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Chris Louis Sardella, PrincipalLori McDermott, Assistant PrincipalTrish Sampson, GuidanceCheryl Carpenter, NurseGina Kelly, Administrative AssistantNanci DiNitto, Financial Administrative Assistant
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Weekly Update September 29
Weekly Update
Friday, September 29, 2017

Hello Day School Community,

What a wonderful week of learning I witnessed at the Day School! Fifth graders in Mrs. Hummerís class were learning how to access accounts for their science curriculum. At home, students have the ability to read text online, play games about science concepts learned in class, and even review vocabulary with virtual flashcards. Most fifth graders are also wrapping up their unit 1 mathematics unit involving area and volume. I popped into Mrs. Olsenís class just as they were beginning their assessment. I decided to take the test alongside the students. You will be happy to know that I am ready to move on to unit 2 even though I had to do far more writing about math than I did in fifth grade.

I stopped by Ms. Poirierís fourth grade class where they were learning about what makes a good topic sentence. The students worked hard to figure out the main ideas of each of the paragraphs and write a solid topic sentence that captures those details. I am so impressed with the student thinking and their collaborative discussions.

In Ms. Rebilasís third grade class, students were learning about the setting and characters in a story. They learned how to effectively use a highlighter to pick out the details and evidence from the stories they read. The students were thrilled to use fluorescent pink, green, and orange markers while learning how to be good readers.

These were just some of my academic adventures at the Day School this week!

Sincerely,

Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School


School Advisory Council Elections
I am excited to announce the members of the 2017-2018 Day School Advisory Council! Thank you to all of the parents who participated in this election. All of our meetings are open to the entire Day School community. We welcome you to attend our first school council meeting on Wednesday, October 4 from 6:00PM-7:30PM. We will be reviewing the draft of the school improvement plan that will be presented to the school committee in October.

Parent Members
Michael O'Toole (2 year term)
Robert Park (2 year term)
David Hill (2 year term)
Krishna Podipireddy (2 year term)
Marsha Gilmore (1 year term)

Day School Staff
Chris Louis Sardella, principal
Sarah Rebilas, grade 3 teacher
Barbara Cope, grade 4 teacher
Brenda Tobin, grade 5 teacher
Roger Whittlesey, grade 5 teacher

Community Member
Open Position

Parent/Child Read Aloud
Sometimes as students learn to read independently, parents stop reading aloud to them. Are you still reading aloud to your child? As a reading specialist, I know the importance of this activity. As a parent, I know that as students grow older, it gets harder and harder to make the time. I would like to encourage you to read aloud to your child for as long as you can and as often as possible. There is significant research to support this as a valuable routine to continue for years to come.  Check out this article to learn more and please feel free to email me if you have any questions or would like some book recommendations.
Lori McDermott, Assistant Principal

Student Senate
Letters about being a part of the Day School Student Senate are coming home today. I hope you will discuss this exciting opportunity with your child. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I am very excited to begin working with the Day School Student Senators.  
Lori McDermott, Assistant Principal

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser
The Day School is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for families in need right here in Westford. We will be collecting spare change throughout the month of October to support these families. The top classroom collectors will have the opportunity to sign a 2x4 board used in the construction of the homes. Students in the top classroom will be chosen by lottery to participate in the home dedication. Get rid of all of that spare change and make a difference in someoneís life!

Epipens
If your child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy (prescribed an epipen), please provide the clinic at least ONE epipen and a new physician order for the 2017-18 school year as soon as possible. This procedure is done yearly, and should be in place for your child's safety and BEFORE field trips begin. Forms may be downloaded from the Day School website, OR, I can send them home with your child if you let me know. (ccarpenter@westfordk12.us or 978-692-5591 ext. 2)
Cheryl Carpenter, School Nurse

Did you forget your snack?
The school nurse will no longer be able to supply free snacks to students who forget them at home. If students forget snacks, they will be given the opportunity to purchase either fruit or a cheese stick from the school cafeteria. Please discuss this new policy with your child and whether or not this could be an option for them in the event they forget their snacks at home.

CORI/Fingerprinting
Parents are reminded that in order to volunteer at the Day School, you need to submit a CORI application.  The application is available in the office and MUST be submitted in person with a current photo ID.   The CORI process is required yearly and once you've applied at one school, you can volunteer in any of the Westford Public Schools.  To volunteer for field trips and any off premises event, all volunteers MUST be fingerprinted.  You can find a link on the Day School website with all the information for the fingerprinting process.  Thank you for volunteering at Day School!

Vehicle ID Cards
Parents are reminded if you pick up your child at the end of the day in the vehicle ID line, it is required that you fill out a "vehicle identification card" form located on the Day School website under the "forms" tab, and return it to school for processing and cards will be issued.  Please note that new cards are issued each year for students therefore you must fill out a new form at the beginning of each school year if you are picking up your child.  Thank you for your cooperation with this process.


Upcoming Events


School Advisory Council- Wednesday, October 4 @6PM

All School Panoramic Photo-Friday, October 6

Columbus Day Weekend-No School on Monday, October 9 or Tuesday, October 10

Miller/Day Halloween Party-Saturday, October 28, 6:00PM-7:30PM
Stony Brook Middle School


Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School
75 East Prescott Street
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 692-5591 ext. 11


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

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