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WPS BILLBOARD              September 20, 2017


NOTIFICATIONS
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), including individuals providing transportation.which consists of records and data in any communicable form compiled by a Massachusetts criminal justice agency.  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.

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

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.  
   Helpful School Committee Links
NEW POSTINGS
WESTFORD YOUTH BASKETBALL ASSOCATION (WYBA) - Registration is now open for 2017-2018 Season- Westford Youth BasketballAssociation is excited to offer the following programs for students in grades 1through 12:
1st Grade Program - NEW - A program to introduce the game of basketball and begin teaching the skills needed to enjoy the game. During the first few sessions the concentration will be on teaching basic skills (dribbling/shooting). As the sessions progress games will be introduced.This program will run once a week (7 weeks) on Sundays from mid-December through February.
2nd and 3rd Grade Instructional League- An instructional leaguefor boys and girls. Thisleague willrun fromDecember throughFebruary for 10 weeks. Players will be placed on teams and play games (1 per weekend on Saturday). There will be instructional skills and drills before each game.
4th Grade through 12th Grade Rec Program – Recreational basketball leagues for boys and girls. These leagues will have evaluation nights in November. Teams will be formed by the end of November and games will be played from the beginning of December through the beginning of March.
4th Grade through 8th Grade Travel Program –Travel basketball for boys and girls in grades 4 through 8. This program requires boys andgirls to try out for a team at their grade level. Tryouts for travel occur inlate Septemberthrough earlyOctober. The season runs from November to mid-March.
To register for one of our programs or for more detailed information in our offerings please visit our website at http://www.westfordhoops.com/. Registration is open until the end of October.

BLANCHARD & STONY BROOK PTO - Teachers, staff, and PARENTS make our middle schools great schools! Supporting the Westford Middle School PTO is a great way for you to help us bring in over 30 arts & education programs, run staff appreciation events, the annual faculty/student Blanchard v. Stony Brook Basketball game and the 8th Grade Celebration. Email westfordmiddleschoolpto@gmail.com to learn how you can support the WMSPTO with time or funds to make these programs come together.

REMINDERS:
OPIOID EPIDEMIC & ITS IMPACT ON WESTFORD - The League of Women Voters of Westford is sponsoring a forum on the opioid epidemic impacting our town, state, and country. As frequently reported in the news and elsewhere, Massachusetts and the country is currently experiencing a growing epidemic of opioid related overdoses resulting in death. Come join us as we listen to representatives from Westford's police, health, schools, and fire departments talk about their experiences and perspective on this epidemic impacting our community. An audience question and answer segment will follow the forum.
Wednesday, September 27, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Millennium School Meeting Room, 23 Depot St., Westford
The League of Women Voters of Westford is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.

FLETCHER LIBRARY PROGRAMS:
Preschool Concert with "Toddlerbilly" Musician Matt Heaton Wednesday, September 20 at 11:30 AM. Now that the kids are back in school, bring the little ones by for fantastic songs for all ages. This free drop-in program is for all ages. Please bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. If it rains, please eat before you come and the show will be in the Meeting Room.
Lego® Club Saturday, September 23 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Come create something fun with Library Legos®. All creations will be displayed in the library until the next time we meet. Free drop-in for ages 5 and up.
Advanced Snap Circuits and Takeaparts Friday, September 22 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM. Register online starting Monday, September 11.  This free program is for children in grades 3 to 5. We have five new exciting Snap Circuits kits to play with: RC Cars, Light, Motion, Arcade, and 3D Illumination.

WESTFORD GIRL SCOUTS INFORMATION NIGHT - September 27, 2017 from 7-9 PM in  JV Fletcher Library - Please join us to learn more about Girls Scouts in Westford. You can find out how to register your child to be part of a troop and learn about all the exciting activities and community service projects, as well as opportunities for volunteering. New Scouts are always welcome, from kindergarten to high school. We will answer any questions you may have and there will be someone available to sign CORI forms for adult volunteers. There will be a craft activity available if you would like to bring your child.

