Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Weekly Bulletin May 20, 2015

 WEEKLY BULLETIN - May 25, 2015

Grade 2 and 3 Spring Concert is this week.  Parents are welcome to the 8:45am show in the FWS auditorium on Wednesday, May 27. This show will be for all second grade chorus and third grade recorder and violin players!
Please visit Mrs. Berger's post for more information...

Reading Buddies from Mrs. Goguen's and Mrs. Ski's reading classes share their dramatic reader's theatre presentations. Their teamwork, dramatic skill, and reading enthusiasm is the highlight of my day!

Calling all children entering kindergarten at Francis Wyman this fall!  Join us on May 31st from 4pm - 5pm for a laid-back, friendly play-date at the Francis Wyman school playground as part of monthly Pre-K socials being organized by Burlington Mother-to-Mother.  The socials are free and open to all incoming kindergarteners.  This is a great way for kids (and parents) to get to know each other and the school environment. Please rsvp with both your name and your child's name to Sharleen Davis at sharleendavis@hotmail.com.  Hope you can join us!

BEF Road Race
On Sunday, May 31, 2025, the Burlington Education Foundation (BEF) is holding their 11th Annual “Exercise for Education” 5K Road Race and ½ Mile Family Fun Run at Burlington High School .  Check-in for the event begins at 8:00am with the Family Fun Run beginning at 9:00am, followed by the start of the 5k which begins promptly at 9:30am.
Please visit BEF's website for more information on the activities as well as online registration. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a free t-shirt. NEW This Year - Chip Timing! - with instant results. 
Run, Walk, Volunteer or join us as a spectator! Don’t miss out on this great community event or the chance to win a Grand Prize Raffle!!
BEF's Mission is to channel donations from businesses and individuals to provide Burlington educators with an additional source of funding for creative and innovative curriculum enrichment programs.  Help us make a difference in the Burlington Public Schools!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekly Bulletin, May 15, 2015

Weekly Bulletin
 May 15, 2015

Last Saturday, some of our 5th grade students participated in the Middlesex Math Madness Competition at Memorial School. Students worked individually and in groups to solve some very intricate problems.  Garrett A. walked away with a third place  win! Way to go FW problem solvers.  Visit Mrs. Lynch's blog for more info on this special day...

A BIG thank you to Mrs. Lynch's class for spending some time on Friday cleaning up our school grounds.  Francis Wyman looks great this Spring with our new school sign, flowers blooming, and clean campus!

The Burlington Community Concert Series helps you kick off the long weekend with “Let’s Hang On!” America’s #1 Frankie Valli Tribute Band, a one-night-only performance on Friday, May 22, in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center located in Burlington High School. Traveling to Burlington straight from their engagement at Foxwoods Casino, Let’s Hang On! will feature all the mega hits of The Four Seasons including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” and “Who Loves You.” Tickets are $5-$25; reserved seats; BurlingtonTheatre.com, 781-A-FUN-TIC and at the door. THIS EVENT IS GONNA ROCK!!!  For more info about "Let's Hang On" including video of performances visit http://letshangon.com

Notice of Job Vacancy
Volunteer Coordinator (Part Time)
Bridges Together Program

Reporting to the Council on Aging Director and the Program Coordinator, this part-time position is responsible to recruit and coordinate volunteers from the local community for the Bridges Together program, an intergenerational program that brings adults over the age of 55, children and educators together in academically and socially invigorating environments.  (http://www.bridgestogether.org/programs/bridges/). 

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Communicate to volunteers via email, letter, and phone call
  • Communicate with school program coordinator and Director of COA as well as on occasion with classroom teachers
  • Communicate with local groups and organizations for recruitment and publicity, including local religious establishments, senior housing and assisted living facilities, and local media
  • Maintain volunteer list and participation records using Google Docs
  • Keep live documents of volunteers updated for each session via Google Docs
  • Organize 25-40 volunteers for classroom visits at scheduled times and help coordinate reunion at Senior Center
  • Attend training for Volunteer Coordinator held by Bridges Together, conduct orientation meetings 4x/year for volunteers, help plan and attend meetings at Senior Center 4x/year, and attend the beginning of many of the 24 one-hour program sessions throughout the year
  • Maintaining accurate and confidential records

Minimum Qualifications: 
Minimum of a high school diploma required. Must be proficient with email and Google docs, possess strong interpersonal skills, public speaking skills, positive attitude, flexibility, comfort taking initiative, and willingness to work and share responsibilities with others, and flexibility.  Requires excellent attention to detail and follow-through.

This is a pilot position, through the 2015-2016 school year with a stipend of $2,500.  Hours are primarily weekdays with some nights and occasional weekend work, approximately 5-10 hours per week with great flexibility for the duration of the appointment.  Position will begin on August 25, 2015, and will require an initial planning meeting on or about June 1, 2015.

Position will remain open until filled.

Please note:  MA General Laws mandate that any individual having direct contact at any time with either children or senior citizens be subject to CORI screening by the Criminal History Systems Board.  A CORI check would only be completed on an applicant as a final step in the interview process.  Any conditional offer of employment is contingent upon notification to the Town of Burlington that the applicant has “No Record” on file.

Apply Online
Joanne M. Faust, SPHR
Human Resources Director
Town of Burlington/Burlington Public Schools
29 Center Street
BurlingtonMA  01803

Friday, May 8, 2015

Weekly Bulletin - May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015

THANK YOU FW PTO!  Once again our parents outdid themselves with the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.  We celebrated Cinco de Mayo style on Tuesday. There were so many leftovers teachers were able to nibble all week long! A delicious luncheon and a duty free day was greatly appreciated by our teachers! Muchas Gracias!

