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WPS BILLBOARD              May 23, 2017 


NOTIFICATIONS
After taking into account all snow days, the last day of School for this year is June 21, 2017.

Superintendent Olsen provides biweekly school system updates via WestfordCAT.  You may access his updates at Westford School System Update.

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TROOP 195 SCOUTS are holding a fundraiser at Bamboo Restaurant, 1 Lan Drive, Westford, on Wednesday, May 24th. When you tell your server that you are supporting Troop 195 Boy Scouts, a portion of your bill will be donated to offset the expenses of ten scouts and their four adult chaperones on their Switzerland adventure in August. These scouts have been fundraising for this trip since the Fall; many are paying their own way! Highlights for this trip include a stay at the Kandersteg International Scout Center, hiking, paragliding, and touring in Geneva and Munich. You get a great meal at a local restaurant with your family or friends, and Westford's young men get to see the world!

WESTFORD EDUCATION FOUNDATION - Remember all the balloons last year? The Westford Education Foundation is doing it again. Send your favorite WA Class of 2017 graduates shiny maroon and silver Mylar balloons as a fun way to congratulate them on this big accomplishment. Imagine hundreds of balloons decorating mailboxes and front porches of WA seniors throughout town on graduation day. Balloons are just $6 each. An array of six balloons to the same address (ordered at the same time) is $30. The deadline to order balloons is THURSDAY, May 25, 2017. 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 kguthrie@wefweb.org. Proceeds from balloon sales help WEF fund a wide variety of innovative educational and professional development grants for Westford schools, as well as two scholarships to graduating seniors majoring in education. Westford Education Foundation is grateful for your support.

WESTFORD COMMUNITY COMPOST - Rescheduled to June 17 (rain date June 18) - Westford Academy's new batch of Good Good Compost is ready to be screened and bagged, and we need your help to do it!   Bring your friends and family and join the fun of bringing premium, local compost to our community.  Please join us on Saturday, June 17th  from 9-1:00 at Westford Academy's compost bins outside, for a screening and bagging party! Wear your garden or work gloves. Rain date is Sunday, June18th, 9-1:00  For student this is a great opportunity for Community Service hours, bring your form for Sharon Chew to sign. Adults welcome too! For more information contact compost@sustainablewestford.org.

WESTFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY - AN EVENING AT THE ABBOT ESTATE -Thursday, 8 June 2017, 7 - 10 p.m., presented by the Westford Historical Society -The Abbot Estate at 32 Main Street was built in 1891 by Abiel J. Abbot, son of Abbot Worsted Company founder John W. P. Abbot. The house is richly ornamented to match the lifestyle of its original owner. Abiel Abbot was the treasurer of the Abbot Worsted Company and also served as a trustee of Westford Academy, town treasurer, trustee of the public library, and school committee member. Current owners, Joanne and Michael Sargent will host this unique opportunity to support the Westford Historical Society. Music for the evening will be provided by Littleton harpist Rebecca Swett and Hudson pianist Victoria Bartolomeo on the Sargent's antique harp and piano. The evening will also feature exclusive guided tours of the third floor of the home. Finger foods, a complementary beverage, and a commemorative etched glass are included in the ticket price. Tickets: $125 for non-members, $90 for members* of the Westford Historical Society may be purchased here.

WESTFORD SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM -  The Westford Summer Music program is now accepting registrations for instrumental and choral music students entering grades 5 through 9. Band, chorus, and orchestra ensembles will rehearse daily from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook School on July 10th through July 14th .  During the week, the students will prepare new music and give a free performance on Friday, July 14th at 11 a.m.
Summer Band directed by Ms. Vicki Garino, Blanchard and Stony Brook band director
Summer Chorus directed by Mrs. Karen St. George, WA vocal director
Summer Orchestra directed by Mr. Todd Hamelin, Abbot and Day Schools string director
For more information and registration please visit http://www.westfordk12.us/summermusic. For questions, please contact:
Julie Ottesen at jottesen@westfordk12.us.Applications for plots in the

WESTFORD FARMERS MARKET and SNAP Bonus Bucks Program - June 20 is Opening Day!  Your favorite farmers market will be here before you know it!   On Tuesdays you can count on a reliable, robust and lively farmers market on the Town Common to meet and greet your friends and neighbors.  Fresh air and sunshine, fresh and local produce, grains, meats and eggs and cheese. All locally made without preservatives and artificial anythings! Let’s continue the Spirit of Giving with the SNAP Bonus Bucks Program. Please help fight hunger in our community and neighboring towns and provide food for a child or the family. Your private donation gives to your neighbors in need and doubles their food allowance provided by SNAP (a Federal program; Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) up to $25 if spent at the market.  100% of your donation is used for SNAP recipients.  Items available for SNAP purchases through this program is limited to fresh produce, protein and breads, seeds and dairy products.  To donate and more information www.SustainableWestford.org  If you’re interested in volunteering for any of our programs please email to info@SustainableWestford.org

WESTFORD COMMUNITY GARDEN for the 2017 growing season are now available on the town’s website. The fee for a 15’x15’ plot is $25; $50 for a 30’x15’; or $100 for a 30’ x 30’ plot. New this year, an expanded perennial section of the garden will be available, with 30’ x 30’ plots that will remain untilled between growing seasons to accommodate such food crops as strawberries, blueberries, and asparagus, as well as non-invasive perennial flowers and herbs. Fee includes tilling, soil amendments, water, fencing to deter wildlife and advice. The field is located at the intersection of Graniteville Road and Coldspring Road. Westford Community Gardens is a resident-driven program established by the Westford Agricultural Commission. Application available for download at: https://westfordma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3854

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD THIS SUMMER - Summer vacation that special time of the year for all children, will be here soon. Thanks to the many families living in the Westford area, children living in New York City experience 1 to 2 weeks in our area through the Fresh Air Fund. We are currently seeking new host families to open their hearts and their homes.
This program allows youngsters, ages 7-12, from NYC to experience the simple summer pleasures like swimming in a pool, running through newly cut grass and building sand castles at the beach. A Fresh Air host parent explains why her family chose to participate, "It's a way to give back, meet someone from a different background and an opportunity to create a friendship that may last a lifetime. Last year our summer friend swam in a pool for the very first time and ate her first blueberry. It was a gift of summer fun. We can't wait to see her again this summer!" For more information on becoming a host family, please contact our local volunteer: Allison Bernstein at allisonbernstein@yahoo.com or 978-846-0404. You can also learn more about the Fresh Air Fund by visiting www.freshair.org.

LAST NIGHT 2017 - Westford Academy Last Night 2017 is the all-night, substance-free celebration for our graduating seniors, which will be held on Friday, June 2nd starting at 10pm. With almost 100% participation, Last Night is a highlight for Westford Academy graduates and a longstanding Westford tradition—this is our 27th year! From start to finish, it takes over 250 volunteers to make this evening a success.  Parents of all students from grades K to 12 are encouraged to volunteer.  We need volunteers before, during, and after the event and the time commitment is flexible.  To learn more about how you can help, please see the Last Night website at www.walastnight.org for information about our upcoming volunteer events or contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy McKeen at volunteer@walastnight.org

SUSTAINABLE WESTFORD - Upcycle It Program has added a new drop off collection point at Whole Foods!  You will now be able to drop off these Upcycle items at Whole Foods of Westford:  Baby food pouches, chip bags, cereal bags and drink pouches.  Proceeds from this program are donated to the Westford Public Schools!  For more information at www.SustainableWestford.org 

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