WESTFORD FRIENDS OF EAST BOSTON CAMPS - Annual Fall BBQ Festival - Join the fun on Sunday, October 1 at Westford’s East Boston Camps where the Annual Fall BBQ Festival will take place from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Sponsored by the Westford Friends of East Boston Camps, the festival includes free food, hay rides, live music, bobbing for apples, marshmallow toasting, kid’s games, nature walks, Kimball’s ice cream and more! A silent auction will be held in the Dining Hall where many unique items will be up for bid. Westford's East Boston Camps includes 286 acres of beautiful conservation land located in the center of Westford including a pond, brooks and outstanding foliage. The Camps are located at 66 Depot St. in Westford. Please park at Stony Brook Middle School (9 Farmer Way) or 66 Depot Street entrance. Wheel chairs and strollers – use 66 Depot St. Please visit www.westfordfriendsebc.org for more info.

WESTFORD MUSEUM needs your help! Calling all Nabnasset-based authors and artists, including both adults and High School students! We are planning a Nabnasset authors and artists event on Sunday, November 19 from 2-4 PM at the Westford Museum. We would like you to participate. This event will be part of the WHS NAB Village Theme for 2017-2018 -"Honoring Nabnasset- then and now". If you live/lived in Nabnasset area and presently/were an artist/author, please contact us. If interested in more details contact Patti Mason at pmason6@verizon.net or email museum@museum.westford.org.

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:  9/12; 10/17*; 11/14; 12/12 and 1/09/18
October 17              Anxiety/Depression; when is it serious; when to be concerned; how to get help.
November 14     Education about gender inclusivity in our schools.
December 12     Understanding ADD/ADHD; treatments as well as misconceptions.
January 10              Eating disorders (guest speaker)
Location:  Millennium School (behind Abbot) Large Old Purpose Room
                  *note, all the dates are the second Tuesday of the month except October which is the third Tuesday.
Time:  7:00 - 8:00 PM

Deer Ticks: “One Bite Can Change Your Life…” - Have you seen me?  Chances are you have: Come join us as we welcome Larry Dapsis Entomologist – Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, to educate our residents on Lyme Disease which is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis.  In addition to Lyme, Deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever, and Powassan virus, all of which can be very serious and are on the increase. The Westford Health Department often receives confirmed cases of tick-borne diseases in residents.  A Three-point protection plan will be presented: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet.  Tick-Borne Diseases are completely preventable…come learn how
Date:   September 25th, 2017
Time:   6:30 to 8:00 PM
Location:   Nabnasset Country Club at 47 Oak Hill Road

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT - Westford Coalition for Non-Violence in partnership with the Live for Liv foundation and Westford Parent Connection, will be hosting a Domestic Violence program in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This event will feature a live performance from Ben-Atherton-Zeman, called “Voices of Men” It’s a one-man play using humor and celebrity male voice impressions. He has given performances and keynotes in 46 states and internationally. Ben is a public speaker on issues of violence prevention and gender based violence. Please be advised this includes graphic representations of violence. We look forward to seeing you there!
Date:   Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time:   5:30 p.m.-8:00 PM
Location:   Nabnasset Country Club, 47 Oak Hill Rd, Westford
Cost:   Tickets will be sold at the door $15/pp and the money raised will be donated (see below)
Cash bar is available and light appetizers will be served
All donations will be graciously accepted and will be given to Live for Liv Foundation and The Alternative House.

WELL CHILD CLINICS - Immunizations and physical examination offered to those from infancy to school entry ages. Included in the exam are vision, hearing, blood pressure, and urine.  Lead screening done when appropriate.  Physicals offered by Pediatrics West. Not for established Westford pediatric patients.  Not for sick children.  Appointments are required 1 week prior to date; please call 978 692-5509 to schedule.
Dates:   October 24, 2017  
Times:   4:30 - 5:30 PM
Location:   Pediatrics West
Fee:   $5.00