Friday, October 27, 2017
Today we celebrated the accomplishments of our friend, Diane Wright, who has been working in the Food Services Department since 1985. The entire school assembled in the cafeteria and welcomed Mrs. Wright with flowers and a pink boa. She sat in her “throne” in the center of the cafeteria as the students performed heartfelt songs and dance routines. The fifth graders serenaded Mrs. Wright with a rendition of “Pretty Woman.” It seemed only appropriate for the third graders to sing verses from the “The Happy Healthy Eating Song” for someone who spent her career feeding children nutritious food: I want to grow up to be healthy and strong. I want to sing about it and this is my song! Last, but not least, the fourth graders did a dance routine to “Be Our Guest.” For the finale, the students parted
ways revealing a table set for a spectacular luncheon with flowers and candles. The Day School community was so excited to share this special day with our good friend, Mrs. Wright!
I would like to give a shout out to Gina Kelly for coordinating the amazing luncheon and cake. Thank you to Erin Claycomb for choreographing and practicing the songs and dance routine with all of our students. Mrs. Claycomb may have missed her calling on Broadway.
Chris Louis Sardella
Norman E. Day Elementary School
Day School Playground Update
Thank you to all of the families who participated in the Bamboo restaurant fundraiser! Restaurant manager Jeff Huang said it was the most successful fundraiser he has had in 16 years. 160 families participated in the event contributing $1,800 to our playground fundraiser. Jeff decided to round up to $2,000 and will be contacting his business associates to donate to our playground as well. I would like to thank Abbot School parent Kristi Bates for organizing this fundraiser for the Day School.
The playground design is in progress. The finished product will include the following features:
- Handicapped Accessible Paths
- High Contrast Elevation Changes and Borders for Visually Impaired Students
- Wheelchair Accessible Swing
- Steps for Adults to Easily Access High Elements
- Surface Material to Absorb Potential Falls from 84”
- Equipment that is Challenging for Students in Grades 3-5 (Swings, Ziplines, Climbing Apparatus, Slides)
- Structure to Provide Shade
- Tables for Students to Play Games, Construct Legos, Have Conversations, etc.
We project the total cost of the playground to be approximately $160,000 including installation and equipment. We hope to get $100,000 from a combination of town, state, and community preservation act funds. We already have approximately $22,000 in funds from various fundraisers. This means we hope to raise an additional $38,000 from the community by the end of the year.
You can help out in the following ways:
Yankee Candle Fundraiser for the Day School Playground
Yankee candles make a great gift for friends and family at the holiday time! 40% of your order directly supports the Day School Playground Fund. I would like to thank Day School parent Amy Dyer for organizing this fundraiser.
Be sure to enter group number 999975171 when shopping.
Miller/Day Halloween Party
Join us for the third annual Miller/Day Halloween Party at Stony Brook Middle School on Saturday, October 28th at 6:00PM. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged! Part of the proceeds will go directly to the Day School Playground Fund.
Day School Playground Bricks
Stay tuned to buy a commemorative brick for your children, family, friends or business. The playground development team is in the process of choosing a company that will design and create personalized bricks to be installed in our new playground area. We will soon have a brochure available to take advantage of this opportunity.
You can also make a direct donation to the playground fund by simply writing a check to the Day School PTO. Be sure to note your donation is for the new playground.
Artist in Residence Program
We are excited to welcome Liz Van Saun with Kast Hill Studio as the artist in residence for a week in January. Under Liz’s direction, the Day School will create a community mosaic project with the help of the entire student body, faculty, and staff. Liz will offer a one day “Interactive Gallery” before the residency at which time she will talk about the history of mosaics, show samples of ancient and contemporary mosaics, discuss the school project, answer questions, and have the students and other participants see and handle the materials and tools.
Students will have a strong voice in the process every step of the way from initial concept, to final artwork and completion of the mosaics. Day School art teachers Pam Perron and Natasha Evans will help the students design the mosaic panels during their realistic art unit. Our plan is to create six mosaic panels featuring the native flora and fauna of Westford. The student drawings will then be incorporated into the overall design for each of the panels.
Students, faculty, and staff will then use recycled stained glass pieces, mirror pieces, gems, and other miscellaneous tiles to complete the mosaics. The students will learn about “green” art through the use of recycled materials.
The finished panels will be grouted and installed in the Day School cafeteria. The finished project will be six 3ft x 4ft panels featuring the native wildlife of Westford. We will have an unveiling ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the whole school community.
The entire cost of the project is $5,237. We have received a grant from the Westford Education Foundation and hope to get additional funding from the Westford Cultural Council. The remaining funds will come the proceeds from Square One Art purchases.
Square One Art Fundraiser for Art Programs
Please support our artist in residency program by purchasing products with your child’s artwork. Packets with your child’s artwork were sent home this week.
Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser
Next week is the last week for the 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 someone’s life!
- Miller/Day Halloween Party-Saturday, October 28, 6:00PM-7:30PM @Stony Brook Middle School (To volunteer at the event go to sign-up genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080549a4a72da2fd0-millerday)
- School Advisory Council, Wednesday, November 1, 6:00PM-7:30PM
- Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 10-No School
- Principal Chat, Tuesday, November 14, 6:30PM Topic: Next Generation MCAS
- PTO Monthly Open Meeting, Tuesday, November 14, 7:00PM
Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School
75 East Prescott Street
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 692-5591 ext. 11