February 2, 2018
News Blast
Important Dates:

Wednesday, February 7:
Early Release 11:30 am

Wednesday, February 7:
PTO Meeting 7:00 pm in the library
(Engaged Minds Presentation on Task Initiation
to Help Create Successful Students)

Monday, February 12-Friday, February 16: Spirit Week:
Monday: Sports Day
Tuesday: Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday: Wear Your Favorite Color Day
Thursday: Dress Like your Favorite Book/Character
Friday: Luau/Beach Day

Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23:
Winter Break- No School

Support the Natick Special Olympics:
The inclusion t-shirt is the creation of four Wilson sixth-graders: Adam Navisky, Sam Hess, Keller Berry, and Dan Brazier! With Ms. Graf’s guidance, they have developed the slogan “the key to kindness is inclusion.” One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Natick Special Olympics, a community-building event dedicated to the acceptance of all athletes, regardless of ability.
Click here for the link.


Please join us in congratulating the following winners of the Citizenship Award for the month of January. For this last month, the theme was COMPASSION. The teachers have selected students who are always willing to help others and who care about other people's needs.   We thank them for their positive influence on the Wilson Community. Our citizens are:

5TH: Emma Anderson
6TH: James Bianchi
7TH: Thomas Sweeney
8TH: Kate Chouinard
Special Subjects: Megan Little

Congratulations to these students. For the month of February, the theme will be SELF-WORTH. 

Go Patriots:
Wilson PTO Meeting
Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 pm in the Wilson Library
National School Counseling Week:
This upcoming week (February 5-9) is National School Counseling Week, a nationwide program that highlights the work of school counselors. Our counselors Ms. Papasso, Mr. Gray, Ms. Meisner and Ms. D'Antonio will be sponsoring a variety of activities supporting the theme of "Be Your Best Self". These events will include informational morning announcements, a special School Counselors Table in the cafeteria that will include games and prizes, and a college day on Friday where teacher's will wear their alma mater's colors, and talk to students about the highlights of their school.
Wilson Gazette:
The Journalism Club has finished the first edition of The Wilson Gazette this year. The Wilson Gazette is the official newspaper of Wilson Middle School. Students who participate in the Journalism Club develop story ideas, conduct interviews and write all of the articles for the paper. Here is the link to the  Wilson Gazette !
STRIVERS Running Club for Girls registration starting on February 12:

Click here for information about the Strivers Program.
District & School Report Cards:

We are pleased to share annual district and school-based report cards published by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The report cards contain information about school and district accountability, student achievement, and other important measures of school performance.

In addition, we provide information about our Title 1 requirements and the "right to know" for parents at the Johnson School.

We encourage you to view the district and school report cards, which are linked on our district website:  natickps.org/about/reportcard
Basic Rights Training
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Natick High School  (2nd floor – Lecture Hall)

Ruth Diaz, a speaker from the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN), will help parents/caregivers learn how to navigate the process to request support services and understand the laws/guidelines surrounding support services and special education. Ruth Diaz is the Director of Parent Training and Information Center at FCSN.  Tim Luff, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, will also be in attendance to help explain how the Natick School system translates and addresses some of these requirements. This meeting is highly recommended for parents just starting the special education process or parents that have a child on an IEP but have never attended a Basic Rights workshop before.   In order to prepare the correct amount of handouts, we would greatly appreciate RSVPs to  naticksepac@gmail.com  but please know you can also come last minute!  All are welcome!  More info at  sepacnatick.org   (snow date: 2/15/18) and click here for the flyer.
Coffee with Student Services Team: Topic Executive Function

