Wayland All Schools News 04-06-16
From Our Schools & Affiliates
2016-2017 School Bus
Registration Now Open!
Deadline June 30

School bus registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open.

Students in Kindergarten through grade 6 living more than two miles from their districted schools are eligible to receive town-paid transportation.  Students in Kindergarten through grade 6 living less than two miles from their districted schools and all students in grades 7 to 12 are eligible for fee-based transportation, based on space availability.  All families who choose school bus transportation, whether town-paid or fee-based, must register to receive the service.  

The transportation fee for the 2016-2017 school year is $300 per student and is capped at $850 for a family with three or more student riders if registration is postmarked or submitted on-line on or before June 30, 2016. Registrations submitted after June 30, 2016 are increased to $350 for an individual pass and $1,000 for the family cap of three or more student riders. Financial assistance is available for eligible families. The application form and information about financial assistance is available on the Student Transportation Page on the school district’s website.  Please submit your application for financial assistance on or before June 30, 2016. For more information about school bus transportation, please contact the Wayland Public Schools Transportation Coordinator, Dianne Potter, at dianne_potter@wayland.k12.ma.us.  

April Lunch Menus
All Schools
April school lunch menus are posted to our website HERE.
Wayland Town Meeting
Begins Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 PM
WHS Field House

Wayland Town Meeting:

  • Thursday, April 7 at 7:30PM
  • Sunday, April 10 at 1PM
  • Monday April 11 at 7PM
  • Thursday, April 14 at 7PM. 

School Committee Meeting on April 7, 10 - 11:15 AM in the School Committee Room, Town Building. The agenda can be found HERE. All are welcome!

Pegasus - Limited Openings
Deadline April 15

We have some openings in the Pegasus Summer Program, and will continue to accept registration forms until Friday, April 15, 2016. Why not check out our website at www.pegasussummerexperience.com? Two new specialty areas still have openings: Kids in Motion (Grades 1-3) and Construction Zone (Grades 1-6). Julie Potter, Pegasus coordinator, is available to answer questions about current openings (Julie_Potter@wayland.k12.ma.us or 508-358-8621.)

WPSF (Pre) Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
Saturday, April 30 at 7PM
Skybokx 109, Natick

Wayland Public Schools Foundation invites you to our annual all schools fundraising event! Come enjoy a fun night of great food, bidding and dancing to benefit all five Wayland Public Schools. Mexican Fiesta Dinner will be served shortly after doors open. Get your tickets today online!


CAPA Bottle & Can Drive
May 7, 10AM - 2PM
WHS - Town Pool Parking Lot

Time to donate your refundable bottles and cans… Please start saving them if you haven’t already! The CAPA Bottle and Can Drive is coming! This semi-annual event will take place at Wayland High School in the Town Pool parking lot. This is a fun and high-spirited event and volunteers are always appreciated for their service! The Bottle and Can Drive is a significant fund-raiser for the Wayland High School visual and performing arts programs and CAPA needs your refundable cans and bottles more than ever! High School student volunteers will receive community service hours to use toward their graduation requirements. Contact CAPA at Contact@WHSArts.org for more information on how to volunteer. Please help us to support the Arts in our schools!

Your Donations Needed Please!
Prom - Late Night 2016 Fundraiser

Thank you to all the Wayland families and businesses who have contributed to our Late Night fundraiser; we are on our way to our goal! If you have not yet donated, please consider making your tax-deductible donation on line at

Questions? Please contact Jenifer Apazidis (Jenifer.apazidis@gmail.com) or Amanda Demersky (ahdemersky@gmail.com)
FINAL Stop & Shop A+ Rewards Total
$9,372.74 !!!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all our registered Stop & Shop shoppers! The 2015-2016 A+ School Rewards program has now ended, and you earned $9,372.74 for our schools! Amazing!  The 2016-2017 program will start up in October.

