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WPS BILLBOARD
Edition Dated: February 14, 2018


NOTIFICATIONS
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

PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ANNUAL BUDGET - The Westford School Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed FY19 budget on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 8:00 PM in the Millennium School Building's Conference Room B at 23 Depot Street. This notice is published consistent with Section 38N of Chapter 71 of Mass. General Laws. A copy of the proposed budget is available on our web site at http://westfordk12.us/pages/Budget/index, Town Hall, and the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.

NEW EVENT POSTINGS
PLAYGROUND PROJECT - RANGOLI GRILL - On Thursday 2/15/18 from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM at the Rangoli Grill a fundraiser will take place to support the new Day School playground project.  The Rangoli Grill is located at 8 Cornerstone Square (intersection of Boston Road and Route 110; adjacent to Minot’s Corner/Four Corners).  When ordering take-out or dine-in, and you display the flyer on paper or on a smartphone, the playground project receives 20% of net proceeds. In addition, Buy-A-Brick brochures will be available and a Patriot Helmet Fathead poster raffle tickets can be purchased.  We will see you there!

J. V. FLETCHER LIBRARY - FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK! TEEN & TWEEN EVENTS  
Big Games: Tuesday, February 20 from 1 to 3 PM. Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 come play our "BIG" Indoor Games. Snacks will be served. Registration required for this free program. Teens and tweens can register by phone, in person or online.
Graffiti Art Afternoon with Sherry Hoffman: Wednesday, February 21 from 2 to 4 PM. Teens & Tweens in grades 5 to 12 will be looking at graffiti art through artist's Keith Haring's eyes and creating their own graffiti. Registration required for this free program. Registration required for this free program. Teens and tweens can register by phone, in person or online.

WESTFORD FAMILY FUNFEST SPRING FESTIVAL 2018 - The Westford Family FunFest invites the public, organizations, schools, businesses and others to participate and visit the First Annual Spring Festival of Spring Wreaths, Creative Gingerbread and Fairy Gardens/Gnome Houses. The Festival will be held at the Westford Regency Inn from Friday, March 16 to Monday, April 2. The Westford Regency Atrium and Lobby halls/walls will be decorated with Spring/Easter creations. Workshops will be offered for adults, children, youth organizations with the Roudenbush Community Center and The Maker Farm. Visit www.westford.org/funfest for details on Festival and workshops info.
The FREE Opening Reception is on Friday, March 16 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the Regency Atrium decorated with spring/Easter creations, music, light refreshments, viewing and voting starts.
Sunday, April 1 from 10 AM to 2:00 PM - Sunday Easter Brunch with Piano**
Special "Senior and Friend's Only Lunch and Visit Spring Festival" - Monday, March 19, Tuesday, March 20 and Monday, March 26 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Special menu and cost for Seniors and Friends **
Saturday morning, March 31 from 8:0O to 11:30 - Breakfast with Easter Bunny including craft area by Westford Girl Scouts and free photos with the Easter Bunny will be offered (bring your own camera). % of breakfast benefits the Westford Family FunFest **
**For Reservations for any of the events above, call 978 692-8200 ext. 520. The Westford Family FunFest is a component Fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

SUSTAINABLE WESTFORD presents a film screening of "A PLASTIC OCEAN" with post Q&A. Sunday, March 4 from 5:00 - 7:30 PM at the First Parish Church United, 48 Main St, Westford. FREE - Open to the PUBLIC - Preregister @ www.SustainableWestford.org
5 Door prizes and Free chip, dip & crostini, provided by our food sponsor Evviva Cucina. Post Q&A with Mark Myles, a Sustainability professional for nearly 20 years. Retired Director of the Education program at Toxic Use Reduction Institute at UMASS Lowell.
A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood's fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us. In partnership with: Westford Recycling Commission, Westford Conservation Trust, Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, FPCU Green Team & Social Justice & Weston Price Foundation.  

8th Grade TEEN NIGHT!! Our third Teen Night is on Friday, March 9 for eighth grade students. Activities include: DJ, hockey, basketball, board games, karaoke, snacks. VOLUNTEERS are needed to make it a successful night. Please see the sign-up genius link below to volunteer. It's a fun, fast evening and we'd love to have you join us! The last Teen night is: 6th grade April 6, 2018. Sign up for as many as you can! Please note that all volunteers will need a CORI through WASA, even if you already have a WPS CORI. Feel free to email Barbie Goodhue with any questions @ barbiegoodhue@gmail.com. The Volunteer link at Sign up Genius can be found @ http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545afac2ea31-wasa1

TIMES'S UP…No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse. Please join us for a showing of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "No Good Reason" episode in recognition of sexual assault month, followed by a performance from Westford Academy Theater students and a guest appearance from Nirisa Nicoletti, Westford Police Detective, Deborah Perry, SANE, Department of Public Health, Sue Hanly, RN and Kathleen McCarthy, LICSW, CADCII.  FREE - Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Westford Academy PAC

WESTFORD SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM - The Westford Summer Music program is now accepting registrations for band and orchestra students entering grades 5 through 9 in September 2018. Band and orchestra ensembles will rehearse daily from 8:00 until noon at the Stony Brook School from July 9 through July 13.  During the week, the students will prepare new music and give a free performance on Friday morning, July 13 at 11:00. For more information and registration please visit  www.westfordk12.us/summermusic

EVENT REMINDERS
J.V. FLETCHER LIBRARY - Below is a listing of February school vacation week programs:
Big Joe Storyteller, "The Robin Williams of the G-Rated set": Tuesday, February 20 at 11:00 AM. This promises to be a rambunctious, exciting, energetic, and animated program with Big Joe.  There will be puppets, there will be props, and best of all, there will be stories kids will not soon forget! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available for pick up starting Monday, February 5. This program is for ages 5 and up.
The Motion Man: Thursday, February 22 at 1:00 PM. The Motion Man has it all: precision pantomime, lyrical movement, hysterical characterizations, and inspirational improvisation. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available for pick up starting Monday, February 5. This program is for ages 5 and up.
Chinese New Year Lion Dance and Craft: Saturday February 24 at 11:00 AM. The Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy of Lowell will be here to perform their spectacular Lion Dance in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Following the dance, the troupe will meet with fans in the Meeting Room for a closer look at the lion heads, the drums, and to answer any of your questions.
We will also be offering a simple drop-in craft to celebrate the Year of the Dog. All ages are welcome. This program is very generously funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available for pick up starting Monday, February 5.

