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1/19/17 Day School news
Day School Community:

SPIRIT DAY.....Friday 1/20/17 will be football and Cheerleading Spirit Day to celebrate the National Football League playoffs this weekend.

MCAS TESTING.....Day School students will complete the 2017 MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Testing) on the following dates:

GRADE THREE
A) Tuesday 4/25/17- English/Language Arts- session #1 of 3- Computer-based
B) Wednesday 4/26/17- English/Language Arts- session #2 of 3- Computer-based
C) Thursday 4/27/17- English/Language Arts session #3 of 3- Computer-based
D) Monday 5/8/17- Mathematics- session #1 of 2- Computer-based
E) Tuesday 5/9/17- Mathematics- session #2 of 2- Computer-based

GRADE FOUR
A) Monday 4/10/17- English/Language Arts- session #1 of 3- Computer-based
B) Tuesday 4/11/17- English/Language Arts- session #2 of 3- Computer-based
C) Wednesday 4/12/17- English/Language Arts- session #3 of 3- Computer-based
D) Tuesday 5/2/17- Mathematics- session #1 of 2- Computer-based
E) Wednesday 5/3/17- Mathematics- session #2 of 2- Computer-based

GRADE FIVE
A) Monday 4/3/17- English/Language Arts- session #1 of 3- Computer-based
B) Tuesday 4/4/17- English/Language Arts- session #2 of 3- Computer-based
C) Thursday 4/6/17- English/Language Arts- session #3 of 3- Computer-based
D) Friday 4/28/17- Science/Engineering Technology- session #1 of 2- Paper-based
E) Monday 5/1/17- Science/Engineering Technology- session #1 of 2- Paper-based
F) Monday 5/15/17- Mathematics- session #1 of 2- Computer-based
G) Tuesday 5/16/17- Mathematics- session #2 of 2- Computer-based

Please note the following regarding the 2017 MCAS testing:
A) All of the MCAS assessments are untimed, yet students might complete the respective test session prior to the conclusion of the school day.
B) Make-up testing will take place upon a student's return to school.
C) On early release days testing won't be conducted.
D) Kindly refrain from making appointments that will prevent your child from completing the MCAS testing.
E) Please emphasize best effort with your child versus a focus on their achievement
F) If your child presents as anxious please let their classroom teacher know and steps will be taken to alleviate their concern   

WESTFORD PARENT CONNECTION.....
Break The Stigma Of Mental Illness
Would you know if your child is depressed?  Or anxious?  Have you or anyone you know ever contemplated suicide?  It would be nearly impossible to find someone today who has not been affected by mental illness in some way.  Even if you don't struggle with it yourself, you are bound to know someone who does.  Join the Westford Parent Connection on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 for an eye-opening presentation, Understanding And Living With Depression and Anxiety. The talk will be given by Sue Hanly, RN, NCSN, Dianne Walsh, LICSW, and Caroline Hanly, MS.  Sue and Dianne run a mental health support group in Westford, and they, along with Sue's daughter Caroline, have addressed the public many times.  Despite how prevalent depression and anxiety are, most of us are afraid to talk about it.  And that can make the situation worse.

Understanding and Living With Depression And Anxiety will be held at 7:00 PM at the Stony Brook Middle School. The event is free and open to the public, and is appropriate for parents, teens, teachers, and anyone else who works with children and young adults.  Sue, Dianne, and Caroline have a wealth of information to share, both from a professional standpoint and from their own personal lives.  They are very knowledgeable and compassionate, and completely unflappable in terms of talking about mental illness.  The more we know, the better equipped we will be to help the young people in our lives.  For more information, contact Mary Anne Seraphin at mseraphin@comcast.net or go to http://www.westford.org/wpc/.

Kevin Regan


Norman E. Day School  |  75 East Prescott Street, Westford, MA 01886  |  ph: 978-692-5591  |  fx: 978-692-8476

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