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Generating Gratitude...update!
Stony Brook is full of problem solvers!  Today, we lost power right at the beginning of the day and our generator failed to start.  Immediately, everyone recognized this as different.  Problem solving strategies kicked into overdrive and all of the wonderful activities planned for today still took place.  While a few individuals dealt with the generator, our amazing theater art students figured out how they could still perform their preview of BIG:the Musical for the 8th graders in the auditorium without any power for the technical elements.  Smart phones were illuminating light in every direction while the actors were projecting and filling the space without the need for amplification.  7th graders were still able to conduct their Barter Day Extravaganza in the cafeteria with ambient light and the Turkey Toss Competition still took place in the gym.  Everyone stepped up to contribute and the day was not lost to technical difficulties.  Eventually, after approximately 45 minutes the generator was started thanks to the efforts and ingenuity of our wonderful maintenance staff.  As we transitioned into another rotation of events and the 6th grade was in the auditorium experiencing the unplugged theater preview, the full power was restored around 9:15 and it was almost a let down...almost.

"In the middle of every difficulty comes opportunity"  -Albert Einstein

The preview today was for the Stony Brook Theater Arts upcoming production of BIG - The Musical TYA

Performances are:

Friday, December 8th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 9th @ 1:30pm and 7pm

The classic 1987 motion picture fantasy bursts onto the stage in the unforgettable Theatre for Young Audiences version of Big The Musical.
Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become "big". To his shock, his wish is granted. After an understandably awkward beginning, Josh is forced to do "adult" things, like getting a job and a girlfriend. In the end, he discovers that there's much more to being an adult than he's bargained for and he learns that we must all grow up at our own pace and in our own time.

This is a Reserved Seating event.
Ticket prices are:
Over age 5 - $10 ea
Under age 5 - free

Online Public Sale begins Monday, November 20th at Noon (12:00 pm).  Follow this link to buy tickets online:

Tickets will also be available to buy in person on Tuesday, November 21st, during lunch periods from 10:30am - 12:00pm in Stony Brook's Main lobby.

Additional Buy In Person ticket sales will take place on the following dates outside the Stony Brook Auditorium:
Tues, Nov 28th @ 3:30-4:30 pm
Thurs, Nov 30th @ 3:30-4:30 pm
Tues, Dec 5th @ 6:30-8:30 pm

When we return from the break, it will only be a few more days until the deadline for registering for the 8th grade Washington DC trip with Capitol Tours. Registration deadline is Friday, December 1st. They can register by mailing in the white forms or by registering directly at  

Finally, for those of you already booking out your winter evening events.  On January 16th, the district is going to be sponsoring a parent event in the evening with Jon Kleiman, a representative from Challenge Success, to talk about the work we are doing in grades 6-12.  The title of his presentation is The Well Balanced Student.   More information will follow, but I wanted you to be able to hold the date for this great opportunity.

Thank you for all of the support that you show Stony Brook on a regular basis.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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

Join The Westford Parent Connection For A Screening Of No Letting Go
Based on the multi-award short film Illness, No Letting Go follows the story of the Spencer family, whose middle son, Timothy, struggles with anxiety, depression, and mood disorder. As his symptoms become more and more debilitating, his parents are faced with painfully difficult choices that will change their lives forever. The family’s world starts to unravel as Timothy becomes increasingly fragile and unable to cope with life. The painful challenges of Timothy’s every day life take their toll on his parents’ marriage and his brothers’ well-being. Life is fraught with debilitating panic attacks, rages, doctors, and medications.
The Westford Parent Connection is hosting a free screening of the film on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way, Westford. The film is about 90 minutes long. After the screening, Sue Hanly, RN, will take questions from the audience related to mental health issues and concerns. The film’s key messages are hopeful and inspiring. Mental health is as important as physical health, and it is important to talk openly about it. The film is appropriate for parents and teens, guardians, teachers, and anyone else who works with children and young adults.
For more information about the film, go to If you would like to submit a question ahead of time, email Mary Anne Seraphin at Questions will be presented anonymously after the film. For details about the Westford Parent Connection, check out the organization’s website at

If you are looking for something to do on this rainy afternoon...

The Norman E. Day Elementary School is partnering with the Launch Trampoline Park in Nashua, NH regarding the next fundraiser for the new Day Elementary School playground.  This fun event will be held on Wednesday 11/22/17 (early release day for all Westford Public Schools) from 1:00-5:00 PM.  The Launch Trampoline Park is located at 17 Tanquay Avenue, Nashua, NH 03063.  Their phone number is 603-318-7600.  Their website is: @launchnashua.  The Day School playground project will receive 25% of all ticket (participants must have a copy of the attached flyer) proceeds during the time scheduled for this event. There are two expectations for all participants:
A)   Must wear gripper socks (for sale at the Park)
B)   Must sign liability waiver (available on website)
We hope you can support our new playground project “Help Day Play”.  Let the fun begin!! 

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