A Message from Mrs. Hennessey

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

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 2024

The last day of school for current kindergarteners will be Tuesday,  June 18th. This is a full day of school. The kindergartners are ending their school year a little earlier so that our staff can hold a screening for the incoming kindergarten class.

The last day of school for first and second grade students will be Friday, June 21st. (This is subject to change if we have additional unexpected no school days.) June 21st will be an Early Dismissal. Dismissal will be at 12:20 (this is earlier than on an ordinary Early Release Day). 

Report Cards & Class Placements for 2024-25

Trimester 3 report cards will be mailed out shortly after the end of the school year. We will also send home supply lists with report cards. Memorial School will plan to send out class placements for the 2024-25 school year via a mailing in early August. We appreciate your patience as we plan for next year!

Transition Meeting for Families of  Second Grade Students

On Tuesday, May 28th, the Dunn School will be holding a parent information night for parents of next year’s 3rd grade students. The meeting will be held at 6:00 in the Dunn School gymnasium. Parents are encouraged to attend. If there are any questions regarding the parent information night please do not hesitate to contact Geoff Robbins, Principal, at 657-5050 or by email at grobbins@sad15.org. We hope to see you there and look forward to having your students at Dunn School next year.

Field Day! 

Memorial School Field Day will be held on Friday, June 7th. The rain date, if needed, will be on Friday, June 14th. Students should plan to bring a 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!

Because of the generous donations from parents and staff, we were able to purchase Field Day shirts for every Memorial School student! Thank you so much for your generous support.

Counselor’s Corner with Mrs. Dwyer

This month in guidance, our focus is on perseverance. “Pretend we are in the fourth quarter of the game… we need to finish strong!” Students will be making “perseverance strategies spinners” to help remind them of options we have to persevere such as: ask a teacher for help, take deep breaths, try a different way to solve the problem, etc.

Students will be learning about personal body safety and their safety network of trusted adults. The Maine Department of Education mandates that all school districts develop and implement child sexual abuse prevention education, response, and policy. While the conversations we are starting at school are an important foundation for your child, research shows that children understand these important concepts when the conversation is carried over into the home. We recognize that it can be uncomfortable to talk with your kids about this topic, however, these discussions about boundaries, emotions, and safety will have a tremendous impact on their well-being later in life.

More information about this lesson can be found on the parent seesaw guidance page along with the handout the students will be completing in class. 

Additional resources:

https://www.childrenssafetypartnership.org

https://www.sarssm.org

We will end the month of May with a review of social thinking/ social skills in a fun “Social Safari” lesson and team-building activity.

Memorial School Students Participate in the District-Wide Science Fair!

On the evening of Thursday, April 25th, the Gray-New Gloucester High School gymnasium was home to our annual District-Wide Science Fair. Students from all five schools were invited to complete science-themed research projects and experiments. About thirty students (including several Memorial students!) participated in the Science Fair, and their exciting projects were on display.

The entire GNG community was invited to view the projects, enjoy robotics demonstrations from high school science students, engage in make-and-take science experiments, and mingle with students, families, and staff from all five schools. All participants were awarded certificates, keychains, and medals. We also raffled off science-themed prizes to participants in each of the age groups.

We were so proud of our Memorial Scientists! Thank you to our student participants for taking the initiative to complete and display their impressive projects.

Updated May 10, 2024