Monday, March 28, 2016

Coordinated Program Review

The following press release was shared by Dr. Conti indicating that a regularly scheduled Coordinated Program Review will take place throughout our schools starting next week.  This information has been shared in multiple languages to meet the needs of all of our families.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Carnival Pictures - THANK YOU PTO

~March 21, 2016~

The annual Francis Wyman Carnival, sponsored by our very dedicated PTO volunteers and supported by many of our families and local businesses, was once again a huge success!  A special thank-you to Lisa DeRosa and Shannon Tedesco, along with the carnival committee, for their countless hours invested in making this event memorable for all of our Francis Wyman community!

Students enjoyed many varied activities including games, face painting, balloon art, and a cake walk.  It was also great to see many Francis Wyman alumni volunteering, enjoying the festivities with younger siblings, or just coming back for a visit.  The raffle selections were abundant and we are grateful to all of our families and local businesses that provide over 150 amazing raffle prizes. Great fun was had by all who attended!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Weekly Bulletin March 18, 2016

Upcoming Events
March 25 - No School, Good Friday

Recently our Fifth Graders recorded a greeting for the Morning Wake Up Call on WCVB. Want to check it out?  Click here!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Students got their "green" on today in honor of this special occasion!  Many 4th and 5th grade students joined together in the library for the annual MCBA book award voting party hosted by Mr. Levin.  The students needed to read a minimum of 5 MCBA nominated books in order to participate in the lunch, charades, and voting for their favorite novel.  Their enthusiasm was contagious and I am inspired to add some new titles to my summer reading list!

The Burlington Education Foundation is pleased to announce:

2016 BEF Spring Grand Raffle

Hello BEF Supporter,
Please consider purchasing a Grand Raffle ticket to support the BEF. Your donation will help fund grant requests for creative and innovative curriculum enrichment programs.

*** $7,000 in Prize Values ***

Grand Prize – The Capital Grille: The Capital Grille Burlington Experience”($2,000 value) “Experience” includes: Private Food & Wine Pairing Dinner for 10;  Wines Selected by TGC's Sommelier  

2nd Prize – Kings: “King Pin Party” Private Bowling Party & Food for 40 people ($1,900 value)

3rd Prize – The Bancroft: Private Dinning 4-Course Dinner & Wine Pairing for 10 ($1,600 value)

4th Prize – Seasons 52: Chef’s Table 7-Course Private Room Dinner for 10 ($1,000 value)

5th Prize – Burtons Grill: Chef Guided 5-Course Wine Pairing Dinner for 8 ($550 value) 

*** Enter to win! Take a chance to support the BEF ***

Raffle tickets can be purchased online through our secure donation website at the link below.

Thank you and good luck!

People Helping People will be on hand at the Burlington Town Election on Saturday, April 9th accepting donations for the Burlington Food Pantry. Specific items that the Food Pantry would like donated are as follows: Vegetable oil, ketchup, pancake syrup, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, large cans of tomatoes (purée, crushed, etc), pasta sauce, salad dressing, individually-wrapped toilet paper, boxes of tissues, toothpaste, shampoo, dish detergent. We ask that all the donations be within date (no expired dates on the items). The Board of Directors of People Helping People is very thankful for all that the community of Burlington does for our organization!  So please stop by our table during the town election, say hello, and donate one of the above mentioned items!

