Monday Morning Minute
January 23, 2017
A Message from Assistant Principal Benzie

Good morning,

The Wayland Middle School community enjoyed two wonderful celebrations this past Friday: our Martin Luther King, Jr. Assemblies and our 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration.

The assemblies were a meaningful way to celebrate and commemorate Dr. King. The students spoke eloquently and performed magnificently. We had student speakers on activists, a special student performance of song and playing the piano, two art tributes and performances by the select chorus, chamber orchestra and jazz band. After the assembly, the 8th grade continued on with activities and guest speakers. The 8th grade, preparing for their trip to Washington D.C., was able to dedicate the entire day towards the theme of activism seeing a performance of a trial about a Japanese internment camp. After lunch, the 8th graders boarded buses to each of the elementary schools in town. A heartfelt thank you to Mr. Lee, Dr. Harvey and Mr. Jones for opening up their schools. Our students had a fantastic time hanging out and reading with the younger students.

Later Friday evening, the Boston METCO Parent Council sponsored a fantastic night of celebration, “Honoring Our History.” A delicious dinner was served, followed by performances by our students. 

It was truly a special day for the Wayland Middle School community!

Warm regards,

George
ARTISTS of the WEEK
  This week's Artists of the Week represent students whose works were shared during  Friday's  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Both Katherine and Sophia shared their works during the ceremony, and Elizabeth's drawing
graced the cover of our event program
Elizabeth Zhong, grade 8, medium Graphite
Katherine Deane, grade 8, medium Acrylic on Canvas
Sophia Blair-Goldin, grade 8, medium Photography
This WEEK at WMS!
Soundtrack for a Revolution
For 8th Grade Parents & their Families
Thursday, January 26th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

8th grade families are invited to join their students for the showing of "Soundtrack for a Revolution." This PBS documentary is "the story of the American civil rights movement is told through its powerful music -- the freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality." The screening will take place in the Middle School auditorium. 
Above the Influence
WaylandCares at WMS Lunches this week
Tuesday, January 24th

WaylandCares will be bringing a town wide Above the Influence campaign to WMS. WaylandCares and our middle school youth leadership group will be hosting a table during the lunch blocks on Tuesday, Jan. 24th, in the cafeteria. Students are welcome to fill out a quote bubble and share what keeps them "above the influence" and making healthy decisions. Free "You have better things to do than drugs" bracelets will be available. 
PTO

PTO NEWS

Volunteers Needed!
TEACHER APPRECIATION and MIDDLE & MORE COFFEES

We love our WMS teachers, and to show them just how much we appreciate them, the PTO hosts three Teacher Appreciation events throughout the year – a September back-to-school lunch, a May luncheon, and a June breakfast.  We are looking for a team of parents to coordinate the May luncheon, as well as parents to help run the June breakfast. 

We hope that you have been able to join us for a Middle & More parent coffee this year.  They are a wonderful, informal way to get to know WMS better, including our teachers and staff.  We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help with set-up, greeting and clean-up for the remainder of this year’s coffees.  The entire schedule can be found, below, in Upcoming Events.

Please email Amy Simmons at simmons221@comcast.net for more information on any of these volunteer opportunities.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Save the Date!
The PTO is excited to announce that we will be sponsoring a screening and discussion of Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age on Thursday, March 30, at 7:00 pm.  “SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.  Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”  

Screenagers has been featured in the press on Good Morning America, the Today Show, and NPR, as well as in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Forbes and more.  View the trailer, and mark your calendars for this event – you won’t want to miss it!
Middle & More Coffee
Please join us on Friday, February 10th, from 8:45-9:45 in the Middle School Library for our next Middle & More Coffee on  English, Social Studies and Applied Sciences at WMS
We will be joined by department heads and Ms. Gavron for an overview of the curriculum in these departments, including plenty of time for parent Q & A. Please contact Amy Simmons ( simmons221@comcast.net ) with questions, or you can find the entire year’s schedule of parent coffees at: 
M & M Coffees 
REMINDER (from previous email)

Wellness Week is coming! NEW DATES!

Our annual Wellness Week is coming up April 24 - 28th. The goal of Wellness Week is to create an active and fun week that promotes a variety of Health and Wellness topics.  We would like to expose our students to new ideas, trends and/or concepts.  If anyone would be able to volunteer their time to present to our students, we would greatly appreciate it! Please directly email me at pamela_riddle@Wayland.k12.ma.us if you would be able to participate in our Wellness Week.

Topics we are interested in:

  • Martial Arts
  • Personal Safety for kids
  • Fitness
  • Dance
  • Kickboxing
  • Or any others topics of interest!
Thank you, The Wellness Staff
CALENDAR
Upcoming Events - All Grades
1/27: Q2 Ends
2/3:   Q2 Report Cards
2/17: Winter Recess begins @ 2:20
2/27: Classes resume
6th Grade
1/30: David Ski Trip
1/31: Henry Ski Trip
2/2:   Thoreau Ski Trip
8th Grade
1/26: Civil Rights Movie @ WMS 7:00 - 9:00 PM
for 8th grade students and their parents
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