Whenever I hear someone ask if we should just have one vacation break in March instead of our current two with one in February and one in April, I ask if they have been in a school building during the first two weeks of February. The amount of sneezing, coughing, sniffling, and general exhaustion that pervades the air is simply dumb founding and perhaps paralyzing for even the slightest of germophobes. With everyone out of the building for an entire week, the custodians are able to get everything cleaned and disinfected in a manner that is not as easy when we are
all there. I certainly hope that everyone is able to get some rest and relaxation that can support a healthy return following the vacation. In the event that not every is feeling their healthiest when we return, please do not hesitate to keep students home if they are not feeling well. Sleep and physical rest is critical in recuperating. The flu has been extreme this season and in an effort to support all of our families, Westford Public School Nurse Coordinator, Joan Mitchell, has asked us to share some important information regarding the flu that all of our families can access here: The Flu-A Guide for Parents
Another proactive aspect of our health support includes analyzing the data we receive from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey that students in 6th and 8th grade are asked to participate in every other year. We have scheduled the surveys at Stony Brook to take place on March 2 (6th Grade) and March 8 (8th Grade). For more information please read the following letter from K-12 Wellness Curriculum Coordinator, Brian Roark: 2018 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Information and Opt-Out Form
Soon after we return from vacation, there is a great opportunity to help support our DC Scholarship Fund with one of our restaurant fundraiser. This one is taking place at Five Guys on Tuesday February 27 from 3-10. You can access the flyer here: Five Guys SB Flyer
Also after vacation, 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
A couple of quick reminders for 8th Grade Families:
- Earlier in the month, Superintendent Olsen sent a letter home to all of our 8th grade students regarding the upcoming SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). For more information, you can access his letter here: Letter from Superintendent Olsen
- Earlier this week, we sent out information regarding Westford Academy's scheduling process for incoming 9th graders Information which can be accessed here: iStudent Tutorial
Have a wonderful vacation week!
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
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 schoolsSummer 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
Westford Middle School PTO
The Westford Middle School PTO has a goal of $25,000 each year to fund the following, and we are in jeopardy of having to cancel some:
Arts and Education programs:
Jack Gantos author visit
Fun with Pharaohs and Pyramids
Tales from Greek Mythology
Tony Vaca (musician - the kids love his show!)
Shakespheare Now! Production
8th Grade Basketball (students vs. teachers and alumni) - fun!
8th Grade Celebration (always strongly attended, drop off even, chaperoned, free snacks and beverages and DJ)
Teacher Appreciation Days (we do sometimes ask for food donations but the supplies, coordination, decorations come from PTO ;)).
Gifts to the Schools
Yearly agenda books (that all kids get to track their homework and notes)
Enhancements based on Principal & Teacher requests, including past gifts of:
Library chairs, Rock climbing wall, Create Space
And just think... if you send your donation in and we meet our goal, not only will the programs above continue this school year... but we will also stop begging and pleading for your donation... but the length of the PTO section in the emails will drastically shrink! Win, Win!
Seriously though - we understand there are a lot of organizations asking for donations, including the Elementary school PTO for those of you who have children in the elementary schools.. but this is a different organization just for Middle Schools, and this is the first year that we are so LOW in donations that we face having to cut back on programs or events.
We ask for $50/student per year to reach our budget of $25,000 to run our programs. Today, we have collected $9,096.30 so we are at 36% of where we need to be. We're really hoping that the next visit to the Post Office results in an armload of envelopes full with your donations!
It's easy to donate, really! Any of the following will work:
**Mail a check to WMSPTO, PO Box 625, Westford, MA 01886
**Drop a check in an envelope to your middle school office labeled PTO.