Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekly Bulletin November 15, 2017

Upcoming Events
November 22 - Half Day of School, 11:15am dismissal
November 23, 24 - No School, Thanksgiving
November 28 - Report Cards go home for Grade 1 - 5
November 30 - Parent Conferences, no school for students
December 7 - Grade 4 (6:00pm) Winter Concert
                                         Grade 5 (7:15pm) Winter Concert

Francis Wyman Spiritwear!  
Flyers went home with students last week, and we'd like to remind parents that orders are due by November 22, 2017.  To see all the items and to place an order, please visit Falcon Spiritwear.

Today we celebrated the culmination of our SOAR incentive for Self-Control.  Over the last month, the students earned 4827 SOAR coupons for demonstrating self-control in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, and bus line.  The students got to wear silly hats and enjoy extra recess with sidewalk chalk and a dance party!
Here are some pics of the crazy hats...


More Pictures from Grade 5 at Camp Bournedale...


Friday, November 10, 2017

Veteran's Day Assembly

Francis Wyman Honors its Veterans!
All Francis Wyman staff and students gathered together this past Wednesday to celebrate and honor our veterans who represented all branches of the armed services.  Across the grade levels, students sang songs, read poems and letters, learned about the meaning of our American Flag, and took time to personally say "thank-you" to each of the veterans that joined us.  We were honored to celebrate this special day with Fathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, and Husbands that took the time to join us for this Veteran's Day celebration.   THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

Weekly Bulletin November 9, 2017

Upcoming Dates to Remember

November 14 - 8:45am - Grade 3 Thanksgiving Concert
November 22 - Half Day of School, 11:15am dismissal
November 23, 24 - No School, Thanksgiving

Congratulations to this month's SOAR award winners!

These students from all grade levels were selected by their teachers to receive an award for demonstrating Self-Control as part of our schoolwide SOAR values. 

In addition, Principal Pride awards were distributed to our students participating in the Service Learning Club and all the 4th grade classes for their active participation in the Bridges program.  Also,  Mr. Stead was recognized for his work in facilitating the development of our Francis Wyman school/community garden.  Thank you to all of these students and staff members for their positive impact on our school.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Weekly Bulletin November 6. 2017

Upcoming Events
November 6/7 - Camp Bournedale for Grade 5
November 8 - Picture Retake Day
November 9 - No School for Professional Development
November 10 - No School for Veteran's Day

A letter from the Principal...
November 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

We are excited to announce that starting in November, we will have a new member of our Francis Wyman “staff.”  Wilson, a black lab service dog, will be joining our team for a temporary assignment at our school.  Wilson is a NEADS service dog who is in the midst of his training, and we are lucky to be a stop along his way to becoming permanently placed.  Erin Wackell, FW Speech Therapist, will house Wilson and help with his training.  He will be available to all our students at teacher’s discretion.  Therapy dogs, like Wilson, are used to open communication channels with individuals who may be struggling in some way. The dogs also serve as a calming influence for students who may have anxieties.  Wilson will be with us for a few months and then permanently placed sometime in January after he completes his training.

If you have questions about the NEADS program, please visit   If you have questions or concerns regarding Wilson, please feel free to call me.

Nicole McDonald

Francis Wyman Recognizes "Self-Control" at our 1st schoolwide SOAR Assembly!
A huge THANK YOU to Officer Bernie & Officer Joe, along with his K9 partner Havoc, for joining the Francis Wyman school community today as we celebrated and praised all students for demonstrating our schoolwide SOAR values.  
Havoc demonstrates his amazing self-control as he awaits Officer Joe's command which will allow him to grab his favorite toy!

Do you want to build a scarecrow?

As part of the SOAR assembly festivities, students participated in a relay race to build a scarecrow using their teachers as props.  Thank you to Ms. Hayes, Mr. Rebelo, Mrs. Schultz, Mrs. Remy, and Mr. Poland for volunteering and taking part in the fun!  Students had to demonstrate self-control by balancing a ball on a tennis racket while walking up to their teacher before they could add another piece to the scarecrow's outfit.  Teams raced to build their scarecrow the fastest - and the winning scarecrow team was .  .  .  .  Mr. Rebelo!  Great teamwork, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship were shown by all.

Mr. Rebelo was happy to show off his #1 scarecrow!

Recognizing Anxiety in Children

Burlington Special Education Parent Advisory Council will be hosting a night with Staff Psychologists from McLean Anxiety Mastery Program. This is a unique opportunity to hear from professionals in the field who have been working with the BPS helping to educate staff on recognizing anxiety in students. As we know, anxiety is a normal part of childhood, and every child goes through phases. But, how do you recognize when your child is really struggling or becomes stuck in a negative cycle, impacting their progress in school and their social and emotional well-being? When children are anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can fall into that cycle and, not wanting their child to suffer, actually exacerbate the anxiety. 
Katie Thorpe Blaha, PhD and Julia Martin Burch, PhD will lead a discussion on: 

• Strategies for recognizing anxiety in children, including information about how anxiety can present in school

• Ways to support anxious kids at home that partner well with school-based strategies

• Approaches to communicating with your child’s teachers and school counselors, including what school-based supports might be relevant for children experiencing anxiety

This presentation is geared toward all students not just those students receiving Special Education. 