Police Report - March 17, 2016

Burlington Police Investigating Suspicious Vehicle Approaching Children

BURLINGTON -- Chief Michael R. Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department is investigating reports that a suspicious man in a vehicle approached a child near a bus stop.
As a result, Burlington Police are urging residents and parents to be on the lookout for an older model green Cadillac car driven by a white male, likely in his mid-60s.
Yesterday, at approximately 3:05 p.m., a 6-year-old boy told his mother that he was approached by a man in an "older green car" near the intersection of Gedick and Gibson roads. The man allegedly asked the boy's name and where he lived. The children ran home and told his mother who called Burlington Police.
Police responded to the area and talked to two other children who said that they had seen an older model green Cadillac car, either two or four doors. 
A license plate was subsequently called in by an off-duty officer but an investigation determined that this was not the suspect vehicle, and that this vehicle had not been in the area of theWednesday incident.
Burlington Police are investigating the incident and have taken the following additional measures:
• Additional patrols around school bus stops indefinitely 
• Additional patrols near schools during arrival and dismissal indefinitely 
• Messaging to surrounding cities and towns, letting their police departments know about the incident and the suspect vehicle
• Alerting public and media
Additionally, Chief Kent and Superintendent of Schools Eric Conti are encouraging parents to have frank and honest discussions with their children about strangers and safety while walking to and from school or the bus stop. 
"The safety of our children priority number one, and we want to get this message out to the public to ensure that people have their eyes open at all times," Chief Kent said. "Anyone who sees anything suspicious is urged to contact Burlington Police right away."
If anyone sees anything suspicious or has any information on Wednesday incident, they are urged to contact Burlington Police Youth Services Officer Steve Cross at 781-272-1212.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Weekly Bulletin March 11, 2016

Upcoming Events
March 12 - FW Family Carnival 10:00-2:00
March 18 - 7pm Burlington Teachers vs. Harlem Superstars at BHS
March 25 - No School, Good Friday

No Stage Fright For 1st & 2nd Graders at FW!

The 1st and 2nd grade students combined their musical talents together this week to perform a concert of "Music Around the World".  Cheered on by a packed auditorium, the students dressed in outfits that represented a variety of countries and performed songs in many different languages.  It was an amazing show enjoyed by fellow students and families alike!  Thank-you Mrs. Peabody & Ms. Potts for sharing your talent and patience with our students!

 Mary Poppins, the Broadway Musical. Presented by Burlington High School Drama Club and Performing Arts Department: April 1, 2 and 8 @ 7:30 pm, April 3 and 10 at 2:00 pm. The delightful story of nanny Mary Poppins who brings magic and memorable adventures to a family who is in desperate need of a lesson or two and who advises, “Anything can happen if you let it!”  Filled with iconic music that has stood the test of time including "Let's Go Fly a Kite," "Practically Perfect," “Spoonful of Sugar,” "Jolly Holiday," "Step In Time," "Chim, Chim, Cher-ee," "Feed the Birds!" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” 
Tickets range from $10-$15:, 781-A-FUN-TIC, at the box office.
Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, a fully accessible venue, is located on the campus of Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA.

The Best Family Entertainment in Burlington is Back!!! TD Bank, in support of BHS DECA, Proudly Presents: The Harlem Superstars versus the Burlington Teachers.  Come join us March 18th for great family fun and an entertaining show! This night of family fun includes: a comedy basketball show versus your favorite Burlington Public School Teachers​, and an audience involved half-time show, and spectacular dunk and trick shots.  Tickets are on sale now at the Burlington Rec Department​ or go to: $8 advance ticketing (ages 3 and up) by 3/17 and $10 at the door. VIP options available online. Game Info: March 18th, 7-9pm, Burlington High School Gym.

Adopt-A-Class 2016 Foxwoods Bus Trip

Please join us for a day of fun at Foxwoods, April 30, 2016. Trip includes: R/T motor coach, Wine, Beer, Cheese & Crackers served on the way to Foxwoods, buffet dinner at the Festival Buffet, $10 gaming package, pizza on the ride home,tax and gratuities (driver, trip leader & wait-staff).

All this for just $69 per person.

Departure: St. Margaret’s Church at 1:30 PM. Returns around 11:00 PM

Contact Michelle Tigges at to secure your seats.


Friday, March 4, 2016

Patriot's Nate Solder visits FWS

Read Across America Day

Wednesday, March 2, was NEA's Read Across America Day!
We had a number of special visitors including Superintendent Conti, Senator Donnelly, Representative Gordon, Chief Kent, and Patriot's Offensive Tackle, Nate Solder. Here are some pics-

Chief Kent reads to the first graders...

Mrs. McDonald takes on Kindergarten...

Selfies are fun during an exciting day... 

