Monday Morning Minute
January 30, 2017
A Message from Principal Gavron

Good Morning,

Thank you to the many eighth grade parents and students who came together last Thursday evening to view the documentary "Soundtrack for a Revolution" as a launch to the study of Civil Rights in social studies. It was a powerful mix of music and first person accounts of events in the '60s that I hope led to good discussions at home. We had over 140 in attendance.

Additionally, I would like to extend my appreciation to the many parents, students and teachers who took the time to participate in our survey to provide feedback about Catch Up and Breathe (CUB) weekends.*  Based on the feedback** we will continue CUB weekends in second semester.

Second Semester  CUB Weekends dates - beginning  Friday:

February 3
February 17 (start of vacation)
March 10
March 24
April 13 (holiday and start of vacation)
May 5
May 19
June 2

Thank you.

Respectfully,

Betsy Gavron
WMS News

For Parents of 7th Graders
Cape Cod Information Night at WMS Auditorium
Thursday, February 2nd, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Parents of 7th graders! Come and get your questions about the upcoming (May 24 - 26) Cape Cod trip answered! 7th grade faculty will be on hand to tell you about the rationale for the trip, walk you through the itinerary and answer questions. See you there!

National Geographic Geography Bee 
WMS Winner: 8th Grader Aiden Zhang

Congratulations to this year's Nat Geo Bee! Upon taking and passing a qualifying exam, Aiden will have the opportunity to move on to compete in the MA State finals in Worcester on  Friday, March 31st

The process at WMS began with twenty-two contestants, then narrowed down to seven, and very Honorable Mention also goes to:

Atharva Weling (Grade 8, and last year's winner)
Max Brande (Grade 8)
Ryan Murdock (Grade 8)
Lara Bencsics (Grade 8)
Amelie Martin (Grade 6)
Deirdre Brown (Grade 6)

All the students did such an amazing, impressive job, and were so kind and respectful as they all shook hands at the end to congratulate each other!
Online Survey on School Start Times
The Wayland School Committee is exploring making changes to the start times for our schools.  We have held several public information sessions on the topic, and now would like to get input from more members of the community.  We invite you participate in one of our online surveys that will help inform our next steps in the process.  We have developed separate surveys for different stakeholders:

  Survey links are:  
The surveys will be open until noon on February 8.  Information on School Start Times is available on the School Committee website here.
BOOKS!!  BOOKS!!  BOOKS!!

Please Donate New and Gently Used Books
for readers from Birth to Grade 5!
 - In All Languages!

Books can be dropped off in the WMS Lobby.
Books will go to under-privileged kids in our state.  Thank you!
  Brought to you by the WMS WaylandCares Club!
A Reminder from the Office 
When picking up your child by car at the end of the day, you must get in line for the parent pick-up area by the murals on the gym. Parents are not to park in the faculty parking lot, as it causes students to cross between moving buses and is not safe. Also, if there are students and faculty in the crosswalk, do not drive through until they have crossed completely.
Thank you for keeping everyone in our community safe. 
PTO

PTO NEWS

It’s Grant Time!
The PTO is currently reviewing 22 grant requests (over $27,000 worth!) from teachers, staff, departments, grades and extracurricular clubs.  This is where your Gift Your Child donations are put to work.  We look forward to announcing this year’s grant awards in February.  In the meantime, visit the WMS PTO Facebook page to see last year’s grants in action, as well as to stay up to date on events, news and volunteer opportunities!

PTO’s Green Team Textile Recycling
Have you noticed the Clothing and Shoes donation box along the drop-off/pick-up line at the Middle School?  Wayland’s Green Team has partnered with Bay State Textiles to keep recyclable clothing, shoes, stuffed animals, backpacks and linens out of landfills.  It doesn't matter what shape they are in!  As you are cleaning out your family’s shoes, boots, clothes, backpacks, linens, etc., please consider bagging them and dropping them off in the bin conveniently located by the softball field and directly in the pick-up/drop-off line. 45% of the content is reused, 30% is turned into wiping cloths, 20% converted to fibers, 5% must be destroyed, and all donations generate funds for the Wayland PTO.  For a complete list of acceptable items for recycling, click here.

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 Times, The Washington Post, Forbes and more.  View the trailer, and mark your calendars for this event – you won’t want to miss it!  This event will be open to the entire Wayland community, however registration will open to the Wayland Middle School community first.  Keep an eye here and on Facebook for the registration announcement in the coming weeks.
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
ARTIST of the WEEK
Artist: Sophie Stowell
Grade: 6
Medium: Papier mache and acrylic

CALENDAR
Upcoming Events - All Grades
2/3:   Q2 Report Cards on iParent
2/10: PTO Middle & More @ 8:45 in WMS Library
2/17: Winter Recess begins @ 2:20
2/27: Classes resume
6th Grade - New dates for David & Henry Ski Trips!
2/2:  Thoreau Ski Trip
2/6:  David Ski Trip
2/7:  Henry Ski Trip
7th Grade
2/2:   Cape Cod Info Night
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