Memorial Messenger 9-8-22

A Message from Mrs. Hennessey

Thank you to our families for your partnership and support this fall. The Memorial School staff is so impressed with the enthusiasm our students have for learning! As we get into the routines of learning, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please let us know what is going well and areas that deserve attention. We greatly appreciate your on-going communication. 

Let’s learn and grow together this year! Please feel free to contact me directly at ahennessey@sad15.org or by phone at 926-4322.

Seesaw

Memorial School utilizes the Seesaw platform to communicate with families. We also will use this platform should students need to access remote work at any time during the school year. Students will receive training on Seesaw in the first few weeks of school. Parents can download the “Seesaw Family” application to your tablet or smartphone and stay connected!

School Improvement Team

The first meeting of our Memorial School Improvement Team (SIT) will be held on Thursday, September 22nd from 4:30-5:30 via Zoom. The SIT will work to review data on Memorial School, set goals for the year that are aligned with our SAD 15 Strategic Plan, and review/adapt those goals as necessary throughout the school year. The SIT is composed of the Memorial School principal, teacher leaders, and parents. We will meet once a month for an hour. Please consider joining the team! If you would like more information or would like to sign up, please email Mrs Hennessey at ahennessey@sad15.org or call the Memorial School Office at 926-4322.

Dress in Layers

This fall, we will experience outdoor learning and play at every opportunity. We encourage you to dress your child in layers so that she/he can be most comfortable while we are outdoors. We also plan to leave windows open later into the fall season to increase classroom ventilation, so students may benefit from having a sweatshirt or sweater to wear during the day.

Upcoming Evacuation Drills

We will be practicing drills this fall at Memorial School including evacuation drills. We will begin our drill practice with classroom drills, and move on to announced school drills (without alarm & with alarm). If you or your child have any questions about these drills, please feel free to contact Mrs. Hennessey.

Breakfast & Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are available to students at no cost this school year! Breakfast will be provided to students when they arrive in the morning. Breakfast will be eaten in the classroom. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria by grade level. There are lunch choices each day: a daily offering, yogurt choice, or a “Wow” butter sandwich choice. If students choose to have milk only at lunch, there is a $0.65 charge. 

Peanut-Safe School

There are several students attending Memorial School who have life-threatening allergies to peanuts and peanut-products. Allergic reactions to peanuts can occur from smells in the air and oil residues left on surfaces in the school and not just through digestion. In order to provide the safest environment possible, we request your assistance in providing a Peanut-Safe School environment. If possible, we ask that all families refrain from sending in peanut products in lunchboxes or backpacks. If this creates a challenge for your family, please reach out to the Nurse’s Office or Mrs. Hennessey to discuss options. 

Please note that some classrooms will be entirely peanut-safe. Those classroom teachers will be in touch about specific circumstances. We greatly appreciate our school community’s efforts to ensure that Memorial School is a peanut-safe environment for all our students! 

Fall Picture Day

Say Cheese! Our Fall Picture Day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st. Pictures will be taken in classroom groupings beginning at 9am and concluding just prior to lunchtime. More information will be provided in Totes!

Counselor’s Corner with Mrs. Dwyer

Welcome back to school! We are so excited to have the students back and seeing all their smiling faces! I am Becky Dwyer, your child’s school counselor.  This is my second year here at Memorial. I will be teaching weekly guidance classes, offering small groups, and helping students with the transition back to the school routine.  

This month in Guidance, we will focus on our school-wide expectations: Be Respectful, Be Kind, Be Responsible, and Be Safe!  

Week 1: What does it mean to be respectful?  The students will be able to explain what respect means and how to they can apply this at school and at home.   

Week 2: What does kindness mean and how can I be kind to all?  Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate an act kindness for a teacher.

Week 3: I am responsible!  

Week 4: How can I be safe at school? 

Each school expectation correlates with our school Star Chips that are given to students that demonstrate one or more these behaviors.  When students receive these star chips, we want them understanding what behavior was demonstrated. Their guidance lessons this month should help gain understanding in this area.  

Throughout the school year, I will be using the Second Step curriculum and weekly home links will be posted on Seesaw so you are able to reinforce lesson skills and concepts at home. Please reach out if you have any questions: rdwyer@sad15.org.  Let’s make this a great year!