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Weekly Update March 16
Weekly Update
Friday, March 16, 2018

Dear parents,

We are excited to welcome you to the Day School for parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, 3/22 and Friday, 3/23. I have reprinted an article from the National Education Association ( with some helpful tips for parents on parent-teacher conferences.
How Should Parents Navigate This All-Important Meeting? Educators Show the Way!
A key ingredient for educational achievement is the parent-teacher conference, and to make sure they're successful for both parents and teachers, we've come up with a list of what educators would like parents to know.
The first on the list: Show up, please!
“We know parents are busy, but it is important to carve out time to invest in your child's education and ensure success at school,” said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. “To get the most out of parent-teacher conferences, parents need to take an active role in their child's education year-round and come prepared to discuss how their child can reach their full potential.”
Here are the rest of our tips for parents:
Get Ready. Do your homework prior to parent-teacher conferences. Prepare by writing notes to yourself concerning:
  • Any questions about the school's programs or policies.
  • Things you can share with the teacher about your child and his life at home.
  • Questions about your child's progress.
Ask Important Questions
Don't be afraid to engage in a frank conversation with your child's teacher. Your goal is to develop an action plan for your child's success at school. Good questions to ask the teacher include:
  • What are my child's strengths and weaknesses?
  • How does my child get along with classmates?
  •  Is my child working up to her ability? Where could she use improvement?
  •  What can we do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom?
Initiate the Action Plan
Start immediately on the action plan you and the teacher put together. Discuss the plan with your child and track his progress. Stay in touch with your child's teacher throughout the year with regularly scheduled “report card” conferences that can keep the communication lines open.
“Parents are the best resource for a child to make the grade,” said Van Roekel. “When teachers and parents work together, we can help a child have a successful school year.”Sincerely,

Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School

March 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 March's Shining Stars:
Brian Podolskiy (Participation), Vincenzo Arena (Respect), Mikayla Hawthorne (Participation), Jessica Tang (Respect), Nitya Kaza (Participation), Rohan Handa (Respect), Kayleigh Baker (Responsibility), Ryan McKean (Participation), Miriam Sabri (Respect), Leoria Dantas (Improvement), Isabella Palmer (Improvement), Jhavian Rivera (Participation), Mrs. Marjorie Masse (Communication), Madyson Dorey (Responsibility), Suhaas Behara (Respect), Marie Morris (Responsibility), Saunak Manna (Respect), Emma Nagle (Communication), Anjali Kukkamalla (Participation), Isaac Geoffroy (Improvement), Elena Wu (Responsibility), Shuban Bala (Responsibility), Alexandria Nolan (Responsibility), Maeve O'Toole (Responsibility), Matthew Stuparu (Respect), Diego Navas (Respect), Alexa Coward (Responsibility), Kitria Whitmore (Participation), Anya Kasharina (Responsibility), Sampriti Poddipireddy (Responsibility), Cooper Scott (Improvement), Anushka Tekade (Communication), Siri Kilambi (Communication), Amisha Shanmuganath (Communication), Harlow Chartier (Communication), Julia Dean (Communication)

Day School Talent Showcase

The first Norman E. Day School Talent Showcase will take place on Friday, May 4 @6PM. If you are interested in displaying your artwork or performing on stage, please sign up here: The deadline to reserve your spot in the showcase in Monday, March 19.

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.

Fifth Grade Human Growth and Development Unit

In the upcoming weeks all fifth graders will be starting a Human Growth and Development Unit. The goal of this unit is to help students recognize the beginning stages of puberty and to explain why and how their bodies are changing. We will address some common questions students have such as:

  • What does puberty mean?
  • What causes it?
  • What is adolescence?
Permission from a Parent/Guardian is necessary for your son/daughter to participate in the Human Growth and Development Unit. During these lessons there will be separate instruction for girls and boys.  There will be information given on the reproduction system, emotional maturity and healthy decision-making regarding nutrition and hygiene. The videos: Just Around the Corner for Boys and Just Around the Corner for Girls (Marsh Media) will be viewed. The Wellness Teacher at each building will be presenting the material.

We understand this can be a challenging topic for both parents and students to discuss. It is our hope that this lesson will provide an opportunity for continued discussion of this subject at home.

Please sign and return the form in your child's backpack by Friday, March 30th, 2018.

An informational evening for all parents/guardians of 5th grade students has
been scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:30 p.m. at the Abbot School. This meeting is for adults only.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please email Brian Roark, K-12 Physical Education/Health and Wellness Curriculum Coordinator at

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.

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!

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 

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

Tuesday, March 20: Newspaper Club, 7:25AM (Computer Lab)

Tuesday, March 20: Rescheduled Day School Advisory Council, 6:00PM (Conference Room)

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

Friday, March 23: Fifth Grade Musical Rehearsal-Cast Only, 2:30PM (Day School Cafeteria)

Friday, 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

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

Westford Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or homelessness.