Monday Morning Minute
Monday, February 5 2018
In this Issue :
  • Lost and Found
  • Dismissal for Appointments
  • PTO News
  • Artist of the Week
  • Reminders
  • Important Dates
Lost & Found
Deadline: Friday, February 16 at 2:30PM

Please have your child check for missing items in our Lost & Found, or come and take a look for yourself! 

Unclaimed items will be donated to charity (to the Wayland Schools' PTO Green Team Textile Recycling Project) at 2:30 PM, Friday, December 22, as is our custom prior to each of the school breaks (December, February, April and June).
Need to Pick up Your Child Early? Send a Note!
Here are the steps to follow if you must dismiss your child before the end of the school day:

1)      Send a dismissal note to school with your child with date and
time you will pick up.

2)      Instruct your child to bring the note to the office upon arriving to school.

3)      Your child will be given a dismissal pass to give to his/her teacher with
the dismissal time.

4)      At the indicated time, your child will come to the office to check out and
meet you at the entrance.

If all steps are followed, there is no need for you to come in to the office to sign out your child.

This process is designed to avoid calling classrooms and minimize teaching interruptions. It also fosters independence in students by allowing them to be responsible for their part in the dismissal routine. If you are unable to send in a note, you will need to come in to the school office to sign out your student.
Rowing Information Session
Monday, February 12 at 6:30PM
Wayland High School Lecture Hall
 
Wayland-Weston Rowing Association invites all community members to an informational session on Monday, February 12 at 6:30pm in the Lecture Hall of Wayland High School. Coaches will be on hand to discuss competitive high school, middle school, and adult rowing programs and are currently recruiting for the spring and summer rowing seasons.
 
WWRA is a not-for-profit organization with their boathouse located at the Wayland Town Beach on beautiful Lake Cochituate. Please find more information at  wwcrew.org  or  rowingmike@gmail.com .
PTO News
M iddle & More Coffee
English, Writing Center and Social Studies
February 13, 2018, 8:45 - 9:45 am
WMS Teacher Lounge
We will be joined by department heads and Ms. Gavron for an overview of the
curriculum in these departments, including the new Writing Center, with plenty of time for parent Q & A. 
Make Sure You're in the Loop
Online All School Directory

Need to contact other parents in the school district? Register your family in MySchoolAnywhere. This is an online directory of families in the Wayland school system. You can search by first name or last, by school, and by grade. This is how you get in touch with other parents and let others get in touch with you! For everything you need to know and to get the APP for your phone:
ARTIST of the WEEK
Artist: Noel Rodriguez
Grade: 7
Medium: Spraypoint on vinyl

Reminders from Previous Emails

Middle School Newspaper - The Orange and Black

Be sure to check out our student run newspaper featuring news, stories, poems and other work! - The Orange and Black
Parent Coffee: Jason Verhoosky of Wayland Cares Discusses New State-Mandated Interview Based
Health Screening
Tuesday, February 6, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Wayland Middle School Faculty Lounge

On whole we can be proud to say that we have a very healthy community. The MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey data ( link to survey) consistently demonstrates that a very small number of our students try alcohol, marijuana and other drugs as they begin transitioning to high school and by the end of high school, more students report substance use.

In order to help prevent students from starting to use substances we have a research-based health education curriculum grounded in healthy decision making. Additionally, beginning this year, the Wayland Middle School guidance team and Wayland Cares staff will be providing an interview-based state-mandated screening for all 8th grade students about the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment). A letter regarding this program was emailed to all 8th grade parents and guardians last week, which includes information for opting your 8th grader out. I hope you will consider joining us next week to learn more about the upcoming SBIRT screening with Jason and get all of your questions answered.
Resources for Parents from Wayland Cares

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the presentation and discussion of the key results of the MetroWest Adolescent Survey data. Jason Verhooskey of Wayland Cares did a wonderful job facilitating a rich conversation, helping us think more deeply about the data and the many issues and challenges our middle and high school youth face. One request that emerged from the evening was for more information around vaping for families so that they were better equipped to engage in meaningful conversations with their children about this important topic. Wayland Cares staff has added some resources to their  parent resource page. We encourage you to peruse their comprehensive website.
Annual Wayland-Weston Hockey Night
The Rivers School, Weston
Saturday, February 10 at 6:30pm

You don’t have to travel far for a great night of hockey featuring the middle school boys and girls’ teams, the Wayland/Weston Girls’ Varsity team taking on Boston Latin School with the Wayland Boys’ Varsity team facing off vs. Weston to defend their title as last year’s Steve Henley Memorial Post Road Cup Champs! Food Truck, 50/50 Raffle and More!

Schedule of games:
  • 6:30PM -- Wayland MS boys and girls vs. Weston MS boys and girls
  • 7:00 PM – Wayland/Weston Girls Varsity vs. Boston Latin School
  • 8:30 PM – Wayland Boys Varsity vs Weston Boys Varsity
  • 10:00PM – Post Road Hockey Night Cup Presentation
WMS Art Show
February 3 to 27
Wayland Public Library

Throughout the month of February, the Wayland Free Public Library will host a display of student artwork from Wayland Middle School. Over forty young artists will be featured in this mixed-media exhibition, representing grades 6, 7 and 8. 

An opening reception is planned from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 4 in the downstairs Raytheon Room of the library. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Pete Curran, visual art educator, at peter_curran@wayland.k12.ma.us. 
Dates to Remember
All Grades

6th Grade
2/5 - Henry Cluster, Weston Ski Track Trip
2/8 - Thoreau Cluster, Weston Ski Track Trip
2/9 - David Cluster, Weston Ski Track Trip
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
STE: 5/3 and 5/4
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