Monday Morning Minute
October 30, 2017
In this Issue:
  • Operation Gratitude - Halloween Candy Drive
  • Educational Discussion on Recreational Marijuana
  • 6th Grade Math Night
  • Boston Parent Meeting
  • WaylandCares presents Shaun Derik
  • All-School Musical News
  • A Note about HAC
  • WMS Calendar Fundraiser Volunteers Needed
  • PTO News
  • Reminders
  • Artist of the Week
  • Calendar
OPERATION GRATITUDE - November 1st & 2nd
WMS Wellness presents    OPERATION GRATITUDE    - our 8th annual Halloween candy drive for the troops! Bring your Halloween candy to school & deposit it into your class container. Candy will be collected each morning from  7-7:30 AM in the front lobby from November 1st & 2nd. Let the friendly class competition begin!
Educational Discussion regarding Recreational Marijuana
Wednesday, November 1st, 7:00 PM  
Claypit Hill Elementary School
Sponsored by the Elementary School Principals and WaylandCares

With recreational marijuana now being legal in Massachusetts we have an ever changing and expanding market. Marijuana is now available in many forms including candy, baked goods, oils, concentrates, vape products as well as smokeable marijuana. 
Join us for an educational discussion regarding recreational marijuana, new marijuana products, the law and how it impacts families in our community. 
This event will help you to start or continue a dialogue with your child and will provide an opportunity for questions and community dialogue. 

Parents of all age youth welcome. 

For more information please email
6th Grade Math Night  
Thursday, November 2nd
Session #1: 4:30 - 6:00 PM / Session #2: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

We hope to see you this Thursday, November 2nd for Math Night!. Sixth-grade students brought home an invitation with more information. There will be 2 sessions for families: 4:30 – 6:00 pm and 7:00 – 8:30pm. At each session, students will compete in a scavenger hunt consisting of math problems and clues.  The winners of the scavenger hunt will receive a prize. The sessions will conclude with an ice-cream sundae party provided through the generosity of the PTO.   Hope to see you there.
Wayland Boston Parent Meeting
Monday, November 6th, 7:00 PM 
Boston Police Headquarters, 1 Schroeder Plaza, Boston

Parents of Boston resident students, please come to to the First Wayland Boston Parent Meeting of the 2017 - 2018 school year! We will:

  • 7:00 PM Enjoy refreshments
  • 7:30 PM Participate in a group activity. Your voice is important!
  • 8:00 PM Wayland School Committee Meeting

We look forward to seeing all parents of Boston resident students at this event.

Questions? Please contact Principal Gavron.
For All Parents!
WaylandCares presents Shaun Derik
Thursday, November 7th, 7:30 PM 
Wayland Middle School

"Oh to look back over your life only to realize... you weren't there," Shaun expresses in his timely workshop,  Being T.H.E.R.E. "

Wanting to CONNECT with young people? You're not alone! In 2013, according to a Microsoft study on "the effects of today's digital world," the attention span of the average American was less than that of a goldfish... 8 seconds. With the onslaught of smart phones, social media and reality TV, connecting with young people is becoming more and more competitive. In Being T.H.E.R.E., Shaun Derik takes you on a journey into the minds of some of the most influential people of our time, exploring the 5 common traits that made them all effective leaders. Through rhythm, humor and heavy audience participation, Shaun helps adults learn to be sincere, direct and present when working with young people and youth advocates. 

Please join us in the WMS auditorium for this program just for you!
All-School Musical rehearsals begin soon!

Rehearsals for the All-School Musical begin next week! All middle school students are invited to participate. There are onstage and backstage roles for everyone. The only requirement is that students regularly attend rehearsals.

More detailed information about the production will be provided in next week's MMM. Here are a few of the important dates to get things started!

November rehearsals:
Wednesday, November 8 until 3 pm
Monday, November 13 until 4 pm
Tuesday, November 14 until 4 pm
Monday, November 27 until 4 pm

Four performances will be given from March 21-24, 2018. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Large.
A Note about eSchool HAC

Access to student progress will close at the end of the day today, Monday, October 30th. Find a link to directions HERE .

If any of your information has changed since the beginning of the school year, please update your phone numbers and email addresses online by clicking on  [Registration]  and then  [Edit].

Also, the  eSchoolPLUS Family App  is working and available in the app stores. (But Registration is not part of it, so you need to update info online.)

