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Westford Schools
February 9, 2018
Good Afternoon,

This morning we gathered in the gym for community meeting.  I hope you hear more about the following:

Greeting - Mrs. Veseskis' class taught everyone the American Sign Language greeting Good Morning, Friend.

Share - Ms. Lacroix's class shared a movement break called the Echo Moose Song.

Mrs. Loughman announced the outcome of the second grade and multi-age Mock Caldecott project.  After reading 8 books, the students voted for their favorite.  The 2018 Nabnasset Mock Caldecott winner was Egg by Kevin Henkes.  The two Nabnasset Honor books were The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater and The Wolf, The Duck, The Mouse by Mac Barnett.  Congratulations to Ariana A. for designing the winning seal.  

The following Box Top update was shared:  Last month we collected 1,013 coupons.  Mrs. David's class collected the most coupons.  We need to collect 2,300 coupons by June to reach our goal.  This month, the class with the most Box Top coupons will have an extra recess.  The challenge is on!

Group Activity - The focus this month was on safety (Nab Stars RISE Code of Conduct).  Mrs. Quinn's class performed a safety skit highlighting safety in the hallway, during recess, and in class.  Students taught Mr. Harmful (Mr. Bennett) how to be safe in school.

We addressed the rough play observed during recess.  The games tag and cops and robbers have been eliminated due to safety concerns.   We explained that kindness and respect are as important on the playground as in the classroom.  

Morning Message - The message summarized the purpose and importance of following rules.  

Teaching students how to be safe is an important part of our job.  We want them to understand that rules are the guidelines that help all of us know how to act and to keep ourselves and others safe.  Therefore, we actively teach students how and when to follow rules, remind and reinforce.  

Finally, we proudly awarded many RISE certificates to acknowledge expected behavior.  Coming together in this way, laughing and learning, always makes my day!  

Did you have a chance to read the Home School Connection newsletter sent home earlier this week?  Have you returned the Family Literacy Night form indicating you interest?  

Next week we look forward to welcoming a new first grade student, celebrating the 100th day of school, reading, solving problems, asking questions, making discoveries, spreading kindness and helping others.  Second grade students are going to the Living Lab at Day School to learn about erosion.  In addition, the first grade classes will continue to learn about the sky during the Sky Lab enrichment program.  

Have a wonderful weekend.

S. DuBois

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

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