Monday, April 27, 2015

5th Grade Storms Concord Bridge

5th Graders Visit Concord and Lexington today to learn all about April 19, 1775.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blizzard Bag Assignment Link

2015 Learning Project Pathfinder - Grades 3-5

Grades 3-5 Assignment

Nonfiction Text Structure Chart

Memorial Library Follett Shelf Link

Blizzard Bags

PLEASE READ: Blizzard Bag Information for Grades 1-5

We are excited to have the opportunity to pilot learning projects for school day cancellations. We will be the first district in the state of Massachusetts to try this with the assigned “Blizzard Bag” work that is available on this BPS Blizzard Bag site. As with any pilot, we expect that there will be a lot of questions and that not everything will proceed exactly as planned. However, we are committed to offering multiple methods to support students so that they can complete their work successfully.

Questions will be answered live on our Blizzard Bag phone line at 1 (512) SNOWDAY (1-512-766-9329) on Tuesday, April 28 from 4-7 p.m. Voice messages and texts can also be sent to this number during the duration of the assignment and will be responded to daily. In the meantime, we have also created an e-mail address where you can send questions ( We will share all of the questions asked on a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that will be added on this Blizzard Bag site.

Of course, your student’s classroom teachers are also a great resource for questions and we will be adding support opportunities that are available at individual schools in the days ahead as well on the website. Teachers will be checking in with their students during the week of May 4, which is the midpoint of the projects, to make sure that students are making progress. It is our hope that at least half of the assignment will be completed at this time. If students have any questions about expectations or length of assignments, they should ask their teachers.

Our final due date for the assignments is June 1, 2015. If students complete their work prior to that date, they are welcome to turn them in early to their teachers. Since the work is meant to be substituted for two days of school, all students who do not complete the work will be marked absent for two days. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this pilot. We look forward to your feedback along the way.

Please visit this site for information and details about student work that must be completed to ensure learning goals are met. Student assignments are posted by grade levels at the top of the Blizzard Bag Website. High school teachers will be giving students their assignments this week. 

Memorial Support for Blizzard Bags

PLEASE READ: Memorial School Support for Blizzard Bags

Memorial School
FAX (781) 229-5751              125 WINN STREET Burlington, MA 01803
Deborah Dressler

April 15, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian of Students in Grades 1-5,

In addition to the online district support session on Tuesday April 28th that Central Office will be planning, we will be supporting Memorial students the week of May 18 - 22, 2015.  Monday through Friday staff will be available from 2:30-3:30 pm in the library and computer lab room.  Please take advantage of this support time to have your child
  • seek clarification of projects already started
  • start a specific project
  • complete research or read links online
  • read the text with a teacher

Your child may attend one or more days of support but please be aware that we expect many students to take advantage of this opportunity and direct time with staff may be limited. Transportation will NOT be provided to students for the after school support. Students can be picked up in front of the building promptly at 3:30 pm so teachers and staff can get to their other work and family obligations.

Thank you for your patience as we pilot these new learning projects,

Deborah Dressler
Principal Memorial School

Monday, April 6, 2015

American Revolution Comes to Memorial!

Denis Cormier from Hands on History presented some primary source artifacts around the American Revolution to 5th graders today at Memorial.

French Uniforms 

The Massachusetts Regiment

Deborah Sampson of the Massachusetts Light Infantry.

Then she found someone who could build bridges.
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