Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bulletin October 5, 2017

Dates to Remember
October 27 - 9am - Halloween Parade for all grades
October 27 - PTO Halloween Party, 6-8pm
November 7 - School Picture Make-up Day

FW Used Bookstore
Our Used Bookstore needs volunteers!  We are looking for three to five new volunteers to help with our used bookstore.  At this time, we do not have enough help to open the bookstore.  Are you available one hour a month on a Wednesday morning from 7:40-8:40?  You can bring your children with you.  Please help as this is a wonderful opportunity for our children to get the cheapest books in town.  All books are only 50 cents or they can trade a book that they already own.  Thanks for your consideration.  Please contact Donna Murphy, Reading Specialist, or call 781-238-6859

3rd Grade Cartographers

Mrs. Zani's 3rd glade class proudly displays their maps of Burlington that they created as part of their study of the local Burlington community.  All students in 3rd grade explored the topography, bordering towns, and local historical landmarks throughout this unit.  As a culminating activity, students took a field trip to the center of Burlington where they toured these historical buildings and learned about their importance from local historians.  A reminder that we are so fortunate to live and learn in such a supportive community!

Service Learning Club met and planned their first service project... Sandbox restoration! The PTO kindly donated new sand for the 3 sandboxes on the playground.  The Service Learners plan to give the boxes a face lift with a fresh coat of paint.  THANK YOU kids!

Flu Vaccinations
During October, the Burlington Board of Health will be providing influenza vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 18 years by appointment only.

Flu injections are free to all children regardless of insurance status. They must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

To schedule an appointment, please call 781-279-1955. As per the CDC, the nasal spray flu vaccine (live, attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) will not be available this flu season.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Weekly Bulletin September 29, 2017

Dates to Remember 
Tuesday 10/3 - 8:30am or 7:00pm - Parent Meeting with School Committee members regarding School Hours Changing for 2018-2019.  All parents are invited to attend. **see below 

A warm welcome to some new faces at Francis Wyman!

Mrs. Guanci is our newest Kindergarten team member although she comes with many years of teaching experience in Burlington.  Welcome aboard!
Mrs. Jennifer Hazen is our new school nurse.
She has recently moved from her school nurse position in Maine
 and we are fortunate to have her join our FW community!

Students & staff eagerly begin a new school year!

A warm welcome to some of our newest
Kindergarten friends.  They have spent the first
month practicing classroom routines,
meeting new friends, and learning to work together!

Mrs. McDonald delivers the 
"Golden Falcon Seal" to each
student's passport.  This final stamp
demonstrates that the child has practiced
our SOAR expectations throughout all
areas of the school.  

Ms. Hayes conducts a "Morning Meeting" with her
 class as all teachers work diligently to implement 
Responsive Classroom strategies and build
positive classroom communities with their new students.

 Thank you PTO for cleaning out two sandboxes on the playground and adding brand new sand!  
And here, Mr. Doiron spray paints a new hopscotch pattern on the new asphalt.

**Reposted from the Superintendent's Blog...

September 20, 2017

Over the last two years, Burlington has been part of a larger public health conversation focusing on high school start times. The Middlesex League High Schools - Arlington, Belmont, Burlington, Lexington, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Watertown, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn - all committed to having local conversations about the benefits of starting high school at 8:30 or later.

In Burlington, we have had a standing item on School Committee agendas and last spring discussed a
specific proposal that maintains our current transportation costs. This proposal is for the start of school in the fall of 2018. In addition, we hosted Dr. Judith Owens, sleep expert, at the high school to discuss current research and benefits of delaying the start time of high school.

Please know that the district is approaching this decision carefully and in the best interest of the greatest number of students. We understand that any change is difficult. Before making this decision, the School Committee would like to have community conversations on this topic. These conversations are scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd and Thursday, October 5th at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM. The October 3rd meetings will be in the Francis Wyman Auditorium. The October 5th meetings will be in the High School Auditorium.

If you did not have the opportunity to participate in Dr. Owen’s presentation, you can review her
information at the website we set up to share information on this topic
Community Forums:
Tuesday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. in the Francis Wyman Elementary School Auditorium
Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. in the Francis Wyman Elementary School Auditorium
Thursday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. in the Burlington High School Auditorium
Thursday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. in the Burlington High School Auditorium

Burlington Special Education Department & SEPAC Invite Parents and
Caregivers to a Meet-and-Greet

Hosted by Burlington Parent Advisory Council
Place: Grandview Farm/Marion Tavern
Doors open 6:45 pm, presentation to begin at 7 pm

The Special Education Department and Burlington SEPAC invite parents and caregivers to a meet-and-greet
on October 4th from 6:45 p.m. - 8:30 Grandview Farm/Marion Tavern's Conference Room (2nd floor).
Meet with SEPAC co-chairs and Special Education staff from each school.  Topics will include the array
of special education programming and how special education is being implemented into the district.  
Questions, please contact

We hope to see you there!

