I have been struggling to find a more light hearted opening to this week's update, but I must admit the events outside of our little corner of the world give me little reason to laugh this week. However, I am very fortunate to be able to visit classes and witness the insatiable curiosity and eager attentiveness the majority of our students exhibit on a regular basis. It refreshes my sense of hope and strengthens my resolve to focus on providing them the opportunities they deserve to shape their own futures. Simply put, they are wonderful...moody, but
Highlights of this week included 7th graders creating their own versions of cave art followed by game scenarios allowing them to explore the challenges of living in a hunter/gatherer community. 6th graders were exploring both physical and manmade geographical formations as they researched various countries before creating virtual postcards. 8th graders commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Sputnik Launch by ending their week watching the wonderful film October Sky.
A couple of things on the horizon:
October 18 is the Parent Information Night for the 8th Grade Washington DC Trip. The meeting starts at 6:30 in our auditorium.
Mark Your Calendars!
Stony Brook Theatre Arts (SBTA) is hosting Stony Brook's 2017 Costume Party!
Friday, October 27th - 7:00 - 9:00 PM
The DJ will have the gymnasium rockin' the entire night!
Things to Know:
- Only Stony Brook students are invited to attend
- This is a fund raiser for SBTA with an Admission Price of $7
- To help expedite student check in, Advanced Ticket Sales will take place during lunch periods on October 23rd & 25th. Students should buy their tickets on those days to avoid waiting in line to purchase a ticket, but tickets will also be available at the door.
- Students in school will receive a permission slip the day of the party and will NEED to have this slip with them to enter the party.
- Water and snacks will be sold $1 each
Be on the look out for the flyer in the coming week!
It was a full moon this week and it never ceases to amaze me that we can recognize that without even needing to look outside at all.
Have a wonderful long weekend,
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
Arts & Education: Jack Gantos
Our sixth graders will have their first A&E program on October 18 when Newbery Medal-winning author Jack Gantos will visit both schools. This program is back by popular demand and please be sure to
Monday Morning: Mimosas & Muffins!
Want to learn more about your PTO? Open board seats, volunteer opportunities, and more.
Join us for mimosas and muffins on Monday, 10/9.
38 Chamberlain Road
(We will also have coffee and other things to nibble on but "mimosas and muffins on Monday" sounded a little more fun)
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Cleaning out closets? We are collecting gently-used, wearable pairs of shoes for a sustainable fundraising program provided by ShoeBox Recycling. Look for the donation in bins in both middle school lobbies.
Westford Parent Support
Next meeting has been rescheduled to Oct 10 so as not to conflict with Westford Parent Connection event on the 17th, The re-scheduled meeting for the 10th will be in the large all purpose room in the Millenium Building where we usually meet. The topic for our parent support group Oct 10th meeting is: Anxiety/Depression--when is it serious, when to be concerned; how to get help. That will be from 7-8:30. Please see below for more information about the Westford Parent Connection event on the 17th:
WESTFORD PARENT CONNECTION - Teens: What Are They Thinking? If you have teenagers in your life, you’ve probably wondered (more than once) what they’re thinking. Or whether they’re thinking at all. The Westford Parent Connection kicks off its 2017 – 2018 speaker series with Joani Geltman, MSW, on Tuesday, October 17, with her talk, Adolescent Psychology: The Parent Version. During her presentation, parents will learn how the brain affects behavior, and how teens often struggle between thinking and feeling. Parents will also learn effective strategies to keep the lines of communication open and keep teens safe in what is a very challenging time in their lives. Joani has more than 30 years of experience working with parents, children, schools, and community groups. She is a clinician, parenting coach,
college professor, and public speaker, and has addressed hundreds of schools and community organizations across the country. She is also the author of A Survival Guide To Parenting Teens: Talking To Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, And Other Things That Freak You Out, copies of which will be available for purchase the evening of her talk. Joani’s presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way, Westford. The event is free and open to the public, made possible by the Westford Parent Connection’s generous sponsors. For more information about Joani, check out her website at http://joanigeltman.com/ or follow her blog at http://joanigeltman.blogspot.com/. For more information about the Westford Parent Connection, contact Mary Anne Seraphin at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.westford.org/wpc/.