WMS will be a RULER* School…The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has reached out to the Weston School District with an invitation to train a core group of teachers and parent liaisons in the RULER approach (*Recognizing emotions in self and others; Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions; Labeling emotions accurately; Expressing emotions appropriately; Regulating emotions effectively). The goal is to pass these skills on to our students to increase their emotional intelligence, resilience, and future success. Congratulations to WMS PTO Treasurer, Tammy Roberts and WMS PTO Communications Chair, Kristen Rinaldi for being selected as our parent representatives. For more information: www.ei.yale.edu/ruler/ruler-overview/
Debates were Great: The Weston League of Women Voters held candidate debates on Saturday October 7th followed by the PTO-Sponsored Board of Education discussion on October 11th. All were well done. TAKE HOME MESSAGE: Be informed and be sure to vote on November 7th!
Funds and Study Skills were the focus of our October meeting. If you missed it… the PTO approved funds that will cover registration fees for Odyssey of the Mind—a fantastic pilot program for WMS that allows our children to explore, compete and team-build in their areas of interest. This program has been a great success at WIS and student interest at WMS has been high. To learn more please contact Rudd Anderson or go to odysseyofthemind.com
Also approved were music funds to help ease some of the parent-child stress when it comes to large instruments. A few extra cellos go a long way!
Our October program focused on STUDY SKILLS. Clearly, this was a topic of interest as the room was packed with parents and questions. For a summary of the meeting and copies of the handouts, click here
Drugs and Alcohol: How much are our Children Using? When? Where?
Find out on October 26th!...
Last spring, the Weston School District partnered with Positive Directions to implement another comprehensive survey on drug and alcohol use in our schools. Current results will be presented by Superintendent McKersie and other school leaders in conjunction with representatives from Positive Directions on October 26th at 7pm in the WMS Library. You don’t want to miss this.
Parenting Strategies: The Risky Teenage Years
Learn More on November 2nd…
Please join the Weston Middle School for an exciting presentation by Diana Clark, JD, MA of Turnbridge.
Date/Time/Location: November 2nd, 7-9pm, WMS Library
Book Fair Brainstorm…
A fresh idea for a Book Fair—one designed especially for Middle School Students with better resources, less “must attend” expectations and a social atmosphere--is under consideration for PTO funding. Tentative launch date is late spring 2018. Interested? Contact Jennifer Merced at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS…
Friday, November 3rd, 7:30 pm, Rolling Hills Country Club, Weston:
HES Playground Gala
WMS PARENTS: It was not so long ago that our children were in Hurlbutt. In fact, many of us still have children at HES. For those of you who remember or who are currently experiencing the School Road playground—it is in very bad shape and getting worse. All of us should contribute what we can for our elementary school and young community children. Please support this important effort to build a better, safer playground. This fabulous evening includes food, drinks, friends, dancing and auctions. If you would like to be on this committee or donate a silent auction item, please contact email@example.com.
For more information AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS, please go TODAY to: http://www.hesplayground.com
Thursday, November 9th: Make-up picture day.
Tuesday, November 14th, 9:45 a.m. WMS Library PTO PROGRAM: “Internet Safety and your Middle School Child” featuring SRO Joe Mogollon. Don’t miss this opportunity to get information that will greatly increase your understanding of this important topic from a noted expert in Internet Safety (other towns in Fairfield County come to Weston to seek Officer Mogollon’s advice on Internet Safety.)
Tuesday, January 9th, 9:45 a.m. WMS Library and then Cafeteria PTO PROGRAM: “A Taste of Middle School Life”—join us for our regular 9:45 PTO meeting in the library and then quickly head to the cafeteria for an update from our own Andre Santelli and a tasting at the cafeteria tables! (for a full list of upcoming PTO programs, click here.)