Friday, May 30, 2014

Weekly Bulletin

At School:
Reminder to Grade 5 parents... The fifth graders will be visiting MSMS on June 3rd during the school day.  There will be a parent meeting that same evening for all parents at MSMS.. Meeting will be at 7pm in the MSMS auditorium.

PARCC continues for one more day next week. If your child missed a day of testing, there will be two days designated for a make-up test, June 4 and 5th.  Our students have all done a wonderful job adopting this new test and schedule.

Mr. Musselman visited grade 3 today to split a geode!  Exciting science happening all the time!

Curt Van Emon, franchise owner of Primrose School, a private pre-school opening soon on Middlesex Turnpike, visited Francis Wyman School last week.  Mr. Van Emon brought with him a brand new children's bicycle to donate to our school.Thank You Primrose School!!
Please check out their website,

Around Town:
Looking to be a school bus driver?  A&F Bus Co., is training now for positions in September. 
Call 978-663-8145 or email to:

Looking for locally-grown, ethically-raised, delicious food in Burlington?  Order and pick up a CSA farm share at the Presbyterian Church in Burlington, 335 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA.  The church is distributing sustainably-raised eggs, meat, vegetables, and fruit from 3 local farms on Monday afternoons this year.  Contact the church to order a weekly dozen or half dozen eggs from Clark Farm of Carlisle. to order weekly fruits and/or vegetables from Farmer Dave’s of Dracut.  Visit to order monthly meat shares from Lilac Hedge Farm of Berlin, MA.  Contact the church with questions.  Hope to see you there!

Celebrate the Peacefulness and Beauty of the Trails in the Burlington Landlocked Forest 

The Friends of the Landlocked Forest are celebrating new boardwalks and trails and a new map for this little-known gem. It’s only minutes from your house! 

Open House :: Sunday, June 1st– 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

Join Us in the Forest

Program of Events: 
          10:30 - Opening Ceremony with Guest Speakers 
          11:00 - 2:00 Guided Walks and Bicycle Tours for Adults and Kids begin 

There will be scavenger hunts and other activities for children throughout the Open House. Wear weather appropriate footwear. Come and have fun outdoors! There is a Car Caravan from the Burlington Town Hall parking lot at 10 a.m. For more information email us at: 

Find directions to the forest at:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Weekly Bulletin

At School:

All Grade 4 parents are encouraged to attend the Camp Bournedale meeting on May 27 at 6pm in the Francis Wyman auditorium.  The camp director will describe the program and be able to answer all your questions.   

Around Town:

ANNUAL CAR WASH/BAKE SALE/BOTTLE & CAN DROP OFF: The Butterflies, Relay for Life's youth team is having their annual Car Wash/Bake Sale/Bottle Redemption Drop off Friday, May 30 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm  at        5 Mallard Way (off Mill Street) - come by and enjoy the fun, get your car cleaned, have a yummy treat - and drop off any bottle/can recyclables (MA 5 cent returnables only please). All proceeds will go to Relay for Life of Burlington. For more information, visit or contact Julie at

Francis Wyman Pre-K Social
Do you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten this fall at Francis Wyman?  Burlington Mother-to-Mother is organizing socials for future Kindergartners, which are free and open to everyone.  The first Francis Wyman social will be on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 3-4 pm at the school's playground.  To rsvp, please contact Sharleen Davis at

Burlington Public Schools are collecting gently-used clothing and sneakers in support of local children in-need!

Cradles to Crayons provides essential items to children living in low-income or homeless situations in Massachusetts. We do this by collecting new and gently-used items from local families and redistributing them to children in-need of everyday essentials.

Before leaving for summer vacation, please consider cleaning out your closets and dropping off your gently used children’s items in a toter in the lobby at any of the Elementary schools: Fox Hill, Francis Wyman, Memorial or Pine Glen from June 2-20th.
We are especially in need of:
        Boys clothing sizes 2T - 18/20 (especially tops)
        Girls clothing sizes 24 months – 18/20 (especially tops)
        Sneakers (up to adult size 10)
Because of our unique model, items donated to Cradles to Crayons are distributed directly to local children in-need. By donating clothing and sneakers you no longer want or need, you can help make a difference in the life of a child in need, and help Cradles to Crayons provide local kids with quality items, free of charge, that will help them thrive – at home at school and at play.

For more information on Cradles to Crayons and how to get involved,  For questions, please call Nancy Kiehl 781-307-7486

Friday, May 16, 2014

Weekly Bulletin

The end of year PARCC schedule will be starting on Monday, May 19, 2014 and running through June 2, 2014.  Each class is scheduled for two days of testing during that time period and will continue with their regular daily schedule when not testing.  It is important for students to be present and on time to school to minimize disruptions.  The PARCC schedule was sent home with students last week. Please feel free to call if you have additional questions.

A big THANK YOU to all our Field Day volunteers for their help this year!  Students love to see parents and older BHS students here and involved.  It was a successful and FUN day.  Mr. Rebelo and Mr. Magee did a wonderful job preparing the students for the day and executing this exciting activity!  THANK YOU!!

Francis Wyman Student Council is holding a drive to benefit More than Words, a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Please donate gently used or like new books, video tapes,  DVDs, Blu-Rays, video games, and CDs to help this organization. The drive will run through May 23rd. That day is "Dress Up Like Your Favorite Book or Movie Character Day." If you participate, you can dress up as your favorite character.

Yankee Candle FW PTO Fundraiser
Perfect Gifts with 40% Profit to Francis Wyman PTO on all items purchased. Available shopping thru July 1, 2014 will all items shipped to your home. To start shopping go online to Yankee Candle Fundraising and click on "Seller Login" in the top right corner. Enter 990006617 under Group Number on left hand side and start shopping.