2015-2016 Final Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Totals:
  • Claypit Hill:  $1292.88
  • Happy Hollow:  $2076.31
  • Loker School:  $485.57
  • High School:  $1,028.36
  • Middle School:  $4,489.62
  • TOTAL: $9,372.74
From the Community
Host Families Needed!

Consider hosting a foreign exchange student through AFSUSA. Each year more than 2300 students from 90 countries come to the US to study in our high schools and live with host families.  By hosting an AFS exchange student, you will begin to see the world differently.  Profiles of available students who have been selected to come to our area are available on the afsusa.org website.  Maybe you would like to learn more about culture in Pakistan or want to open your home to a student in South America?  Please take a few minutes to look at the student profiles.  Any family interested in opening their homes to a study abroad student for the 2016-2017 school year should contact Jody Pongratz:  japongratz@gmail.com or 508-650-1153.  For further information, please visit afsusa.orgAFS is an international leader in student exchange for the past 65 years.  
Personal Pathways to Success: Career & Training Fair
Thursday, April 7, 6:30 - 8 PM
Natick High School Cafeteria

Students and families are invited to learn about a variety of post secondary options beyond typical 4 year colleges. There are a variety of opportunities and this process can be difficult to navigate. Every student's transition to adulthood is individually based on interests, preferences, aptitudes and skills- there is no one size fits all!

For more info and a list of participants:  http://transitionsurvivalguide.weebly.com/

Autism Speaker
Wednesday, April 13, 6 - 8 PM
Crossroads School
11 Huron Drive, Natick

Emily Mulligan, Manager for the Autism Response Team (ART) at Autism Speaks, will discuss Inclusion, Safety Resources, Transition Planning, and Adult Programs. RSVP to clucey@crossroadsschoolma.org .
Women Build 2016
Thursday, April 14, 5:30 - 7PMM

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest Greater Worcester (HFHMWGW) is pleased to announce Women Build 2016.   A National event, Women Build invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. Because the majority of HFHMWGW homes are sold to female head of household families, this year HFHMWGW will run Women Build for two consecutive weeks - May 3-10th in Auburn and May 7-14th in Wayland.  To introduce Women Build teams to one another and to strengthen the network of organizations and individuals dedicated to helping women succeed in the home ownership arena, HFHMWGW will hold a  free “Hammer it Home” kick-off rally  on Thursday, April 14th from 5:30-7pm.   The rally will be held at event sponsor Skybokx 109, 319 Speen St. Natick. For more information visit www.habitatmwgw.org .
Dance, Sponsored by the Girl Scouts
Friday, April 29, 6:30 - 8PM
St. Ann's Church, 124 Cochituate Rd.
Grades K - 8

Come and enjoy and evening filled with fun, food, music and dancing, sponsored by the Wayland Girl Scouts! For all girls K - 8th grade accompanied by the special guy in her life: Dad, Uncle, or Brother. $10 per person/$20 per pair. For more information contact Elisa Scola at cpandes@yahoo.com.
Art & Writing Project, Trees in Word & Art
Deadline May 9
Grades K - 12

Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit an original art or writing project for exhibition. Celebration of the Web of Life: Trees in Word & Art provides children, tweens, and teens with the opportunity to express themselves through art or writing about their connections to TREES and what trees mean to them. This project consists of two parts: (1) a series of art and writing workshops for grades K-12 in April, and (2) a reception and art show of students' work on May 22 (projects must be submitted by May 9). For complete details, please visit http://www.oneearth.today/creative-expression/.
Reminders (in date order)
B.R.A.I.N. Day
Sunday, April 10, 11AM - 2PM
Grades K - 12
Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue
George Sherman Union 2nd Floor

Boston University's Mind & Brain Society presents B.R.A.I.N. Day (Bringing Recognition and Interest to Neurosciences Day). Free to all ages! Find out more and register at http://www.bu.edu/mbs/brainday/about/
The Education Cooperative (TEC) Workshop
April 11, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
141 Mansion Drive, East Walpole

Transition Workshop: What Makes for a Purpose Driven and Successful Transition to Adult Life? As a TEC member district, Wayland families are invited to this FREE workshop which will guide families through questions surrounding the transition from public education to a full and meaningful adult life. 

