Friday, September 29, 2017

Weekly Bulletin September 29, 2017

Dates to Remember 
Tuesday 10/3 - 8:30am or 7:00pm - Parent Meeting with School Committee members regarding School Hours Changing for 2018-2019.  All parents are invited to attend. **see below 

A warm welcome to some new faces at Francis Wyman!

Mrs. Guanci is our newest Kindergarten team member although she comes with many years of teaching experience in Burlington.  Welcome aboard!
Mrs. Jennifer Hazen is our new school nurse.
She has recently moved from her school nurse position in Maine
 and we are fortunate to have her join our FW community!

Students & staff eagerly begin a new school year!

A warm welcome to some of our newest
Kindergarten friends.  They have spent the first
month practicing classroom routines,
meeting new friends, and learning to work together!

Mrs. McDonald delivers the 
"Golden Falcon Seal" to each
student's passport.  This final stamp
demonstrates that the child has practiced
our SOAR expectations throughout all
areas of the school.  

Ms. Hayes conducts a "Morning Meeting" with her
 class as all teachers work diligently to implement 
Responsive Classroom strategies and build
positive classroom communities with their new students.

 Thank you PTO for cleaning out two sandboxes on the playground and adding brand new sand!  
And here, Mr. Doiron spray paints a new hopscotch pattern on the new asphalt.

**Reposted from the Superintendent's Blog...

September 20, 2017

Over the last two years, Burlington has been part of a larger public health conversation focusing on high school start times. The Middlesex League High Schools - Arlington, Belmont, Burlington, Lexington, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Watertown, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn - all committed to having local conversations about the benefits of starting high school at 8:30 or later.

In Burlington, we have had a standing item on School Committee agendas and last spring discussed a
specific proposal that maintains our current transportation costs. This proposal is for the start of school in the fall of 2018. In addition, we hosted Dr. Judith Owens, sleep expert, at the high school to discuss current research and benefits of delaying the start time of high school.

Please know that the district is approaching this decision carefully and in the best interest of the greatest number of students. We understand that any change is difficult. Before making this decision, the School Committee would like to have community conversations on this topic. These conversations are scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd and Thursday, October 5th at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM. The October 3rd meetings will be in the Francis Wyman Auditorium. The October 5th meetings will be in the High School Auditorium.

If you did not have the opportunity to participate in Dr. Owen’s presentation, you can review her
information at the website we set up to share information on this topic
Community Forums:
Tuesday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. in the Francis Wyman Elementary School Auditorium
Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. in the Francis Wyman Elementary School Auditorium
Thursday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. in the Burlington High School Auditorium
Thursday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. in the Burlington High School Auditorium

Burlington Special Education Department & SEPAC Invite Parents and
Caregivers to a Meet-and-Greet

Hosted by Burlington Parent Advisory Council
Place: Grandview Farm/Marion Tavern
Doors open 6:45 pm, presentation to begin at 7 pm

The Special Education Department and Burlington SEPAC invite parents and caregivers to a meet-and-greet
on October 4th from 6:45 p.m. - 8:30 Grandview Farm/Marion Tavern's Conference Room (2nd floor).
Meet with SEPAC co-chairs and Special Education staff from each school.  Topics will include the array
of special education programming and how special education is being implemented into the district.  
Questions, please contact

We hope to see you there!

People Helping People
Come help People Helping People food pantry by purchasing a pumpkin at the fifth annual Pumpkin Patch from October 1 through October 31 at St. Mark's Church, 10 St. Marks Road in Burlington. The patch is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.  All proceeds will benefit People Helping People and the Food Pantry. 

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