Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Elementary Principals Present at RtI Best Practices Conference

From Right to Left:Nicole McDonald, Asst. Principal  FW,  Ellen Johnson,  Principal FH,  Deb Dressler,  Principal MEM,  John Lyons, Principal PG,  Susan Astone,  Principal FW

Dr. Tom Jenkins and Dr. Scott Methe join the principals.  Tom is the founder and driving force of the RTI Best Practices Institute. His expertise has been a great resource to Burlington. Scott's specialty is mathematics and he is currently involved in several RtI projects in Burlington. We feel most fortunate to have opportunities to work with them and learn from their expertise.  

Sunday, October 27, 2013

iPads in Action

Mr. Levin teaches first grade students how to use Tumble-books and Accelerated Reader on their  iPads. Students will choose books to read based on their own individualized interests and reading levels.
They will  complete Accelerated Reader quizzes  to assess comprehension. Students have access  to hundreds of book selections right at their fingertips!

Grade 4 students work on science research projects using iPads. Students search for information about their animals from selected websites. They read  a variety of articles, view photos and learn vocabulary through the interactive options  of the iPads. Students read a variety of informational materials without leaving their classroom. Students  appreciate being able to tap on bolded vocabulary words to develop their understanding of content vocabulary.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

New Playground Equipment! Thank You PTO!

Students enjoy playing with the balls, jump ropes and hulla-hoops purchased by the PTO! 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Weekly Bulletin - October 25, 2013


* Please check out the running calendar on the right side of the blog.  Scroll down to see future events.  For instance... can you find the date for  Field Day?  How about the time for the Halloween Parade? As always, please call the office if you have any questions.

News and Info:
3rd Grade Concert! Classics for your Stomach 
Friday, November 22, 2013, 9 am, Auditorium 
Any questions? Contact Mrs. Lindsey Peabody or Ms. Amanda Potts-Peabody@bpsk12.org APotts@bpsk12.org or call 781-238-6812

Around Town

Burlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame Fund-Raiser
Tuesday November 26, 2013 5:00pm-9:00pm
Flatbread Company
213 Burlington Rd.
Bedford, MA

Old Friends - Food - Drink - Raffle - Memories
Sponsored by the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee                
There is no upfront cost or tickets to purchase, just show up. The cost is the food you eat and the beverages you drink. The BHS Hall of Fame gets a percentage of the sales for that night.

We hope to see everyone there. Please pass this on to all your friends and family. Take out or eat in. 

Special screening of the film A Place at the Table 

Join the Presbyterian Church in Burlington for a conversation and special screening of the film A Place at the Table on Friday November 8 at 6:30pm. The documentary examines the crisis of food security, hunger, obesity and food access in the United States. The film will be screened at the church (335 Cambridge St. Burlington, MA 01803) at 6:30pm and will be immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring local community leaders to discuss hunger, food access and obesity in the Burlington area. The screening is free, however donations for the Burlington food pantry will be collected.  For more information visit http://www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable/ or contact bpcyav@gmail.com.

Scouting for Food is coming to your neighborhood. The scouts from Pack 555 will be dropping of plastic bags on your neighborhood doors with a request to collect donations for the food pantry. This philanthropic event is something simple but extremely rewarding to our scouts. If you know a scout in your neighborhood and didn't receive a bag, let them know you would like to help out too.  Scouts will be coming by your house to pick up the bags of donations around November 2.  Your grateful contributions keeps them participating every year. So if you get that friendly bag on your doorknob, please help them assist the needy families in our community. Thank you in advance.

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 18, 2013 Weekly Bulletin


Dates to Remember:
October 21 - 7pm RtI/PAC meeting, school committee room
October 22 - Homework Club, Session 2 begins
October 23 - 7pm Envision Math Night, All parents encouraged to attend
October 31 - 1:15 pm - Annual Halloween parade for Grades 1-5
                     9:15am -  Kindergarten Halloween Parade
November 5 - 6:30pm - Carnival Planning Meeting - all parents welcome
November 7 - 5 - 9pm - Fall Marketplace

News and Info:

  • Response to Intervention -  October 21, 7pm School Committee Room.  Please join Burlington PAC for this presentation which will review how Response to Intervention is being implemented in the Burlington School System.  The goals include common elementary instruction and planning time, implementation of universal screening to identify student's weaknesses. progress monitoring and research-based interventions, and data-based decision-making to address student's needs. This presentation is for all parents of students in the Burlington Schools not specific to students receiving special education services.  Doors open at 6:30 for parent networking, 7pm the presentation begins.  

