Friday, December 19, 2014

Weekly Bulletin December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays to all of our Francis Wyman families! We hope you enjoy this time to relax and spend with family.  
December 23 – Last Day of school before Christmas Break – regular dismissal time 2:25PM

Kindergarten rehearsed for the Nutcracker.  Their performance for all parents and families is Monday morning at 9:00am.  Hope to see you then!

Fourth and Fifth Graders gave us all a treat last night at the Winter Concert.  Great job by all students and teachers!  A special thank-you to Mrs. Peabody, Ms. Potts, and Mrs. Gendron for sharing their musical talent and high energy level with all of our FW students!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekly Bulletin December 12, 2014

Below, Grade 5 prepares for the Winter Concert to be held on December 18, 2014.  Grade 4 performs at 6pm and grade 5 performs at 7pm.  All parents and family members are invited to attend.  We hope to see you then!

December 12, 2014

Important Dates:
December 17 – Used Book Store open for students.  8:10 – 8:25AM
December 17 – Kindergarten goes to the Nutcracker
December 18 – Grade 4 WINTER CONCERT – 6:00PM
December 18 – Grade 5 WINTER CONCERT – 7:00PM
December 19 – UGLY SWEATER DAY -  A Student Council sponsored event.  Please bring a gently used    coat for the Coat Drive to participate.
December 22 – Kindergarten performs the Nutcracker for parents 9:00AM
December 23 – Last Day of school before Christmas Break – regular dismissal time 2:25PM
January 5, 2015 – School resumes

School Info
It is a rare occasion that we print a bulletin for parents, in the hopes that more folks utilize the Principal’s Blog for updates.  PLEASE make every effort to add your email address to the blog so you may receive weekly notices.  

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Here is a list of items that we continuously collect at school.  All these collections benefit our school in some manner.  Thanks for your continued effort!
                              Box Tops for Education
                              Can Tabs
                              Gently Used sweatpants/leggings for the nurse’s office

Winter Weather
We make every effort to have outdoor recess every day if the temperature is 20 degrees or above. Please dress your children appropriately for outdoor weather.  (hat, mittens/gloves, winter jacket) Thank You!!

PTO News

Do you shop at Target? If you are doing any Holiday Shopping there, and use a Target REDcard, please be sure to link your card to Francis Wyman and our school will receive a 1% donation! All you have to do is go to​ and search for Francis Wyman.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Weekly Bulletin December 5, 2014

Join the PAC for our next presentation:    Financial planning
Thursday, December 11, 2014
7:00pm MSMS Library
Neil Blicher and Rich Harwood financial planners with Baystate Financial, will be conducting a workshop with interested parents about the financial challenges associated with raising a child with Special Needs and / or learning disabilities.
The following topics will be covered:
·         Timeline / roadmap of transition points and services
·         Guardianship issues and considerations
·         How to maximize -- and preserve eligibility -- for government benefits
·         What happens when your child comes out of his / her education plan
·         Vocational residential options

*Doors open at 6:30

For more information contact us at

Monday, December 1, 2014

Picture post

Let's try this again!  Here are the pictures from our CARES assembly and Kindergarten Thanksgiving "Feast"!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Weekly Bulletin November 26, 2014

We hope you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day!  Today at FWS, the Kindergarten classes celebrated with a Thanksgiving Celebration, all donning either Pilgrim or Native American costumes. The entire school gathered for a CARES Assembly, which included activities like, Accelerated Reader Awards, a Turkey Relay Race, and a surprise visit by Ms. Pavlicek and her Peregrine Falcon.
Enjoy the long weekend.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekly Update - 11/21/2014

School News and Pics:
**November 26 is a 1/2 day of school!  Dismissal is approximately 11:15am. Thanksgiving Break is Nov. 27 and Nov. 28.  Enjoy your holiday!**
Nurse's News
The nurse's office is in need of gently used sweatpants for all children's sizes.  Please consider making a donation if you happen to be cleaning out your closets!  Thank You!! Also, please remember to have your children dress appropriately for the winter weather. Coats, hats, mittens, boats and snowpants if it's snowing are all recommended. Happy Winter!

