Principals Page



At the Morrison School we are proud of our students, staff, parents and programs. Along with academics, we believe that students should love to come to school. Beyond academics we have a very involved PTO, our parents support our students in a number of ways. The combination of dedicated staff, students and parents is what we believe makes the Archie T. Morrison School an exceptional place to learn and grow!



Summer 2018

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We have had another successful school year here at Morrison. For those of you moving on to other places, such as East Middle School or onto new schools in other towns I hope you will always think of Morrison School as a place where you learned a great deal and were happy to be here. For those of you returning next year I hope to see you all back here safe, happy and ready to learn. I want to send out a special THANK YOU to all the parents who helped with field day! To those who helped with stations and those who helped with the organization, it could not have been done so well without your help. I also want to thank the teachers and students for all their help in making field day so successful. As expected, the Morrison Community came together to work for our students. Again, I want to thank all the teachers and staff at Morrison, through their hard work and dedication to the children we continue to be a school that achieves at a high level.

To those of you who participated in the Accelerated Reader Program this year, I am so proud of your accomplishment. Together you have read over 106 Million Words!

On a business note:

  • School will reopen for students in Grades 1 -12 on Wednesday, September 5th
  • Kindergarten classes (half and full day) will begin on Monday, September 10th.
  • Bus routes will be published in the Braintree Forum
  • On the first day of school students will report to the playground where all of our staff will be outside to assist students in finding their teacher
  • A letter will be sent home in August to inform you of your child’s teacher for next year. 
  • Open House will be held on September 4th .

Have a great summer!!!

John Riordan


October 2018

Morrison School Newsletter - October 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,

As always, I want to thank our PTO.  The following is a list of items they helped with during September~

Back to School Night – assistance to new parents and an overview of all that the PTO does for us.

●        Financing the fine dining (hot dogs, etc…)

●        Window Art

●        Homework Notebooks

●        Boosterthon – OMG!!!

On the Boosterhton note:

Thank you to all who donated to the Boosterthon.  If I’m correct we had donations from 27 states and 7 different countries.  Along with that we had 3 representatives from Boosterthon here every day for a week.  During that time they read with students, helped teachers with tasks, put together an easel and during each lunch presented a story, with video, about the days challenge.  What a positive group of folks they are.  And of course the Fun Run!  What a great time we had.  Each grade was outside for about an hour running, walking and dancing laps around the track that was set up.  The whole time being entertained by a DJ.  In all we were able to raise roughly $24,000 which will be used to help support our students.  It takes just about $9,000 to run our PTO funded activities (field trips, busses for field trips, programs that come into the school, etc… ) and much of the remaining funds will be used to build up our technology for our students.  Again, Thank YOU!

On the business end of things:

Lost & Found - please remember to check our lost and found whenever your son or daughter is missing clothing.  During this time of year when we have cool mornings and warm afternoons, many items get left on the playground and then end up in “The Land of Misfit Clothes.”  Prior to Thanksgiving Break we will donate the remaining clothes to charity.

Character Day & Parade - We will continue with Character Day on October 31st .  Students are welcome to dress up as a character from any story they have read. They are required to bring the story with them as a reference.  Example: A student wants to dress as Sponge Bob Square Pants, that student should read the story and bring the book to school with them.  Please avoid masks that make it challenging for the child to see.  Also, avoid any costumes that the students will need help getting into or ones that have weapons associated with them.  There will be a parade around the playground (parents are welcome) at 2:00 p.m. on the 31st.

Pick-up & Drop Off we are asking parents to only pick up their child when they are adjacent to the sidewalk.  For safety reasons I have asked the students not to walk up past the end of the sidewalk to get into or out of any vehicle.  I want to thank all of the parents who do pick up and drop off their children for all of the patience and understanding.  By keeping the line uniform we avoid potential problems.  As always our children’s safety is priority #1.


John A. Riordan


Principals Award - Each month, in the Newsletter, I will recognize students from each class for one or more of the following:  Behavior, cooperation, leadership, school spirit and/or academic achievement.  For the month of September I would like to recognize the following students~


Christian Doksani                    Aubrey LaMonica                    Brendan Chisholm

Michael Jolls                            Jayden Cooper                         Daniel Zeferino

Ryan Gibbons                          Jaden Tong                              Elijah Watson

Grace Littlewood                    Jayden Carpenter                     Sophia Whiting

Kade Assmus                           Caroline Flynn                         Sanyah Pires

Leo Bush                                 Matthew MacKay                    Tamara Mede

Dante Cannon                         Bridget Callahan                      Nikol Zotaj

Roisin Killeen                          Catherine Perry                        Owen Concannon

Niamh Gargan                         Jason Clark                              Kyle Liang

Billy Chen                                Ashley Lippert                         Mia Francis

Michael MacKay                      Kendra Avant                          Victoria Soares

Aiden Feliz                              Aidan Hough                           Gia Papaioanna

Olivia Baker                            Sophia Giroux                          Ruby Maggio

Radomil Bucko                        Natalie Hayes                          Cassidy Gibbons

Abigail Li                                 Emma Barry


Around the School


Mrs. Mazzeo’s Class ~

We are off to a great start of the school year in Room 212. The fourth graders have started My Sidewalks reading curriculum with Exploration as the theme.  The fourth graders have also started the unit on energy and have enjoyed making their own circuits using batteries, wire and lightbulbs.  Our fifth graders have started the novel Number The Stars.  In Science, the 5th grade is working on the life cycle and plants.  In Math our whole class is working on place value and comparing numbers.  The FUN RUN was awesome and the kids had a blast raising money for Morrison.  Looking forward to an awesome October!!!!!

