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WPS BILLBOARD
Edition Dated: December 14, 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

NEW EVENT POSTINGS
LAST CALL...CORI CHECK DEADLINE: 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.

WESTFORD PARENT CONNECTION - Learn How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online - Join the Westford Parent Connection on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (snow date Wednesday, January 10, 2018) to hear Dr. Elizabeth Englander present Helping Kids Navigate Social Media To Prevent Bullying And Cyberbullying. While our children are so-called digital natives, having grown up with technology, they do not necessarily have the requisite judgement yet to consistently make good decisions. Kids can be incredibly cruel to one another online, saying things to each other they would most likely never say face to face. And the results can be deadly. 
Dr. Englander is the founder and director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) and is a psychology professor at Bridgewater State University. She often speaks to teachers, administrators, parent groups, and others who work with kids to help keep them safe online. Dr. Englander is very knowledgeable and presents a wealth of information and practical, compassionate advice. Her presentation, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way, is free and open to the public. For more information about her, please go to https://www.englanderelizabeth.com/. For more information about the Westford Parent Connection, check out the organization’s website at http://www.westford.org/wpc/ or contact Mary Anne Seraphin at mary.anne.seraphin@gmail.com.

SUSTAINABALE WESTFORD - Make a New Year’s Resolution! A joint EDUCATIONAL seminar open to the public Come Learn - its FREE!  Green Investing & Solar Technology Future - Sunday, January 14, 2018, First Parish Church United (FPCU), 48 Main St, Westford (upstairs) 5:00 - 7:00 PM
5:00 PM   Green Investing
Join Steve Smith and Melinda Raboin as they will be representing the Investment Committee (FPCU) talking about Fossil Fuel Free and
Socially Responsible Investing
FPCU’s 7 funds in these categories have been performing very well this year.  For example, Parnassus Endeavor Fund has gained 22.2% so far this year through September.  This fund is both Fossil Fuel Free and “10 point” Socially Responsible.  There are over 1000 funds now available to investors in these categories, so it is now possible to invest wisely as well as green and socially responsible.  
 6:00 PM   Why is NOW the Best time to Go Solar?
This investment is one to prioritize for any financially savvy  homeowner. 
Join Steven Mark Salowsky The 1st as he shares his knowledge of the Solar industry and the future state of solar technology. 
MASS SOLAR INCENTIVES
Rebates & Incentives • Lower Your Energy Cost
•  What are Community Solar & Solarize campaigns?•  In-depth discussion on State and Federal credits and incentives •  Why this is the most crucial time for renewable energy Steven is a Tesla & Solar City Executive and Sustainable Westford BOD member, and a strong voice and advocate for our communities clean energy movement.  Steven has personally designed and implemented 2 megawatts of energy, (over 2000 kilowatts)!  RSVP to hold your space:  www.SustainableWestford.org

REMINDERS
J.V. FLETCHER LIBRARY: December Children's Programs
Holiday fun for Everyone with Steve Blunt, Thursday, December 14 at 10:30 AM. Get in the spirit of all the winter holidays! Celebrate the season with musician Steve Blunt ñ weíll be ringing jingle bells, dancing, and singing along. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available in person only starting Monday, November 27. This program is for all ages and is sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.
Lego® Club, Saturday, December 16 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Come create something fun with Library Legos®. All creations will be displayed in the library until the next time we meet. Free drop-in for ages 5 and up.
3rd Annual 9-Hole Mini Golf in the Library, Thursday, December 28 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 PM. Again! Mini-golf in the library. Here is something to do with the whole family during the holiday break. This free drop-in program is generously funded by the KDK Memorial Foundation (in honor of Kurt Kelly).

