Monday, July 21, 2014

Sad News For Our BPS Community

The following letter was posted on Principal Dressler’s blog following the news of the sudden passing of Memorial School second grade teacher Suzanne Siegel during the past weekend.Please keep Suzanne and her family in your thoughts and prayers:

Dear Memorial Family and Burlington School Community,
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I share the news of the passing of our beloved second grade teacher, Suzanne Siegel.   Mrs. Siegel has been a valued member of not only our  Memorial learning community but also to the Burlington School community as well. She taught second grade for the past eight years and positively impacted the lives of many young students, parents and colleagues. Her commitment to students and love for learning has touched us all. When we know the details of her funeral arrangements I will pass that along.

We encourage you to talk with your child. How we, as adults, manage ourselves serves as an important model for helping kids handle tragedies like this. It is important that they know they are loved and supported as they talk about their feelings.

You may want to consider the following when talking with your child:

  • Tell the truth. Talk about death vs. “going to sleep.” Explain the situation.
  • Allow for your child to talk about feelings. If this is the first loss your child has experienced, your child may not know how to respond and will be looking for your guidance.
  • Affirm all expressions. It’s okay to express feelings honestly. Tolerate the expressions rather than dismissing them or discouraging the expression of feelings.
  • Encourage written expressions such notes, letters, pictures to the family etc.
  • Reaffirm that your child is safe and that your child is loved.
  • Affirm that your child’s reaction is normal and you understand the way the child’s feels.
  • Watch for changes in behavior such as aggression, withdrawal etc.
  • Help the children return to as normal routine as possible.

If you want anymore information on how to talk to your child, please refer to We have connected with community mental health resources for the Memorial staff and will continue to work with the Riverside Trauma Center on an ongoing basis.

We will have counselors at school on Tuesday July 22, 2014 from 4-6 pm to provide emotional support for our students and parents. If you have special counseling concerns or would like additional support for your child, please call us at 781-270-1721.  Danielle Flaccavento, our guidance counselor, and Madeline Sedovic, our school psychologist, will be available to meet with her child/children at the beginning of the school year.  Our deepest sympathies go to the Siegel family as we mourn the loss of a talented and cherished member of our school family.

With peace and love,

Deb Dressler

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (July 20, 2014)

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (July 13, 2014)

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

MSMS Summer Photo Camp "focuses' on Woburn Center!

Despite the fact that most students are away from our classrooms this summer, there are still a number of activities happening around the school district this summer! Check out the great photos that our Marshall Simonds Summer Photo Camp students took after just one day of camp!

I can't wait to see what they come up with next!


After only ONE day of camera and Photoshop orientation in the classroom, MSMS students, taking part in our Summer Photo Camp, took to the streets of Woburn Center to shoot street photography images.  Who knew there were so many salons and barbershops in downtown Woburn?  The friendliness of barbers made it easy for students to interact with them and their patrons and students were invited inside to do some “shooting." 

Additionally, folks walking around running errands made for excellent photo subjects.  After an hour walking up and down the center streets, students returned to the classroom to begin the typical workflow: upload photos, save to desktop folder, preview, select favorites, tweak lighting in Photoshop and/or desaturate, print, email and then format SD card for use the next day!  
Today’s blog post features students’ favorite works in black and white.

Neil P’s Couple Walking (grade 8)

Pandit's Old Couple

Madison G’s Getting a Trim (grade 7)


Sarah S’s Barbershop (grade 7)

Sarah's barber

Julia F’s  Dog Walker (grade 9)


Abby F’s Snip, Snip, Snip (grade 7)


Aurora G’s Vintage Cash Register (grade 7)

Vintage typewriter Golden

Jordan C’s Barber Shop Register (grade 9)


David S’s Waiting for Customers (grade 6)

barber shop David S

Christina P’s Barber Pole  (grade 7)

paras barber pole

Sunday, July 6, 2014

My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (July 6, 2014)

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Where Do We Stand In Burlington In Regards To Family-School Partnerships?

Last Friday, I explained my involvement in a summer learning experience called #PTCamp.  This six-week summer book discussion centers around the book Beyond the Bake Sale, the Essential Guide to Family/school Partnerships. The discussion has been amazing so far with 100 educators from around the globe sharing their thoughts and resources on improving the way schools build partnerships with families.  

One of my favorite resources from chapters 1 and 2 is the rubric that was created to help schools see where they currently stand in regards to building a partnership with their families. My personal feeling is that we have Open-Door Schools in Burlington and have some work to do to get to the Partnership School status. Of course, I can't help wondering if parents feel the same way.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (June 29, 2014)

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