Miss O’Brien’s Class

Students in room 210 have done a great job transitioning into their new classroom!  They have worked hard at learning the rules and expectations. Students have done a great job in ELA and Math focusing on a variety of skills including: letter id, letter sound correspondence, high frequency words, blending CVC words, reading comprehension, number id, prepositional terms, and addition. Our class has also been focusing on calendar skills and learning the songs that go along with calendar time. October will be a fun month! We are going to learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin, concluding the unit with pumpkin carving on Halloween! It has been so fun getting to know each individual student over the course of the month and I look forward to a successful, productive year.

Mrs. Boucher’s Class ~

We are off to a great year in room 210!  Our Kindergarten students have been busy learning about the classroom routines and schedules.  We have been discussing our five senses, seasons and initial phonemes.  Students have started ELA and Math curriculum, we’ve been learning about numbers and letters.  We have been bucket fillers and are working towards our first class reward when our bucket is completely filled.

Mrs. Frazer’s Class ~

Our third graders have been very busy! Our students are doing an excellent job at learning their new schedules and routines. We are bench-marking each student on previously learned skills. In addition to individualized attention, we have started Telian and TouchMath. Students are working super hard while having some fun! We have kicked off a classroom initiative to reward good behavior and good deeds called Bucket Filling. We have such a great class! They have already been "caught" making good choices.... 92 times! That is a new classroom record! We are so proud to have these amazing kids in our class and we are super excited for this year!


The children have made a wonderful transition to kindergarten.  We are having lots of fun and learning a lot!  We have been talking all about letters! See if your children can name the letters in words they see around the neighborhood! We have celebrated Johnny Appleseed’s birthday with lots of fun apple activities! In math, we have been talking all about numbers and are going to begin subitizing.  We’re off to a great start!

Grade One

First Grade is up and running!  The theme for our first unit in Reading Street is “My World,” and has us exploring what is all around us as we review our consonant and short vowels from Kindergarten. We are already identifying characters and settings in stories, and exploring the plot. Also, ask your first grader about nouns and verbs!  In math we have been reviewing our numbers and number words, and doing lots of “subitizing,” which is the ability to look at a small quantity of objects and identify how many.  We celebrated  Johnny  Appleseed’s birthday with apple tasting, and lots of fun apple activities!

Grade Two

Second graders are working hard to transition to a new year!   They are learning about addition and subtraction strategies to help them with basic facts.  We are enjoying our first Unit in Reading where we are exploring new places such as space, the desert and different kinds of communities.  We are also beginning a new Science program and the students are starting by learning about erosion and the earth's surface. Many thanks to everyone who helped out with the Boosterthon!   This was a great way to start off a new year!   Thanks also our amazing PTO for the lunch you provided for us!   We all loved it!  

Grade Three 
Welcome back!  Third graders are working hard on adjusting to new routines and skills in third grade.  Reviewing place value and number sense in Math is leading us into our next skill of adding three digit numbers on a number line.  Most parents have never seen this kind of adding, so ask your child after a week or so how to break up the numbers and use those values to jump on a number line.  Hopefully they can explain it to you.  Once you learn, it actually makes a lot of sense!  Next month we are excited to jump into our Social Studies curriculum: Massachusetts (the geography, people and history).  Third graders begin by learning about the first people to live in this area.  Do you know what tribe of Native Americans lived in the Braintree area?  HINT: Braintree High School’s mascot is named after them! We have SO much to learn in third grade.  Thank you, families for your help in this transition back to school.  Home-School communication is the key to your child’s success!
Grade Four

Welcome back parents!  It has been an amazing first month of 4th grade.  The kids are already enjoying being back in school and learning new things.  Mrs. Myer's math class has been a blast.  Reviewing place value and looking at addition and subtraction strategies.  Mr. Clark's science class is currently learning out energy and how it can be transferred.  Thrilling Stuff!  Mrs. Kelley's reading class is currently enjoying reading their novels!  We have a lot of fun activities coming up in 4th grade so keep an eye out for announcements.

Grade Five

We’ve had a great start to 5th Grade!!! The Boosterthon was a great way to build classroom spirit and we loved creating our flags.

We begin our literature selection with all classes reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. This book is set in 1943 detailing life in Copenhagen during the German occupation. Families deal with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town. This is a terrific historical fiction you may enjoy reading with your child.

Math continues to be a major focus in Grade 5. Students must have instant recall of their math facts. If they do not, please work with your child every evening until they do. This will assist your child to grasp the more advanced concepts of Fifth Grade math.

Homework Planners - Please, please, please encourage the use of your child’s homework planner. This is a key component to their success in Fifth grade. Students should have daily entries to their homework planner. Thanks for all of your continued support!from the 5th Grade team

Physical Education

During the month of October students in Ms. Rapchuck's PE classes will be working on their soccer skills as well as football passing and catching skills.


If parents or guardians need this notice or other school notices translated into another language, please contact Mrs. Cabral at 781-380-0230 ext.6405 or  Thank you.


The Friends of Pond Meadow Park will hold a Pumpkin Fest-Family Day on Saturday, October 13th with a rain date of Sunday, October 14th, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the park.Hayrides, face-painting, games, pumpkins and decorations and food will be available.Come, decorate your pumpkin, and enjoy the beauty of the park as a family.Additional parking at Morrison School with direct access to the park.Contact Pond Meadow Park for any further information at 781-843-7663.

From the Nurse

Just a brief note to remind parents of the Braintree Public Schools policies that are in place for students who need to receive medications during school hours.  Students who receive prescription medications during school hours must have the following forms in their health record before any medication is given at school.

1.      Signed parental consent form, with a completed individual medication administration form filled out by the nurse and signed by the parent or guardian.

