I tend to be a big fan of progress and appreciate many of the technical advancements that provide us with real time data on many fronts. However, I must admit that as I turned onto Farmer Way yesterday morning and was anticipating the major milestone my beloved automobile was about to experience, I was rather underwhelmed by the digital display changing from 99,999 to 100,000 miles. Back in my younger days, I enjoyed watching the analog odometer slowly spin from the ones place value as a major distance was accomplished in my travels. I am still proud of my car but
admittedly missed the joy of the slow turning of the dial.
As always, I continue to be proud of our students and faculty and never seem to be disappointed of their milestones and achievements!
Just to share a few, this week, students in our CommUnity Club organized an opportunity for them to visit the Senior Center and spend time playing games and visiting with some of the folks gathered over there. They are also planning trips to visit some of the pre-first classes in the district to read to the younger students later in the month.
During all of the Integrated Arts classes on Friday, students were able to witness the moving production of Lafayette #1 presented by the Stony Brook Theater Arts students. This historical drama chronicles the devastating impact of yellow fever on the orphan population of New Orleans in 1816. Today, they are performing the one act as part of the Massachusetts Middle School Theater Festival.
With the improvement in weather, the activity outside around the campus with spring sports and clubs always brings life to the afternoon and a plethora of events to watch. It is not always easy to see everything, but when we get the chance to catch moments here and there it provides additional examples that there is so much more to our student's experience and critical skill development than simply the skills typically associated with academics. While we continue to embed the 4Cs (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication and Collaboration) in all our content areas during the school day, those crucial skills are practiced and nurtured after the bell rings, as well.
Recently, we were asked to share some important information with our families that provide an opportunity for you to "pay it forward" if you will and help secure the same opportunity for your kids when their educational odometers reach this major milestone:
LAST NIGHT 2018
WA Last Night 2018 is the all-night, substance-free celebration for our Westford Academy graduating seniors. With almost 100% participation, Last Night is a highlight for WA graduates. It takes over 300 volunteers and many, many generous donors to make this evening a success. Parents of all students from K to 12, are encouraged to volunteer. For more information, please see the Last Night website at www.walastnight.org
- Last Night needs MANY more volunteers! Help is always needed at the event, but you can also volunteer before as well as after the event. To volunteer in any capacity, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy McKeen at email@example.com. Please consider volunteering!
- Donations to support Last Night can be made online at www.walastnight.org/donate or please send your contribution to: WA Last Night 2017, PO Box 4079, Westford, MA 01886. All gifts are tax-deductible. It's a great time to make a donation to take advantage of the tax break!
Finally, a couple of upcoming events from the previous update have been included to help keep them on your radar:
SAVE THE DATES! Grade 6 students taking a World Language have just started their final rotation of language learning. In early May, these students will receive a letter with information regarding language preference and selection for the 2018-2019 academic year. On Thursday, May 10th, Sharon Charbonnier, the World Language Curriculum Coordinator, will be available in the Blanchard Middle School Learning Commons from 7:00pm to 8:00pm to answer questions about middle school language offerings and the selection process. This session is for Blanchard and Stony Brook families. The selection form will be completed online and is due Friday 5/18.
As mentioned in previous updates and if you haven't done so already, consider putting a hold on May 4th. Not simply to watch all of the Star Wars movies but to also give yourself the opportunity to attend this special Challenge Successpublic parent education event at Dover-Sherborn High School. Challenge Success co-founder, Dr. Denise Pope, will be speaking alongside renowned psychologist and author, Dr. Brad Sachs on the topic of
"Good Enough Parent, Good Enough Child."
Have a great weekend,
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
Get Your Stony Brook Yearbook
It is time to purchase a yearbook. The deadline for yearbook sales is Friday, May 4. Order your yearbook online at https://commpe.pictavo.com/shop by Friday, May 4 to make sure your student doesn't’ miss out on this year’s school memories. Once on the Pictavo site, search for Stony Brook Middle School. Yearbooks sell out so do not count on getting one at the end of the year. Yearbooks are $27.00 if purchased by the May 4 deadline. Any yearbooks purchased after that will be charged $30.00. Please email Mrs. Smith for a sibling discount if you are purchasing more than one
If you choose to pay by check or cash instead of ordering online, please include the form below with your payment. Please make sure to write your check out to Stony Brook School.
