Monday, September 27, 2010

Respect at Birch Meadow

Birch Meadow’s character education program focuses on 6 themes of character: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Sportsmanship, Cooperation, and Caring. Respect is the character trait we will be focusing on this month. In order to reinforce Respect through literacy, all students will be listening to or reading the book Hey, Little Ant by Philip and Hannah Hoose. This book reinforces how students can be respectful to all animals and classmates. Teachers and staff will be looking for students showing Respect and we are encouraging parents to do the same at home. Your child will be bringing home a bear this week. Please reward your child when you see him/her showing Respect by filling out the bear with your child’s name, room number and what they did to show Respect. The bear will be added to the other bears in a container in the office and posted in the lobby. Mr. Sprung will read one bear from each grade level at our next assembly.
The bear will be returned to you at the end of the month. Thank you for your cooperation with this program, and we look forward to reading how your child has shown Respect at home!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Blue Ribbon Information

Directions to complete the Blue Ribbon Survey
Direct link to the survey

Letter to all Birch Meadow parents
To the Parents of -------------,

In the next few weeks Birch Meadow will be participating in the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Assessment. The assessment tool will analyze our school based upon the nine standards of the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Program. These standards (listed on the back) represent 20 years of research of what effective schools should look like. The data gathered from this assessment will help staff, administration, and our school council develop a school improvement plan. Parents, students, and staff will all be participating in the online survey to evaluate the strengths as well as the areas of improvement for Birch Meadow.

We invite all parents to participate in the assessment process by completing an online survey. The survey will be completely confidential and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. We ask to have all surveys completed by October 1st.

To complete the survey, please follow the link below for directions.

After you have reviewed the directions, the link to the assessment is
In order to complete the survey you will need your individual LOGIN number provided below.


This letter and links are available in the NEWS section of EDLINE, in Mr. Sprung’s blog, and within Birchie Notices. We hope you will take the time to help Birch Meadow continue the process of continuous improvement.

In addition, all fourth and fifth grade students will be participating in a similar, but shorter version of the survey. This survey will be administered during the school day. If you do not want your child to participate in the survey, please contact Mr. Sprung or Mrs. Flatley at 781-944-2335.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Eric Sprung, Principal

Stop and Shop A+ Program

Stop and Shop A+ program registration

Welcome to the 2010-2011 A+ School Rewards Program.
Stop & Shop is proud to offer our A+ School Rewards program to help our community schools. Now parents and other supporters can earn great awards for schools to use as they choose!

What It Is
With A+ School Rewards, points accrue with each purchase where the Stop & Shop Card is used. It even works with purchases made online with Peapod by Stop & Shop. At the end of each month, these points determine your school's cash total which is automatically credited to its account and school totals updated each month. (Please note: Gift cards (excluding store brand gift cards), pharmacy, alcohol and/or cigarette purchases are excluded from accruing points.)

How It Works
A+ School Rewards are rounded per transaction to the nearest whole dollar amount. At the end of each month, each school's dollar amount is determined which is then automatically credited to its account.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Blue Ribbon Information

Follow this link to learn about the Blue Ribbon Schools Improvement Process. Birch Meadow will be using the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Assessment tool as part of an ongoing process of continuous school improvement. The tool will analyze our school based upon the nine standards of the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Program. These standards (see below) represent over 20 years of research of what effective schools should look like. The data gathered from this assessment will help staff, administration, and school council to develop school improvement plans which will address areas of need and celebrate the current successes of the school.

The assessment process will consist of site visits to our school by the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence staff, as well as, online assessments administered to teachers, administrators, parents and 4th and 5th grade students. Each assessment will be done online and will be completely confidential.

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence MISSION STATEMENT
Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc., is a non-profit educational organization committed to ensuring that all students achieve their highest potential by providing schools with measurable and sustainable solutions. The Blueprint for Excellence© and Interactive Library of Best Practices© are the key components utilized by trained facilitators to provide comprehensive solutions to schools through a combination of public and private funding.

9 Blue Ribbon Standards
Student Focus and Support
School Organization and Culture
Challenging Standards and Curriculum
Active Teaching and Learning
Technology Integration
Professional Community
Leadership and Educational Vitality
School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Indicators of Success

Understanding the MCAS growth model

Individual MCAS scores will be sent home in the near future.

For the first time ever, this year's MCAS Parent Reports will include growth model data. We recognize that this is a new, and somewhat confusing system, that may leave many parents with questions. To help address that need the DESE developed an online tutorial geared specifically for parents. The tutorial is posted at

Please note that the DESE have other growth model resources posted at,including Frequently Asked Questions document and an interpretive guide for educators.