November 16, 2018
Wilson
Weekly
News Blast
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Important Dates:

Monday, November 19:
Winter Athletic Registration (Wilson Lobby 5:30-7:00 pm)

Tuesday, November 20:
Winter Athletic Registration (Wilson Lobby 5:30-7:00 pm)

Wednesday, November 21:
Early Release-11:30 am

Thursday, November 22:
Thanksgiving- No School

Friday, November 23:
Thanksgiving Recess-No School

Monday, November 26:
Professional Development-No School

Friday, November 30:
Last day of Trimester 1

Monday, December 3:
First day of Trimester 2

Friday, December 7:
Trimester 1 Grades and Competency Reports Posted in iPass
*check parent portal and contact school if hard copy is needed
Late Buses:
Please note that on days that the elementary schools have an early release, the late buses will arrive earlier to Wilson. On these days, all of the buses typically arrive by 3:00 pm. We make announcements as buses arrive and it is important for students to listen to these announcements so they do not miss the bus.
French Pen Pals:

This year, the 8th graders in French classes have been given the opportunity to connect with fellow 8th grade students at a school in France. The French department has decided to do pen-pals as a way to practice writing in French and to hear about French culture from real “francophones” (French speakers) of their own age. Ms. O’Connor’s class will be exchanging letters with a school in the south of France in a city called Grasse and Ms. Foley’s class will be exchanging letters with a school in Auneau, France, which is an hour outside of Paris. The students have displayed great enthusiasm and passion about this project! Below are some pictures:
Annual Healthy Harvest Shopathon:
Mrs. St.George and Mr. Klepper's homeroom took part in their Annual Healthy Harvest Shopathon! Homeroom 204's families pooled their money, headed on over to Stop & Shop and purchased 480 items for the Natick Food Pantry! The kids had a blast working together to have a positive impact on the lives of people in our own community! The students involved in this were:
Sasha Linden
Patrick McMorrow
Isabel Pravda
Harper McCarthy
Michael Neville
Patrick Mulholland
Toby Gleason-Kaiser
Ryan Mitchener
Ethan Opela
Finn Lothridge
Brady Miller
Rachel Margil
Ellery Gleason-Kaiser
Yasmeen Reza
Ava Menzi
Elsa Martinez
Gaby Riveros
The student council raised $182 for the American Childhood Cancer Organization when we held the crazy hair/hat day a couple of weeks ago. 
Healthy Harvest 2018: Extended to
Monday, November 19:

We are excited to gear up for this year’s Healthy Harvest Event--a food drive benefiting the Natick Service Council Food Pantry. 

Healthy Harvest has been a long standing tradition here at Wilson. During the busy holiday season much of the food supply at the pantry is depleted. Our donations help keep the shelves stocked during the busy months and into the New Year.  From October 29 through November 19, students are encouraged to bring healthy, non-perishable food items and toiletries to the drop boxes located in their homerooms. On November 21 (half day before Thanksgiving), this exciting service event will culminate with faculty and students working together to deliver the donated food to a large truck located in front of our main lobby. All students will then participate in a healthy grade-wide community-building walk around our campus before returning to classes for the remainder of the day.

The holidays are a great time to get into the spirit of giving! Let’s do our part in helping those who are less fortunate while promoting healthy living and civic responsibility through this community event. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school counselor. 

Important Notes on Donated Items:
In an effort to provide healthy options for families in need, we will NOT allow CANDY or SODA to be donated. Also, each homeroom may only count 10 individual packets of Ramen Noodles (due to the high sodium content). 

Buying bulk items (ex: from BJ’s or Costco):  In regard to students counting items toward their homeroom total, items are to be counted as they are packaged. For example, if a student brings in a box of 60 Quaker Granola Bars, they don't get to count that as donating 60 items! It is counted as 1.
Winter Athletics:
Below is information on a mandatory registration for winter athletics at Wilson. Please read over the information carefully. A student-athlete will need to complete all of the necessary registration paperwork. Then, the student-athlete or a parent/guardian will need to register at ONE of the designated sign up times (on 11/19 or 11/20 ) where a yellow sheet will be given if all paperwork is completed. Please understand that a student-athlete cannot participate in winter athletics if he or she isn’t fully registered and presents a yellow sheet to the coach prior to practice/try-outs.
 
There will be mandatory student-athlete informational meetings for all winter middle school athletic teams. They are as follows: Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball on 11/8 from 2:15-3:00PM in the library at Wilson and Wrestling on 11/14 at Natick High School at 6:00 in the Health room.
 
All of this information can also be found on Wilson’s athletic website:
http://www.natickps.org/departments/athletics/middle_school_athletics/wilsonathletics
 
Follow us on Twitter: @WilsonAthletic
 
Feel free to reach out to Adam Shute with any questions you may have.
 
