Monday, January 26, 2015

Science Center "Experiments" for a Snowy Day

Stuck inside without much to do?
Snow problem!
Burlington Science Center has two great science-packed suggestions to make the most of your snow day.


The chicks were supposed to hatch on Tuesday and Wednesday in the first and fourth grade classrooms at the Francis Wyman and Pine Glen schools.  Due to the storm, we decided to set up a live webcam at the Science Center in one of the incubators.  Watch them from the comfort of your home by tuning in to our live chick incubator feed on the Burlington Science Center blog!  
**Note to parents: Sometimes, during the chick hatching process, unforeseen circumstances can occur.
The Science Center may choose to stop the live feed at any time.  Thanks for your understanding.


How many inches of water does it take to make a foot of snow? The answer might surprise you!

Make a prediction, then watch Mr. Musselman’s “Blizzard Science” video posted on the Burlington Science Center blog and perform the experiment for yourself!

You can use our step-by-step directions or design a similar experiment for yourself. Whatever your results, be sure to write them down so you can compare them with Mr. Musselman or a friend!

Find both these experiments at

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Reposted from Dr. Conti's Blog 

Posted on January 25, 2015
I am hearing the same weather forecast as everyone else. It appears that we could be hit with some significant snow Monday through Wednesday. If everything unfolds as predicted, I am hoping to get the school day in on Monday. Please have back-up childcare plans for Monday afternoon, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday – depending on the clean-up.

Everyone will receive a telephone message with the final decisions, but I wanted to share my early thoughts given the information I am reading.

Weekly Bulletin January 23, 2015

It's Fish Day in Kindergarten!

We are making crabs, penguins, jellyfish, and so
many other forms of ocean life.

Students visit all 5 of the amazing Kindergarten classrooms to explore, paint, create and tell stories about the life that is found in and around the ocean.  The K hallway will be transformed this week into an indoor "aquarium" showing off all of their creative efforts!

Third grade students from Mrs. O'Neill's class show off their ChatterPix biography projects they completed this week.  The 3rd grade students have been researching facts about famous people and creating a talking biography on their IPads to share with the class.  I am so proud of their creativity & effort!  

HELP WANTED - Bus monitors to ride the school bus to and from school for in-district routes. Morning and afternoon routes.  Compensation: $9.63 per hour.  If interested, please email Craig Robinson at  

YARD SALE FOR EDUCATION - The Adopt-A-Class 2021 (current 6th Graders) will be hosting a Yard Sale for Education on February 15, 2015 at the Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington from 9am - 2pm. Rid yourself of items taking up space, and make some money while helping support our local students! Table space is on sale now at a rate of $25.00 for 5' 30". For more information or to purchase a table, please conact: Janice Leucke 781-589-8334 or at

Join the PAC for an informational presentation on
Thursday, January 29, 2015
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MSMS Library
Is your child struggling to acquire reading skills? Does it seem to take extra time to formulate spoken or written ideas? Is your child frustrated with all aspects of school? Presenter Stephanie Spadorcia will help us learn more about the needs of the struggling reader and how literacy skills can be improved for all children. 
If you have any questions please contact us at
*Doors open at 6:30, presentation begins at 7:00