WMS Monday Morning Minute
Monday, March 19, 2018
In this Issue:
  • Message from Principal Benzie
  • Peter Pan Jr - Wednesday Matinee Cancelled
  • 2018-2019 Student Placement Requests
  • Parent & Guardian Email Addresses in eSchool HAC
  • Spring Sports
  • WPS SEPAC Meeting
  • Last Day of School - Friday 3/22
  • PTO News
  • Artist of the Week
  • Reminders from Previous Emails
  • Important Dates
Message from Principal Benzie

Good morning,
 
Over the past two weeks, Wayland Middle School has been in a celebratory mood. First, we celebrated World Languages Week. The goal of the week was to expose students to the linguistic and cultural diversity of our community and the world. Each day we celebrated a different language, wearing representative colors and eating specially prepared foods from the area.
  • Monday - "Where you're from, where you've been or where you'd like to go" Day (wear something that shows where your family comes from, from a place you visited or somewhere you'd like to go)
  • Tuesday - French Day (blue, white and red)
  • Wednesday - Chinese Day (red)
  • Thursday - Latin Day (purple and gold) (during Wellness Week)
  • Friday - Spanish Day (red and yellow) (during Wellness Week)
Teachers shared their own "learning a language" stories in the classrooms. Also on Monday, the PTO sponsored a cultural enrichment assembly, Golden Gates with Moscow Nights, a singing/dancing/music group from St. Petersburg, Russia. Due to the snow days, we were unable to have our parent volunteers come into school to conduct their annual special International Parent Workshops. However, we were able to reschedule the 8 th  grade students teaching language classes to our 6 th  grade students! Fun events happened daily as well: trivia contest; Language buttons; special guest lunch servers and WLWK decorations.
 
Our second celebration was our 8 th  annual Wellness Week! The focus of our Wellness Week are the 7 dimensions of wellness are listed and defined below, but here are some examples:
  • a student picks up trash in the hallway and throws it out. Environmental wellness.
  • a student invites another student to sit with them at lunch. Belonging, social wellness.
  • eating non-processed foods for snack or lunch- physical wellness.
  • a students steps outside of their comfort zone in your class to participate. emotional wellness. 
  • a student who shows a love for school and your class. occupational wellness.
Each day, the Wellness department brought in guest speakers ranging from Cross-Fit and physical therapists to yoga instructors. To find out more about our volunteers, please check out the  Wellness Blog .
 
Thank you to our PTO, parent volunteers, guest speakers, performers and most of all, our teachers for putting together two awesome weeks of fun and learning!
 
Warm regards,
George
WMS Musical, Peter Pan Jr

Wednesday, March 21st Matinee CANCELLED
Due to missed rehearsals as the result of snow cancellations (5 days - a full week of rehearsal time) the Wednesday matinee of Peter Pan Jr. has been cancelled.

Performances will be:
  • Thursday, March 22nd @ 7:30 PM
  • Friday, March 23rd @ 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 24th @ 12:30 PM

Tickets are general admission. $5.00 for students and seniors, and $10.00 for adults. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, 30 minutes before show times.

Questions? Contact:  katherine_lopez@wayland.k12.ma.us
For Parents of Current 6th & 7th Graders
 Student Placement Requests
Deadline: Friday, May 1   

Considerable thought and effort are given to student scheduling here at WMS. It is a highly complex, intricate, and time-consuming process. Parents may make specific placement requests under the following circumstances:
  • If you have concerns about a teacher based on an older sibling's experience, you may request a different teacher for your child. You may not, however, request a specific teacher.
  • If your child has had difficulty with a specific student which has negatively impacted your child's ability to learn, you may request that the children be placed in separate clusters.
Please know that we will not be considering requests from parents to place students together this year. P lacement requests must be sent to  betsy_gavron@wayland.k12.ma.us no later than FRIDAY, MAY 1st . Please include your child's first and last name, and grade in September 2018. Although we will work hard to honor your request, we cannot make any guarantees.
Is Your Email Address Current in eSchool HAC?

Important communications from the Principal and teachers about school events, progress reports and report cards are now being sent to parent and guardian email addresses via eSchool. If you have changed your email address or phone numbers during the school year, please be sure to update your information in HAC. The HAC link can be found on the homepage of the Middle School website .
Spring Sports

Baseball (try-outs)
Tentative start date: Weather Dependent

Softball (try-outs)
Tentative start date: Monday, April 2 (May change to earlier or later depending on weather, and/or availability of indoor practice space.)
Coach: Dana Kanupp

Spring Track
Tentative Start Date: Monday, March 26 (Dependent on weather)
For more information view Flyer or the Track Website

For registration instructions and links click here. All participants will need an up to date physical (within 13 months of the last day of the season for the sport you are playing) on file with the middle school nurse.
Wayland Public Schools SEPAC Meeting
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Wayland Town Building, School Committee Room, 2nd Floor

Topic
Wayland's Special Education Services & Programs
Moving Through The Grades:
Presentation & Discussion - Wayland Special Ed. Team Leaders

The Last Day of School is now Friday, June 22


PTO News
Bus Driver & Crossing Guard Appreciation Breakfast
Wednesday, March 21, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Loker School Cafeteria
 
Join Wayland's PTO boards as we thank our bus drivers and crossing guards for all that they do to get our students safely to and from where they need to go. Whether your child walks to school, rides the bus, plays sports, or has enjoyed a field trip on the bus - we couldn't do it without these folks! This year the Loker Elementary School is hosting the event, and there are three ways that you can help:
 
● Volunteer to help at the breakfast by donating food, supplies or time on March 21 st
We are now using Signup.com (formerly Volunteer Spot). Visit our link, review the options and choose the spot(s) that you would like at:  http://signup.com/go/bxwQYun.  
You will not need to register an account or keep a password to sign up.
 
● You or your student can write a personal thank you note to your bus driver or crossing guard. These can be dropped off in the elementary school offices by the end of the school day on Thursday, March 15 th .
 
● Consider a $10 donation, instead, to help offset the cost of the breakfast and the simple gift bags for each driver/guard. Please make a check payable to "Wayland PTO" and drop them off at the Elementary School Offices or contact Nina Ching at  ninapc@gmail.com  for information on where to send them.
ARTIST of the WEEK



Artist: Lexi Wiechmann
Grade: 8
Medium: Metal
Reminders from Previous Emails
China Exchange Information Session
for Rising 9th Grade Students and Parents
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm
Wayland High School, South Building Room B214

The exchange program is open to 9th grade students taking ANY language. Topics to be covered include academic credit for program, summer institute, Wayland academics, Culture Class, hosting, cost, among others. Current and former student participants and parents will be there for a Q & A. Please come, we can’t wait to tell you about the program!
Dates to Remember
All Grades
Q3 Ends: 4/6
Q3 Report Cards: 4/13
Spring Recess: 4/14 - 4/22
Last day of School: 6/22

8th Grade
Parent Night at WHS: 3/15
DC Trip: 4/9 - 4/12
2018 MCAS Dates
Please mark your calendars. If at all possible, we ask you to avoid scheduling appointments for your child on his or her testing dates. Many thanks! 

6th Grade
ELA: 4/2 and 4/3
Math: 5/7 and 5/8

7th Grade
ELA: 4/9 and 4/10
Math: 5/10 and 5/11

8th Grade
ELA: 4/26 and 4/27
Math: 4/30 and 5/1
Science and Technology: 5/3 and 5/4
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