Memorial Messenger 05-11-21

A Message from Mrs. Hennessey

This May, we are excited to continue our academic work as we maximize our learning time to get each Memorial School student ready for a summer break and a next step in the fall. We appreciate your continued partnership with Memorial School. It is a delight to be a part of our vibrant k-2 learning community in New Gloucester.

This May edition of the Memorial Messenger contains a great deal of important information about upcoming scheduling and end-of-year celebrations and plans. Please review and reach out if you have any questions. Please feel free to contact me directly at ahennessey@sad15.org or by phone at 926-4322 if I can be of assistance. 

Last Day of School for 2021

Thursday, June 10th will be the last day of school for students in the red cohort. Friday, June 11th will be the last day of school for students in the blue cohort. Both days will follow our 8:30-1:30 school-year 20-21 schedule. 

Class Placement for 2021-22

Due to the complex nature of planning for this fall, Russell, Dunn, and Memorial Schools will plan to send out class placements for the 2021-22 school year on August 1st. You will receive a letter in the mail from your child’s teacher in the beginning of August. We appreciate your patience as we plan for next year! As in a typical year, we will send home report cards and grade level supply lists on June 10th and 11th. 

Field Day! 

Memorial School Field Days will be held on Thursday, June 3rd (red cohort) and Friday, June 4th (blue cohort). Rain dates for Field Day, if needed, will be in the week of June 7th. Students should plan to bring an extra mask and change of clothes on Field Day because some activities will involve water play. Ms. Croteau will be sending home (via Seesaw) all of the details in her Field Day 101 handout in the coming weeks!

Specials Schedule for May 27th – June 11th

The remote specials schedule and plans will change beginning on Thursday, May 27th. Because of the upcoming Field Days (which will be staffed by Specials teachers) and the device collection, the schedule and routines for our remote specials classes will be as follows:

Thursday, May 27th & Friday, May 28th: Specials lessons will be delivered asynchronously. Students will log in to Seesaw and complete an activity for each subject. Completion of this activity will ‘count’ as attendance and participation for that day. Students will have one week to complete and submit Specials lessons. There will be no “live” Specials classes on these days. 

Tuesday, June 1st, Thursday, June 3rd, & Friday, June 4th: Specials lessons will be delivered asynchronously. Students will log in to Seesaw and complete an activity. Completion of this activity will ‘count’ as attendance and participation for that day. Students will need to complete their Specials lessons prior to the device collection dates (Monday, June 7th & Tuesday, June 8th for in-person students). There will be no “live” Specials classes on these days.

Monday, June 7th, Tuesday, June 8th, Thursday June 10th, & Friday, June 11th: There will be no Specials lessons, live or asynchronous, this week due to the iPad collection.

Student Device Collection

In-Person Students

We will be collecting student iPads, chargers, and cases on Monday, June 7th (red cohort) and Tuesday, June 8th (blue cohort) for the in-person students. Students should plan to bring their iPads, chargers, and cases to school on those days. Because we will be collecting the devices early in the last week of school, we will have a paper packet assignment for Wednesday. We also will not have remote specials the week of June 7th due to the technology collection.

Fully Remote Students

Parents/guardians of fully remote students are asked to drop off their child’s district-issued iPad, charger, and case at Memorial School on Monday, June 14th or Tuesday, June 15th between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:00 pm. These can be dropped off in the vestibule in front of the Main Office. If you are unable to drop off your child’s technology at this time, please reach out to Miss Lisa (lhaughey@sad15.org or 926-4322) to arrange an alternative collection plan.

Step Up Day for Second Graders

Second graders will have an in-person Step-Up visit to Dunn School on Wednesday, June 9th. Students in the red cohort will visit Dunn School in the morning, and students in the blue cohort will visit in the afternoon. Students will remain in their cohort groupings for the 90-minute visit and their second grade classroom teacher will be in attendance. 

In-Person Second Graders Who Ride The Bus To & From School

District transportation (bus or van) will be provided for these visits for students who take the bus to and from school each day. Please stay tuned for a more specific transportation schedule. 

In-Person Second Graders Who Are Parent Transport

Students who are transported by parents will need to be transported to step-up visits as well. Please stay tuned for a more specific drop-off and pick-up schedule. 

Fully Remote Second Graders

Fully remote second graders are welcome to attend the step up day with their cohort as well! Mrs. Spruill’s blue cohort will attend the step-up day in the afternoon. Families who wish to sign their remote student up for step-up day should  use the link below to sign their child up. Parents will be able to drop off students at Dunn School where Mrs. Spruill and a third grade teacher will greet them. The event is approximately 90 minutes long and students will be able to be picked up at the conclusion of the step-up day. Please stay tuned for a more specific drop-off and pick-up schedule.

Fully Remote Second Graders Step Up Day Sign Up Link: https://forms.gle/Po56zp5qrXZcsCvK7

No Morning Meetings on Wednesday, June 9th

There will be no “live” (synchronous) Morning Meeting on Wednesday, June 9th. This is due to the Step Up Days for Pre-K and Grade 2 scheduled for that day and the iPad collection earlier in the week. Classroom teachers will send home paper worksheet(s) to be completed on that day. Completion of these assignments will be important as that will “count” for attendance on June 9th. Teachers will be available intermittently to answer any questions you may have via email on June 9th.

Second Grade Send-Off Celebrations

On Thursday, June 10th (red cohort) and Friday, June 11th (blue cohort), we will celebrate our second graders with a Send-Off. These events will happen in school during the school day for in-person students and will be broadcast via Zoom for our remote students. This year, parents/guardians will be able to watch our brief ceremony and slideshow via Zoom. We will send along the specific timing and Zoom links via Seesaw and email prior to the event. We are thrilled to celebrate our second grade class!

Kindergarten Screening

The link to register a child for kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year is now available on the Memorial School website (link on the left).. Kindergarten Screening activities will take place on June 16, 17, and 18. Letters will be mailed later this month to pre-registered families with an appointment time and other screening and registration info.

Daily Health Checks

Please remember parents must conduct daily health assessments of each child before boarding the school bus or entering a school building. By sending your child to school, you are indicating that you have conducted a health assessment that determines it is safe to send your child to school. The health assessment can be found at: https://msad15.org/covid-19-pre-screening-tool-for-school-attendance/

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