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Memorial Messenger 1-09-20

A Message from Mrs. Hennessey

Happy New Year! We are back in full-swing here at Memorial School and embracing all that 2020 has to offer! This month, we will embark on our fifth annual Kindness Challenge during the week of January 27th.

As always, thank you for partnering with us to build the optimal educational experience for every Memorial student! Please visit our website or follow our Twitter feed for updates. Please feel free to contact me directly at ahennessey@sad15.org or by phone at 926-4322.

Kindness Challenge

During the week of January 27th, 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 activities during this week.

Activities will include:

  • An all-school kick-off assembly on Monday, January 27th.
  • Students are invited to wear mismatched socks and/or shoes on January 27th to kick off this event!
  • Distribution of a checklist with 50 possible Kindness Challenges that students can perform during the week (for example: Give a friend a high five!).
  • Quotes about kindness on the morning announcements all week.
  • A school-wide Kindness Challenge keeping track of our kind acts for the week.
  • A closing assembly on Thursday, January 30th.
  • A Spirit Day on Friday, January 31st: Dream of Kindness Pajama Day!

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

Flexible Grouping in Literacy

Did you know that Memorial School flexibly groups for a portion of our literacy instruction? Students in each grade level are placed into short-term instructional groups based on assessment data. Instruction in the flexible groups focuses on maximizing the learning strengths of each group of learners and will hone in on the next steps to advance their reading and writing skills.

By earmarking special time each day for this focused literacy work, we are able to add additional staffing for these sessions; thus increasing our staff to student ratio and providing more direct instruction to every student. As our students prepare for the next grade, we are also pleased to offer them the opportunity to work with other students from across their grade level and time to acclimate to working with different teachers. We plan to continue the flexible grouping into the spring and look forward to reporting student progress.

Valentine Considerations

Next month, Memorial School classrooms may be hosting parties where valentines will be exchanged. In addition to class-specific expectations that classroom teachers will share at a later date, we ask that parents, who would like their children to participate in valentine exchanges, kindly send in just the cards themselves or cards that have a non-food related prize attached (stickers, pencils, etc.). We thank you in advance for your participation!

2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration & Screening

On January 15th, we will begin registering students for the kindergarten class of 2020-2021! Parents of students who will be five on or before October 15, 2020, please visit the Memorial School webpage and click the link to register your child for kindergarten. We can’t wait to welcome our incoming students into our Memorial community!

Kindergarten Screening will be held on May 20th, 21st, and 22nd at Memorial School. Parents of current kindergarteners – please note that there is no school for current kindergarteners on those days. (School will be in session for current first and second graders on those dates.)

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.

Winter Carnival

Memorial School plans to hold our annual Winter Carnival on Thursday, February 13th or Friday, February 14th. (We  will choose an official date on Tuesday, February 12th based on the weather forecast.) During the Winter Carnival, students will be engaged in outdoor activities all around our school. There will be snow fort making, snowshoeing, a Story Walk, and many more exciting stations! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Miss Lisa in the office at 926-4322. Volunteer times are from 9:30-10:30am and from 1:00-2:00pm. You are welcome to volunteer for one or both sessions. (All volunteers must have a current background check on file with the Main Office.) We are looking forward to a snowy and fun-filled day here at Memorial School!

Every Day Counts!

Did you know?

  • Missing school can make it harder to learn to read and do math starting in a child’s kindergarten year.
  • Students can fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks.
  • Students who attended school every day in kindergarten and first grade had significantly higher third grade scores on reading and math tests than other students.
  • A pattern of being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up who have not been in school.

What can families do?

  • Set regular bedtime and morning routines.
  • Lay out clothes and backpacks the night before.
  • Introduce yourself and communicate frequently with your child’s teachers.
  • Avoid family trips when school is in session.
  • Schedule medical appointments outside the school day. If an appointment has to be during school, arrange for your child to be in school before and after the appointment.
  • Come up with backup plans with family, neighbors or other parents to get children to school.
  • If you see a pattern of your child avoiding school, contact their teacher, Mrs. Hennessey, or Miss Banks so we can work together to make learning a positive experience.