12/14/15Week of December 14th

Pledge Leaders


Pledge Leaders for Friday, December 18th

Lukas Webb
Tor Webb
Catherine Gerwig
Oliver Seed
Sebastian O'Brien


Gift Policy

As we enter into the Holiday Season, I want to take a moment to explain the gift policy followed by Westwood Public Schools employees.


Massachusetts’ legislators passed a law designed to ensure that public employees receive gifts in an ethical manner. You can read an overview of the law by clicking here. The law stipulates that public employees may not receive gifts in excess of $50. A public employee, including public school staff members, may receive a gift worth less than $50, as long as the employee discloses the gift in writing. All school employees may accept items costing $10 or less without disclosure. An exemption to the law was written to allow classroom teachers to receive gifts from their classes.


Teachers may receive a gift (or gifts) with a total value of $150 for personal use during the school year from the entire class. Individual names of donors and donation amounts may not be included in the gift acknowledgment. School employees may receive gifts costing more than $50 for their class or the school. Teachers do not need to disclose class gifts.


Morning Arrival Time

Here is a reminder regarding the start of our school day:


The school day begins at 8:25am. A bell rings at 8:20am, calling students to line-up and proceed to their classrooms. Students who arrive between 8:05am-8:20am begin their day on the playground where staff members supervise this morning arrival time. In the case of inclement weather, the students proceed to the gym during this time. Students should not enter the building or be on the playground before 8:05am. We are not able to guarantee supervision prior to 8:05am. If your child attends a morning program, such as Math League, then he or she should not enter the building prior to the program’s start time.


We have a Before School Program at Deerfield. This program begins at 7:00am and runs from Monday through Friday. If you would like more information regarding this program, please contact the Westwood Extended Day Program Coordinator, Janice Van Hyning (jvanhyning@westwood.k12.ma.us).


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