Flags from every nation participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang paraded through the cafeteria this week as the entire 6th grade participated in their own version of an opening ceremony. This morning they were able to connect via FaceTime with Brian Siemann, an athlete who has participated in two different Paralympic games (London and Rio) and is currently training to race in the Boston Marathon. He shared stories of his experiences as well as showed the students some of the specific engineering design utilized in his racing chair. This year's
Olympic games present a phenomenal context in which the students can authentically link a great deal of their current studies.
Connections are great. Links can be wonderfully efficient...if they work correctly! The rest of this update is littered with links for you to peruse and enjoy at your leisure.
First up, in planning for next week's Informational Night at Westford Academy for all of our 8th grade families (as reminder it is 2/14 Tours @ 6:00 w/ Curriculum Info @ 6:30 in the WA PAC Sidenote: advice stemming from personal experience, I would not use a meeting as an excuse to forget it is also Valentine's Day...you might want to plan ahead if you are connected/linked with someone who enjoys this day...just sayin' it might not have worked out
well for me in the past), Mr. Antonelli would like to share their 9th grade Parent Handbook with everyone which can be accessed at this link: WA Parent Handbook
Secondly, parent members from the district Challenge Success Teams have collaborated to create a newsletter for all of our parents to access. It can be found here: CS Parent Newsletter
Thirdly...I know it sounds weird, but 4 this 1 I wanted 2 commit 2 the numerical pattern...The WPS Math Curriculum Coordinators will be hosting math information nights in March for parents of students in grades 5-7. Here is a link to their letter about those events: 2018 Math Information Nights
Have no fear...there are plenty of other wonderful links and information below, as well. Please take a moment to scroll through the addendum with its numerous opportunities for our families.
Enjoy the weekend,
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
The Westford Chamber Players, an independent group of musicians, is hosting a concert at St. Mark’s Church (located at 75 Cold Spring Road, Westford) on Saturday 2/10/18 from 6:00-7:30 PM. The two organizations benefiting from the concert donations are the Day School playground project and the Roudenbush Community Center. Concert admission is by donation. The registration/donation page is located on the Roudenbush website. You can register for the concert at- https://www.roudenbush.org/events/westford-chamber-concert-benefit. Donations can also
be made at the door that evening. Receipts can be provided for donors if needed. For donations checks are payable to: Roudenbush Community Center.
Middle School PTO
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12: Thank the teachers and staff at Blanchard and Stony Brook! Sign up to participate in Sweets for Teachers. We still need help to make this event special for the amazing teams that support our kids every day. Click here to participate.
SUPPORT THE PTO! We are deep in fundraising mode to meet our 2017-2018 goal. What does the PTO do? Click here to read all about it. We ask for $50/student per year to reach our budget of $25,000 to run our programs. If less than half of the families in our middle schools participated, we would exceed this goal. We have raised just over $8,600 to date. We are in danger of cutting valuable programs. PLEASE HELP US MEET OUR BUDGET!
Mail a check to WMSPTO, PO Box 625, Westford, MA 01886
Drop a check in an envelope to your middle school office labeled PTO.
SHOEBOX RECYCLING: Donate Your Shoes!
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, rollerblades, ice skates, flip flops, Crocs and bedroom slippers.
AMAZON SMILE: Support WMSPTO through AmazonSmile!
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when our families shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to our charitable organization, the Westford Middle School PTO. Remember, you must use this link to shop from WMSPTO’s customized landing page; Bookmark It! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-3584230
Open House Summer School for the Performing Arts
Join us for an informal meet and greet:
February 15, 2018
Performing Arts Center.
Westford Summer Music Program - The Westford Summer Music program is now accepting registrations for band and orchestra students entering grades 5 through 9 in September 2018. Band and orchestra ensembles will rehearse daily from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook School from July 9th through July 13th . During the week, the students will prepare new music and give a free performance on Friday, July 13th at 11 a.m.
- Summer Band directed by Ms. Trish Gately, band director at Abbot, Crisafulli, and Day schools
- Summer Orchestra directed by Mr. Todd Hamelin, orchestra director at Abbot, Crisafulli, and Day schools
For questions, please contact:
Attention all Middle School Girls!
Girls on the Run / Heart & Sole will begin on Tuesday, March 20th!
Registration opens on Feb. 19th & runs through March 8th. Please note there is a fee for this program and space is limited to 15 girls.
"Today's middle-school girls face many challenges and obstacles that can affect their emotional and physical well-being." The Girls on the Run curriculum is designed to address these challenges by empowering them to make thoughtful and healthy decisions. Girls are encouraged to examine and gain a better understanding of who they are, and what is important to them. Once they have a deeper awareness of their individual values, we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. Lastly, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.
Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. This 12 week program combines training for a 5K running event with lesson plans designed to promote positive choices and an active lifestyle.
Any questions please contact Ms. Oehley, Mrs. Hanly or Ms. Verre
8th Grade TEEN NIGHT!! Our third Teen Night is on Friday, March 9
for eighth grade students. Activities include: DJ, hockey, basketball,
board games, karaoke, snacks. VOLUNTEERS are needed to make it a successful
night. Please see the sign up genius link below to volunteer. It's a fun, fast
evening and we'd love to have you join us! We're seeking volunteers to shadow our team to potentially
take over Teen Night duties for next year. Please consider this rewarding opportunity!
Please note that all volunteers will need a CORI through WASA, even
if you already have a WPS CORI. Feel free to email Barbie Goodhue with any
questions @ firstname.lastname@example.org. The Volunteer link at Sign up Genius
can be found @ http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545afac2ea31-wasa1