Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 24, 2015

Good afternoon!

Thank you to all who were able to attend PIN on Monday, September 21st.  It was great to see both new and familiar faces from Preschool to Grade One.  Thank you to School Committee member, Tim Bonfatti, PTO President, Jamie O'Connell, and MCPE representative, Kate Boxmeyer for coming to share information about these important organizations.  I would also like to thank Food Service Director, Dawn Lavallee and Memorial kitchen staff member, Terri Lynch for providing delicious samples of the cafeteria offerings. We hope that you enjoyed the evening!

Parking Lot Safety
As you enter the North Street parking lot at Memorial, you will see signage directing traffic to the right and around the parking lot in a counter clockwise direction.  For the safety of our children and staff, please follow the established traffic pattern.  Thank you in advance!

PTO meeting
The first Memorial PTO (formally known as the CSA) meeting will be held on Thursday, September 30th at 9:00 a.m. in the Teachers' Room.  Meetings alternate between mornings and evenings.  All are welcome!  We look forward to seeing you.

Have a great week.
Missy Bilsborough
Memorial School Principal

Thursday, September 17, 2015

September 17, 2015

Greetings Memorial Families,
Thank you all for your patience and cooperation over these past couple of weeks.  It is Day 9/Day 7 (K & PreK) and we are definitely all getting into the groove of things. If you have not had a chance to go on to the Aspen Parent Portal and review/update your contact information, please do so. In addition, please read the Acceptable Use Policy as well as the Parent/Student Handbook and sign off in Aspen that you have read both.  Thank you in advance!

We had our first fire drill of the school year on Wednesday afternoon and everyone did a super job!

No School
Please note that school will be closed next Wednesday, September 23rd.

PIN Night is just around the corner!  On Monday, September 21st, parents of children in preschool, kindergarten and grade one are invited to the Memorial School.  An initial presentation will be held in the gymnasium from 6:30-7:00 p.m. during which time staff members will be introduced, general school information will be shared by the principal, and representatives from the PTO, MCPE, etc...will say hello and talk about the organizations.  Parents will then be invited to the classrooms for individual presentations.  We look forward to seeing you!

Morning Announcements
New this week, we are now starting our day with morning announcements by our first graders.  Our guest speakers introduce themselves, share the date and their teacher's name and then lead the school in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

"Go Dotty Day"
In honor of International Dot Day, the Memorial School went "dotty" on Wednesday, September 16th.  Thanks to all for participating!

First grade students joined Mrs. Groden, our school librarian, and connected with students around the United States to share in our Dot Day celebration.  Memorial School students did an outstanding job representing the school and town of Medfield during their Skype session.  Great job boys and girls!

Have a great rest of the week and thank you for reading.
Missy Bilsborough
Memorial School Principal

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015

Dear Parents,
What a great week it's been at Memorial!  We welcomed our Kindergarten and Preschool students into the building on Tuesday and everyone did an amazing job. Each and every day the kids' confidence grows as they come into the building and head to their classrooms.  It is so wonderful to see their excitement!

Dates to Remember...
September 14th - No School - Rosh Hashanah 
September 23rd - No School - Yom Kippur

Memorial Spirit Day - DOTTY DAY!

The Memorial School's first Spirit Day of the school year will be held on Wednesday, September 16th.  In honor of International Dot Day, we would like to invite everyone to "get dotty"and wear their dots!

 "International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe."

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Drop Off/Pick Up Reminders

If you are dropping of your child in the morning, please remember that the bus loop is strictly for buses only.  Parents are welcome to drop off using the Adams Street parking area or the North Street lot.  Staff members will be on duty to help guide your child into the building at both the main entrance and at North Street until 8:35 a.m.  If you arrive after that time, please bring your child to the main office to sign them in.

At the end of the school day, parents picking up their child should meet them at the North Street door. Staff members will greet you and check ID's of unfamiliar faces before releasing your child.  Please understand that there are several different staff members who monitor the door at the end of the day. Safety is our first priority and we appreciate your patience.

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Aspen Student Information Parent Portal
This week Dr. Marsden sent information to families with directions for accessing the Aspen Student Information Parent Portal. As a reminder, parents are able to submit verification for the AUP (Internet Acceptable Use Policy); the Digital Citizenship component is coming), and for receipt of the Elementary Student Handbook.  