  • Would you be interested in substituting in the Burlington Public Schools' cafeterias?  You  must be available on an as-needed basis to work in any school building.  Hours are generally 10am-1pm, but can vary depending on which school. You must be reliable, flexible, and able to work in a team environment. Pay is $9.00 per hour.  Applications received by October 24, 2013 will receive first consideration.  Apply online at www.burlington.catsone.com/career

  • Looking for a place to donate those second-hand boys sweatpants?  The school nurse's office could sure use some in size 6.8. and 10.  Thanks a bunch!

  • Often times, students will take a different bus home or have a change dismissal plans.  When this happens, please send a detailed note regarding the exact plans.  Please list the student's first and last name, homeroom number, bus/dismissal change, and the new destination.  This will help the office staff document all changes for the day.  Remember that the bus company cannot accommodate large groups, such as birthday parties, religious ed. classes, etc.

Around Town

  • Do not miss the grand opening of Burlington's newest restaurant, BONEFISH GRILL, 44 Wayside Road, Wayside Commons on Saturday, November 9th 6:00 - 8:30!!!! Bonefish Grill will generously host a fundraiser to benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Burlington and Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation. Please join us for a sampling of Bonefish's appetizers, market fresh fish, wood grilled specialties! Unlimited food will be served for the entire evening!! Tickets are $35 per person which includes 2 BEVERAGES!! (specialty martinis, cocktails, craft beers, and adventurous wines). Additional beverages can be purchased for a discounted price of $5.00!! For the BURLINGTON'S DANCING WITH THE STARS enthusiasts, we will reveal ONE, possibly TWO of this year’s Burlington Dancing with the Stars participants!!! So do not miss out on this great event! For tickets, please contact Cheryl Shafman at cheryl.shafman@verizon.net or at 781-771-6410. Purchase your tickets before November 1st, tickets are limited!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

October 11, 2014

Important Dates
Oct 14 – Columbus Day – No School
Oct 21 – RtI/PAC – 7pm Parent Info Night, FW Auditorium
Oct 22 - Homework Club Session 2 begins
Oct 23 – Envision Math – 7pm Parent Info Night, FW Auditorium

Nov 7 – Fall Marketplace 5 – 9pm

Friday, October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013

News and Info:
  • ·       The technology team has a new blog and twitter account that we will be using to showcase technology use in the school. The blog is at www.fwtech.org and the Twitter account is @fwymantech
  • ·       All students who take instruments lessons with Mrs. Gendron are reminded to take their instruments home every day.
  • ·       If parents would like more information regarding Response to Intervention, please visit www.rti.org.
  • ·       MCAS scores from 2012-2013 school year have been mailed.  Please watch for your report in the mail.
  • ·        Bus 16 Change of Pick-Up Time - Please be advised that beginning Monday, October 7, there will be a change to the morning pick-up for Bus 16.  The driver will now be making two trips to Francis Wyman.  Please continue to use the stop that is closest to your apartment.  Do not change your pick-up location.  This is an effort to reduce the number of students on the bus in the morning.  All students should arrive at school well before the morning bell. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Conley, FWS secretary, at 781-273-7613.

8:15 – Baron Park Lane at the end near Terrace Hall Ave. and Baron park Lane near the Pool.
8:23 – Baron Park Lane at the end near Middlesex Tpke.

Around Town
BHS Athletic Boosters Craft Fair
Saturday, October 19th
10 - 3
Burlington High School
123 Cambridge Street

$2.00 Admission includes
a FREE raffle ticket

The Burlington High School Athletic Boosters Club will host their annual Craft Fair, Saturday, October 19th.  The fair will be at the BHS cafeterias from 10 - 3. 
This year, 100 crafters will offer lovely jewelry, holiday items, doll clothes, home decorations, cards, books, and more.  Our new cafe section will feature unique sauces, jellies, chocolates, and other gourmet items.  Our bake sale table will feature delicious snacks.  Enter the HUGE raffle including a wide variety of our crafters creations.  Enjoy lunch at our concession stand and dining area. Visitors are encouraged to park in the Student Lot and ride the shuttle to the cafeteria-entrance. Admission is only $2, and includes a FREE raffle ticket.  BHS is handicapped accessible. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

PTO Meeting Oct. 2 at 6:30

Please plan to come to the PTO Meeting tomorrow night, Wednesday,  October 2 at 6:30 in the Francis Wyman School Library. Come find out how the PTO supports our students and how you can get involved!