2.      Medication order form signed by your child’s physician, or nurse practitioner. 

All medications must be delivered to the school nurse in a pharmacy or manufacturer labeled container by the parent or guardian.  In extenuating circumstances the medication may be delivered to the nurse by a designated adult providing the parent/guardian notifies the nurse of the arrangement and the quantity of the medication being delivered.  Please ask your pharmacy to provide separate bottles for school and home.  No more than a 30 day supply of the prescription medication should be delivered to the school.  All medications delivered will be counted and signed by the nurse and parent/guardian.

When your child needs medication given during the school day, please act quickly to follow these policies so that the child can receive the medication as soon as possible.

A reminder to Fourth Grade Parents, physical exam paperwork for your children was due in September.  I am still missing many physical exams.  If your child had their physical over the summer months please send the paperwork to school.


Dear Parents/Guardians,

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself as the School Adjustment Counselor at Morrison.  In this capacity, I am available to provide both individual and group counseling to students who are struggling socially and/or emotionaly.  I provide crisis intervention as needed and am ale to make referrals for outside support within the community, if necessary.

It is my goal to be available to students, teachers, and parents/guardians in order to maximize the students’ experiences while here at school.  I am available as well to support students and families who may be dealing with stresses outside of school that may be affecting the students’ ability to focus within the classroom setting.  I am happy to collaborate with any outside support person you already have in place in order to both enhance treatment as well as avoid any duplication of services. 

If you have concerns about your child(ren) and there is any way I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call me.

I can be reached by phone at 781-380-0230 x 6406 or by email at  I am very much looking forward to supporting you and your children this year!

Best Wishes,

Katie Carlson, LICSW

Adjustment Counselor


The Absentee Phone Number is 781-380-0230, dial 1 to report an absence.


Reading Services at Morrison

Have you ever wondered what reading services look like at the Morrison School?  Here is some background information on how we provide support to students at Morrison.

As part of our early screening process, we have assessed the reading skills of all students.  All of these results are discussed by appropriate faculty members at our school, which may include classroom teachers, the reading support team and other support teachers.  As a team, we determine which students would benefit the most from having extra support in reading.  At Morrison, the reading support team consists of Reading Specialists, Title I, ELL and Special Education.  It is decided which team members are most appropriate for teaching to the needs of the individual students to provide their reading support.

The extra reading support that is provided is composed of small group reading intervention, in which students receive additional reading instruction time based on their level of need.  These groups could meet either in or out of the whole class setting and for varying amounts of time, depending on the needs of the students within the group.  Because of our reading model, there is a high likelihood that one of our support team teachers will work with your child(ren) at some point throughout the year. 

We call this extra support RTI, or Response to Intervention, and your child may know it as “Walk to Read”.  This program helps students work on specific skills.  Students are always growing and changing, and we will periodically monitor each child’s progress for growth in their reading skills.  Using these on-going assessments, we regroup students periodically based on their needs.  Flexible grouping is part of what makes our program so successful.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s reading progress or extra support time, please contact either Kim Matakanski  ( or Julie Murray (, the Reading Specialists at Morrison.  Thank you for your support! 


Accelerated Reader

We are getting ready to kick off our School Wide Reading Incentive Program. Our goal is to read over 100,000,000 words as a school. Students in Grades 3-5 already have their Accelerated Reader username and password from last year. If your child has forgotten, just come and see Mrs. Murray or Mrs. Matakanski and we can help you out. It's easy to participate! After reading a book, simply log on and take a quiz, score a 90 or 100% and bring the quiz to either of us or Mr. Riordan and we will give you a ticket for the chance to participate in a Fun Friday.


Calendar of Activities

Monday, October 1                    Garden Guild donates Books to the Media Center 10:00

Friday, October 5                     Bruins Day

Monday, October 8                   No School

Tuesday, October 9                  PTO 7 PM

Wednesday, October 10            Picture Day

Friday, October 12                    Morrison School Pride

Wednesday, October 24           Parent Conferences ~ Half Day (Be watching for letters from your child’s teacher with a code enabling you to sign up for parent conferences via

                                                UNO Dine In/Out Day

Thursday, October 25               Parent Conferences (Afternoon)

Monday, October 29                 Parent Conferences (Evening)

Wednesday, October 31            Character Dress-up Day and Parade at 2:00


7/30 COLBERT SY19 Student Handbook Approval
8/20 COLBERT 4:45 PM EMS Site Tour
6:30 PM School Committee Meeting Start
10/1 BHS BHS Building Tour: Summer projects
SY19 Trip Requests Preliminary Enrollment Report
10/22 TBD School Improvement Plans
Official FY19 Enrollment Report
11/19 TBD
3/18 TBD
4/1 TBD
4/8 TBD
5/6 TBD
5/20 TBD

Welcome Back


Morrison PTO would like to welcome back our new and returning families! There are many things to look forward to this fall! Our PTO hosts many fun events for families, such as grade level socials, the Halloween Ball and Family Fun Nights. We also fundraise for technology improvements, cultural arts programming, field trips and various school projects and staff appreciation events.  PTO is a fun way to get involved in your children’s school, meet fellow families and be a part of the amazing Morrison community!  There are many ways to help including those that can be done completely from home! Come to a meeting or reach out to us to see how you can become involved!

Upcoming PTO meeting dates are:

●       October 9

●       November 13th

●       February 12th

●       March 12th

●       May 14th

Save the Dates:

●       Holiday Fair – 12/7

●       Jingle Jaunt – 12/9

●       Brain Show – 12/14


Our super fun fall fundraiser was a HUGE success!!! 
Thanks to all our generous families, our Fun Run raised over $20, 000!
We made our fundraising goal!  What an incredible accomplishment!
Box Tops

The fall Box Tops contest is running October 8th - October 26th.  The classroom who submits the most Box Tops each week gets a prize and the classroom who submits the most overall during the 3 week contest also wins a prize.  Every child who brings in Box Tops during the contest qualifies for the fall Pond Meadow hike.  The hike date is November 2nd - permission slips for the hike will be going home October 26th. If you do not receive a permission slip and your child submitted Box Tops or if you have any questions about the contest or the hike please email Jill Morris at or Carmelita Melton at


Morrison T-Shirts

Show your Morrison Pride!!!

