It's finally here...  Wellness Week!!
Monday Morning Minute
June 6, 2016
From Assistant Principal Benzie

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

Good morning,

We have once again arrived at the last Monday Morning Minute of the year! As I finish my eighteenth year in education, and third in Wayland, I am amazed with how much our students and teachers have accomplished!

During my recent hike to the summit of Mount Wachusett, students immersing themselves into all that is Henry David Thoreau were given different activities to accomplish during the hike: silent saunter, “hikeku,” artwork, cloud study, gathering circle and my favorite, grab a tie and hat to become Henry. At different stops along the way, students would throw the tie and hat on, and reflect on what they saw and how they felt, as if they were Henry David Thoreau. Let’s just say these kids were sharing some deep profound thoughts! At the summit, we stopped for about ten minutes gathering in a circle to reflect upon the past year. It was nice to hear many students considering how much they have grown over the past year and proud of what they have accomplished. I too have had a wonderful time, traveling and getting to know all of your children over the course of the year.

I was able to journey with the sixth grade on field trips to Walden Pond and Mount Wachusett, and with the eighth grade to Washington, D.C. I am excited about my first trip to Kimball’s Farm next week! I was fortunate enough to share an eighth grade homeroom with Ms. McDonald and Mrs. Cerrone. Having been with this class since sixth grade, I wish the eighth grade nothing but the best in their future endeavors and hope they come back and visit us next year.

I want to the thank everyone for making this a wonderful year. There were so many highlights that made this year unforgettable. The outpouring of support from the teachers, office staff, PTO and families was constant throughout the year.

I hope that you and your families have a marvelous summer break and look forward to seeing you again in the fall.

Warm regards,

Wellness Week
It's HERE!  June 6th - 10th
The goal of Wellness week is to promote active & healthy living for all students. We want to expose our students to new ideas, concepts, and styles of teaching.  We are fortunate to get some great local presenters to come and volunteer their time to make
Wellness Week a success.

Activities offered this week are:
  • Mobility and Prevention of Injuries with Steve Crowell
  • CrossFit Kids with Maxwell Isaak
  • Yoga for Adolescents with Tara Kilgallen 
  • Yoga for Adolescents with Erica Tharp
  • Mobility and Prevention of Injury with Dr. Bradley Weiss
  • T'ai Chi for Adolescents with John Woodward
Find out more at our BLOG. And see below for more exciting activities!

Wellness Week Soles4Souls Shoe Drive
June 6th - 10th
Collection Box in the Main Lobby

Clean our your closet & support an amazing organization.
Gently used shoes of all kinds are welcomed! 
Please make sure the pairs are tied together or use an elastic to keep them together as a pair. Thank you for your donation!

Wayland Boosters Wellness Week Sale at WMS
Tuesday, June 7th &  Thursday, June 9th
All Lunch Blocks

Wayland Boosters is proud to have supported the Middle School Softball and Track & Field teams this spring.  

After receiving many requests, we will have a Boosters table at all three lunch periods on Tuesday and Thursday this week, selling a small selection of Wayland Boosters favorite items.  Great items for summer camp and to show your Warrior Pride:

Reversible Headbands ($10)
Slim Athletic Headband ($4)
Frisbees ($3)
Warrior Socks ($8 per pair or 2 for $14)
Camelback Water bottle ($18), W T-shirt ($10)
Drawstring backpack bag ($20)
Warrior Buff ($8) ... & more! 

Payments can be made by cash or checks made payable to Wayland Boosters.  The full selection is available at the WHS Boosters Store, the Wayland Depot or listed in the Warrior Wear link on  Proceeds go to Boosters support of Wayland Middle School and High School athletic programs and clubs.  Go Warriors!

Round out Wellness Week with...Bike Day!
Friday, June 10th, 2:20 - 3:00 PM
Near the bike racks in the front of WMS

Celebrate the fun, freedom, and fitness associated with bicycling! Local bike racers will be on hand to lead skills sessions, pump tires, adjust brakes, lube chains, and do minor repairs.  

Bike Day is brought to you by the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) and USAC Racing Club BikewaySource/Bell Lap Racing. MassBike is a non-profit organization that promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation.

Exercise your brain with...ROOM TO READ
June 6th and 7th

On Monday and Tuesday, June 6th and 7th, we will hold our annual WMS BOOK SWAP.If you have a chance, please check through your libraries for any books you’ve read, loved, and are now ready to let go of for another reader to enjoy. Every dollar we earn puts a book into a child’s hand in a developing country inscribed with: A Gift from the U.S.A. Room to Read utilizes the funds to hire local authors and artists to write culturally relevant books for children in their native tongues while also training their educators in best literacy practices. Please read below about the inception of this amazing organization ( By swapping books, and making and selling hair ties, WMS students have raised almost $4,000 for Room to Read.
Thank you,
Ellen Jacobs
Literacy Specialist

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And exercise your empathy with...
WMS WaylandCares  Personal Care Items Collection
June 6th - June 13th

The middle school group of WaylandCares is sponsoring a collection of SAMPLED-SIZED PERSONAL ITEM to benefit Voices Against Violence. Please bring drop your items in the collection box in Main Lobby of Wayland Middle School.

