Friday, September 26, 2014

September 25, 2014

Hello Memorial Families,

We would like to thank Shaw's Supermarket for donating $400 to the Memorial School as part of their new program entitled "We Love Our Schools."  Representatives from Shaw's visited the school today to present the funds.

On Wednesday, teachers in Kindergarten and Grade One worked with math consultant, Shephali Fox as part of the ongoing district wide math initiative.  Teachers discussed learning objectives and outcomes and worked to develop "I can" statements for students.

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Volunteers are needed at Memorial Library!  The Library needs help shelving books, straightening shelves, and checking out books.  Because there is some training involved, we ask for a commitment for the school year, 50 - 60 minutes a session, once or twice a month.  Volunteers can come during their child's Library class.  We limit the number of volunteers to a total of 4 per class; 2 per each library session.  If you are interested, please email your name and your child's teacher's name to Kerry Hennessy at  Thank you!

As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Medfield High School student, Julia Steeger, is working to raise awareness on the issue of how poverty affects kids.  She is joining efforts with various organizations, including Cradles to Crayons, to assist children living in poverty.  A collection unit has been placed at the Wheelock School for people to donate gently used clothes, books, and toys.  In addition, on November 22nd, there will be a "Stuff the Truck" event at the Blake Middle School that focuses on winter clothing such as pants, boots, jackets and sweaters.  For more information, please see the two flyers that are included in the Thursday packet.

Parent Pick-up
With all the great weather that we've been having, there have been many furry friends joining the pickup line at the end of the day.  Please keep in mind that most days our preschool students are exiting the building at this time to head outside to play.  Parents are asked to be mindful of this fact so that no hands, feet, or paws get injured.

Have a wonderful weekend and as always, thanks for reading.


Melissa Bilsborough
Memorial School Principal

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 18, 2014

Greetings Memorial Families!

We hope that you all had a wonderful week.

Thank you to all who were able to attend PIN night.  We had a great turnout and enjoyed meeting everyone. If you were unable to attend, please click here to check out the presentation that includes some general information about the Memorial School and a few words from SEPAC, CSA and MCPE.

Scan these codes for quick and direct access to our website and blogs.  Thanks Mrs. Groden!

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September 22nd - CSA Meeting - 7 PM (Teachers' Room)
September 25th - No School - Rosh Hashanah
October 9th - Picture Day at the Memorial School 
(more information coming soon)

Memorial School Site Council - Attention Kindergarten Parents

We are looking for a Kindergarten Parent Representative for the Memorial School Site Council.  Meetings are held four times per school year (October, January, March and May) and begin at 3:45 p.m.

Established by the Education Reform Act of 1993, the Site Council consists of parents, school personnel, and a community member for the purpose of advising the building principal on the following issues:

1.Adopting educational goals for the school.

2.Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school.
3.Reviewing the annual school building budget.
4.Formulating a school improvement plan.

In the event that we have multiple parents who are interested, and election will be held. Terms of membership expire at the end of two years or when the member’s children are no longer enrolled in the school.

Please email me at by September 24th if you are interested.  Thank you!

Superintendent's Advisory Council 

The Memorial School is looking for a parent representative to sit on Dr. Mardsen's Advisory Council.  The group will meet four times per year (October 14th, November 19th, March 18th and April 15th) at 9:30 a.m. to discuss various school related topics.  If you are interested in participating, please email me at

On Thursday, as part of International Dot Week celebrations, first grade students participated in a lesson in which they Skyped with children in Baltimore.  They shared their dots and even had an opportunity to ask one another questions. Check out Mrs. Groden's Blog (Memorial's Library Media Specialist) for more information Dot Day and the amazing activities that she has planned.

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There will be a CSA meeting on Monday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial School Teachers' Room.  We hope to see you there!

As always, thanks for reading.
Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!

Missy Bilsborough

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

Hello Memorial School Community!

It's Thursday of our first full week of school and it's been a great week so far!  We kicked off the week with a Grade 1 celebration of the summer reading initiative in honor of International Literacy Day.  According to their website,  "September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world." For more information visit:

This was the first year 0f the Summer Reading Initiative for the Memorial School. Our goals were to encourage reading and, along with other schools around the world, to break last year’s reading world record of 176, 438,473 minutes. Due to the efforts of our students and families, we were able to help break the world record! This summer kids read 273, 112, 257 minutes! That’s 96, 673, 784 more minutes than last year! Outstanding job everyone!!

To recognize the efforts of our students, the CSA generously donated $200 worth of gift certificates to Park Street Books which were awarded to out top reader and ten other students chosen at random from the participants who returned their reading logs.

Congratulations to our winners and great job to all who participated!

Attn: Full Day Kindergarten Parents 

FACTS Online Payment Plan Information

Medfield Public Schools is pleased to offer Full-day Kindergarten families a convenient, online method to enroll for your Payment Plan with FACTS.  We encourage you to sign-up online by visiting the FACTS website

CSA Meeting...Date Change!  

The first CSA meeting of the 2014-2015 school year will be held on Monday, September 22nd at 7:00 pm in the Teachers' Lounge at Memorial.  The change is a result of the previous meeting being inadvertently scheduled on September 24th, the evening prior to the start of Rosh Hashanah. We apologize for any inconvenience this changes causes.  Please come - all are welcome!

See you on Tuesday evening for PIN Night (6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)!

Have a great weekend and as always, thanks for reading.


Missy Bilsborough
Memorial School Principal