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

Weekly Update December 1
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Weekly Update
Friday, December 1, 2017

Dear Parents,

We are almost ready to reveal the design for the new playground that will be installed in September of 2018. Our playground will have universal design features including an accessible surface, paths, and ramps for students with mobility challenges. The structure will also feature high contrast elevation changes and borders for visually impaired students. The playground will likely include a main play structure with multiple slides, a dual track zipline, swing set, geodesic dome, Spinsanity elements, and a fitness center. We also excited to have a shade structure with picnic tables so students have opportunities to play games, build Lego structures, read a book, or have conversations. Stay tuned for an opportunity to view the project boards and meet the landscape architect when we unveil the complete renderings of our new playground.

Below you will find many new opportunities to donate to our playground. Our restaurant fundraiser for the month of December will be the 99 Restaurant. Kevin Regan and our fundraising team will be at the Westford Academy holiday bazaar selling commemorative bricks and offering raffle tickets for 8 amazing baskets. I appreciate every dime that is contributed to make our new playground a reality. Thank you very much for your continued support!

Check out our new website dedicated to our new playground:
You can find out about our progress, fundraising opportunities, and other events.


Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School

Note from the Nurse  
As we enter the cold and flu season I would like to offer a couple of reminders.
  • Per WPS policy children should be fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medicines (Tylenol/Advil), before returning to school.
  • A good rule of thumb after vomiting and/or diarrhea is to keep your child home for a day after the last episode.
  • The school clinic does not stock cough and cold medicines. If you would like your child to receive cough drops or other over-the-counter medicines, they can be sent to the clinic along with a permission note from a parent.
  • All medicines are to be kept in the clinic per WPS policy. The exception being those children who have permission to carry their inhaler/Epipen.
  • Please continue to reinforce proper hand washing, and coughing/sneezing into their elbow at home.
Hopefully all of us will enjoy a healthier winter season! Thank you! :)
Cheryl Carpenter, RN

One Book One School
We would like to thank everyone who donated to our One Book One School program.  With the craziness of December, we will be starting the program in January when we return from break.  The title of the book will be revealed to the students and staff at that time. We look forward to an exciting experience sharing the love of reading as a school community.  Thank you for your support and patience.  

Alison Bates, Literacy Specialist

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!

Dining for a Cause at the 99
Come for dinner at the Ninety-nine Restaurant, 333 Littleton Road in Westford on Tuesday, December 19 from 5PM-10PM. 15% of your guest check will be donated to fund our new playground.
Click on 99 Voucher to get your voucher for the 15% donation. You must present this voucher to your server when seated as this is required for Day School to receive credit for the sale.

Playground Basket Raffle
Bid on eight fantastic baskets (see attached form for contents) at the WA Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 2 from 9AM-3PM or at the 99 Restaurant on Tuesday, December 19 from 5PM-10PM. You may also use the attached form to order tickets for the basket raffle.

Day School Playground Bricks
Support the Day School Playground project and leave a lasting legacy by BUYING A BRICK! Bricks can be engraved with a special message or names and will be used on the pathway leading to the new playground.

Playground bricks can be engraved for a variety of reasons:
  • Memorialize or celebrate a loved one
  • Recognize a special relative, spouse, child, grandparent, teacher, or pet
  • Commemorate a special occasion
  • Inspire others with an uplifting message
To buy a brick, visit the Day School Playground table at the Westford Academy Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9AM-3PM or log on to:

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:

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.

BLANCHARD THEATRE ARTS presents Children's Letters to God
Saturday, December 2nd at 1:30 PM and 7:00 PM at the Blanchard Middle School located at 14 West Street.~General Admission Tickets: Evening Performances $10, Saturday Matinee $5. Tickets will be sold at Blanchard on Monday at 7:30-8:15pm, Tuesday at 6:30-7:15pm, Wednesday at 5:30-6:15, Thursday at 4:30-5:15, and one hour before each performance.

Children's Letters to God is a Musical Comedy and is based on the international best-selling book of the same name by Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall.  The musical is not religious in nature, but rather explores common life issues - turning 13, divorce, loss of a pet, wanting to be like everyone else, holidays, first love, sibling rivalry, challenges of not being athletic and moving away - through the lives of 5 young friends. Children's Letters to God is appropriate for all ages.

Westford Academy Trustees Scholarship Fundraising Event
To provide scholarships in all academic areas and financial aid to deserving students

This Holiday Season give the gift of laughter and wonder to those hard to buy for people on your list. Tickets will also be on sale at the bazaar this Saturday, December 2, 2017!

Four-Handed Illusions:
An Intimate Evening of Laughs & Wonder

Illusionists Joel Acevedo and Steve Kradolfer join their talents in a performance that is engaging, hilarious, and mystifying. Recently voted Best Theater Group by the Boston A-List, you will experience the wonder of magic right before your eyes. The show is a combination of intelligent comedy and amazing magic; a show you won't want to miss.

Friday, January 19, 2018
Westford Academy Performing Arts Center
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Ticket prices will be $40 per person. Student and senior citizen ticket price of $20 per person. If you have questions, please call Lori at 781-953-3344 or register online at:

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 2: Westford Academy Holiday Bazaar (9AM-3PM)
Day School will have a table featuring a basket raffle and an opportunity to buy commemorative bricks to support the playground.

Wednesday, December 6: School Advisory Council (6PM)

Thursday, December 7: Early Release Day

Tuesday, December 12: Monthly Open PTO Meeting (7PM)

Tuesday, December 19: 99 Restaurant Fundraiser (5PM-10PM)

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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