Wamsutta Family Update 10.6.17

Wamsutta Family Update 10.6.17
Posted on 10/13/2017

Good morning, Wamsutta Families. A thankfully short update this week:

  1. Backpack Alert:  The only paper handed to students today was for our students who take the bus.  We passed out index cards with students’ names, homerooms, and late bus stops.  We hope to avoid the confusion of years’ past when families assumed the regular bus stop was also the late bus stop.  While this is often true, it is not always true.  Families who plan on using the late bus should refer to the index card to ensure we are all on the same page.  There are no digital notices this week. 
  2. There will be no school Monday, October 9th.
  3. Our PTO’s next meeting is Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30.  While our Penny War is going strong, we are still seeking donations in the form of gift cards to ready us for a successful Calendar Raffle in November.  If you can give a gift card (of any type, in any denomination), you can just send it in with your student to the main office in an envelope marked PTO Calendar Raffle.  You are also welcome to drop it off on Tuesday at our PTO meeting.  We’d love to see you either way.
  4. Our second ASEPAC meeting of the year will be Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30.  The meeting will begin with a chance for families to get support on any issues they have from the ASEPAC officers, followed by a presentation by the Federation for Children with Special Needs called An IEP For My Child at 7.
  5. It’s hard to believe, but we are nearing the halfway point of the first trimester.  I will send an email midweek next week showing you how to access progress reports in Aspen.
  6. We have two charitable drives going on here over the next week or so.  For Hurricane Maria relief, we are collecting toiletries, non-perishable foods, and the like, and, for Cancer Research, we are collecting water bottle caps.  Both efforts are almost entirely student-led.  Please support them.
  7. REPEAT NOTICE:  The award-winning film, Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age, will be screened at the Bray Auditorium at AHS on Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30 PM.  It probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.  The movie is appropriate for children grade three and up with parent consent and all parents/guardians are welcome to attend.  Common Sense Media has reviews for parents/guardians to learn more about the documentary. This link is available for parents/guardians who are deciding if the documentary is appropriate for their children to watch.

Thank you as always for your time and attention.

Joseph Connor, Principal

Wamsutta Middle School

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