September News

Burke-Memorial School

September Update


Curriculum Night Follow-Up

It was wonderful to see so many families at our Curriculum Night events last week. We hope that you learned more about your child’s day and came away from the event feeling confident about your child’s educational experience. At my opening presentation, I provided families with a few reminders. I’ve highlighted some of them below:


  • We want to partner with you. If you have concerns, suggestions or compliments, let us know!

  • Your child’s teacher should  be your first point of contact.

  • Children should be at school as close to 8am as possible. Instruction starts at 8:15am.

  • If your child walks or rides the bus to school, create an after school safety plan with your child.

  • If your child will be absent, contact the attendance line by calling 508-321-4732.

  • Any same day changes to your child’s dismissal procedures which occur after the start of the school day must be called into the office 508-533-3265 x 0


We want your feedback!

Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey on your curriculum night experiences. Surveys are grade specific and are listed below. Your feedback will help us plan future events at Memorial School.


Grade 2


Grade 3


Grade 4


Summer Reading Goal Achieved!

Student Celebration Scheduled

Congratulations to our students for accomplishing their summer reading goal. Today we discovered that our a little over 90% of our students returned their summer reading logs!. We have planned this celebration for some time next week! Students who logged summer reading minutes or returned reading logs/documentation will be entered into a drawing to participate in a faculty version of “Drip, Drip, Drop.”

For those of you unfamiliar with this popular Field Day game, Drip, Drip Drop resembles Duck, Duck Goose. However, in this version, the student who is “it” will be holding a cup of water and dripping water on instead of tapping the head of the faculty members sitting around the circle.   It is sure to be a memorable event!  



As we have previously communicated, the district is excited to pilot the iReady diagnostic tool for reading and mathematics in grades 1-8.  iReady is an online assessment tool which will assess students across the key domains in reading and mathematics. The iReady diagnostic is an adaptive test that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s performance. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions.  The adaptive nature of the assessment will provide us more information about your child's areas of strength in reading and mathematics and their areas of need.  iReady results will help to identify both struggling learners and learners needing acceleration, providing meaningful information to teachers and parents.


We started these  diagnostic tests this week and students have been responding well. Once the assessments are  complete, teachers will use the information to plan instruction.  We will also use this information to identify students who require additional interventions.  During an upcoming parent information session, we will provide an overview of the tool and a summary of the information that the diagnostic assessment will provide educators and families.  


We look forward to using this assessment to enrich your child’s educational experience.


Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the office with any questions or concerns.


Media Policy

Many school events and student accomplishments are publicized through print and electronic media, including local newspapers, local cable television, and the district website. The School District Media Policy (School Committee Policy #88) was approved in 2013. This policy provides an opportunity for any parent/guardian who does not wish his/her child's image to be photographed, displayed electronically or in print to opt his/her child out by submitting a letter to the office of the building principal at the beginning of the school year.  


2017 Health Screenings

As required by Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations, 105 CMR 200.000, our school nurse, Cheryl Gay will be conducting hearing, stereopsis and  vision screenings  for all second and third grade students. Screenings for fourth grade students will include vision, height and weight.  These screenings will take place in the health office from September 26th to October 17th.  Every effort will be made to protect student privacy during the screening process.  As always, you do have the right to “opt out” of the screenings.  Please notify Nurse Gay in writing, (letter or email) by Friday, September 25, 2017 if you wish to opt out of a certain screening.

Given the previous changes to the height and weight measurements of 105 CMR 200.500, a letter informing you of your child’s body mass index will not be sent home.   However, if your child does not meet the hearing and vision requirements, a letter requesting/suggesting further evaluation and follow up with your provider in these areas will be sent home.

If you have any questions, please contact  Nurse Cheryl F. Gay, BSN, RN,NCSN via phone 508-533-3265,  fax 508-533-3274 or email


Tea with the Principals

Elementary school principals will again host Tea with the Principals throughout the school year. These informal meetings will provide parents with the opportunity to meet with the elementary school principals. During these meetings, principals will provide updates on activities at the elementary schools and answer general questions that families may have. Our first ‘Tea’  will take place in coordination with the MEPTO Welcome Reception on  Tuesday, October 3rd , at 6:30 p.m. at  Memorial School.


Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization Meetings

The first Medway Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (MEPTO) meeting of the 2016-2017 school year will be held at Memorial School on Tuesday, October 3rd,  at 7:00 p.m.  Please note the change in meeting location as this meeting was previously scheduled to take place at McGovern School.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Prior to the meeting, there will be a  small welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. where Mrs. Cooney and MRs. Luizzi will be available to meet with parents.  Parents new to Medway Public Schools and parents who have never attended a MEPTO meeting are  especially welcome.


The MEPTO meeting will begin at 7pm where  Dr. Ryan Sherman, Director of Wellness, will join us to present the Safe Routes to School Program.  Following Dr. Sherman’s presentation, we will be joined by School Resource Officer O’Neil and Detective Reardon from the Medway Police Department. They will speak with parents about school safety and  social media. Parents are invited and encouraged to bring questions about social media and online platforms. This is an amazing opportunity that comes once a year so don't miss it! Finally, our meeting will conclude with  some quick updates from our PTO board where upcomming events will be highlighted.  Bring a friend or meet new friends at this meeting.  We hope to see you there!


Medway Foundation for Education

The MFE Annual drive will begin  9/25 and run through 10/15.

Be sure to check your email or our Facebook page and website for each weeks special prize. Every person who donates will have a chance to win! This week, win a pair of Red Sox tickets for the September 30th game against Houston. Watch the big tally board at the middle school to see how we are doing.We thank you for your support.


FREE Flu Shot Clinic

Free for all Medway residents 6 months and older

Free for all Medway Public School Staff

2 Dates available


When: Thursday October 5th

Where: Medway High School Lobby

Time  3-5pm


When Friday October 13, 2017

Where: Medway Senior Center

Time: 10-11:30am


Please bring your insurance card and wear a short sleeved shirt


Important Dates





School Council Meeting

3 pm Memorial Conference Room


MEPTO Welcome Reception/ Principal’s Tea

6:30pm -7:00 pm At Memorial School

New to Town? New to MEPTO? Interested in meeting the elementary school principals in an informal setting?  Invite a friend and join us for a small  reception before our first meeting of the school year.


Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (MEPTO) Meeting

7pm Memorial School. Join us for our first meeting of the school year. Meet the new MEPTO officers and hear about our exciting plans for the 2016-2017 school year, Learn about Safe Routes to School and Meet our School Resource Officer!


Columbus Day

School Closed


Professional Development Day for Faculty & Staff

School Closed

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