Monday Morning Minute 5-26-15
?Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find resources of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.?  ~Rachel Louise Carson

Good morning, 

We hope everyone had an enjoyable sunny Memorial Day weekend! Many students and staff were still recovering from an exciting fun 3 days down in Cape Cod.  

What a fantastic experience for our Rachel Carson clusters! Students have such a rewarding experience on the Cape trip. Each student was able to come away with a favorite event. Whether it was visiting a farm, jumping the sand dunes, golfing, watching a movie, going on a boat ride, visiting a lighthouse, or checking out the tidal flats; all had a great time, especially with the wonderful weather!  

We want to thank the teachers and students for making this such a fun time for everyone! 

Warm regards,


Upcoming Events .

ALL Grades
5/27:  MS Orchestra Concert, 7:30PM
5/28:  PTO Board Meeting, 8:45AM
6/01: Middle & More Parent Coffee, 9:00AM  
6/01 - 6/12:  Fitness Testing
6/03:  MS Band Concert, 7:30PM
6/05: Canobie Lake Music Trip
6/09:  MS Chorus Concert, 7:30PM
6/22: Last Day for Students, 1:10 Dismissal

Grade 6
5/29: G6 Henry Cluster, Trip to MFA
6/02: G6 Spring Trip
6/10: G6 Orchestra Trip to TCW
6/12: G6 David Cluster, Trip to MFA 
6/18: G6 Social, 2:30-4:00PM

Grade 7
6/10: G7, Cape Cod Family Night, 6PM
6/17: G7, Roller Kingdom Trip, 2 to 5PM

Grade 8
6/19:  G8 Step-up Day at WHS, 12:30 - 2:00PM
6/19: G8 Kimballs Trip, 2:30 - 8:30PM
Artist of the Month
Artist: Alex Howard
Title:  Going 30 MPH on a Snow Mobile
Medium: cardboard, foam, paint
PTO News
PTO News
Attention current 6th grade parents and guardians!  Would you be interested in becoming a Parent Representative for your student's incoming 7th grade class?  Responsibilities include organizing a small teacher dinner for 7th/8th grade Back-to-School night (along with the 8th grade parent reps) and "Cape Cod Parent Night" in the spring.  Please reach out to a PTO Board member or email Peg Trentini at for more information or if you are interested.  We look forward to hearing from you!

The PTO Board is looking to fill a couple of positions for 2015-2016 school year. If you would be interested in learning more about the Secretary and Treasurer position, please reach out to one of the Board members or email  You will have a mentor -- current Board members will be around to guide you and be a resource throughout next year.  

The next PTO Board meeting is Thursday May 28th at 8:45 a.m. in Betsy Gavron's office.  Anyone is welcome to join.

Middle & More Coffee ? Monday, June 1st, 9:00-10:00 am
Our last ?Middle & More? of the year is next Monday, June 1st, from 9:00-10:00 am in the WMS Library. Can you believe the school year is almost over?! Come join us for a conversation with Betsy Gavron. We?ll take a quick look back at the year (the highlights, PARCC, the 1:1 Chromebook initiative, etc.) and then discuss whatever you?d like. Were there questions you didn?t get to ask at ?Middle & More? earlier in the year? Topics you wish we had covered? Bring your inquiries and ideas and share a cup of coffee or tea with us!  Please contact Cathy Scholz ( ) if you have any questions
Reminders (from previous emails)
Fitness Testing
June 1 - 12
All Grades
Wellness Fitness Testing will be held in all grades from June 1- 12. We utilize the FitnessGram protocol for which more information can be found below. Remember inhalers, and to eat breakfast and stay hydrated! 
Check List for Parents
All Grades
Looking for ways to help lessen end-of-year demands on you and your child? There are a few things you can do now. Help your child to:

  1. Locate and return overdue school library books. Pay fines.
  2. Locate and return overdue classroom library books (marked on spine with either "ELA" or the teacher's name).
  3. Start bringing home unneeded locker items such as winter coats, boots, old papers, etc.
  4. Locate academic textbooks so they can be turned in when the school year ends.
  5. Check our lost & found for missing items.
  6. Pay any outstanding Food Services balances.
  7. Register for the school bus before fees increase on June 22.