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WPS BILLBOARD
Edition Dated: November 21, 2017


NOTIFICATIONS
POLICY UPDATES:  Public comment is welcomed on new or revised policies and regulations. Policies are the general standards and statements adopted by the School Committee to guide decisions and actions in the school system. Regulations are the directives established by administration to implement a given policy.  The policies and regulations listed below may be found at http://www.westfordk12.us/pages/sc/pubcomment. Comments are being accepted through November 23, 2017

To comment on one of the documents above, click the Here or contact Nina Mangan, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent at (978)692-5560 ext 2102.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE - The School Committee welcomes parents and community members to attend School Committee meetings, which are held on alternate Monday evenings at 7:30 in the Millennium’s Conference Room B.  Meeting agendas and supporting documents are posted online the Friday prior to a meeting via the town’s Document Management System.  Other helpful School Committee Links are listed below.
Westford School Committee website:  http://www.westfordk12.us/pages/sc/index
School Committee meeting schedule:  http://www.westfordk12.us/pages/sc/schedule.
Meeting agendas & supporting documents:  https://www.westfordma.gov/767/Document-Management-System

SECURITY:
CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) Chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002 amended M.G.L. c.71, §38R requires schools to screen current and otherwise qualified prospective employees and volunteers, who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children, for all available Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI). Westford requires CORI checks been done for all staff and volunteers on an annual basis.
If you plan to volunteer in Westford Schools, we require annual CORI checks.  Please apply for a CORI check for the 2017/2018 school year via your school office.  All CORI checks need to be updated for the current year by January 1, 2018.
FINGERPRINTING - Westford Public Schools requires that all field trip chaperones and volunteer athletic coaches complete the fingerprint obligation in addition to the annual CORI background check. Fingerprinting does NOT need to be updated annually. Therefore, if you have a Fingerprint record on file with WPS, no additional record is required at this time.  
Fingerprinting information and instructions on how to register for fingerprinting may be found at http://westfordk12.us/pages/hrm/fingerprinting

NEW EVENT POSTINGS
STONY BROOK THEATRE ARTS presents BIG The Musical TYA - Friday, December 8 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, December 9th at 1:30 and 7:00 PM at the Stoney Brook Middle School at 9 Farmer Way. This is an Assigned Seating Event. Over 5 Years of Age:  $10.00 each; Under 5 Years of Age:  FREE Order Tickets online at:  http://tinyurl.com/SBTABIG. Tickets will also be sold at the door - It is HIGHLY recommended to buy your tickets in advance!  BIG The Musical TYA is a perfect show for audiences of all ages! Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become "big." To his shock, his wish is granted.  After an understandably awkward beginning, Josh is forced to do "adult" things, like getting a job and a girlfriend.  In the end, he discovers that there's much more to being an adult than he bargained for and learns that we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.

DONATE LIKE A ROCKSTAR & HELP WPS MUSICIANS ACHIEVE FAME! Music touches all of us. It’s a universal language that unites us. For Westford students, music education provides essential skills that help build discipline, confidence, and a sense of belonging. At FAME (Friends Advancing Music Education), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of parent volunteers, we strive to enrich classroom and extra-curricular learning in general music, band, orchestra, and chorus at all grade levels in the Westford Public Schools. FAME is the primary organization to award scholarships to graduating Westford Academy seniors in recognition of their dedication and commitment to the study of music and music-related community service.  In addition, we have helped fund music-related transportation, composition projects, music awards, sheet music and uniforms, and scholarships for summer music camps. To continue our work for the 2017-2018 school year, we need your help!  Please visit the FAME website to make a one-time, tax deductible donation to FAME through our FAME-ous Fundraiser.  This will be FAME’s main fundraiser and primary source of funding this year, replacing the Music Cafe and Dinner Dance. To donate by mail, print our form here and send it, along with a check, to: FAME, PO Box 627, Westford MA 01886.  More information may be found at http://westford.org/fame

REMINDERS
Join THE WESTFORD PARENT CONNECTION for a Screening Of No Letting Go - Based on the multi-award short film Illness, No Letting Go follows the story of the Spencer family, whose middle son, Timothy, struggles with anxiety, depression, and mood disorder. As his symptoms become more and more debilitating, his parents are faced with painfully difficult choices that will change their lives forever. The family’s world starts to unravel as Timothy becomes increasingly fragile and unable to cope with life. The painful challenges of Timothy’s every day life take their toll on his parents’ marriage and his brothers’ wellbeing. Life is fraught with debilitating panic attacks, rages, doctors, and medications.
The Westford Parent Connection is hosting a free screening of the film on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way, Westford. The film is about 90 minutes long. After the screening, Sue Hanly, RN, will take questions from the audience related to mental health issues and concerns. The film’s key messages are hopeful and inspiring. Mental health is as important as physical health, and it is important to talk openly about it. The film is appropriate for parents and teens, guardians, teachers, and anyone else who works with children and young people.
For more information about the film visit http://www.nolettinggomovie.com/. If you would like to submit a question ahead of time, email Mary Anne Seraphin at mseraphin@comcast.net. Questions will be presented anonymously after the film. For details about the Westford Parent Connection, check out the organization’s website at http://www.westford.org/wpc/.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 195  - Annual Christmas Tree Sale fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant, Weekends beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving from 10 to 4 daily.  The fresh, Nova Scotia Balsam Fir trees are from five to ten feet tall, and 100% of all proceeds stay in the troop to help make scouting affordable to Westford youth. This sale runs during the following weekends: Nov. 25 – 26, December 2 – 3 and December 9 - 10

