News from Memorial School

Schedule Adjustments, Celebrating Success, Fire Drill and More

Burke-Memorial School

News from Memorial School

September 28, 2016




Schedule Adjustments

Recently, our faculty and School Council studied our school schedule and recognized that a majority of vacation days fall on Monday and Fridays. Because of this, students repeatedly miss the same “special” (art, music, physical education, library, science or technology). To ensure that our students experience a similar number of specials throughout the school year, we are adopting a “floating schedule”.


Here is an example of what a Floating Day might look like for your child:

If your child normally has art on Tuesdays and physical education on Mondays, your child would have physical education on Tuesday, October 4th, as we would follow a Monday schedule.  You would need to ensure that your child wears sneakers to school on Tuesday, October 4th. We would return to a typical Wednesday schedule on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.


Floating Schedule Changes 2016-2017 School Year


School will run on a

Tuesday, October 4th

Monday Schedule

Wednesday, November 9th

Friday Schedule

Thursday, January 12th

Friday Schedule

Wednesday, January 18th

Monday Schedule

Tuesday, April 11th

Friday Schedule

Thursday, June 1st

Monday Schedule


We thank you, in advance, for your anticipated support as we work to ensure our students have an equitable school experience. As we get closer to the dates impacted by these changes, teachers  will send reminders  home via homework notebooks and website reminders. We will also Tweet out reminders to parents (@burkememorial).


Please do not hesitate to call the office should you have questions or concerns about this adjustment.



Summer Reading Celebration Success!

Friday was a proud day to be part of the Memorial School community as we gathered outside to celebrate the successful completion of our Summer Reading Challenge.


First, we acknowledged our top  summer readers and presented these students with certificates of achievement. Did you know that collectively we read read over 340,000 minutes?


After our awards ceremony, the fun began!  Students who completed reading logs on the Scholastic Website, turned in hand-written reading logs had their names entered into a drawing. Several brave faculty and staff members volunteered to participate in a game of Drip Drip Drop, where students dripped and then dropped a cup of water on the head of an unsuspecting faculty member. Much to the delight and cheers of our students, none of our brave teacher volunteers escaped unschathed (see photo). File_000.jpeg


Here are some of my observations from our celebration

  • Classmates cheered for their friends and for faculty.

  • Students were genuinely proud of themselves for exceeding our school goal of 250,000 minutes.

  • Student behavior was exemplary!

  • Everyone left for the weekend feeling good about themselves.

  • Children expressed gratitude to our staff for organizing the event.


As we prepare for our official 2016-2017 launch of our PBIS  (Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports) Initiative, we will be setting additional school-wide goals. I look forward to additional celebrations in the months ahead.  


Fire Drill

This morning, Memorial School students participated in a fire drill.   Students responded quickly and quietly as we evacuated the building.  As always, we will continue to practice and review our fire drill procedures with students in an effort to continually improve and refine our practice.  We are proud of our students for their quick response.  Be sure to ask your child about the fire drill over dinner this evening.


MFE Annual Drive

The Medway Foundation for Education (MFE) is a non-profit organization charged with raising capital to fund innovative, educational projects throughout Medway’s public schools.  Using monies generated from community events, contributions, and educational grants, MFE will allocate funds through a grant process to teacher-sponsored projects. We strongly believe that these projects will dramatically impact the quality of education in our town.

The MFE is currently holding the Annual Drive. Instructions on how to donate can be found on the MFE website under MFE News.  


BOKS Before School Program

Registration Reminder

BOKS is coming to Memorial!  BOKS is a program that aims to give kids a body and brain “boost” that will set them up for a day of learning. At Memorial, 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.


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:

    October: 17, 21, 24, 28, and 31

    November: 4, 7, 14, 18, 21, and 28

    December: 2, 5, and 9

*Please note there are no sessions on November 11 (Veteran’s Day) or November 25 (Thanksgiving break)

Children will participate in the program for 45 minutes in the Burke 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 the online registration form and submit it by Friday, September 30, 2016. In the event of a greater than anticipated response, a lottery may be necessary.  If so, the lottery will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. 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 bringing this fabulous program to Memorial!



Important Dates





Author Visit

Author Matt Holm to visit Memorial School!


Rosh Hashanah

School Closed


Floating Day

School Follows a MONDAY Schedule


Columbus Day

School Closed


Professional Development Day for Faculty & Staff

School Closed


Yom Kippur

School Closed


Grade 2 Enrichment

Miss Money and the Coins


Grade 3 Enrichment

World of Jump Rope


Grade 2 Enrichment

Eyes on Owls



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