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Chris Louis Sardella, PrincipalLori McDermott, Assistant PrincipalTrish Sampson, GuidanceCheryl Carpenter, NurseGina Piantedosi, Administrative AssistantNanci DiNitto, Financial Administrative Assistant

Weekly Update November 3
Weekly Update
Friday, November 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

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. To order keepsakes and gifts to support our artist in residence program, see instructions below.

Visit the Kast Hill website to see these exciting mosaics and learn more about the artist in residency program.


Chris Louis Sardella
Norman E. Day Elementary School

Square One Art Fundraiser for Artist in Residence Program
The deadline for online orders is Friday, November 3. Paper forms are due on Monday, November 6. Please support our artist in residence program by purchasing products with your child’s artwork. You can order three ways:
2.    Use paper form on catalog-due Monday, November 6
3.    Call 888-332-3294 to order

Child Search
If you know of any child attending public or private school, or who is homeless or has left school, and could benefit from a special education evaluation under Chapter 766 or educational services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, please contact the Special Education Department in Westford (978-692-5560).

Every effort will be made to contact the parents to advise them of their rights under these laws. Thank you for assisting us in this important matter.

Teal Pumpkin Search
Students were asked to find Teal pumpkins "hidden" throughout the school, AND list 2 things they could do to help sometime with a food allergy. Those chosen to receive a non-food prize were:
Grade 3 - Michael Almeida, Dyan Mistry, Tanisha Peddi, Adam Ge
Grade 4 - Hansen Sheih, Jashn Shah, Annabelle Lampros, James Hickey
Grade 5 - Violette Bernier

The 2017-2018 Day School Ski & Snowboard Club meets for six consecutive Thursdays in January and February at Nashoba Valley Ski Area on Powers Road in Westford (transportation provided). Experienced skiers and snowboarders of all levels are welcome to participate. Ski and snowboard lessons for all experienced levels are available if desired, and take place during the second hour of each Ski Club session.
* * *  IMPORTANT: This is not an activity for beginner skiers/snowboarders!  * * * Student participants must be able to be independent on the slopes. They should be able to ride lifts confidently with a buddy, and be responsible for getting to their lesson (if applicable) and back to the pickup area at the end of the day.

While Ski Club is a chaperoned activity, chaperones are there to monitor and ensure the safety of all students across Nashoba’s 17 trails.  They cannot dedicate themselves to a student who needs continuous assistance.  Also, If you don’t have a buddy you’re planning to ski/snowboard with, you will be placed with another child or group of similar ability.  We encourage kids to find buddies on their own as it’s more fun to be with a friend!

Go to to find extensive information related to Ski Club, including dates, ticket and equipment information, rental information, and a typical schedule of a ski club day.

Finally, the number of participants in Ski/Snowboard Club must be limited to 100 students. If you are interested in having your child participate in the Day School Ski/Snowboard Club, please complete online registration and permission form and return payments to school with all associated fees for Nashoba Valley no later than Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding the Day School Ski and Snowboard Club, please contact the Ski/Snowboard Club coordinators listed below:
Nicole Keefe & Beth Poirier (Day School teachers and parents)
Please direct questions to:

Thanksgiving Compassion Project
This month, Day School students will be participating in our annual Thanksgiving events:
Monday, November 20: Grade 5 Pass the Pie
Monday, November 20: Grade 3 Turkey Toss
Wednesday, November 22: Grade 4 Turkey Trot
Each student is asked to contribute one or more of the food items listed below for the Westford Food Pantry. All items will be accepted during the weeks of November 13 and November 20. Thanks for your support and generosity in helping families who are struggling this holiday season.
Items to donate: coffee, tea, gravy, fruit cocktail, canned vegetables, 2 boxes of stuffing mix, juice, nonperishable dessert, apples, oranges

Support the Day School Playground 
There are many ways to support the Day School Playground. Please consider contributing to any of these fundraisers. Thanks for your continued support!

Westford Florist
The Westford Florist, located at 175A Littleton Road (Route 110) in Westford, is partnering with the Norman E. Day School and its fundraising efforts to build a new playground.  Between now and 11/30/17 the new playground will receive 25% of each walk-in sale made at the shop or sales completed over the telephone.  This fundraiser doesn’t include any orders on the Westford Florist website.  Get your certificate at the Day School office: 75 East Prescott Street or contact Kevin Regan at email: or phone: 978-846-0691.  The same gift certificate can be used multiple times through 11/30/17.  

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. 
Click here to access the Day School Playground online store:
Be sure to enter group number 999975171 when shopping.

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.

Direct Donations
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. 

Upcoming Events

School Store, Wednesday, November 8
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
Rescheduled Grade 3 Pedestrian Safety Program, Wednesday, November 15
Student Senate Meeting, Wednesday, November 15, 7:30AM
Rescheduled Grades 4&5 Bicycle Safety Program, Thursday, November 16

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

Westford Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or homelessness.