Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016

Greetings Memorial Families,

Memorial School Literacy Night and Book Fair
Don't forget!  The Memorial School Literacy Night and Book Fair is tonight (April 28th) from 6-8 p.m.  Come hear Read Alouds, do a craft, decorate cookies, and be entered into the raffle to win one of our free book give-aways.  We hope to see you there!

Curious Creatures
Thank you to the PTO for bringing the Curious Creatures program to our first graders.  We loved seeing and touching all the amazing animals.

Spring has sprung!
Mrs. Ravinski's first grade students officially welcomed Spring by breaking ground in the Memorial garden.  Can't wait to see all those delicious and healthy vegetables popping up!

Check out these great photos of Memorial students working hard!

Have a great weekend!
Missy Bilsborough

Friday, April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016

Hello Memorial Families,

Whole School Assembly
Today we had a school-wide assembly on expected and unexpected behavior.  We talked about how expected behaviors are things that people say or do that make other people feel happy, safe and calm and that give us green thoughts.  Unexpected behaviors are things people do or say that make other people feel upset, frustrated or uncomfortable.  Unexpected behaviors give us red thoughts.  Our first grade classes worked very hard to created pictures and video of both types of behaviors and then shared them with the whole school. Here are a rug examples...enjoy!

Expected Rug Time Behavior...
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Unexpected Partner Work Behavior...


Poetry Break Week
This week was Poetry Break Week at Memorial.  Poems were shared throughout the week in classrooms and over the loud speaker.  We read about turtles, whistling, and the beach to name a few topics.

Whistling by Jack Prelutsky
Oh, I can laugh and I can sing
and I can scream and shout,
but when I try to whistle, 
the whistle won't come out.

I shape my lips the proper way,
I make them small and round,
but when I blow, just air comes out,
there is no whistling sound.

But I'll keep trying very hard
to whistle loud and clear,
and someday soon I'll whistle tunes
for everyone to hear.

A few thank you's
Thank you to all who participated in the Memorial School Site Council survey. The Site Council met last week to review the results and make recommendations regarding the 2016-2017 school year.  In addition, the Memorial staff met yesterday to provide their input in the process.  Next steps include creating the draft and proposing it to the School Committee for final approval.  

Today (Friday, April 15th) is the final day for submitting placement narratives.  Thank you to all who took the time to submit a letter.  We will begin working on creating classes/groupings at the PD day on May 13th.

What's Happening After Vacation?
Curious Creatures (thank you Memorial PTO) will be visiting our first grade classroom on April 27th. We can't wait to see what type of creatures will be joining us this year!

Literacy Night - Book Fair, Cookie Decorating
Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 28th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Come join us for a night of read alouds, crafts, book raffles, cookies and our annual Book Fair.  We're so excited and hope to see you there!

On behalf of the Memorial staff, I would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable April vacation. We'll see you on Monday, April 25th.

Have a great weekend!
Missy Bilsborough

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016

Greetings Memorial Families,

As a reminder, tomorrow is an early release day due to teacher professional development. Have a wonderful extended weekend.

Input Narratives
Parent input narratives are due no later than April 15th.  For further information please refer to the parent email that was sent on April 1st.  Additional information on the placement process can be found on the Memorial page at

Melissa Stewart -Visiting Author
Thank you to Melissa Stewart for visiting the Memorial school this week and meeting with all of our students in Prek-1.  Melissa shared many of her books and talked about her writing process and the many steps that go into writing a non-fiction book.  Our amazing PTO allowed for this great opportunity. Thank you to all!

Next week is Poetry Break Week at Memorial School! Throughout the week, short poems will be shared at different times during the school day.  Thanks to Mrs. Groden for organizing the festivities!

Literacy Night - April 28th (6-8 p.m.)
Mark your calendars for Memorial School's Literacy Night, Book Fair and Cookie Decorating. The PTO and teachers are coming together to plan a fun night for all! Children may buy books from the Park Street Books inventory, listen to teachers reading their favorite stories, create a fun craft, and potentially win a book from a free raffle! No entrance fee. We hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Missy Bilsborough, Principal