10/31/16Week of October 31st

Pledge Leaders  

Didi McGough

Gigi Moerschel

Ben Methot

Jacob McKinney

Hillary Noble


Halloween Candy Drive

We have been invited and asked to join Wellesley Dental Group's 9th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the US troops serving overseas.  From November 1st to November 9th, we will be collecting candy, along with handwritten notes and cards for our soldiers.

Our goal is teach our students lessons in giving, by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops.  The sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a little reminder of home for our troops, and a message of support just in time for Veteran's Day.  The packages will be sent via Care Packs, a non-profit organization, along with oral hygiene supplies.

We will have several drop off boxes outside the main office beginning November 1st Thank you for your support of this worthwhile benefit.


Good Citizenship Challenge

Last Tuesday at our Open Share, we were visited by four former Sheehan students now Westwood High School juniors.  Jack Stebbins, Will Danforth, Emma Harte and Oriana Attridge spoke to all Sheehan students about how to be great citizens.  They reinforced with our students our Sheehan Core 4 values and talked about the different ways to be good citizens in our Sheehan School community and in the Westwood community.

Jack, Will, Emma, and Oriana asked ALL Sheehan students to participate in The CItizenship Challenge.

As Citizens, we ask you to:

  • Participate in ALL Sheehan Student Council Service Projects.
  • Complete a community service activity outside the Sheehan School.
  • Consistently show kind and respectful behavior.
  • Always act responsibly.
  • Follow the Sheehan Core Four Values.

Our students have been asked to keep a log of their service. Our WHS students will be meeting with our students to check in at our December Open Share and have our students share some examples of good citizenship. Please see the attached documents for The Citizenship Challenge.

We hope all students will participate!


Just a Reminder 

November 2nd is an Early Release Day for Parent Teacher conferences

November 8th there is No School for an All day Teacher in-service

November 10th is Picture Re-Take Day

November 11th there is No School for Veteran's Day


Hale Reservation

Please read the message below from Eric Arnold, the Executive Director at Hale

As Thanksgiving approaches, Hale is excited to offer a new event to local families: our self-guided Opt Outside Scavenger Hunt, in partnership with REI. I’m hoping you’ll help us get word out at Sheehan School about this fun way to #OptOutside.


On Friday, November 25, seven geocaches will be hidden among Hale’s 1,137 acres. Geocaches are small boxes that contain information or objects. They’re hidden and known only by their geographic coordinates, which can be entered into a GPS device or smartphone. 


Participants will be encouraged to park at Cat Rock, where they’ll pick up a map, instructions, and learn the coordinates of the geocaches. As they find each cache, they’ll place a sticker on their map, will learn about natural features in the area, and can post photographs of their adventure on Instagram.


Even better? There’s a prize. For every cache a participant finds, she or he will receive one entry in a drawing for a Membership Beach Session Bundle, valued at $520. Membership Beach families enjoy swimming lessons, arts and crafts, boating, fishing, archery, cookouts, and more.


If this sounds like something your students and their families would be interested in, would you mind helping us spread the word about this event? If so, please let Greg Freed know (gfreed@halereservation.org) and he will be happy to provide you with marketing materials.


Thank you in advance for your support. We hope you’ll #OptOutside at Hale on November 25, and that we see you many times before and after the holidays.



Eric Arnold

Executive Director

80 Carby Street

Westwood, MA 02090




SEPAC Meeting

The following message is from Student Services Director, Abby Hanscom:


Dear Parents,


You are invited to attend the Westwood Special Education Parent Advisory Council’s  (SEPAC) November meeting. The topic of the meeting will be an interactive workshop covering the important topic of Basic Rights in Special Education. This workshop will be provided by Joanne Flatley, a trained parent educator and member of the Westwood community. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Professional Development Room located in the District Administrative Offices section of the WHS campus. Parking is available at the front and back of the building. Attached, please find the notes from the September SEPAC meeting. More information about special education programming in the District can be found at the Student Services Department webpage on the WPS main site.


Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on November 15th,

Abby Hanscom
Director of Student Services


Meeting Notes from September 27 SEPAC Meeting 




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