WMS Monday Morning Minute
June 4, 2018
  • Upcoming Events
  • Message from Assistant Principal George Benzie
  • 8th Grade - Rena Finder Visit
  • Reminder re: After School Policy
  • PTO News
  • Artist of the Week
  • Reminders from Previous Email

Chorus Concert - Wednesday 6/6 at WMS
Orchestra Concert - Thursday 6/14 at WMS
Last day of School - Friday 6/22 (Wednesday Schedule, 1:10 pm release)

Walden Hike - Thursday 6/7
YES Project Showcase, David Cluster - Wednesday 6/6 (7:50 - 8:20 am)
YES Project Showcase, Henry & Thoreau Clusters - Wednesday 6/13 (7:50 -8:20 am)

Cape Cod Night - Tuesday 6/12, 7:00 pm

High School Athletics Mtg - Monday 6/11, 6:00 pm (HS Auditorium - Parents & Students)
Step Over Day to High School - Thursday 6/21
Kimball Farm - Thursday 6/21 (after school event)
Message from Assistant Principal Benzie

We had an exciting, fun, sun-filled three days down in Cape Cod.  What a memorable trip for our Rachel Carson clusters! Students had a rewarding experience, as each student was able to come away with a favorite event. Whether it was visiting Woods Hole, jumping the sand dunes, golfing, watching a movie, going on a boat ride, visiting lighthouses, or checking out the tidal flats; all had a great time, especially with the wonderful weather!  

We want to thank the teachers and students for making this such a fun time for everyone! We look forward to celebrating the Cape Cod trip with parents on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 pm.

Warm regards,
8th Grade, Rena Finder Visit
Friday, June 8, 9:30 - 10:30
WMS Theater

This Friday, June 8th, the eighth grade is honored to be hosting Rena Finder. Ms. Finder was born in Krakow, Poland in 1929. She survived the Krakow ghetto, the Plaszow concentration camp and four weeks at Auschwitz.  She was saved through the actions of Oscar Schindler. For over thirty years, Ms. Finder has been speaking to our eighth graders about her childhood, her journey through the Holocaust and the importance of being upstanders. In 2011, she became our school's first honorary alumna. 

Eighth grade parents are welcome to attend this event. Please contact social studies curriculum leader Jake Montwieler [ Jacob_Montwieler@wayland.k12.ma.us ] for more information. 
Reminder - After School Activities

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of students remaining in the building after school hours unsupervised. As a reminder, students who stay after school must be participating in a staff supervised activity or meeting with a teacher. Please understand that this is a safety issue, and staff will be calling parents of students who continue to stay after hours unsupervised.
PTO News
Building Resilience in Children
Dr. Angela Jones and Dr. Tracey Hurd of Human Relations Services
TODAY, June 4, 9:00 - 10:15 AM

All parents want their children to become resilient and confident. But increasingly they find it hard to let their children learn the vital life lessons that come from facing challenge and disappointment. How can parents strike a good balance between helping and protecting their children and letting them grapple with real-life issues? This program will offer concrete suggestions for managing this key dilemma.
PTO Elections & Meeting
June 7, 9:00 AM
WMS Staff Lounge

We will be voting on our PTO board for next year at this meeting. This is rarely a contested race, more of a recruitment process. All are welcome to vote and welcome in the new board. The candidates for 2018-19 are:

  • President - Sejal T. Srinivasan
  • Vice President - Paula Berg
  • Treasurer - Pam Cerne
  • Secretary - Mei-Lyn Kingsley
  • Fundraising - Allison Kates
  • Parent Enrichment - Rama Ravi
  • Past President - Colleen Morneweck

We still have volunteer needs for grade level representatives and committee members. If you'd like to get involved just let us know and we will find something that fits your schedule! waylandmiddleschoolpto@gmail.com
Retirement Reception for Donna Sumner and Rob Reddington
Monday, June 18, 2:30 - 3:30 PM
WMS Cafeteria Courtyard

Please join the Middle School PTO as we celebrate the retirements of Ms. Donna Sumner and Mr. Rob Reddington.  After a combined 38 years in the Wayland Public Schools (12 for Ms. Sumner and 26 for Mr. Reddington), we hope that students (both past and present) and members of the community will join us in wishing them well.  There will be light refreshments, and we will be celebrating in the courtyard adjacent to the WMS cafeteria (or in the cafeteria if the weather doesn’t cooperate).  Please contact Amy Simmons ( simmons221@comcast.net ) with any questions.
Artist of the Week
Artist: Julia Sun
Grade: 6
Medium: Watercolor & Ink 
Reminders from Previous Emails
6th Grade YES Project Showcase

David Cluster
Wednesday, June 6, 7:50 - 8:20 AM
WMS Cafeteria

Henry and Thoreau Cluster
Wednesday, June 13, 7:50 - 8:20 AM
WMS Cafeteria
Sixth grade science students are excited to demonstrate and display their Year-End STEAM Projects, affectionately called YES Projects . These projects began months ago with students identifying real problems from their lives that they would attempt to solve through the engineering/design process. Through significant effort, persistence, and innovation, their final products are ready to show. We hope you will join us.
Current 8th Grade Parents and Students - High School Athletics Meeting
Monday, June 11, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Wayland High School Auditorium

Athletic Director Heath Rollins will give an overview of all athletics at the High School (approximately 6:00 - 7:00 pm) followed by a meet and greet with coaches of Fall sports programs.
Cape Cod Night - 7th Grade Parents & Students
Tuesday, June 12th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
WMS Auditorium
Reminisce with slides, scrapbooks and stories about Cape Cod, the 7th grade house mentor Rachel Carson, and our environment. Enjoy individual presentations and a group slide show! See you there! (All 7th grade students are required to attend.)
Wayland Alliance Club LGBTQ Panel
June 7, 7:00 PM
Wayland High School Lecture Hall

The Wayland Alliance club would like to invite the Wayland community to an LGBTQ+ panel event that will be taking place on June 7th at 7:00 pm in the Lecture Hall. The panel of speakers will be composed of current students, our advisors, and a few alum. For the past two years, the Alliance club has hosted an ‘Out and Proud’ panel at school for students to ask questions about the LGBTQ+ community in a safe space. This year, we, at Alliance, wanted to extend this opportunity to Wayland families to learn about the LGBTQ+ experience from present students and Wayland alums. We would love to see you there! Please complete this google form if you plan to attend. (The google form also has an area for anonymous questions to be submitted for the panel.)
Open House Celebration for Brad Crozier
Wednesday, June 20th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Happy Hollow School

After 17 years of service to the Wayland Public Schools, Brad Crozier is moving on. Please join us as we wish Brad well in his new role as the Superintendent of Sudbury Public Schools.
WMS Yearbooks

To purchase a yearbook, bring this form to the front office with a check for $17.00 made payable to Wayland Middle School. Yearbooks will be delivered on the last day of school.
End of this School Year / Start of Next
Planning for Next Year:
Moving? Private School? 

If your child will be attending private school next year, or if your family is moving from Wayland, please be sure to submit a student  withdrawal form  to your child's guidance counselor so that we may begin the process of preparing your child's records for transfer. Many thanks!
Bus Registration is Open for 2018-2019 School Year
Deadline: June 29, 2018

School bus registration is now open for the 2018-2019 school year. All families who choose school bus transportation, whether town-paid or fee-based, must register by June 29 , 2018.  Click here for more information.
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