Thursday, November 9, 2017
On Wednesday this week, I purchased a pink bookmark at the school store created by the “Health Helpers,” a service group organized by third grader Ruth Whitehead and her friends. The bookmark is decorated with a heart and ribbon with two catchphrases: “Help Save People in Need Today” and “Don't Let Words Put You Down.” Ruth and her friends decided to make these bookmarks to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. They came up with a business plan and sold each bookmark for $1 with the plan to earmark 75% of the profits to Breast Cancer Awareness and 25% to the Day School Playground. I was astounded to find out the girls sold $25 worth of merchandise on their first day of business!
I was attracted to their business mission because my mother is a Breast Cancer survivor. I will keep this bookmark as a reminder of how lucky I am to have her in my life. I am also grateful that a group of 8-year-old Day School students had the social conscience to pursue this idea. Ruth and her friends are amazing young ladies and represent how simple acts of kindness can spread good will, peace, and happiness.
Chris Louis Sardella
Norman E. Day Elementary School
During the month of November we will be educating our students regarding the safety protocols that deal with an intruder within a school. A.L.I.C.E. is the safety protocol adopted by the Westford Public School System, in the unlikely event of an intruder entering into one of our buildings. A.L.I.C.E. stands for ALERT, LOCKDOWN, INFORM, COUNTER, EVACUATE.
The K-5 faculties and all staff members have been trained in how to respond using the techniques behind this new safety protocol. Our fall drill at the Day School will occur on Friday, November 17.
Principal Chats and Day School PTO meetings
Beginning this month we will be offering informational sessions in conjunction with our monthly open PTO meetings. Please join us on Tuesday, November 14 beginning at 6:30PM.
November Principal Chat
Are you interested in learning more about MCAS 2.0? If so, please join Mrs. McDermott at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, November 14th in the Day School Library.
Topics will include:
a brief overview of the next generation MCAS
the purpose of MCAS testing and how the results are used
an overview of the new scoring categories
how to interpret the parent/guardian report
Please bring your questions and join us for this important information session.
November PTO Meeting
Join us to find out more about the following topics. PTO meeting will begin at 7:00PM following the principal chat.
- Voice your opinion about possible Day School PTO events including movie night, Day School Dance, math and science nights, talent show, cultural event, and more.
- Get the latest news about the Day School Playground design and fundraising efforts.
- Vote on PTO budget items.
- Find out more about how you can get involved!
PTO meetings are typically the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
November -Tues Nov 14
December -Tues Dec 12
January -Tues Jan 9
February -Tues Feb 13
March -Tues March 13
April -Tues April 10
May -Tues May 8
June -Tues June 12~
November Shining Stars
Each month, faculty and staff at the Day School have the opportunity to nominate students for STAR certificates in one of five categories for upholding the Day School Code of Conduct: Respect, Responsibility, Participation, Communication, and Improvement. Here are November's Shining Stars:
Ajok Bul (Improvement), Allen Solomon (Responsibility), Amelia Brown (Respect), Brayden Akeley (Responsibility), Danny Engdahl (Respect), Emily Sawyer (Responsibility), Fiona Dolan (Responsibility), Jack Janowsky (Responsibility), Jack LaFond (Participation), Jasmine Medina (Responsibility), Jhavian Rivera (Improvement), Kenny Greenslade (Respect), Leo Babineau (Responsibility), Michael Almeida (Participation), Navya Balineni (Communication), Prakruth Vikram (Responsibility), Rachel Bloom (Respect), Rachel Kurian (Participation), Richard Liu (Responsibility), Ruth Whitehead (Responsibility), Sai Kilambi (Respect), Sariah Soderquist (Communication), Shane Thivaharraja (Respect),
Shriya Dave (Respect), Sol Smith-Guillen (Responsibility), Sydney Rokita (Participation), Tyler Eliasen (Improvement), Zolivia Nastasia (Responsibility)
Donate Your Used Shoes to Benefit Our Schools!
Miller and Day Schools are both collecting gently-used, wearable pairs of shoes this year for a fundraising program called ShoeBox Recycling. Donated shoes are shipped around the world for resale and reuse. Our schools earn $20 for each filled box of shoes! This money goes directly toward funding our many activities, including arts and education programs. We are also partnering with The Mary's Community Thrift Store to increase our schools' profits.
Shoes must be in wearable condition, without holes in the soles, cannot be wet or mildewed, and must have shoelaces if they are necessary for the shoe to function.
Types of shoes ACCEPTED: Almost all types of gently used shoes including adult and children's casual shoes, dress shoes, athletic shoes, boots, work boots, and sandals.
Types of shoes NOT ACCEPTED: Shoes in need of repair, wet or mildewed shoes, heavy winter boots, ski boots, roller skates, rollerblades, ice skates, flip flops, Crocs and bedroom slippers.
To help, please drop off gently-used, wearable shoes in the lobby of the Miller and Day Schools. And thanks!
Halloween Costume Donations
Please consider donating your child's Halloween costume for a good cause. A box for gently used costumes is in the Day School lobby.
FROM THE PUMPKIN PATCH is dedicated to providing Halloween costumes to children from low-income families. Each year, local residents have searched their basements and attics and donated hundreds of new and used costumes, accessories and jewelry to the cause. Just prior to Halloween, FROM THE PUMPKIN PATCH hosts an event where children are invited to pick out a FREE costume to wear on Halloween….and any other day they feel like it! Over the last seven years we have given away thousands of costumes. We have watched as children screamed in delight at finding the perfect costume, listened to parents describe how this is the first costume their children have ever had and marveled at the generosity of all the families who donated items.”
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!
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. Last chance for catalog sales is Monday, November 13. Please return all catalog sales to Day School on Monday.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone:
978-846-0691. The same gift certificate can be used multiple times through 11/30/17.
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.
Veterans 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