WHS Community Service Day
Wednesday, April 13
Who Needs Help?

This year's Advisory Service Day at Wayland High School takes place on Wednesday, April 13.  We are currently lining up service projects around town.  If you know any senior citizens, disabled persons, or families in great need who could use our help with yard work or an early spring yard cleanup, please let us know!   Please email Allyson Mizoguchi at WHS at allyson_mizoguchi@wayland.k12.ma.us if you have someone in mind.
Life & Story of Esther Earl
As Told by Wayne & Lori Earl
April 14 at 7PM
141 Boston Post Road
Temple Shir Tikva

FREE event and open to the public. Wayne and Lori Earl, parents of Esther Earl, the inspiration for John Green's novel  The Fault in our Stars, contributed to and curated the New York Times Best Selling This Star Won't Go Out, a memoir of their daughter. The Earls speak to families across the country spreading Esther's message of love and life. Sponsored by Jeff's Place. Please RSVP (Register)  here .
Wayland Stuff-a-Truck
April 23, 9AM - 12PM
Claypit Hill School

The Wayland Stuff-a-Truck will be held on Saturday, April 23rd at Claypit Hill School from 9 AM to 12 PM.  You can also drop off donations anytime during the month of April at Loker, Happy Hollow, and Claypit Hill Schools.  For a list of Cradles to Crayons’ accepted items and donation guidelines, visit http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/donate-goods/items-we-accept .  If you have questions or would like more information, contact Allison Kates at alliekat325@gmail.com.
Wayland Youth Fishing Derby
Saturday, April 30, 8 - 10 AM
Kids up to Age 13
Mill Pond, Wayland

The pond is stocked with many trout including two “special fish”.  Coffee, donuts, hot cocoa and more will be available. Complete details at www.waylandfishingderby.com
Book & Bake Sale
April 30 & May 1
Wayland Town Building
Large Hearing Room

The Friends of the Wayland Public Library will sponsor their Spring Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, from noon-4:00 p.m., in the Town Building Large Hearing Room. Donations of books will be accepted during set-up in the Large Hearing Room on Wednesday, April 27, and Thursday, April 28.  Donations of baked goods will be accepted from Friday until the end of the sale on Sunday. For more information, contact Anne Heller at (508) 358-4515.
Summer Film School
July 18 - August 12 (2 Sessions)
Ages 11 - 14
At Wayland High School

This summer, the Pelham Island Pictures Film School will bring the joys and excitement of professional filmmaking to children ages 11-14 in the Wayland community and other surrounding towns. Students in our program will write, direct and act in their own short films, equipped with professional quality gear and led by the filmmakers behind Pelham Island Pictures.
Session one: July 18 - 29.  Session Two:  August 1 - 12.

To learn more about the Pelham Island Pictures Film School and to register online, visit our website at: http://www.pelhamislandpictures.com/summerfilmschool, call us at 508-314-8934, or email us at pelhamislandpictures@gmail.com"
Camp Chickami
June 20 through September 2
Ages 6 - 15

Registration is OPEN for Camp Chickami in Wayland. Come visit us at one of our open houses: Sat 4/19, 11AM-12:30PM; Sat 5/14, 1:30PM - 3:00PM; or Thurs 6/2 6PM - 7:30PM. For more information, visit our website or call 617-244-6050 x3008. Extended care options and transportation available.
Please note, not all announcements included in the Wayland All Schools News are school sponsored, but are community based, non-sectarian activities, and are included here as a service to the Wayland school community. News items for consideration should be submitted to ramah_hawley@wayland.k12.ma.us.
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