We need SAMPLE SIZED donations of:

  • Toothpaste
  •  Shampoo
  •  Conditioner
  •  Soap
  • Deodorant

Voices Against Violence is a program of SMOC efforts will help many people/families with sample sized personal care items needed when moving into a shelter. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Students vs. Faculty Softball Game
WMS Softball Field
Thursday, June 9th at 2:30 -  4:00PM
Upcoming Events
WMS Band Concert
WMS Auditorium
7:30 PM, Thursday, June 9th

The WMS Bands present their final concert of the season. Under the direction of Rebecca Wellons, you'll hear the 6th Grade Band, 7th & 8th Grade Band, and the Jazz Band. Come listen and swing into summer!
8th Grade Parents: 8th Grade  Welcomes Rena Finder
WMS Auditorium
June 16th, 9:00 AM

On Thursday, June 16th, the eighth grade is honored to be hosting Rena Finder.  Ms. Finder was born in Krakow, Poland in 1929. She survived the Krakow ghetto, the Plaszow concentration camp and four weeks at Auschwitz.   She was saved through the actions of Oscar Schindler.  For over twenty-five years, Ms. Finder has been speaking to our eighth graders about her childhood, her journey through the Holocaust and the importance of being upstanders.  In 2011, she became our school's first honorary alumna.  

Eighth grade parents are welcome to attend this event, from 9:00 - 10:00 in the theater.  Please contact Jake Montwieler [] or Matt McCormack [] for more information. 

Year End and Summer Info/Opportunites
Return Library Books, School Books, Classroom Books!
Chromebook Return Schedule

Find Books! This week, please encourage your child to start cleaning out and sorting through book bags, and to look around the house and car for stray school books, and return them to school. Many thanks!

Chromebook Return Schedule: More specific info next week.

  • June 14 - Grade 8 Chromebook & Charger return
  • June 15 - Grade 6 Chromebook Collection in Homeroom
  • June 16 - Grade 7 Chromebook Collection in Homeroom
8th Grade Parents
Chromebook Case Donations Welcome!

As your 8th grader moves on to the high school, you may find you have no further use for your child's  Chromebook  case (unless you have younger children entering the middle school). Please consider donating your case to the middle school for a rising 6th grader. You can instruct your child to place his/her case in the collection bin located in our lobby on June 14th, 8th Grade Chromebook 
Collection Day.  Thank you for your generosity!
Pick Up Meds from Nurse
Deadline: 2:00 pm on June 20th

Just a reminder that all prescription and over-the-counter medications must be picked up by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20.  Your child may pick up his or her epipen and/or albuterol inhaler on your behalf. Be sure to instruct your child to stop by the school nurse before the end of the school day on Monday All other medications must be picked up by a parent or designated adult.

We are required to destroy all medications/devices not picked up by the deadline.Questions? Contact Nurse Marcia Nims at 508-655-6670 x1104.
6th Grade Parents
Health Physicals Due

Dear Rising 7th Grade Parent or Guardian:
As you and your child anticipate entering the seventh grade at Wayland Middle School next year, please note that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations require a current physical exam with immunizations (dated within the last 12 months), be submitted to the Nurse’s office prior to the start of 7th grade.
Please send your child’s most recent physical exam to me as soon as possible so that I may have time to enter your child’s information into their medical record before the start of 7th grade.  If your child has an upcoming appointment for his/her physical after May 15th, please forward the documentation to me as soon as you receive it.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Marcia R. Nims, RN, BSN
Summer Math Packets
All Grades

Dear Parents: 

Through the years many parents have asked what can be done over the summer to maintain skills and develop mathematical thinking. There are a couple of options for families. 

1. The Middle School math teachers have created a practice packet calendar to help your child retain his/her skills and to provide valuable practice over the summer. You should feel free to discuss the work with your child. Math discussions are an important way for students to remember and retain concepts. Students may enjoy working with peers or parents as they practice. Again, this calendar is simply an opportunity for your child to maintain skills. The calendar and answer key are on the Wayland Middle School website and can be downloaded and printed at your convenience.  Students may also do the work on online. See the Summer Math page for details. 