They come is youth sizes, S, M, L, XL (full front logo)
Adult sizes L and XL (small logo on chest)
$15 each 
Contact Carmelita at or 917-453-2769
Can be sent home in child’s backpack or picked up!

Bake Sale

There will be a bake sale on Election Day on 11/6. We will be looking for volunteers to work the table and baked goods donations.


November 2018

Morrison School Newsletter, 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,
Can you believe it, November is already upon us.  By the time you get this newsletter your children will be ready to go trick-or-treating and be filled with excitement and “sugar.”  With regards to the Wellness Regulations, there will be no treats handed out in the classrooms.  Many teachers are coming up with clever ways to help the students enjoy this time of year without involving candy.  It is still fine for you to send in a treat with your child for lunch or snack, however, it is a great idea to have a 1-to-1 ratio of candy to healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables.  Thank you in advance for limiting the candy consumption over the next few weeks.

On a curriculum note:

*On Tuesday, November 6th ,  there will be no school for students.  Teachers will be participating in a variety of professional development activities.

Regarding social activities, I hope everyone had a great time at the “Halloween Ball” and the “Character Parade.”  I really enjoyed seeing all of the clever costumes and scary faces.  Thanks to all of the parents who helped with the set up and operation of both activities.  I am sure a good time was had by all.  We also have the Pond Meadow Hike coming up on November 2nd  , for those students who passed in more than 75 boxtops.  We will be hiking again in the spring, so please, save up those boxtops.  For those of you who didn’t know, you can get to Pond Meadow through a path that is located just opposite our gym doors on the back of the building.  I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this, drive up to the school, park in the lot, and take a nice walk with your children.

On the seasonal note, please send your children to school prepared to go outside for recess. We do our best to get the students outside during the day.  (Pretty soon we will be getting into hat and gloves weather). With this in mind, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE label your son/daughters’ outer clothing (sweatshirts, coats, gloves, mittens, etc…) you might be surprised by the quantity and quality of clothing that gets turned in to our lost and found.  If items are labeled, then they have a better chance of being returned to their owner.  OVER THE THANKSGIVING BREAK I AM GOING TO WASH ALL OF THE ITEMS IN THE LOST AND FOUND AND THEN DONATE THEM TO A CHARITY.

                                                                                                                John Riordan

The principal would like to recognize the following children for the month of  October ~

Vivian Sherlock                      Logan O’Connell                    Isaiah Edwards

Sam McHugh                          Gray Encarnacao                     Carter Chan

Ruby Ho                                 Arush Maitra                           Fayo Da-Silva

Isioma Nwosu                         Joseph Meade                         Clark Lynn

Kelsey Concannon                  Tyler Cochrane                       Ava Lamonica

Sienna Butler                          Deniz Tukeshov                      Zoe Maggio

Christopher Jones                   Syncere Bonner                      Lucy Stanford

Enes Enustekin                       Brogan Sisti                            Leo Maggiore

Kendall Vail                            Tyler Bright                            Joely Wang

Julia Callahan                          AJ Ringius                              Hannah Humphrey

Anthony Rus                           Foti Papaioannou                    Irene Lin

Ismail Enustekin                     Orian Fernandez                     Emily Caldwell

Ella Hood                                Brendan Clark                         Shane Griffiths

Sean Stenmon                         Ava Roland                             Samantha Patchin

Joseph Hayes


In the first few months of school the kindergartners have made lots of new friends, settled in to new routines, and had a lot of fun learning!  The children have been working hard on letter names and sounds as well as syllables, sequencing, rhyming, and more. In math we’ve worked hard on numbers and subitizing, and while we continue with these skills, we’ll also be grouping and sorting at the end of this month! Also coming up this month, the children will be learning all about our Native American and pilgrim friends and participate in a great Thanksgiving feast!


Ms. O’Brien

October has been a busy month! Students have had a fun time learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin. I am impressed with everyone's ability to recall the different stages of the cycle. Now that we are two months into the school year, students have adjusted to the schedule, routine and expectations of the classroom.  Students continue to earn stickers on the sticker chart, once students earn fifteen they get to choose a prize from the prize box.  This has been highly motivating and students have been working hard to earn their stickers! Students are also doing a great job singing the calendar time songs and answering questions related to maps, days of the week, months of the year and weather. In reading we will continue working on comprehension skills including; sequencing, characters and setting. We will also spend some time learning about Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving. I look forward to a fun-filled November! 


Third grade is having lots of fun in October! Our students have been busy working on comprehension, spelling, fluency and reading. In math, our students continue to practice addition and subtraction as well as multiplication, number lines and place value! We had so much fun at our Bucket Filler party and Halloween Ball!!


We have been enjoying the spooky season of Halloween.  We have been playing beginning sound Halloween bingo, subitizing using pumpkins on 10s frames and listening to scary stories!  We will be carving a pumpkin on Halloween based on votes for student’s favorite eyes, nose and mouth!  In Math students continue to work on math vocabulary before/after and greater/less than.  We continue to work on TouchMath numbers and touch points.  In ELA we are working on comprehension skills such as characters and setting.  Students have also been working on sorting objects by attributes, color and shape identification.   In Kindergarten we’ve been busy learning about our 5 senses.  


October has been a great month in Room 212.  Our fifth graders are halfway through the novel, Number the Stars. They are learning about inheritance and variation of traits in Science, and in Social Studies they are studying  the American  people and their land.  Our fourth graders have finished Unit 1 in our Reading Streets program, completed a unit on energy in Science and are now working on geography in Social Studies. 


