Melrose Public Schools Kindergarten Registration Information 2015-16

Melrose Public Schools invites families of students entering Kindergarten to participate in the following events:

INFORMATION NIGHT
7 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2015, in the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Auditorium
Meet and greet with school department personnel and building principals to learn about our schools and the online pre-registration process.

SCHOOL TOUR NIGHTS

Lincoln: Monday, January 26 and Thursday, February 5
Roosevelt: Monday, January 26 and Thursday, February 5
Hoover: Wednesday, January 28 and Monday, February 2
Horace Mann: Wednesday, January 28 and Monday, February 2
Winthrop: Wednesday, January 28 and Monday, February 2

45-minute tours will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. from the all-purpose room. These tours are intended for adult caregivers so they may be informed of school-specific details in order to make their Kindergarten choices. Incoming students will have an opportunity to visit their assigned Kindergarten classrooms prior to the start of school.

PRE-REGISTRATION
On-line pre-registration will open at 12:00 noon on Friday, February 6, and close at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 15. Why pre-register? Pre-registering will expedite your visit during the registration process. Please see requirements listed below.

REGISTRATION

Monday, March 2nd, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School (café), 350 Lynn Fells Pkwy.

Wednesday, March 4th, 8:30 a.m. – noon
Parent Information Center (Central Admin.), 360 Lynn Fells Pkwy.

Thursday, March 5th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Parent Information Center (Central Admin.), 360 Lynn Fells Pkwy.

NOTE: Registrations received after March 5, 2015 will result in assignments being made on a space available basis.

Requirements for Kindergarten: Must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2015. Parents must attend a registration session to provide original copies of proof of residency (per the Melrose Public Schools Procedures for Determining Residency in Melrose, which is a part of the registration packet), birth certificate (must be original copy with raised seal), and a copy of the most current physical exam and immunizations.

Registration information will be available beginning Friday, February 6, 2015, at the following locations:

  • Registration page on the Melrose Schools website
  • Each elementary school
  • The Parent Information Center located at Central Administration
  • The Early Childhood Center at the Franklin School
  • The Melrose Public Library

Please call 781-662-2000 and press 1 for additional information.

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Franklin Early Childhood Center Registration Information 2015-16

The Melrose Public Schools invites families of age eligible students (3 or 4 by Sept. 1, 2015) to participate in the following events:

OPEN HOUSE & INFORMATION SESSIONS
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. or
Friday, January 16, 2015 – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Franklin Early Childhood Center, 16 Franklin Street

Open House Information: The Director of the Franklin Early Childhood Center will give an overview of the quality educational offerings available to students, discuss the registration process, and answer any questions. Parents will then have the opportunity to view classrooms and talk directly to teachers of programs they are interested in for their child.

PRE-REGISTRATION: On-line pre-registration will open at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 16, and close at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25.

Why pre-register? Pre-registering will expedite your visit during the registration process. All pre-registered families must attend a registration session listed below. If you do not have access to a computer to complete the on-line registration, paper packets will be available at the Early Childhood Center beginning at noon on Friday, January 16.

Please see registration requirements listed below. Families will need to bring completed registration documents, as listed below, to registration.

REGISTRATION

Monday, February 9, 2015, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School cafeteria, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Franklin Early Childhood Center

Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Franklin Early Childhood Center

Registration for all programs is ongoing provided space is available.

Requirements for the Franklin ECC: Must be 3 or 4 years of age by September 1, 2015, AND attend registration to provide a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee and a complete information packet including:

  • ECC Pre-Registration Form
  • Program Choice Form
  • Confidential Health and Emergency Information Form
  • Development History (2 pages)
  • Home Language Survey
  • Authorized Student Release Form
  • Birth Certificate (Original document with seal must be presented.) We will make a copy for our file and return the original back to you.
  • Current physical exam, including immunizations. (Must be within 12 months of the start of school.)

Further details will be available at www.melroseschools.com following the Open House or can be obtained by calling the Early Childhood Center at 781-979-2260

Joint Statement from Mayor Dolan and President Conn

Joint Statement of Mayor Robert J. Dolan and Aldermanic President Donald Conn, Jr.

We are aware of recent allegations that a licensed lottery agent doing business in the City of Melrose committed an act of fraud against a mentally disabled woman. These actions anger and disgust us as community leaders, and they should anger and disgust every resident of this community. There is no place in Melrose for a business that preys on our residents, particularly our most vulnerable citizens. The Massachusetts State Lottery—in conjunction with our local police department—will continue to investigate this matter. As that investigation proceeds, the City of Melrose will simultaneously explore its options to determine if this business can continue to operate. We take great pride in the integrity and professionalism of our local business community, and we will continue to work to uphold that stellar reputation.

Come to the Winter Farmers Market on Sunday!

Winter Market vendors, from top left to bottom right: Sarah Chester with 7ate9 Bakery, Little Bare Foot Books, Red Fire Farm, The Popover Lady, Ed and Don the banjo duo, Susan Callahan from Goodies Homemade (see the article in the Boston Globe), Holly Pierce cooking up brussels sprout love, shown in the photo to the right, Maria McQuaid’s brother Michael and Maria from Wicked Good Soap  Brussels Sprout heaven from Red Fire Farm, general market floor with Oakdale Farm shown in the middle.
Winter Market vendors, from top left to bottom right: Sarah Chester with 7ate9 Bakery, Little Bare Foot Books, Red Fire Farm, The Popover Lady, Ed and Don the banjo duo, Susan Callahan from Goodies Homemade (see the article in the Boston Globe), Holly Pierce cooking up brussels sprout love, shown in the photo to the right, Maria McQuaid’s brother Michael and Maria from Wicked Good Soap Brussels Sprout heaven from Red Fire Farm, general market floor with Oakdale Farm shown in the middle.

