Friday, September 30, 2016

Weekly Bulletin - September 30, 2016

Weekly Bulletin - September 30, 2016

Upcoming Events:
October 4 - Grade 4 Rocket Launch
October 3 - 14 - Community Outreach Pet Food Drive *see below
October 6,7 - Grade 3 Field Trip - Burlington History
October 13 - Grade K Field Trip - Franklin Park Zoo
October 14 - Grade 1 Field Trip - Drumlin Farm

Welcome Mrs. Ardizzoni & Mrs. Carney

Two additional new members of our Francis Wyman team include Michelle Ardizzoni, IT Specialist, and Megan Carney, school librarian.  These two ladies make a dynamic team working together to support teachers and students alike with integrating technology, exploring research tools, and sharing high quality literature across all grade levels and throughout all areas of the curriculum.  We are so fortunate to have them here to share their enthusiasm and love of learning!  Welcome aboard.

Camp Bournedale 2016
Grade 5 students enjoyed their adventure at Camp Bournedale last week. Many smiling faces were found where students helped on a lobster boat, completed an adventure course, and disected a shark.  Family style meals were served and the students enjoyed bunking in cabins together.  This tradition will surely be their favorite FW memory!

Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive Community Outreach -- Please help reach our goal!

During the first 2 weeks of October, Francis Wyman Elementary School is participating in a community outreach program called the Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive.

This drive is sponsored by PSI (Pet Sitters International) and is an international effort to collect pet food for local shelters throughout the month of October.

A Better Way Pet Sitting Service will be hosting the Hungry Bowl® Pet Food Drive at Francis Wyman from October 3 through October 14. All pet food collected will be donated at the end of the month to Northeast Animal Shelter and MSPCA Nevins Farm. Thank you to Wendi Dellemonico for helping coordinate this effort.

If you would like to participate, please have your child bring into school any dog or cat food that you would like to donate and place it in the pet collection barrel located in the lobby of Francis Wyman. (See photo below) Any type of dry or canned food is acceptable.

Shelters are experiencing greater need than ever before—but we feel confident that the students at Francis Wyman can help make a huge difference in the lives of shelter pets while they await their "Forever Homes".

Thank you for consideration of this effort.  We appreciate any donation you can provide!
 Mrs. Dellemonico and her toy poodle Toby greeted the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes of FW.  They learned about his journey and how he became a therapy dog before getting a chance to meet him up close and personal.  Toby has many new friends after his Francis Wyman visit!

**Board of Health offering Flu Vaccine for Children by Appointment
During September and October

The Burlington Board of Health will be providing influenza vaccinations for children ages 6 months – 18 years by appointment only. Flu injection is available for ages 6 months to 18 years. All children are eligible for free vaccine regardless of insurance status and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. To schedule an appointment, please call 781-270-1955. As per the CDC, the nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) will not be available this flu season.

Pumpkin Patch
Help support the Burlington Food Pantry by purchasing a pumpkin at the 4th annual People Helping People Pumpkin Patch from October 2 through October 31. The Pumpkin Patch is located at St. Mark’s Church, 10 St. Mark’s Road in Burlington. The patch is open Monday through Friday from 12 to 6PM and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6PM. 100% of the profits benefits People Helping People and the Burlington Food Pantry.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mr. Larkin teaches at FW!

Mr. Larkin takes on 
a teacher role at Francis Wyman!

Mr. Larkin was up to the challenge of helping students create a character trait bubble map while team teaching with Mrs. Sunderland in her 4th grade ELA class.  Students created their charts using Google forms on their iPads and then shared their ideas as a class before returning to their small groups to complete a vocabulary task.

Thanks for your help today Mr. Larkin!

Even afternoon bus duty was on Mr. Larkin's schedule and all students on Bus #15 arrived home safely under his supervision!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Weekly Bulletin September 23,2016

Weekly Bulletin, September 23, 2016
Upcoming Events:
September 26 - 12pm - Confidentiality Meeting
September 27 - Homework Club Session #1 begins
October 4 - Grade 4 Rocket Launch
October 3 - 14 - Community Outreach Pet Food Drive 
*more info to follow
October 6,7 - Grade 3 Field Trip - Burlington History
October 13 - Grade K Field Trip - Franklin Park Zoo
October 14 - Grade 1 Field Trip - Drumlin Farm

Welcoming some new faces to our Francis Wyman family!