October has been a busy month in first grade!  We were excited to finish up oeksuzaur first unit in Reading Street, and first graders did a great job reviewing those kindergarten skills.  We have begun Unit One, exploring how people and animals are important to one another this week.  In this unit we will learn some new phonics skills that will help us read even more words! In math we are working on place value of tens and ones.  We are starting to explore concepts of counting on and addition too.  In science we’ve been discussing the Moon and the different phases.  We are also looking at the pumpkin life cycle (just in time for Halloween!).  As the weather gets colder, please remember that we go outside twice every day for recess, so your first grader should be dressed appropriately for colder temperatures.  Please label all items (coats, mittens, lunchboxes, etc.) with your first grader’s name.

GRADE TWO            

The second graders continue to work hard!  We have completed our first reading unit on Exploration.  During this unit students explored the desert, space, rural, urban and suburban neighborhoods and learned a lot of rich vocabulary connected to each place.  Second graders continue to work on fluency and accuracy in our reading. We encourage families to keep supporting these efforts by having your child read as much as possible at home.  In math students worked to practice place value to hundreds and number strategies to add numbers to 20. They have also worked on odd and even numbers and comparing and ordering numbers. In addition, we are working on problem solving, critical thinking and writing in Math in order to explain our answers.  It has been a busy month!


October was a fast and furious month in third grade!  Math was filled with manipulating numbers and their values while discussing number sense,  rounding on number lines and adding on number lines.  We also began some early multiplication skills (drawing pictures and arrays) along with some of our beginning times tables.  Students were excited to begin learning something new like multiplication. Reading skills are getting tougher in third grade, but students are rising to the challenge, working hard to find evidence (things characters say and do in the story) to prove claims made about the characters.  One of the MOST exciting things for many third graders was reading and discussing our Wampanoag chapter in Social Studies.  Students have found it so interesting to learn how the Native Americans lived hundreds of years ago.  Ask a third grader to compare and contrast the summer homes (wetus) and winter homes (longhouses), as well as summer vs winter chores and clothing.  We all agreed that living and surviving hundreds of years ago was a lot of hard work!



Time sure is flying here in 4th grade!  Can you believe it is already November?  We have been so busy learning new things!  In science we have started a unit on waves and how they are created.  In Social Studies we are having a blast learning about how to read and create a map.  In Reading we are continuing to work hard reading and talking about our novels!  Finally, in math we are working on multiplying large numbers.  We had a great time at our field trip to Gillette Stadium!  Thank you so much for your continued support at home! 

GRADE FIVE                           

We continue our literature selection with all classes reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. This book is set in 1943 detailing life in Copenhagen during the German occupation. Families deal with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town. The Nazis won't stop. The Jew of Denmark are being "relocated", so Ellen moves in with the Johansen’s and pretends to be part of the family. We are about halfway through, it’s getting really exciting. Ask your children to tell you about this terrific historical fiction novel!

Math continues to be a major focus in Grade 5. Students must have instant recall of their math facts. If students do not, please work with your child for 20 minutes each evening until they do. This will assist your child to grasp the more advanced concepts of Fifth Grade Math.

In Science we have been learning about inherited traits and we have completed our first Social Studies state/region project!

Homework Planners- Please, Please, Please encourage the use of your child’s homework planner. This is a key component to their success in Fifth grade. Students should have daily entries to their homework planner.

It was great meeting so many of you at Parent/Teacher conferences!

Thanks for all of your continued support!-     The Fifth Grade Team


As we head into the month of November I will be finishing vision and hearing testing on students in grades kindergarten to grade 3, and vision testing in grades 4 and 5.  If your child has failed the testing, you will receive a written notice, which recommends that your physician or an ear or eye specialist further evaluate your child’s vision or hearing.

Due to budget cuts within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Braintree Public Schools did not receive the grant for the Fluoride Mouthrinse Program for 2018-2019.  As a result, students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will not be participating in the program this year.  Since we will not be participating in the Mouthrinse Program, parents are encouraged to reinforce good oral health habits in their children, by having them brush their teeth at least twice a day, along with flossing, and using fluoride mouthrinse daily.

For any families who are finding themselves in need this holiday season, I have applications for the Braintree Holidays Program.  This beneficial program provides needy families with a turkey and the fixings for your Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Dinners, as well as some Christmas presents for children 15 years old and younger.  If you are interested in applying for this program please contact Cheryl Campbell RN, at 380-0230, and I will send you an application. The deadline for applications to be accepted for Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance is November 9, 2018.



In November the 4th grade students will be participating in Fitnessgram.  The primary purpose of Fitnessgram is to promote enjoyable regular physical activity and to provide the teacher; student and parent/guardian with information that will help the student maintain or improve their level of health related fitness.

During physical education class students will perform a variety of fitness tests that measure the health components of fitness (cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility). During the month of November and December, the student’s performance at these various activities will be recorded. 

Each child’s performance is compared to standards that have been set for children at this age level.  Students are compared to these standards, not their classmates or other peers.  The Fitnessgram profile is an excellent tool to help students learn more about their own physical fitness and give them the knowledge to improve their fitness levels for lifelong good health. 

If you have any questions about your fourth grader’s Fitnessgram, please contact your physical education teacher  Karen Rapchuck or Melonie Bennett, Director of Physical Education and Health at (781)848-4000 x 7800

If parents or guardians need this notice or other school notices
translated into another language, please contact Mrs. Cabral at
781-380-0230 ext.6405 or  Thank you.


Si los padres o tutores necesitan este aviso u otros avisos escolares

traducido a otro idioma, póngase en contacto con la Sra. Cabral en

781-380-0230 ext.6405 o Gracias.


