Memorial Messenger 3-18-19

A Message from Mrs. Hennessey

The last month has been very busy here at Memorial School! We have celebrated  100 days of school. We enjoyed a fun Winter Carnival. We took part in the Kindness Challenge, and we hosted a thrilling Read Across America week! We have been integrating educational experiences into each of these exciting activities, and kids have been demonstrating new skills and knowledge all around Memorial School. Thank you to the parent volunteers and staff members who make these special events possible. Without your help, we would not be able to provide these unique learning opportunities.

I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that student safety is our number one priority at Memorial School. We take measures each day to keep our school secure, and we practice our emergency drills routinely to ensure each student and staff member is prepared. We thank our Memorial School families for participating in our safety measures (such as presenting an ID when picking up your child). We appreciate your willingness to partner with us to ensure Memorial School is as secure and safe as possible. If you have any questions about our safety plan or emergency drills, please do not hesitate to call or email me. Please feel free to contact me directly at or by phone at 926-4322. 

I would like to thank each of you for your continued support of Memorial School. We are so fortunate to partner with our New Gloucester families to educate our bright young minds. 

Kindergarten Registration & Screening

The link to register a child for kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year is now available on the Memorial School website ( Kindergarten Screening will be held on Thursday, May 23rd, Friday, May 24th, and Tuesday, May 28th. Please make a note that there will be no school for current kindergarteners on those days.

Spring School Pictures

Spring pictures will be taken on the morning of Tuesday, March 25th. More information will be sent home in Totes.

Read Across America Week

During the week of February 25th, Memorial School celebrated Read Across America Week! We had many exciting activities take place throughout the week. There were themed Spirit Days and a Book Swap. We also had a storybook character parade on Friday, and everyone in the school took part in our Read Across Memorial event on Wednesday. All 200 Memorial School students and staff read together in the gym for 15 minutes! It was amazing. This year, we also raffled off 30 brand new children’s books throughout the week!

We would like to thank the parents who worked hard to put together spirited outfits every day and the Memorial School staff for their planning and facilitation of these exciting events!                

Winter Carnival

On Thursday, February 14th, students, staff, and parent volunteers took part in our annual Winter Carnival at Memorial School. The weather was perfect for outdoor activities: sunny, warm (for winter in Maine), and glorious!

This year’s Winter Carnival at Memorial School featured a morning and an afternoon outdoor session for our students and staff. One session had timed activities for students to rotate through, and the other session allowed students to move from activity to activity at their leisure. We also had a school-wide healthy snack when we came inside for the day.

Students took part in a Story Walk, winter tag games, obstacle course, sledding, and a wide variety of other activities. Staff and parent volunteers directed activities at the stations posted all around the school. While having a great time, students were able to practice their fine and gross motor skills, collaborate with one another, and get plenty of exercise in the sunshine!

The Memorial School administration is grateful to our staff and parent volunteers for their generous donations of time and enthusiasm for this event.

Red Cross Blood Drive @ Memorial on May 6th 

Exciting news! Memorial and Dunn Schools, along with our partner Pine Tree Home Health Care, will be sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive right here at Memorial School!  The Drive will be held on May 6th from 2pm-7pm. Information on how to sign up for a donation time slot or volunteer shift will be coming to Totes soon! We are so thrilled to host such an important event!

District-Wide Science Fair 

On the evening of Tuesday, March 7th, the GNGHS gym was home to our third annual district-wide Science Fair. Students from all five schools were invited to complete science-themed research projects and experiments. About forty students registered for the Science Fair, and their interesting projects were put on display.

The entire GNG community was invited to view the projects, view demonstrations from high school science students, and mingle with students, families, and staff from all five schools. All participants were awarded certificates and medals. Thanks to a generous donation from the Patriot Parents, we were able to raffle off science-themed prizes to participants in each of the age groups. We like to thank our Memorial School student participants for taking the initiative to complete and display their impressive projects.