Monday, June 20, 2016

Day 180 - Celebrating The End of the Year - Mrs. Guttenplan - Memorial School ELL Teacher

This post first appeared on the Memorial School English Language Learning Blog

There has been a lot to celebrate as we end this school year! 

Students have impressed us with their talents both
in the ESL classroom & throughout the building. 

Check out the photos below of our scholars who are also superstar performers, authors and athletes! 

Fabulous 2nd grade Memorial Day Show
thanks to
Ms. Rzasa & Mrs. Niu
3rd graders "wowed" us
with their violin skills

A year-end concert to showcase what students
learned in music. 

2nd graders celebrate Memorial Day by
reading ways to create a world of peace. 
Finishing our holiday unit with Ramadan 

Students in a 3rd grade class categorizing
3 aspects of Ramadan-
discipline, charity and celebration.
Making "fanoose" or lanterns
 for Ramadan. 
Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate! 

5th grader Omar receives a letter back
 from a candidate for State Senate.

Lots of wonderful writing in 2nd grade
So much improvement on display during 1st grade Author Share 

K Superhero moving up to 1st grade

You can also see our Memorial pride 
for Field Day & School Spirit Days this past week :) 

Field Day excitement on the water slide! 
Racing around  and having fun

Thanks Coach Peterson and Coach Bannon for all the great games!

Strong efforts on the field and in the classroom leading to success

Wacky Tacky Tuesday
Crazy Hat Wednesday

3rd grader trying to dunk a teacher
as part of the PBIS whole school reward
students earned for being  
kind, safe, responsible and  respectful.

Reminder that Monday is the last day of school and dismissal will begin @ 11:10. 

The first day of school next year will be Tuesday, September 6th. 

Be sure to visit the Burlington Public Library 
for fun, free events over the summer to keep students engaged in reading.  We recommend that all students read for at least 20 minutes a day 
so they continue making progress over the summer. 

Burlignton Recreation Department also offers lots of activities for students. 

Finally, welcome the newest member of our Memorial ESL community
Noor-al-Imaan Omar Moussa
(Mrs. Moussa's daughter, who was born Wednesday night.)

We wish her family, and all of you,  a wonderful & fun-filled summer. 
We look forward to working with your students next year!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Day 179 - I Dunked a Teacher Today! - Deb Dressler - Memorial School Principal

We had our last STARbuck reward for the year
at Memorial School and it was...

A Teacher DUNK TANK!

Thank you to Mr. Peterson, Mrs. Olshaw, Mr. Rabazzi, Ms. Conceison, Ms. Felton, Mrs. Gonzalez, 
Mrs. Kippenberger, Mrs. Cyr, Ms. Cirrone, Ms. McLaughlin, Ms. McGowen, Ms. Martin
Mrs. Burnham and Mrs. Panag for being DUNKABLE!

Thank you to Ms. Flaccavento, Ms. Bannon, Mr. Peterson, Mrs. York, Mrs. Rzaza and Ms. Mahoney
 for organizing and supporting students all day long!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Day 178 - Kindergarteners “Protect the Popsicle” in Engineering Challenge - Mr. Musselman - Burlington Science Center

Mrs. Duncan and Mrs. Parnell wrapped up their year-long investigation of weather and temperature with a challenge putting students engineering skills to the test! Our newly developed “Protect the Popsicle” challenge pits students love for these summer treats against the ultimate source of light and heat energy, the sun!

Students in both classes investigated how heat causes many kinds of matter to melt before investigating the many kinds of shade shelters humans already use to stay cool, particularly in the summer sun!

A video posted by Burlington Science Center (@burlingtonsciencecenter) on

Students then designed and constructed solutions to the challenge of keeping a popsicle frozen in the sun with the help of a shade shelter. Students then considered how to test the shelters, ultimately deciding it would be best to put them out in a sunny spot outside because “we want to be challenged.”

A photo posted by Burlington Science Center (@burlingtonsciencecenter) on

The results were analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. Teachers poured what had melted after roughly 10 minutes into a graduated cylinder and kept the frozen contents in the plastic sleeve before asking students to consider how they could tell which shade shelters worked the best. Students were able to determine that their shelters worked well because “more freezepop was left in the plastic” than Mr. Musselman’s control popsicle left out in the sun. Then students counted up from their amount of melted popsicle to Mr. Musselman’s with the help of unifix cubes and other counters to determine the difference between the sunny and shaded popsicle!

Thanks to Mrs. Duncan and Mrs. Parnell for working on developing and piloting this new kindergarten engineering challenge! We are excited to share it with all of the Kindergarten teachers next year! Check out Mrs. Duncan’s blog post for even more information and pictures on how the challenge went.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Day 177 - Map Adventures ~ BHS Juniors teach our Elementary Students - BHS Foreign Language Dept.

Señora Dacey and Profe DeSousa’s Spanish IV Juniors spearheaded an adventure through South America last week in the BHS Dance Studio.  Along with the support of the BPS curriculum office, including Mr. Patrick Larkin and Mrs. Rosemary Camacho-DeSousa, we were able to rent a Giant Traveling Map of South America from National Geographic for two weeks this past month.  When the map arrived to campus, the Spanish IV students explored the map and the contents that came along with the map’s treasure chest.  The Juniors developed activity stations where they created hands on learning activities that were both fun and engaging in order to better reach the minds and spirits of the visiting elementary students from the Burlington Schools.
Upon arrival, the elementary learners were greeted by Junior student “tour guides” and, then, they began their “tour” of South America.
There were five “stops” on their itinerary including…
  • an “I Spy” coloring activity of the Amazon Rain Forest animals,
  • a Galapagos Island lesson on the famous finches and an even a guest appearance from “Cheeseburger” our BPS Science Center tortoise,
  • an introduction to the northern region of South America, including its animals and their habitats,
  • a scavenger hunt of various sites located in the southern region of South America along with a mountain building activity of the Andes,
  • and a dance lesson of both the Salsa and Merengue latin dances
Students from Francis Wyman, Pine Glen, Memorial, and Fox Hill were energetic and excited.  For that reason, our BHS Spanish students were thrilled to interact and teach the young learners about the curricular theme that many are so passionate about at this stage of their Spanish learning career.
The BHS World Language Department looks forward to more interactive teaching experiences in the future regarding language and cultural learning opportunities with the students in the BPS system.