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Great Event Saturday Night to Support MVMMS PTO!

I want to thank everyone who came out last Saturday night as the Melrose Underrated All-Stars played the Harlem Rockets to benefit the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School PTO. Thank you to the PTO for arranging this great event and to all those who came to cheer us on.


Come to Parent University on November 18!

Parent University is coming back to Melrose on November 18th! Join the Melrose Education Foundation and the Melrose Public Schools for a free morning of workshops open to the entire community. We will feature discussions for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children of all ages.

Parent University will take place on Saturday, November 18 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm at the Melrose High School Learning Commons (360 Lynn Fells Parkway). Registration is required; register early for best selection. Learn more and register for this FREE event at:

The program is specifically designed to be of interest to parents and caregivers of all children – from preschool through high school. Parent University sessions will be offered on a wide range of topics, such as: positive discipline; MVMMS’ Project IMPACT (Individuals Making Positive Actions Counst Today); resilience and mindfulness; collaborative problem solving; college financing; Real Talk with Superintendent Taymore; restorative justice; talking with teens.

Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Christopher Willard. Dr. Willard will lead a discussion on mindfulness, stress and resiliency. He has authored multiple books including: Growing up Mindful; Child’s Mind; Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, and most recently, Raising Resilience.

Dr. Willard’s presentations are made possible by generous sponsorship by the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition and the Melrose Substance Abuse Coalition.

Admission to the event is free thanks to the partnership of the Melrose Public Schools, donations from individuals to the Melrose Education Foundation, and support from our generous local sponsors and partners: Rockland Trust, Starbucks, Honey Dew Donuts, Sweet Spot Bakery, Whole Foods, Shaws, Joy Yoga and Melrose Public Library.

For a full list of sessions, schedule and free registration and childcare information, please visit:

Cheer on Our Melrose Teams This Weekend!

Our Melrose High School student athletes have had a great fall, and this weekend we have the opportunity to cheer them on to victory as they compete in the finals and championships. Here’s this weekend’s schedule:

MIAA Division 4 North Football Finals, Melrose vs. Marblehead
Friday, November 10, 7 p.m. at Fred Green Field
Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for students.

MIAA Division 2 North Section Volleyball Finals, Melrose vs. the winner of Burlington/Danvers
Saturday, November 11, 3 p.m., Whittier Technical School, Haverhill

Boys Soccer
MIAA Division 3 North Section Boys Soccer Finals, Melrose vs. Watertown
Sunday, November 12, 4 p.m., Manning Field, Lynn
Tickets: $8 for adults, $6 for students

Girls Cross Country
MIAA Division 4 Eastern Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Finals,
Saturday, November 11, 1:55 p.m. at Wrentham Development Center, Wrentham

Boys Cross Country
MIAA Division 4 Eastern Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Finals
Saturday, November 11, 3:15 p.m., Wrentham Development Center, Wrentham

MIAA Fall North Section Swim & Dive Championships
Saturday, November 11, 4 p.m., MIT, Cambridge, MA

MSAA North Regional Division 3 Cheerleading Championship
Sunday, November 12, 4 p.m., Lowell High School, Lowell

Go Melrose!

The Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball Team is Coming to Melrose on November 18!

The Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School PTO will be hosting some very special guests on Saturday, November 18 at the middle school gym in Melrose starting at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) The Harlem Rockets, a talented group of basketball entertainers who combine incredible show-time basketball skills and family-friendly comedy will face the Melrose Underrated All-Stars in a game benefiting the middle school’s PTO. The funds will be used to help buy much-needed Chromebooks for the school.

Having played more than 2,500 games in 16 years without a single defeat, the Harlem Rockets offer something for everyone to enjoy. Sports enthusiasts will be intrigued by the athleticism and size of the Rockets.

Basketball aficionados will be dazzled by the ball-handling wizardry of Clarence “Mugsy” Leggett. Mugsy is one of the world’s extraordinary dribblers and a former Harlem Globetrotter. And yes, two 7-footers will be in the building, including Curtis “Tiny” Johnson standing at 7’5” and “Super Mario” standing at 7’3.”

