September News from Memorial School

Burke-Memorial School

September News

 

Principal's Message

Welcome back! Yesterday, our hallways were once again filled with the familiar voices of students recanting their summer adventures, talking about books they read and sharing their excitement about being back in school. New students were surrounded by new friends and routines were being taught and learned.  Despite a few complaints about getting up early, we heard mostly positive comments about being back in school. It’s strange how the quiet days of summer appeared to fade naturally and our school fell quickly back to “normal”.

 

It struck me, as I watched our students greet their teachers, that there is a comfort in both the newness and routine of the first days and weeks of a new school year. The newness offers us all - students, teachers and parents-  an opportunity to begin again, to reset the clock,  to set new goals and to ponder the exciting possibilities of what is to be. The routine provides stability. Like a favorite, long loved, stuffed animal or blanket, we take comfort in its familiarity.

 

When I met with the faculty and staff on Monday, we celebrated our new year together. Much like January, when many create resolutions, September provides us with an opportunity to set school year  resolutions Think about the goals you would like to set with your child this school year. Perhaps you want to commit to reading together more frequently, or work on reestablishing homework routines, or finding creative ways to decrease screen time while increasing family time. Whatever your goal, write it down, post it in a prominent place in your house, say it aloud and refer to it often during this month of new beginnings.

 

I look forward to a wonderful year with our second, third and fourth grade students. Should you have any questions or concerns during the year, I encourage you to reach out to your child's teachers. I know they will be happy to assist you.

 

Happy New Year!

 

Updates and Reminders

School Council

Burke-Memorial school is looking for  parents who are interested in serving as a parent representative on our School Council. Council members are responsible for assisting the principal in four major areas:

 

    Establishing goals for the school

    Identifying the educational needs of students

    Reviewing the budget

Formulating a school improvement plan

 

Additionally, the council will be asked to provide general feedback to the principal and to suggest recommendations for improvement.

 

Due to the role of the council in guiding our school, members are asked to make a two year commitment and be available to attend all council meetings. Meetings are held on Wednesdays and last approximately one hour. Dates for the 2015-2016 council meetings are as follows:

 

September 28th               January 25th

October 26th                March 22nd

December 14th                April 12th

                             May 24th (tentative)

 

State guidelines specify that the number of parent representatives must be equal to the number of teachers who serve on the council. In addition, the school principal and a community member serve on the council. State law also requires that parent members be selected by the parents of students attending the school, in elections held by the local recognized parent-teacher organization. Therefore, elections for school council parent members will be held at the first Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (MEPTO) Meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the McGovern School.

 

Prospective candidates are asked to confirm, via email to the principal) their availability and interest in serving on the council before the close of the school day on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Prospective candidates are encouraged to attend the September 28th  MEPTO meeting and be prepared to introduce themselves, However, candidates need not be present at the MEPTO meeting to be included on the ballot.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions.

 

 

Fire Drill Practice

This morning, Memorial School students participated in a fire drill. We practiced the drill without the alarms so our students would feel comfortable knowing where to go before our first ‘official’ 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.

 

Student Enrollment, Student Health and Emergency Forms

These important documents were sent home with your child on the first day of school. Once we receive the forms back from you, information will be reviewed and updates entered electronically into our student information system. While many parents have completed this process already, it is vital that we receive each of these forms from every student. Your assistance in ensuring that we can communicate with you is much appreciated.

 

Routines

Transitioning back to school after summer vacation can be difficult for many students (and families). As a parent, I know it takes extra time, a lot of patience and a solid two weeks of consistent routines before my family is able to successfully make this transition.

 

Please work with your child to establish strong morning and evening routines that will support a successful transition back to school. Talk with your child about your family routines and expectations surrounding topics such as breakfast, homework, afternoon snack, reading, screen time and bedtime.  As you know, success in school requires that students arrive to school well rested, nourished and prepared for learning.

 

Student Drop-off and Pick-up

Parents are reminded that the instructional day starts at 8:15 a.m. Students are encouraged to arrive to school between 8:00 a.m. and 8:05 a.m.. Please do not drop children off at school before 8:00 a.m. as there is no supervision. We find that children arriving to school after 8:10 a.m. often feel rushed in the morning. Please make every effort to drop your child off at school before 8:10am.   

 

We will continue using a staggered dismissal procedure this year. Bus students will be dismissed first, followed by students who travel home by car and  finally, walkers. In an effort to reduce traffic back up on Cassidy Lane, families are encouraged to wait until 2:35 p.m. to enter the Burke-Memorial complex.  

 

Transportation Changes

Parents must notify the office when there is a change in a student’s transportation routine. It is always helpful to copy classroom teachers on this communication. Changes made 24 hours in advance may be sent to the school via email, phone call, or note to the office. Same day changes in transportation must be called into the office. DO NOT LEAVE a message regarding  transportation changes. You must speak to a member of our office staff.  If a student is not attending MEDI, parents must inform MEDI and the school office.  

 

Elementary School Handbook

The 2016-2017 Elementary School Handbook can be found on our website and contains important information about building procedures and school district policies. Please take some time to review this document and refer to it if you have questions during the course of the school year. We’ve added a Frequently Asked Question this year. We hope you will find this information helpful.

 

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 McGovern School on Tuesday, September 27th,  at 7:00 p.m.   All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Prior to the meeting, there will be a  small welcome reception at 6:30 p.m.  Parents new to Medway Public Schools and parents who have never attended a MEPTO meeting are  especially welcome.

 

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, September 27 th, at 6:30 p.m. .at  McGovern School.

 

Important Dates

Date

Event

Details

9/2 -9/5

Labor Day Observance

School Closed

Enjoy the long weekend!

9/13

Grade 2 Curriculum Night

5:30pm Memorial Cafeteria

9/13

Grade 3 Curriculum Night

7pm Memorial Cafeteria

9/15

School Pictures

Details will be sent home with students via backpack mail.

9/15

Grade 4 Curriculum Night

6:30 pm Memorial Cafeteria

9/27

MEPTO Welcome Reception/ Principal’s Tea

6:30pm -7:00 pm At McGovern 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.

9/27

Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (MEPTO) Meeting

7pm McGovern Library. 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.

10/3

Rosh Hashanah

School Closed-

10/10

Columbus Day

School Closed

10/11

Professional Development Day for Faculty & Staff

School Closed

10/12

Yom Kippur

School Closed-

 

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