Monday Morning Minute
November 16, 2015
Principal's Message

Dear WMS Families:

As a parent and an educator, I realize how frightening it can be to read about teen suicides that have occurred in neighboring communities so similar to our own. Committed to taking preventative action, Wayland Middle School and Wayland High School joined forces last year to begin implementing the evidence-based curriculum called S.O.S. (Signs of Suicide) in our seventh and tenth grade Wellness classes. We have shared this curriculum with the entire faculty as well, to help them detect any warning signs they might see in the classroom. We aim to equip students and staff with the tools to recognize signs of depression and actively care for one another. Guidance Counselor, Suzanne Bernstein, and 7th grade Wellness teacher, Pam Riddle, will co-teach this unit to our 7th grade students.  Please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

Betsy Gavron 

Technovation Challenge 2016
MS & HS Teams Forming
Community Mentors Needed

The Technovation Challenge (technovationchallenge.org) is an entrepreneurial competition for teams of girls to solve a problem in their community by developing a mobile app (or at least a prototype). No coding experience is necessary and many different skills are needed for teams to be successful - creativity, collaboration, public speaking, research, marketing, design, as well as technology. Teams of 3-5 will work with teacher coaches and mentors from the community. We are seeking female mentors to provide feedback and guidance on students’ projects. Please contact us if you’d like to learn more about the role. The next meeting is on November 20th in the WMS computer lab from 2:30-4:30pm. There is a regional kickoff event at Microsoft’s NERD Center in Cambridge on December 5th from 1:30-6:00pm and we hope all of the teams can make the event. Parent transportation is required.  

Please let us know your interest via this link or contact us directly with questions.  

Bethann Monahan, WMS Technology Specialist Beth_Monahan@wayland.k12.ma.us
Mary Barber, WHS Technology Specialist Mary_Barber@wayland.k12.ma.us

WMS Clubs & Activities

Our Newspaper Club student reporters have worked very hard to create a wonderful webpage for you, highlighting the various clubs offered at WMS. They hope you find it helpful and informative. Visit their webpage HERE.

Q1 Report Cards
Friday, November 20

Students will receive their Q1 report cards this Friday, November 20. You can view your child's report card on iParent the same day, after 2:20 PM. If you have forgotten your iParent UserID or password, please contact ramah_hawley@wayland.k12.ma.us.

Thanksgiving Week Absences

If your family's Thanksgiving travel plans involve your child missing a day or more of school next week, please remember to let the office staff know. You can always notify us as much in advance as you'd like ~ there's no need to wait until the day of the absence.  We have two notification methods to choose from:  

By email:  ms_attendance@wayland.k12.ma.us 

By phone: 508-655-6670 menu option 2

11:15 AM Dismissal on November 25
No Lunch Served

We have a special schedule on Wednesday 11/25. If you must collect your child early (before our 11:15 dismissal), please be sure to follow our early dismissal process, outlined below: 

  • Send your child to school with a early dismissal note. Instruct your child to bring the note to the office before school starts.
  • We will give your child a dismissal pass.
  • Remind your child to give the pass to his/her teacher and come to the office at the correct time.
  • Your child will watch for your arrival from the lobby. There is no need for you to come into the office.
Artist of the Week
Danielle Pletta

Title:  Empty Field

Mixed Media

Statement:  "Its simplicity is what makes it so complex."

PTO News
PTO News

Ideas for future Annual PTO Appeals at WMS

During our October PTO Board meeting, one of the items on our agenda was to review the current WMS fundraising processes and options and plan for next year.  As part of the review, we were briefed on the Townwide PTO's recent meeting regarding the appeal processes for all schools in the district.  We confirmed that all three (3) elementary schools as well as the High School have moved toward a "direct giving" program rather than a product-based sales program.  That is to say that 100% of the contribution that family gives to a school remains there and is used toward programs or items to benefit their student's learning experience while at the school.  As stewards of the funds donated to WMS, and in keeping with the spirit of all of the schools in the district, the WMS PTO would like to explore and vote on transitioning it's annual appeal toward a direct giving program for the coming years.  

Our discussion and vote will be held at our November Board Meeting which is being held this Wednesday 11/18 at 9:30am in Ms. Gavron's office.  All parents/guardians are welcome to the meeting and we look forward to hearing from any of you in support or against this change.  If you have any questions at all, or are unable to attend the meeting and would like to have your input heard, please reach out to Peg Trentini at pegtrentini@gmail.com We look forward to seeing or hearing from you!

"Close Buy" Fundraiser Product Delivery

If your child sold any "Close Buy" products during our fall fundraiser, he/she will be bringing them home this week.  Please be on the lookout for the items.  We appreciate your participation and support!  Thank you.

Reminders (from previous emails)
Science Olympiad
Starts November 17
All Grades

Science Olympiad will be starting up on Tuesday, November 17th in room 116, from 2:30 - 3:30. Our first meeting will introduce the Science Olympiad events for this year's state tournament on March 5th and allow potential new members a chance to see what SO is all about. Practices will be held on every Tuesday between 11/17/15 and 3/05/16. All interested 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are welcome!  Please email questions to:

Matthew_Lafond@wayland.k12.ma.us 

Pause Française
November 18
1:30 - 2:30 PM (Corrected Time)

This year’s Pause Française will take place in the WMS cafeteria on Wednesday, November 18 from 1:30-2:30.  7th and 8th grade French students will display their projects on the Regions of France and French-speaking countries. There will be food and beverages served from all over the Francophone world. 

Collecting Coats for Kids
Through January 8
WMS Lobby

Bring in your warm, gently used, good quality winter coats (in all sizes - babies, toddlers, children, and adult) and place them in the collection bin in the WMS lobby. You can find more information about Coats for Kids HERE.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .

ALL Grades
11/17:  6th Grade Music Concert, 7:30 PM
11/18:  Pause Française, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
11/19:  MS/HS Jazz Concert, 7:30 PM
11/20:  Q1 Report Cards
11/25:  11:15 AM Dismissal
11/26 & 11/27:  NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving