Friday, October 28, 2011

Francis Wyman Elementary School Now on Facebook!

Francis Wyman Elementary School is now on Facebook. This provides another way for families to stay connected to what is going on at FWS.

Here is the link to our new Facebook page.

In addition our new website is now up and running. There will be more items added to it as we further develop it.

Here is the link to the Francis Wyman Elementary School website.

Now families can get information from the Principal's Blog, Facebook , and  the FWS website!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Food Allergy Awareness Team of Burlington

Does your child have food allergies? Get informed & be aware! Meet with other parents

who share your concerns. Join the Food Allergy Awareness Team of Burlington

on Wednesday November 2nd at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the Burlington Fire

Department. Please email Lisa Hovasse at with any questions.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Weekly Bulletin Now Available

The weekly bulletin has been posted. Please click below to get connected.  Have a terrific weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Burlington Early Childhood Center (BECC)


The Burlington Public Schools is opening a new preschool classroom.

Where: The program is located around the back of Burlington High School

When: The classroom will open on Monday November 8th 2011.

Days: The program will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Time: 8:30 to 11:30

Cost: The cost is $232.00 per month.

For more information please feel free to contact Louise D’Amato, program director, at 781-273-7632 or d’

For more information visit us our web site at: scroll down to integrated preschool and read our FAQ’s or frequently asked questions,

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Morning Bus Schedule to Improve

On Monday, we should begin to see some improvement with the bus arrivals in the morning. The school district has been working with A&F Bus Company to correct the difficulties we've been having with our buses arriving late to Francis Wyman in the morning. Due to some changes that have been made across the district, we’re anticipating that our difficulties have been corrected and buses should begin to arrive at their scheduled times starting Monday, October 17. Please refer to the bus schedule in the bulletin to check bus stop locations and times. We appreciate everyone's patience this fall as we have worked  to resolve difficulties with  the new bus route schedule.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Today's Bulletin Now Available

The weekly bulletin for October 14, 2011 is now available.  Please click below!
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Boston Globe Magazine to Feature FWS

On October 9, 2011, Francis Wyman School will be featured in an article in the Boston Globe Magazine. This magazine is found in the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe. The article focuses on issues related to special education and the increased incidence of children with disabilities. The author, John Marcus, begins his story in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Brigham and Women’s hospital as he researches the increased incidence of children with disabilities. He follows the issue through to the impact on schools and the struggles schools face trying to meet the learning needs of all children. John had contacted the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education to obtain his recommendation of model school districts who implement successful programs. The Commissioner suggested he contact Dr. Eric Conti to learn about the Response to Intervention (RtI) program in Burlington. Dr. Conti suggested to John that he visit FWS to see the program in action. John visited several classrooms and interviewed teachers. Later, a photographer was sent to capture the program in action. It was exciting to share our enthusiasm for the positive impact our RtI program has had on meeting the needs of all our students. It will be interesting to read this article and see how FWS fits into the story!

Principal's Allergy Letter Sept 22, 2011

On September 22, 2011, the following letter was sent home to parents. It was included in a packet that contained a letter from the Superintendent of Schools, a reminder notice printed on bright orange paper, a letter from the Principal, and a copy of the  Burlington School District's Allergy Policy.

September 22, 2011

Dear Parents,

Burlington Public Schools has adopted a policy to recognize the increasing numbers of students with food allergies and to minimize the risk to those students in school. The policy’s intent is to educate the community, increase allergy awareness, and provide a reasonable system-wide policy to accommodate student allergies. The policy is attached for your review and is also available on the school website.

Everyone at Francis Wyman School is knowledgeable regarding the policy and is implementing its procedures. Our school nurse, Mrs. Azarian has conducted staff trainings to all Francis Wyman staff members regarding allergies, its care, and how to administer an epi-pen. Also, Mrs. Azarian has informed the classroom teachers regarding whether a child with an allergy is in their classroom and a letter will be sent home to parents alerting parents that a child with an allergy is in that classroom. Please send your child with a classroom-snack that does not contain peanut and/or tree-nut ingredients. All children with known allergies have an allergy action plan or individual health care plan that is known and followed by the classroom teacher. We provide an allergen sensitive table in the cafeteria and our custodial staff follows safe routine cleaning procedures. Teachers ensure students follow hand-washing procedures and Francis Wyman School is recognizing student birthdays with non-food items.

The policy also requires teachers to request permission from the principal to include food in curriculum activities. If permission is granted from the principal, parents will be informed food will be in the classroom and a safe alternative will be provided for students with allergies. This safe alternative will be approved or supplied by the parent of a child with an allergy.

Finally, classroom parties will be celebrated using non-food items at Francis Wyman School in all classrooms. Everyone at Francis Wyman School appreciates your cooperation, understanding and interest and we look forward to working together for the benefit of children.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 781. 270.1701 or email me at

Susan Astone

Principal, Francis Wyman Elementary School