Wamsutta Family Update 01/17/2020

Wamsutta Family Update 01/17/2020
Posted on 01/17/2020

Good morning, Wamsutta Families.  Another long update this week with many attachments, but hopefully all of it is worthy of your attention.


BACKPACK ALERT AND DIGITAL NOTICES:  There are two flyers going home on paper to all students today:  The Bertucci’s Dining for Dollars and the invitation to a NE General’s Hockey Game are both PTO fundraisers which we hope you will consider.  The community flyer has information from Titans Youth Lacrosse, the Attleboro Public Library, and the APS Kindergarten Information Night for the 2020-2021 school year.     

Other items:

1.       Student Vs. Faculty Basketball Update:  Admission tickets to attend the basketball game on 1.31 will continue to be on sale when lunches resume Tuesday.  The cost of each ticket is $7.00.  We will continue to sell tickets until they sell out.  If you wish to ensure you can get a ticket, I would recommend buying them early next week.  In years past, we would sell out by Friday of the week prior to the game.  We are still hoping to have students sell and return raffle tickets for the next two weeks, and if students need more to sell, they can come to the office.  The grand prizes are a 65-inch TV and an iWatch.  Please participate if you can, and a big thank you to those who already have.   

2.       Principal Runey came by to speak to our 7th and 8th graders this week.  All 7th and 8th grade families should have received emails this week directly from him.  All 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to attend Blue Pride Night, and it is mandatory that 8th grade students and a family member attend the Welcome Night that precedes Blue Pride Night.  I’ve attached the info he sent out in case you did not get it.

3.       8th Grade Yearbook Offer from Mr. Duquette:  8th grade families are offered a chance to show your graduating 8th grader how VERY MUCH you appreciate them & show them how proud you are of them!  Our school is offering 8th grade parents the chance to CREATE & purchase your student’s very own custom yearbook ad to be included in their book this year.  You can create the ads online at this link:  http://www.jostens.com/apps/jcom/router.mvc?code=YRBK&affiliateId=1324416.  The creation process is very simple & straight-forward.  Just upload your images, choose a template, place the images & type in your copy.  That being said, please keep in mind that all orders must be submitted by January 31st.  There is further information attached.

4.       LAST NOTICE:  Nearly all our classes are of the year-long variety.  STEM and Music are the exceptions, as they run for half the year then switch.  The first day of this switch will be January 21.  Grades will close on the 21st and will be available in Aspen at that time.  Final grades for each course will appear on the trimester two report cards.

Lastly, please note the below about our upcoming ALICE-informed safety drills:

The Attleboro Public Schools have adopted a new strategy for lockdown procedures known as ALICE.  ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.  Prior to ALICE, Lockdown procedures involved the staff locking the doors, moving the students to a part of the room where they could not be seen, and quietly remaining there until an “all clear” announcement was given.  The ALICE plan offers a different philosophy in light of increased school violence.  The philosophy of ALICE is to use technology and information in a way so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance of surviving.

The ALICE plan will be implemented in the district with age-appropriate, student-friendly language at all APS schools by school officials in cooperation with the Attleboro Police Department.  The first classroom training of students will take place this semester.  Please be aware that during the lockdown drill teachers will review with students the most appropriate options for securing or exiting the classroom in the case of real emergency.  Students will not be engaged in countering techniques nor will they be exiting the building during the drill.  We understand this issue may raise anxiety for students and the adjustment counselors will be made available to all students who have difficulty preceding or during the training.  Please contact the school if you have any questions about the implementation of ALICE.  


·         Monday, January 20:  No School in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

·         Tuesday, January 21:  Music and STEM classes switch

·         Friday, January 24:  Progress Reports Available in Aspen at 2 PM

·         Thursday, January 30:  Blue Pride (7th and 8th) and Welcome 2024 (8th) Night @ AHS

·         Friday, January 31:   Faculty & Friends VS Students Basketball Game 6 PM

·         Thursday, February 6:  AHS Course Selection for 8th Graders

·         Friday, February 7:  Ice Cream Sundaes for WMS Students (more info to come)

Thank you as always for your time.


Joseph Connor, WMS



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