Monday, October 26, 2015

~October 21, 2015~
Family Science Night
Exploring Oobleck - a solid or a liquid?
The popular rocket building & launching area

Francis Wyman students and their families enjoyed an evening filled with hands on science activities.  Sponsored by the Burlington Science Center, Ms. Pavlicek and Mr. Musselman, along with a multitude of student and parent volunteers, provided many engaging, hands-on science activities for all to enjoy. Students learned about constellations and got a close up view of stars and the moon in our night sky and in the Star Lab.  Live animals were on display, rockets and music makers were built, and all students enjoyed experimenting with their own cup of "oobleck".  A great time was had by all and I am grateful to all the staff, volunteers, and families that helped to make the evening a great success!

Weekly Bulletin - October 23, 2015

Upcoming events...
October 27 - Grade 2 Field Trip to Children's Museum (rms 211, 213, 214)
October 28 - Grade K Field Trip to Franklin Park Zoo
October 29 - Grade 2 Field Trip to Children's Museum (rms 210, 212)

October 30 - Halloween Parade      K - 9:00am     Grades 1 - 5  - 1:30pm.  
Parents and families are welcome to view the parade.  New this year... weather permitting, we are hoping to take the parade outdoors.  Parents, please park in the large lot behind the building and walk around to the hard top area.  We would like to keep the front of the building free of traffic for the safety of the students. Watch for signs and teachers to direct you the day of the parade.  Thanks for your cooperation. 

October 30 - PTO Halloween Party  6 - 8pm.  Presale tickets only and students must be accompanied by an adult and present their ticket at the door.  Wear your favorite costume and come enjoy music, dancing, games, and treats!  Thanks to the PTO for all their efforts in providing this fun, family event!

Attendance reminder:  If your child is going to be absent or tardy, please call the office Absent Line 781-270-1707 to report the absence.   

Adopt-A-Class 2021 Yard Sale for Education. Being Held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Marshall Simonds Middle School (114 Winn Street, Burlington MA).  Free Admission!  Reserve your table today as space is limited - 5'x30' space for $25.  Contact Janice Luecke at 781.589.8334 or For more information about Adopt A Class contact Janice Luecke: 


Three more "by appointment" flu vaccination clinics have been added for children only (18 and under):

Tues Oct 27  2-4pm
Wed Oct 28   4-6pm
Thurs Oct 29  2-4pm

Clinics will be held at 61 Center Street, Nurse's Office 2nd floor. Call 781-270-1955 to make an appointment.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


4th grade student, Shea McDonald, wins the district contest to bestow a name on the Science Center's newest owl addition! Her selected name was SCOUT and she was recognized this week by Miss Pavlicek and her fellow classmates, and had the opportunity to meet her new owl friend up close and personal! Congratulations Shea! 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Weekly Bulletin October 16, 2015

Upcoming Events:

October 19 - Coding Club begins after school. Dismissal is 3:30pm

October 21   6:00 - 8:00pm   Science Night
All Francis Wyman students and their families are invited to come back to school for an evening of hands-on science exploration sponsored by the Burlington Science Center.  Come in to watch some cool demonstrations, participate in awesome experiments, and make some interesting crafts.  Watch this quick video for more information! 

Volunteers dedicated to helping out in our community!
A coordinated effort on the part of Building Impact resulted in an amazing display of volunteerism at Francis Wyman last Thursday afternoon.  A group of 50 community volunteers from a local business, VHB,  along with assistance from Burlington Parks & Recreation, helped to bring a fresh new look to the grounds of Francis Wyman School.  Some folks weeded and planted in the community garden, while others landscaped the gardens out front.  Be watchful in the springtime for the tulips and iris' to pop up and speckle the school grounds with color.  Thank you Building Impact and all of the volunteers from VHB and Parks & Rec for your efforts and enthusiasm in helping to spruce up our school!

A perfect day for volunteering & meeting new friends

3rd grade students show their appreciation by offering "Thank-you"
notes to the many volunteers working in the front gardens.

State House Members Visit Francis Wyman

Francis Wyman School made the local headlines this past week as we hosted Representative Ken Gordon and the community outreach nonprofit organization, HELPIS.  Last spring, a group of Burlington families and Joyce Deliyiannis (founder of HELPIS) presented a bill to congress to designate May as the month of kindness in Massachusetts.  On Tuesday this week, Rep. Gordon and other members of this subcomittee conducted a formal public hearing to listen to testimonials from the students in support of the bill.  It was a fabulous civics lesson for our 4th and 5th graders to be able to learn the process of how a bill may eventually become a law. 