And since this is comedy basketball, the Harlem Rockets present to you the All-Time Funny Man and one of show basketball’s greats: James “Speedy “Williams, who was featured in the movie Above the Rim starring Tupac Shakur and Duane Martin. Speedy was also one of the original Nike free-style ballers in a Nike Commercial. And, Speedy performed live at the MTV Music Awards while Jay Z did his thing. Better known as the “Crowned Prince of Laughs.”

The Harlem Rockets incorporate the audience, especially children, into the show and are always available to meet the fans and give autographs at halftime and after the game.

In this special event to raise money for Chromebooks for the middle school, the Melrose Underrated All-Stars have graciously agreed to face the Harlem Rockets. Players on the Melrose Underrated All-Stars include Mayor Rob “Dunk Master” Dolan, Paul “the Stall” Brodeur, and several students and teachers, including Hoover teacher Joanne “Kwik Stuff” Kimball-Sherman and middle school teacher Adam “Speed Reader” Azia.

Tickets for what promises to be a fun-filled evening for the community are available online at You can also buy them in person the day of the event at Parent University (8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.) or at the door. Seating is limited so online is best! Questions? Contact the MVMMS PTO at

Come Support MHS Soccer and Football Teams Tonight in Tournament Play

Tournament season has started, and this afternoon and tonight are great opportunities to support our Melrose High School athletics program.

  • Today at 3 p.m., the Melrose High School boys’ soccer takes on the Lynnfield Pioneers.
  • At 7 p.m., the MHS footall team takes on the North Reading Hornets at Fred Green Field.

Come out and enjoy this beautiful fall day and cheer on our student athletes!

Melrose’s Winthrop Elementary School Shows Support for National Bullying Prevention Month

Superintendent Cyndy Taymore is pleased to report that Winthrop Elementary School students and school members showed their support for National Bullying Prevention Month by participating in Unity Day.

Held during the month of October, National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by the PACER Center’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign aims to unite people around the world in an effort to educate and raise awareness around bullying prevention. Unity Day, the campaign’s signature event, encourages individuals and communities to wear or display orange in support of students who have been bullied.

In honor of Unity Day, Winthrop Elementary School students and school members dressed in orange and participated in Project Connect, where they created a school-wide paper chain to visually represent and promote kindness, acceptance and coming together for a common cause. To build the chain, each student was given a strip of orange paper and asked to write or draw ways they can show kindness or stand up to bullying. The orange strips of paper were then attached in a chain to join classes and grades and show the school’s solidarity against bullying.

“We’re extremely proud of our students and their efforts to stand up to bullying,” Superintendent Taymore said. “Our chain serves as a reminder that our students and community support one another and are committed to putting an end to bullying.”

For more information about National Bullying Prevention Month, Unity Day and Project Connect, visit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center’s website.

Melrose Drama Fall High School Plays

Melrose Drama is pleased to present our Melrose High School Fall Plays, “Black Comedy” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Each play is one act and will be performed at the Melrose Performing Arts Center, located at the Middle School, on Friday November 3rd and Saturday November 4th at 7:00 PM. There will also be a matinee on Saturday November 4th at 1:00 PM. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for Students and Seniors and will be available at the door.

“Black Comedy,” written by Peter Shaffer, tells the hilarious tale of struggling sculptor Brindsley Miller and his fiance, Carol, who are having a party to impress Carol’s bombastic father, Colonel Melkett, and millionaire, Georg Bamberger. Their hope is that their two guests might save them financially by purchasing some of Brindsley’s sculptures. Without permission, the two schemers borrow the furniture and effects of their fussy neighbor, Harold, to make their own flat more presentable. Just before the guests arrive, the main fuse blows, plunging the flat into darkness. What follows is a frantic romp with unexpected visitors, mistaken identities, and surprises lurking in every dark corner! Only the audience, can see the action that ensues in the dark. The results are chaotic, disastrous and very funny, indeed!

The second play, the classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” written by Oscar Wilde, tells the story of two young gentlemen living in 1890’s England who have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, who he uses as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind to visit the ravishing Gwendolen. Algy Montcrieff decides to take the name ‘Earnest’ when visiting Worthing’s young and beautiful ward, Cecily at the country manor. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country, and their deceptions are discovered – threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits while hilarity ensues!!

