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A midichlorian...update!
May the 4th be with you indeed!

According to Wookiepedia:

"Without the midi-chlorians, life could not exist, and we would have no knowledge of the Force. They continually speak to us, telling us the will of the Force. When you learn to quiet your mind, you'll hear them speaking to you."
Qui-Gon Jinn, to Anakin Skywalker[src]

At any rate, regardless of your level of Star Wars appreciation, learning to quiet the mind is an increasingly important skill when spending the bulk of your waking hours with adolescents :?)   I am sending this update out early in the spirit of bringing some levity to your inbox as I am getting ready to head out on a field trip to NYC for the day to visit the UN and the 9/11 Memorial.  A bus load of eager middle school students on a whirlwind trip will require extra quieting of the mind indeed.

Recently, I was able to read a wonderful article by Dr. Robert Brooks who provided some of our professional development at the very beginning of this school year.  It really examines the importance of developing empathy and fostering resilience and I highly recommend it: Do Generosity and Kindness Change Circuits in the Brain?

Congratulations to Mrs. Watson and the cast and crew of Lafayette No. 1 on their Gold Medal Winning performance this weekend. Special congratulations to Michael R, Andrew G, and Noah A and the entire stage crew for winning the Stage Managers Award, Sam B for an award in Sound Design and Execution, Grace S, Kaitlyn W, Maliha P, and Charlotte F for an award in Costume Design and Execution, and Brigitte McP, Jonathan W, and Alex R for being named to the All-Star company for excellence in Acting.

Spring has sprung and the explosion of color this week has been reinvigorating indeed which makes it a lot easier to think about being kind to both ourselves and others.

Spring also brings opportunities to discuss preparations for next year.  There are a couple of upcoming events to consider if you have questions about any of the options we have for our students next year.

On May 10 from 6:30-7:30 @ BMS, WPS World Language Curriculum Coordinator, Ms. Sharon Charbonnier, will be meeting with parents to answer questions about the World Language Selection Process for incoming 7th grade students.  Additionally, she has asked that we share this Parent Letter which outlines the process and describes the options available.

On May 15 at 6:00, we will be meeting with parents of incoming 6th graders to discuss life in the middle and to open communication with them as they prepare to transition to middle school.  During the evening we will be discussing the different teams that exist in 6th grade and the wide variety of resources that we have to help students succeed here at Stony Brook.  Project-Based Learning has continued to grow as a strategy throughout the building and we will continue to offer a specifically focused Project-Based Learning team for 6th grade next year.  Additionally, the two person teacher team in 7th grade will also be operating with a specific Project-Based Learning focus so we will have PBL Teams in both 6th and 7th grade next year.  Following the Parent information session for Incoming 6th graders, we will have an informational session for parents of incoming 7th Grade students who would like to hear more about the 7th Grade PBL Team specifically.  That discussion will start around 7:00 following the 6th Grade Parent information session.  So, in short, 6:00 for Incoming 6th Grade (all things 6th grade) & 7:00 for Incoming 7th Grade (mainly for PBL Q & A).

I will now go back to sipping coffee from my Chewbacca mug...May the fourth be with you!

Chris

Dr. Christopher Chew
Principal
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 692-2708




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.
 
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.
 
Shakespeare Now!
 
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!
 
Learn more about the WMSPTO by visiting our website: https://westford.org/wmspto/

 



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.
 
Order tickets by mail; download order form  http://bit.ly/redsoxform2018
Or Order tickets online with cc at http://bit.ly/redsoxonline2018
 
For more information, contact Heidi Tierney at htierney@lowellhabitat.org or (978) 596-0619

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