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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 30
Weekly Update
Friday, March 30, 2018

Dear parents,

My favorite part of being the principal of the Day School is spending time in your child's classroom. This is a special time of year because I get to transform myself into a British soldier and visit third grade classrooms. This week, Mrs. Cajolet and I performed a skit to bring to life the events of the Boston Massacre in the year 1770. We donned 18th century costumes and entered the classroom as Paul Revere and Captain Preston. It was so much fun dressing up as British soldier and debating Mrs. Cajolet as Paul Revere. Your children are very impressive young historians! Students had a very clear understanding of challenging historical terms like boycott and propaganda. They also had a very strong sense of pride about the founding principles of our emerging democracy.

This week I was also fortunate to experience project-based learning with Mr. Fligg, Ms. Braga, and Mrs. Creighton's fourth grade students. The students were beginning their exploration of the earth's geology including weathering and erosion. Fourth graders viewed images of amazing earth formations and phenomenon provided by Westford middle school students. As they marveled at the images, the fourth graders began to ask questions and form theories about what they were seeing. I am looking forward to witnessing where this adventure takes the students.

I am so grateful to Mrs. Cajolet, Mr. Fligg, Ms. Braga, Mrs. Creighton and other teachers who help to bring learning to life in their classrooms. The students are certainly very fortunate to have such dedicated teachers!


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.

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.

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 -

Day School Playground News
Westford residents voted to approve $110,000 in community preservation funds to support the construction of the Day School playground! This funding puts us on track for an installation of our playground for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. I would like to thank the chair of our fundraising efforts, Kevin Regan and the rest of our committee for putting in so much time and effort to make the new playground a reality.

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend Town meeting. I really appreciate your support. We hope that you will consider leaving your mark on our playground by purchasing a brick. See details below.

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.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 3: Newspaper Club @7:30AM (Computer Lab)

Wednesday, April 4: Grade 5 Human Growth and Development Unit

Wednesday, April 4: School Advisory Council @6:00PM (Conference Room)

Thursday, April 5: Book Club @2:45PM (Library)

Friday, April 6: Cobra Council @8:30AM (Gymnasium)

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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