The next Melrose & Wakefield Winter Farmers Market will be on Sunday, December 21, from 12-4 p.m. in Memorial Hall, 590 Main St. Just in time for the holidays! Not only can you stock your daily and holiday dining table, but you can get gifts too.

There will be over 30 vendors at the market providing vegetables, maple syrup, cheese, children’s books, jams, bread, popovers, cheesecake, locally made root beer and ginger beer, pasta, fish, cookies, soap, candles, meat, eggs, fair trade coffee, granola, placemats and table runners, confections, cookies, pretzels, all kinds of baked goodies… and that’s just to name a few. All fresh, all locally made. And there will be two hard cider vendors as well!

Check out the full list of vendors.

In addition to the vendors, there will be live music from Don and Ed the banjo duo, playing traditional, old time, and bluegrass double banjo picking. Holly Pierce will whip up something you can cook at home, using ingredients right from the market—something very tasty and easy to prepare. There will also be face painting from 12-2 p.m.

The three vegetable farms at the market provide sustainably grown produce from Massachusetts. Red Fire Farm is certified organic, and Oakdale Farm and Farmer Dave’s grow using organic methods. There are two meat vendors, Shady Pine Farm and Lilac Hedge Farm, who feed their animals what they were supposed to eat (grass for cows and free range for chickens) and do not give them antibiotics.

The market accepts credit cards, debit cards, and SNAP benefits and will match up to $5 for SNAP benefit cards holders.

MHS Students Win ‘Safe Streets’ Video Competition

Melrose High School students Christian Poutre and Andrew Dell Isola won the first prize in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s “Safe Streets, Smart Tips” video contest, beating out 40 other entries from 16 different schools. The winning video is above.

But that’s not all! Paris Peterson got an honorable mention for his safety video, which is below:

Congratulations to all our students!

MHS Student Selected for All-Eastern Concert Band

Congratulations to Melrose High School student Abraham Zimmerman, who has been selected to perform in the 2015 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-Eastern Honors Ensembles.

With the assistance of his music teacher, Mr. Matthew Repucci, this exceptional student will prepare remarkably challenging music that he will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event. Students will spend three days rehearsing with one of five conductors during the Eastern Division Conference of The National Association for Music Education to be held in Providence, Rhode Island in preparation for performances on April 11 and April 12, 2015.

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Band Fundraising Nightmare Turns into Something Very Special

Band Xmas Tree Sale

This article was sent in by Nancy Ingram of the Band-Aiders

On Friday afternoon, the band came to unload the trees, but the trees didn’t come. On Friday night, the people of Melrose came to buy the trees, but the trees didn’t come. On Saturday, the buses came to take the band to Gillette Stadium, but the trees didn’t come. And on Saturday night, the rain came, but still, the trees didn’t come.

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When the MHS football team electrified their fans with a win over Tewksbury, the band knew they were in for a challenging Super Bowl weekend. But they didn’t know exactly how challenging it would be.

The annual Christmas Tree Sale had been scheduled months in advance. Hundreds of trees and wreaths had been ordered. What would happen to the sale while the band and their parents were at the Super Bowl? Right away alumni parents stepped up. The parents who thought their tree-sale days were over volunteered to fill every shift left open while the current band families would be at Gillette.

But Friday afternoon, when the trees would have arrived as they do every year like clockwork, nothing happened. The tent was up, the racks were ready. and the students assembled in the parking lot. The truck driver would almost always call to ask, “Where is the driveway?” But the truck did not arrive.

The tree grower, in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, was baffled. He had loaded that truck the night before. An investigation revealed that the truck was inexplicably just crossing the US border. The band was sent home, but a few parents stayed to wait for the trees and inform customers as they rolled in. The schools and the Mayor’s office kindly notified the community of the delay. At 9 p.m., however, as the rains began, the band parents gave up for the night and went home.

Expecting to find the wayward truck in the MHS parking lot, the Saturday morning shift of students and parents arrived to disappointment. More phone calls to the bewildered tree grower. Two hours later, a different dispatcher called. A new truck was leaving Canada and would arrive by midnight. If she knew the whereabouts of the first truck, she wasn’t saying.

So while the new truck made its unplanned journey from Canada through Maine to Massachusetts, the band made its journey from Melrose through Boston to Foxborough with throngs of other excited football fans.

Then, at midnight, after the skies opened, and the relentless rain fell, and the sad team and fans returned home, the annual phone call came: “Where is the driveway to the high school parking lot, eh?”

And that’s when the band’s fundraising nightmare turned into a dream. By morning the skies cleared. Tired parents and students unloaded 400+ trees in an hour—with surprisingly big smiles. And the customers came back in droves. They laughed, they smiled, they expressed relief that the truck had arrived. And they bought trees. In less than eight hours the trees were gone. That is approximately one tree sold per minute.

The Christmas Tree Sale is the band’s biggest fundraiser. The money is used for scholarships, instruments, competition fees, buses, coaches and much more. It’s festive; it’s great fun. This year, more than ever, the sale was marked by kindness, concern, support and loyalty. Endless thanks go to the band students, parents, alumni, the school, the Mayor’s office, and more than ever before, the customers.

At 5 p.m. on Sunday, two customers pulled up to the sale site. They had come both Friday and Saturday only to find empty racks. Now the racks were empty again. Instead of an angry or frustrated response, the woman laughed, and the gentleman exclaimed, “Good for you! We were so worried about you.”

Dr. Seuss might have put it this way, “Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Melrosians far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand.”

Thank you, Melrose.