May 22, 2013
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS is currently Friday, June 21st (Early Dismissal).
Let WESTFORD EDUCATION ASSOCIATION Help with Your Spring Cleaning! As part of its ongoing community outreach efforts, the WEA is sponsoring a book drive to benefit the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library book sales. Clear your shelves of your unwanted gently used books, DVDs, CDs, tapes and videos and donate them to support the Fletcher Library. Books and other materials can be dropped off at the Library at 50 Main Street. The collection box at the library’s back door is always available for donations, whether the library is open or closed. Or items can be dropped off during the week of May 20th in the bins located in the front office of Westford Academy. WEA members will transport the donations to the library.
The Westford Education Association is made up of over 400 teachers, teachers’ assistants, nurses, librarians and leadership team members all working to ensure the best education possible for Westford students while also reaching out to the Westford community. Last fall the WEA raised 3,656 food items that were donated to the Westford Food Pantry. They hope the community can help them beat that total during this drive!
Pan-Mass Challenge Kids Ride: June 2, 2013 - Organized by Westford Academy students Jessica Ryan and Claire Enos,the 4th Annual Chelmsford/Westford PMC Kids Ride is for children ages 8-17 years old. Registration is $10.00. The ride takes place on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trial starting at the Byam School in Chelmsford.
FRIENDS OF WESTFORD SOFTBALL - Friends of Westford Softball - Flower Sale - June 7, 2013 @ Graduation. The friends of Westford Academy will be having a flower booth at graduation this year. Bouquets will range in price from $10 - $20. To preorder email Lauren Evans at email@example.com
$10- bouquet will contain baby's breath, a single red or white rose and a piece of green tied with maroon or white ribbon.
$15 - bouquet will contain 2-3 carnations, red or white rose, greens, baby's breath, and assorted other flowers for fill.
$20 - bouquetwill contain multiple carnations, 2 roses one white one red, greens, baby's breath and assorted other flowers for fill.
Join WESTFORD GIRL SCOUTS - Have your daughter join the fun and become a Westford Girl Scout. Your daughter will learn by doing, make new friends, learn about nature, explore the arts, and learn about herself and the world she lives in. If you're thinking about Westford Girl Scouting for your daughter and/or you for the 2013-2014 school year and you'd like more information, please don't hesitate to contact Elena Kyle, Westford Girl Scouts Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Elena will answer your questions and offer helpful advice about the Westford Girl
Scouts experience. Mark your calendars and join us for the 2013-2014 Westford Girl Scouts Back-To-School Registration Night on Monday September 9, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the J.V. Fletcher Library Meeting Room. This is the night in which parents register their daughters and/or themselves as Westford Girl Scouts.
Westford Girl Scouts needs caring adults, like you, to provide guidance and leadership. Westford Girl Scouting is fun and rewarding for adults as well as girls. With your help, Westford Girl Scouting enables the girls of today to become the confident leaders of tomorrow. Forming troops depends upon adults volunteering as leadersor co-leaders.
DO YOU KNOW ANY WESTFORD ACADEMY GRADUATING SENIORS? Congratulate them in style. Imagine hundreds of shiny, maroon and silver Westford Academy mylar balloons decorating the mailboxes and front porches of this year’s senior class on graduation day. Help the Westford Education Foundation make this fundraiser a success by sending a balloon greeting to your favorite WA Class of 2013 graduate. Balloons are just $5 each. The deadline to order balloons is Tuesday, May 28.Go to http://wefweb.org/ for the balloon order form. Be sure to include the grads’
names, addresses, and your own personal note for each recipient, and WEF will take care of the rest. Balloons will be delivered the day before graduation. Questions? Contact Kelly Guthrie at email@example.com. The Westford Education Foundation is grateful for your support.
FLETCHER LIBRARY Program:
Drop-in Father’s Day Craft: Tuesday, June 11, 3 to 5 p.m. Drop by the Children’s Room to color a funny tie for your awesome Dad to wear on Father’s Day. Pick up your craft at the Children Desk. This free drop-in program is for all ages.
WESTFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM offers Summer Museum Visit Savings 2013 all over USA. Do you like to visit or take your family to visit different museums, art centers, gardens, historical centers and more? How would you like to go for free or deep discounts for the whole family for the next year. Join the Westford Historical Society Special Summer Membership program with a donation of $100 or more to the WHS. With your membership card you will receive free admission or big discounts to over 800+ museums throughout the United States for individuals and families through the NARM and Time Travelers programs. You can visit as often as you like any of the museums listed on the WHS Museum or NARM page. Click on the article below for more details on the NARM program and then visit www.westford.com/museum to join over 50+ programs in MA alone including Discovery Museum, diCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Concord Museum, National Heritage Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Norman Rockwell Museum, Worcester Art
Museum, Heritage Museum and Gardens, and many more. Not only do you get to visit many different places over the next year, but support the many projects and preservation efforts of the Westford Historical Society and Museum too. http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/23/free-museum-admissions-NARM/.
WESTFORD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION has initiated a fundraising project for the purpose of purchasing a remote K-9 video camera. The camera can be used to search buildings, including our schools, in the event of an emergency. For additional information, a fundraising brochure may be found at http://westfordk12.us/Pages/news/K-9.pdf. Please consider donating to this worthy project.
AIDAN’S PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISERS - Through a volunteer fundraising effort, we are rebuilding the young children's section of Castle in the Trees Playground in memory of Aidan Mallio. Aidan, a Littleton resident, was a loving, happy and very active little boy who we lost in a drowning accident in July of 2012 while his father was in the hospital being treated for leukemia. Join us at Not Your Average Joe’s in Acton, MA ANY WENDESDAY in June 15% of your bill will be donated to Aidan’s Playground. For a flyer and more information on our huge yard sale June 1, see http://www.facebook.com/AidansPlayground
FUNDRAISER BENEFIT For Alexa DiBisceglie - Sunday June 9, 2013 from 12 PM to 4:30 PM at the Lowell VFW,190 Plain St.,Lowell, MA 01851 -This is a family event so bring the whole family!There will be raffles, 50/50 raffle, family entertainment, games, a fire truck and smoke house, Spotlight Dance Academy’s Diamond Dancers will perform, face painting and much MORE! Tickets will be sold at the door or in advance and are $10.00 for adults and children are FREE!! All donations go to Alexa and her family! Please come down and show this family support, and make Alexa smile bigger than she already does! We are also asking for donations for raffles (this can be gift certificates, gift cards, sport memorabilia, items we can make baskets out of, anything that we can raffle), along with anyone who is involved with
children’s entertainment or has a special talent. This is going to be a family-friendly event, and we are additionally looking for people to donate their time to do this (character costumes, magicians, clowns, face painting, etc.). Any donation would be greatly appreciated to help us raise as much money to help this amazing little girl. For advance tickets, questions, or instructions on how to donate, please contact Mandi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Alexa: Alexa is a wonderful 8yearold in Westford who loves to dance, play basketball, and ride her bike. She has been battling her brain tumor for several years. However, this year for the first time it has started growing. She has suffered weakness, memory loss, seizures and other complications due to this change in the tumor. She has just recently started chemotherapy treatment. This treatment is expected to last for at least a year. Alexa’s family will be facing many additional expenses to help her in this journey, including the cost to seek additional doctor's consultation in New York, gas and parking for biweekly trips to the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston for treatment, and her mother will have to be cutting down on her work hours to help provide the
extra care Alexa will need during the next year.
2013 GREY GHOST ACADEMY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS - 5 courses offered through Grey Ghost Summer Academy 2013
Preparing for Algebra II
Course description: Students will review essential topics necessary to be successful in Algebra II including solving multi-step equations and inequalities, graphing lines and inequalities, rules for exponents, working with polynomials, and factoring.
Dates and Times: 7:30 to 10:30
August 12-15 (Mon-Thurs)
August 19-22 (Mon-Thurs)
Preparing for Pre-Calculus
Course description: This course will review the most important topics in Algebra II that are needed in pre-calculus as well as trigonometry. Topics to be included are quadratic functions, polynomial functions, logs, rational expressions, and if time permits conic sections.