WESTFORD FAMILY FUNFEST EVENTS:
December 8 - 17 - Westford Festival of Trees, Wreaths and Creative Gingerbread…The Westford Family FunFest* and the Westford Business Association invites the public, Westford Public Schools, and organizations to participate and visit the 5th Annual Festival of Trees, Wreaths and Creative Gingerbread Celebration. Festival held at the Westford Regency Inn from December 8- 17. The Westford Regency Atrium and Lobby halls/walls and selected other areas will be decorated with trees, wreaths, and creative gingerbread creations as needed.
December 16 from 8:00 - 11:3O AM - Breakfast with Santa including craft area by Westford Girl Scouts, and Circle Health of Westford. Music presented by the Westford Girl Scouts.  Free Photos with Santa will be offered too (bring your own camera). For Reservations for any of the events - call 978 692-8200 ext 540
Visit www.westford.org/funfest for details and application. Event organized by the Westford Family FunFest*, Westford Business Association, and Westford Regency Inn. Events support many local organizations. This Festival is sponsored by Emerson Hospital/Westford Health Center, Enterprise Bank of Westford, Circle Health of Westford/Lowell General Hospital and Whole Foods of Westford. *The Westford Family FunFest is a Component Fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.


FUNDRAISERS
BOY SCOUT TROOP 195  - Annual Christmas Tree Sale fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant, Weekends beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving from 10 to 4 daily.  The fresh, Nova Scotia Balsam Fir trees are from five to ten feet tall, and 100% of all proceeds stay in the troop to help make scouting affordable to Westford youth. This sale runs during the weekend of December 16-17.

SUPPORT THE DAY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND PROJECT -  Day School Playground Fundraisers:
Yankee Candle...the Day School playground project will receive 40% of all sales from Yankee Candle earmarked with Group #999975171. You can order online through January 11, 2018 at yankeecandlefundraising.com.  The deadline to order by paper has passed.  All orders must now be completed online.  We appreciate your support of our initiative!

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

SAVE THE DATE:  Westford Academy Trustees Scholarship Fundraising Event (To provide scholarships in all academic areas and financial aid to deserving students) Four-Handed Illusions: An Intimate Evening of Laughs & Wonder - Illusionists Joel Acevedo and Steve Kradolfer join their talents in a performance that is engaging, hilarious, and mystifying. Recently voted Best Theater Group by the Boston A-List, you will experience the wonder of magic right before your eyes. The show is a combination of intelligent comedy and amazing magic; a show you won't want to miss.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Westford Academy Performing Arts Center
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ticket prices will be $40 per person. Student and senior citizen ticket price of $20 per person. If you have questions, please call Lori at 781-953-3344 or register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westford-academy-trustees-fundraiser-event-tickets-38509504966

MIDDLE SCHOOL PTO FUNDRAISERS
Middle School PTO Gives Back...to you! 100% of our dollars raised go directly into the programs we run in collaboration with the teachers and staff at Blanchard and Stony Brook. Visit our new website to support our Arts & Education programs today! Donate before 12/15 and you could win and Echo dot.  Get Involved! Attend the next WMSPTO meeting on December 11 at 3:30pm in the Blanchard Library.
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
Support the Westford Middle School PTO!  We are a couple months into the year and we are very busy rolling out the Arts & Education programs that directly supplement the programs the teachers are running in the classrooms. These programs are fully subsidized by the PTO and your donations. Your donations also cover a large percentage of our special events such as the annual Blanchard v. Stony Brook basketball game and the 8th grade celebration. These programs need your support! So, let's put the FUN into fundraiser. Why is this fun? Because you only need to make one donation to the WMSPTO No-Fuss Fundraiser and you are done. If we can hit our goal of $25,000 before 12/31, we will not ask you again. No one wants to ask for money and no one wants to be asked. So, please let's make the rest of the year fun and let us stop asking for your help!
Click here to donate online. Download this form and send it with a check via USPS to WMSPTO, PO Box 625, Westford, 01886 OR drop it off in the school office and we will pick it up. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of all funds support the WMSPTO programs and activities. WIN A PRIZE! An anonymous and generous donor has given us an Echo Dot to give to one lucky donor this year - thank you, anonymous person! Our fiscal year begins July 1 so all donors between July 1 and December 1 are eligible - this will make a fantastic holiday gift for you or a teacher (it is under that magic $50 mark) --- get your donations in!

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
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:  12/12 and 1/9/18
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