Nate Solder had a wonderful message for the kids about the importance of reading.  He read two books to the 5th graders in the auditorium. First, he read Oh the Places You'll Go - a classic for older children.  Then, he read Let's Go Patriots! by Aimee Aryal. The whole audience was attentive and enthusiastic.  We had numerous compliments from the entire Patriots staff. Our students had exemplary behavior and outstanding questions for Nate!  

Click here to check it out on Twitter...
Click here to check it out on Wicked Local
Click here to check it out on ESPN!

**Summer Education Forms are now available.  Check out the tab at the top of the blog.  


Gardening is easy - Come learn how to make it easy and fun at this FREE interactive lecture at the Burlington Library on Saturday March 12 from 10:15AM - 1:30PM. It will increase your understanding of plants and gardening techniques and you can get all your gardening questions answered by our Master gardener Peter Coppola. Also, whether your are a seasoned gardener or a newcomer consider joining the volunteer crew at the Burlington Community Victory Garden behind Francis Wyman Elementary School growing vegetables for the Burlington Food Pantry. Call Jane at 781-864-9367 to volunteer or learn more.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Weekly Bulletin March 3, 2016

Upcoming Events
March 3 - 7pm - All Town Band Concert
March 9 - 8:30am - Grade 1 and 2 in school concert for parents
March 9 - 2:30 - 3:30 - Book Bingo for Grades 3,4,5
March 12 - 10 - 2pm - Family Carnival

CARES ASSEMBLY - Numerous awards were handed out to accomplished students...

...and groups of students for their compassion!


Students leaped from one lilly pad to another...

Mrs. Logan organized the event...

Team 1 takes the WIN...

...and are awared the Froggy Trophy!!

Since Leap Day adds an EXTRA day to our calendar year, we wanted to do something extra for our community.  The students and staff at Francis Wyman School collected can goods for the Burlington Food Pantry.  Seven FULL boxes of goods were collected.  That's a whole lot of EXTRA!  Thank you!


The growing season starts with Spring shares on March 7. Burlington Presbyterian Church and Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, MA, continue to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to the town of Burlington with a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Join to receive your weekly share of freshly-harvested produce available in 4 seasons from March to December. Distribution happens on Mondayafternoons at Burlington Presbyterian Church, 335 Cambridge St.  Last year 7,800 pounds of unclaimed produce was donated to the Burlington Food Pantry. For more information about 2016 CSA membership, contact Farmer Dave's at (978) 349-1952 or visit to register.

The Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation’s Annual Telethon Fundraiser is coming up on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This event will be broadcast live on Burlington Cable Access Television (BCAT) and is our major fundraiser to “Raise Dollars for Scholars.” To make a donation, go to our website and click the Donate Now button, or you can mail your donation to BCSFDS-Treasurer’s Office, 29 Center Street, Burlington, MA 01803. The Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation is a Non Profit 501c3 organization.

Please join us for our next presentation

Understanding Executive Functioning
Presented by OTA Wakefield

Wednesday, March 9th
(doors open at 6:45)
Marion Tavern

Ever wonder what executive functioning is? 
When kids have issues with executive functioning, any task that requires planning, organization, memory, time management and flexible thinking becomes a challenge.
The more you know about the challenges, the better you’ll be able to help your child build executive skills and manage the difficulties.
Join us for a discussion about what executive functions are and how they impact learning and everyday living.
We hope you can join us for what's shaping up to be a very informative night!

*In addition, Jessica Reedy from the Burlington Youth & Family Services Center will be there for an introduction to their services.
Please contact us at with questions

Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation
Dear Friend,
The Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation Annual Telethon Fundraiser is Wednesday, March 9, 2016. I invite you and your business to make a tax deductible donation live on Burlington Cable Access Television (BCAT), 6-9PM. Businesses should schedule a time to present your donation and to be interviewed on live TV, please contact Debbie Keene 781-270-8192 or  You may also make your tax deductible donation on our website, click the donate now button or mail your donation Payable to BCSFDS: BCSFDS Treasurer's Office 29 Center St. Burlington, 
MA 01803 or drop off at the Treasurer's Office, Town Hall.  The Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation is a Non Profit 501C3. This is our annual major fund-raiser! Thank you for your consideration and helping to...
“Raise Dollars for Scholars.”
Jack Ferren, President