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WMS Community Announcements                         Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year, WMS familes! Hope you are staying warm!

Here are your announcements for a busy January:

·       You can check to see if we have a snow day in a number of different ways. The A day / B day schedule does not change if we have a snow day.

·       Welcome, Ms. Altalli, our new Arabic teacher!

·       It is the final week of our Coats for Kids drive.

·       A flyer for our winter after school activities will be going home with students on Friday.

·       Our PTO meeting is on Wednesday January 10th. We will be discussing our courtyard project.

·       We are hosting an Online Safety Parent Information Night on January 17th, 7:00, in the auditorium.

·       The MCAS ELA test will be on April 10th and April 11th for all grades. The MCAS mathematics test will be on May 14th and May 15th for all grades. The MCAS science test will be on May 17th and May 18th for the eighth grade only.

·       Please give us three weeks notice for private school applications.

Snow Days  This is the time of year where we sometimes have to cancel or delay school due to snowy or icy conditions. Once the decision is made, usually in the early morning, the district will notify you via email. The district will also post information on the WPS Facebook page and the WPS Twitter feed. Finally, the district will let a number of major news stations know as well. When we have a snow day, the A/B schedule does not change. For example, if it snows and we close school on Thursday January 4th, an A day, Friday January 5th would still would be a B day as scheduled.

Welcome Ms. Altalli  I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Arabic teacher, Ms. Hend Altalli, whose first day is today. Originally from Syria, Ms. Altalli received her Master’s Degree from Emmanuel College and has been teaching Arabic to students and adults in a number of settings. We are very happy to have her!

Coats for Kids  Our annual Coats for Kids Drive is in its final week! The last day for collecting gently used coats is this Friday January 5th. Now that it is after the holidays, we ask that you look in your closet and donate gently used winter coats of all sizes, from infant snowsuits to XXL adult coats. But please remember, this is a coats-only drive. Please do not donate hats, mittens, scarves, and other winter apparel. Our goal is to collect at least one coat for every student here at the school!

After School Activities: Winter Session  We will be sending a flyer and a sign up sheet for Winter After School Activities home with students on Friday January 5th. It will also go up on our web site. Please be on the lookout. The sign up window is next week, January 8th through 12th and clubs will begin on January 17th.

PTO Meeting  Please come to our PTO meeting this January 10th at 7:00 in the library. On the agenda is our courtyard project that was generously funded by a grant from the Watertown Community Foundation. If you have any experience with landscape or outdoor design, you are especially invited. Come and take part in this exciting project!

Online Safety  As administrators, Mr. Del Porto and I learn of many instances where middle school students find themselves in very unsafe situations because of their activities online. Compounding this problem is that many of us do not fully understand what our children are doing online. Mark your calendars for Wednesday January 17th, 7:00, where we will have a representative from the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office speak to us about adolescent online behavior and what we can do as parents and guardians to ensure our children are safe when using their phones and other devices.

MCAS Dates  Please mark your calendars for the following MCAS dates. All grade levels will be taking the English Language Arts MCAS test on Tuesday April 10th and Wednesday April 11th at 8:00 a.m. Likewise, all grade levels will be taking the Mathematics MCAS test on Monday May 14th and Tuesday May 15th at 8:00 a.m. Only eighth grade students will be taking the Science, Technology, and Engineering MCAS test on Thursday May 17th and Friday May 18th at 8:00 a.m. All MCAS tests are now computer-based.

Private School Applications  The private school application season is underway. If you are considering a private school next year for your child, we will be happy to write recommendations for him or her. However, we need three weeks notice before the application deadline to complete the recommendations. This is especially true for eighth grade teachers and guidance counselors who have many recommendations to write. The earlier you arrange for recommendations, the easier it is for us. Thank you!

Calendar of School and District Events:

Date

Time

Event

Jan. 2

 

School Resumes

Jan. 3

7:00

School Site Council Meeting

Jan. 5

 

Last Day of Coats for Kids Drive

Jan. 5

 

Progress Reports

Jan. 8

8:00

ACCESS Testing for English Language Learners

Jan. 8

7:00

School Committee Meeting

Jan. 9

8:00

ACCESS Testing for English Language Learners

Jan. 9

7:00

SEPAC Meeting at Cunniff

Jan. 10

 

Cluster 3 Field Trip to Museum of Fine Arts

Jan. 10

5:00

Drop-in Recovery Resource Night

Jan. 10

7:00

PTO Meeting

Jan. 12

10:00

Martin Luther King Assembly

Jan. 15

 

Martin Luther King Day: No School

Jan. 15

9:00

MLK Day Unity Breakfast at the Hellenic Center

Jan. 16

 

Professional Development Day: No School

Jan. 17

7:00

Online Safety Parent Information Session

Jan. 26

 

Second Quarter Ends

Jan. 29

 

Third Quarter Begins

Feb. 1

 

Cluster 4 Field Trip to Museum of Fine Arts

Feb. 2

 

Report Cards Go Home With Students

Feb. 2

10:00

Reading Field Trip to WCT’s Dracula

Feb. 2

7:00

School Dance

 A Day / B Day Schedule

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Jan. 1

New Year’s

No School

Jan. 2

A day

Jan. 3

B day

Jan. 4

A day

Jan. 5

B day

Jan. 8

A day

Jan. 9

B day

Jan. 10

A day

Jan. 11

B day

Jan. 12

A day

Jan. 15

MLK Day

No School

Jan. 16

Prof. Dev. Day

No School

Jan. 17

B day

Jan. 18

A day

Jan. 19

B day

Jan. 22

A day

Jan. 23

B day

Jan. 24

A day

Jan. 25

B day

Jan. 26

A day

Jan. 29

B day

Jan. 30

A day

Jan. 31

B day

Feb. 1

A day

Feb. 2

B day


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