Monday, April 25, 2016

Request for help at BHS

Dear parents,  have you heard?

THOUSANDS of track & field athletes are coming to Burlington on Sunday, May 1st.   

The BHS Athletic Boosters has been asked to provide concessions to 2,000 people (seriously 2,000!) 

One (or up to two) thousand athletes, AND their family, friends, coaches, trainers, etc. are ALL coming to the BHS track.  The club is trying to be good hosts for all of these people.  They need more volunteers (way more volunteers!). 

Please consider volunteering for 2 hours and helping the club to welcome all of these people to our town.

Send an email to  Someone will reply and let you know when and where you can help.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Weekly Bulletin April 15, 2016

Upcoming Events
April 18 - 22, Spring Vacation, no school
April 26 - 28 - ELA PARCC testing, grades 3 - 5
May 2 - 5 - Math PARCC testing, grades 3-5
May 10 - 12 - PARCC Make-Up days

Have a relaxing & safe vacation week!
Mrs. Janis' class working hard to solve figurative language
puzzles within the pictures.
At Francis Wyman, it's all about the "hands-on"

From the Assistant Superintendent's Blog:

PARCC Testing Schedule For Burlington Elementary Schools

Week 1 - April 26-28 (One session of ELA each morning)

Tuesday, April 26 - One session of ELA (90 Minutes)
Wednesday, April 27 - One session of ELA (75 minutes Grade 3, 90 Minutes grades 4-5)
Thursday, April 28 - One session of ELA (90 minutes)
Week 2 - May 2-5   (One session of math each morning)

Monday, May 2 - One Session of Math (60 minutes)
Tuesday, May 3 - One sessions of Math (60 minutes)
Wednesday, May 4  - One session of Math (60 minutes)
Thursday, May 5 - One session of Math (60 minutes)

Week 3 - May 10-12

Individual student make- up sessions as needed.  Regular schedules resume for all other students.

Week 4 - May 16-20

Grade 5 - Science MCAS testing May 17 & 18 (2 45-minute sessions)

PARCC testing will begin on April 26 for all third, fourth, and fifth graders.  The teachers and students have been working hard to prepare for this on-line exam. This past Wednesday morning, all students practiced logging on to a sample test and answered a few questions.  This practice gave our new students and third graders a good idea of how PARCC testing runs. Here are some things you can do at home to help students perform their best:

1. Be sure your child is present for the testing. Makeup tests are available, but we feel children perform better if the test is taken with their own class as scheduled. Please note, sick children should stay home. 
2. Be sure your child gets a good night’s rest.  We all know that we can do our best work when we are well-rested. 
3. All children should have a hearty breakfast
4. The children should come to school on time and ready to work.  
5. Help your children to relax; children need to feel safe and comfortable to perform well in school.

Burlington Apple Retail Store - Workshops Offered during April School Vacation week
Apple Retail in Burlington, Massachusetts will be holding Workshops during school vacation week from April 17 - 23, 2016.   These events are always free.
Topics include Basics of using an iPhone/iPad/Mac, Introduction to using iCloud, Videography on an iPhone, Shooting Artistic Photos with iPhone, Sharing ideas for Presentations, Sketching, Drawing or Painting on an iPad.
Workshops are held for one hour.  Details, schedules, and reservations are available via this website:      Apple Team Members will provide content for these events.

Barnes & Noble in Burlington is hosting a Book Fair on Saturday, April 16 from 10am-12pm for all teachers, students, and residents of Burlington. Additionally, MSMS teacher, Marty Conley, will be hosting a book signing and discussion of his debut novel The Dead Man Story. A percentage of the event's sales will go towards Teen LIGHT, the 8th grade community service program raising money for kids with cancer, and the Krista Toscano Memorial Scholarship Fund which has been created in memory of a former player and captain on the Burlington High School girl's hockey team. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Weekly Bulletin April 7, 2016

Dates to Remember
April 11-  Wear your Red Sox gear to school in celebration of baseball's opening day!
April 15- Donation Day for all LOST AND FOUND.  Please remind your children to check the lost and found for any items they may be missing.  Everything left over will be donated to Cradles to Crayons at 12:00pm on April 15.
April 18-22- April Vacation - No School

Students in 1st grade act out Life in the Tropical Rain Forest
 Mrs. Ski's 1st grade ELA class, in collaboration with Mrs. Lamprey's ELL instructional support, act out the story of how various animal and plant life thrives in a tropical rain forest.  Students were able to show off their listening, reading, and speaking skills to a captive audience!  