All are welcome to attend!
November 8th
6:45-8:30pm, doors open at 6:45pm 
(presentation begins at 7:00pm)
Grandview Marion Tavern
55 Center Street, 2nd floor

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Weekly Bulletin - October 31, 2017

Dates to Remember 

November 6-7 - Grade 5 to Camp Bournedale

November 8 - Picture Re-take day*
November 9 - No School, Professional Development
November 10 - No School for Veteran's Day

*If your child was absent on picture day, their picture will be taken on November 8.  In addition, if you are not satisfied with the outcome of your photos, please send back the entire package and your child's picture will be taken again.  If you have any questions about Picture Re-take day, please call the office, 781-270-1701.

Francis Wyman celebrates our last Halloween Parade. Ghouls, goblins, emojis, and things filled the hallways...

The PTO put on a fabulous Halloween Party Friday night. Thank you to the PTO committee for throwing a fun and festive party!  We appreciate all your hard work.  The next PTO activity is the super Fun Run on November 5th.  Join us! 

Improvements in Reading Instruction, presented by Ilda Carreiro King, Ph.D.

Please join us for the next SEPAC meeting! The next topic for discussion will focus on reading instruction and development. Joining will be Ilda Carreiro King, Ph.D. Dr. King is a Developmental and Educational Psychologist and Reading Diagnostician who considers student data, student cognitive development, programs, and practices when analyzing a situation. She is known for being able to gain trust with students, parents, teachers, and administrators in collaborating toward a solution to school-based reading issues. She works at the individual student, classroom, grade, program and district levels. Through workshops, demonstrations, observations, and assessments, she develops a continuum of services, curriculum and techniques that help all types of students become fluent, strategic, and independent readers.

Our school district is fortunate to have Ilda King serve as a consultant in our district. Come learn more about how she continues to make an impact in our schools.

Wednesday, November 1st
Grandview Farm, Marion Tavern
Doors open at 6:45pm
Presentation begins promptly at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Followed by Q&A, 8-8:30pm

Please join us! 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Weekly Bulletin - October 25, 2017

Upcoming Dates
October 30 - Confidentiality Meeting for Parents 8:00am
November 5 - PTO Fun Run at FW
November 6,7 - Grade 5 Goes to Camp Bournedale
November 8 - Picture Retake Day
November 8 - Veteran's Day Service at FW 9:00AM
November 9 - Professional Development Day (no school for kids)

Below, please find the proposed school start times for Burlington Public Schools for the 2018-2019 school year.  School Committee is scheduled to vote on November 14. 

The Wheel of Wyman is Back!

First-grade students whose SOAR coupons were randomly selected had the opportunity to spin the Wyman Wheel and add additional letters to our mystery puzzle.  Students are doing an amazing job earning SOAR coupons for demonstrating "self-control" throughout the school and working to earn the mystery reward by solving the puzzle in the main lobby.  
Any Guesses?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

PAC Meeting

Please join us...
The Burlington SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is excited to welcome Allan Blume to our next PAC meeting, tomorrow night, October 25th

Allan is a retired associate professor of practice formerly of Simmons College, Boston, and a current adjunct faculty member at Elms College, Chicopee. He taught courses that focused on laws and regulations of special education, IEP development, transition, and inclusion.

He continues to consult to schools throughout Massachusetts regarding topics such as federal and state special education regulations, writing and implementing individualized education programs, disability awareness, special education process, inclusion, eligibility, Section 504, as well as assisting school districts with the creation and editing of their District Curriculum Accommodation Plans.

Over the past few years, Allan has been providing extensive consultation to Burlington Public Schools at all levels.

In his presentation to the PAC, he will talk about the work he has done in Burlington and will provide participants with insight into the IEP process, strategies he has provided for effective IEP writing and what parents might expect to see in their son or daughter’s IEP.

Please join us!
Where: Grandview Marion Tavern (2nd floor)
When: Wednesday, Oct 25th
Time: presentation begins promptly at 7pm-8pm with Q&A (8pm-8:30)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Weekly Bulletin - October 20, 2017

Important Dates to Remember
October 21 - Parent Academy, BHS  8:00am - 12:45pm
October 27 - Halloween Parade - 9:00am, parents invited
November 6-7 - Grade 5 Camp Bournedale
November 8 - Picture Retake Day *this date has changed to accommodate Camp Bournedale
November 8 - Veterans Day Ceremony, FW Flagpole
November 9 - No School, Prof. Dev. for teachers
November 10 - No School, Veterans Day

Calling All Veterans!
Francis Wyman School is looking for veterans among us to help our students honor those who serve in the armed forces.  If you have any family members who have served or is currently serving our country, please contact Mrs. Conley in the Main Office and 781-273-7613. We would love for you to join us for our Veteran's Day celebration.

This week at FW, Service Learning Club started their sandbox refurbishment...

Our service club members, led by Mrs. Casey & Miss Sullivan, select a service project that benefits our school and community.  Thank you to our student volunteers who are doing a terrific job sanding and repainting the sandboxes in our playground area.

Grade 4  - Rocket Day Success!

In addition...
You are cordially invited to attend 
 The Town of Burlington’s Veterans Day Ceremony 

Hosted by the Town of Burlington’s Veteran Service Office & 
The Allied Veterans Council 
 When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM  
Location: Town Common at the Veteran's Memorial.  
 In case of Inclement Weather:  If deemed necessary to move the ceremony indoors it will be held at: The Burlington High School, Wooden Gym located at 123 Cambridge Street. Use of Inclement Weather location will be determined within 24 hours of the event. Follow BCATT for any and all changes. Regardless of location, the ceremony will be on the same date and time.