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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 9
Weekly Update
Saturday, March 9, 2018

Dear parents,

We are very excited to launch our first Compassion Corner during school store hours on Wednesday, March 14. Day School parent Sarah Nolan is organizing this service opportunity. The Compassion Corner is a small space in our school that will make a big impact for our entire community. The corner is aligned with our core values of respect and participation in which we encourage all Day School students to treat others with kindness and support others who need assistance. Sarah Nolan provided this write-up to explain the mission of the Compassion Corner:

The Compassion Corner will teach you how your spare change can change a life! Every month at the school store, the Compassion Corner will feature a different local group solving problems in our community. All students, teachers, and staff are invited to come learn how that group assists those in need and hear about the many ways you can help enact positive change. Our school will also collect money each month towards a goal so please think about the Compassion Corner when you're planning your trip to the school store. This month the Day School is hoping to collect $150 for Forgotten Angels cat shelter, which is the amount needed to provide food and medical care to save the life of one cat. Just one dollar from every student who visits the school store would surpass that goal. A little bit goes a long way when we all work together!

Our Compassion Corner was certainly inspired by the successes of similar corners at the Abbot and Crisafulli. The students at both of those schools recently donated their CC funds to our own Day School playground! We hope you will inspire your own children to give back to the community. All spare change will be donated to worthy causes. Thanks for your support!


Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School

School Safety Forum

Due to the reoccurring violence, specifically school violence, that has taken place in our country in recent years, it is time for us to join as a community for open dialogue on what Westford is doing to best protect our school community.

During our next School Committee meeting on Monday night, March 12, I, along with our building principals and public safety officials, will devote the first 90 minutes to School Security. ~As parents and educators, it is something that we think about and plan for everyday of the school year. ~School safety is a community effort; a topic that deserves attention, conversation and understanding.

I look forward to our discussion on Monday night from 7:00PM to 8:30PM and urge you to participate. ~In order to accommodate a large audience, the School Committee meeting will be held in the Stony Brook Auditorium.  

Everett V. Olsen, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

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!

Boys and Girls Youth Soccer Clinic  

June 26 - June 30: 9 AM - 3 PM each day
Location: Parsons Field (178 Kent St, Brookline MA)
Hosted by Northeastern University Men's Soccer

Join head coach Chris Gbandi and his entire staff, along with current Northeastern Men's Soccer players for a week of fun and learning! Players will be split into age groups and engage in exciting activities to maximize both skill development and enjoyment! Any and all boys and girls grades pre-k through 8th are welcome to attend

Questions? Please contact Assistant Coach Cameron Omsberg on / (207) 861-2538
For the link to sign up for the clinic directly, please click here
Link to full clinic details: clinic.aspx

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!

Bamboo Fundraiser

Join us for fine Asian cuisine at Bamboo Restaurant at One Lan Drive in Westford on Thursday, March 15 from 11:30 AM - 9:45 PM. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to the Day School playground. Eat In or Take Out. Lunch or Dinner. No Flyer Needed. Mention Day School Playground when you order.

Patriots Fathead Raffle

Pats fans deserve something bigger and better than traditional posters, wall stickers or cheap d├ęcor. 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 

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

Monday, March 12: Week 2-One School, One Book: Read chapters 6-10

Monday, March 12: Math Information Night for Grade 5 Parents, 6:30PM (Crisafulli School) This night is for parents of incoming 6th-8th students (current 5th-7th grade students) to explain the Accelerated math placement process, the curriculum, and the continuum of courses.

Monday, March 12: School Safety Forum, 7:00PM (Stony Brook Auditorium)

Tuesday, March 13: Newspaper Club, 7:25AM (Computer Lab)

Tuesday, March 13: Townwide Chorus Performance, 8:30AM (WA Performing Arts Center)

Tuesday, March 13: Gaming Club (Computer Lab)

Tuesday, March 13: LYF Club (Library)

Wednesday, March 14: School Store Open during lunches and recesses
Wednesday, March 14: School Advisory Council, 6:00PM (Conference Room)

Wednesday, March 14: Townwide Chorus Performance, 7:00PM (WA Performing Arts Center)

Thursday, March 15: Early Release Day-Professional Development

Thursday, March 15: Bamboo Playground Fundraiser, 11:30AM-9:45PM

Thursday, March 15: Math Information Night for Grade 5 Parents, 6:30PM (Blanchard Middle School) This night is for parents of incoming 6th-8th students (current 5th-7th grade students) to explain the Accelerated math placement process, the curriculum, and the continuum of courses.

Friday, March 16: Invite Your Parents to Lunch Friday-contact Gina Kelly in office for reservation by Thursday

Friday, March 16: Grade 5 Musical Rehearsal, 2:30PM-5:00PM

Wednesday, March 21: Math Information Night for Grade 4 Parents, 6:30PM (Day School Cafeteria)

Thursday, March 22: No School-Parent Teacher Conferences, 2:00PM-8:00PM

Friday, March 23: 2 Hour Delay (10:15AM start)-Parent Teacher Conferences

March 30: Early Release Day-Good Friday

Friday, April 27: Yearbook Order Deadline- (passcode: 101443116243115)

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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