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WPS BILLBOARD
Edition Dated: January 17, 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

NEW EVENT POSTINGS
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

REMINDERS
TEEN Nights are BACK! Our second Teen Night is for seventh grade students on Friday, January 26. 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: 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

THIRD ANNUAL NORTHEAST ERG SPRINTS - On January 27, Great Lawrence Rowing is hosting events for all ages and skills.  Calling rowers from clubs, high schools and colleges and athletes from CrossFit and fitness teams.  Test your mettle in 2k, 1k, 1’, 2x, 4x—dashes relays and teams.  Go to www.northeastergsprints.org for more information.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AT WA - The Chinese Program at Westford Academy is holding a night of entertainment and festivities on February 10 at the Westford Academy cafeteria to celebrate Chinese New Year, the year of the dog.  We would like to invite everyone in our community to have an unforgettable evening together.  Event highlights include Authentic all-you-can-eat Chinese New Year dinner sponsored by Bamboo restaurant Lion Dance, Dragon Dance and acrobatics by Chinese Folk Art Workshop Boston - Fantastic performances by Mandarin Program students - Prizes for every guest
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 5:00-8:30pm
Place: Westford Academy Cafeteria and Performing Art Center
Ticket: $20/Adult  -- $15/Student  -- Free/3 years old and under
To purchase tickets, please email Ms. Li at [Link]xli@westfordk12.us. More information may be found here.  

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Book Sale - The Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library Inc. will be holding a book sale on Saturday, February 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the meeting room of the J.V. Fletcher Library at 50 Main Street in Westford.  On Sunday, all materials will be offered at half price. There will be a preview sale for Friends members only on Friday, February 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Memberships will be available at the door.  Please note that scanners may not be used on Friday but are welcome on Saturday and Sunday. The sale will include over 15,000 books plus CDs, LPs/vinyl, audio books, and DVDs.  Regular prices are 50 cents and up for paperbacks and $1 and up for hardcover books. We are now accepting credit card payments in addition to checks and cash.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Is Looking for Your Book and Media Donations - As you are cleaning out your unwanted books and media after the holiday season, please consider donating them to the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. The Friends will gladly take your unwanted books, audio and video materials for the direct benefit of the library and the community of Westford.  These materials can be dropped off at the left-hand door just inside the library’s rear entrance.  If the library is closed, drop your donations in the collection box that is located near the back door of the library.  Tax deduction forms are available at the library’s main desk.  The Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library appreciate your support.

FUNDRAISERS
SUPPORT THE DAY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND PROJECT - The Day School Playground Development Team continues to fundraise for a new playground.  Currently there are four possibilities so you can financially support this important initiative:
DENTAL CARE - Dr. Damera at Tyngsboro Dental Care, located at 150 Westford Rd. #3, Tyngsboro, MA, will donate 5% of all dental work completed at her office during the month of January 2018.  Call Tyngsboro Dental Care now at: 978-259-5965 to make an appointment.  For more information review the website at: www.tyngsborodental.com.
BRICK WALKWAY - Once the new playground structure has been installed a brick walkway will lead participants into this area.  You can order a brick to honor, celebrate or memorize loved ones.  Between now and 1/31/18 you can Buy-A-Brick as follows: 4”x8” brick for $75 with as many as three lines of engraved letters or an 8”x8” brick for $125 with as many as six lines of engraved letters.  Between 2/1/18 and 5/31/18 the cost of the bricks will increase to 4”x4”- $125 and 8”x8”- $175.  Don't miss out on this fabulous giving opportunity!  You can access information on-line at: dayschoolbricks.com.  You have the option to order on-line or through the mail.  
GENERAL DONATION - You can make a general donation to the new Day School playground project by going to: helpdayplay.org.  Look for the “Donate Now” button at the bottom of the homepage.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

The WA ATHLETIC BOOSTERS invite you to the 3rd Annual Trivia Night - All adults welcome! Doors open at 7 pm!! Saturday January 27, 2017 at the Westford Regency - $200/table when purchased in advance or Tickets $25 each (see info below) raffles, cash bar and LOTs of friendly competition! To reserve a table or purchase a ticket, Contact: Mark Chladenhauffen at mschlad@msn.com or Kathy Harris at harrisrksbl@earthlink.net or 978-846-1428

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL PTO FUNDRAISERS
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

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