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Weekly Update November 17
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Weekly Update
Friday, November 17, 2017

Dear Parents,

I am very grateful to work in a school community that considers the needs of others before themselves. I was thrilled to find out the Day School was the top fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity raising over $700 to help build a home for a deserving family in Westford. Last week, I told you about the efforts of a third grader and her friends who sold bookmarks at the school store to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Fifth grader Fiona Dolan is raising money for the victims of the recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico by collecting redeemable cans and bottles. Continuing our tradition of generosity, Wellness Teacher Erin Claycomb is hosting our annual Turkey Day events. Students are asked to contribute nonperishable food items for the Westford Food Pantry. Please see below for more information about what to donate. Thank you to all the families of the Day School community for their incredible generosity. Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Chris Louis Sardella
Norman E. Day Elementary School

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 week of 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

Volunteers and Donations Needed for Conference Dinner
On Tuesday evening, November 21, during the parent teacher conferences, the PTO will be providing the teachers dinner. We are asking parents for some support.

Can you help by providing a~case of flavored seltzer or a store bought dessert?
Can you spend 20 minutes~at 6:45 pm~to help with clean up and putting the leftovers in the cafeteria fridge?
The DAY PTO thanks you for your support!

From the Assistant Principal
Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to our first principal chat. I hope you found the Next Generation MCAS topic worthy of your time and gained a deeper understanding of this statewide assessment. We appreciate your attendance and participation. If you weren't able to make it, please see the attached power point for more information.

Our first Student Senate meeting was a success. Students worked together to create a Student Senate contract and shared ideas for future compassion projects and Day School improvements. We are looking forward to many great accomplishments. Our next meeting will be held on December 13th at 7:30 AM.

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!
Launch Trampoline Park
Have fun at Launch Trampoline Park at 17 Tanguay Ave. in Nashua, NH on Wednesday, November 22 from 1:00PM-5:00PM. 25% of ticket proceeds will be donated to help build our playground. Please show attached flyer when purchasing tickets.

Littleton Sub Shoppe
Dine in or take out at the Little Sub Shoppe at 466 King Street in Littleton, MA on Monday, November 27 from 11:30AM or 9:00PM. 20% of the sales will be donated to help build our playground.

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. Online orders will be accepted through January 11, 2018. For online orders, please use group #999975171:

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.  

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.

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.”

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 20: 2 Hour Delay-Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 20: Grade 5 Pass the Pie and Grade 3 Turkey Toss events

Tuesday, November 21: No School-Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 22: Grade 4 Turkey Trot event

Wednesday, November 22: Early Release Day

Wednesday, November 22: Launch Trampoline Park Fundraiser

Thursday, November 23-Friday, November 24: No School-Thanksgiving Recess

Monday, November 27: Littleton Sub Shoppe Fundraiser

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

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