Math Madness Month 2019

Morrison’s Math Madness Month

March 2019


Dear Morrison Teachers,  Parents and Students,


Mathematics Awareness Month began in 1986 and is held each year in April. The goal is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. We are going to celebrate Morrison’s Math Madness Month in MARCH! We would like to encourage and invite you and your child to participate in the math activities taking place throughout the month.


  1. Math Game Night: March 27th 6-7pm
Please join us for some family fun as you and your child play a variety of math games. An invite was sent home, please RSVP via the form or by email.


  1. Poster Contest:
Each grade level is invited to participate in a themed poster contest. Prize: One winner from each grade level will be able to “be Mr. Riordan or Mrs. Metro” for a portion of the day. To be eligible to win students must follow the poster contest rules and regulations. If you need an additional copy of the 'Poster Contest Rubric' please email our Math Specialists for details. Poster Due: April 5th.


  1. Math Joke/Parent Share:
Each morning Mr. Riordan will read a math joke or family member’s job description and how they use math in their everyday life. This is a great opportunity for students to learn that math has meaning beyond the classroom. Please email your math joke/parent share ASAP.


  1. Estimation Candy Jar:
Students will test their estimation skills by guessing how many pieces of candy are in a jar. The student with the exact guess or closest guess will win the jar filled with CANDY!


  1. Math Olympics April 1st - April 5th.
Each grade level will participate in a series of math challenges throughout the week. Grade level Olympians will be announced at a celebration ceremony on April 5th.


  1. What do you Notice? What do you Wonder?
Each week students will be presented with an image and asked What do you notice? What do you wonder? We believe that looking at the world with a curious and critical lens will enhance important sense-making skills.


  1. Spirit Day - Number Day: April 5th
Show your MATH school spirit by dressing in clothes with numbers all over!


Thank you in advance for your support during Math Month,
Meredith McDonnell and Lisa Rowan


Math Fact Fluency Practice, K-5

Learn To Count Link
Thumble Dots
Gingerbread Math Game Link
Connect The Dots Link
Cross The Swamp Link
Greenelle's Numbers Link
Marble Math Link
Ten Frame Link

Ten Frame

Money Bingo Link
Lucky Drops Link
Number Series Link
Math Playground Link
Top Marks Link1
Top Marks Link 2
Top Marks Link 3
Top Marks Link 4
Mission Addition Link
Mission Subtraction Link
Mission Multiplication Link
Mission Division Link
Rock Hopper Link
Multiplication Facts Link
Magic Squares Link
Break Apart Link

Physical Eduction

The Elementary Physical Education Program (K-5) is aligned with The Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks & National Standards, which de-emphasizes competition, and re-emphasizes skill attainment & self-accomplishment, with every student involved at all times: physically, mentally, & socially. Students will learn the language of movement, so that they may apply basic strategies and skills to a variety of sports and wellness activities.

Morrison Physical Education and Adaptive Physical Education Teachers

Library & Media

Rachel Duffy is our Media Specialist.

She can be reached at


The media center at Morrison has been recently renovated with a new carpet and paint. It is a great place to be inspired.

At home you can click on this new automated library link . Students can browse our collection and see what is available in the media center!

The Archie T Morrison Elementary school Birthday Book Club program is going on now.

Participation is easy:

  1. On or near your child’s birthday, make a monetary donation of $15 and fill out this form. Checks can be made out to: Morrison School.
  2. Mrs. Duffy will choose a book from her ‘student request’ wish list.
  3. A personalized label will be sealed into the selected book.
  4. The student will be the first one to check out the new book.
  5. The book will become part of Morrison library’s permanent collection

The new Morrison Birthday Book club form is located here.

Academic Support

Occupational Therapy

Title I

What is Title I?

Title I provides financial assistance to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.  In Braintree, both Ross and Morrison Elementary Schools receive funds to support a school wide program with resources dedicated to support all students with assistance in reading and/or math.  Please contact John Riordan at Morrison or Frank McGourty at Ross if you have questions regarding Title I.

Schoolwide Program

The expanded supports in Title I significantly increase the opportunities for schools, districts, and states to raise the achievement of all students, but particularly those who are the intended beneficiaries of Title I. The flexibility to consolidate funds and programs allows schools to focus on improving the achievement of those who most need support. By allowing schools to integrate programs, strategies, and resources, Title I can become the catalyst for comprehensive reform of the entire instructional program the students in these schools receive.

Parent Involvement Policy

In Braintree, we believe that active involvement of parents in their child’s education is essential to success in school.  Strong home-school partnerships benefit children, parents, teachers and the entire community.

Our focus on parental involvement has two objectives:  We wish to help parents provide assistance to their children, and we also require the feedback and input of parents as we evaluate our current services and design future programs.  Title I endeavors to develop a dynamic relationship where we both assist and are assisted by the home.

We recognize our responsibility in forming and encouraging these close home/school partnerships.  Title I staff will provide clear and strong leadership in the development of opportunities for parent involvement.  This starts with the development and maintenance of strong communication between home and school.  We welcome and encourage parental feedback and we will demonstrate ways parents can help their children achieve high academic standards.  Finally, we will encourage parents to participate in the evaluation and decision-making associated with the Title I program.

In addition, under ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) there is a focus on building the capacity of districts to help ensure that all students have equitable access to high quality educational experiences.

What Parents/Guardians Will Do

  • Make sure my child attends school every day, except in the case of illness
  • Ask my child about school every day
  • Check my child’s homework assignment notebook every day
  • Remind my child that success in school is important
  • Stay informed about my child’s education by communicating frequently with school and teachers and reading all notices
  • Ask about ways you can help your child in school
  • Provide a quiet place and regular time for homework
  • Read to my child every day
  • Attend school and district meetings as much as possible

What Students Will Do

  • Always do my best work
  • Complete my homework and bring it back to school
  • Read 15 minutes each night
  • Ask for help when I need it
  • Make sure all notices are given to my parents or guardians every day

What The School Will Do

  • Provide a quality education to all students (This education is based upon the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks)
  • Provide additional help in math and language arts to ensure proficiency
  • Be aware of each child’s learning style
  • Provide educational experiences in which the students are active participants in their learning
  • Communicate frequently with home
  • Hold parent conferences
  • Provide progress reports


  1. Print this handout about the Title I prgram
  2. Complete the information on the bottom of the document (as shown below)

    Student Name:
    Student Signature:
    Parent/Guardian Name:
    Parent/Guardian Signature:
    Parent/Guardian Telephone:
    Parent/Guardian Email:

  3. Return to your Homeroom Teacher within 5 days.

Thank you!


Accelerated Reader

If you have been invited to participate in this program, please click on the link: ACCELERATED READER


  • Choose “I am a student”
  • Find story
  • Take quiz
  • Do your best!

If the student scores a 90%-100% on the quiz, they can then come to either Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Matakanski, or Mr. Riordan with their quiz grade andwe will qualify for the Fun Friday incentive. Any questions, contact Julie Murray, Reading Specialist.


This online program is open to all.

Simply click on the link below:


This is a great way to prepare for Math Olympics!