Monday Morning Minute
November 14, 2016 

A Message from Assistant Principal George Benzie

Bonjour à tous, 

Last week, the middle school celebrated National French Week. Each day students were met by relaxing French music as they entered the building in the morning. Students also participated in “Pause Française” on Wednesday afternoon, where they displayed their projects on French-speaking countries and regions of France and were able to sample some food from those areas as well. It was great to see so many students and parents enjoying the French culture and cuisine!



Upcoming Events
All Grades
11/18: Q1 Report Cards
11/23: Thanksgiving Recess - Early Release 11:15 AM
11/28: School resumes
CUB  (Catch Up & Breathe)  weekends: 11/23, 12/9, 12/23

Flu Shots now available for all students
please click here for info
2016 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey
Wednesday, November 16th

This is a reminder that we will be giving MWAHS survey to students in grades 6-8 on November 16, 2016.

The survey is anonymous, meaning your child will not put his or her name on the survey and no one will know what they write.  There will be no identifying information on any of the surveys.

Completing this survey is voluntary.  Your child’s grades in school will not be affected by whether or not s/he participates.  Your child can also decide not to take the survey or skip any question s/he doesn’t wish to answer.

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment is a Federal Law that requires us to notify you ahead of time about the survey, and give you the chance to look at it, so you can let us know if you don’t want your child to take part.  If you want to see the survey before deciding, a copy will be available at Wayland Middle School from November 7- November 14, 2016.

If you DO NOT want your child to take part in the survey, please complete the attached form and have your child return it to his or her school by Monday, November 14, 2016.

Thank you. 
Pom Pom Zombies First Rehearsal Today
All are Welcome! November 14th 2:30 - 4:00 PM
At the first rehearsals, students will learn everything you need to know about the musical. They will also sing songs and read scenes from the play. 
Next rehearsals are: 
Friday, November 18th until 4 PM
Tuesday, November 22nd until 4 PM

For more information, contact:
Mr. Large (Director/Producer)
Mr. Murray (Music Director) stephen_murray@wayland.k12
Lost & Found
WMS Lobby - November 21 - 23
Have your child check for missing items in our Lost & Found, or come and take a look for yourself! Unclaimed items will be donated to charity (The Green Team/PTO bin by the baseball field in the back of the WMS).at 12:00 PM, Wednesday, November 21st, as is our custom prior to each of the school breaks (November, December, February, April and June).

PTO News

Gift Your Child

The PTO has now raised over 77% of our $15,000 fundraising goal for this year.  Visit the WMS PTO on Facebook to see some of last year’s grants in action around school.  Remember, this year the PTO will not be asking you to pay dues or to sell gift wrap or cookie dough – we instead ask that you Gift Your Child.  100% of your donation is tax deductible and eligible for matching gift donations, and every dollar directly supports the PTO’s many programs at WMS.  Donate today after registering at MySchoolAnywhere (the new online directory) or at  You can also mail a check (made out to “Wayland PTO”) to Wayland Middle School PTO, 201 Main Street, Wayland, MA 01778.  The suggested donation is $100 per middle school student. 

My School Anywhere

Be sure to register for the new, online directory at  This directory will replace the traditional printed version, but directory information will now be parent-driven.  It is an OPT-IN system, and you MUST register to be included.  For directions on how to register, or for additional FAQs, please visit

Upcoming Events

Middle & More Coffee
Monday, November 21st, 8:45-9:45 AM

The next Middle & More parent coffee will be held on Monday, November 21st from 8:45-9:45 am in the library.  6th grade House leaders Tom Halpin and Kelly Hagan, along with 6th grade guidance counselor, Stephen Farina, will join us for a 6th Grade Check-In: The Transition to Middle School, with a particular focus on the social and emotional qualities of sixth graders and the sixth grade academic program.  While this is of particular interest to parents of sixth graders, we encourage all parents to attend and share their perspectives.  Please contact Amy Simmons at if you have any questions.  You can find the entire year’s schedule of parent coffees at

REMINDERS (from previous emails)
Volunteers Still Needed for the
Wayland Middle School Calendar Fundraiser

We're looking for a few more volunteers, especially for this Thursday, November 17th, and Friday, November 18th.  Please sign up at
  1. Click this link to see our SignUp on
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

AFS Project Change

What change would YOU make in the world? If you're in grades 8-12, tell us your idea and you could win a full scholarship to go abroad. 

  • AFS Project Change – January 17 Deadline
    Students share their idea for a volunteer project that could have a meaningful impact abroad to address a major global issue. If their idea is chosen, they will receive a full scholarship to spend two weeks abroad with AFS making their vision come to life. All U.S. 8th to 12th grade students are eligible to enter via essay or video.  Nine additional winners will join the winning program.   

Enter Project: Change today!   Visit for more study abroad opportunities. 

Artist: Molly "Mollo" Morneweck
Grade: 6
Medium: Mixed
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