Student Council is collecting gently used warm winter coats in all sizes for people in need. We are accepting donations from December 1 - 19. If you donate, you can participate in Ugly Sweater Day on December 19! Thank yoiu for all the donation to the Burlington Food Pantry this week.  We proudly delivered 9 boxes of food to the pantry this afternoon.  

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Shabari Khaire is an active volunteer in the Art Room with students of Grades 5, 4, & 3. Shabari is a former art teacher, and enjoys spending her available time in creating art. Several students have received individual design assistance with the guidance of Mrs. Khaire. Any parent wishing to volunteer at Francis Wyman School needs to receive a CORI background check through the Superintendent's Office and also meet with our principal, Mrs. McDonald.

Click the link below to watch Shabari weaving a belt. Students in grade 5 will be practicing various weaving techniques over the next few weeks. 

3rd Grade Students Perform 

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Many families and students enjoyed a musical treat performed by the FW 3rd grade students on Friday morning.  We greatly appreciate the time and talent that our dedicated music teachers, Mrs. Peabody & Ms. Potts, provide to all of our students.  Great Job 3rd grade!!

Thank-you to the PTO for supporting a community fund-

raiser event at Flatbread Pizza this week.

Good food, good friends, good times had by all.

Student accident insurance is available through ISI New England.  If you are interested in purchasing insurance for your child, information and enrollment forms are available online at  When you reach the home page select MASSACHUSETTS Enrollment Form (Voluntary).

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekly Bulletin November 14, 2014

School News and Pics
November 26th is a half day of school before Thanksgiving break. Dismissal is approximately 11:15AM.  

School Mascot Coming Soon The school vote for a new mascot continued this week.  All the entries were counted last week, and the top ten were placed on the ballot.  Students voted for one of the following:  Flamingos, Fish, Wizards, Tigers, Falcons, Huskies, Bulldogs, Devils, Patriots, and Phoenix.  The votes will be counted by next Monday and then students will have an opportunity to submit a drawing for our new mascot design.  We're hoping for the unveiling of our new mascot logo at our school-wide CARES assembly on November 26th!!

Picture Retake Day - is scheduled for November 21st.  If your child missed picture day in October, please be prepared for pictures on 11/21.  If you would like to have your child's picture retaken, the entire package must be returned on 11/21.  If you have questions, please call O'Connor Studios at 978-640-6250

PTO members Shannon Tedesco and Andrea Gray helped Mrs. Conley paint the FW sign near the flagpole on Tuesday.  It was in desperate need of a face lift.  The blue sign near the entrance will be replaced later this year!  Lookin' Good FW!
                    Thank-you ladies for all of your efforts in making the front of our school look fabulous!
Library News - 
The Francis Wyman Book Fair will be held fromcember 1 - 9, 2014
Online shopping will begin Nov. 26th and run through December 12th.  
The link below is for our Book Fair Homepage and will also allow for ON-Line shopping:

Please stop by the Fair before or after your teacher/parent conference.

Please join us for our upcoming presentation:  ____________________________________________________
Monday, November 17th
Marion Tavern*
Presented by Naomi O’Brien M. Ed
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), BPS

This workshop will discuss how to help bridge the gap between school and home behavior and create positive behavior systems for any environment. We will explore and discuss the four areas of the Life Skills Curriculum which is currently implemented throughout the district:  Instruction-Following, Functional Language Skills, Tolerance Skills, and Empathy Skills.  Strategies around how to teach these skills, reinforce them at home, as well as differentiate both the teaching and skill selection will be discussed.
*Marion Tavern is located next to the Burlington police department. 
Doors open at 66:30 presentation begins at 7:00
If you have any questions please contact Lisa DeRosa at

Second grade students in Mrs. Screnci's class explore their new manipulative tens and ones blocks before getting down to the serious business of adding groups of 10 to a number.  Great teamwork was demonstrated by all the students!

