The whistling you hear while your kids are eagerly cleaning their rooms is most certainly related to the joy they feel helping you, taking good care of their things, and reflecting on their report cards which were posted in the iParent portal today. OK, maybe not....well. the report cards were posted, but the rest of it might not be a reality. However, there was real music in the air with two outstanding concerts taking place this week. The Town-wide Choral Concert started us off Monday with fantastic performances and great opportunities to see students from
5th to 12th grade create beautiful music together. Last night, our band students performed wonderfully to a packed auditorium. It was inspiring to listen to the growth exhibited as we listened to different grade level ensembles perform their selections. Congratulations to all of the young artists performing in these concerts and special thanks and congratulations to both Ms. Watson and Ms. Garino for their phenomenal work preparing their students for these events.
Next week, our completely student organized Westford in Tune talent show will take place Friday Night here in the Stony Brook Auditorium at 7:00 pm. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the House of Hope in Lowell. Later in the spring, we look forward to listening to more wonderful music from our talented orchestra students during their concert.
Sometimes students try to convince their parents that nothing happens on a half-day of school. Well, today, the bustle and energy was just as vibrant as any other day. Our entire 6th grade participated in some very powerful Autism Awareness activities that they continued to talk about while transitioning to other classes throughout the morning. Some students participated in hands-on activities created that allowed them to experience and or observe a variety of sensory activities intended to better understand how some individuals can have competing distractions vying for their attention or creating obstacles while trying to perform or complete certain activities. Video clips and articles lead to rich discussions and opportunities for students to share with each other their insights and observations. Finally,
students were able to create individual puzzle pieces reflecting their uniqueness and expressing how they connect as a whole. While it is not always possible to walk in each other's shoes, these efforts to help develop empathy and understanding are a great beginning to opening conversations and provide framework for support in helping us all connect with each other.
The other floors were buzzing, as well. Between sharing reflections from a project-based gallery walk some of our 7th graders enjoyed this week to using FlipGrid to post video responses as part of some of their language assessments, our 7th grade remained active and engaged. Somewhere in the midst of all of that, Mr. McElhinney and I were able to listen to a few of the 8th grade science presentations in which teams of collaborators were trying to persuade a wealthy restaurant owner to select their company's environmental design to protect his waterfront property from coastal erosion. The designs were innovative and the presentations entertaining...if we could only ignore the pesky little "b" word...budget.
All of that and much, much more taking place within the classes while our lobby displays a positive reminder of how our students are working to help children outside of our building.
Please remember we have one more week to support this wonderful effort:
8th Grader Michael Shyjan is currently serving as the Westford Ambassador to Project 351 Along with alumni from the program Emily Blagg and Megan Tierney, he is looking for help from the Westford community.
Project 351 + Cradles to Crayons =
A Lot of Good FOR Young People FROM Young People
Project 351 is inspired by an unwavering belief that young people lead in powerful and transformative ways in every community in Massachusetts. And, when united, they are an unstoppable force for kindness and community strength. Each January, a new Class of 351 diverse 8th graders is united, who lead with kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude for a year of unique service and leadership development opportunities. (Project 351.org)
Please support us, your Westford Project 351 Ambassadors, as we are committed along with 350 eighth graders throughout Massachusetts to assist Cradles to Crayons bringing joy, comfort and self-esteem to thousands of children (ages newborn - 12 years) across the state through clothing collection.
Kindly Donate. Please Help.
* Accepting clothing, coats and footwear donations through April 6th
* New or gently used clothing and footwear for children Quality = Dignity
* Clothes/coats: children sizes: 0 - 20, adult sizes: small - med: (ages newborn - 12 years)
* Footwear: 0-13 kids, youth/adult size: 1-10
(adult sized clothes & shoes should be appropriate styles for a child/youth)
* Drop off locations: Nabnasset, Abbot, Crisafulli, Stony Brook, Blanchard and WA schools
Michael Shyjan 2018 Ambassador, Megan Tierney P351 Alumni, Emily Blagg P351 Alumni
We have a giant colorful container in which to collect donations in the main lobby here at Stony Brook. Your support is greatly appreciated.
While we are talking about helping others and if you like to plan meals well in advance, take a look at this fundraising option coming up later in April: Do Good with Burritos
Have a wonderful weekend,
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
Recycling Fundraiser Saturday, April 7th
Ready for Spring Cleaning? Clean out your house and support Westford Troop 95’s 3rd Annual Electronics Recycling Fundraiser! Our event will be held Saturday, April 7th from 10am to 1pm at the Miller School (1 Mitchell Way.) Please see our website for items accepted and nominal fees charged:
Proceeds benefit Troop 95. Thank you for your support!
We will also have a small quantity of LED light bulbs, desk lamps and smart power strips for sale.
Also bring along your gently-used, wearable pairs of shoes this year to support Miller School’s 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! ShoeBox Recycling money goes directly toward funding our schools’ 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.
6th Grade TEEN NIGHT!! Our 6th Grade Teen Night is on Friday, April 6
for sixth grade students from both Stony Brook and Blanchard. Activities
include: DJ, floor hockey, basketball,board games, karaoke, snacks. It takes place at Blanchard at 7pm.
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! 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. We are seeking volunteers to shadow
us to take over for next year. Please let us know if interested.
WESTFORD Parks and Recreation TENNIS Program
It does not look like it yet but spring tennis, hopefully, will start on April 23-June 14th.
Middle School Travel Team: APRIL 5th Try-Outs
TRY OUTS: Sign up in the office for APRIL 5th after school 215p-3:15p
Tennis practice: Both Blanchard and Stony Brook players at 2:15-4:30p at the Stony Brook courts.
Rate Includes: All practice with coaches, bus transportation to away matches, Fee $310.00
Match Dates: TBA 8-10 matches durning the practice times midweek.