Monday Mid-Evening Minute
October 9, 2017
A Message from Assistant Principal George Benzie

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Last week, the Henry David Thoreau House traveled on its annual bike pilgrimage to Walden Pond. Three days, three clusters, 221 students, a Superintendent and many many staff and parents. We had unbelievable weather for the whole week which made the cycling and walking around Walden Pond that much more enjoyable!

Our students cycled nine miles from Wayland Middle School to Walden Pond, spent time visiting the replica of Thoreau's house and walking in the woods to where his house once stood, ate lunch and then hopped back on their bikes for the nine mile return.

We couldn't have made this memorable trip happen without the help of our parents bringing snacks for the teachers and students and providing car support throughout the trip. We are also fortunate enough to have the Wayland Police Department keeping us safe along the route. 

Thank you to our Superintendent, Dr. Unobskey, for riding along with us on Friday! Thank you to all the parents and the PTO! Thank you to the Wayland Police Officers! And thank you for our House Leaders and teachers for creating such an awesome trip year after year for our students!


10/12 - PTO's Welcome to Wayland Coffee (details below)
10/13 - Q1 Progress Reports
10/19 - Middle & More Coffee WMS Library 8:45 - 9:45 AM
10/20 - CUB weekend
11/7 - Shaun Derik, presented by WaylandCares! (details soon!)
11/10 - No School - Veteran's Day
11/10 - CUB weekend

6TH GRADE:      
10/19 - Middle & More - 6th Grade Check-in
11/2 - 6th Grade Math Night (see below for times)

10/12 - Days of Wonder (Carson Cluster off-campus)
10/13 - Days of Wonder (Rachel Cluster off-campus)
For more info, Click on the RLC House Blog

10/19 - Registration Deadline for DC trip / WorldStrides Online Reg.
7th Grade Sense of Wonder Days!
October 12th & 13th during the school day*

Permission slips were due back on Friday, 10/6
If you have not signed the permission slip, made payment, or completed the waiver, please do by TUESDAY, October 10th. 
Also check the blog for links and suggestions for what to bring. 
WAIVER Rachel Carson

Thursday, October 12th - Carson Cluster students - pick-up at 3:30 PM
Friday, October 13th - Rachel Cluster students - pick-up at 3:30 PM
Wayland Middle School Council
Seeking two new parent members

We are currently seeking two parents to join this year's WMS Council. In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71: Section 59C, Wayland Middle School will have a School Council that meets regularly and is responsible for the following:

  • Assist in the identification of the educational needs of the students attending the school
  • Review the annual school budget
  • Approve the school improvement plan
  • Review the student handbook

School council meetings typically take place quarterly, on mutually agreed upon dates, from 5:00 to 6:15pm. If you are interested, kindly submit your name and a short biographical paragraph to  Betsy Gavron   by October 13th . Thank you in advance for your support!
Welcome to Wayland Middle School Coffee
October 12th, 8:30-9:30am in the Library

Join principal Betsy Gavron and PTO board members for an informal coffee THIS THURSDAY morning as we welcome some of the many families that are new to Wayland. If you've been in Wayland for years and have wisdom to impart or if you are just new to the middle school and are still trying to figure out what all the different clubs are, this is the perfect opportunity to come talk. 

Please RSVP to Mina Dietzius at  We look forward to seeing you!
Middle & More Coffee 
October 19th, 8:45 - 9:45, WMS Library
The  next Middle & More   Coffee  will be   6th Grade Check-In: The Transition to Middle School held on Thursday, October 19th from 8:45-9:45 am in the library. Joining us will be Betsy Gavron, the 6th Grade House Leaders, Tom Halpin, Kelly Hagan and Chitra Mills, and the 6th grade guidance counselor, Suzanne Bernstein. We will have a   particular focus on the social and emotional qualities of sixth graders and the sixth grade academic program. While this is of particular interest to parents of sixth graders, we encourage all parents to attend and share their perspectives. Please contact Sejal T. Srinivasan, , if you have any questions.

If you haven't already - like us on  Facebook !
Wayland Middle School PTO is on facebook, and it's an easy way to make sure you're not missing the important stuff  (and the likes make us feel loved) !

The PTO could not provide the support for our school, students, grades, teachers, classrooms, departments and extra-curriculars that we do without  your  support.  Please donate today by logging into your My School Anywhere account at , by dropping a check via your child’s backpack (preferably with your pledge card if you still have it), or by visiting .
Wayland Public Schools Directory
Online only this year!

Wayland Middle School PTO will no longer be selling a printed directory. If you want to get in touch, or have others get in touch with you, this is how you stay in the loop!
The PTO will, instead, be providing a FREE, online directory to all families through MySchoolAnywhere.  

This is an OPT-IN only system  –  if you do not register, your family will no longer be included in the PTO’s directory

Visit the PTO website using this link to register.

7th and 8th Grade Back to School Night was a long one for us and even longer for the staff so THANK YOU to our 7th grade parent reps, Cathy Davies and Johanna Gammon, and our 8th grade parent reps, Sandy Staiti and Eileen Balicki, for organizing the staff dinner. You four are volunteer rockstars! 

And yes, I'm going to thank each and every one of you that contributed to the dinner, because your participation was really appreciated (and so was your food, the teachers were raving about it). Thanks to Gina Dallin, Liliana Gomez-Infante, Nancy Shridhar, Ellen Grieco, Orla Daunt, Amy Simmons, Kalpana Kamath, Leilani Camacho, Tonya Peck, Sameem Sayyeda, Olga Garber, Elizabeth Markey, Jane Barrow, Mirian De Campos, Lee Raymond, Sara Khawaja, Cathy Davies, Margo Grossman, Paul Whitman, Johanna Gammon, Carrie Munford, Ziyan Wu, Nadia Menyalkin, Laura Byrne, Bin Cao, Katherine Chau, Michelle Vanslette, Sharon Desmond, Stephanie Howard, Peng Huang and Jinglei Whitehouse! ~ Colleen Morneweck, WMS PTO President
Reminders from previous emails
6th Grade Math Night  
Thursday, November 2nd
Session #1: 4:30 - 6:00 PM / Session #2: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

On Thursday, November 2 the middle school will be transformed into a mathematical maze for 6 th  grade students and their parents during Sixth Grade Math Night. Families will begin in the cafeteria with an assortment of math games (including 24, 99, Cribbage and Number War card games). Parents will be provided with a list of commercial games which enhance reasoning and spatial skills. Following the games, families will disperse throughout the 6 th  and 8 th  grade wings as they visit different stations, each hosting a math strand – Measurement, Algebra, Statistics and Probability, and Geometry Stations.  

Please put Thursday, November 2 on your calendar and reserve the date. Sixth-grade students will soon be bringing 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.
National Girls Who Code Club
Starts October 18th @ WPL
For Girls in Grades 6 - 12

Go to Wayland Public Library's calendar to sign-up! Flyer HERE.
WaylandCares Middle School Youth Leadership
Wednesdays, 1:15 - 2:00 at the Middle School

WaylandCares ,  a Middle School Youth Leadership program, is back!!! If you have any questions, please feel free to call WaylandCares at 508.358.6825 or ., or Elsie Cerrone at
Artist: Riley Leichliter
Grade: 7
Medium: Mixed
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