|“At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time.” ~ Charles Dickens
I recently began spending my evenings rehearsing for a production of Charles Dickens' classic tale at the beautifully restored Hanover Theatre in Worcester. As I speak these words each night, I am reminded how the themes of social justice running through this Victorian piece continue to echo in our modern society. The desire and willingness
to help others in need is a wonderful characteristic that the majority of our middle school students share. Even as they grow increasingly more egocentric as they progress through adolescence, they still manage to connect to causes and needs greater than themselves.
Our most recent tweets include evidence of the growing piles of donations rolling in for the Leadership Council's “Can the Principals” event. Students are collecting items for the Westford Food Pantry and doing their best to fill our offices before the Winter break in just a few short weeks. Additionally, our Advisories are beginning the process of collecting gifts for local families in need for some of the upcoming holidays. In both cases, students are partnering with local community organizations for this important work. When we return from the winter break, there are already plans to shift the focus to supporting additional organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and some
local animal shelters. This work is all possible because the students are developing their communication skills and finding authentic opportunities to make a difference.
As a reminder, the window to sign-up for conferences will close next week. If you have not done so already, please visit our homepage and use the sign-up genius links to make an appointment. Please remember that students do not have school on Monday Dec 11 so that the teachers can conduct conferences during the evening hours and we have a delayed start for students (2.5 hour delay= Classes begin @10:05) on Tuesday December 12 for the same reason. I highly suspect that the majority of students already know and are looking forward to the
extended weekend. Hopefully, we will be able to have our annual Scholastic Book Fair up and running in time for conferences. If visiting the book fair in person is not a possibility, we encourage you to visit the link to get a better understanding of the wide range of reading options students will be able to select from when the get a chance to visit the actual fair during their Language Arts classes that same week.
As if that is not enough excitement, next week is production week for SBTA's fall musical BIG - The Musical TYA
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: http://tinyurl.com/SBTABIG
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
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
This Holiday Season give the gift of laughter and wonder to those hard to buy for people on your list. Tickets will also be on sale at the bazaar this Saturday, December 2, 2017!
Westford Academy Trustees Scholarship Fundraising Event
To provide scholarships in all academic areas and financial aid to deserving students
An Intimate Evening of Laughs & Wonder
Illusionists Joel Acevedo and Steve Kradolfer join their talents in a performance that is engaging, hilarious, and mystifying. Recently voted Best Theater Group by the Boston A-List, you will experience the wonder of magic right before your eyes. The show is a combination of intelligent comedy and amazing magic; a show you won't want to miss.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Westford Academy Performing Arts Center
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Happy Holiday Season from Your PTO!
We have been busy elves, updating our new website and scheduling the Arts & Education programs for the rest of the year. We are really excited about the programs that we have been collaborating with the teachers on - some excellent programs for your student!
We are looking towards our teacher appreciation events in February and May as well as our annual Blanchard v. Stony Brook basketball game and, of course, our 8th Grade Celebration in June. We will be putting out a call for volunteers for some of these events and we ask (beg, implore) you to get your CORI check completed before January 1, 2018.
Win an Echo Dot!
In the spirit of giving, please include us on your gift list this holiday season and make a donation today! We are extending our Echo Dot contest to December 15 - donate and you will be entered to win. What a great holiday gift!
Clean out your closets and make space for those new gifts - donate your shoes to ShoeBox Recycling!
Both middle schools are collecting gently-used, wearable pairs of shoes this year for a fundraising program called ShoeBox Recycling. Donated shoes are shipped around the world for resale and reuse. Our schools earn $20 for each filled box of shoes! This money goes directly toward funding our many activities, including arts and education programs. We are also partnering with The Mary's Community Thrift Store to increase our schools' profits.
Shoes must be in wearable condition, without holes in the soles, cannot be wet or mildewed, and must have shoelaces if they are necessary for the shoe to function.
Types of shoes ACCEPTED: Almost all types of gently used shoes including adult and children's casual shoes, dress shoes, athletic shoes, boots, work boots, and sandals.
Types of shoes NOT ACCEPTED: Shoes in need of repair, wet or mildewed shoes, heavy winter boots, ski boots, roller skates, roller blades, ice skates, flip flops, Crocs and bedroom slippers.
To help, please drop off gently-used, wearable shoes in the school lobbies. And thanks!
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BLANCHARD THEATRE ARTS presents Children’s Letters to God - Friday, December 1st at 7:00 PM and Saturday, December 2nd at 1:30 PM and 7:00 PM at the Blanchard Middle School located at 14 West Street. General Admission Tickets: Evening Performances $10, Saturday Matinee $5. Tickets will be sold at Blanchard on Monday at 7:30-8:15pm, Tuesday at 6:30-7:15pm, Wednesday at 5:30-6:15, Thursday at 4:30-5:15, and one hour before each performance.
Children’s Letters to God is a Musical Comedy and is based on the international best-selling book of the same name by Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall. The musical is not religious in nature, but rather explores common life issues - turning 13, divorce, loss of a pet, wanting to be like everyone else, holidays, first love, sibling rivalry, challenges of not being athletic and moving away - through the lives of 5 young friends. Children’s Letters to God is appropriate for all ages.