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

Weekly Update April 8
Weekly Update
Sunday, April 8, 2018

Dear parents,
As I write this update, the sun is shining brightly as a sure sign that spring is on its way! We have an exciting week in store for students at the Day School. On Tuesday and Thursday, Fresh Start Food gardens is back to help students plant the lettuce seedlings they have been nurturing in their classrooms. We have added new raised garden beds and expect to have an amazing harvest this spring of fresh vegetables for the school cafeteria. The Fresh Start staff also has great lessons in store for students that are connected to their science curriculum. In grade 3, students will learn about the weather's effect on the garden. In grade 4, students will learn about the different parts of the plant and why we harvest the leaves the way we do. In grade 5, students will focus on how eating from an on-site school garden directly affects all the earth systems.

Fifth graders have been gearing up for their annual musical, “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!” that will take place for students this week with weekend performances for families and friends. I would like to thank our musical director Tina Marcouiller and all of the parents who made this performance possible. Please see the article below for ordering tickets. You and your family will not want to miss this show!

Day School parent Sarah Nolan has an exciting update on our new Compassion Corner below. Thank you for giving so generously to the Forgotten Angels animal shelter. Our April compassion corner will support the Lowell Wish Project. Students can contribute at the school store on Wednesday during the lunch/recess schedule.

Don't forget MCAS begins right after April vacation week.


Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School

Fifth Grade Musical
This week, fifth graders will be performing the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk in the musical production of “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!This musical adaptation of the classic English folk tale will surely delight the audience with six charming songs.  See Jack as he goes up the beanstalk and into the castle where he not only fights Gogmagog, the giant, but a malicious troll as well. By the end of this special tale, the cow is returned, the chicken learns how to lay golden eggs and the good life returns to the kingdom.  You will love the lively score, including "Good Things are Bound to Happen," "Magic Beans" and the toe-tapping "Run, Jack, Run," which will have both young and old humming the catchy tunes!

Tickets are available for $5 each in the Day School office or you can reserve tickets online: Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum online reservations Don't miss out on this fun show for the whole family! Thank you to George Arsenault for arranging ticket sales.

  • Friday, April 13 @7PM
  • Saturday, April 14 @2PM
  • Saturday, April 14 @7PM
Grade 6 Music Course Selection
Stony Brook and Blanchard music departments are in the process of scheduling current fifth grade students into sixth grade classes at the middle school for the 2018-2019 school year. In order to schedule your child in the appropriate music class, please select a course through the survey link below. We must have a definitive decision regarding your choice of Band, Chorus, General Music, or String Instrumental Music by Wednesday, April 25, 2018. If no selection is made through the Music Selection Form, your child will be placed in General Music for the 2018-2019 school year .

There is no fee to participate in the middle school band, chorus, and orchestra programs. Students may participate in one ensemble, either band, chorus, or orchestra, as the schedule does not allow for participation in both an instrumental ensemble and chorus. Participation in band, chorus, or orchestra will take the place of general music class during the students Integrated Arts block. At the middle school level, instrumental and choral music require a full year commitment. If your child has never played an instrument but is interested in starting, please contact the instrumental music teachers for a list of private instructors and to discuss readiness for participation in the band or orchestra program.

We ask that you please take a moment to have a thoughtful discussion with your child regarding his/her placement in the sixth grade music program for the coming year as all placements are final. Please complete the short online selection form with your child's choice no later than Wednesday, April 25, 2018. As a reminder, due to the complexities of scheduling, your child will be placed in General Music if no selection is made using the provided link. The selection form may be found at:

We look forward to a wonderful sixth grade year in instrumental, choral or general music!

April Compassion Corner
It was such a pleasure to see so many students both contribute to and express curiosity about Forgotten Angels, the shelter last month's Compassion Corner supported. I received a lot of questions about how the shelter operates and learned about many of the students' pets that were adopted from shelters. The Day School is certainly full of animal-lovers!

Both children and staff gave generously and raised $68.95 to assist with veterinary care and food for the cats served by Forgotten Angels. Combined with the funds raised by the Abbot School's Compassion Corner, the grand total I was able to present to the shelter today was $126.64. Julie Porter-Brooks runs the shelter and was delighted that so many children came together to support her mission, which has operated in Westford for nearly 20 years. According to her it's enough to get one cat out of the cold, neutered, vaccinated, and fed while he awaits his forever home.

April's Compassion Corner will help The Wish Project buy a bed for a child struggling with poverty ( Students will be learning about The Wish Project, an organization that collects new and gently used items to be distributed directly to local families in need of basic household goods, and baby supplies. Among many programs The Wish Project has in place to meet the needs of its local families struggling with poverty is Beds 4 Kids. Sadly, at any given time in the Merrimack Valley alone there are hundreds of children sleeping on the floor in largely unfurnished apartments. For every $80 The Wish Project collects it is able to get one child off the floor and into a warm, comfortable bed. Please remember The Wish Project this Wednesday as you're planning for the school store on Wednesday, April  11th.

