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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 19
Weekly Update
Friday, January 19, 2018

Dear Parents,

Safety during arrival and dismissal times is extremely important in the school parking lot. Please pay attention to the posted signs. Vehicle traffic should not be using the traffic circle during bus arrival (8:15AM-8:30AM) and dismissal times (2:30PM-2:45PM). Bus drivers have been asked to use their flashing lights and stop signs when students are disembarking or boarding buses at the platform. According to Massachusetts state law, cars are prohibited from passing buses with flashing lights. Please keep in mind the traffic circle is one way only. Vehicle traffic may not attempt to travel around the circle in the opposite direction to avoid passing the busses at the platform.

I am sending out this reminder because I have personally witnessed violations of all of the safety regulations listed above. Because I am concerned about the safety of students, I will be closely monitoring the arrival and dismissal times over the next few weeks. I know all of you join me in our goal to keep Day School students safe. Thanks for your attention to this important matter.


Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School

Important Information about the Flu from the School Nurse

As you can tell from tuning in to recent news reports, we are in the midst of widespread flu activity in Massachusetts and the entire US.  Flu season typically runs October to May, peaking December through February. A person is capable of spreading the flu a day before symptoms appear and up to 5-7 days after. Fortunately, there are many common practices that can offer protection from the flu and other illnesses:

  • Get vaccinated - your body will need 2 weeks time to ramp up a full response to the flu vaccine and it's still not too late
  • Wash your hands
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Stay home if sick
The Day School staff is asking for you to partner with us to help reinforce these measures at home so they become healthy habits.  Please download this PDF for further information: Everyday Preventive Actions That Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu

If you have additional questions, please contact me by email: or telephone 978-692-5591 option 2
Cheryl Carpenter, RN

Artist in Residence Week
We are thrilled to welcome Lizz Van Saun as our artist in residence at the Day School beginning Monday, January 22!

Day School Art Teachers Pam Perron and Natasha Evans have been working with students to prepare for the residency. In December, art classes have been learning about tile mosaics by working with cut and torn paper. To prepare for our community mosaic project, each student has created sketches of local plants and animals in Westford. In her New Hampshire studio, Lizz Van~Saun used these sketches to create the templates for the mosaic panels representing Westford landmarks:

  • Abbot Mill and Forge Pond
  • Historic Buildings: J.V. Fletcher Library, Westford Museum, Town Hall
  • Fletcher Quarry
  • Reed Brook
  • Stone Arch Bridge
  • Nashoba Mountain
We still need more volunteers to make this enrichment activity a success for all students. Please visit our sign-up genius to volunteer for this program:
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!

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
New Rescheduled Date: Enjoy a burrito or other Mexican specialties by dining at Chipotle at 174 Littleton Road in Westford on Tuesday, January 30 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 22-Friday, January 26: Artist in Residence Week
Please visit our sign-up genius to volunteer for this program:

Tuesday, January 23: STEM Club with Ms. Sacknowitz @2:45PM

Wednesday, January 24: Student Senate @7:30AM

Thursday, January 25: STEM Club with Mr. Fligg @2:45PM

Thursday, January 25: Ski Club @2:30PM
Friday, January 26: 5th Grade Play Rehearsal (Cast and Chorus) @2:45PM

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

Norman E. Day School  |  75 East Prescott Street, Westford, MA 01886  |  ph: 978-692-5591  |  fx: 978-692-8476

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