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A restful update!
Hopefully, you were able to get some rest between trying to respond to storm damage around your house and or listening to impatient adolescents suffering from technology withdrawal earlier in the week.  Let's be real, many of the adults might have been struggling with the lack of technology more so than the kids.  But just as you are feeling exhausted from clean-up, playing board games by candle light, or chaperoning trick or treaters on their blissful adventures...have no fear...daylight savings is here!  I look forward to this weekend all year.  Seeing that in print is rather sad, but it is still true.

Even with a shortened school week, 6th grade students wasted no time diving deep into PBL work...everyone else dove back to work, as well, but I happened to visit more 6th grade classes this week than any others.  Students on the Imagination PBL team were tackling the question: "How did Earth's rotation cause no school on Monday and Tuesday?"  Their research lead to a very spirited debate about the Coriolis Effect and how wind is formed.  6th graders on both Team Discovery and Curiosity have been engaged in PBL strategies, as well.  During their science classes, they continue to develop their persuasive arguments regarding the expected solar eclipse of 2024.  I enjoyed watching their rich Fish Bowl discussions on Thursday and was inspired to witness how civil and respectful their disagreements could remain even in the throngs of debate.  They are clearly using well researched evidence to support their arguments and developing solid rational for their case.  

Next week, Bamboo Restaurant is sponsoring a fundraising for our 8th Grade Washington DC Trip on November 9 from 11:30 to 9:45.  During the event, mention Stony Brook and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to our scholarship fund to help support students in need of financial assistance in order to participate.   The fundraising is good for dine-in and or take-out!

This week we have a special announcement from the WPS Student Support Services:

If you know of any child attending public or private school, or who is homeless or has left school, and could benefit from a special education evaluation under Chapter 766 or educational services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, please contact the Special Education Department in Westford at 978-692-5560.

Every effort will be made to contact the parents to advise them of their rights under these laws.

Thank you for assisting us in this important matter.

Remind all of the students to get plenty of rest this weekend because we are hoping to get in four full days of school next week!

Enjoy,

Chris

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




SCHOOL-BASED FLU CLINIC PROGRAM
This year we will ONLY be providing FLU SHOTS at these schools:

School-based flu clinics will be offered again this year to Westford Academy, Blanchard and Stony Brook Middle School students this fall.  Details (including dates and restrictions) will be sent to parents via the WPS Billboard listserv, WPS Superintendent’s email, and the Westford Board of Health listserv.  Information will not be mailed to the students’ homes. Please register your child on our Westford Health Dept website or call 978-692-5509 for further information. November 7, 2017 at Westford Academy 7 am (before school)
  • November 8, 2017 at Stony Brook Middle School 7:45 am
  • November 9, 2017 at Blanchard Middle School 7:45 am


3rd Annual Rajiv Paluri International Night @ Westford Academy:

Many of you may remember three years ago when a young boy from the Blanchard Middle School, named Rajiv Paluri was taken from us in a skiing accident at the Nashoba Ski Area.  To honor his memory we (WA) hosted a half time presentation with a moment of silence at the football game on October 21st and on November 4th we are hosting the Third Annual Rajiv Paluri International Night.  Rajiv loved many things besides his family; three of his joys were football, the fall, and different types of foods.  In honor of his memory, we are hoping you will support these events.

If you are to willing to drop of soda, water, or snack items, please email Mrs. Hilary Langille with your donation items. Store bought food items cookies, chips, cheese and crackers or perhaps cut up fruit would be great.  We would ask you to drop off your meal at 4:30 PM on Saturday, November 4, 2017 by the WA cafeteria doors.  Looking at the high school, right side, by the granite blocks.

Many local restaurants will be supplying some main dishes for the event and there will be plenty of PIZZA for the young ones.

We would love for you to then come back to join us a 5:30 mingle with Rajiv's family.  THE EVENT is also a THROWBACK TEEN CENTER for students.  All kinds of activities for the student body.

Donations of $5 per person will be accepted at the door and will be supporting the Rajiv Paluri Memorial Foundation.  

Please email hlangille@westfordk12.us with your donation item.



From your PTO
 
We are so grateful for the donations that have come in and we can't move forward with a lot of our events without your support.  Donate Today!
We have a $25,000 goal this year and your support is critical. 100% of all donations go directly to programming, technology, staff appreciation, student activities and other WMSPTO supported activities. Be sure to look at your company's matching gift program!
 
Join us – we are looking for a publicity chair and an events co-chair for Blanchard. Contact PTO President, Liz Cerasuolo, for details. lizcerasuolo@gmail.comlizcerasuolo@gmail.com 
 
Contact us at westfordmiddleschoolpto@gmail.com or visit http://westford.org/wmspto/ to learn more.




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