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December 1, 2017
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Good Afternoon,

Can you believe today was the 59th day of school, and the last day of the first trimester?  Teachers will begin working on report cards by reviewing daily work, a variety of assessments, observation notes, and collaborating with colleagues.  The report cards will be available in the iParent Portal on Friday, December 15th after 3:30PM.  

During the hectic pace of the season, keep in mind children pick up on our feelings and act accordingly.  Consider maintaining routines (this helps children feel secure and know what to expect), avoid over scheduling, and allowing plenty of time to rest and relax.  

I hope you read the Home School Connection newsletter sent home this week and/or visited us on Facebook and Twitter.  We are currently working on updating the Nabnasset website.  In fact, all of the WPS websites will be revised to have a consistent look.  We hope to have the new sites online in late January.

We started the day united for our monthly community meeting.  Perhaps the agenda will spark a conversation with your child:

Greeting - Ms. Brady's class demonstrated the Hello Neighbor greeting.
Share - Mrs. Coulter's class shared a sports theme energizer.  
Next, we talked about helping those in need.  Mrs. Maguire explained the “Hats Off for Cancer” compassion project initiated by the kindergarten team years ago.  We also shared the purpose of the Holiday Helper project and the Toy Collection.  We hope students are on the path to understanding that giving provides an intrinsic reward that's far more valuable than the gift.
Group Activity - We focused on the I (include) in our RISE Code of Conduct.  First, students shared examples of how to include others.  Next, Mrs. Jerzylo read a summary of the book Enemy Pie by Derek Munson.  
Morning Message - The message highlighted the book.  “In the book Enemy Pie, Jeremy just moved to town, Tom didn't like Jeremy because he didn't know him.  When Tom included Jeremy and made an effort to get to know him by playing with him and being nice, Tom made a new friend.  When you include someone, it will make that person feel happy, it will make you feel happy, and you can make new friends!”  

The following students earned a Kimball gift card for submitting the most names and addresses to The Race for Education:

Kindergarten - Danica Arden
First grade - Adrian Knapp
Second grade - Faith McMahon

Twenty eight students earned a trip to the Treasure Box for submitting 10 addresses, and six students earned a Westford water bottle for 15 addresses.  

The lucky raffle winners (AMC or Barnes and Noble gift cards) were Kaeyln Hughes and Michael Studer.  

I look forward to welcoming kindergarten friends and their families to Bernadette Baird's Sing-a-long tonight at 6:30PM.  Please join us for a fun evening of singing, dancing and playing games.
Remember, the schedule changes next Thursday, December 7th.  We have an early release (12:20PM) for a professional development afternoon.  The morning kindergarten students will be in school longer than normal.  

Please see the attached fliers on exciting events sponsored by Westford Academy and the Fletcher Library.  

Have a wonderful weekend.

S. DuBois

Nabnasset School    99 Plain Rd, Westford, MA 01886    Tel: (978) 692-5583    Fax: (978) 392-9618

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