TIME IS RUNNING OUT! PLEASE JOIN A WMS PTO BOARD (Parents of rising 5th graders are encouraged to join). 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 on this LINK.
*COMMUNITY EDUCATION GRANTS AVAILABLE: Apply now for Weston Education Foundation Community Education Grants. The purpose of these grants is to provide funds (generally up to $1,500) to Weston-based organizations or individuals to develop educational programs that benefit Weston residents. The application is straightforward and EASY to complete. Preference is given to organizations that can demonstrate sustainable funding for their project after the completion of the WEF grant. To learn more about the Weston Education Foundation’s Community Education Grants Program or to obtain an application, please contact the Grants Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Foundation’s website, www.westoneducationfoundation.org. DEADLINE: APRIL 1st.
*FLOWERS, BALLOONS AND FAIRS, OH MY!
Don’t let the Nor’ Easters fool you—spring is upon us and so are all the wonderful activities that come with it. Mark your calendars so you can stay involved!
*April/May: Teacher appreciation—join us to at the outdoor Middle School picnic tables to mix, meet, greet and gather bunches of flowers into vases for our beloved staff. To volunteer, contact Catherine Revzon at email@example.com or Gemma May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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.The fair will close on Friday morning at 10:30 am. 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 not 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.
*May 25-28 Memorial Day Fair: Come support WMS by volunteering at our snacks, tats and face painting tent! Contact Catherine Revzon at firstname.lastname@example.org, Gemma May at email@example.com or Britta Lerner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*June Graduation Balloons: PAY IT FORWARD! Help us deliver balloons to Weston High School graduates. To be part of this amazing school spirit event, contact Catherine Revzon at email@example.com or Gemma May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHILANTHROPY PROJECTS APPROVED: Many thanks to everyone who attended our March 6th meeting—your time, your voice and your vote approved: Funds for beautifying the front WMS gardens; contributions to a better, safer HES playground and monies to help make Weston Public School events more accessible via video. THANK YOU!
OFFICER MOGOLLON: DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND OUR MIDDLE-SCHOOLERS: At the March 6th meeting of the WMS PTO Guest Speaker Officer Joe Mogollon spoke about substance abuse and our middle-schoolers. Key points included:
*Don’t be afraid to talk to your children—they need to hear from you and they need clear boundaries.
*Credit card access? Many of us have online accounts with auto-charge to our credit card. One click, that’s it. Some of our children even know our credit card numbers. DRUGS are easily available online including cannabis gummy bears, cookies and brownies. Be aware of what is being charged to your credit card, what is going on with your child’s internet activities and what is being delivered to your home/what your child is bringing home—check the back-pack! Today’s marijuana is chemically engineered to be much more powerful, harder to detect and potentially deadly.
*Electronics in the bedroom: BAD idea.
*Parties at home? You serve it, you do the time, pay the fine and so might your child. CT is cracking down.
*Legal action, expulsions and your minor child’s privacy: The names of minors who have committed illegal acts are not released. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t consequences including fines, jail time and expulsion.
*Want More Info? Click on SRO Joe’s link on the WPS District site.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS…
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
Wednesday May 16th- Friday May 18—WMS BOOK FAIR! A whole new concept in Book-Fairing just right for our Middle-Schoolers!
*May 25-28 Memorial Day Fair: Volunteer at the Middle School Tent! One hour of magic makes a memorable connection to parents, students and staff.