4th and 5th graders take time to read, discuss, write and share their ideas with their classmates.  Francis Wyman students are motivated readers and demonstrate their enthusiasm for reading in many ways including the Accelerated Reader program which is recognized weekly at Francis Wyman.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Weekly Bulletin November 7, 2014

School News
Francis Wyman is in pursuit of a new mascot and we need the help of students and parents.  This week at school, our first goal was to think of a name.  All students had an opportunity to think of a new mascot.  Some ideas were the Francis Wyman Eagles or Francis Wyman Cougars or Francis Wyman Little Devils.   The office will compile a list of the top ten selections and the entire school will take a vote next week.  Once decided, students will have an opportunity to draw our mascot.  All decisions will be made prior to the Thanksgiving break and announced at the CARES assembly on November 26th.  

Volunteers needed for our school used bookstore.  Can you offer one hour a month on a Wednesday morning from 7:40 - 8:40AM to help at our bookstore?  We are looking for parent volunteers to put out books, help students choose books and clean up.  Please email Mrs. Murphy, Reading Specialist at or call 781-238 6859.  Thank you.

Francis Wyman Food Drive
Please donate to the Burlington Food Pantry!
They are currently in need of:
canned sauce, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, microwave popcorn, trail mix, crackers, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, as well as other nonperishable items.
If you donate, you can participate in Silly Hat Day on November 26.

PTO News

Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekly Bulletin - October 31, 2014

Weekly News & Pics
Francis Wyman will once again be collecting Treats for Troops.  Please send any left-over candy to the office next week.  We will have a large orange collection bin here.  Our soldiers love the treats, but they also like pictures and letters, too.  

Student Council members conducted a door decorating contest in school this week.  The doors could be Halloween themed and had to display something the students were learning.

More Halloween Fun!  Mrs. Ruggieri (gorilla) greeted students this morning at drop-off!

THANK YOU to the PTO for a wonderful Halloween Party last Friday night.  It was great to see so many families come out to enjoy the festive evening!  A special thanks goes to Shannon Tedesco, Cheryl Johnson, Lisa DeRosa, Andrea Gray, and Tracey Stevens for coordinating the games, music, raffle, decorations and everything else!

Library volunteer Cathi Myer has been a Francis Wyman volunteer for the past 5 years.  We are all grateful for her dedication and help!!

Amanda Hogue-Lavalle visited Grade 1 this week to talk about special programs at the Burlington Public Library.  

She also visited with our Kindergarten on Friday October 24th

Community News:
The Burlington Food Pantry is looking for donations of TOOTHPASTE and TOOTHBRUSHES. If you can contribute, please place your donations in the Food Pantry Box in the Main Office.The Burlington Food Pantry provides food to approximately 120 needy Burlington families every month.Thanks so much!!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekly Bulletin October 24, 2014

Another busy week of learning activities at Francis Wyman!
Students in Mrs. Goguen's class were busy testing their knowledge of how light waves work and stepping up to the challenge of creating a "light maze".  Great brains working together to solve a problem is always exciting to watch!

Mr. Musselman observes this 3rd grade group and checks whether their light beam passes through each of the pieces of the maze represented in their
 "light challenge".
Be sure to ask the 3rd graders about their new knowledge of how LIGHT works!

A Season for Scary Stories!

1st grade students listened to the well rehearsed "cackles" of Mrs. Jefferson as she read a scary story aloud to her students.  The students closed their eyes and covered their ears in anticipation as they enjoyed every minute of the scary storytelling experience.  This helped students brainstorm and write their own scary stories which they were happy to share with me on Friday morning.

Mrs. McDonald shares her home grown "Big Pumpkin" as she reads this story aloud.  Each student received 2 giant pumpkin seeds to grow their very own giant pumpkins next Spring!

Giant Sunflower Contest Winners!

Alex, Tommy and Scott were the proud winners of the contest sponsored by the Burlington Science Center.  Their individual sunflower plants were twice as tall as each of them and with flowers that were easily bigger than their heads!  All students that participated demonstrated impressive gardening skills.  
Congratulations to the winners and all of the contest participants!