Mrs. Carol Nicholas has joined FW as our new physical education teacher replacing Mr. Magee, whose family relocated at the end of last school year.  Mrs. Nicholas is starting her 12th year of teaching, formerly working as a Physical Education teacher and the Adaptive PE teacher at other schools here in Burlington.  Her passion for PE and commitment to each student's overall wellness is evident in her daily interactions with students of all grade levels.  We are excited to have her join our FW team!
Ms. Lauren Vigneau is a new addition to our art department at Francis Wyman.  She is currently teaching all 1st grade students, replacing Mrs. Finkle who retired at the end of last year.  Ms. Vigneau has a degree in Art with a specialty in graphic design.  These skills have already served our school well as Ms. Vigneau has helped us design our new graphic posters displaying our SOAR motto and school wide expectations.  She is creative and committed to helping all of her students discover their inner artist!
1st grade students listen attentively as Ms. Vigneau explains their project of the day using warm and cool colors.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Weekly Bulletin September 16, 2016

Weekly Bulletin

We were glad to welcome our new Kindergarten class this week! They are the Class of 2029!  It was a seamless transition for students and teachers, and all have settled into a structured routine thanks to our dedicated & enthusiastic Kindergarten teaching team.

It was wonderful to see so many parents at FWS for Back to School Night.  We reverted back to having classroom visits only with the entire school in one night.  Please let us know if you liked this style or have any concerns about how the evening was run.

If you are in need of attending a Confidentiality Meeting, one has been scheduled for September 20th at 8:00am in the Main Office. Please attend if you would like to volunteer at FWS. Confidentiality meetings and CORI reports must be completed before you are scheduled to volunteer. Thank you.

Our CARES motto has changed!  Since adopting the Falcon as our mascot last year, a committee of staff members developed a new motto to align with this called "FW Falcons SOAR".  Ask your children about our new behavior acronym:
                             S = Self Control
                             O = Outstanding Effort
                             A = Acts of Kindness
                             R = Respect
We are all now SOARing into the 2016/2017 school year!


The Burlington Education Foundation is pleased to announce:

2016 BEF Fall Raffle

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

*** Over $5,000 in Prize Values ***

1st Prize – Island Creek Oyster Bar: “The ICOB Merroir-Terroir Extravaganza” for a party of 10 ($2,000 value)
“Experience includes a Fun and Educational Tasting of Wine and Oyster Varietals”

2nd Prize – Mercedes-Benz of Burlington: “Mercedes-Benz Luxury Vehicle for a Week” ($1,000 value)

3rd Prize – Papa Razzi Metro: Neapolitan Pizza-making class with Complimentary Beverages for 10 ($750 value)

4th Prize – Tuscan Kitchen: Exclusive Chef’s Table Dinner at Tuscan Kitchen for 8 ($750 value)

5th Prize – Redstone American Bar & Grill: “Dinner On Us” Gift Certificate ($750 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!

The Burlington Education Foundation (BEF) is a non-profit organization supporting educational excellence in Burlington PublicSchools. Our mission is to channel donations from businesses and individuals to provide Burlington educators with an additionalsource of funding for creative ideas that demonstrate innovation, collaboration, and have a potentially broad impact upon students and the school district.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Weekly Bulletin - September 9


Just before school began, Mrs. Conley and a very dedicated group of Francis Wyman families got together to beautify the entrance of our school.  They added mums and mulch to make our school look fabulous!  THANK YOU to the following families - we are so grateful for your support!  With appreciation to the Brady, Fricke, Stefanowicz, Woodbury, Gray, Tedesco, Abbott, DeRosa, and Walker families for your time & commitment to our Francis Wyman community!

A new butterfly bush, mums, and mulch were added and the entrance
to FW looks fresh and inviting!  Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2016/17 school year!

Grade level assemblies were held to review our new school motto -
Francis Wyman Falcons SOAR!
Students get right back to the business of learning as an
exciting new school year gets underway!

Back to School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, from 6:00 - 8:00pm.  Be on the lookout for an informational flyer that will go home with all students on Monday with more details.  We look forward to seeing our Francis Wyman parents for this informative evening.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Burlington Board of Health will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 8:30 am to 12 pm at Francis Wyman Elementary School, 41 Terrace Hall Avenue. This collection event is for Burlington Residents only and provides an opportunity for proper disposal of household quantities of hazardous materials. Proof of residency
will be required. Oils, gasoline, pesticides, pool chemicals, propane tanks, car batteries, and
mercury containing materials will be accepted for proper recycling or disposal. All materials should be transported in sturdy containers. Medical sharps and expired/unwanted medications will not be accepted; however, a sharps kiosk is available at the Fire Department and a medication kiosk is available at the Police Department. Brochures will not be mailed to residents. For event details and a list of accepted materials, please visit the Board of Health website at, Departments A-M, Health or call 781-270- 1955.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Library Volunteers Needed

Library Volunteer Openings 2016-2017

The Francis Wyman Library is looking for volunteers!  We are looking for adult volunteers for 2-3 hours per week who can assist with:

Circulation duties (check out/check in)
Assisting students/faculty
Accomplishing collection projects
Refilling Displays
Managing overdue notices
Keeping library shelves organized
Managing hold requests
Processing and labeling new items
Other tasks as assigned

For more information or to sign up, please contact Miss Carney at (781) 238-6849 or email

Thank you for your help!

Please note: All volunteers will be required to have a completed CORI on file and attend a confidentiality meeting with Mrs. McDonald