A Message from Mrs. Hennessey

We have been busy here at Memorial this winter! Students have just finished taking our winter benchmark assessment, the NWEA. We will discuss student progress at our spring conferences in March.

We are about to begin the Great Kindness Challenge! We can’t wait to see the kids go out of their way to be kind to one another. We will work hard to keep our dream of kindness alive throughout the rest of the year. We frequently remind our students that kindness is ongoing and that even the smallest acts of kindness mean so much to their recipients. 

We will celebrate Read Across America from March 4th – 7th! We will have themed dress-up days, a school-wide simultaneous reading event, and a book raffle for students! We will also host an author visit! It is going to be a wonderful week to celebrate reading.

Please feel free to contact me directly at ahennessey@sad15.org or by phone at 926-4322.

 Read Across America Week

During the week of March 4th – 7th, Memorial will celebrate Read Across America Week! This is an exciting week with lots of fun reading activities featuring:

  • Book Raffle with six winners daily!
  • Classroom Reading Challenges
  • Kick-Off to our Patriot Parents Read-A-Thon
  • Monday, March 4th – Memorial Loves Reading Day! (Wear GNG Gear or red/white/blue)
  • Tom Booth Author Visit
  • “Read Across Memorial” Event
  • Thursday, March 7th – Character Day! (Dress like a favorite character from a book)

iPad Care & Use

Please take the following steps to ensure the safety of your child’s school-issued iPad  when it is sent home:

  • When iPads are issued, please be sure to have students carry their iPads back and forth to school in their cases. 
  • All students have hard-backed keyboard cases. Students should keep the keyboard cases on at all times to protect the device screens.
  • Students should be sure to put the iPads in the neoprene sleeve whenever the device is not in use or charging.
  • Please remind children to carefully set their backpacks down when getting on or off the bus or arriving at home/school.
  • Please contact the Main Office as soon as possible when damage is noticed so we can provide a loaner device and send the iPad off for repair.

Thank you for your continued support and care with district-loaded devices. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Hennessey (926-4322 or ahennessey@sad15.org) with any questions.

Counselor’s Corner with Mrs. Dwyer

This month in guidance, Kindergarten will continue learning how to identify their feelings and different calming strategies they can use.  First & second graders will continue learning cooperation and teamwork skills.  

Next week, all students will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge! Each classroom will be challenged to complete 100 acts of kindness! 

Kindness is a skill that we can practice, just like math and reading. We will read kindness books together, complete kindness “chain reaction” activities, and make paper chains with an act of kindness that demonstrates that “Kindness links us together”. Students will have many opportunities to spread some kindness to others with kindness cards, bookmarks, & coloring pages during their free time. 

We will discuss: 

How does it make you feel when someone is kind to you? 

How can you show kindness to your friends or family?  

How can you be a good friend? 

How can you include others? 

*Memorial has kind students!*

After school vacation, classes will learn conflict resolution skills.  Wishing you all a restful February break!

Schedule Changes Due to Weather

With winter weather arriving soon, we are mindful of our inclement weather plans.

Inclement Weather Options Include:

  • School cancellation
  • One-hour delay
  • Two-hour delay
  • Remote learning day (when feasible)

Notification:

  • Superintendent King works to get official information to families as soon as possible
  • Superintendent King communicates about storm days using School Messenger (phone message and/or text), television news, and the district website

Remote Learning Days

District administration will be watching the weather throughout the winter. When the forecast is worrisome, Memorial School may be sending home our district-issued iPads in anticipation of poor travel conditions and the potential of a remote school day. When devices are sent, we will communicate this to you through an email and/or Seesaw message. The iPads should stay in backpacks at home unless we have a remote school day. If there is no remote school day, please keep the iPad and sleeve in the backpack ready to come right back to school that day.

Should we implement a remote day we would use the following schedule:

K-2 Remote Day Plan

9:00-9:45:

Live Zoom – Morning Meeting & Literacy (whole group)

9:45-10:00: 

Break

10:00-10:30: 

Live Zoom – Math (whole group)

10:30-12:00: 

Asynchronous work on Seesaw (including Specials) and/or small group/individual sessions with the classroom teacher, Response-To-Intervention staff, or Special Ed services

12:00 – 12:30: 

Lunch

12:30-2:00: 

As needed, small group/individual sessions with RTI or Special Education

Zoom links and assignments will be shared via Seesaw. You can also expect specific communication from Mrs. Hennessey and your child’s classroom teacher should we need to implement remote learning for any reason. 

Updated February 9, 2024