Se os pais ou responsáveis precisarem desta notificação ou outros avisos da escola

traduzido para outro idioma, entre em contato com a Sra. Cabral em

781-380-0230 ext.6405 ou Obrigado.

公告 (Chinese)



781-380-0230 谢谢

إعلان الترجمة (Arabic)

إذا كان الأهل أو الأوصياء بحاجة إلى هذا الإشعار أو إشعارات مدرسية أخرى

ترجم إلى لغة أخرى ، يرجى الاتصال بالسيدة كابرال في

ترجم إلى لغة أخرى ، يرجى الاتصال بالسيدة كابرال في 781-380-0230 ext. 6405 or

Picture retakes are taking place on Monday, November 5th.  Retakes are for students who were absent on photo day, or who wish to have their photos redone!  Kindly return your package on Monday (remember to take out the class picture) and a new picture will be taken. 


Food Drive ~ November 5 – 9, 2018

The Morrison School will be holding a Food Drive to benefit the Marge Crispin Center Braintree Holidays/Friends Food Pantry.  Please drop off your non perishable food items in the marked boxes located in the School Lobby
The Center especially needs potatoes, canned peas, canned green beans, gravy, stuffing mix canned baked beans, canned pineapple, cake mixes, brownie mixes, cookie mixes, canned frosting. Thanks for your support 

Morrison School ~ November Activities 

Thursday, November 1             Remain in Place ~ Practice

Friday, November 2                 Box Top Hike

Monday, November 5               MOS, GRADE 3 Cultural Arts Program

                                                Picture Retake Day

                                                School Committee Meetings, Colbert

Tuesday, November 6               No School

Wednesday, November 7          7:45 AM

                                                MOS, Grade 4 Cultural Arts Program

Monday, November 12             No School

Tuesday,  November 13            PTO Meeting

Wednesday, November 21        Half Day

Thursday, November 22           No School

Friday, November 23               No School

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 


*The agenda for each meeting may be viewed two days prior to the meeting date at


What Families Should Know About Marijuana,

Vaping and Teens

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 6:30 pm-7:30 pm Braintree High School Auditorium

Program Objectives: 

● Provide information on the effects and consequences of marijuana for youth, including a discussion of marijuana use on the developing brain 

● Highlight emerging and popular trends in vaping products including JUUL 

● Empower families with effective communication skills when talking with their children about marijuana and vaping ● Review the importance of establishing clear rules and consequences at home regarding substance use

● Evaluate resiliency factors that help protect kids from substance use 

● Provide local resources should families require addiction support 

Speaker: Traci Wojciechowski is the Regional Director of Education at Caron Treatment Centers. Ms. Wojciechowski has been with Caron since 2002 and is responsible for ensuring that quality education, prevention and intervention services are provided to school systems and youth agencies throughout the Northeast. 

All families, interested community members, are encouraged to addend this program. 

Presented by:

The Braintree Alliance for Safe and Halthy Youth

And the Braintree Community Partnership on Substance Use


Melonie Bennett,                                                                    Jean Afzali

Director of Health & Wellness                       or                     Director of Nursing Services            

781-848-4000 ex. 7800                                                           781-848-4000 ex. 7840


A Note from the Morrison PTO…


Our Parent Teacher Organization is an important part of our school. We help with field trips, teacher appreciation, free family fun nights and so much more! There are many ways to get involved throughout the year and we want you to be in-the-know. 

Unfortunately, we have lost most of our PTO email contacts. Please send this form back or email us with your name to to be added to our list. Emails are infrequent but will notify you of volunteer opportunities and information about our PTO meetings. 

Even if you think we have your email, please give it to us again to ensure that we are current and up-to-date.

Thank you!


Please print clearly.


Name ____________________________________


Email ____________________________________



FRIDAY, December 7


8:50     Mrs. Caruso 108                    

9:00     Ms. Aborn 102                                    Mrs. Bradley 104 & Mrs. Cotton 105

9:30     Mrs. Fleming, 106                              Mrs. Antonelli, 109 & Mrs. MacDonald, 107

10:00   Ms. Coraine, 201                                Mrs. MacDougall, 204

10:30   Mrs. Singleton, 202                            Mrs. McHarrie, 204

11:00   Lunch for Volunteers                          Lunch for Volunteers

11:30   Mrs. Hawley, 209                               Mrs. Varley, 103

12:10   Mrs. McGovern, 211                          Mrs. Bradley, 104

1:00     Mrs. Kelley, 207                                 Mrs. Myers, 206

1:30     Mr. Clark, 205                                    Ms. McIntosh, 101

2:00     Mrs. Parker, 208                    

Students in Mrs Mazzeo, Mrs. Boucher, Ms. O’Brien and Mrs. Frazer’s classrooms will go with their grade level teachers.

Raffles begin at 2:15


December 2018



Dear Parents & Guardians,

It is hard to believe that November has ended and we are already into December.  What an exciting time to be working with children. The “buzz” of the holiday season is contagious.  I am sure that in the approaching month there will be many activities that your families will be involved in both here at school and at home.  I hope you are able to slow down and enjoy this precious time with your children, we will try to do the same here at school.

In the upcoming month there are sure to be some special classroom activities.  With the Wellness Policy in mind we will be looking for ways to celebrate with our students in ways that do not involve food. We appreciate your support in all of our activities.

As always, I would like to thank the “Fabulous PTO.”    We again had the Bake Sale during Election Day. Thanks to all those who volunteered their time.  Also, we recently sent over 20 boxes of food to the Marge Crispin center for Thanksgiving. Thanks to all of parents who support the Morrison School Community.