Sarah Nolan, Day School parent

MCAS Testing Dates at Norman E. Day School

ELA Testing Schedule
  • Grade 5 ELA - April 23, 26
  • Grade 4 ELA - April 24, 27
  • Grade 3 ELA - April 25, 30
Math Testing Schedule
  • Grade 5 Math - May 7, 10
  • Grade 4 Math - May 8, 11
  • Grade 3 Math - May 9, 14
Science & Technology
  • Grade 5 Science & Technology - May 15, 16

April 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 April's Shining Stars:
Jayden Lin (Participation), Mahiro Jilesen (Participation), Cassidy Putnam (Respect), Keira McPhee (Respect), Eleni Stowell (Respect), Abhinav Sharma (Responsibility), Samaira Karmarkar (Responsibility), Felix Morton (Responsibility), Matthew Stuparu (Participation), Jeremy Ndegwa (Communication), Nicolas Lareau (Improvement), Raymond Chen (Participation), Zoe Rose (Responsibility), Molly Rendish (Responsibility), Sariah Soderquist (Respect), Amogh Hanchur (Respect), Maura Hogan (Respect), Elena Mach (Responsibility), Katie Fonden (Responsibility), Avishi Sharma (Improvement), Joshua Meldrum (Improvement), Ella Carota (Participation), Olivia Jefferson (Respect), Pranav Yellanki (Respect), Alexander Holway (Respect), Lalithaambika Arun Rajhesh (Respect), Derek Yoon (Improvement), Brady Dinsmore (Respect), Kaydan Prak (Respect), Ryan Sass (Participation), Rachel McKean (Responsibility), Rachel McKean (Improvement), Victoria Farley (Respect), Maruthi Birudavolu (Responsibility), Awab Basil (Participation), Anvita Damera (Respect), Chahnita Achanta (Responsibility), Alexis Short (Respect), James McGowan (Responsibility), Yina Wang (Improvement), Mahiro Jilesen (Respect), Shreya Rajinikanth (Responsibility), James Roberts (Responsibility), Maddy McWade (Participation)

Don't Miss Your Chance To See Dr. Michael Thompson!

Internationally acclaimed psychologist, consultant, speaker, and best-selling author Dr. Michael Thompson returns to Westford~Wednesday, April 25, 2018, to present~The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success In School And In Life. Dr. Thompson said his talk is really geared toward pressured parents, who may not remember what school is really like. In his presentation, Dr. Thompson describes the psychological journey children take during their school years. He believes children are constantly searching for connection, recognition, and a sense of power, and that each child develops strategies to cope with pressures he or she may feel. Dr. Thompson shares his extensive experience and wisdom with a wonderful sense of humor and a great deal of compassion.~

Dr. Thompson is the author of such bestsellers as Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding The Social Lives Of Children and Raising Cain: Protecting The Emotional Lives Of Boys, which became a critically acclaimed documentary. His most recent book is It's A Boy! Understanding Your Son's Development From Birth To Age 18, also a bestseller. Dr. Thompson travels the world as a consultant and lecturer to hundreds of schools, and has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, 60 Minutes, The Early Show, and Good Morning America. For more details about Dr. Thompson, check out his website at~

His presentation is part of the Westford Parent Connection's speaker series and will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Stony Brook Middle School Auditorium. Due to the generosity of the Westford Parent Connection's sponsors, the event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Mary Anne Seraphin at or go to the WPC's website at

19th Annual Westford Road Race

The 19th Annual Westford Road Race is coming! Hundreds of runners from all over the region will come together at the Abbot School to participate in the Family Fun Run or the 5K or 10K races on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The Family Fun Run starts at 2:00 p.m., the 5K starts at 2:20 p.m., and the 10K starts at 2:25 p.m.

Want to join us? Go to for registration information. The first 600 pre-registered participants will receive race t-shirts. Registration fees are $15 per person for the Fun Run, $25 per person for the 5K, and $30 per person for the10K, if you register before April 21. After April 21, the cost of the 5K is $30 and the 10K is $35.

The event is organized by the Westford Charitable Foundation, Inc., which has given nearly $350,000 back to the community. Want to make a tax-deductible donation? Go to~ for details. This is a fun community event you will not want to miss.

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.

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

For questions, please contact:
Julie Ottesen -

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. Last chance to buy a brick is May 31!

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, April 10: Love Yourself First (LYF) Club @2:30PM (library)

Tuesday, April 10: Monthly Open PTO Meeting @2:45PM (conference room)

Wednesday, April 11: Fifth Grade Musical, “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum,” @9AM for grades 3 and 4 (cafeteria)

Wednesday, April 11: School Store and Compassion Corner

Thursday, April 12: Book Club@2:45PM (library)

Friday, April 13: Fifth Grade Musical, “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum,” @9AM for grades 2 and 5 (cafeteria)

Friday, April 13: Fifth Grade Musical, “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum,” @7PM for families and friends (cafeteria) Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum online reservations

Saturday, April 14: Fifth Grade Musical, “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum,” @2PM for families and friends (cafeteria) Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum online reservations

Saturday, April 14: Fifth Grade Musical, “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum,” @7PM for families and friends (cafeteria) Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum online reservations

Monday, April 16-Friday, April 20: April Vacation Week

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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