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WPS BILLBOARD             October 18, 2017


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

SECURITY:
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). 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 by January 1, 2018.
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

NEW EVENT POSTINGS
WA SOCCER hosts Matthew Roberge Scholarship Night – Tuesday, October 24th, 6:00 pm at Westford Academy (versus Concord-Carlisle). Westford Academy Boy’s Varsity Soccer Team invites you to help “fill the stands” in support of the Matthew Roberge Scholarship Fund.  Prior to the start of the game, the team will recognize their senior teammates – members of the Class of 2018.  It seemed a fitting night to also pause to pay tribute to Matt Roberge, a classmate, soccer player and forever member of the Class of 2018.  All gate receipts as well as proceeds from the snack shack will be donated to the Matthew Roberge Scholarship.
Matt was a member of the WA Soccer team during his sophomore year at Westford Academy when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Matt passed away in August of 2016 and is dearly missed by his family, teammates and the entire Westford community. The first of many scholarships paying tribute to Matt was awarded to members of the Senior Class of 2017.  On this night, the team would like to ask your help to insure that this tradition of honoring Matt continues.

WESTFORD PARENT CONNECTION - Do You Or Does Someone You Love Suffer From Anxiety? Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive, and while the person suffering may realize it is excessive, they may also have difficulty controlling it. One in four children between the ages of 13 and 18 are affected by anxiety disorders. Many of those do not seek or receive treatment. Why?
Join the Westford Parent Connection for a screening of Angst, a 56-minute film that explores the causes and effects of anxiety and discusses ways to cope with it. Many people do not seek treatment because there is still a stigma attached to mental illness in general. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer ñ or who have suffered ñ from anxiety and what theyíve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts and suggestions for help and resources. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Sue Hanly, who is a registered nurse (and the school nurse at Stony Brook) and has extensive experience with mental health issues.
The screening will be held on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way, Westford. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, the event is free and open to the public, and is suitable for parents, guardians, teachers, and students in grades 6-12. For more information about the film, check out http://angstmovie.com/about/. For more information about the Westford Parent Connection, go to http://www.westford.org/wpc/ or contact Mary Anne Seraphin at mseraphin@comcast.net.

FLU CLINIC INFORMATION may be found at https://www.westfordma.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/5068.  School-based flu clinics may be found via the link above.

ROUDENBUSH COMMUNITY CENTER - Annual Halloween Parade, FREE event – Sunday, October 29th, 1:00-3:00 PM. Parade starts at 73 Main Street, Frost School, and goes around the Common. Parade led by our Grand “Pooh” Bah, Patti Mason. Come decorate pumpkins and enjoy cider & donuts! The first 100 children in costumes will receive a bag full of Halloween goodies!

WESTFORD ACADEMY THEATER ARTS' production of Disney's The Little Mermaid opens on Friday November 10th in the Westford Academy PAC. Evening performances are scheduled for November 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 21st at 7 PM. Matinee performances are on Saturday, November 11th and Sunday November 19th at 2 PM. WA Student Night will be Thursday, November 16th at 7pm.
Adult tickets are $18 and student/senior tickets are $12. Matinee shows are $12 for all. To honor all our veterans and thank them for their service, veterans will receive a complimentary ticket for a show on November 10th or 11th. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mktix.com/wata or at the Westford Academy Box Office on Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays from 5-7PM, starting October 17.

3RD ANNUAL RAJIV PALURI INTERNATIONAL NIGHT - Many of you may remember three years ago when a young boy from the Blanchard Middle School, named Rajiv Paluri was tragically killed in a skiing accident at the Nashoba Ski Area. To honor his memory the following events have been planned.
On October 21st a half-time presentation with a moment of silence will be held at the Westford Academy varsity football game.
On November 4th the Third Annual Rajiv Paluri International Night will be held from 5:30 to 10:00PM at Westford Academy. Rajiv loved many things besides his family. Three of his joys were football, the fall, and different types of foods. We welcome you at 5:30 to mingle with Rajiv's family.
Donations of soda, water, and store bought foods such as cookies, chips, cheese and crackers or cut up fruit would be great. If you are willing to donate, please email Mrs. Hilary Langille at hlangille@westfordk12.us with your donation items. We ask that you drop off your meal at 4:30 PM on Saturday, November 4, by the cafeteria doors (right side of building by the granite blocks.) Many local restaurants will be supplying main dishes for the event, and there will be plenty of pizza for the young ones. THE EVENT is also a THROWBACK TEEN CENTER for students with all kinds of activities for the student body. Donations of $5 per person will be accepted at the door and will be supporting the Rajiv Paluri Memorial Foundation. In honor of his memory we are hoping you will support these events. Please email hlangille@westfordk12.us with your donation item.

REMINDERS:
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - ‘Change for Homes’ Spare Change Drive : Ongoing Sept 25 – Oct 31 - Westford Public Schools are teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell to support their Spare Change Drive this fall. Students wishing to contribute, can bring their spare change from home to the main office through Tuesday, Oct 31st. Your local Habitat for Humanity is attempting to collect $12,000, the average cost of installing a home heating system, for their newest partner families’ homes being built off Graniteville Road in the Juniper Hill development.  For additional donation locations or more info, visit http://lowellhabitat.org/news-events/upcoming-events/ or call Heidi Tierney at 692-0927.  

TEEN Nights are BACK! Our first Teen Night is for sixth grade students on Friday, October 27. VOLUNTEERS are needed to make it a successful night. Please see the sign up genius link to volunteer.  It's a fun, fast evening and we'd love to have you join us! Other Teen Night dates: 7th grade, January 26, 2018; 8th grade, March 9, 2018; 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 may be found @ http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545afac2ea31-wasa1

WESTFORD MUSEUM - Horrible Histories at the Westford Museum - Horrible Histories are coming to the Westford Museum! These family-friendly BBC videos will be presented free of charge at the Westford Museum (2 Boston Rd.) on Sunday, November 5 and December 3. Start time is 2:30. Each video is 30 minutes. There will be popcorn and beverages! For more information see www.museum.westford.org

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.

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.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
FLU CLINIC INFORMATION may be found at https://www.westfordma.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/5068.
School-based flu clinics may be found via the link above.

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:  11/14; 12/12 and 1/9/18
November 14             Education about gender inclusivity in our schools.
December 12             Understanding ADD/ADHD; treatments as well as misconceptions.
January 9               Eating disorders (guest speaker)
Location:  Millennium School (behind Abbot) Large ALL Purpose Room
Time:  7:00 - 8:30 PM