I am very excited about our 8th annual “Jingle Jaunt”, taking place on Sunday, December 9th @ 9:30.  Participants will be running, walking or jogging from Morrison School around Pond Meadow and back. The course is a 5K, (3.1 miles). This year there is also the shorter “Mrs. Petrelli” loop (about 1.5 miles).  All student participants will be able to show their bib number to their teacher to be used as a Homework Pass. Thanks to everyone who has helped out with this endeavor. All the proceeds from the “Jaunt” will go to support technology at Morrison School.  If you have not yet signed up and wish to do so you can go to or sign up on race day right here at the school.

On a charitable note, our 5th grade students will be participating in a gift giving project that is also connected with the Marge Crispin Center.  We will soon be collecting gifts for those children less fortunate than us and our fifth grade students will be taking the gifts over (by bus) in December and will help in organizing the center.

Finally, I want to wish all of you a healthy and happy Holiday Season!



John A. Riordan

The principal recognizes the following students for the month of November:

Caroline Kelly Alanna Hough Madison Ryan Frank Reynolds

Sarah Noman Abiel Shtembari Cody McGee Sam Monks

Gavin Mitchelson Sam Flaherty Shyla Gupta Teddy McConville

Emily Chen Danielle Wilkins Alyssa Nellany Jeffrey Nellany

Carter Chan Ariyana Chisholm Angela Yu Daveon Butler

Brendan Tuohey Queenie Li Avery Littlewood Kalen Irby

Fiona Fajardo Tyler Hall Evan Tam Brian Berry

Mya Brown Niamh Kealey Madelyn Patterson Eli McHugh

Charles Kreuz Michaela Scheer Erin Leighton Abby Visser

Rory Cusson Caleb Garrity Tovia Poon Jayda Sweatman

Morgan Collins Maddy Merchant Kirstyn Tashjian Tristan Fainer


Mrs. Frazer’s Class

My friends have been working very hard! Students have been busy working in their homerooms! We have been adding, subtracting, learning about number lines, time telling, main idea and details and about Pilgrims! Third grade is super fun! We are very excited watching our students learn new strategies to make them successful in and out of the classrooms!


Ms. O’Brien’s Class

My friends have worked hard over the month of November! Students have been busy learning about Election Day, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.  We have read many stories on the First Thanksgiving and discussed what we are thankful for. In ELA we have been working on blending and reading CVC words. In math we have been working on a variety of skills including 1:1 correspondence, addition, subtraction and place value. I look forward to another fun month ahead!!


Mrs. Boucher’s Class

This past month our Kindergarten friends have been busy learning about Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Voting day!  We continue to focus on letter identification and sound correspondence, number id and touch points, initial sounds in words heard, patterns and sorting by attributes.  In Science we have been focusing on labeling a tree (roots, trunk, branches and leaves) while noting the differences in trees during different seasons. Another big thing we have been working on is independence.  Students are working on varying levels of independence throughout the day. We encourage students to try and do things by themselves first and if they need additional support we will offer visual and verbal prompts through the process.



Mrs. Mazzeo’s Class

November has been yet another busy month in Room 212. We focused on Thanksgiving this month, tying in comparing numbers, reading comprehension, and writing. We learned about the Pilgrims first Thanksgiving, discussed what it means to be thankful, and enjoyed making several different versions of turkeys! It is hard to believe December is upon us, we are ready for some fun winter learning.



In November the children learned all about the first Thanksgiving!  We talked about the Pilgrims coming to the New World on the Mayflower and having a great feast with the Native Americans!  We even had our own feast! We also focused on sorting and continued subitizing.  We are looking forward to learning more letters, sounds, and lots of sight words in December!



November was a fun and busy month in first grade! Our Reading Street "Big Question" this unit is "How are people and animals important to one another?" Our phonics skills have really grown this month as we've worked with all of our short vowel sounds, and we will be starting to explore blends after Thanksgiving.  In math, we are becoming true mathematicians as we explore concepts of tens and ones. In December we are looking forward to learning about the many different holidays celebrated this season.




The month of November has flown by! Second graders have been working on Unit 2 in reading which focuses on working together. They have been working on topics such as comparing/contrasting, main idea and details and plural nouns.  We all continue to work on fluency and accuracy in our reading and we encourage families to keep supporting these efforts by having your child read as much as possible at home. 

In math the second graders have been learning concepts such as place value, even/odd, ordering numbers, less than/greater than and fact families. Students have continued to improve their math fact fluency. Practice with addition facts both in school and at home will help students become more automatic and work through math tasks more efficiently. We hope everyone enjoys the holidays!  



November was a HISTORICAL month in grade 3.  Students continued to learn about the local history  of the Wampanoags and Pilgrims arriving in Massachusetts.  Did you know the first Thanksgiving did not happen until a YEAR after the Pilgrims arrived?  The Pilgrims did not even arrive in Plymouth first.  Ask a third grader where they DID land.  Traveling back in time has been fun, but we are looking forward to starting some Science next month and experimenting  forces in motion. This will involve hands on activities working with pushes, pulls, gravity, ramps, pullies and other forces.  We also look forward to some special gingerbread themed lessons and activities in December.  Some involve help from parent volunteers, so be on the lookout for forms coming home to sign up and help.  The third grade team is THANKFUL for all that our families do to help and support us throughout the year!




November has come and gone way too quickly.  We have been so busy her in 4th grade learning a ton of new information.  In social studies we have been learning all about the Northeast.  Please quiz your students on their states and capitals.  In math we have finished our unit on multiplication and are starting division!  In reading we are really enjoying our novels and look forward to finding out how they end.  Bring on December!



We are currently working on order of operations, next it will be moving on to fractions. We will be identifying fractions, working with mixed numbers to improper fractions as well as comparing and ordering fractions. It’s critical for students to work carefully; having a solid grasp of multiplication 

facts and addition facts is a key factor to success with this task. In Science, we are finishing up our life science unit and preparing for a life science assessment. The next unit of study is physical science.   We are moving along in Number the Stars and soon will begin book clubs and Scholastic Storyworks. While in social studies we just finished up learning about the different empires and we will begin the unit on the Native American tribes of North America.

