Spring Updates

Spring Updates   


Happy Spring Vacation!

We hope that our students and their families are enjoying the school vacation week and are finding time to relax and recharge as we prepare to enter the final phase of our school year. While it is vacation week, we wanted to remind you of these special events which will take place upon our return from vacation. Please take a moment to read these updates. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday, April 24, 2017.


Let’s Chat! A series of conversations about instructional approaches.

Thursday,  April 27th –  6:15-7:15pm    Registration
Please join us on Thursday April 27th from 6:15-7:15 pm, for conversations about some of our school’s educational approaches and programming. Teachers will be hosting mini-workshop/conversations focused on reading, writing, and math in an effort to further partner with families to support student learning in school and at home.

While adults attend workshops,  childcare for  school-age children will be provided! For planning purposes, we ask families to register in advance. Online registration can be found here.. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact John Kelley  jkelley@medwayschools.org  508-533-3265

Featured Topics
Fundations-- Are you interested in learning more about the second grade Fundations word study program? Would you like to see part of the program in action? If so, then join some of our second grade teachers for an informal conversation about Fundations in the classroom.

Words Their Way- Has your child been talking about sorting words, C-V-C word patterns or closed syllables? If so, your child  is referring to our 3rd and 4th grade words study program called "Words Their Way" Join some of our upper grade teachers for an informal conversation about this program.

Supporting Reluctant Readers- Is reading not your child's most favorite activity? Is reading more of a pain than a pleasure in your home? Students experience varying levels of  reading enjoyment for different reasons. However, some of our teachers have learned and developed ways to get our most reluctant readers to engage.Come and join in this important conversation and find ways to make reading fun for your child.

A Closer look at Readers Workshop- Readers workshop is an educational framework used in many different communities. The workshop model is the cornerstone of  Medway’s approach to  English/Language Arts instruction. Join us for a more in depth look at this approach to teaching, understand the way it is being used at our school, and learn more about how your children become more efficient readers.  

A Closer Look at Writing Workshop-  The workshop model is an educational framework that we use to teach our students to become stronger writers. Join us for this session and gain a more in depth look at the way we support and challenge our students in the writing process.

Understanding Reading Levels- Is your child reading at a level D? Is this good? How are reading levels decided? Join us to learn more about the process of determining a student’s reading level.  Learn about the skills teachers look at as students increase their reading levels. Finally, learn how you can support these skills at home.

Help! I Never learned Math This Way! An introduction to Alternate Algorithms-  Have you ever found yourself helping your child with his/her math homework, and your child informs you that you are doing it wrong?  Join us to discuss some of the research based approaches to teaching math.


Every Kid Healthy Week- April 24th-28th

Every Kid Healthy Week will take place from April 24-28th! Part of a national movement working to make schools healthier places, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance that encourages students to learn to eat right, be physically active and equipped for success.  Because healthy kids are better learners!


Here at Burke-Memorial, we will be implementing various events throughout the course of the week, as outlined below.  We hope you will support this initiative by motivating your kids to practice healthy behaviors at home, sending in healthy snacks, and engaging in one of the “Friday Family Fitness” activities listed below!  


April 24th ~ MOVEMENT MONDAY: We will kick-off Every Kid Healthy Week with an assembly where kids will participate in physical activities and learn fun games to play during recess.


April 25th ~ TASTY TUESDAY: Please encourage your child to bring in healthy foods for snack and lunch. Maybe try something new from this list!   


April 26th ~ WALKING WEDNESDAY:  Students will participate in a walk around the school property with their class.


April 27th ~ THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: A big component of staying healthy is emotional wellness.  Students will identify moments of kindness throughout their day.


April 28th ~ FAMILY FITNESS FRIDAY: Please click on this link from the Let’s Move campaign, and choose a physical activity to participate in as a family as you head into the weekend!


Author William Joyce to visit Memorial School!

Friday, April 28th

We are very excited to welcome author/illustrator/filmmaker William Joyce to Memorial School on Friday, April 28!


William Joyce is known for his best-selling picture books, including The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and The Mischievians, as well as his movie work. William Joyce won an Academy Award for the short film version of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore; he wrote the screenplays for the animated movies Robots, Meet the Robinsons, Rise of the Guardians (based on his book series the Guardians of Childhood), and Epic.


Partnership with Medway Community Farm Continues

We are excited to announce that we will continue to partner with Medway Community Farm for our Spring Enrichment Programs!  Fourth grade students will participate in a series of visits to Medway Community Farm as part of their year-end enrichment activities.  Second and Third grade students will learn about planting, caring for and harvesting crops at our own school garden.  Be on the lookout for more information about these programs via backpack mail or teacher websites.

Please note that we are able to offer these unique experiences for our students as a result of extraordinary fundraising efforts by the Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.


Important Dates




4/17 - 4/21

School Vacation Week

School Closed


Let’s Chat! Family Conversations Series

6:15-7:15pm Memorial School  Registration Required.


Author William Joyce to Visit Memorial School!


Planting Day at Memorial  School Garden

Students in Grades 2-3 will plant our school garden


Planting Day Memorial School Garden Rain Date



Grade 4



Grade 3 & 4



Grade 3


Early Release Day

Memorial Students are Dismissed at 11:30am


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