Published every Friday by Principal Joanne Hadalski
& Secretary Barbara Ahern
Vol. 18 No. 25 Friday, March 28, 2008
The 14th Annual Community Readers Day celebration took place on Wednesday afternoon. Thanks to the efforts of Jen Swindon and her committee members, Liz Adams, Gail Boruvka, and Lisa Spollen, 17 community members participated reading aloud a favorite book in each classroom. Joining us in this traditional event were:
K Truman Roderick Morrison Westwood Deputy Fire Chief
K Petrucci Marcia Thompson Westwood Recreation Department
K Monteiro Carol Craig O’Brien Coordinator, Early Childhood Program
1 Walkowicz Harry Aaron Westwood Postmaster
1 Murphy Dottie Powers Westwood Town Clerk
1 Mutter Katie Corrigan Westwood Children’s Librarian
2 Michel Claire Cachelin Sheehan School Crossing Guard
2 Bast Victor Servello Owner, Vello’s Restaurant
2 Roberts Paul Jolicouer Westwood Animal Control Officer
3 Ioannone John Antonucci Superintendent, Westwood Schools
3 Purcell Jay Walsh Hale Reservation
4 Grenham Arthur Gearty Former teacher and Westwood Principal
4 Guadagno Josepha Jowdy Westwood School Committee
4 Troy Bill DeFranc Director, Youth & Family Services
5 Case Paul Doyle Author & former Drug Enforcement Officer
5 Frank Neil Kulick 6th Grade English Teacher, Thurston Middle School
5 Harrison Allison Borchers Asst. Principal, Thurston Middle School
Each reader was introduced during the Student council Open Share assembly program and received a plant and a certificate of appreciation for their participation in this year’s community readers celebration.
Vandalism this past weekend resulted in several broken classroom and corridor windows and a teachers’ room window. Although accidents can happen anywhere at any time, when balls are thrown against brick walls for catching practice or when children play a ball game near classroom windows, damage to windows is apt to occur. More disappointing is when this is not reported by those responsible. The Police Department and school authorities have been apprised of these damages and will be on the lookout for anyone abusing the basketball court area or school grounds. The basketball court should be utilized for basketball not hockey, skate board, or bicycle activities. Thank you, parents and neighbors, for your awareness of these concerns. Any assistance you can provide for keeping Sheehan School property safe both inside and out for K-5 children is appreciated.
MCAS has been underway in third and fourth grade classrooms this week. Congratulations to fourth graders for 100% attendance on the day of the long composition!
Coming MCAS attractions:
Grade 4 March 28, 31, April 1 ELA
May 19, 20 Math
Grade 5 April 2, 3, 4 ELA
May 14, 15 Math
May 21, 22 Science/Technology
May 27, 28 History/Social Science
Please remember that an unexcused absence results in a zero for the student, school and district. Your continued awareness of on time arrival at school, a good night’s sleep and breakfast, and a healthy morning snack helps students to remain focused and attentive to MCAS requirements.
From the PTA:
The time is here for our annual Tupperware fundraiser. Catalogs will be going home with the children on Friday, April 4, and will be due back Friday, April 18. Our fundraiser catalog is brand new and features a great variety of top selling products. Chairperson, Susan Winter, thanks you for your support, and thank you to Joan Maimonis, who generously donates her time and profits to help support our PTA!
From the Student Council:
· In April we will have our annual Rock and Roll Day on the playground to celebrate Earth Day. While the music plays, every student will pick up stones and sticks at recess to keep the playground safe and good looking.
· Lots of picture books and gently used easy readers are filling up the donations boxes in the library for Children’s Hospital in Boston. If anyone visits someone there or if any parents work there, you are invited to take some of these books to the children. Thank you.
· At the next meeting on Tuesday, April 8, we will decide on the spirit day for April.
Children’s Concert: Westwood Nursery School will be hosting a children’s concert on Saturday, March 29, at 808 High St, Westwood. Well-known children’s singer, Hugh Hanley, will perform. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. There will also be a silent auction and raffle items. Tickets are $7 – maximum of $28 per family. Children one year old and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
SEPAC, Westwood Special Education Parent Advisory Council, Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 7 -9 p.m., Professional Development Room, Administration Building, 220 Nahatan St. In addition to the general election, Audrey Seyffert, Director of Student Services, will speak to Westwood’s array of special education programs and services. She will also be available for questions. Voting privileges are afforded to all members whose children are on 504 plans or IEP’s. Membership is free and immediate upon application.
Coming home today: April menu, 2008-09School Calendar, white Westwood Environmental Action Committee calendar
Mon., Mar. 31 Gr. 4 MCAS ELA
Tues., Apr. 1 Gr. 5 MCAS ELA
Wed., Apr. 2 Gr. 5 MCAS ELA
Thurs., Apr. 3 Gr. 5 MCAS ELA
Fri., Apr. 4 Gr. 5 MCAS ELA
Mon., Apr. 7 Site Council meeting 3:30-4:30 p.m. Library/Media Center
K-2 Math Parent Workshop 8:45-10:45 a.m. Hanlon School
Tues., Apr. 8 Student Council 8:15 a.m. Library/Media Center
Wed., Apr. 9 Early release at 11:50 a.m. Parent/teacher conferences
Wed., Apr. 16 Early release at 11:50 a.m. Parent/teacher conferences
April 21-25 SPRING VACATION WEEK
Tues., Apr. 29 Parent/teacher evening conferences
Wed., Apr. 30 Early release at 11:50 a.m.
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