FW Used Bookstore looking for volunteers. 
We are looking for volunteers to give one morning a month for one hour to our used bookstore.  Duties include coming before school time, 7:40am, setting up the used books on the cafe tables, helping students purchase the books, and packing the books up again.  If you are new to our school, we have a used bookstore once a month where students can purchase any book for 25 cents or trade a gently used children's book from their home.   Kids have been asking to start, but I need more volunteers to begin.  Thanks for your help.
Donna Murphy, Reading Specialist

Burlington’s 3rd Annual
   Pumpkin Patch
Daily during the month of October, pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows and more are being sold at 10 St. Mark’s Road, Burlington with all profits going directly to People Helping People.
The Pumpkin Patch is staffed entirely by volunteers from local organizations, including civic organizations, local businesses and houses of worship in Burlington, all recognizing the importance of the services People Helping People make to local families year round. People Helping People runs the Burlington Food Pantry, puts together holiday meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas and runs a holiday gift giving campaign.
Get your pumpkins today and support a great cause!
For more information:
·        Email us at
·        Check out
·        Go to – the organization that provides the pumpkins and how-to’s of running a pumpkin patch fundraiser
·       “Like” us on our Facebook: Burlington Pumpkin Patch

Friday, October 9, 2015

Weekly Bulletin - October 9, 2015

Visiting Mosaic Artists Create Our New School Mascot

Working in conjunction with Mrs. Kerr and Mrs. Finkle, the students at all grade levels here at Francis Wyman had the opportunity this week to work with our visiting mosaic artists.  Mrs. Betsy Rodman and Mrs. Suzanne Owayda worked patiently with our students to create a beautiful mosaic image of our new mascot, the Francis Wyman Falcon.  The children were excited to learn more about this creative technique and excited as the falcon "came to life" over the course of the week!
First grade students observe the mosaic process
firsthand and work with the tile pieces to create
their own works of mosaic art.
A big "Thank-you" to Mrs. Kerr and the Francis
Wyman PTO for supporting and fostering the
love of art with this new experience!  The finished
falcon mosaic will be hung in the front lobby of our
school for all to see.

Diverse Learning Opportunities
Students in 5th grade have multiple opportunities to work with partners to complete reading and writing assignments that allow them to create projects, journals, and writing pieces that reflect their understanding of the core books used within the classroom.  We are discovering that students are great "teachers" with their peers and help foster success in each other!

Please Join us for our first event of the year

Burlington Public School Special Education Department Open House
Marion Tavern
55 Center Street, Burlington Ma

Come and meet this years PAC board and hear what the PAC has planned for the 2015-2016
school year. Also in attendance will be Louise D’Amato, Director of Special Education
as well as special education staff from each school. Hear about new developments in special education
including new and improved programming, added staff positions and where we are
headed as a district. There will a brief discussion of special education programming,
time for q&a as well as the opportunity to speak with some of our special education
staff. Don’t miss this informative night out!

Refreshments will be served.
*Doors open at 6:30pm

Join us for Burlington's first ever Bark For Life (a division of American Cancer Society's Relay for Life). Our event will be on October 31st from 10 am - 1 pm at Fox Hill School.
Bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day of walking, pet demonstrations, contests, and games! The best part? It's on Halloween! So be sure to show off your dog's best costume, and you can wear one too! Animal vendors will be there with treats, supplies and information. For more information, and to sign up please visit our website at Or contact Co-Chairs: Cheryl Shafman:, Julie Quinn: or Sue Colwell: Vendor spots are still available.

Please come out to join in the fun and support one of our own Francis Wyman families! 

Friday, October 2, 2015


Upcoming this week...

Artists in ResidenceSuzanne Owayda & Betsy Rodman, will be in house to complete a mosaic dipiction of our new FWS Falcon mascot.  They will be working with all  students during their scheduled art time.  We are excited to host Ms. Owayda and Ms. Rodman and look forward to learning about mosaic artistry.  A big thank you to the PTO for funding this curriculum enrichment program.

PTO Meeting - Oct. 6th 6:30pm, Tavern in the Square. Please join the PTO executive board to learn about PTO sponsored activities and fundraisers.  

Board of Health Offering Flu Vaccine for Children

The Burlington Board of Health will be offering flu vaccinations for children 6 months - 18 years old by appointment only during the month of October.  Injections are available for 6 months  - 18 years and nasal spray flu mist is available for 2 - 18 years.  All children are eligible for a free flu vaccine regardless of insurance status and must be accompanied by an adult. To schedule an appointment, please call the Board of Health at 781-270-1955.

The Burlington Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 10th, from 10am-1pm at Burlington Fire Headquarters.

Scheduled activities will include:

Interactive Hose Stream Demonstrations
Vehicle Extrication
Search and Rescue Exercises
Interactive Demonstrations using our “Hazard House”
Blood Pressure Screenings
Boston Medflight Ambulance and Crew

Stop by with the entire family to meet the firefighters and learn more about your local fire