FRIDAY, February 9, 2017, 8:15 -9:00 am
at Brown Elementary School

The Student Services Department and Natick SEPAC are hosting monthly coffees where parents have the opportunity for coffee and conversation with the student services staff at each school in our district. Each coffee will have a focus topic and the 2/9/2018 event will discuss Executive Function.  In addition, parents whose children attend Brown Elementary School  will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Student Services staff providing IEP/504 support to Brown Elementary School students.  Everyone is invited to attend.
Please note that students are not allowed in homeroom or classrooms with coffee, hot chocolate or any other beverages other than water. If they come into school with this type of drink they will be asked to finish it before heading to homeroom, or to dispose of it. Thank you for your help with this.
Yearbook Information:
The Wilson Middle School Yearbook is currently on sale for $28, until January 15 and then it will be selling for $33.  There will be 625 printed. We urge you to buy one as soon as possible.
Here are 5 reasons you should invest in a yearbook:
1. It holds memories throughout someone’s middle school experience.
2. It is inexpensive when you consider it as a source of reflection.
3. It makes a great gift around the holidays or any time of the year.
4. It gives you something to smile about looking through all the pictures.
5. A yearbook can possibly last for 100 years or longer.

Welcome to  eShare , a free service from Herff Jones that allows students, parents, and community to submit photos for potential use in the yearbook.

Our school code is:  WILSONMS .

Parents and students can go to  www.hjeshare.com  and enter the school code:  WILSONMS


Also check out the  eShare  iPhone and Android apps in your respective app stores. These are a great way to contribute photos from mobile devices.
Middle Years Februry Parent Newsletter:
Please click here for this month's Middle Years Parent Newsletter.
Counselor's Corner Newsletter:
Click here for this month's counselor's newsletter from our guidance counselors.
Please send in a dismissal note with your child if he/she needs to leave school early. This allows us to have your child ready for you and avoids us disrupting class to call him/her down to the office.

Please remind your child to stop in the office to get a tardy pass if he/she arrives to school from 7:50 am or later.
Wilson Middle School
Kindness Challenge:
Wilson Middle School is participating in the Middle School Kindness Challenge, which brings together education organizations to provide teachers and school staff with research-based activities that will increase our efforts for building a positive school culture. Over the next month, we will intentionally teach and foster kindness in our regular school day. Please reinforce the efforts by talking with your child about what they are learning in relation to kindness. 
Wilson Extra-Curricular Activities 2017-2018:
Please click here for the listing and descriptions of the extra-curricular activities for this school year. Late buses and activities began the week of September 11.
School Improvement Plan:
 Click here for the middle school School Improvement Plan presentation.
Before you post online....
P lease follow the traffic pattern and signs when dropping your child off and picking up. Please do not pull into the front of the school between the hours of 7:00 am-8:00 am and
1:30 pm-3:30 pm. Additionally, you must wait to pick up your child until you pull to the side of the building. Students are not allowed to walk into the parking lot during dismissal because it is too dangerous. Additionally, you cannot cut into the lanes. You must follow the flow of traffic. Please be patient and drive slowly coming in and out of the school parking lot.
Late Buses:
Bus #23 arrives at approximately 3:10 PM. Bus #15 arrives at
3:20 pm and the last bus Bus #13 arrives at approximately 3:30 pm.
5th & 6th grade students are supervised in a classroom while we wait for the bus and 7th & 8th graders are supervised in the lobby.

Please click below for the late bus runs and stops. Buses begin to arrive to Wilson at 3:00 pm with some of them arriving as late as 3:30 pm.
Natick Park and Recreation:
36 HOUR MUSICAL-FEBRUARY VACATION (grades 7-10) Instructor: Debbi Finkelstein, NDW Stage Manager Location: Cole Center,  179 Boden Lane  A fun and fast-paced musical production. For 2.5 days actors will have a full production experience, starting with auditions—all leading up to a performance at the end of the day for family and friends. Projected schedule; Wed, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Thu, 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Fri, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. 01 Wed-Fri Feb 21-Feb 23 times above $100.
New programs are running this winter.  They can be found in our recreation brochure:   http://natickma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5895  on page 9.  Registration is on our website  http://natickma.gov/recreation