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

Weekly Update March 3
Weekly Update
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Dear parents,

The kickoff for One School, One Book will be happening on Monday, March 5! We will be unveiling the book in classrooms with special guest readers. Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered to be readers for our kick-off activities. Each student will receive a copy of the same book and asked to read it with their parents at home over the next few weeks. We are excited to offer trivia contests and other activities that will center around the book. We will also have teachers and staff members from the Day School community reading the book on our school web page. 
We are excited to build a sense of community by having the entire school read the same book. We hope you will enjoy reading the book with your child and build on the excitement here at the Day School. When we invest this time in reading, we are demonstrating the critical importance of literacy in our lives. Reading aloud to children is important from infancy through the high school years. By sharing this experience with your children, you have opportunities to build background knowledge, introduce new types of literature, build stronger vocabularies, stimulate imaginations, support thinking skills, and promote a life long love of reading.

I would like to thank literacy specialist Alison Bates for spearheading this program. Thank you to all parents who invested in this program and supporting literacy at the Day School.


Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School

Math Information Night for Grade 4 Parents             

This year we will hold a separate Math Information Night for parents and guardians of current grade 4 children. It is with much excitement that we will introduce a new format for grade 5 math instruction! Rather than place students in Standard or Accelerated classes, the needs of all learners will be met in heterogeneous classrooms using differentiated small group instruction.  This format was piloted successfully at Abbot this year. During the Information Night we will share the results of the Abbot pilot as well as the ways we have prepared the other elementary schools for this transition.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 21, 2017 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the Day Cafeteria to learn more about what grade 5 math will look like next year.

If you are unable to join us, our presentation will be available on the District webpage after the meeting. 

Postural Screening for Fifth Graders

Annual postural screening begins in grade 5, as referenced in the online Student Handbook on page 33.  At the Day School postural screening takes place in March during your child's basketball rotation in gym class. The school nurse will privately and confidentially screen students. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the school nurse: or by calling (978) 692-5591 ext. 2.

Friday Lunches with your Child
Every Friday is Invite your Parent to Lunch day! If you would like to join your child for lunch on Fridays, you must reserve a spot on the Thursday before your scheduled lunch. Please contact Gina Kelly in the main office to make your reservation: or 978-692-5591
You may order lunch at school. Every Friday is pizza day. We also have a variety of adult lunches including salads, sandwiches, soups, and pasta. A full adult lunch costs $4.25.
We also offer as a pre- order lunch on Friday morning before 10 am, by either emailing cafeteria manager Marie Cronin at or calling 978-692-5591 ext.16.

Salads:           Chicken Caesar:  Baked Chicken on a fresh bed of greens, Parmesan Cheese, Croutons and Caesar Dressing

                        Cobb:   Chicken, Bacon, Ham, Egg & Cheese on a fresh bed of greens.
                        Garden Salad: All fresh vegetable on a fresh bed of greens.

Challenge Success Newsletter and Event

As some of you may know, Westford Public Schools has partnered with the Challenge Success program to further strengthen the academic engagement and well-being of our students. At Westford Academy, Blanchard MS, and Stony Brook MS, Challenge Success teams—comprised of parents, students, administrators, and teachers—have been coming together to reflect on and examine the challenges, obstacles, and best practices needed to support our community of learners.  

The Challenge Success teams invite you to read our March parent newsletter to learn more about Challenge Success and about some of the events and resources available to parents of all Westford students. And be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, March 17th, as Maria Furtado, Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives, will be joining us in the Westford Academy cafeteria at 10am. Colleges That Change Lives is dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process, and Ms. Furtado will share her wisdom on finding a college that is a healthy fit for your student. See the newsletter for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!

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!

Westford Summer Music Program 

The Westford Summer Music program is now accepting registrations for band and orchestra students entering grades 5 through 9 in September 2018. Band and orchestra ensembles will rehearse daily from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook School from July 9th through July 13th .  During the week, the students will prepare new music and give a free performance on Friday, July 13th at 11 a.m.
  • Summer Band directed by Ms. Trish Gately, band director at Abbot, Crisafulli, and Day schools
  • Summer Orchestra directed by Mr. Todd Hamelin, orchestra director at Abbot, Crisafulli, and Day schools
For more information and registration please visit:

For questions, please contact:
Julie Ottesen -

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!

Blaze Pizza Fundraiser
Join us for fast-fired pizza at Blaze Pizza at the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua on Saturday, March 3 from 11AM-10PM. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to the Day School playground. Please present a copy of this flyer when making your purchase. Go to for a copy of the flyer.

Patriots Fathead Raffle

Pats fans deserve something bigger and better than traditional posters, wall stickers or cheap décor. This piece of wall art features vibrant, licensed artwork that’s quick and easy to put up. We have a New England Patriots Helmet Fathead to raffle for the Day School playground. See the design at If you are interested in owning this wall art, contact or visit our table at the Blaze Pizza fundraiser on Saturday, March 3.

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! 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

Saturday, March 3: Blaze Pizza Fundraiser at Pheasant Lane Mall

Monday, March 5: Kick-off for One School, One Book

Tuesday, March 6: Newspaper Club @7:25AM (Computer Lab)

Friday, March 9: Grade 5 Musical Rehearsal @2:30PM

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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