Friday, December 23, 2016

Weekly Bulletin, December 23, 2016

Upcoming Dates to Remember

December 26 - January 2 - Winter Vacation, No School
December 28 - PTO Skating Event (O'Brien Rink in Woburn)
January 3 - Return to School
January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School

Pictures below for the 4th and 5th grade Winter Concert, Kindergarten Nutcracker, and the Polar Express... keep scrollin' :)

Service Learning Club

The Service Learning After School Club has been working very hard this fall.  First they participated in a walk-a-thon to raise funds for a quilt project.  They spent the next few sessions creating beautiful fleece tie quilts. Mrs. Casey brought the quilts to Dana Farber Hospital with enough extra sponsorship money to pay for two pizza parties for the families at the hospital.  Way to go Service Learners! You should feel proud of yourselves.

Celebrating the Holiday Season
It was a busy, festive week at Francis Wyman School!  
Students spent the week learning about different cultural traditions and celebrations while celebrating the arrival of winter and the holidays with both family and friends. 

The 4th and 5th grade students performed their annual holiday concert featuring the chorus, band and string instruments.  The musical talent of our FW teachers and their students never cease to amaze all of us!

Dressed in their pajamas, first grade students and teachers enjoyed their adventures on the The Polar Express.  After listening to the story read aloud by Mrs. Jefferson, the students were able to enjoy a cookie & some hot chocolate provided by the friendly cafeteria "elves".  

Our Kindergarten classes have recently spent time reading different versions of The Nutcracker, creating the characters, writing about their adventures, and attending a live performance at the theatre.  Following this study, the students performed their own version of The Nutcracker with each class performing a different musical selection of the ballet.  Always a crowd pleaser here at FW!

From all of us at Francis Wyman, we wish you and your families many blessings, good health, and happiness for the holidays and throughout 2017.  Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Winter Concert, December 20, 2016

Winter Concert... Tuesday Night!
Please join us for the 4th and 5th grade Winter Concert.
Grade 4 begins at 6:00pm and Grade 5 begins at 7:00pm
**if your child is in the band or orchestra, please arrive 10 minutes early

Special request from Art:
We are in need of plastic grocery bags for a community service project we are starting in January. If you have extra bags at home,  please send them to school.  Thank you very much for helping this project.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Weekly Bulletin December 16, 2016

Upcoming Dates to Remember
December 20 - 6pm Grade 4 Winter Concert, 7pm Grade 5 Concert
December 26 - January 2 - Winter Vacation
January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School

 Wheel of Wyman S.O.A.R. Mystery Puzzle #2 

We will continue the Francis Wyman Positive Behavior Incentive Program after the winter vacation! Students will have the opportunity to earn SOAR coupons by showing Outstanding Effort.  Coupons will be gathered in the office and during morning announcements, a few coupons will be randomly drawn so students get a chance to spin the "Wheel of Wyman".  Slowly, our mystery puzzle will be determined, revealing a school-wide prize.  Exciting times at FWS!

School Council News
Student Council is extremely excited to announce their second annual Cradles to Crayons drive here at Francis Wyman! They will be collecting new and gently used clothing, shoes, toys, and books for low-income and homeless children in need here in Massachusetts. Some high demand items for Cradles to Crayons are winter items such as coats, boots, hats, gloves, and socks. Their drive will be running from Tuesday, January 3rd through the end of the month. We thank you in advance for all of your support to help those in need!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Weekly Bulletin December 9, 2016

Upcoming Events
12/20 - Winter Concert  - Grade 4 6:00pm   and   Grade 5 7:00pm
12/26 - 1/2 - Winter Vacation, No School

Request from the School Nurse 
If you are cleaning out closets at home, the nurse's office always appreciates stretchy pants for kids. Size 4 - 12, girls or boys, sweatpants, leggings, or wind pants are all wonderful.  Thanks for thinking of us.  

Bridges Program
We are very fortunate to have some active seniors in Burlington! Once a week, a group of retirees visit our fourth grade to build relationships, discuss history, and bridge the gap between generations. This week, each senior and student shared an artifact that was important to them.  Students are always very eager for their senior friends to visit each week.

