String Jam! World Languages!
So many exciting things happening this week!
Monday Morning Minute
February 29, 2016
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String Jamboree!
WHS Field House
February 29 at 7:30 PM TONIGHT!

Come and hear Wayland's string players perform,
from beginners to WHS Honors Sinfonia Orchestra.
After pieces by each group, the evening culminates
with a piece performed by all of the ensembles!
IMPORTANT DEADLINE FOR 7TH GRADE!
Cape Cod Permission Slips DUE TOMORROW:
Tuesday, March 1

CC permission slips are due Tuesday, March 1. 
Permission slips can be found here
REMINDER: First Payment date is Friday, March 11th 

World Languages Week 2016
Celebrating Language and Culture at WMS!
February 29 - March 4, 2016

World Language Week kicks off on TODAY! 
We'll be sharing our cultures, tasting different food, and watching a cultural performance sponsored by our PTO! There will be special food for lunch in the dining room, Students can participate by dressing up each day of the week:

Mon - Where you're from, where you've been, where you'd like to go one day:
wear anything with a foreign phrase on it, a traditional outfit, etc.

Tues - Fr en ch: wear Bleu , Blanc, Rouge)

Wed - Chinese: wear Red
 
Thurs - S pa n is h: wear Amarillo , Rojo

Fri - L a t i n: wear Purpureus , Aureus [gold]

There will be many other events to be a part of during this week of celebration!  

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WaylandCares Middle School Youth Leadership
Wednesdays, 1:15 - 2:00
At the Middle School

WaylandCares is forming a new Middle School Youth Leadership program to offer students the opportunity to celebrate making healthy decisions to abstain from alcohol, tobacco and other drug use as minors. In addition to substance use prevention, the Youth Leadership group is focused on community service, community awareness and providing opportunities for your child to be a leader within the community.

Wayland Middle School staff member Elsie Cerrone will advise the Youth Leadership Group with support from Jason Verhoosky, Director of WaylandCares. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays directly after school for 45 minutes. Each week will be comprised of check-ins, educational resources, leadership and teamwork games and group work on community projects. In addition to weekly meetings, your child may be invited to participate in additional community events or education opportunities.

WaylandCares is a community coalition focused on reducing youth substance use and abuse  in Wayland, Mass. In addition, we focus on the larger topic of helping the community of  Wayland to be the healthiest community it can be. We work towards these goals by utilizing  evidence-based curriculum, MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey Report Data, Educational  Outreach to both youth and parents, and by forming partnerships and supporting other  organizations community wide.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call WaylandCares at 508.358.6825 or Jason_Verhoosky@wayland.k12.ma.us.
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6th Grade Community Service Club
Toy Drive to benefit Boston Children's Hospital
February 29 - March 4, 2016

Please donate new/unused toys for 4 - 10 year old boys and girls. There will a box in the lobby for donations. We believe that if more children have toys to play with, they will have a more fun and joyful experience at the hospital. 

Nat Geo Geography Bee State Qualifier
WMS School Champion to compete in State Bee!
April 1, 2016

Wayland seventh grader Atharva Weling has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee! The Massachusetts State Bee will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016, in Springfield, MA. Find out more about the Nat Geo State Bee here. Congratulations, Atharva!

From the Nurse's Office
From Nurse Nims
Postural Screening
3/14, 3/15 & 3/16

All students in grades 6, 7, & 8 will be having their annual postural screening during Wellness classes on 3/14, 3/15 and 3/16. For the screening,  boys will need to be shirtless and wear a pair of shorts. Girls will need to wear a pair of shorts with either a bikini top, an open back bathing suit or a halter-top.  

Screenings will be performed by a Registered Nurse and will be held in a private area for each student.  Only abnormal screening results will be mailed to the parent/guardian.

As with any state mandated screening,  a child may be excused with a letter provided by the parent or  guardian.  If you elect to excuse your child from postural screening this year, please be sure to send a letter to Nurse Nims no later than March 7th which includes the following information:

1.   Date
2.    Child's First and Last Name
3.  Please note that you are excusing your child from this year's postural screening and please note the name of the physician who performs this screening for your child annually.
4.  Your signature

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.   

Best,

Marcia Nims, RN, BSN
marcia_nims@wayland.k12.ma.us   

Artist of the Week

Artist: Griffin Brown
Grade: 6
Medium: Found objects, fabric,
collage, ink, acrylic
and Duct Tape

Reminders (from previous emails)
PARCC & MCAS Testing
Schedule Now Available

The complete 2015 PARCC & MCAS testing schedule can be found here.  If at all possible, please avoid scheduling appointments for your child on his or her testing dates. Many thanks!

REMINDER: Please use the overflow lot!

Just a reminder to everyone who drops off students in the morning and picks them up in the afternoon: Please use the overflow lot just on your right as you enter the driveway (the old DPW lot). It is especially important during inclement weather that we keep Route 27 clear for traffic.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .
ALL GRADES:
Feb 29 at 7:30 PM   String Jam @ WHS Field House
Feb 29 - Mar 4         World Language Week @ WMS!
Mar 11                     Q 3 progress reports
Mar 16 @ 2:00 PM   Middle School Musical: Xanadu
Mar 17 at 7:30 PM   Middle School Musical: Xanadu
Mar 18  at 7:30 PM   Middle School Musical: Xanadu
Mar 19 at 12:30 PM Middle School Musical: Xanadu

8TH GRADE:
March 15 at 7:00 PM -  High School Information Meeting for Rising 9th Graders @ WHS