BOY SCOUT TROOP 95 Holiday Luminary Sale – Light the night this holiday season! Luminaries have been a holiday tradition for over twenty years in the town of Westford. They make great holiday and housewarming gifts, handy New Year’s Eve décor as well as for power outages! Luminary kits come in two sizes – 12 candles ($10.00) or 36 candles ($22.00). Each kit includes candles, either white or brown bags and instructions. Visit us at one of the following events: December 2nd at the First Parish Greens Festival on the Common and at the Westford Academy Holiday Bazaar. Both events are from 9 AM - 3 PM.  We will also be selling kits on Friday, Nov 24 and Saturday, Nov 25 from 10:00 AM - 4 PM at the Ace Hardware store on Route 40 in Westford. Please consider pre-ordering so you can reserve yours. You can pre-order by emailing us at Troop95Luminary@gmail.com, or sending us a private message on our Facebook page. Let us know at which sale location you will be picking up your pre-order. Any preorders of 10 or more packs will receive free delivery to your homes. Coordinate with your friends and neighbors and start a new holiday tradition to light up your neighborhood on Christmas Eve!

WESTFORD TREE LIGHTING ON THE COMMON - Sunday November 26, 2017, 4:00 - 5:30.
Join Us for Holiday Cheer!  The Westford Girl Scout Chorus will lead caroling until about when the tree lights will be turned on.  After Santa arrives by fire truck, attendees can bring their cameras and head inside the Parish Center for the Arts located across the Common for pictures with Santa.  Girl Scouts will also be handing out candy canes and providing crafts. Hosted by the Westford Girl Scouts.  

WESTFORD FAMILY FUNFEST EVENTS:
December 6 - 10 - New this year, “Community” Holiday Tree and make an ornament and put it on the community tree anytime between December 6-10. Tree will be part of the Silent Auction and funds raised will go toward local sponsored organizations.   
December 8 - 17 - Westford Festival of Trees, Wreaths and Creative Gingerbread…The Westford Family FunFest* and the Westford Business Association invites the public, Westford Public Schools, and organizations to participate and visit the 5th Annual Festival of Trees, Wreaths and Creative Gingerbread Celebration. Festival held at the Westford Regency Inn from December 8- 17. The Westford Regency Atrium and Lobby halls/walls and selected other areas will be decorated with trees, wreaths, and creative gingerbread creations as needed.
December 16 from 8:00 - 11:3O AM - Breakfast with Santa including craft area by Westford Girl Scouts, and Circle Health of Westford. Music presented by the Westford Girl Scouts.  Free Photos with Santa will be offered too (bring your own camera). For Reservations for any of the events - call 978 692-8200 ext 540
Visit www.westford.org/funfest for details and application. Event organized by the Westford Family FunFest*, Westford Business Association, and Westford Regency Inn. Events support many local organizations. This Festival is sponsored by Emerson Hospital/Westford Health Center, Enterprise Bank of Westford, Circle Health of Westford/Lowell General Hospital and Whole Foods of Westford. *The Westford Family FunFest is a Component Fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

SUPPORT THE DAY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND PROJECT -  Day School Playground Fundraisers:
Westford Florist, located at 175A Littleton Road (Route 110) in Westford, is partnering with the Norman E. Day School and its fundraising efforts to build a new playground.  Between now and November 30th the new playground will receive 25% of each walk-in sale made at the shop or sales completed over the telephone.  This fundraiser doesn't include any orders on the Westford Florist website.  To gather one of the gift certificates either do so at the Day School office at: 75 East Prescott Street or contact Kevin Regan at email: kevinregan0623@gmail.com or phone: 978-846-0691.  The same gift certificate can be used multiple times through 11/30/17.
Yankee Candle...the Day School playground project will receive 40% of all sales from Yankee Candle earmarked with Group #999975171.  You can order online through January 1, 2018 at yankeecandlefundraising.com.  Paper sales will be accepted no later than 11/13/17. Paper order forms are accessible at: Norman E. Day School, 75 East Prescott Street, Westford, MA 01886. We appreciate your support of our initiative.

