Tuesday Morning Minute
Tuesday, January 16 2018
In this Issue:
  • Early Dismissal Process - 1/19
  • 2018-2019 Calendar
  • Stop n Shop
  • PTO News
  • Artist of the Week
  • Reminders
  • Dates
Martin Luther King Program, Friday 1/19
Early Dismissal Process
 
We have a very special program and schedule on January 19 as we celebrate the life and work of Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. If you need to dismiss your child early, please be sure to send your child to school with an early dismissal note as it will be too disruptive to page students over the intercom system during the assembly.

Our early dismissal procedures can be found on our website: http://wms.wayland.k12.ma.us/for_families/attendance 
2018-2019 School Year Calendar
 
Next year's school calendar is available on our website:
Stop n Shop Aplus Reward Totals

A HUGE thank you to all who participate in the Stop n Shop school rewards. The Middle School has earned $1,794.73 from this program through December 31st!
PTO News
Volunteers Needed
We need a couple volunteers to help run an event in the spring - please get in touch for more information. Email  waylandmiddleschoolpto@gmail.com  or message us on facebook
Make Sure You Are 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:

MLK Dinner
January 19, 6:00 PM
*Auction Items are still needed - see below*

The Boston Parent Council presents the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner and Program. All are invited to attend and participate.
  • volunteer during the dinner
  • volunteer to bring a dessert
  • donate an item for the special SILENT AUCTION to celebrate Wayland’s 50 years as a METCO town

The program includes performances by school choruses, a jazz band and a fashion show. There will be crafts for kids, historical displays and a silent auction.

Menu: Caribbean meal with choice of jerk or fried chicken, rice and peas, mac and cheese, beverage and dessert

Location: Wayland Middle School, 201 Main Street
Date: Friday, January 19
Time: 6:00 - 9:30 PM
Dinner at 6:00  / Program starts at 7:15 
Please pay at the door: Adults $15, Kids $8, Vegetarian $12

Volunteer
We are looking for Wayland and Boston parents to volunteer that night to set up, donate desserts, prepare salads on site, serve food, and clean up.
For questions, contact Michelle Mathis at bostonparentcouncil16@gmail.com
Please sign up here:  http://signup.com/go/caTURCA

*Silent Auction Donations
We are in need of silent auction donations from both communities. Suggestions for donations include gift cards, sports tickets, baskets with themes OR individual items that would go into baskets with these themes (movie night, reading, kitchen, bath and beauty, sports, gourmet food). If you are a business, we will showcase your business card and/or information. For questions, contact Jen Pearlman at  jenpearlman00@gmail.com .

If you would like to donate something for the silent auction, please fill out this form. MLK SILENT AUCTION DONATION FORM

Thank you for your participation and support! All proceeds will benefit the Boston Parent Council to support the Wayland Metco Program. Sponsored by the Boston Parent Council with support from Wayland PTO.
Middle & More Coffees

We are pleased to release the remaining schedule for the Middle & More Coffees, including a five-part series on wellness. The Wellness Series will be a combination of morning and evening events. Mark your calendars! All events will be held in the WMS Teacher Lounge, unless otherwise noted.

Curriculum Related Topics

Math, Science, World Languages and Placement Process
January 16, 2018, 8:45 – 9:45 am
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. 

English, Writing Center and Social Studies
February 13, 2018, 8:45 – 9:45 am
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. 

Wellness Series

A Sporting Chance:
Finding the Right Balance with Youth Sports & Other Activities
Dr. Robert Evans of Human Relations Services
February 1, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (WMS Auditorium)
Youth sports and other extra-curricular activities can be wonderful shared experiences for children and parents, ones that build skills and character and teach life lessons. But too often a hyper-competitive, win-at- all-cost emphasis creates stress and frustration. How can parents promote the best of exposure to various activities and avoid the pitfalls and protect downtime and family time. This program will outline ways to strike the right balance.

Preventive Measures for Stress & When to Worry
Dr. Dossie Kahn of Wayland Youth & Family Services
March 12, 2018, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Learn about protective measures you can take to de-stress your kids. The home
environment impacts our kids so learn to create one that can effectively counter the stresses kids face. Learn how to identify an emergency – when to worry!

Internet Safety: Creating a Safe Environment & Experience
Discussion with Jason Verhoosky (Wayland Youth & Family Services) and Detective Castagno and Officer Bowles of Wayland Police
April 30, 2018, 7:00 -8:30 pm (WMS Auditorium)
Last year, the WMS PTO screened Screenagers, talking about the impact of digital use on our kids. This year, we switch gears to understanding how we can create a safe environment and experience, measure we can take and the importance of communication and setting boundaries. Dive into the social media apps and how to utilize them, and precautionary measures you can take. The Police Department will also share potential legal implications that we should understand.

Parenting Your Teen: An Interactive Workshop on Communications
Mark Altman of MindsetGo
May 22, 2018, 9 – 10:30 am
Connect, relate and engage with your kids. Empathetic listening and face-to- face communication are integral to building stronger relationships with your kids. Learn from an engaging instructor while collaborating with parents through role playing, modeling and stimulating group discussion. You will walk away with tangible tools, tips and strategies to improve relationships with your kids.

Building Resilience in Children
Dr. Ben-Levi of Human Relations Services
June 4, 2018, 9-10:15 am
All parents want their children to become resilient and confident. But increasingly they find it hard to let their children learn the vital life lessons that come from facing challenge and disappointment. How can parents strike a good balance between helping and protecting their children and letting them grapple with real-life issues? This program will offer concrete suggestions for managing this key dilemma.

Any questions or comments may be directed to the coordinator, Sejal T. Srinivasan sejsri@gmail.com
ARTIST of the WEEK
Artist: Katherine Kim
Grade: 8
Medium: Mixed
Reminders from previous emails
Gift Card Calendar Fundraiser
Results Posted in January

Be sure to check our website announcements page each school day for the exciting results of our Gift Card Calendar Fundraiser. Thank you to all who participated!
Wayland Public Schools Health & Wellness and Wayland Cares Present:

Digging In
Tuesday, January 23rd, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
WHS, South Building, Lecture Hall

Join us to learn about Wayland student health issues and share your ideas to improve youth health in our community.   A Community Conversation about Wayland Youth: Substance Use, Mental Health, Stress & Anxiety, Conductivity, Physical and Sexual Health, Violence and Safety, Gender Related Issues and Student Protective Factors.  Key WHS & WMS data from the 2016 Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey will be presented.  This is a discussion for parents only .
Jane Purser
Program Coordinator
SEPAC Meeting Reminder
January 18, 7:00 PM
Town Building, School Committee Room

Topics:
  • Annual Presentation - Special Education Regulations & Parents Rights
  • Sensory Integration - What is it? Speaker: Janet Kaplan, O.T., WPS
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
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
All Grades
1/16 - PTO Middle & More Coffee, 8:45 AM, WMS Library
1/19 - MLK Celebration, WMS, 6:00 PM
1/26 - Q2 Ends
2/1 - Middle & More, A Sporting Chance w/Dr. Evans, 7PM
2/2 - Q2 Report Cards

6th Grade
2/5 - Henry Cluster, Weston Ski Track Trip
2/8 - David Cluster, Weston Ski Track Trip
2/9 - Thoreau Cluster, Weston Ski Track Trip

7th Grade
1/29 - Cape Cod Parent Night, 7:00 PM, http://wmsrlc.blogspot.com/
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