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Toughest Job...Update

Perhaps you thought I forgot or maybe you were hoping I forgot to send out an update, but lo and behold, I did not.  The weekend was full of attempts at honoring and celebrating the mothers in our family; operative word here being "attempts" and I clearly would fail if I was required to multi-task as regularly as they do!  Hopefully, whatever celebrations and activities that were organized by your children for this weekend did not leave any mothers with more work than usual this morning.  If your middle school age children even acknowledged their mothers this weekend, consider that a win.  At this wonderfully egocentric period of their lives, their version of honoring and celebrating can often be disguised as complaints and whining...but deep down they are really saying how much the need you and want your help for survival.

This week we have two opportunities for parents to get more information as to how they can help their middle school age children thrive in upcoming events.  Tuesday, May 16 @ 6:00 we will be hosting our Incoming Parent Information Night for 5th grade families transitioning to Stony Brook for the 2017-2018 school year.  Thursday, May 18 @ 6:00 we will be conducting a Parent Information Night regarding logistics and travel planning for this year's 8th Grade trip to Washington DC.

Even though it doesn't always feel like your child would want to remember all of the joys of middle school, the students on our Yearbook staff do a great job chronicling the student experience and who doesn't want to hold on to those awkward memories to cherish at graduations and wonderful events like weddings in the future.  Not to mention, they too will hopefully be able to enjoy parenting an early adolescent of their own some day in the distant future and won't you want to be able to remind them of their early teen years when they start complaining about your future grandchildren's behaviors.  The online orders have closed but Yearbooks can still be ordered this week only; payment can be either in cash or a check made out to Stony Brook School.  A very limited supply is available for purchase when yearbooks are distributed. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Smith at

On the topic of creating memories...

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I thought about leading today's update with "Rainy Days and Mondays" because I never mind having Carpenters' songs stuck in my head...but today I would prefer to be "Walkin' on Sunshine".

Have a great week,


Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 692-2708

From your PTO...

8th Grade Celebration: SEEKING VOLUNTEERS!
We continue to seek volunteers to help with the 8th Grade Celebration - we have almost 500 eighth 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 or contact Karen Wilson ( for volunteer opportunities. 

Open Board Meeting: Bylaw Revision Vote
Please join our open board meeting on May 17 at 7pm at the 99 Restaurant on Littleton Road for a review of WMSPTO bylaws and a vote on suggested modifications. Your vote counts so join us! 

No-Fuss Fundraiser: Donate Today!
We are VERY close to our goal for $25,000 to support the PTO-sponsored events for this school year. 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!

If you are interested in volunteering or joining the WMSPTO board, please contact us at or visit for more information.

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