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

Weekly Update March 23
Weekly Update
Friday, March 23, 2018

Dear parents,

I am so grateful for the generous donations of the Miller and Day School communities that have helped us reach our goal for the Day School playground. I hope you will be able to attend the Westford Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, March 24th at 10AM in the Abbot School gymnasium. We need your support for warrant article 13 that contains the recommended funds from the Community Preservation Act.

Here is a breakdown of our fundraising and donations for our playground project:
  • Grants, donations, and fundraising: $54,946.18
  • Summer Village Gift funds: $30,000
  • Recommended funds from the Community Preservation Act: $110,000
If the residents of Westford vote for the recommended funds from the Community Preservation Act, we will have enough money to fund our playground project. I hope to see you at Town Meeting on Saturday morning at the Abbot School. Thanks so much for your generous support! Day School students are really looking forward to our new playground.


Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School

Math and Science Night Volunteer Needed
Are you interested in helping to revive the math and science nights for the Westford elementary schools? We are looking for Day School parents who would be willing to join Abbot and Crisafulli volunteers to help kick start this great program for students in grades 3-5. If you are interested, please contact me, and I will forward your name to the committee. Thanks for your support of this exciting event!
Day School Principal: Chris Louis Sardella

Grade 5 Camp Donations
We need 2 liter bottles for grade 5 camp. Please send your clean 2 liter bottles in bags to the Day 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 mathematics 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 28, 2018 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the Crisafulli School Cafeteria to learn more about what grade 5 math will look like next year. Please note the new date, time, and location for this event.

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 Piantedosi 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

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

Annual Town Meeting

Please attend Town Meeting tomorrow, Saturday, March 24th. It starts at 10am and will be held at the Abbot School. Please vote YES~on Warrant 13 to help fund the Day School Playground. For more info, go to

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 24: Annual Town Meeting @10AM, Town Hall
Please attend to support funding for the Day School playground (warrant article 13).

Tuesday, March 27: Newspaper Club @7:30AM (Computer Lab)

Tuesday, March 27: Love Yourself First Club @2:30PM (Library)

Tuesday, March 27: Grade 5 Human Growth and Development Parent Information Night @6:30PM, Abbot School

Wednesday, March 28: Student Senate @7:30AM

Wednesday, March 28: School Store and Compassion Corner (during lunch/recess schedule)

Wednesday, March 28: Math Information Night for Grade 4 Parents @6:30PM, Crisafulli School

Thursday, March 29: Book Club @2:45PM (Library)

Friday, March 30: Early Release Day-Good Friday

Friday, March 30: Grade 5 Play Rehearsal (Cast Only) @11:40AM

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

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