Dates and Times: 10:45-1:45
August 12-15 (Mon-Thurs)
August 19-22 (Mon-Thurs)
SAT Mathematics (12 Classes $125)
Course description: Students will be exposed to the format of the mathematics portion of the SAT. The mathematics curriculum on the SAT will be reviewed and students will take actual SAT practice tests. Answers and methods for solving the problems will be discussed. Strategies for taking standardized mathematics tests will also be given to students and then practiced.
Required Book: The Official SAT Study Guide from the College Board Please bring book to first class
Dates and Times: 8:00 to 10:00
Week One : July 8-11
Week Two: July 15-18
Week Three July 22-25
The College Application Process: Be Ready Early! (5 days- 5 hours per day $125)
(Must be rising senior- Class of 2014)
Course Description: This class will focus on helping Rising Seniors prepare the following components of college applications.
1) Writing a solid draft of a college application essay,
2) Activities resume to submit to colleges and for scholarship applications,
3) Complete the Common Application (or school specific application) including how to
complete supplements and short answers
4) Interviewing skills (including mock interviews)
5) Review options for standardized testing
6) Learn to determine one’s own reach, match and safety schools
7) Career and Learning style inventories as they relate to choice of major and college,
8) Discussion of real life issues related to the transition to college life.
Thursday 8/15, Friday 8/16, Monday 8/19, Thurs 8/22, Friday 8/23
Robotics Summer Clinic - For grades 3-5 and 6-8 (4 days- $100)
Course Description: The Westford Academy Robotics Club will be hosting a robotics summer clinic. Participants will be given instruction and help designing, building, programming and redesigning a robot built from a “Lego Mindstorm” robotics kit. The ideal participant should be inquisitive, free thinking and able to overcome challenges. No experience with “Lego Mindstorm” is required.
Week One Dates: June 25 to June 28 (Tues-Fri)
8:30 to 11:00 for grades 3-5
12:00 to 2:30 for grades 6-8
Week Two Dates: July 1-5 (Mon-Fri- NO 7/4)
8:30 to 11:00 for grades 3-5
12:00 to 2:30 for grades 6-8
WESTFORD ACADEMY BOYS' AND GIRLS' BASKETBALL PROGRAMS are conducting several summer programs for boys and girls entering grades 3 through 9 next year. There will be a girls' 4 on 4 league held at Westford Academy in June and July (the Boys' 4 on 4 league is full), and there will be Boys' and Girls' four-day basketball clinics held in late June and early July. Please check out http://basketballwa.com/ for dates and times of the leagues and clinics and fill out your registration form today!! Please email Russ Coward at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Girls' Clinic - June 25-28 & Boys' Clinic - July 8-11
The WESTFORD SUMMER MUSIC & ART PROGRAM (WSMAP) is now accepting registrations for July 2013. Students will have the opportunity to make music and create art in two separate morning programs. Students will work with WPS instrumental music and art staff to develop their individual skills and experience the arts with other interested students.
The Art Program will be held July 8-12 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Blanchard Middle School and is open to all students entering fourth through ninth grade in September. The summer curriculum is designed to develop formal skills while encouraging individual artistic expression. The Instrumental Music Program will be held July 15-19 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook School and designed for students with at least one year of instrumental music instruction entering grades four through nine (string orchestra) and grades five through nine (band) in September. At the culmination of the program, the band and orchestras will perform a free concert on Friday, July 19tharound 11 a.m. For more information visit www.westfordk12.us/summermusic.
THE SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (SSPA) is now accepting registrations for summer 2013. Under the direction of Michael Towers, SSPA is open to students entering third grade through eleventh grade. The 2013 program will commence on June 24, 2013 and run through August 3, 2013. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with extended morning options available.SSPA offers tracks in Musical Theater, Dramatic Acting and Technical Theater with a new Shakespeare in the Park experience for students entering Grades 11 and 12!
Session One - June 24 through July 13
West Side Story
Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein
and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performances on July 12th and July 13th at 7:30 p.m.
*July 1st-12th 8:30am to 6:00pm. Closed July 4th and 5th.
Session Two - July 16 through August 3
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
(Recommended for students ages 12 and older)
Performances on August 2nd and August 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
Shakespeare in the Park presents Macbeth
Performances on July 25th- 27th