SAVE THE DATE:  Westford Academy Trustees Scholarship Fundraising Event (To provide scholarships in all academic areas and financial aid to deserving students) Four-Handed Illusions: An Intimate Evening of Laughs & Wonder - Illusionists Joel Acevedo and Steve Kradolfer join their talents in a performance that is engaging, hilarious, and mystifying. Recently voted Best Theater Group by the Boston A-List, you will experience the wonder of magic right before your eyes. The show is a combination of intelligent comedy and amazing magic; a show you won't want to miss.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Westford Academy Performing Arts Center
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ticket prices will be $40 per person. Student and senior citizen ticket price of $20 per person. If you have questions, please call Lori at 781-953-3344 or register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westford-academy-trustees-fundraiser-event-tickets-38509504966

MIDDLE SCHOOL PTO FUNDRAISERS
Donate Your Shoes! Both middle schools are collecting gently used, wearable pairs of shoes this year for a fundraising program called ShoeBox Recycling. Donated shoes are shipped around the world for resale and reuse. Our schools earn $20 for each filled box of shoes! This money goes directly toward funding our many activities, including arts and education programs. We are also partnering with The Mary's Community Thrift Store to increase our schools' profits. Shoes must be in wearable condition, without holes in the soles, cannot be wet or mildewed, and must have shoelaces if they are necessary for the shoe to function.
Types of shoes ACCEPTED: Almost all types of gently used shoes including adult and children's casual shoes, dress shoes, athletic shoes, boots, work boots, and sandals.
Types of shoes NOT ACCEPTED: Shoes in need of repair, wet or mildewed shoes, heavy winter boots, ski boots, roller skates, rollerblades, ice skates, flip flops, Crocs and bedroom slippers.
To help, please drop off gently used, wearable shoes in the lobby of Blanchard or Stony Brook. Thank you!
Make Your Students Smile with AmazonSmile! - AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when our families shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to our charitable organization, the Westford Middle School PTO.  Remember, you must use this link to shop from WMSPTOís customized landing page; Bookmark It!   http://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-3584230
Support the Westford Middle School PTO!  We are a couple months into the year and we are very busy rolling out the Arts & Education programs that directly supplement the programs the teachers are running in the classrooms. These programs are fully subsidized by the PTO and your donations. Your donations also cover a large percentage of our special events such as the annual Blanchard v. Stony Brook basketball game and the 8th grade celebration. These programs need your support! So, let's put the FUN into fundraiser. Why is this fun? Because you only need to make one donation to the WMSPTO No-Fuss Fundraiser and you are done. If we can hit our goal of $25,000 before 12/31, we will not ask you again. No one wants to ask for money and no one wants to be asked. So, please let's make the rest of the year fun and let us stop asking for your help!
Click here to donate online. Download this form and send it with a check via USPS to WMSPTO, PO Box 625, Westford, 01886 OR drop it off in the school office and we will pick it up. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of all funds support the WMSPTO programs and activities. WIN A PRIZE! An anonymous and generous donor has given us an Echo Dot to give to one lucky donor this year - thank you, anonymous person! Our fiscal year begins July 1 so all donors between July 1 and December 1 are eligible - this will make a fantastic holiday gift for you or a teacher (it is under that magic $50 mark) --- get your donations in!

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISERS
50 LEGS JINGLE BELL 5K FAMILY FUN RUN - DECEMBER 2nd @ 4H FAIRGROUNDS - On Saturday, December 2, join the 50 Legs Boston Marathon Running Team as they host a Jingle Bell Family Fun Run 5k at the 4H Fairgrounds in Westford. 50 Legs is a charity that is dedicated to providing prosthetics to amputees that they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. The team was inspired by local area resident, Celeste Corcoran who was injured in the 2013 Marathon bombing. Thanks to the support from 50 Legs, Celeste has received the best prosthetics available that have enabled her to walk again. Her sister Carmen Acabbo and Karen Morgan, both Westford residents, are running the 2018 Marathon for 50 Legs and they invite the community to join them for this family event. Runners of all levels are encouraged to join, and to the Westford Sports team that signs up the most runners, a pizza party will be provided for them.  Registration can be completed through the link below; all WA athletes should register in advance and check in at the WA athletesí booth on the day of race.  Get your jingle on and have some family fun with a visitor from the North Pole!

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
PARENT SUPPORT GROUP - This support group is free drop in group available to any parent who is concerned that their child might be struggling with a mental health issue. This can be something such as ADD, or some sadness, lots of worries or perhaps something more defined. This is a pro bono group offered for parents to come together and share ideas, offer support to each other and realize that they are not alone in our concern for our children. Facilitators are: Dianne Walsh, LICSW (Cogitative-Behavioral Therapist) and Sue Hanly, RN (school nurse). You do not need to be a Westford resident to attend. To be included on the group email feel free to contact: Dianne Walsh, LICSW dwalsh@perkinschool.org or 508-566-3189  Sue Hanly, RN smhanly1@gmail.com or 978-501-0837 Please call the Westford Health Dept for any questions at 978-692-5509.
Dates:  12/12 and 1/9/18
December 12             Understanding ADD/ADHD; treatments as well as misconceptions.
January 9               Eating disorders (guest speaker)
Location:  Millennium School (behind Abbot) Large ALL Purpose Room
Time:  7:00 - 8:30 PM