Thursday, October 29, 2015

October 30th

Hello Memorial Families,
What an exciting week it's been!  We've had special programs, a Story Book Pumpkin Patch, fun with pumpkins and much, much more! Tomorrow's Halloween parade and classroom parties are going to be a great way to end the week.  Our parade begins at 9:30 a.m. We hope to see you there!

Memorial's Story Book Pumpkin Patch 
Check out the Story Book Pumpkin Patch at the Memorial School.  Click here to see these amazing creations!  Thank you to Mrs. Groden for the great video.

Ocean World
Thank you to the PTO for bringing the Ocean World program to our Kindergarten classes this week.  On Monday and Tuesday, K students were able to learn about and touch ocean creatures including clams, starfish, lobsters and giant crabs. 

Pumpkin Fun in Grade One!
This week we explored pumpkins inside and out.  We even got to try some pumpkin seeds!  Yum!

Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour this weekend!  
Happy Halloween everyone.

Thanks for reading.

Missy Bilsborough

Thursday, October 22, 2015

October 22, 2015

Dear Parents,

I'm very proud to report that today's safety drill went extremely well.  Everyone did a wonderful job following procedures and we were able to complete the drill in approximately 10 minutes.  As Dr. Marsden stated in his letter, "it is important that our students know that our schools are safe places, but we practice fire drills, bus evacuation drills, and safety drills so we will remain calm and stay safe if there is an emergency."  Below is a draft of the language that many of our teachers used as a guideline when discussing the drill with their children.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Our school is a very safe place because of all the things that we do to keep it safe.  We are going to add one more kind of practice to make sure that we stay safe in school.  In a fire drill and a bus evacuation drill, we practice leaving the school or leaving the bus to be safe.   During this drill, we are going to practice staying in our school, in our classroom, to be safe.  There could be times when we would be safer in school than outside.  This could be because of something like bad weather or something happening outside that would make it unsafe for us to leave the school.  We call this practice a “Safety Drill.”

Recently, Dawn Lavallee, Food Service Director, donated a class pumpkin as well as individual student pumpkins to all of our Kindergarten students. The pumpkins are being decorated, examined for seeds and used in a variety of other ways. Thank you Mrs. Lavallee!!!

Angel Run
Representatives will be in the cafeteria this Friday to talk with our students about the upcoming Angel Run. Have you registered? Online registration is now open for the 10th Annual MFi Angel Run on December 6, 2015.   Visit

Ocean World is Coming!

Thanks to the Memorial PTO, Kindergarten students will be enjoying the Ocean World presentation next week on Monday and Tuesday.  We can't wait!

Mark Your Calendars:
On Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. the Memorial PTO will be holding their second meeting of the school year.  The meeting will be held in the Teachers' Room.  We hope to see you there.

Music News!
Introducing the Memorial Music Web Page

Hello Parents,

I am your child’s music teacher at Memorial School.  My name is Mr. Ruggiero, but everyone calls me Mr. ‘R’.  I am writing to let you know that there is a music web page for Memorial School.  It is entitled, “Memorial Music Happenings”.  

The web page is divided into six sections.  The first four sections are listed at the top and the last two are under the caption, “more . . .”  The first segment  is the general information section.  In this section, you will find my biography, my teaching philosophy and a link to my teaching schedule.  

The second section is a fun music quiz, introduced by Conductor Paul, that you can take with your child or children.  Maybe your child can take the quiz with an older sibling.  You decide.  There is a question for each month in the school year, and as the conductor says, “See what you know.  See what your child knows.  Learn together.  Have fun.”

The music news sections outline the music curriculum for the entire year for both Kindergarten and grade one.  In these sections, the medium used to teach the lesson is coupled with the musical concept or skill your child or children will be learning.  In most cases, the medium used is a song or a song with a musical arrangement; however, it can also be a chant, a nursery rhyme, or a poem.  

In grade one I formally assess the students.  When I assess, I focus on the process rather than the product.  In the grade one section, you can also view the rubrics that I use to assess students progress.

The next area is “Curriculum Music”.  In this section, you can view some of the actual music your child or children will be either singing, playing or both, and finally, the last segment is dedicated to our annual grade one “Salute to the American Symbols” Flag Day show.  This section begins with an introduction given by our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.  It is updated every April, and it contains important information about the show.  In addition, grade one parents can print out show documents, such as the program and flyer and view the songs the children may be singing.

As you can see, the music web page is jammed with fun and facts.  I hope you will take the time to visit the web page with your child or children this year.  In fact, since there is so much to see and do, feel free to visit more than once.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Music Teacher,

Mr. R

As always, thank you for reading.
Have a wonderful week.

Missy Bilsborough

Thursday, October 15, 2015

October 15, 2015

Greeting Memorial Families,
I hope that you all had a wonderful week and enjoyed your long weekend.  The Memorial staff closed our week last week with a professional development day.  Teachers spent the day working independently and with their grade levels on a variety of topics including evaluation, student growth and professional practice SMART goals, as well as diving deeper into the math curriculum.  We returned to a busy, but great week! Here are a few highlights and reminders.

Bus Evacuation Safety Drills

On Tuesday, we practiced our bus evacuation safety drills and everyone did a fantastic job!  Students practiced exiting from both the front and rear of the bus. Thank you to our bus drivers and Medfield PD for their support.

Aspen - Parent Information
If you have not had an opportunity to log on to the Aspen Parent Portal, please do so immediately.  Parents are asked to confirm contact and emergency information, acknowledge that they have read the parent handbook, and respond to a few other questions including a photo release.  It is very important that this information be current in our system.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We greatly appreciate it.