Both productions are directed by Melrose Drama Stage Director Adam Schuler.

For more information on these production and the award winning Melrose Drama program, please see the Melrose Drama webpage at and the Melrose Drama Page on Facebook.Thanks for supporting Melrose Drama and the arts in Melrose!!

Melrose Kitchen Tour Tickets Available!

On Sunday, November 5th from 1-5pm, please join us for a wonderful afternoon exploring terrific kitchens on the 10th Annual Melrose Kitchen Tour! Make your way through ten recently renovated kitchens to be inspired by their design and décor, and sample tasty treats from many of our local restaurants. If you’re considering a renovation of your own, this is a great opportunity to meet many of the local contractors and kitchen designers and to see their work!

All proceeds from the event benefit the Melrose iRaiders Robotics programs (, teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills to girls and boys from elementary through high school levels.

Tickets are $20 and are available now at Buckalew’s General Store, RE/MAX, Century 21 Sexton & Donahue, and Brad Hutchinson RE. You can also purchase tickets online at or from any member of the iRaiders Robotics team.

The Melrose Education Foundation Now Accepting Fall Grant Applications

The Melrose Education Foundation is making up to $23,000 in grants available to Melrose Public School educators and staff. Educators may apply for grants online at between now and Friday, October 27, 2017. Grant recipients will be notified of decisions in late November 2017.

Educators and staff across all subjects and grade levels in all Melrose Public Schools are encouraged to apply. Grants can be used to fund professional development, technology, and curriculum materials to pilot new initiatives or to expand successful programs already underway to reach more students. This year, educators who apply for professional development opportunities that require local travel may obtain a small stipend to cover mileage and parking.

For the first time, as part of this fall 2017 grants round, the Foundation is proud to launch a pilot program with the Roosevelt School PTO to administer $1,500 in PTO grant funding. The Foundation will also continue its collaboration with the Melrose High School PTO to administer $2,000 in grant funding. By working together, the grants process is streamlined for educators and, in some cases, the organizations can partner on grants for greater impact and to reach more students.

A non-profit 501(c)(3), the Melrose Education Foundation launched in June 2013 with the mission of supporting innovation and excellence in Melrose Public Schools by raising funds to provide grants to educators and sponsoring free, community events on topics in public education. Since its founding, the Foundation has awarded nearly 150 grants totaling more than $100,000.  Learn more at:

The Foundation encourages parents and community members to remind educators about the availability of Melrose Education Foundation grants and to urge them to apply by October 27, 2017.

We proudly thank the Foundation’s many supporters, including its Board of Directors, dozens of volunteers, individual donors and local corporate partners.

For more information about the Melrose Education Foundation, to access the grant application, to read about previous grants, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit

Lots of Activities in Melrose This Weekend!

We’ve got a lot of great things going on in Melrose this weekend. Here are a few you might want to check out:

Tonight, come see the undefeated Melrose Red Raiders play the Winchester Sachems at Fred Green Field at 7 p.m.

Brad Hutchinson Real Estate will hold their annual pumpkin giveaway on Saturday, October 14. Stop by the office at 193 Green Street with a child under 12, and pick out a free pumpkin. The giveaway runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or while supplies last.

Then come to the Horace Mann Pumpkin Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy games, pumpkin decorating, a haunted house, all the delights of the season! This is a fund-raiser for the Horace Mann School and everyone is welcome!

Enjoy the Melrose Arts and Crafts Society’s annual exhibit on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. The exhibit will feature a raffle table, craft demonstrations, and handmade items for sale. Complimentary tea and pastry will be served.

On Saturday evening, cheer on the Melrose High School band in the Northeast Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) Competition from 5-9:30 p.m. at Fred Green Field. Melrose is tentatively slated to perform at 7:20pm. Admission $10 Adults, $8 Student/Senior. All are welcome!

The Melrose Fire Department is holding an Open House at Fire Headquarters on Main Street on Sunday, October 15, from 12-2 p.m., as part of Fire Prevention Week. Activities will include a firehouse tour and possibly an outdoor burn demonstration, if the weather cooperates, as well as pizza and soft drinks.

And looking far into the future…

Downtown Trick or Treat will be October 31 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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