WESTFORD YOUTH LACROSSE - Westford Youth Lacrosse is dedicated to teaching teamwork, providing healthy exercise and developing creative problem-solving skills. Through our integrated programs, we provide a fun, recreational and instructional environment for young lacrosse players, fostering a love of the sport. Our program provides learning for all levelsby providing great lacrosse experiences for all the boys and girls in the program regardless of skill level. We welcome all new and returning players at any grade, age or skill level.

Registration is OPEN for the 2018 Spring Season! Please join us for an exciting season of lacrosse as well as other fun events for kids and grownups alike (see below)! Register before January 25th to avoid the late fees. Visit http://westfordlax.org/ to register. The boys will be playing with MBYLL this year. This meanspre-set game schedule prior to the season, closer away games and "U" based teams where grades are combined and teams grouped by age. Like last year, the girls will be returning to the Founders League.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
Indoor Practice- Indoor practice will begin mid-March. Watch for emails from your coach sometime in early spring for details.
Canning Drive- Saturday, March 31st we will be holding our annual "canning" drive. Sign-ups will be circulated at the beginning of the season.
Canning Drive - Saturday, March 31st we will be holding our annual "canning" drive.  Sign ups will be circulated at the beginning of the season.  2nd Annual Wine and Food Tasting- Save the date, Saturday, April 28th, 7-10 pm, First Parish Church, Westford. Come sample over100 different wines, beers and spirits. Also, new this year,food from local establishments! All are welcome as this is open to the public! More information to come soon.
NCAA Tournament- WYL will be coordinating group tickets to the men's NCAA Championships at Gillette Stadium, May 25-28th. You'll have the opportunity to purchase discount tickets in a seating section designated for WYL! Open to anyone interested. More information to come!
Please register your child(ren) for this fun and exciting season. To register or for additional details or questions, please visit http://westfordlax.org.


2018 WESTFORD COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOT applications are now online on the town’s website.  All Westford residents are encouraged to take a plot to grow vegetables, flowers or herbs in a community setting. The fee is $25 for a 15’x15’ plot. Fee includes tilling, soil amendments, water, access to tools and the advice of friendly neighbors. The garden is fenced to deter wildlife. The field is located at the corner of Graniteville Road and Coldspring Road. Westford Community Gardens is a resident-driven program established by the Westford Agricultural Commission. For more information or an application, visit  

FUNDRAISER REMINDERS
PLAYGROUND PROJECT - The Day School Playground Development Team continues to fundraise for a new playground. Currently the following possibilities exist to financially support this important initiative:
RANGOLI GRILL - On Thursday 2/15/18 from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM at the Rangoli Grill a fundraiser will take place to support the new Day School playground project.  The Rangoli Grill is located at 8 Cornerstone Square (intersection of Boston Road and Route 110; adjacent to Minot’s Corner/Four Corners).  When ordering take-out or dine-in, and you display the flyer on paper or on a smartphone, the playground project receives 20% of net proceeds. In addition, Buy-A-Brick brochures will be available and a Patriot Helmet Fathead poster raffle tickets can be purchased.  We will see you there!
BRICK WALKWAY - Once the new Day School playground structure has been installed a brick
walkway will lead participants into this area.You can order a brick to honor, celebrate or memorialize loved ones.  You canBuy-A-Brickas follows: 4”x8” brick for $100 with as many as three lines of engraved letters or an 8”x8” brick for $175 with as many as six lines of engraved letters.  Don’t miss out on this fabulous giving opportunity!  Information can be accessed on-line at:dayschoolbricks.com.  The option exists to order on-line or through the mail.
GENERAL DONATION - You can make a general donation to the new Day School playground project on-line at: helpdayplay.org. Look for the “Donate Now” button at the bottom of the homepage. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

W.A.  SOFTBALL PROGRAM Mattress Sale Fundraiser - On Saturday, March 17, Westford Academy Softball is pleased to host, once again, a one of a kind fundraising event. This event has been VERY successful for us, and in school districts all over the country for over 10 years. We are very excited to bring it back to Westford Academy. We hope this memo acts as a reminder that if you, or anyone you know might be in need of a mattress, please save the date and visit our mobile showroom. Did you realize 1 in 10 people buy a new mattress every year? This is the time to buy and save up to 50% off retail, all while supporting our program.
There will be 20+ sets on display and a team of experts on hand to answer any questions you may have.
When:  Saturday, March 17, 2018
Where:  Westford Academy High School Cafeteria
Time:  10AM - 4 PM

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

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

HEALTH DEPARTMENT -
TIMES'S UP…No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse. Please join us for a showing of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "No Good Reason" episode in recognition of sexual assault month, followed by a performance from Westford Academy Theater students and a guest appearance from Nirisa Nicoletti, Westford Police Detective, Deborah Perry, SANE, Department of Public Health, Sue Hanly, RN and Kathleen McCarthy, LICSW, CADC11.  FREE - Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Westford Academy PAC