The Spring Arts Night was a huge success!  Thank you to all the parents who attended this wonderful evening of art!  Our 4th and 5th graders performed in chorus and band with the Pirate Show amazing the audience!  Mrs. Gendron, Mrs. Peabody, and Miss Potts worked endless hours preparing for the show and we are fortunate that they selflessly share their talents with all of our students.  Mrs. Kerr and Mrs. Finkle also spent extra hours setting up the art displays making our Francis Wyman halls look like a true art museum filled with a kaleidoscope of color.  THANK YOU LADIES!  If you did not have a chance to visit, the art will be on display for a few weeks.  Just stop by any time during school hours and grab a visitor badge in the office.

At the spring carnival, James Burke won "Principal for the Day".  Today, he served as acting principal.  Mr. Burke enjoyed time in the office (see below), doing morning announcements, teaching a first grade lesson, and meeting with Dr. Conti about school policies.  It was great to have a new face in the office!
  Thank you Mr. Burke!

from Principal Burke...
"fourth grade will have extra recess for 20 minutes on the play ground. 

ps.  they begged to me so much so I had to."

Recently, we received a grant from Harvard Pilgrim, thanks to Kindergarten parent, Arif Moriya.  He and office associates designated Francis Wyman School as recipient.  Part of the grant money was used to fund new science materials for our library including both traditional books as well as e-books available for students to use on their IPads.  We are grateful to our community partners and generous parents for supporting our academic programs at Francis Wyman!

Can tab collection continues for the Francis Wyman LABBB Collaborative program.  We turn the aluminum can tabs in to be recycled and the proceeds go directly to the Shr
iners of America.  Shriner's helps pay for children's hospital treatment and care for burn victims.  Please collect your tabs and bring them to the office.  Thanks!

Burlington Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and Venture Scouts 
are having their ninth annual scouting expo at Rahanis Park, Sunday, May 17 from 9-noon…… Come and Join in the Fun!Scouting age boys and girls (Grades 1-12 for 2015-2016 School Year) are invited to come and check out the scouting programs in Burlington.  Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts will 
demonstrate the spirit of teamwork, character building and camaraderie that scouting is about. Join with the scouts in the “Scouting Challenges”. Leadership from all of the towns scouting units will be on hand to answer any questions about the Scouting 
Programs in Burlington and accept new registrations. Join us for a morning of “Fun with a Purpose” Sunday May 18 from 9:00 am to noon.Call Chet Maguire 781-229-2235 with any questions.

Friday, May 1, 2015

~April 28, 2015~

Members of the after school Coding Club show off their
newly created programs!

Weekly Bulletin May 1, 2015

Well it's May 1st and we are coming into the home stretch of a very busy and exciting year!  There are many events coming up at Francis Wyman over the next two months so be sure to check for notices, calendar updates, and blog posts for all the latest news.

Members of the after school Coding
Club working together to solve a
programming problem.

Students from grades 3, 4, and 5 join together
after school to develop coding skills allowing
them to create their own computer programs.
The coding club meets once a week and allows
students to work together to develop problem
solving skills.  Following these 6 weeks,
students will have an opportunity to join the Lego
Robotics Club to build and program their own
robot creation.  Thank-you to Mr. Schersten,
Mrs. Lynch, Mrs. D'Amico, Mrs. O'Neill, and
all the high school mentors from the robotics
team that support these students with these
Spring Arts Night

Please join us at Francis Wyman School for our Music and Arts Night on May 6!  

Student artwork from grades 1 - 5 will be on display in the hallways.  Grade 4 band and chorus will perform at 6pm and Grade 5 band and Pirate Show performance will be at 7pm.  Both shows are in the FW auditorium.  

Here are a couple of "sneak peek" photos...

A great big "Thank-you" to our PTO which continues to generously support all of our educational goals here at Francis Wyman.  The teachers are grateful for the recent Apple Itunes cards that allow them to add educational apps on their IPads which help support and enhance daily instruction.  In addition, students are very appreciative of the variety of new playground equipment that has been added to their recess time with plenty of new equipment to go around for everyone!!  Look for the notices regarding BOOK BINGO coming up May 11 for grades K-2 and May 18 for grades 3-5.  Thanks again for all you do to support our school!

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.  This year the party is going to be held at Kings in Burlington. We need volunteers for shift 2 (midnight to 3am on Mon June 9), shift 3 (3am - 5am on Mon June 9).  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 Tina Pesiridis at 617-605-4496 ortpesiridis@rcn.com.

PAC - Join us for our next event
 Teaching Math Skills Through Board Games
 Monday May 4, 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm   
*** School Committee room at BHS 
 Why not have fun using everyday board games your child is familiar with to teach and reinforce math.
Carrie Fortunato, District Math Coach and Louise D'Amato, Special Education Director, will present strategies on how to use everyday board games to teach math concepts and reinforce learning. Come learn a new and exciting way to help strengthen your child's math skills.
*Doors open at 6:30 presentation begins at 7:00
 Light refreshments will be served.
 Please contact us at burlingtonspedpac@gmail.com with any questions.

SHRED DAY: Saturday MAY 2nd 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Marshall Simonds Middle School.  $5 per paper grocery bag  $10 per 11 x 16 copy paper box  Identity Theft is a growing crime and more and more people are falling victim to it.  Bring your outdated personal and financial documents to be shredded safely and securely by a shredding truck provided by Highland Shredding, Inc. All proceeds collected goes into the Scholarship fund for the Adopt-A-Class 2022.  For more information about the event or the Adopt-A-Class program, please contact Kristin Russo at russo5k@verizon.net