It is certainly warming up again!
Spring is finally here and one of the many signs includes the annual call for yearbook orders, so here it is...
Now is the time to buy a yearbook! There are only a few copies available to purchase in June. The link to purchase the yearbook is found on the Stony Brook Homepage.
This week started with The Flame Challenge worldwide assembly hosted by Alan Alda. 6th Grade Team Imagination students gathered in the library to participate in live web event where they talked with Alan Alda about the finalists in a competition he conducts every year. This year's focus was on defining "What is energy?" It was fun to watch "Hawkeye Pierce" chat with 6th graders from all over the world about science and how it impacts their daily lives and know that most of them had no idea of his iconic role in TV history.
Recently, Netflix debuted a new series "13 Reasons Why" based on a book by the same name; I never thought I would be using the word Netflix in one of the updates, but if you saw one of our tweets earlier in the week you would know that it is very important for parents to be aware if your son or daughter is watching or has watched this series. The series focuses on the very serious tragedy of teen suicide and there has been a lot of debate regarding the manner in which the fictional story is presented and the impact it can have on younger viewers. Due to the controversial reactions I have been hearing, and the buzz among students who have seen the show, I thought it was prudent for me to know what students were watching. I was able to view it over the break and I was very surprised by the graphic language and images
throughout each episode and concerned if middle school age students were watching something so emotionally complicated without parental supervision; I would encourage anyone interested in the series to read one of the two following articles and if your child has seen the show to have a conversation with him or her about the content and any reactions or feelings the show has elicited.
One of the most important things we can do is keep communication open especially when it seems most difficult.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
Teacher Appreciation Week: Raffle Items
On Tuesday, May 2, we are hosting a lunch for the teachers and staff at Stony Brook. Thank you to all of the volunteers who signed up. We are very grateful to Whole Foods for donating a portion of the meals that will be served next week.
We are still looking for donations to the raffles, you must drop these off in the main office Monday morning before 9am.
8th Grade Celebration: WE NEED YOU!
We are in desperate need for volunteers to help with the 8th Grade Celebration - we have almost 500 8th graders that we will be hosting and we need all the help we can get. This event is a lot of fun and a lot of work if we don't get help running it. Please click here for volunteer opportunities. Join us on Tuesday, May 9 from 7-8pm at the 99 Restaurant for a volunteer meeting and social. Drinks and snacks will be served!
We are VERY close to our goal fo $25,000 to support the PTO-sponsored events for this school year. We’re asking for a one-time donation of $50 per student or $80 per family, although any amount is appreciated. 100% of all donations go directly to programming, technology, staff appreciation, student activities and other WMSPTO supported activities. To donate, click here. Be sure to look at your company's matching gift program!
New AEP Program! 8th Grade Families: Be sure to ask your students about a new program we are offering this year, The Museum of Science Heat and Temperature A&E program for 8th graders. This is happening at Stony Brook on May 8.
LAST NIGHT 2017
Westford Academy Last Night 2017 is the all-night, substance-free celebration for our graduating seniors, which will be held on Friday, June 2nd starting at 10pm. With almost 100% participation, Last Night is a highlight for Westford Academy graduates and a longstanding Westford tradition—this is our 27th year!
From start to finish, It takes over 250 volunteers to make this evening a success. Parents of all students from K to 12, are encouraged to volunteer. We need volunteers before, during, and after the event and the time commitment is flexible. To learn more about how you can help, please see the Last Night website at www.walastnight.org for information about our upcoming volunteer events or contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy McKeen at firstname.lastname@example.org