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Principal's Message

Dear Students,

We are now into the holiday season and ultimately to the beginning of the New Year. We have much to be thankful for. The support of family and friends, the opportunity to get a wonderful education, and hopefully good health for everyone are reason for all of us to reflect and appreciate what we have. During this time of the year I hope everyone can think of giving rather than just receiving.

During the holiday season we are fortunate that many things are done at Memorial to help those in need. The student council has been very active in sponsoring many activities such as candy sales, bake sales, and other things to raise money to help those in need. To date, the council has raised almost $200 dollars to purchase toys for those children who do not have them. For Thanksgiving the Center for Food Action in Elmwood Park was able to distribute a Thanksgiving Dinner and all of the trimmings to 121 needy families consisting of 353 people. This could not have been done without your generous support. I am very proud of everyone for supporting these activities. I am also proud of Mrs. Costa and Mrs. Levine for all of the work they have done to make the student council as effective as it is. They have done an enormous amount of work this year.

I would also like to commend Mrs. Appel for organizing a program to collect software for computers which will be given to those in need. Last year Mrs. Appel organized a most successful "Coats From Kids" program. Mrs. Appel is also asking Fair Lawn merchants to donate software. Homerooms donating the most "holiday gifts" will receive awards and a gift certificate.

The types of activities mentioned above make Memorial a wonderful school. I cannot emphasize enough how proud I am of our school. We have teachers who care a great deal about you and want to help in every way possible. It does not just end wiTh teachers, because we have secretaries who work hard to do all of the tasks to make the school run effectively, and a custodial staff that keeps our school very clean. The school, however, is only as effective as you make it. We can provide you with every opportunity but if you choose not to use these opportunities, you are making an enormous mistake.

While I donít generally encourage new year resolutions I would ask that everyone make one which is to do the best that you can all of the time. As we begin the new millennium, the best gift that you can give yourself and to your parents is to always do your best. When you do your best no one can criticize you.

My best wishes to you and to your families for a great holiday and a happy 2000.


Student Council

The Memorial Student Council, advised by Mrs. Costa and Mrs. Levine, is off to a very active and productive school year.

From working at the school store, decorating for a successful school dance and doing the morning announcements, our students have proven that the "sky has no limit".

Besides all the work the council has done for our school they have done many wonderful things for our Fair Lawn community as well. During our recent food drive the Student Council provided full Thanksgiving dinners to 353 Bergen County residents.

The Student Council is also purchasing holiday gifts for needy Fair Lawn children with the money they have collected from the bake sales, private donations, and a tootsie roll raffle. With many more activities to come our Student Council looks forward to having a wonderful year.

Both Mrs. Costa and Mrs. Levine would like to thank the entire Memorial family, especially the student body and their families for making all the activities a great success.


Music News

On October 20, 1999 Memorial Middle School was host to the the annual Music Educators of Bergen County Inc. (MEBCI) middle school music festival audition. Mr. Glock from Memorial Middle School and Mr. Kafer from Fair Lawn High School were the audition coordinators. Twenty-eight schools in Bergen County sent a total of 453 students to audition for a place in the county chorus or band.

After the audition 221 students were accepted. The following Memorial students were accepted into the program: Michael Chocky, Jennifer Friedman, and Rebecca Kaufman. The concert took place on November 20, 1999 at Northern Valley High School in Demarest.


Upcoming Events

January 2000
3- School reopens
6- Fair Lawn High School Band and Orchestra concert
12- Winter Concert
17- Martin Luther King Day
28- Winter Dance
Feburary 2000
12- Lincoln's Birthday
14- Valentines Day
22- Washington's Birthday
21- Winter Recess begins



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