Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 24, 2015

Dear Memorial Families,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving.  I feel so grateful to be able to work with the amazing children and families of Medfield.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the Memorial School.  Enjoy the holiday.

Missy Bilsborough

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015

Greetings Memorial Families,
It's been a great week at the Memorial School and we have many things to look forward to.  Please enjoy this week's blog.

Did you know that once a month our teachers participate in professional development focused solely on math instruction?  This week, teachers in Kindergarten and Grade one met with math consultant, Shephali Fox, to discuss the enVision 2.0 math program and specifically look at instruction and assessment.  Learning is then brought back into the classroom to directly impact student learning.

Important Dates to Remember
Thanksgiving Break - November 25, 26, & 27 (No School)
Elementary Parent Math Night (K-5) - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Welcome Ken the Music Man!

Thanks to the Memorial PTO, Ken the Music Man, will be making monthly visits to our preschool classrooms.  Ken DoRosario is a certified music therapist and musician who specializes in working with pre-school and elementary school aged children.  He will be joining each of our preschool classes one time per month to bring music and movement to the students.  Check out these photos from his first visit.

Math Night is Coming
On December 2, 2015, we will be holding a K-5 parent math information night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Be on the lookout for the more information coming soon!

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Hour of Code is coming back to Memorial for Grade 1!

We will be joining the largest learning event in history when tens of millions of students around the world celebrate Computer Science Education Week. Our HOC will take place over the course of two weeks in December.

Many thanks to those students and community members who turned out for MCPE’s Student Trivia Challenge and Community Trivia Night. They were fun-filled successful events, the proceeds of which will be used to enrich Medfield students' curriculum.
Mark your calendars for the return of MCPE's outstanding and much anticipated online auction of “Treasured Experiences”. Featuring unique opportunities for students to spend time with their favorite teachers, this online auction will run from Monday, November 30-December 4th. Be sure to start your holiday shopping on Cyber Monday at medfieldcoalition.org.

Are you looking for a way to let your child's teacher, a school staff member, a coach, a bus driver or an administrator know just how much you and your child appreciate them? Consider MCPE's Blue Ribbon Program. It is an easy and thoughtful way to recognize the efforts of a member of our school community during the holiday season. Each person recognized with a donation will receive a card, customized with a thank you note from you, indicating that a donation was made in his or her honor. To thank a school member with this Blue Ribbon recognition, please go to the MCPE website: medfieldcoalition.org. Blue Ribbon requests submitted by Friday, December 18th will be delivered byDecember 23rd for the 2015-2016 holiday period.

A message from the Memorial PTO…
Scrip will be placing one last online order for the holiday season!  The program is closing, but one last online order will be placed at noon on Friday November 27th!  If you are interested in placing an order for holiday gifts, teachers, etc., you may do so online at www.shopwithscrip.com no later than 12 noon November 27th.
You may pay for your order by check or online payment. If you choose to pay by check, please drop your check of at Park Street Books prior to November 24th.  Any check not received for an order will result in the order not being placed.  If you choose to pay with online payment through your existing account, the order may be placed up until 12 noon on November 27th.  SCRIP cards are still available at the Park Street Books Box. Please stop buy and purchase cards on hand for the holidays.  We would like to thank all of you who have supported the SCRIP program over the years!
Customize everything yourself or see what your kids can create!  Choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, pants, bags, hats, blankets & more.  Spend $85 or more and get a free customized t-shirt.  12% of proceeds from each order will go to your school’s PTO.    This is all you have to do:
  • Go to http://www.shop.mylocker.net
  • Enter your school locker number  - MEMORIAL CR198  
  • Use promo code nxMS4jcT to receive $10 off every order you place
NOTE: Due to different branding sizes, make sure to check all size charts when ordering to ensure you get a great fit for each product.  Use MyLocker to create apparel for your teams, clubs, service groups, and more.  The possibilities are endless!  Please contact Laura Zaher SPIRITWEARMEDFIELD@gmail.com with any questions.
No need to cook on a Friday night after a crazy week!  Enjoy a delicious flatbread from Zebra’s and support the Medfield Public Schools at the same time.  10% of the proceeds from flatbreads sold via take-out or in the restaurant on Friday evenings will be donated to the Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) and Medfield K-8 PTO.
Please contact Kim Price kimprice73@me.com with any questions.
The winter carnival committee is looking for creative and enthusiastic volunteers to work as part of the Booth Committee. This involves coming up with new and exciting games and prizes.   We are also looking for a Treasurer.  We would like to have the new Treasurer shadow the current Treasurer this year to learn the ropes and be ready to take things on in 2017.  The carnival will be held this year on March 12, 2016.  Please reach out to Janie Boylan at janie.steel@totalise.co.uk or Meghan Glenn at theglenns2005@hotmail.com if interested.
The November raffle will be held on Tuesday November 24th, so send those Box Tops in!  Reminder - be sure to label the Collection Sheet or baggie with your child's name. 10 Box Tops= 1 raffle entry, 25 Box Tops= 3 raffle entries! Check out this week's Thursday Packet for the Box Top collection sheets. If you have any questions, please contact Memorial's coordinators Maria Puglia mpuglia79@gmail.com or Lindsay Rogers uflindsay@gmail.com.
MEMORIAL PTO MEETING: Our next meeting will be held on January 13th @ 9:00 am.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Please like us on Facebook Medfield K-8 PTO , follow us on Twitter MedfieldK8PTO and check out our website http://medfieldpto.weebly.com

