Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to All the Room 115 (Final 5's) Families,

Thank you for all your generousity!  I hope you all have fun this vacation with your families.
See you next year!

Mrs. Burns

Friday, December 3, 2010

Winter Concert

Mrs. Mosier has been busy preparing the students for the Winter Concert. Our dress rehearsal is on December 14th. Students should come to school with their costumes/chorus attire (white top, black bottom, and festive hat). Students should wear their outfits to school on Wednesday, December 15th for our school performance. The Winter Concert for families is on December 15th at 7:00pm. Students should be here at 6:30 (in costume) for attendance and warm ups.

Monday, November 15, 2010


A few reminders for parents this week (Nov. 15-19):

Report Cards go home on Wednesday, November 17th
No School on Friday, Novemeber 19th
Parent-Teacher Conference Day is Friday, Novemeber 19th

Monday, November 1, 2010

Math Facts Log

November 1, 2010  (This letter went home with students today)

Dear Parent(s),

Welcome to November! We are getting ready to increase the level of homework now that our 5th graders are used to the schedules and courses by now.  Our goal for 5th grade is to get them to the one hour a night level so that the students will be better prepared for the homework demands of middle school.

Today we are starting a Math Facts Log which is yellow and can be found under the November Reading Log.  Students were shown today the many different ways they can practice their math facts at home.  They can use one of the many different websites listed on my blog under Math as well as the Memorial Math Tutors Blog (link on Mrs. Burns’ Blog). They can make/use flash cards, play games from school (Multiplication Compare) or even play Multiplication War using regular playing cards. They can practice with friends or make-up practice tests on the facts they need to practice.

Every night they will need to write on their Math Facts Log:

1)     How they studied
2)     How long they studied for
3)     Their parent’s initials.

The goal is to study for 10-15 minutes a night.  As you are signing their reading log every night anyway just flip the page and also initial the yellow Math Facts log.  We appreciate your support! 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Vocabulary Parade

Vocabulary Parade letters went home with students today.  On Friday, October 29th the students will be dressing up as either a social studies or science word. The kids picked their words today. The costumes must show their word and absolutely can be simple.  Have fun and let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Spelling City Website

Check out the Spelling/Vocab tab. for new instructions. Parent letter went home today with all students.

Mrs. Burns is Back!

Thank you to all for your warm wishes for my recovery. My surgery went well and I will be working on my physical therapy for the next few months to get my knee back into shape. Thank you to all the students who made me "Get Well Soon" cards.  I received a big package of them at my home as well as many in the classroom.  Thank you to this wonderful class for trying their hardest and putting their best foot forward for Mrs.Wiernicki.  A thank you to Mrs. Wiernicki for doing a fantastic job in my absence - students and teacher alike...had a lot of fun! Thanks to All!    Mrs. Burns :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mrs. Burns Will Be Out

Hello Parents,

Just a note to let you know that my knee surgery is scheduled for today and I have discussed with all students that I will out of school until Tuesday, October 12th.  Depending on how my recovery goes it may be sooner or a little later but that is the date I am shooting for and the date we have circled on our classroom calendar. They will have the same teacher the entire time I will be out, Mrs. Amanda Wiernicki, a Memorial staff member as she is our Permanent Substitute. The kids call her Mrs. W. and they all know her and she has spent the day with us before. I am very confident that they will enjoy thier time with Mrs. W!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Open House for Parents

Tomorrow night is our Open House for Parents.  I hope to meet many of you!  The schedule of events for the evening are as follows:

6:40-7:10 Overview of the year by classroom teachers re: curriculum and routines in individual classrooms;
7:10-7:30 “Welcome Back” in the gym with Mrs. Rickershauser and PTO co-presidents;  
Introduction of Memorial staff; 
7:30-8:00 Repeat of classroom overviews in individual classrooms; 
7:30-8:15 Coffee and conversation in the cafeteria.
I hope to see you there! :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

What Kind of Smarts Are You?

Our 5th graders have been working on finding out What Kind of Smart they are as they build their Learner Profile. They have been taking quizzes and tests to help them find out! There are 7/8 kinds of smarts: Word Smart, Number Smart, Picture Smart, Body Smart, Music Smart, People Smart, Self Smart, and Nature Smart (last one not on on-line test).  They are based on Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences but in a kid-friendly way!  Everyone is smart is some ways!

You can find out too by taking this on-line quiz.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Classroom Security

Mrs. R posted this on her blog today about our classrooms.  If your student forgot something and it's after 3:00pm (generally a little later on M,W, and TH as I typically stay until 3:30ish) our classroom door will be locked and you will not be able to enter the classroom.  I will remind students to make sure they have all their things to the best of my ability.  Thank you!

"Classroom Security Classroom doors are locked when the teacher leaves for the day to ensure that teacher materials and student belongings are safe and secure. In the interest of classroom security, we ask that any belongings left behind at school remain there until the following morning.  In addition to the security aspect, this will encourage children  to be more responsible and resourceful students. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Mrs. Rickershauser at Thank you for helping to make our school a secure learning environment for all."
Mrs. R.'s blog : 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Agenda Books Are IN!

Students received their agenda books today!  Look for them in their backpacks as another way to help track of their assignments.

Mrs. Burns

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bournedale Reminder Notice

Camp Bournedale is this Monday and Tuesday the 13th and 14th!

Please read the following notice carefully!!
1) Your child will NOT be able to ride the bus to school on Monday with their luggage. There is not enough room on the regular school bus for the luggage and all the students. Please arrange to have your child and luggage dropped off at Memorial no later than 8AM. There will be a U-Haul truck out front, bring your child’s luggage right to the truck to be checked in and then continue into the cafeteria.

2) ALL luggages must be clearly labeled with their name and “Memorial”. (Sleeping bags and pillows should be inside a trash bag with name and school clearly labeled on outside if not stored in luggage).

3) If your child takes medication it needs to be put in a plastic zip lock bag with your child’s name and instructions on the outside of the bag. Please give this medication bag to a teacher in the morning as you check in your camper. (Make sure meds are in original prescription containers.)

4) Your child will need to be picked up at Memorial at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, September 14th. They will NOT be able to take the regular dismissal bus with their luggage. Please fill out and return the portion of the form below that tells us who is picking up your child and the best numbers to reach you and the designated pick-up person in case there is a problem. Students will not be permitted to be dismissed from Memorial without a parent or a parent designated person.

** Please return the bottom of the form to let us know who is picking your child up on Tuesday**

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Food Treats Notice

This notice went home to all students:

Dear Parent/Guardian,
Due to food allergy concerns, Memorial School will begin this Tuesday, September 7th, to eliminate food treats for classroom birthday/school celebrations. Children's birthdays will continue to be acknowledged in classrooms. Children may bring in a sticker, pencil etc. to share with their classmates in order to celebrate their special day.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Memorial School Staff