Please reinforce the concept of studying nightly for tests, especially science and social studies. Students usually receive several days’ notice of the upcoming tests.   

Parents, we realize you are an important piece of your child’s organizational process. Please do not throw away any of the corrected assignments, as these papers are vital to have when it comes time to studying for chapter and unit tests.  Also, if you would help ensure the papers are put in the appropriate folders in their binder that would be helpful. We appreciate all of your efforts at home, thank you!


Ms. Rapchuck

During the month of December students in Miss Rapchuck's PE classes will be working on volleyball and floor hockey skills. Please help your child remember to wear sneakers on PE days. Thank you.


From the Nurse

As we start the month of December we are entering cold and flu season when many illnesses seem to go around the school.  This is a good time for parents to reinforce with your children the importance of regular hand washing to help prevent the spread of infection and illness.  If your child is going to be absent from school please call the Morrison School 781-380-0230, to report your child’s absence.

 Here are a few guidelines for keeping your child home from school due to illness.

     If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or above

     If your child has a contagious illness such as chicken pox, strep throat or flu

     If your child has a skin rash or condition not yet diagnosed by a doctor

     If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea

     If your child has pink, red itchy eyes with drainage from the eyes

Things to remember for when your child returns to school after illness.

     Your child should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school

     If your child has been prescribed an antibiotic for an illness he or she should be on the medicine for at least 24 hours before returning to school

     School Policy requires a doctor’s note for any absence of 5 days or more due to illness, or if your child needs to miss gym class due to illness or injury


The Reading Corner

It is so hard to believe that December is already upon us! We have been busy doing a massive amount of reading here at Morrison School. As a school we have already read 31,764,012 

words in Accelerated Reader! It is nice to see so much participation. We already have 9 students who have read over one million words: Ruby Maggio, Pratik Venkatesan, Abigail Li, Niamh Kealey, Natalie He, Joely Wang, Zoe Maggio, Gary Hanniffy, and Henry Kyaw.

Don’t forget that books make wonderful gifts! Happy Holidays!


Morrison School Upcoming December Events

Thursday, December 6 Teacher’s Workshop ~ Half Day 12:10 Dismissal

Friday, December 7 Holiday Fair (Schedule attached)

Sunday, December 9 Jingle Jaunt 9:30

Friday, December 14 Brain Show Family Night, Providence Bruins, Grade 4 sings

Friday, December 21 Half Day 12:10 dismissal, Reports Cards distributed today, School Vacation Starts

Wednesday, January 2 Return to School

Have a wonderful Holiday Season, see you next year.

Please check the website for our most up to date school information.



Santa visits Pond Meadow Park on Saturday, December 1st from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Wreaths will be available for purchase and hayrides will be available from 10:30 a.m. until

2:30 p.m., weather permitting. Come, let your children visit with Santa, bring your own camera for a great picture. Purchase a wreath, take a hayride and enjoy some refreshments. Call the park at 781-843-7663 if you have any questions.


The Braintree Public School Department is pleased to announce Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year

Registration Process

Registration for ALL eligible 2019-2020 Braintree resident Kindergarten students, regardless of where they live in town, will be held in the cafeteria at the MONATIQUOT SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN CENTER, located at 25 Brow Avenue, Braintree. Registration paperwork will be mailed out to all families known to have a kindergarten age student at the beginning of December.  In addition, kindergarten registration packets will be available online at beginning on Friday, December 6, 2018.

Registration Week @ Monatiquot School Kindergarten Center

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 -- 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 -- 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 26, 2019 -- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


Please note, we offer three different dates/times for registration, but you only need to attend one registration day that is most convenient for you.  We look forward to seeing you during Kindergarten Registration Week at the Monatiquot School Kindergarten Center!

Holiday Fair

Unpack your elf hats, polish your jingle bells and come share in the festivities at the 

Annual Holiday Fair on Friday, December 7th!   

Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles & Friends are welcome to join in a day of shopping with the children.  You will find gifts for moms, dads, kids and even pets. We also have ornaments for the tree, that make a lovely gift. All gifts are between $1-$3.

Take part in some fun raffles and buy fudge to get in you in the Holiday spirit!  Or purchase a youth or adult Morrison t-shirt! Come be a part of something wonderful!

The class schedule for shopping is:




Mrs. Caruso 3rd


Mrs. Aborn 1st, Mrs. Cotton 2nd


Mrs. Fleming 2nd, Mrs. Antonelli 3rd & Mrs. MacDonald 3rd


Mrs. Corraine 5th, Mrs. MacDougall 5th


Ms. Singleton 5th, Mrs. McHarrie 5th


Lunch for Volunteers


Ms. Hawley 1st, Mrs. Varley 1st


Mrs. McGovern K, Mrs. Bradley 2nd




Mrs. Kelley 4th & Mrs. Myers 4th


Mr. Clark 4th, Ms. McIntosh 1st


Mrs. Parker 3rd




Please enter the gymnasium through the back of the school. 


Mark your calendar, hope to see you there!

Dear Parents,


Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It’s time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.


We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you’ve got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. You can help us convey that message. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.


John Riordan



Click on the link for a complete PDF of the current school Newsletter, it's a good read!

Morrison Mustang Pride

Principal Recognition
Students are recognized on a monthly basis for exemplary achievement in citizenship and academics.

Accelerated Reader Program
Accelerated Reader is a computer-based program that schools may use to monitor reading practice and progress. Students take short quizzes after reading a book to check if they’ve understood it. If you have been invited to participate, click on the link, Accelerated Reader.

School Pride Events
Special days throughout the year that promote school spirit.