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

Weekly Update January 12
Weekly Update
Friday, January 18, 2018

Dear Parents,

Our theme at today's Cobra Council was participation. Participation is important core value of our Day School Code of Conduct. The students and I had a discussion about what it means to be an active learner and to participate fully in our school community. We talked about sharing ideas, including others, supporting friends when they need help, putting in your best effort, helping others in need, and setting goals.

One of the ways students can be active members of the Day School community is adding their voice to how our school operates. I have a stack of letters in my office addressing a variety of issues including warnings about the unsafe food in the cafeteria, requests for cooking and newspaper clubs, suggestions about inviting parents to lunch, list of strategies for our recess supervisors, requests for more time at lunch, and suggestions for community service projects. All of these suggestions are taken seriously. For example, I often have discussions with staff members when students raise concerns about various issues. We have frank discussions and try to take the students' ideas into account when planning our day-to-day practices. I am even thinking carefully about how we can get this cooking club going.

Day School students are exemplary participants. This morning, fifth grader Nakul Hans reported he is planning to donate the money he earned shoveling snow for the Day School playground fund. We have many students who will be participating in the STEM Fair in February with ingenious engineering projects or thought provoking science experiments. Our Day School band and string musicians are hard at work preparing for their concert next Friday.

In the spirit of participation, I am excited to invite parents to participate in our Day School Community Mosaic project. Please consider volunteering during the week of January 22 using this link for the sign-up genius:
We need an adult to help supervise and participate in the creative process for each of the six panels. Please consider volunteering so we can fill all of the sessions. Thanks for your help!


Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School

January 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 January's Shining Stars:
Lee Sawyer (Respect), Maggie Zhao (Respect), Alivea Peladeau (Participation), Leah Bordenca (Respect), Noah Bramanti (Responsibility), Nick Greenslade (Respect), Krisha Gami (Responsibility), James O'Toole (Respect), Cathy Zhu (Participation), Advith Yarlagadda (Responsibility), Andrew O'Brien (Participation), Brady Burrell (Participation), Anica Halio (Respect), Erin Yu (Responsibility), Eliana Donaruma (Improvement), Corey Hansen (Responsibility), Riley Waterhouse (Participation), Jack Metznik (Improvement)

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!
Chipotle Fundraiser
Enjoy a burrito or other Mexican specialties by dining at Chipotle at 174 Littleton Road in Westford on Wednesday, January 17 from 4PM-8PM. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to fund our new playground.

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. The last day to get the discounted price is Wednesday, January 31!

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! 100% of your donation is tax deductible.

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. 100% of your donation is tax deductible.

Upcoming Events
Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King Day-No School

Tuesday, January 16: Professional Development Day-No School

Thursday, January 18: Interactive Gallery Day with our Artist in Residence

Thursday, January 18: Public Speaking Club @2:30PM

Thursday, January 18: STEM Fair Club with Mr. Fligg @2:45PM

Thursday, January 18: Ski Club @2:45PM

Friday, January 19: Band and Strings Concert for Parents @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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