8th Grade PARCC - May 23 & 24
Be on time with your chromebook charged!

7th Grade Cape Cod Trip - May 25 thru May 27
Monday Morning Minute
May 23, 2016
For Parents of 7th Graders
Cape Cod Medication Drop-Off Day  
Tuesday, May 24th, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

The Cape Cod Medication drop off will be held on Tuesday, May 24th from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm. Parents must place the original prescription bottle (that has the instructions, exact count of medication, and student name on it) in a zip lock bag that is LABELED WITH THE STUDENTS FULL NAME and BUS GROUP (not homeroom).  Drop off will be at a table in the front lobby.

This is the only drop-off time, by law the school cannot accept any medication for the trip prior to Tuesday, May 24th, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm.

Thank you, 

Susan Chisholm,  Michael Lehr &  Stacey Reed
7th Grade House Leaders

For more information, go to our blog here.

AND remember to add this date to your calendars: 
CAPE COD NIGHT! June 15, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
For Parents of 8th Graders
PARCC Schedule
May 23 & 24, 2016

Testing begins promptly after homeroom; please do not schedule outside appointments for these days.  Please help your child be on time with a charged chromebook.
May 23 & 24 - ELA
WMS Orchestra Concert
Monday, May 23rd
7:30 PM, WMS Auditorium

The WMS Orchestras present their final concert of the season. Hear selections played by the 6th Grade Orchestra, 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra, and Honors Chamber Ensemble. From Mozart to modern pieces, there is something for every string lover the enjoy!

ALL GRADES: Fitnessgram
Tuesday May 31st - Friday June 3rd 
Monday June 13th - Friday June 17th

Wellness  Fitness  Testing  will be held in all grades from  May 30 - June 3 and June 13 - 17.  We utilize the FitnessGram protocol for which more information can be found  HERE .

If your child has a history of exercise-induced asthma and has an inhaler in the nurse's office, please remind him/her to see the nurse 20-30 minutes before pacer testing to pick up the inhaler and bring to Wellness class.  If your child does not have an inhaler at school, then please provide the nurse with a WPS medication order form so that your child may use his or her inhaler while at school. The Wellness Staff would also like to ask all families to be sure their children eat breakfast and stay hydrated especially on fitness testing days.  This testing is vigorous and failure to eat or drink adequate amounts of fluids can result in headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness or fainting. Thank you!  

~The Wellness and Health Room Staff
Manga Workshop for Teens in grades 6 through 12
Wayland Public Library
Tuesday, May 31  2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

All students in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Teen Library Advisory Board's May meeting. Manga Artist Kat Klockow will talk about all the steps that go into drawing comics and the cultural differences and similarities between Japanese manga and American comics.

WMS households can find  permission slips and arrange bus transportation to the WPL on the WMS Library website . Permission slips are also available at our library. Please note that the event is the day after Memorial Day! Students in 7th grade should RSVP before the Cape Cod trip.
It's Spring...don't forget Bicycle Safety!

As it gets warmer, more and more WMS students are riding their bikes to school. This is wonderful, but please remind your cyclist of a few tips:

1. Wear your helmet and fasten it securely.
2. Share the sidewalk. When buses are unloading in front of the school, stop and walk your bike. Do not weave through students getting off the bus.

We want to ensure that all of our students enjoy a safe journey, arrival to and departure from  WMS. Thank you, and Happy Spring!
PTO News

TODAY - You're Invited!!  
2016 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
and Annual WMS PTO Budget Vote
Monday, May 23rd9:00 am

We would love to thank all of the wonderful volunteers that assisted this year with the PTO sponsored events and activities!  You are invited to a special Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast a t 9:00  am o n Monday May 23 rd.  We will also take this opportunity to share the 2016-2017 PTO Budget with you, discuss the wonderful and creative grants that were distributed this year and hold a vote to approve the budget.  

All parents and guardians are welcome to this meeting!  It's not just for volunteers!  We are also voting on our budget and would love your input and discussion.  We look forward to seeing you!  

(The breakfast will be held in the staff break room -- signs will be posted as you enter the school)

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!  
To our volunteers

THANK YOU!  Staff Appreciation Lunch  -- Many thanks to Janice Thompson, Irina Pansovoy and Aina Lagor for organizing and orchestrating a wonderful Staff Appreciation Luncheon last Wednesday!  The attention to details with the homemade linens, recycled and compostable paper goods, along with the compilation of "Gushes" matched to music - was the icing on the cake!  Speaking of cake - thank you as well to all of the parents and guardians who sent in home baked desserts!  The staff very much appreciated and enjoyed it!

THANK YOU!  DC Night Dinner  -- Thank you to all who assisted, cooked and baked for the DC Night dinner for the staff!  They appreciated being able to continue setting up for the event with out having to rush out to grab a quick bite and rush back.  Thank you as well, to our dedicated 8th grade parent representatives, Jen Bonner, Sue Cahaly and Kristen Fuller, for organizing and arranging the dinner!

REMINDERS from previous emails
From the Principals
End of Year Dress Code

The following excerpt from our Student Handbook outlines our updated dress code. Last spring, we made some slight revisions based on conversations with our House Leaders, students and School Council. 

"Rule 10: You must wear appropriate clothing to school. Our expectations of appropriate clothing apply to all school events, including field trips and evening activities.  Regardless of current styles, the following guidelines are expected:

a) Clothes that advertise drugs and alcohol or promote violence or other types of inappropriate behavior or language are not allowed and contradict the very goals and purpose of building a safe school for all of us.

b) Students are expected to wear and use a belt for any pants that do not stay up without the use of a belt.

c) Undergarments are to remain under your clothes and cannot be visible.

d) Low cut tanks, shirts or blouses that expose cleavage are not permitted. Additionally, shirts should not expose midriff skin.

e) Shorts and/or skirts must cover one's bottom and undergarments completely when standing, sitting or in motion.

f) Leggings and tights may be worn if an appropriately long enough top is worn as well. 

Why: While choosing your clothing is a personal decision and involves a combination of taste, trends, and common sense, we make a clear distinction between clothing items that are appropriate for outdoors or for a beach, and clothing that is appropriate for school. 

What Happens: Students may be asked to change into clothing that they may have in their locker or call home for more appropriate clothing.  These conversations can be some of the most difficult that occur at school; they are awkward or embarrassing at best.  Please help by not putting staff in a position where they must act." 

Thank you in advance for your ongoing partnership. 

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 unneeded 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.

Also from the Front 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: Hilla Almog
Grade: 7
Medium: Acrylic on board
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .
ALL GRADES:
May 23 - WMS Orchestra Night at  7:30 PM
May 30  - Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
June 2 - WMS Chorus Concert at 7:30 PM
June 9 - WMS Band Concert at 7:30 PM
June 20 - Last Day of School 

7TH GRADE:
May 25 - 27 Cape Cod Trip
June 15 -  Cape Cod Family Night  at 7:00 PM  
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