Everybody seems to very excited about today for some reason...not sure why...I always thought I was in the minority enjoying Mondays as I do :?)
The anticipation of next week's return to school is tangible. You can sense the energy as everyone rushes to fit in last minute opportunities to relax and recoup.
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Teachers are returning to school on Monday, August 28 and the 6th graders will join us all on Tuesday, August 29. Having the school to themselves for the day provides a great opportunity to explore their space and traffic patterns before the 7th and 8th graders come back to school on Wednesday, August 30. When the 6th graders arrive on Tuesday, we will have plenty of friendly faces in the halls and lobby to help direct them to their Advisory rooms to start the day. The teachers will do a great job helping them get acquainted with the building and letting them know how they can best prepare for a successful year. Have no fear...students will not be expected to have all of their supplies with them on the first day of school. Being well-rested, ready and willing to contribute to a positive learning environment is the best
foundation on which to build a successful school year. We believe in balance and will continue to do our best to foster an environment that encourages rejuvenation in order for all of our students and faculty to produce the best work possible.
Not to rush us into September after talking about rejuvenation, but for some people balance is maintained by feeling a sense of preparedness. As this is middle school, many students begin exhibiting a new concern around their fashion options and choices. For those individuals, school picture day is currently scheduled for Friday, September 15. If that impacts fashion choices for the first week of school, I wanted to provide ample notice.
For those of you with 7th graders...good luck...13 is a trip in itself. That being said, all 7th graders need to have an updated immunization and physical record on file in our Health Clinic. If you have not already done so, please provide our school nurse, Ms. Hanly, with that information. Additionally, paperwork accompanying epipens and inhalers need to be brought in at the beginning of the year for students in all grades. Finally, ALL students planning to play any sports at Stony Brook need to have a current physical on file in the clinic prior to participating. There will be sign-ups for students interested in fall sports (Boys and Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, and Cross-Country) during Advisory on Thursday, August 31. Tryouts are currently scheduled to run the following week (9/5-9/8) for Soccer and
Field Hockey. Practices will begin on Monday, September 11.
Mrs. Watson will be holding an informational meeting on Thursday, August 31 from 6:00- 6:30 PM for parents interested in helping with Stony Brook Theater Arts productions throughout the year. The meeting will take place in the SB Auditorium. If you are not able to attend and would like to help, please email Mrs. Watson directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, we have a seen some incoming 6th graders during the last few weeks as they have visited with their schedules to get more familiar with the school. If anyone is hoping to visit on Monday, August 28, please be aware that the building will not be accessible before 2:30 PM. We will be conducting professional development with the staff and will not be able to accommodate visitors until the end of the scheduled meetings. We will keep the building open a little while that afternoon rather than closing at the typical summer hours of 3:00PM.
Now that I had to cut up my cereal boxes to make special eclipse glasses, I need to go find a container for all of the Cheerios.
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886