 15th!

 

MCAS Dates

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

 

Superintendent’s Chat:  MCAS, Monday March 20, 2017

We look forward to welcoming our community for an overview of the next generation state assessment during a Superintendent’s Chat on Monday, March 20 at 6:30 PM in the Presentation Room at Medway Middle School.  This presentation will highlight the differences between the prior and new assessment and how we, as a district, will use the information from the assessment to support our ongoing work.

 

BOKS Before School Program Registration

We are pleased to announce that BOKS is returning to Memorial for its second session!  BOKS is a program that aims to give kids a body and brain “boost” that will set them up for a day of learning. There will be two before school sessions each week. It is a program sponsored by Reebok, and being funded by the Medway Foundation for Education. The program details are as follows:

 

Who are the instructors?  The program will be taught and supervised by Marissa Keleher, Science/Technology teacher, as well as parent volunteers. **WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS! Please email mkeleher@medwayschools.org if you are able to help on Monday and/or Friday mornings from 7-8 am**

 

Who can attend?  The BOKS program is open to all second, third, and fourth grade students at Memorial.

 

When will the program be held?  The program will be held on Monday and Friday mornings from 7:15 - 8:00 a.m.  The dates of the session are:

    March: 27 and 31

    April: 3, 8, 10, 24, and 28

    May: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, and 26

*Please note there are no sessions on April 14 (Good Friday) or the week of April Vacation

Children will participate in the program for 45 minutes in the gym and go directly to school from the program to their classrooms at 8:00 a.m.

 

How much is the program?  Thanks to the generous funding by the MFE, the program is free!

 

What does a typical class look like?  A typical class includes drop off and free play, meeting and warm up, running related activity, skill of the week, end of class game, and cooldown and nutrition tip.

 

What do parents/guardians have to do?  Parents/guardians are responsible for making sure that their child arrives at Memorial promptly at 7:15 for all sessions.  If you are interested in having your child participate in the BOKS program, you must complete this online registration form and submit it by Thursday, March 16, 2017. In the event of a greater than anticipated response, a lottery may be necessary.  If so, the lottery will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017. Upon confirmation of your child’s enrollment in the program, parents/guardians will be sent all necessary registration materials.  

 

We hope you share our excitement in continuing this fabulous program at Memorial!

 

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 25, 2016.  Pre-registration is required. Click here to access the registration link.

 

Public Forum on FY18 Budget ~ Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM

The School Committee will hold a Public Hearing on its proposed 2017-2018 School Department Proposed Budget on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 45 Holliston Street, Medway.  A copy of the budget proposal will be available for review forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting in the Superintendent’s Office.  The Medway School Committee welcomes comments from the public on its budget, however this is a presentation as the public forum was held on March 2, 2017.

 

Cultural Proficiency Partnership ~ Event on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:00  PM

We are excited to share that we recently agreed to partner with EDCO Collaborative's IDEAS Program in our efforts to enhance the cultural sensitivity and proficiency practices of school district.  Aligned with our efforts outlined in our Strategic Plan, this important work has been recently punctuated as a need with events connected with student behavior that is not reflective of a community that celebrates and appreciates diversity.  We are excited about this partnership - which will include building based self assessments, leadership training, and staff professional development - and the deep reflection and learning that will come from this work.  

 

As part of this effort, we would like to continue the conversation we started with our community on January 30.  On Monday, April 3, Kalise Wornum, founder of KW Diversity INC., will be returning to Medway.    This event is for parents/guardians and will be hosted in the auditorium at Medway High School.  We hope to see you there. A flier of the event can be found here.  

 

Congratulations:

GetREAL Food Campaign Winners

The GetREAL Food Campaign is a newly-founded non-profit with an objective to make eating real, whole foods the acceptable and cool thing to do among our young population. This year, our students participated in a poster  contest for this non-profit. Over a dozen schools participated in this year’s kick-off  GetREAL Food Campaign poster contest. Students were encouraged to think about the concept of real food vs. processed food and how real food impacts their growing bodies.