A few things to note: 

Packets are not being handed out in math classes this year.  Students interested in trying the summer math calendar should download the packet or enroll in the Summer Math class on ASSISTments (see directions on the WMS Summer Math page.

The summer math calendars have not been updated since our adoption of the Common Core State Standards.  This means that there may be a few problems on your grade-level packet that you actually haven't seen before.  These are great extension questions for you to try and talk about with your family.

Our goal is to provide a manageable way for students seeking to keep their math skills sharp over the summer by providing one problem per day.

Packets will not be graded.

There is no penalty for not doing the packet

Students may get help from sibling, parent, etc.

If a student doesn’t know how to do a certain problem, it’s OK to try it and move on to another problem.

It is OK to use extra paper if more space is needed to work the problems

2. There are many options for summer math skills review workbooks that can be purchased by families. Here are two.  Both are intended to be used only 3 days per week for ten weeks.

All Grades

Reading good books during the summer is one of the best ways to keep you engaged in new ideas.  Not only will it enlist your imagination, but also it will help you continue to gain understanding of yourself, other people, other places, and other times. You can do it just about anywhere-- in the back of your car, on your porch or in your backyard, on your bunk at camp, and especially on a sunny day at the beach. 

Please plan on reading at least two to three books this summer.  Please consult the Wayland Middle School Summer Reading List and visit the Wayland Public Library for book recommendations.

    Please complete one Book Buzz on your favorite summer reading book. 

    Book Buzz link in next week's newsletter!

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    EMPOWER | Leadership, Communication & Collaboration
    June 27th - July 1stMonday - Friday 10AM - 3PM

    Join Us to Give Back to Your Community and be a Youth Leader

    Work with a group of your peers from Wayland and surrounding communities on a mix of games, presentations, activities, brainstorming and community service.  This program will provide you the tools to create healthy messaging to the community, learn new leadership skills and create a campaign message to encourage healthy decisions in Wayland and beyond.

    Program Details:  

    • Who: Students Entering Grades 7-10.
    • Where: Wayland High School  
    • Staff: Elsie Cerrone, Dossie Kahn and Jason Verhoosky

    Lunch will be provided daily. There is no fee for this program.
    To register for this program, please email or call 508.358.6825.

    PTO News

    Middle & More Coffee
    Tuesday, June 14th9:00-10:00 AM
    In the Library

    Our last “ Middle  &  More ” of the year is on  Tuesday, June 14th , from  9:00 -10:00 am  in the WMS Library. Can you believe the school year is almost over?! Come join us for a conversation with  Betsy   Gavron . We’ll take a quick look back at the year, get a sneak peak into next year, and then discuss whatever you’d like. Were there questions you didn’t get to ask at “ Middle  More ” earlier in the year? Topics you wish we had covered? Bring your inquiries and ideas and share a cup of coffee or tea with us!  Please contact Cathy Scholz ( ) if you have any questions.

    Need a yearbook?
    There are still a few available for purchase!

    There are still a few yearbooks available for purchase!  Visit  today to buy a yearbook for just $20.  Students will receive their yearbook on the last day of school.  Contact  Stephanie Galvani  with any questions or if you need to order a yearbook the old-fashioned, paper way.
    From the Front Office
    End of Year Checklist for Parents

    Looking for ways to help lessen end-of-year demands on your and your child? There are a few things you can do now. Help your child to:
    • Locate and return overdue school library books. Pay fines.
    • Locate and return overdue classroom library books (marked on spine with either "ELA" or the teacher's name).
    • Start bringing home locker items like winter coats, boots, old papers, etc.
    • Locate academic textbooks so they can be turned in when the school year ends.
    • Check our lost & found for missing items.
    • Pay any outstanding Food Services balances.
    • If applicable, register for the school bus before fees increase on June 30.
    From the Office:
    Moving? Private School? 

    If your family is moving from Wayland, or if you've decided to send your child to private school next year, please be sure to submit a student withdrawal form to your child's guidance counselor so that we may begin the process of preparing your child's records for transfer.  Many thanks!
    Artist of the Week
    Artist: Jack Wuerfl
    Grade: 8
    Medium: Pastel
    Upcoming Events
    Upcoming Events .
    June 6 - Wellness Week!
    June 9 - WMS Faculty vs. Students Softball Game 2:30
    June 9 - WMS Band Concert at 7:30 PM  
    June 10 - Bike Day 2:20-3:00 PM
    June 20 - Last Day of School - dismissal at 1:10 PM

    6TH GRADE:
    June 16 - Social at WMS, 2:30 - 4:00 PM

    7TH GRADE:
    June 15 -  Cape Cod Family Night,  7:00 PM  

    8TH GRADE:
    June 16 - Kimball' s Trip, 2:30 - 8:00 PM
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