Thank you for reading.
Have a great rest of your week.

Missy Bilsborough

Friday, November 13, 2015

November 13, 2015

Greetings Memorial Families,

Thank you to all who joined us for Parent/Teachers conferences this week.  For those who have yet to visit, we'll see you next Thursday.

November 19th:          Early Release/Conferences 11:40 Dismissal
                                   AM K will be dismissed at 11:40 not 11:10
                                   No PM Preschool

November 16th:        Picture Re-Take Day- See Flyer on the Thursday Packet

November 25th-27th:  Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Monday
Next week, the district will be following a Monday schedule on both Monday, November 16th and Tuesday, November 17th.  The switch is due to having a number of Monday holidays which result in repeatedly missing the same special subject.  Memorial students will have the same special subject class on Monday and Tuesday (i.e. if they typically have music on Monday and art on Tuesday, they will have music both days and miss their art class on Tuesday).

Welcome to substitute teacher Mrs. Mynanhan.  Mrs. Mynahan is filling in for a few weeks until long-term substitute Mrs. Maguire takes over for Mrs. Dardia for the remainder of the school year.

Welcome to Mrs. Young.  Mrs. Young is filling in for Mr. Grace.

Spanish Lessons

The Spanish Honor Society students from Medfield High School are offering Spanish lessons for kids.  Lessons will be held at the Medfield Public Library.  Be on the lookout next week for more information in the Thursday packet.

A message from the Memorial PTO…
After many successful years of fundraising, the SCRIP program is retiring from Medfield. This program raised thousands of dollars over the last several years and many volunteers put in countless hours to help make this program work. The participation in SCRIP has diminished to a place where it no longer makes sense to run the program. Thanks to ALL those who helped make it work, we appreciate all you did!

Park Street Books still has SCRIP cards available until we sell out....so visit soon before they are all gone!

As always, thanks for reading.
Have a great weekend.
Missy Bilsborough

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November 5, 2015

Hello Memorial Families.

It was so wonderful to see so many of you last Friday for our Halloween parade.  I would to offer a huge thank you to Chris Allan for donating his services.  As a result of his generosity, Memorial's preschool, kindergarten and grade one students were able to march around the building while listening to a great compilation of spooky and fun Halloween music.I would also like to thank the many volunteers including our head room parents and all who contributed goodies for the classroom parties.

Please enjoy a few pictures from the day.

Trasher Dash
Thank you to the many volunteers who worked to make Saturday's Trasher Halloween Dash a huge success!

Mark Your Calendars

Parent/Teacher conferences - November 10th
Early Release - 11:40 a.m.  (No p.m. preschool)

Veterans' Day - November 11th
No School

Picture re-take day - November 16th
If your child was absent on picture day or if you are interested in having retakes, please check out the Thursday packet where you will find a flyer with specific instructions.

Veterans' Day Assemblies
On Thursday, November 5th, students in kindergarten and first grade attended a Veterans' Day assembly sponsored by the PTO.  The children talked about the meaning of liberty, freedom and sacrifice. They also learned about symbols of freedom and the five branches of the military.  Thank you to Chief and Cadet Wilson for visiting our school and for their service to our country.

Important Safety Reminder
Within the past few weeks, there have been several instances of cars driving from the North Street parking lot (MAP) through the playground and out onto Adams Street.  This has been occurring both during school hours and after school as well.  These areas are gated off for our students' safety and are for emergency use only.  Thank you for your cooperation and help in keeping the children safe.

Have a wonderful weekend and as always, thank you for reading.
Missy Bilsborough
Memorial School Principal