Monday Morning Minute
November 6, 2017
In this Issue:
  • Recording Homework
  • Boston Parent Meeting
  • WaylandCares presents Shaun Derik
  • 7th Grade Holiday Helpers
  • All-School Musical News
  • PTO News
  • Reminders
  • Artist of the Week
  • Calendar
Recording Homework
Helping to develop Independent Learning Skills

This fall at the start of school, students were given lessons in each discipline about Setting the Table - Developing Independent Learning Skills. All science teachers taught a "Recording Homework" lesson to students. This gave an overview of various strategies for recording homework and then students were expected to choose their best strategy (and stick with it).

We encourage parents to have a follow-up discussion with their students about what they choose and why, and reinforce healthy recording habits. An abbreviated version of "Recording Homework" can be found HERE .
Wayland Boston Parent Meeting
TONIGHT! 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
Tuesday, 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!
7th Grade Rachel Carson House Holiday Helpers!
Homeroom collections from November 6th - 15th

Each 7th grade homeroom is challenged to create a basket to donate to Wayland residents in need through Parmenter. Please check our House Blog for details HERE.
All-School Musical rehearsals begin this week!
First Rehearsal - Wednesday, November 8th
1:30 - 3:00 PM

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 will be given during the first three rehearsals! 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 via email:
This Thursday, November 9th, 9:00 AM, WMS Library

A member of the School Committee will be joining our PTO meeting this Thursday at 9:00 AM for a brief presentation and discussion of Fall Town Meeting Articles 9 & 10 (High School Stadium Complex Renovation Design Fees and High School Tennis Courts/Softball Field Reconstruction Design Fees. Parts I and II of the High School Preferred Improvement Plan). 

This is an issue that is likely to impact a large number of our students so please join us for this 10 minute presentation followed by a question and answer period.  
Middle & More Coffee 
November 13th, 9:00 AM, 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 13th from 9:oo - 10:00 AM in the library. Please join us!
Please contact Sejal T. Srinivasan, , if you have any questions.
PTO Thank You!

For all the 6th Grade Parents that came through to help out on Math Night a big thank you! Amanda Melander, you are wonderful for organizing and to everyone that made sure our dedicated teachers were fed dinner and those that helped serve ice cream - we appreciate you!  

Thanks to: Katherine Bassick, Debbie Bell, Cari Cornish, Becky Dugan, Melissa Davis-Bell, Ronnie Efrat , Jennifer Hood-DeGenier, Jamie Janoff, Catherine Kiernan, Diana Lien , Brenda Lu, Laura Martins, Allyson Mizoguchi, Jake Mohnkern, Maria Peredna, Lucy Prunier, Rob Purser, Philomena Quinn, Lisa Raftery, Heidi Renneker, Lauren Reynolds, Anita Rodrigues, Pam Roman, Aysha Salahuddin, Laura Schwendt, Michelle Shields, Vicky Sin, Rachel Spooner, Sejal Srinivasan, Julie Suratt, Haiying Tu and Ruby Williamson!
Reminders from previous emails
Volunteers Still 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. 
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 for more information.
The Wayland/Weston girls middle school team team is a co-op team with middle school girls from Wayland and Weston and begins after Thanksgiving through the end of February. 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.
Annual Drive for Coats for Kids!
November 6th - 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: Noah Stefancik
Grade: 6
Medium: Pastel & Charcoal
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
11/17 - WMS School-Wide Calendar Fundraiser Kick-off
11/21 - WMS/WHS Jazz Concert, Wayland Middle School, 7:30 PM
7th GRADE:
1/29/18 - Cape Cod Parent Night
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