Adam Shute
Physical Education Teacher
Wilson Athletic Coordinator
Twitter: @WilsonAthletic
1-508-647-6400 ext. 1265
WILSON BASKETBALL - TRYOUT DATES AND TIMES
BOYS:
TUESDAY, 11/27, 2:10-3:00 (Open gym for interested players only)
 WEDNESDAY, 11/28, 2:10 – 3:20 (Early)
   THURSDAY, 11/29 3:20 – 4:30 (Late)
GIRLS:
TUESDAY, 11/27, 2:10-3:00 (Open gym for interested players only)
  WEDNESDAY, 11/28, 3:20 – 4:30 (Late)
    THURSDAY, 11/29, 2:10 - 3:20 (Early)
This is the only team at Wilson that makes cuts. For some, this may be your first experience having to tryout and potentially not making a team. We do not know what other teams you play on and it is not important to us. Teams will be formed and decisions made based on how you play at tryouts.

All 7th and 8th grade students are eligible to tryout. There is no set number of players taken from each grade, but 8th grade students are typically given priority; 7th grade players must outplay 8th graders in order to make the team.

Typically, games are on Mondays and Thursdays starting mid-December and ending the week before February vacation. Practices are usually on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. One team practices early from 2:10-3:20 and the other team will practice late from 3:10-4:20. The boys and girls will alternate practice times. Girls early on Tuesday, Boys early on Wednesday.

School comes first. You must be academically eligible, meaning you have a C- average or better in all your academic classes.

Behavior - If you make the team, we expect you will represent Wilson at all times through positive behavior. We travel to other schools representing Wilson and the Natick community; if you are not a positive representative, you will not be on the team.

We typically take 12 players and sometimes a few player managers/managers. This number may be adjusted slightly.

We are looking for the best players, but we are also looking for players that have a positive attitude, display good sportsmanship, and will be coachable. If you make the team, there will be differences in playing time: you earn playing time in games based upon your attitude, work ethic, and skill development during practice. We will take all of that into consideration when deciding on which players will make the team.

Questions? Email us!

Boys- Ken Magarie, kmagarie@natickps.org
Girls- Tracy Sockalosky, tsockalosky@natickps.org

You can look at the website to view the tentative calendar for the season.


If you are interested in participating in basketball this winter, you have to register on FamilyID and provide the following information. Then, you need to bring all of the following forms to Mr. Shute, the Middle School Athletic Director at one of the registration meetings on either 11/19 or 11/20 from 5:30 to 7pm. You may not participate until the registration process is complete. You need to come to tryouts with the yellow confirmation form from the athletics office in order to participate!

Steps for Registration:
1) Go to FamilyID.com and register your child.
2) Current Physical (MUST BRING A HARD COPY WITH YOU)
3) Check for $225 (Payable to NHS Athletics) or Online Confirmation of payment.
4) Go to ONE of the Registration Nights at WILSON on 11/19 & 11/20 from 5:30 - 7:00pm where a yellow confirmation form will be given if everything is complete.

** VERY IMPORTANT MIAA RULE: If the physical expires during the season, you may participate until the PE is 13 months old, but must provide an updated physical in order to participate in the remainder of the sports season. MIAA now requires that all student athletes have a PE every 13 months, without exception. So make sure to schedule a physical if your student’s PE will be older than 13 months during the current season or they will be prohibited from playing until a new one is provided.

Looking forward to a great season!
iPass Directions for Parents/Guardians:
Please click here for detailed directions on how to access iPass.
Extracurricular Activities:
 Please click here for our listing of extra-curricular activities for this year. It is a working document and will continue to be updated. Activities will begin the week of September 11. We highly recommend students to get involved in after school activities if possible. It is a great way to get more involved in school and our community.
Building Strong Relationships:
One of our focus areas this year will be to continue to develop STRONG relationships with our students, staff, families and community. Staff will continue to focus on team-building with students and emphasize our core values of Respect, Responsibility and Results.
Attendance Information for Parents:
Please click here for information on attendance from the district attorney's office.
EZSE Account Verification for your Family:

In June all families were notified to log in to EZSchoolEnroll (EZSE) to verify your accounts. If you haven't verified your account yet, please do so now so that you can complete your annual forms as noted below:

Annual review of guardians and contact info
Annual Health form
Annual FERPA Rights Notice
Annual Google Media and Picture release
Annual Extracurricular activity release

Action Required:  Forms are now ready for updating in EZSE. That's right...no more filling out all those opening day forms.You will see your students and each one will have been assigned a set of forms that all begin with the phrase  Annual  to be completed and submitted to the school for approval a.s.a.p. As forms are completed, they disappear from your dashboard.  Complete only these forms and not any form that has the acronym NSR as part of the form name.

Natick Teen Center:
Please click here for the schedule at the Natick Teen Center.
ReacHigh Volleyball:
ReacHigh Volleyball, a Natick community organization, will offer a Youth Volleyball Program this Fall for middle school age boys and girls. Only 12 spots open. Contact  reachighvball@gmail.com  for more information and to sign up. More info at  www.reachighvolleyball.com

9-Week Skills and Drills Clinic -- Starts 10/17/2018 TO 12/19/18 (Except Wed 10/31)
Dates: 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19
Place: Natick Community Center on Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:15 PM
Wilson Middle School
22 Rutledge Road
Natick, MA 01760