First and Last Name of Student(s)
Quantity of Yearbooks
Support your Middle School PTO!
Our fundraising progress has stalled - We are still over $10,000 away from our goal. Click below to donate so we can continue to offer quality programs and events to your children: https://www.paypal.me/westfordmspto.
Upcoming PTO Happenings - We need your help!
Stony Brook vs. Blanchard 8th Annual Basketball game is Wednesday, May 2!
On Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Blanchard gym, it will be Team Stony Brook vs. Team Blanchard competing for the coveted trophy. Will Blanchard beat Stony Brook and regain victory? Or will the trophy stay in the hallowed halls of Stony Brook? Come join the fun to find out! The entry fee is $5 for students and adults; and bring extra cash for concessions and the 50/50 raffle!
If your 8th grade students wants to play but has not signed up yet, it's not too late! Sign-up sheets are in the office at each school through Tuesday afternoon.
Teacher Appreciation Week is coming - May 14th to May 18th.
Please click this link to join the volunteer team that is planning this special event that conveys our appreciation to our dedicated Middle School staff. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
Mythmasters: Tales from Greek Mythology
This exciting event for the Grade 7 teams will be held on May 21st at 9:00 a.m. (Stony Brook) and 11:40 a.m. (Blanchard). We still need some help at Blanchard - click here to sign up if you can meet the presenter at 11:10.
8th graders will delight in this presentation being held at Stony Brook (9:00 a.m.) and Blanchard (11:55 a.m.) on Wednesday, June 6th. We still need one parent volunteer from each school to meet the presenter a ½ hour before the program starts. Click here to volunteer.
8th Grade Celebration!
This annual and much-anticipated event is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at the Stony Brook School. In order for this event to be a success, we not only need MORE MONEY but we also need about 50 parent volunteers. Please click here sign up to help.
WMSPTO is on Facebook - check it out!
Are You Ready To Run For A Good Cause?
The 19th Annual Westford Road Race is coming! Hundreds of runners from all over the region will come together at the Abbot School to participate in the Family Fun Run or the 5K or 10K races on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The Family Fun Run starts at 2:00 p.m., the 5K starts at 2:20 p.m., and the 10K starts at 2:25 p.m. Want to join us? Go to http://roadrace.westford.org/regform.html for registration information. The first 600 pre-registered participants will receive race t-shirts. Registration fees are $15 per person
for the Fun Run, $25 per person for the 5K, and $30 per person for the10K, if you register before April 21. After April 21, the cost of the 5K is $30 and the 10K is $35. The event is organized by the Westford Charitable Foundation, Inc., which has given nearly $350,000 back to the community. Want to make a tax-deductible donation? Go to https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/westford-charitable-foundation-inc for details. This is a fun community event you will not want to miss.
‘Hit a Homerun for Habitat’ at Fenway Park
Wed, Sept 12, 2018, 7:10 pm
Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell is partnering with Friends of Rajiv Paluri to host a Red Sox Night!
Invite all your friends, family, and neighbors to join us on Wed, Sept 12, at 7:10 p.m. to watch the Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays in the upper bleachers.
At just $25 per ticket, this fundraiser is a great way to enjoy a night at Fenway with friends & family, while supporting the construction of affordable homes for deserving families in Westford, Tewksbury, and Lowell. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to The Rajiv Paluri Memorial Fund.
Westford Parks & Recreation Summer Program Early Registration Night: Summer Weekly Programs for ages 4-16
The Summer Program Early Registration Night will be held on Wednesday, May 2, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Parks & Recreation Department on 22 Town Farm Road. Learn more about the following Parks & Recreation full-day, full-week summer programs for ages 4-16, including Summer Beach Party; Kids Club; Destination Exploration; Ready, Set, Go!; Leadership; and Venture Out – a new program designed just for Middle Schoolers. Staff will be available to answer questions about each program’s unique offerings, and special activities, such as swim lessons, and tennis with Marcus Lewis. Register for a Westford Recreation spring/summer program on the evening of the event and receive $10 off one spring/summer program with a value of $50 or more. (One early registration discount per family.) Those
who register and pay for a Summer Weekly Program by June 1st will receive 10% off the weekly fee (applies to full week only). For detailed program information, visit About Summer Weekly Programs at westfordrec.com.