For the first time this year, elementary parents are able to access the Parent Portal to provide this information which eliminates the use of paper. Yippee! However, with all things new come some bumps in the road. We seek your patience as we try to work out a few glitches. To that end, here are some reminders:

  • When accessing the Parent Portal, the Memorial folder is at the bottom right of the front page.
  • Your eligibility to change student information will expire. However, after the designated time period, you will be able to contact the school directly for any changes that may occur throughout the school year.
  • If you completed information in the Portal already, you may want to go back in and revisit the student pick up and bus stop contact information. Based on parent feedback, the language has been adjusted to be more explicit. Thank you for your cooperation! We appreciate it.

From the Art Department...

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Attention Parents,
Welcome to a wonderful new year here at Memorial School.  The Kindergarten Art Teacher, Mr. Knaus, and First grade Art Teacher, Ms. Babin, will be introducing portfolios for the 2015-2016 school year.  Portfolios will be sent home with your son / daughter at the end of each term.  More information will be available at Parent Information Night.  Term I ends on December 8th, Term II ends on March 21st and Term III ends on the last day of school. 

Thank you,
Memorial Art Department
Tracey Babin ( 1st Grade Art Teacher )
Joe Knaus ( Kindergarten Art teacher )

Thursday, September 3, 2015

September 3, 2015

September 3, 2015
Welcome Back!

It was so wonderful to see all of our first grade students climbing off the buses on Wednesday morning filled with excitement and with big smiles on their faces.  Our preschool and kindergarten children joined us for orientation and screening during these past two days, meeting their new teacher and classmates.  The classroom and halls were buzzing with activity and I speak on behalf of the entire staff when I say that we are so excited to welcome the kids back.

Visiting the Memorial School
As a reminder, all visitors to the Memorial School must enter and exit through the main door.  Once inside the building, please sign in at the office and grab a visitors badge.  When leaving, please come to the office and sign out in the visitor’s log.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Dismissal Notes
As a reminder, pick up notes, not carry over from year to year.  You must notify the office in writing regarding daily and/or routine plans at the start of each school year.  Please use your green bus notes or click here for the Daycare/Bus Transportation Form.
If your child is a standard pick-up (the same day(s) every week), please send a note or email to Andrea Moores at that includes the first and last name of the person picking up.  

School Bus
If you would like to authorize an older sibling (4th grade or older) to be able to meet your child at the bus stop, please email Andrea Moores at with that information.  As a reminder, parents must be visible at the bus stop.  If there is not an approved individual at the stop, Kindergarten and Grade One students will be returned to the Memorial school for pick-up.


Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Thank you to all who participated in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.
If you haven’t done so already, please have your child print out his or her minutes from the user profile online.  This can be found on the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website  Please send a printed copy of the online log (or a paper/pencil log) back to to school by next Wednesday, September 9.  In addition, please fill out the slip of paper at the bottom of this letter and send it to school with your child’s reading log.  We will share and celebrate your child’s summer reading success during an upcoming assembly in recognition of International Literacy Day!

School Lunch
Check out our new sign in the Memorial cafeteria!  
The Warrior Pizza was a huge hit on the first day of school and smelled so delicious!  Next Tuesday (9/8), Food Service Director, Dawn Lavallee and our amazing cafeteria staff, Mrs. Konevich and Mrs. Lynch will be offering a free lunch to all of our incoming Kindergarten students.  Yum! Enjoy!

FACTS Tuition Payment
Preschool and Full-Day Kindergarten parents are reminded to please established a FACTS online tuition account as September payments are now due.  Visit  login, register, search for my institution.  If you have any questions related to setting up your account, please call FACTS at 866-441-4637.

PIN Night
The Memorial School PIN Night will be held on Monday, September 21st from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  Parents are invited to join me in the gymnasium from 6:30-7:00 p.m. for general school information including greetings from our PTO, MCPE and SEPAC.  At 7:00 p.m., parents will be invited down for individual classroom presentations.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Stay Connected
Each week you will receive an email letting you know that the Thursday packet has been updated.  The packet contains information, reminders and important dates.  In addition, all information/forms can be found on the Memorial School website.

I would also like to encourage you to visit the Memorial School Blog at   As a convenience, you can sign up to get direct emails when it is updated.   Lastly, follow the Memorial School on Twitter at @MemorialPreK1.

As a reminder, there is no school on Friday, September 4th or Monday, September 7th.  We will see you on Tuesday.  Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Missy Bilsborough
Memorial School Principal