As this is the last but one in our series of weekly updates for the 2016-2017 school year, I share with you the good news that we are planning to release all of the students 2017-2018 schedules before they all leave for the summer. Between report cards and schedules, students will most likely be so caught up in celebrating that they will not be too sad that they have to say goodbye to school for a couple of months and begin the dreaded summer vacation. Typically, we have posted them in August to help break up the droll monotony of days full of nothing but relaxation and
rest. I apologize for the additional strain it puts on you to now find some midsummer distraction to keep the students occupied while they pine away for their studies.
Our 8th graders were granted a lovely distraction this week in the form of the Shakespeare Now! production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Still recovering from the Washington DC trip and the Nab Field Day activities, it also helped them forget that their time with us at Stony Brook was growing short. Many of them worked on our very own SBTA production of the same story and it was wonderful for them to enjoy another company's interpretation. For those not involved in the award winning SBTA production, it provided them an opportunity to hear and see Shakespeare's hilarious characters come to life before their very eyes. We are very thankful of the WMSPTO's ability to sponsor such an important event!
Once the sun came out, classes were able to get outside and enjoy the better weather. It was awesome to watch 6th graders beam with pride as they launched rockets in Engineering which was just one of the many activities taking place outside. While many were outside, the 7th graders have been looking for quiet corners inside to record their Foreign Language CBAs this week. One unfortunate young man started his recording just as the 257 8th graders started walking down the hall to attend the performance of the play in the auditorium. He was very patient as he waited for them all to pass before he wisely to decided to re-record his speaking assignment. Before the sun came out, we were able to adjust our schedule to accommodate the 207 incoming 6th graders from Abbot and Day school who were not able to participate
in their camp activities at the beginning of the week because of all of the rain. We brought all of them into the cafeteria to get an idea as to what lunch will be like for them next year. I am happy to say that not one student or adult burst into tears while they were visiting. In fact, there was a great deal of laughter and smiles. 17 of our tremendous 8th graders gave them tours throughout the building and answered questions for them. Towards the end of our visit, I encouraged the 5th graders to work together with their parents to craft an email to me if they had any questions that we did not answer for them. I told them to help and not just expect their parents to write me on their own, but that they could be a part of the process.
This weekend seems like we are finally getting some more typical June weather. Even if it rains, it should at least be warm.
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
From your PTO...
8th Grade Parents - Our celebration for your students is on Tuesday, June 20 from 7-9:30pm. Permission is required and we will gratefully accept a suggested $10 donation to help us offset the costs of the celebration and gift for each student. Students can pick up copies of the permission slip in the main office or access the link here - please sign and return to the office before June 16.
Join the WMSPTO: We have several open positions for the 2017-2018 school year!
As our 8th graders move on the Westford Academy, so do their wonderful parents who have helped us over the past several years in various capacities. We are seeking new members to fill the roles of Events Co-Chairpersons, Publicity Chairperson, Website Chairperson and Arts & Education Programming Chairpersons. The sign-up contains position descriptions and the opportunity to indicate which position you are interested in. If you have questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://mspto.webs.com/ for more information.
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!