*JOIN US FOR THE ALL-SCHOOL HEALTH EXPO: There will be a Health Expo this Wednesday, 2/28, from 9:00-10:00 am and then again from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Weston Middle School Library. This is a GREAT opportunity to experience the K-12 Health Education Program, obtain meaningful resources and speak to health education teachers and school counselors.
*SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS’ FIGHT AGAINST CANCER: Join us on Tuesday, March 6th at 9:45 am in the WMS Library for our regular PTO meeting PLUS a brief but important presentation from WHS students who are spearheading a new initiative in town to help fight cancer. The event will be family-focused at Lachat Farm on June 9th and will raise money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center while helping to promote a healthy lifestyle for cancer prevention. Our STUDENTS are stepping forward to organize this. Please let’s give them our wholehearted support.
WMS SCHOOL BUDGET PRESENTATION: On Tuesday, February 6th at 9:45 a.m., the WMS PTO sponsored a school budget presentation/Q&A Session led by Dr. McKersie, Dan Doak and other school leaders. This informative session dealt with specific questions from Middle School Parents. Some answers included: “There is NO plan to increase class sizes or cut the theater budget”; “We must increase budget monies towards SPED. This will help students and budget overall in the long term”; “Some changes to the timing and structure of Mock Trial and after school sports will make these programs much more cost effective for the Middle School”; “Capital improvements to the building are coming—but not this year. Improvements needed are significant and they have to wait for now”. For the complete slide presentation from this meeting, please visit: LINK
PHILANTRHOPY UPDATE: Recent and Upcoming Votes WE CAN’T VOTE WITHOUT YOUR VOICE. PLEASE ATTEND THE MARCH 6th MEETING AT 9:45 in the WMS LIBRARY!!!
Some key Philanthropy votes are upcoming in March. Additional votes were taken at the WMS PTO February Meeting. $1,050 was unanimously approved to help the WMS Robotics Team continue on their path to victory. They have qualified for the Championship Tournament. This program initially started as a pilot funded by the PTO and now it is largely school and parent supported with some PTO help if needed—this year’s team is the largest to date—a testament to early funding and School-Parent-Student-PTO collaboration! $2,000 was also unanimously approved for funding of the WHS Science Laboratory. In the near-term, this lab will support the high-level inquiry efforts of those WHS students who qualify. However, the long-range plan is to use this lab to help the overall growth of STEM from Hurlbutt through High School. Currently, labs are overcrowded and underfunded. Students wanting to pursue inquiry must travel to other labs with proper equipment to do so. The new lab will allow our High School students to work on campus and to serve as mentors for younger Weston students who want to follow a similar path. UPCOMING VOTES WILL INCLUDE: Contributions to the HES Playground; Landscaping improvements to the front of the Weston Middle School and NFHS Filming for sports and other cross-campus events (including graduation) for easy viewing and access.
SPEAK-UP: SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY DISCUSS TOUGH TOPICS: On Saturday, February 3rd, State and local Weston leaders convened to discuss everything from taxes to land use to—our schools and the budget. Not surprisingly, it is the latter topic that dominated the conversation. For more details see past issues of THE LINK. Importantly, take time to watch SPEAK-UP on the Weston League of Women Voters website (lwvweston.org).
WANT TO SERVE ON A WMS PTO BOARD? We are looking for volunteers to serve on the WMS PTO Executive and General Boards for 2018-2019. Please consider helping this amazing school and our incredible students by serving on one of these boards next year. WATCH your email for a call for volunteers and respond because we need you! Questions? Please contact WMS PTO President, Britta Lerner, at email@example.com; cell phone/text: 917-670-4391 or simply nominate yourself or someone else by clicking HERE.
JOIN THE BOOSTERS EMAIL LIST! Looking to keep up with what sports teams are doing at the High School and when they are playing? Want to help Boosters continue to support our accomplished sports athletes? Want to stay current with the great things that Boosters provides our student athletes? Do you want to help Boosters during the special events they support like Special Olympics, the Kiwanis Turkey Run, and Relay for Life? If so, please join the Weston High School Boosters Club email list. Contact Tammy Roberts, President, WHS Boosters Club at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will gladly add your name (you can unsubscribe at any time). Please visit www.whsboosters.com for more information. It’s never too early to embrace our school spirit.
WMS BOOK FAIR COMING THIS SPRING!
Mark your calendars for May 16th-18th for the WMS Book Fair. Hours: 7:30-2:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with extended hours offered during Art Jam on May 17th from 6:00-7:30 pm to encourage parent participation. The fair will close on Friday morning at 10:30 am. Students will visit the fair with their English classes. Importantly, the WMS Book Fair is geared specifically towards the pre-teen and teen audiences and encourages literacy by introducing students and their families to books they may note otherwise encounter. The new vendor, Main Street Books (MainStreetBookCompany.com) allows WMS to customize the selection of books to ensure that every reading level is offered unique and appropriate reading options. For more information contact Jennifer Merced at email@example.com.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS…
*Tuesday, March 6th, 9:45 am WMS Library; PTO PROGRAM: “Drugs, Alcohol and your Middle School Children” with guest speakers SRO Joe Mogollon and WMS/WHS Social Worker, Megan Skelton. PLUS: KEY PHILANTHROPY VOTES AND PRESENTATION FROM WHS STUDENTS ON A NEW INITIATIVE TO HELP FIGHT CANCER!!!
Tuesday, March 27th, evening: Board of Finance Public Budget Review--This is our time to comment, question, advocate…be heard!
Tuesday, April 3rd, 9:45 am WMS Library; PTO PROGRAM: “Hard Questions: Final Budget Update before Vote” featuring Dr. McKersie, Principal Doak, BOE Members and other budget leaders. This is the perfect opportunity for you to ask questions, get answers and formulate your own opinions.
Wednesday, April 18th, evening: ATBM—Come, voice, vote!
Saturday, April 28th, 2018: Budget Referendum