Thank you for your patience as we continue to implement this new system.
Volunteers Needed for the  
Wayland Middle School Calendar Fundraiser  

Our 2017 Wayland Middle School  (not WMS PTO)  Calendar Fundraiser will be kicking off on November 17th. We're looking for volunteers to help count and log donations as they come in each day, from November 20th to December 15th. It is a short commitment of 1 - 1 1/2 hours during weekday mornings; you can help us once or as many times as you wish - it is all appreciated! 

We're using to organize our Calendar Fundraiser volunteers. Click this LINK to see our SignUp on

The Calendar Fundraiser supports our wonderful grade level trips. Your support helps us help all of our students. Thank you! 

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact   and she will sign you up manually. 
Volunteers/Donations needed for 6th grade Math Night
November 2nd

We are organizing a dinner for the Math Teachers on November 2nd during the 6th Grade Math Night. We also need help with the Ice Cream Social during the event.

There are just a few more things that we need help with  to make this great event a success. Please sign up below to help and/or bring an item for the dinner. 

The link is:
Middle & More Coffee 
November 13th, 9:00, WMS Library
The  next Middle & More   Coffee  will be   "Talking to your Kids about the Difficult Stuff - Sexuality, Self-harm, Drinking, Drugs and More"   led by Dr. Dossie Kahn. held on Monday, November 19th from 9:oo - 10:00 am in the library. Please join us!
Please contact Sejal T. Srinivasan, , if you have any questions.

Here in Wayland the PTO made a commitment that we wouldn't ask children or families to sell anything in order to do fundraising. Instead, we ask each family to contribute at the beginning of each school year to help fund all the things the PTO does to support our teachers and staff and to make sure that our school is great. After all, that's why we all live here right? Because we want our kids to have a great educational experience. 

The PTO is supporting that educational experience by supporting teachers, funding innovative ideas and providing enrichment programs. Please do your part if you can and Gift Your Child at   (and it's tax deductible!)
Reminders from previous emails
Attention all Hockey Players
Register Now!
Wayland Boys or Wayland/Weston Girls Teams

The Wayland boys team is a game-only league and plays all home games at NESC with some non-league games at local rinks. The season begins at the end of October through late February/early March and is a great way to play with other hockey players in Wayland. All players must have a current USA Hockey member ID # to register and play for the team. 

Please contact Jennifer Bonner at  if your son is interested in playing or for more information. We are also looking for more goalies so if your son has any interest in trying it out, please let us know. 
The Wayland/Weston girls middle school team begins after Thanksgiving through the end of February. The team is a co-op team with middle school girls from Wayland and Weston. All home games are played at Rivers and away games are mostly in surrounding towns. All players must have a current USA Hockey member ID # to register and play for the team.

Please contact Morgan Ley at  for more information or to sign up for the team. 
Annual Drive for Coats for Kids!
October 30th - January 7th
WMS Front Lobby

Check your closets and see if you have something to donate to Coats for Kids! Donation guidelines are listed below. We will have boxes in the front lobby to accept your donations. Thank you for helping to keep others warm during the winter season!
  • Warm, winter coats for children & adults
  • Gently used and Good quality
  • All sizes needed (especially XL & Pre-K sizes)
  • Coats with rips, tears, broken zippers, or permanent stains
  • Sweatshirts, Vests, Spring/Rain coats
  • Hats and mittens
  • Snowpants
Artist: Seabert Wang
Grade: 8
Medium: cardboard, paper & spray paint
11/1 - Educational Discussion on Marijuana , Claypit Hill 7:00 PM
(see below for more details)
11/6 - Boston Parents Meeting, Boston Police Headquarters, 7:00 PM
11/7 - Shaun Derik, presented by WaylandCares! WMS 7:30 - 8:30 PM
11/10 - No School - Veteran's Day
11/10 - CUB weekend
11/13 - Middle & More Coffee , with Dossie Kahn, Library, 9:00 AM
11/15 - Pause Francaise , French Culture Event, Cafeteria, 1:30 - 2:30 PM,
11/21 - WMS/WHS Jazz Concert, Wayland Middle School, 7:30 PM

6TH GRADE:      
11/2 - 6th Grade Math Night 4:30 - 6:00 PM or 7:00 - 8:30 PM (see below)
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