People Helping People
Come help People Helping People food pantry by purchasing a pumpkin at the fifth annual Pumpkin Patch from October 1 through October 31 at St. Mark's Church, 10 St. Marks Road in Burlington. The patch is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.  All proceeds will benefit People Helping People and the Food Pantry. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Weekly Bulletin Sept. 18, 2017

Dates to Remember:
September 19 - Back to School Night 6pm - 8pm, see below
September 27 - School Photos
October 21 - Parent Academy, more information to follow

Scroll down to meet some new teachers!

Our annual Francis Wyman Back to School Night will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm for all grade levels.  This evening is designed for parents to meet their child’s teacher(s), learn about grade level curriculum materials, and hear about classroom expectations.  Please refer to the schedule below and plan to attend the presentations that are conducive to your needs. 

Back to School Night Schedule
6:00 - 6:30  Grades K-2 presentation 1
6:15 - 6:45  Grades 3-5 presentation 1
6:35 – 6:45  Confidentiality Meeting with the Administration
6:45 - 7:15  Grades K-2 presentation 2
6:50 – 7:00  Confidentiality Meeting with the Administration
7:00 - 7:30  Grades 3-5 presentation 2

A Confidentiality Meeting will be held in the auditorium at 6:35 or 6:50 pm for parents looking to volunteer for any school activity.  This meeting needs to be completed once during your years at FW and the signed documentation will be kept on file in the main office.

Drop-off Reminder... Students may be dropped off in the morning between 7:55 and 8:10am. Drop-off is done in the back of the building, where we have staff on duty.  If you arrive to school after that time, please park and walk your children into the building.   

Pick-up Reminder... Students in grades 1 - 5 will be released out the front doors, starting at 2:15pm. Please refrain from parking in the Handicap Parking Spaces. 

Elizabeth Franson is a new Kindergarten Instructional Assistant.
Paige Sheldon joins us as a Special Educator.

Maureen McGurl, who joined us last year as a Kindergarten Instructional Assistant, works with Brendan Murphy, a new Permanent Substitute. 
Here's Veteran teacher, Ms. Hayes reviewing a lesson in Grade 2!

As our students learn the FW SOAR values, they receive their "Golden Falcon Wings".  

BRIDGES Together in Burlington starts at Francis Wyman on October 5th! Do you know anyone who might be willing to volunteer? We need adults ages 55 and over willing to spend one hour a week with fourth grade students for six weeks, beginning Thursday October 5 from 12-1PM.  The program ends before Thanksgiving. Classroom teachers lead the lesson and volunteers spend time talking with students to build a relationship and get to know one another. Two volunteers work with a group of 4-6 students.  An orientation is provided for new volunteers prior to the first session, and volunteers do not need to be Burlington residents.   Contact Courtney Wasserburger by phone at 781-273-4109 or register online at, or through Facebook (Bridges Together Burlington).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Weekly Bulletin, September 12, 2017

Welcome Back!

Dates to Remember:
September 19 - Back to School Night for all grades  6pm - 8pm
September 27 - School Photos
October 21 - Parent Academy, more information to follow

FW Used Bookstore Looking for Volunteers
Do you have one hour available to volunteer on a Wednesday morning once a month from 7:40-8:40?  I am looking for volunteers to help with our used bookstore.  You can bring your children with you.  I need people to help unpack our used books and set them up on the cafeteria tables, help students shop, and then pack up the books.  Students come down after they check in with their teachers to shop.  All our books are 50 cents or students can trade a book from home.  If you can help, please email me at or call at 781-238-6859.  Thanks

A huge Thank You to the PTO for beautifying our school grounds!  The weeds have disappeared and the new mulch looks gorgeous. When you see these families around town, please thank them for a job well done! THANKS TO... The Woodbury's, Kosinski's, Collin's, Walker's, Brady's, Fricke's, Delaney's, and Gray's

Another Thank You to our Garden Volunteers this summer!  We grew numerous tomatoes, squash, and gorgeous flowers too. ⚘ Every year gets a little better and we are so fortunate to be working all together to make it happen. Thank you to these generous families...
Stead's, Bruno's, Ohols, Screnci-Hughes, Ruiz', Ellis', and Stefanowicz'

Back to School Pictures...

****Calling All Golfers****

In support of the current 5th Grade Class (Adopt a Class- 2025) our sponsor Newtowne Grille is hosting a Golf Tournament Monday, September 25, 2017 (rain or shine).  Windham Country Club, Windham, NH Check-In Time: 8:00 AM Shot Gun Start: 8:30 AM  Fee is $125 per player.  Spots are filling up!  Luncheon, Awards, and Raffle will be held at Newtowne Grille, Billerica beginning @ 2:30 PM.  To make a donation to this event, to register or for more information please

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Weekly Bulletin June 29, 2017

 Dates to Remember
First Day of School for grades 1 - 5 - September 5, 2017
First Day of School for Kindergarten - September 11, 2017

We hope you are all enjoying your summer vacation already!  The final 2016-2017 issue of the Falcon Times is ready for your review.  Click here to check it out.

