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WPS BILLBOARD
Updated: April 25, 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

Policy Public Comments:  P6112 Homework  - First Reading Draft - Public Comment Deadline April 27, 2018 at http://www.westfordk12.us/pages/sc/pubcomment

NEW EVENT POSTINGS
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER LOWELL - Wed, Sept 12, 2018, 7:10 PM - Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell is partnering with Friends of Rajiv Paluri to host a Red Sox Night!  Invite all your friends, family, and neighbors to join us on Wednesday night, Sept 12, at 7:10 to watch the Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays in the upper bleachers. At just $25 per ticket, this fundraiser is a great way to enjoy a night at Fenway with friends & family, while supporting the construction of affordable homes for deserving families in Westford, Tewksbury, and Lowell.  A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to The Rajiv Paluri Memorial Fund. Order tickets by mail; download order form http://bit.ly/redsoxform2018.  For more information, contact Heidi Tierney at htierney@lowellhabitat.org or (978) 596-0619

EVENT REMINDERS
WESTFORD PARENT CONNECTION - Don't Miss Your Chance To See Dr. Michael Thompson! Internationally acclaimed psychologist, consultant, speaker, and best-selling author Dr. Michael Thompson returns to Westford Wednesday night, April 25, at 7:00 to present The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success In School And In Life. Dr. Thompson said his talk is really geared toward pressured parents, who may not remember what school is really like. In his presentation, Dr. Thompson describes the psychological journey children take during their school years. He believes children are constantly searching for connection, recognition, and a sense of power, and that each child develops strategies to cope with pressures he or she may feel. Dr. Thompson shares his extensive experience and wisdom with a wonderful sense of humor and a great deal of compassion.
 
Dr. Thompson is the author of such bestsellers as Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding The Social Lives Of Children and Raising Cain: Protecting The Emotional Lives Of Boys, which became a critically acclaimed documentary. His most recent book is It's A Boy! Understanding Your Son's Development From Birth To Age 18, also a bestseller. Dr. Thompson travels the world as a consultant and lecturer to hundreds of schools, and has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, 60 Minutes, The Early Show, and Good Morning America. For more details about Dr. Thompson, check out his website at http://www.michaelthompson-phd.com/.
His presentation - part of the Westford Parent Connection's speaker series - will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Stony Brook Middle School Auditorium. Due to the generosity of the Westford Parent Connection's sponsors, the event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Mary Anne Seraphin at mary.anne.seraphin@gmail.com or go to the WPC's website at http://www.westford.org/wpc/.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION IN WESTFORD - You are cordially invited to the Earth Day Celebration at the J V Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street, Saturday morning, April 28, from 10:30 tp 12:30. The celebration will include music, environmental project presentations, global essay contest award ceremony, and an interactive activity. It is a family event. Receive a spring gift!  Free. For information:  978-692-1658 or info@sealoearth.org.

FAMILY FUN RUN - Are You Ready To Run For A Good Cause? The 19th Annual Westford Road Race is coming! Hundreds of runners from all over the region will come together at the Abbot School to participate in the Family Fun Run or the 5K or 10K races on Sunday, May 6. The Family Fun Run starts at 2:00, the 5K starts at 2:20, and the 10K starts at 2:25. Want to join us? Go to http://roadrace.westford.org/regform.html for registration information. The first 600 pre-registered participants will receive race t-shirts. Registration fees are $15 per person for the Fun Run, $25 per person for the 5K, and $30 per person for the10K, if you register before April 21. After April 21, the cost of the 5K is $30 and the 10K is $35. The event is organized by the Westford Charitable Foundation, Inc., which has given nearly $350,000 back to the community. Want to make a tax-deductible donation? Go to https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/westford-charitable-foundation-inc for details. This is a fun community event you will not want to miss.

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.

FUNDRAISER REMINDERS
STONY BROOK THEATRE ARTS (SBTA) is hosting an online auction!  Students, family members and community supporters can "place bids" for items donated by local businesses, Stony Brook Teachers/Staff and friends of SBTA. Lots of amazing items to bid on: gift cards to local restaurants, spa treatments, great date night items, museums, summer camps, sports memorabilia and so much more!
Stony Brook Theatre Arts is a co-curricular organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive theatre education while producing high quality middle school theatre. We are an inclusive program that produces confident and competent performers, designers, and technicians in an atmosphere that is both supportive and challenging. Stony Brook Theatre Arts establishes an environment that allows students to grow as artists by focusing on the fundamental skills of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, knowing that these skills not only build great artists, but great people.
All funds raised will be used to support our artistic endeavors by providing funds to purchase lumber, sound and lighting instruments, costume materials and other vital necessities. Please visit: www.32auctions.com/SBTAAuctionLink2018.

WESTFORD YOUTH LACROSSE WINE, BEER & FOOD TASTING FUNDRAISER - Saturday, April 28th, 7-10 PM at the First Parish Church, 48 Main St, Westford. Please help support our organization by joining us for the 2nd annual WYL wine, beer & food tasting fundraiser event!  Come sample over 40 different wines, over a dozen beers and a variety of foods from your local favorite restaurants too.  The event will also include raffles, a silent auction, complimentary food & beverages, music and more!  You won't want to miss this fun night out!  Suggested donation is $45 per person in advance / $50 at the door.  Tickets can be reserved at https://wylwinetasting.eventbrite.com. Additional information may be found at http://lax.westfordma.uslaxteams.com/.

TROOP 437 ANNUAL BIKE SALE - Saturday May 5, 2018, 9 AM-1 PM - Used Bike & Spring Sports Sale on the Westford Common to benefit Westford Boy Scout Troop 437.  Come buy gently used bikes, camping equipment, and spring/summer sports gear.  Fun for the whole family!  Want to sell your sporting goods?  Drop them off between 7-9 AM and Troop 437 would be happy to sell your equipment for you.  You earn 75%; the scouts earn 25%; $1/registration fee per item ($5 maximum).  See www.westfordtroop437.us or email bikesale@westfordtroop437.us for details.

WESTFORD DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAM MAKES IT TO THE TOP! This year 20 teams of elementary and middle school students participated in Destination Imagination (DI).  Each team performed their creative, collaborative, STEM-oriented presentation at the Regional tournament last month, and they had a lot of fun doing it. Westford DI is particularly proud of the two teams who won first place in their regional event and one team went on to compete at the Massachusetts state level.  The 6 DI Dolphins won first place at the States and has been invited to participate at Global Finals next month! Please consider helping this Westford team, the 6 DI Dolphins, travel to the world's biggest celebration of creativity in Knoxville Tennessee.  Every small contribution made on their GoFundMe site will support their travel to participate in Global Finals along with hundreds of other creative student teams from 15 countries. To learn how your child can become a part of DI next fall, see http://Westford.org/DI. If you are able to assist the 6 DI Dolphins even a small amount by May 15, please visit https://www.GoFundMe.com/6DiDolphinsGlobalFinals. Check out the whole amazing DI organization at http://idodi.org .

GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO YOUR SENIOR WITH A CLASS OF 2018 WESTFORD ACADEMY GRADUATION BANNER!  Support The Westford Education Foundation by decorating our town with custom banners in honor of our graduates. Orders are due by May 1st. Don’t miss an opportunity to share your pride with your neighbors and congratulate your senior for all their hard work and dedication.  These 2’x4’ banners are customized to include your child’s name and their picture.  Click the link to order your banner today!  https://csa-graphics.myshopify.com/collections/banners

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 levels by 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 means pre-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:
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.

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