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School Notes: Eddie Eagle Safety Program Delayed, PTO Needs Volunteers

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Westford Public Schools. Credit: Patch
Westford Public Schools. Credit: Patch

Here’s a round up things you need to know:

Eddie Eagle Safety Program postponed

School Superintendent Everett V. Olsen Jr. announced this week that the Eddie Eagle Safety Program would be postponed until the fall. “Because this time of year is so extraordinarily busy for our teachers and administrators, I have decided to defer the training until the fall. Delaying the implementation of this program will provide us with additional time to more thoroughly integrate gun safety lessons into our health and safety curriculum.” He stated in an email that he would continue to be in touch with parents about the program in the future. 

Military Families: Information Request

The state department of education is requesting information from parents on whether or not children are eligible for Assistance Under the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Children who are eligible include children of:

  • Active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on Active Duty.
  • Members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year.
  • Members who died on active duty.

If your family qualifies for any of the above, please contact the school office.

PTO needs volunteers

The WEPTO is recruiting for the 2014-2015 school year. Please consider signing up for a volunteer Executive Board or school-based SBC position. Your time and support is essential to the WEPTO's mission of supporting school-related programs including high-quality arts and education programming that supports our children's curricula, the Star Reader program, the Living Lab, library grants, and more. Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet other like-minded Westford parents and put your skills and expertise to good use for all of Westfordís elementary students. Flyers have been sent home with students and can be viewed online at: westford.com/westelmpto/2013_14/WEPTOVolunteerFlier2014_15.pdf

Westford vs. NE Patriots

The New England Patriots are coming to Westford Academy on Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. in WA Gymnasium. At least six members of the New England Patriots will be playing basketball in Westford against a team consisting of WA players, Westford teachers/administrators and Westford business people. Tickets will be sold through June. Tickets available by calling 978-692-6516. 

Westford CAT produces Abbot Immigration Day program

Check out the Westford CAT's Abbot Immigration Day Program. Visit http://westfordcat.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=5130e64b0e49b6113b38755153747e3c 

Crisafulli Grade 5 Parent Information

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 6 p.m. at BMS Auditorium. Grade 5 to 6 Parent Night at Blanchard. Mrs. Whitney and Mr. Hislop of Crisafulli will give a presentation about 6th grade and the Blanchard experience.

Stony Brook Grade 5 Parent Information

Stony Brook School will host a 5th Grade Parent Information Night on Wednesday, May 28, at 6 P.M. in the Stony Brook auditorium. 

Week of Fifth Grade Camp

June 2 - 6, 2014 - Date TBD BMS Auditorium. Student Tour. During the Grade 5 Environmental Program at E. Boston Camps, students will visit BMS.

‘Eat Like a Child’

The Abbot Elementary School proudly announces its debut Spring Musical, How to Eat Like a Child, directed and produced by Westford Academy graduate, Tara Earl. We will hold three public performances: 7 p.m. on May 30, 2 p.m. on May 31, and 7 p.m. on May 31. Tickets may be purchased at the Westford Toy Shop, or at the entrance to Abbot's gym 1 hour prior to each show, and during rehearsal sessions (from 3:30-4:30 p.m.) on May 19, 20, 22, 27, & 28. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. Children who have not yet entered kindergarten are admitted free of charge. Come to see an unforgettable, musical celebration of unbridled childhood! Appropriate for all ages.

Crisafulli Lunch Fund drained

The school has reported “an increase in the borrowing” from the fund and now, funds are depleted and need to be replenished. Parents who have an outstanding balance are requested to pay your child's teacher the amount owned in an envelope labeled "Crisafulli Lunch Fund" as soon as possible. 

WA Junior Cotillion held Saturday

The Junior Cotillion will take place at Kimball Farms on Rt. 110 in Westford on Saturday, May 17. A fun night is expected. Pictures will be taken at the high school at 6 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Kimball Farms and then an ice cream social and dancing will follow.

Get your grad photos

Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch will be photographing the graduates as they are handed their diploma. Prestige Portraits will email you your graduate's proofs if you~preregister@events.lifetouch.com/westfordacademywestfordma. Simply click on this year's event link and enter your information. Those who prefer to order through the mail will be sent a proof sheet within 14 business days. (Please do not set up cameras during the ceremony, as they detract from others' view.)

Order graduation balloons

Know any graduating Westford Academy seniors? Congratulate them in style. Imagine hundreds of shiny, maroon and silver Westford Academy balloons decorating the mailboxes and front porches of this year’s senior class on graduation day. Help the Westford Education Foundation make this fundraiser a success by sending a balloon greeting to your favorite WA Class of 2014 graduate. Balloons are just $5 each. The deadline to order balloons is Tuesday, May 27. Go to wefweb.org/ for the balloon order form. Be sure to include the gradsí names, addresses, and your own personal note for each recipient, and WEF will take care of the rest. Balloons will be delivered the day before graduation. Questions? Contact Kelly Guthrie at kguthrie@wefweb.org. The Westford Education Foundation is grateful for your support.

Compiled from email alerts from school officials in Westford.

Cori Ryan May 17, 2014 at 10:26 AM
The words "gun safety" may be a bit confusing. Eddie Eagle teaches "STOP!" Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult. At no point is a real gun or a pretend gun present. It is against Eddie Eagle course rules to have a gun in the same room. At no point is a child taught how to handle a gun. I know some people were concerned when they heard the description so I wanted to share that bit of info.

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