Friday, October 20, 2017

Weekly Bulletin - October 20, 2017

Important Dates to Remember
October 21 - Parent Academy, BHS  8:00am - 12:45pm
October 27 - Halloween Parade - 9:00am, parents invited
November 6-7 - Grade 5 Camp Bournedale
November 8 - Picture Retake Day *this date has changed to accommodate Camp Bournedale
November 8 - Veterans Day Ceremony, FW Flagpole
November 9 - No School, Prof. Dev. for teachers
November 10 - No School, Veterans Day

Calling All Veterans!
Francis Wyman School is looking for veterans among us to help our students honor those who serve in the armed forces.  If you have any family members who have served or is currently serving our country, please contact Mrs. Conley in the Main Office and 781-273-7613. We would love for you to join us for our Veteran's Day celebration.

This week at FW, Service Learning Club started their sandbox refurbishment...

Our service club members, led by Mrs. Casey & Miss Sullivan, select a service project that benefits our school and community.  Thank you to our student volunteers who are doing a terrific job sanding and repainting the sandboxes in our playground area.

Grade 4  - Rocket Day Success!

In addition...
You are cordially invited to attend 
 The Town of Burlington’s Veterans Day Ceremony 

Hosted by the Town of Burlington’s Veteran Service Office & 
The Allied Veterans Council 
 When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM  
Location: Town Common at the Veteran's Memorial.  
 In case of Inclement Weather:  If deemed necessary to move the ceremony indoors it will be held at: The Burlington High School, Wooden Gym located at 123 Cambridge Street. Use of Inclement Weather location will be determined within 24 hours of the event. Follow BCATT for any and all changes. Regardless of location, the ceremony will be on the same date and time.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bulletin October 5, 2017

Dates to Remember
October 27 - 9am - Halloween Parade for all grades
October 27 - PTO Halloween Party, 6-8pm
November 7 - School Picture Make-up Day

FW Used Bookstore
Our Used Bookstore needs volunteers!  We are looking for three to five new volunteers to help with our used bookstore.  At this time, we do not have enough help to open the bookstore.  Are you available one hour a month on a Wednesday morning from 7:40-8:40?  You can bring your children with you.  Please help as this is a wonderful opportunity for our children to get the cheapest books in town.  All books are only 50 cents or they can trade a book that they already own.  Thanks for your consideration.  Please contact Donna Murphy, Reading Specialist, or call 781-238-6859

3rd Grade Cartographers

Mrs. Zani's 3rd glade class proudly displays their maps of Burlington that they created as part of their study of the local Burlington community.  All students in 3rd grade explored the topography, bordering towns, and local historical landmarks throughout this unit.  As a culminating activity, students took a field trip to the center of Burlington where they toured these historical buildings and learned about their importance from local historians.  A reminder that we are so fortunate to live and learn in such a supportive community!

Service Learning Club met and planned their first service project... Sandbox restoration! The PTO kindly donated new sand for the 3 sandboxes on the playground.  The Service Learners plan to give the boxes a face lift with a fresh coat of paint.  THANK YOU kids!

Flu Vaccinations
During October, the Burlington Board of Health will be providing influenza vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 18 years by appointment only.

Flu injections are free to all children regardless of insurance status. They must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

To schedule an appointment, please call 781-279-1955. As per the CDC, the nasal spray flu vaccine (live, attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) will not be available this flu season.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Weekly Bulletin September 29, 2017

Dates to Remember 
Tuesday 10/3 - 8:30am or 7:00pm - Parent Meeting with School Committee members regarding School Hours Changing for 2018-2019.  All parents are invited to attend. **see below 

A warm welcome to some new faces at Francis Wyman!

Mrs. Guanci is our newest Kindergarten team member although she comes with many years of teaching experience in Burlington.  Welcome aboard!
Mrs. Jennifer Hazen is our new school nurse.
She has recently moved from her school nurse position in Maine
 and we are fortunate to have her join our FW community!

Students & staff eagerly begin a new school year!

A warm welcome to some of our newest
Kindergarten friends.  They have spent the first
month practicing classroom routines,
meeting new friends, and learning to work together!

Mrs. McDonald delivers the 
"Golden Falcon Seal" to each
student's passport.  This final stamp
demonstrates that the child has practiced
our SOAR expectations throughout all
areas of the school.  

Ms. Hayes conducts a "Morning Meeting" with her
 class as all teachers work diligently to implement 
Responsive Classroom strategies and build
positive classroom communities with their new students.

 Thank you PTO for cleaning out two sandboxes on the playground and adding brand new sand!  
And here, Mr. Doiron spray paints a new hopscotch pattern on the new asphalt.

**Reposted from the Superintendent's Blog...

September 20, 2017

Over the last two years, Burlington has been part of a larger public health conversation focusing on high school start times. The Middlesex League High Schools - Arlington, Belmont, Burlington, Lexington, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Watertown, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn - all committed to having local conversations about the benefits of starting high school at 8:30 or later.

In Burlington, we have had a standing item on School Committee agendas and last spring discussed a
specific proposal that maintains our current transportation costs. This proposal is for the start of school in the fall of 2018. In addition, we hosted Dr. Judith Owens, sleep expert, at the high school to discuss current research and benefits of delaying the start time of high school.

Please know that the district is approaching this decision carefully and in the best interest of the greatest number of students. We understand that any change is difficult. Before making this decision, the School Committee would like to have community conversations on this topic. These conversations are scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd and Thursday, October 5th at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM. The October 3rd meetings will be in the Francis Wyman Auditorium. The October 5th meetings will be in the High School Auditorium.

If you did not have the opportunity to participate in Dr. Owen’s presentation, you can review her
information at the website we set up to share information on this topic
Community Forums:
Tuesday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. in the Francis Wyman Elementary School Auditorium
Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. in the Francis Wyman Elementary School Auditorium
Thursday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. in the Burlington High School Auditorium
Thursday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. in the Burlington High School Auditorium

Burlington Special Education Department & SEPAC Invite Parents and
Caregivers to a Meet-and-Greet

Hosted by Burlington Parent Advisory Council
Place: Grandview Farm/Marion Tavern
Doors open 6:45 pm, presentation to begin at 7 pm

The Special Education Department and Burlington SEPAC invite parents and caregivers to a meet-and-greet
on October 4th from 6:45 p.m. - 8:30 Grandview Farm/Marion Tavern's Conference Room (2nd floor).
Meet with SEPAC co-chairs and Special Education staff from each school.  Topics will include the array
of special education programming and how special education is being implemented into the district.  
Questions, please contact

We hope to see you there!

People Helping People
Come help People Helping People food pantry by purchasing a pumpkin at the fifth annual Pumpkin Patch from October 1 through October 31 at St. Mark's Church, 10 St. Marks Road in Burlington. The patch is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.  All proceeds will benefit People Helping People and the Food Pantry.