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

Weekly Update December 9
Weekly Update
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dear Parents,

I would like to thank all of the parents who have volunteered their valuable time to the Day School community this school year. We are so fortunate to have parents in our classrooms during the school day assisting with math workshop, reading groups, and the writing process. Students love seeing their parents learning and having fun in their own classrooms. 

Another way to get involved is to volunteer with one our PTO events. Thank you to everyone who signed up to volunteer at the holiday shop. If you are free the week of Monday, December 11, we still have slots to fill on sign-up genius: Holiday Shop. We especially need more help on Monday, December 11 from 11:25AM-1:35PM.

We would like to invite everyone to our PTO meeting on Tuesday, December 12 @7PM. We will be discussing planning for our first ever Day School talent showcase. Additionally, playground architect Lisa Robbins with School Specialty will be our featured guest. This is your chance to be among the first to see the plans for the new playground and ask questions about the design. We hope to see you all there!


Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School

December 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 December’s Shining Stars:
Nabil Abdulsalam (Responsibility), Shreya Ambekar (Respect), Violette Bernier (Participation), Paige Bittencourt (Respect), Emily Boneck (Responsibility), Makenzy Brooks (Responsibility), David Burke (Responsibility), Maddox Chartier (Participation), Bailey Dyer (Responsibility), Amogh Hanchur (Responsibility), Maya Hayes (Participation), Calvin Hueter (Respect), Joe Joyce (Responsibility), Jillian Keith (Participation), Brian Ma (Responsibility), Madeline McWade (Respect), Jamilex Medina (Respect), Ryan Millet (Responsibility), Tyler Nolan (Participation), Isabella Palmer (Responsibility), Daniel Park (Participation), Kayla Prescott (Participation), Aubrie Rose (Respect), Joshua Sallet (Participation), Ian Strauss (Communication), Carly Vesekis (Participation), Ethan Xiao (Improvement), Zichen Zhang (Participation), Mary Zhu (Responsibility)

Planning for Vacation Reading

This past weekend, while my son and husband were away, I spent some time walking around Barnes and Noble adding to my list of books and magazines I'd love to read over the winter break.  When I returned to work, I opened an email to an article written by Franki Sibberson titled “The Luxury of Extra Reading Time Over the Holidays” which fit perfectly with my weekend.

While we usually spend time planning for summer reading, we don't always do the same for winter breaks.  These weeks before vacation are a perfect time to discuss with your children the book, magazine or blog you might be looking forward to reading over break and how you might squeeze in some reading during such a busy time. You can talk with your children about how reading might fit into your family plans.  Can they find 5 -10 minutes to read to younger relatives, share a book on tape while driving to your destination, or look at a magazine on the way to basketball practice?  

As Sibberson discusses in the article, some children may not be planning on fitting reading into their vacation days, but thinking about what they might like to read and how they can fit in 5 -10 minutes of reading may get them thinking differently in the future.  

Happy reading,
Alison Bates, Reading Specialist 

Positive Behavior System in the Lunchroom

The Lunch/Recess teachers and I have organized a positive behavior system in the lunchroom. The goal is to “catch kids being good” and reward them with a cobra coupon. During lunch/recess time, students can earn cobra coupons throughout the week for showing polite manners, kind gestures, following directions, using quiet voices, being a good friend, etc. Students are invited to drop their coupons in a reward bucket to have an opportunity to earn a special reward. 

The rewards include:
Cobra Café - Invite friends to dine at a special table on the stage
Lunch/Recess Swap – Invite friend from same grade in other class to their lunch and recess or join friend in their lunch/recess time
PA for the Day – Ring bell in the cafeteria and choose line to go first
Line Leader – Head of the lunch and recess line

Cobra coupons will be pulled at each lunch on Mondays and rewards will take place on Tuesdays, except for Cobra Café, which will happen on Wednesdays because there is no lunch bunch.  

I hope you will chat with your students about how the reward system is going and share any feedback with us. 

Thank you!!!
Lori McDermott, Assistant Principal

Reminder for After School Activities

If your child is participating in 5th grade play rehearsals or one of our after school clubs, please be sure to write a note indicating a change of dismissal. If there is no note, we will need to call to verify you will be picking up your child following the activity. Please help the office staff by sending a note on the day of the after school activity. Thank you!

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. 
Go to 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 at the 99 Restaurant on Tuesday, December 19 from 5PM-10PM. You can also log onto to download the order form and purchase tickets today.

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, log on to: or pick up a flyer in the Day School lobby!

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. 

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. 

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

Tuesday, December 12: Monthly Open PTO Meeting (7PM)
Agenda: Planning for Day School Talent Showcase, Guest Speaker: Lisa Robbins will unveil plans for playground design

Wednesday, December 13: Student Senate (7:30AM)

Tuesday, December 19: Museum of Science visits Grade 3 (9AM)

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

Wednesday, December 20: WA Peer Leaders visit Grade 4 (8:45AM)

Wednesday, December 20: Chorus Concert for Staff and Students (10AM)

Thursday, December 21: Chorus Concert for Parents at Abbot School (9AM)

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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