Sunday, May 1, 2016

Weekly Bulletin April 29, 2016

Upcoming Events
May 2,3,4,5 -  PARCC Math Test for Grades 3,4,5 
May 6 - Spring Photos
May 22 - BEF 5K Road Race and Fun Run

Attention Parents:  The Burlington District Curriculum Office has developed an RtI parent survey.  If you have a moment, click this link to complete the RtI Survey.  Thanks for your input.

Math Olympiad Team 2016
Congratulations to these mathematicians for competing in the National Math Olympiad and thanks to Mrs. Marsh and Mrs. Kucha for their guidance!

Second grade students with support from their 4th grade partners present... 

Students from Ms. Hayes' & Mr. Stead's classes teamed up together
to show off their knowledge of the water cycle.
Incorporating cross-age social skill development, curriculum
knowledge,  and musical talent they performed "The Water
Cycle Rap".  They were all so impressive it was impossible for
this judge to select a winner!

The integration of science curriculum, cross-age social collaboration,
and musical talents at it's finest.  Thank-you Ms. Hayes & Mr. Stead
for inviting me to witness these students shine!
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra: 3:00 pm, Sunday, May 8, 2016. Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA. Returning to the Burlington Community Concert Series for a special Mother’s Day performance, the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra continues to be the most popular and sought after big bands in the world for both concert and swing dance engagements. With a unique and time-honored jazz sound, memorable hits include “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Tickets range between $5 and $25. Purchase tickets at, 781-A- FUN-TIC and at the box office the day of the performance. All seats are reserved. The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, a fully accessible venue, is located on the campus of Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA. Co-sponsored by Burlington Public Schools and Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Request for help at BHS

Dear parents,  have you heard?

THOUSANDS of track & field athletes are coming to Burlington on Sunday, May 1st.   

The BHS Athletic Boosters has been asked to provide concessions to 2,000 people (seriously 2,000!) 

One (or up to two) thousand athletes, AND their family, friends, coaches, trainers, etc. are ALL coming to the BHS track.  The club is trying to be good hosts for all of these people.  They need more volunteers (way more volunteers!). 

Please consider volunteering for 2 hours and helping the club to welcome all of these people to our town.

Send an email to  Someone will reply and let you know when and where you can help.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Weekly Bulletin April 15, 2016

Upcoming Events
April 18 - 22, Spring Vacation, no school
April 26 - 28 - ELA PARCC testing, grades 3 - 5
May 2 - 5 - Math PARCC testing, grades 3-5
May 10 - 12 - PARCC Make-Up days

Have a relaxing & safe vacation week!
Mrs. Janis' class working hard to solve figurative language
puzzles within the pictures.
At Francis Wyman, it's all about the "hands-on"

From the Assistant Superintendent's Blog:

PARCC Testing Schedule For Burlington Elementary Schools

Week 1 - April 26-28 (One session of ELA each morning)

Tuesday, April 26 - One session of ELA (90 Minutes)
Wednesday, April 27 - One session of ELA (75 minutes Grade 3, 90 Minutes grades 4-5)
Thursday, April 28 - One session of ELA (90 minutes)
Week 2 - May 2-5   (One session of math each morning)

Monday, May 2 - One Session of Math (60 minutes)
Tuesday, May 3 - One sessions of Math (60 minutes)
Wednesday, May 4  - One session of Math (60 minutes)
Thursday, May 5 - One session of Math (60 minutes)

Week 3 - May 10-12

Individual student make- up sessions as needed.  Regular schedules resume for all other students.

Week 4 - May 16-20

Grade 5 - Science MCAS testing May 17 & 18 (2 45-minute sessions)

PARCC testing will begin on April 26 for all third, fourth, and fifth graders.  The teachers and students have been working hard to prepare for this on-line exam. This past Wednesday morning, all students practiced logging on to a sample test and answered a few questions.  This practice gave our new students and third graders a good idea of how PARCC testing runs. Here are some things you can do at home to help students perform their best:

1. Be sure your child is present for the testing. Makeup tests are available, but we feel children perform better if the test is taken with their own class as scheduled. Please note, sick children should stay home. 
2. Be sure your child gets a good night’s rest.  We all know that we can do our best work when we are well-rested. 
3. All children should have a hearty breakfast
4. The children should come to school on time and ready to work.  
5. Help your children to relax; children need to feel safe and comfortable to perform well in school.

Burlington Apple Retail Store - Workshops Offered during April School Vacation week
Apple Retail in Burlington, Massachusetts will be holding Workshops during school vacation week from April 17 - 23, 2016.   These events are always free.
Topics include Basics of using an iPhone/iPad/Mac, Introduction to using iCloud, Videography on an iPhone, Shooting Artistic Photos with iPhone, Sharing ideas for Presentations, Sketching, Drawing or Painting on an iPad.
Workshops are held for one hour.  Details, schedules, and reservations are available via this website:      Apple Team Members will provide content for these events.

Barnes & Noble in Burlington is hosting a Book Fair on Saturday, April 16 from 10am-12pm for all teachers, students, and residents of Burlington. Additionally, MSMS teacher, Marty Conley, will be hosting a book signing and discussion of his debut novel The Dead Man Story. A percentage of the event's sales will go towards Teen LIGHT, the 8th grade community service program raising money for kids with cancer, and the Krista Toscano Memorial Scholarship Fund which has been created in memory of a former player and captain on the Burlington High School girl's hockey team. Hope to see you there!