Monday Morning Minute
November 21, 2016 
All Grades
11/23: Return report card acknowledgment
11/23: Thanksgiving Recess - Early Release 11:15 AM
11/28: School resumes
CUB  (Catch Up & Breathe)  weekends: 11/23, 12/9, 12/23
TODAY! Middle & More Coffee
Monday, November 21st, 8:45-9:45 AM

Today's Middle & More parent coffee will be held 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

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).
This Year's Musical is: Pom Pom Zombies
All are Welcome! November 22nd 2:30 - 4:00 PM
For more information, contact:
Mr. Large (Director/Producer)
Mr. Murray (Music Director) stephen_murray@wayland.k12
Next Week: tryouts for WMS Basketball
November 28th - December 2nd
         Boys tryouts:                                                 Girls tryouts:
    11/28 - 3:30-4:45                                          11/30 - 3:00-4:30
    11/29 - 3:30-4:45                                           12/1 - 3:30-4:45
    11/30 - 1:30-3:00                                           12/2 - 2:30-3:45

Questions? BOYS:
                  GIRLS: natalia_a

PTO News

Gift Your Child

The PTO has now raised almost 80% of our $15,000 fundraising goal for this year.  As we head into our grant process, please help us reach our goal!  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. 

AmazonSmile - FREE MONEY for Our Schools!!

Do you shop on Amazon?  Did you know that you can earn money for our schools for free?  When you shop at Smile.Amazon.Com, Amazon donates .5% back to the charity of your choice.  Visit: today, choose “Wayland Public Schools Parent Teacher Organization, Inc.” as your designated charity, and then start shopping at Smile.Amazon.Com, where you’ll find the exact same shopping experience as on, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price on all eligible items to the PTO! 

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

REMINDERS (from previous emails)

Flu Shots now available for all students
please click here for info
Volunteers Still Needed for the
Wayland Middle School Calendar Fundraiser
We're looking for a few more volunteers!  Please sign up at

Click this link to see our SignUp on

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

WaylandCares  a Middle School Youth Leadership program is back!!! We 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.

Such activities include learning about various ways to help others in our community, and surrounding communities. For example, organizing a drive to collect sample sized personal care items for Voices Against Violence/SMOC, volunteering or running with a family member to support Pam’s Run or attending an MIAA Youth Leadership Conference to name a few.  Students should feel free to come join a meeting to see what we are all about and get involved where their interests lie.

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 an hour.  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, or Elsie Cerrone at


Artist: Emily Chafe
Grade: 7
Medium: Mixed
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