Please show your support for Relay For Life team- "Marty's Angels"by attending Orange Leaf on May 27th!  Marty is a five year old boy who had battled leukemia for three years and is now cancer free! Come celebrate Marty's life with our team!

10th Annual Exercise for Education – This Sunday!

In Education on May 15, 2014 at 10:04 am
Sunday, May 18th, 2014
Make a Difference!
MASSAGES, MUSIC and RACE WARM UPs! Lots of great vendors, activities and fun are to be had at BEF’s Road Race on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803. Come at 8AM to register and enjoy pre-race warm ups with Lucky13 Fitness, a chair massage from The Way Massage Therapy. Grab some Muscle Milk or take a turn on the Party Central inflatable bounce! Post race food supplied by Whole Foods.
This race day is filled with hundreds of runners, walkers and spectators. The certified 5K (through the streets of Burlington) is preceded by a ½ mile Family Fun Run on school property around Burlington High School. You don’t want to miss this energized community event with music, vendors, prizes, free samples, and great family fun.
Teams or Groups of 10+ Save $5.00 each!
All pre-registered runners are automatically entered to win an hour Massage at Elements Massage Therapy
The 5K boasts tech shirts and the Family Fun Run includes an official cotton race shirt, guaranteed for pre-registered participants.T-shirt designed by BHS senior Jeff Turri (thanks to George Ratkevich, department chair and teacher at BHS, for once again coordinating student submissions for Race T-shirt designs).
Help Make a Difference!
Volunteer today and be entered to win a Gift Card!
We are seeking volunteers for the day.  We typically have 50-60 helpers on race day.  The shifts run from 8:00 am – 11:00 am with many being 1-2 hours (more if you like). All you need is a smile, we supply the t-shirt!
As an added benefit, Burlington High School students receive scholarship points with Adopt-A-Class, or Community service hours. Simply RSVP to Jean Golding at and indicate any time constraints and we will reserve a spot in accordance with your time available.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Anita Mason honored with “Exemplary Science Teacher Award”

From the Burlington Science Center Blog:

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Last week, third grade teacher, Anita Mason of Francis Wyman Elementary School was honored by the Science Center and the North Shore Science Supervisors Association (NSSSA) with the “Exemplary Science Teaching Award.” This award was presented during the NSSSA’s end of year banquet at the Danversport Yacht Club. The Burlington Science Center is a member of the NSSSA and nominated Anita for her outstanding hard work and attention to the sciences as a classroom teacher. We are so proud of her! The Science Center appreciates her passion for teaching and her dedication to the students of Burlington Public Schools! It is our goal to nominate and honor more of the amazing teachers from all the Burlington schools in future years.
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Weekly Bulletin

The entire Francis Wyman staff would like to say THANK YOU for the wonderful teacher appreciation luncheon this week!  All the food was so yummy.  It was great to be able to enjoy a lunch without duties as well.  Many thanks to all the volunteers for your time and delicious salads, desserts, sandwiches, and everything else!

PTO Plant Sale!!
Saturday, May 10, from 9am - 1pm.  We will be selling Spring favorites like Pansies, Geraniums, and more! Plant prices range from $10 - $20.  All proceeds go directly to the FW PTO. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Weekly Bulletin

School News:

Please join the BHS Help Desk and Tech Team on May 8, 2014 from 6 - 7:30pm at MSMS for a Parent Tech Night! The evening will feature a speaker from Google and an important conversation about building a positive digital footprint for students...and parents
More info...

Burlington Food Pantry is in desperate need of new toothbrushes and toothpaste.  A collection box will be in the Francis Wyman lobby for the next few weeks.  Please consider making a donation!  THANK YOU!!

PLEASE HELP CONTINUE THE TRADITION: Will you be a chaperone at the BHS Post Graduation (all-night) Party?  Its tradition for the parents of underclassmen to chaperone the party for our graduating seniors.  We are looking for men to help with the sumo wrestling on all 3 shifts - shift 1 (10 pm - midnight on Sunday June 8), shift 2 (midnight - 3 am on Mon June 9), shift 3 (3am - 5am on Mon June 9) We also have a few spots avail for either men or women at other activities for shift 3.  You don't need to have a child in the high school, any adult that does not have a senior at the party is welcome.  This is a great way to "pay it forward."  Help us this year and when your child graduates, the parents of underclassmen will be there for you!  To volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact Michele Shields at or 781-270-5142.

Our Technology Advisory Committee has developed a short parent survey for parents. We would appreciate if parents took a few minutes to provide some feedback on our 1:1 Technology Initiative.  Here is the link to the survey. 

Community News:

BPD radKids Week
The Burlington Police Department will once again be offering the radKIDS 
program this summer to Burlington children ages 8-12. The kids will be in a 
fun and very active program that stresses safety awareness through role-play, 
self-defense and other activities. 
The Burlington Police will incorporate risk awareness skills (strangers,
public safety etc.) with radKIDS, a program that offers defense against 
abduction. The radKids portion of the class (defense against abduction) is a 
15-hour class to be integrated with safety awareness teachings. 
 Due to a generous grant from Lahey Clinic, classes will be free for all 
attending residents. Donations to the Burlington D.A.R.E. Program are 
appreciated. As per the radKIDS organization, each child thereafter will be 
able to re-attend the class on an unlimited basis for free. 
The course will be held at the Memorial Elementary School gymnasium
Monday – Friday (9am-12noon) July 14-28, July 21-25 and July 28-August
1. All 5 classes must be attended. Full time Burlington Police officers will 
Registration forms will be made available at the Burlington Police Web Site: and may be dropped off at the Police Station. Limited space 
available! For questions, call Officers Keith Sheppard or Steve Cross at 
(781) 505-4919 or 781-505-4965.