Memorial Messenger 01-12-21

A Message from Mrs. Hennessey

Happy New Year! We are back in full-swing here at Memorial School and we are so pleased to be reunited with our students after the winter break. This month, we will take part in NWEA assessments, and get back in the swing of our schedule. Next month, we will embark on our fifth annual Kindness Challenge during the weeks of February 1st and 8th.

As always, thank you for partnering with us each day! We so appreciate your on-going support.. Please feel free to contact me directly at ahennessey@sad15.org or by phone at 926-4322.

Kindness Challenge

During the weeks of February 1st & 8th, Memorial School will take part in our fifth annual Great Kindness Challenge! We are very excited to be one of many schools across the country taking part in these activities. 

Activities will include:

  • An all-school kick-off virtual assembly on Monday, February 1st (red cohort) and Tuesday, February 2nd (blue cohort). 
  • Students are invited to wear mismatched socks on Monday, February 1st (red cohort) and Tuesday, February 2nd (blue cohort) to kick off this event!
  • Distribution of a checklist with possible Kindness Challenges that students can perform during the two weeks.
  • Quotes about kindness on the morning announcements all week
  • A school-wide Kindness Challenge keeping track of our kind acts for the week.
  • A Spirit Day on Thursday, February 11th (red cohort) & Friday, February 12th (blue cohort): Dreaming of Kindness PJ Day!

We are thrilled to spread a little extra kindness at Memorial School!

2020–2021 Kindergarten Registration & Screening

On January 15th, we will begin registering students for the kindergarten class of 2021-2022! Parents of students who will be five on or before October 15, 2021, click the link on the left to register your child for kindergarten. We can’t wait to welcome our incoming students into our Memorial community!

We hope to hold Kindergarten Screening in person this spring. More information to come! Registration appointments will be made for incoming K students (who have registered at the link) and will be distributed in mid-April. If you have any questions about the registration or screening process, please contact Amanda Hennessey at 926-4322 or ahennessey@sad15.org. 

iPad Care & Use

Since the school vacation, we have had an increased number of student iPads with broken screens and other damage. Please take the following steps to ensure that the amount of student device damage is minimized.

  • Please be sure to have students carry their iPads back and forth to school (on each in-person day) in their cases. 
    • Some students have hard-backed keyboard cases. Students should keep the keyboard attached to those cases at all times, when not in use, to protect the device screens. 
    • Other students have a plastic hard case on their iPads and a neoprene slip cover. Students with that case set-up 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 Mrs. Hennessey as soon as possible when damage is noticed so we can provide a loaner device and send the iPad off for repair. 
  • If possible, please review these slideshows, iPad Expectations & Zoom Expectations, with your child. We have also recently reviewed this in our Library Specials classes. 

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.

Winter Gear

Winter weather is upon us! Students are reminded to bring their boots, snow pants, hats, gloves, and warm jackets to school. Students will need snow pants and boots to fully enjoy the playground once there is snow on the ground. It is really helpful if student initials/names are written into snow gear as some items are similar and easily confused. Thank you for your assistance in keeping kids geared up for winter fun! 

Storm Day Options in 2020-21

For the 2020-21 school year, there are two different options that could be utilized in the case of inclement weather. Please see the chart below describing these options.  

Which type of storm day we will have will be communicated from the Central Office via School Messenger.  At Memorial School, for students who would attend in person on that day, the schedule for the Remote Learning Day will include a 30 minute Morning Meeting at 9 am followed by a 30 minute ‘live’ small group literacy lesson and a 30 minute ‘live’ small group math lesson scheduled between 10 am and 1:30 pm. Students will also have assignments in Seesaw to complete. Although we hope students can attend our synchronous sessions on these days, students can be marked present by attending live sessions or completing and submitting work in Seesaw. 

Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate the details for the day via Seesaw message after Superintendent King makes his announcement on a Storm Day.

Reminders about Arrival & Pick Up

Arrival: Parent drop-off takes place in the bus loop from 8:10-8:30 am. We encourage families to drop students in the earlier part of the window, if possible, to maximize instructional time.

Dismissal: Dismissal takes place in the around-the-building loop. Please pick-up your child at the gym doors between 1:15 and 1:30 pm. 

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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