**Please observe our marked handicapped accessible parking spaces in the front of our building.  We've had numerous complaints about cars blocking these spaces during student pick up from our clubs after school.  The Burlington Police have been informed to keep an eye on our handicapped spaces.  Thank you for your cooperation and help keeping these parking spaces open for our families with official handicapped placards. 

Burlington Board of Health

The Burlington Board of Health will be hosting their second annual Burlington Community Health Fair on Saturday, May 7 from 10 am- 1 pm at the Burlington High School Gymnasium.  The Health Fair is sponsored by Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and will provide an excellent opportunity for residents to discover the health and wellness services available in their community.

The health fair will include over 30 exhibitors covering a wide range of health and wellness services for people of all ages. There will be educational information, health screenings, fitness demonstrations, chair massages, and other wellness services.  Educational information will be provided on nutrition, food safety, gardening, fire safety, poison prevention, and other social services.  Health screenings will include blood pressure, body mass index, facial sun damage, digital spinal screenings, and balance assessment.  Fitness and group exercise and cooking demonstrations will be conducted.  All screenings and services are provided free.   

In addition to the above, all guests will receive 25 chances to win more than 15 different free raffle items including gift baskets, gift cards, one month of free yoga classes, a summer Fit Club membership, and many more. 

Rides will be available for Burlington Seniors to the health fair.  Interested seniors should call 781-270-1950 to arrange transportation.  For more information on the health fair, please call the Board of Health at 781-270-1955.  

Friday, April 1, 2016

Weekly Bulletin - April 1, 2016

Upcoming Events

April 18 - 22 - Spring Vacation, no school
PARCC ELA testing - April 26-28, grades 3 - 5
PARCC Math testing - May 2-5 , grades 3-5  

A great big THANK YOU to the Kumon Center of Burlington for donating 2 tables to our art room.  Having two extra moon-shaped tables really helps with instruction!  Thank you Kumon!

1st Annual Basketball Shoot-Out a Great Success!
The Fuzzy Pink Unicorns, led by Mr. Raymond, were this year's champions defeating Mr. Stead's team the All Stars in the final shoot-out!  There was great participation on the part of the 5th graders as well as many teachers who showed off their hidden basketball talent!  Thank-you to the student council members and their advisors who sponsored the event to raise money for the MSPCA.

"Our Trash, Our Choice" recycling program was presented by Mr. Musselman and Miss Pavlechek during a Tuesday morning assembly.  The goal was to make the students aware of the quantity of trash we produce at lunch everyday and encourage the use of our recycling bins.  The science teachers weighed the trash each day and we are proud to report that Francis Wyman was the only school that reduced our waste every day!  Way to go kids!  Keep recycling.

Principal & Assistant for a Day!
At this year's carnival, Miss Alex Burke was the lucky raffle winner for the coveted prize of "Principal for a Day"!  She quickly recruited an assistant in Miss Lexi MacKinnon and the pair spent a busy day trying to fill my shoes.  A few of their duties included morning announcements, visiting the Kindergarten Art Museum, helping to prepare a lesson for 1st grade, participating in Story Hour for next year's kindergarten class, and helping out with recess duty.  The girls were enthusiastic participants in their new roles and were a pleasure to work with for the day - great job Alex & Lexi!

Substitute Cafeteria Workers Needed:  Must be available on an as-needed basis to work in any school building.  Hours are generally 10am-1pm, but can vary depending on school.  Must be reliable, flexible, and able to work in a team environment.  Pay is $10.00 per hour.  Contact Karen Damaso for further information:

BHS Athletic News - 
Burlington  Softball still has openings at the Junior level, 1st and 2nd grade girls.   After much success, we are excited to offer year 2 of our new format.  This format offers an introduction to the game in a fun environment with professional instruction including 1 skills session per week led by Assistant Varsity Coach Bob Mahoney along with team managers, and 1 game play per week.  Come join us on the field!

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Burlington Board of Health will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 8:30 am to 12pm 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.