Summer Reading
On Thursday, we celebrated the role that our first grade students played in breaking the World Record for summer reading.  Congratulations to Soren, Cecilia, Danny, Annie, Keira, Liam, Thomas and Ethan for their outstanding efforts!  Next summer we are aiming to have even more Memorial students participate!  Thank you to the Memorial PTO for their support of this program.

Memorial Staff Professional Book Club
Did you know that 20 Memorial School staff members have signed up to participate in a staff book club?  The group will be meeting monthly to discuss Mindset by Carol Dweck.

As always, thank you for reading.
Have a great weekend!
Missy Bilsborough

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October 8, 2015

Hello Memorial Families,

Please take a moment to read the Thursday blast that Mrs. Moores emailed to you on October 8, 2015. The Memorial School Site Council election ballot link is included in your email and I would like to encourage you to place your vote. We will be collecting votes until Monday afternoon at which time, the form will be taken down. There are 2 parents running for the preschool position and 3 parents for the kindergarten position. I am so grateful to each of them for their support of our school. Have a wonderful long weekend!

Please mark your calendars:

No School - October 9, 2015
Teacher Professional Day

No School - October 12, 2015
Columbus Day

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From the School Nurse:

I will begin the state mandated health screenings for all students in mid-October. Kindergarten and Pre-School will be screened for Hearing and Vision and 1st grade for Hearing, Vision and BMI(Growth).  These screening tests are not diagnostic. They only identify students who may need further attention by a primary caregiver or specialist.  A notice will be sent home to report the results of your child's screening after it has been performed. If the child has difficulty with the initial hearing or vision screening, they will be retested within 2 weeks. Referrals will then be made if the child continues to have difficulty. If you receive a letter requesting follow up, please make every effort to follow through with the referral and return the results to the nurse as soon as possible. Thank you!
Kim Maguire

From the Library...

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The Memorial School is participating in Global Read Aloud!!
For more information, visit Mrs. Groden's website at :

Storybook Pumpkin Patch

@ the Memorial School Library

Our library is growing a storybook pumpkin patch, and we need your help! Decorate a pumpkin to look like one of your favorite book characters and bring it to the library to plant in our Storybook Pumpkin Patch!

    • Think of your favorite book and design your pumpkin based on your favorite character from that book.
    • Purchase a pumpkin that is no larger in size than a basketball - smaller is good too!
    • Gather your decorating supplies!  Acrylic paints or permanent markers work best.  Watercolors tend to run, and spray paint will gradually dissolve the pumpkin. Other options include adding materials such as yarn, buttons, wiggly eyes, etc.    
    • Decorate your pumpkin without carving, cutting, or poking holes in it.  This is an at home activity!
    • Bring your pumpkin and entry page to school beginning on Tuesday, October 20th
    • Pumpkins go home anytime after Friday, October 30th (Tues-Fri please)  If your child needs assistance getting it home, please make arrangements to do this. Last year some pumpkins starting rotting, if that happens we will toss.
    • Participation is completely voluntary.  

For more information, please visit

Thank you for reading!

Missy Bilsborough
Memorial School Principal

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015

Greetings Memorial Families,

It's hard to believe that October is already here! Where did September go? After four quick weeks, we are definitely in the swing of things here at Memorial.  

Thank you to all who were able to come to the first PTO meeting of the school year. It was great to see both new and familiar faces.

Aspen Parent Portal Update & Request
We want to thank those parents who have gone into the Aspen Parent Portal to verify their child’s information in our database and making corrections where necessary. Based on feedback received, we have expanded your options for who may meet your child off the bus each day.

In addition, the various electronic permissions for the use of your child’s likeness or name as well as acknowledgement that you have read and accepted the Student Handbook and the Acceptable Use Policy (for the Internet) have been simplified. These documents can be found at the bottom right of the front page of the Parent Portal in a folder called Memorial. Click on the folder to see the forms.

  • Please note that giving us permission to use your child’s name OR likeness (we do not use both simultaneously without your express permission) requires a “yes” to be selected in the Aspen Parent Portal.
  • If you make no selection for that question and submit, you are indicating that we do not have permission to use your child’s photo or name.
  • Lastly, if you do not log in to Aspen and make a selection, it will be our assumption that we have permission to use your child’s name or likeness.

We respectfully ask that you go back into your Aspen Parent Portal - - once more to review your personal data, make corrections as needed and submit. This section of the parent portal is replacing the Emergency Green Cards that have been used in previous school years so it is important that all parents login to verify and update their information.

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. Should you have any issues with logging in, please email us at

Thank you for your cooperation! We appreciate it!

Site Council Election

Next week, please be on the lookout for information regarding the Memorial Site Council election.  The five candidates will be submitting a brief blurb about themselves and why they would like to serve on the Council.  Memorial parents will be asked to review the information and cast a vote for one preschool and one kindergarten representative,  Thank you in advance for your participation and a special thank you to the five volunteers.


Halloween Trasher Dash – Volunteers Needed!
This fundraiser honors the memory and spirit of the beloved former Memorial School teacher and principal, Andrea Trasher who passed away last October. The fun-filled family event will take place in the athletic fields between Memorial and Dale St. School from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Halloween Day. We are currently looking for volunteers to help make this event a success! We need help with planning concessions, decorations, and are hoping to find people or groups willing to "captain" the activities along the way. It is a great opportunity for Dale St. School and Blake Middle School students and service groups to help out and earn community service! Money raised will be split between the K-8 PTO and the Andrea Trasher Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in helping out with the event - either in the planning or volunteering on that day - please contact Jill Herrick at

Have a great rest of your week.

Missy Bilsborough
Memorial School Principal