Microsoft News
Microsoft is offering a free Hour of Code event at some store locations.  You must register to join in the fun.  Follow this link:

Friday, December 2, 2016

Weekly Bulletin December 2, 2016

Dates to Remember
December 20 - Winter Concert for Grade 4, 6:00pm
Winter Concert for Grade 5, 7:00pm
December 21 - Used Book Store, 8:00 - 8:30am Students may bring 25 cents or a book to trade.  
December 22 - Kindergarten Nutcracker Show for parents, 9:00am

Mrs. Cook's Kindergarten students are "cookin" in math!
Students work on their daily math stations practicing writing
numbers, adding, counting on, and putting numbers in order.
Students were proud of their math accomplishments and eager to show off their talents!

Mrs. Duncan's Kindergarten Class 
puts on a show!

Mrs. Duncan's students performed a reader's theatre of Eric Carle's animal stories this morning complete with animal masks, sound effects, and audience participation.  This performance integrated their study of animals with their reading, listening, speaking, and artistic skills.  
The performance was fabulous and both Mr. Doiron and Mrs. McDonald were happy to be invited to the show!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Weekly Bulletin ~ November 23, 2016

Dates to Remember
November 28 - December 2 - Book Fair
November 30 - Picture Make Up Day*
December 1 - No School for students, Parent Conferences

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all our Francis Wyman Families!  May you enjoy time together with family and friends and treat yourself to some yummy foods. Please look for student report cards in backpacks on Monday, November 28. Parent Conferences will be taking place this week, so if you're not sure about your appointment, please reach out to your child's teacher.  

*Picture Make Up Day is scheduled for November 30.  If your child was absent on the original picture day, we have forms in the office. Simply send a note to the teacher to request a form and we'll send one home.   If you'd like your pictures retaken, please return the entire package.  New forms are not necessary for retakes.  Please call the office if you have questions. 781-270-1701

Grade 3 entertained us last week with a wonderful concert including vocals and violins.  Amazing job kids!  Thank you Mrs. Samuels, Mrs. Peabody, and Mrs. Canzano for putting together a wonderful program!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Weekly Bulletin November 19, 2016

Upcoming Dates to Remember

November 23 - 1/2 Day of School 11:15 dismissal
November 24/25 - No School, Thanksgiving
November 28 - Report Cards Go Home (corrected date)
November 28 - December 2 - Scholastic Book Fair in the Library, parents welcome
November 30 - Picture Make Up Day
December 1 - No School, Parent Conferences

PTO Family Fun Run
Thank you PTO for organizing the first annual FW Fun Run! This was a wonderful event which included a warm-up with My Gym, followed by a .8 mile run around the school, and post race goodie bags.  Fifty students joined the fun!
Warming up...

And they're off...

Following our first SOAR behavior incentive this year, the FW students earned an extra recess today.  To make things a little more interesting, a dance party was thrown in the mix. So much fun!

Kindergarten Dance Party...

Student Council had another successful food drive for the Burlington Food Pantry and we are grateful for the support of our FW families!  Twelve boxes of canned goods and non-perishable items were collected.  To celebrate, students in each grade wore a special color.  Here's Grade 3 showing off their blue. 
Way to go Francis Wyman!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Weekly Bulletin November 9, 2016

Upcoming Dates to Remember

November 11 - No School, Veteran's Day
November 16 - Grade 3 goes to Plimoth Plantation
November 16 - Used Book Store, 8:10am
November 17 - Grade 3 Concert, 8:40am show for parents
November 22 - Report Cards Go Home
November 23 - 1/2 Day of School 11:15 dismissal
November 24/25 - No School, Thanksgiving

First Used Bookstore:  Wednesday, November 16 at 8:10am. Students should check into their homerooms before they come down to the cafeteria to select books. They may bring a book to trade or 25 cents to buy a book.  

Lost and Found is FULL!  Parents - Are you missing sweatshirts, jackets, water bottles, hats, or other items from home?  They could all be here at school.  Please encourage your children to check the lost and found or better yet, stop in during school hours to have a peek yourself.  Everything will be donated before Thanksgiving. 

Our first Veteran's Day Ceremony was held on Wednesday, November 9 at the FW flagpole while the sun was brilliantly shining. We were honored to be joined by 5 local veterans all related to students or staff.  Levi DiFranza, David Nelson, Saul Portillo, Daniel Thornell, and Sean Henrikson took time out of their busy schedules to be part of this celebration. FW students sang patriotic songs, honored the flag, thanked the veterans, and listened to Taps, played on the trumpet by Mrs. Gendron A huge thank you to Mrs. Peabody and Mrs. Samuels, our music teachers, for helping to put this ceremony together.  From our Francis Wyman family, "thank you" to all our veterans for serving our country and keeping us safe!