We are pleased to announce that several of our students were named  district finalists: MacKenzie Pierce, Michael Luca, Eve Peristere, Isabella Chleboski, Jayden Morin, Vivian Lee, Elisabeth Wrona. We are also pleased to announce that Sasha McNaney was named our School District Winner. Sasha has earned a collection of signed Diary of a Wimpy Kid books for our school.  Congratulations to Sasha and to all of our district finalists!

 

Youth Art Month at the Worcester Art Museum

Congratulations to the following students who will have their work on display at the Worcester Art Museum: Grade 2- Elizabeth Wrona, Grade 3: Elizabeth Creonte and Grade 4: Bella Romano. The exhibit will be open to the public from Wednesday, March 1 through April 2 in the Higgins Education Wing at the Worcester Art Museum. Admission to this exhibit is free. Thanks to Mrs. Moyer for coordinating this effort.

 

Reminders:

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.

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MEPTO NEWS

 

Shamrock Shuffle

It’s that time again! Tomorrow, March 11 is the  the 6th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K event. This annual event is to benefit the Medway Elementary PTO. It will be held at Medway High School, 88 Summer Street, Medway, MA at 9:00 AM (pre-register 8:00am). Registration is $30.00/person and anyone 17 and under is $15.00.  Gift cards will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers and ribbons will be awarded to the top place male and female finishers in all age categories. There will be prizes awarded for the best costume! To register or for more info please visit www.mepto.org or Medwayshamrockshuffle2017.racewire.com.

 

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!

 

Donations for Basket Raffle & Ice Cream Social

Save the Date- Friday, March 31, 2017

 

MEPTO's annual Basket Raffle & Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, March 31 from 6:30-8:15 p.m. at Medway High School. Each elementary classroom has been assigned a basket theme and the collection is underway! Please consider donating an item or items related to your child’s classroom theme (a full list can be found here). All donations should be sent to school with your child by Monday, March 27. They will be collected by a parent volunteer and assembled into a basket to be raffled off at the event.

 

Parent volunteers are also needed that evening. If you're interested in helping out at this year's event, please complete the volunteer interest form.

 

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!

 

Community News

SHOE DRIVE

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.

 

Medway Clean Sweep/ Day of Service

April 8, 2017

In partnership with the Town of Medway, the Medway Lions Club and the Medway Public Schools, this year’s Medway Clean Sweep will feature additional service experiences of which communities members can sign up and be a part.  A first effort to expand our opportunities for our entire community to engage in different types of services experiences on a large scale like this, we hope that this morning of April 8, 2017 is able to expand in future years to include many more experiences throughout the town.  Please click on the link that follows to review the various experiences that have been planned for this year - noting that each experience could use both people power of all ages and supplies - and sign for as many that catch your eye as you want.  Should you have any questions about Clean Sweep, please email us at cleansweep@townofmedway.org or ir you have questions about the Day of Service events, please email us at medwaymasslionsclub@gmail.com

Sign up for service events here: Medway Clean Sweep / Day of Service Sign up

 

Important Dates

Date

Event

Details

3/11

6th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K

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

Ongoing thru 3/26

TADA Shoe Drive

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

3/15, 3/22, 3/29

School Banking

Before School, Memorial School Main Lobby

3/15

Summer Community Programming Night

6 pm - 8 pm  Memorial School Cafeteria

3/16

Public Forum on FY18 Budget

7pm Presentation Room Medway Middle School

3/17

Early Release Day

Report Cards Distributed

Students released at 11:30 am

3/18

Dodging4School- MFE Fundraiser

Middle School Gym

3/20

Superintendent’s Chat

Topic: Next generation state assessments

March 20 at 6:30 PM in the Presentation Room at Medway Middle School.

3/22

Memorial School Council Meeting

3:00 pm  Memorial School Conference Room

3/23

Music in Our Schools Concert

9am The following classes will perform at this concert: Mrs. Goulet, Mrs. Lindsey, Mrs. Cassinelli and Mrs. Dillon

3/24

Music in Our Schools Concert

9am The following classes will perform at this concert: Mrs. Cross, Mrs. Moroney, Miss Thompson and Mrs. Tight

3/25

STEM Saturday for Girls

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

3/31

4th Grade Enrichment Program Sponsored by MEPTO- Sounds of Science 1:15pm

3/31

Ice Cream Social & Basket Raffle

6:00pm   High School

 

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