We all enjoyed a school-wide SOAR Award on Wednesday... Hawaiian Beach Day
 SOAR Coupons were earned and the mystery puzzle was revealed! Students had the opportunity to participate in a school spirit day and were treated to ice cream during their lunch break!  

Burlington Education Foundation STAR Awards presented to Gail Sheehan, retiring after 23 years of service to the Burlington Public Schools!

 Ms. Colleen Small, Second Grade teacher...

And Mr. Todd Stead and Karen McIntyre, Fourth Grade teachers...
Congratulations to all our teachers and staff here at Francis Wyman.  We are lucky to have such a dynamic, dedicated group of professionals working with our students.  I hope you all enjoy a relaxing and rewarding summer vacation - it is well deserved!

Final SOAR Assembly
Perfect Attendance award winners!  0 absences, 0 tardies, 0 dismissals - AMAZING!

Mr. Levin presented Matthew & Shreya with the newly established Levin Library Award for their passion for reading and love of literature.  Congratulations to these 5th graders & thanks to Mr. Levin for joining us to present this award!

 Students were nominated by staff members in all grade levels and across all subject areas to receive awards for demonstrating Self-Control, Outstanding Effort, Acts of Kindness and Respect.  Congratulations to all our award winners and a shout out to all our Francis Wyman students that work hard each and every day to demonstrate our school's values!  You make our school an amazing place to work and learn!

Our last hurrah!  Francis Wyman staff participated in the end of the year tricycle relay race.  Representing the teams S, O, A, and R teachers quickly pedaled or pushed their trikes as cheering students encouraged them from around the gym.  Bragging rights were at stake and the competition was fierce, but emerging victorious was the S team (who says shorter legs can't be an advantage)!  It was a fun way to end a great year and usher in the summer vacation.

Thank you Cub Scout Pack 105
A great big "thank you" to Mrs. Lynch and Mrs. Davidson, whose Cub Scout Pack took the time last week to present new American flags to each of our elementary schools here in Burlington.  This dedicated group of young men found a way to give back to their community and their efforts are greatly appreciated!

I hope you all enjoy your summer and you find time to relax and spend time together doing the things you love to do.  See you in September!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Looking for a Few Garden Volunteers!

Francis Wyman Community Garden

This spring, our students planted a vegetable and flower garden next to the Burlington Community Garden.  It's going to be beautiful and productive with a little help from you! We are looking for Francis Wyman families to take responsibility of the garden for a one week time slot over summer vacation.  We will have simple instructions for you, but basically the garden will need some watering and weeding.  Families will be able to earn documented service hours. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Conley at 781-273-7613 or

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekly Bulletin June 16, 2017

Upcoming Dates
June 19 - Volunteer Brunch, 9am FWS Library
June 22 - Grade 5 Celebration, Families Welcome
9:00am in the auditorium
June 23 - Last Day of School, 11:15am Dismissal

Spring Strings!
Congratulations to our 3rd grade students who performed their final violin concert this week for families and friends alike.  They were also joined by our 4th and 5th grade students in the end for a demonstration of what's to come in the years ahead if they stick with their violin lessons!  It is so impressive to watch such an amazing display of talent develop in such a short period of time.  Thank you to Mrs. Canzano for sharing your time and talent with these students!

  Friendship Club wraps up their year long
 program at Kings Bowling...

A great way to celebrate the end of a successful endeavor.  Thank you to Mrs. Casey and Mr. Stead for coordinating this cross-age friendship group and celebrating their efforts with a special get together at Kings!

A Picture Perfect Day in Boston!

It was a wonderful day to be exploring Boston, strolling in the Public Gardens and taking a leisurely ride on the swan boats with the Kindergarten classes on Wednesday this week.  We all  strolled through Louisburg Square, explored the statues around the State House, and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the Boston Common.  Thanks for the invite from the K students - I enjoyed every minute of our special day! 

A few reminders:
1) Our parking lot and outdoor lighting will be completely redone during this summer beginning on June 28th.  No summer programs will be held at Francis Wyman due to this construction, and parking will not be available at this site until after mid-August. 
2) We are looking for a few families to help keep an eye on our school garden during the summer months.  Our garden is planted next to the community garden in the back of FW.  If you are interested in volunteering for 1 week to help water & weed as needed while earning community service hours, please reach out to Julie to sign up for a specific week.  Thanks for helping to keep our garden growing!