April 5, 2021 ~ Announcements

Good Morning!


Our hybrid schedule - Monday and Tuesday, Group A students will be in-person; Wednesday and Thursday, Group B are in-person. Friday is a remote learning day (with the exception of April 9th because of Parent/Teacher Conferences and also April 16th the Friday before break is a day off for all.)


Team Acadia is all remote this week per the communication from Dr. Peter Lancia.


Dear Parent/ Guardian,


We are using PTCFast.com to sign up for conferences this spring. Please click on the following web address to sign up:


https://ptcfast.com/schools/Westbrook_Middle_School_1


Once on this web page, please select your student’s teacher/ team of teachers that you would like to conference with and select a time that works best for you.


If you do not have internet access, please reach out to your student’s teachers or contact us via phone at (207)854-0830.


Leadership Club: Will be meeting Mondays and Wednesdays in person from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. and remote from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. The Google classroom code is 4t6766s and the Google Meet link is in the banner. Please let Mr. Moulen know if you plan to attend remotely. Please check our Leadership Club notes for additional information.


Keyboard Covers: The Leadership Club will continue accepting pre-orders for keyboard covers that are selling for just $5. Examples of the covers can be seen on the poster in front of the lobby tree. NOTE: We cannot order your cover until you pay. You can pay for the orders during lunch or recess at the top of the lobby stairs outside of the STEAM room. EXACT Change only or checks made out to Westbrook Middle School for $5. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery. Please contact Mrs. Dugas in the main office or Mr. Moulen if you have any questions. https://forms.gle/TWMVsBvj5jcAn3ZZ6


Ireland Trip - April 2022: Sponsored by the WMS Leadership Club: Just a reminder that there are less than 10 spots on the bus left for our upcoming trip, The Emerald Isle. Find tour details and a link to sign up here: https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2427007CM. EF's Traveler Support Team is also available by phone at 800-665-5364. For any families who are still on the fence, I want to highlight a few of the reasons I decided to organize this tour with EF:

  • Their payment options help make the tour affordable for more families (and you get a TON for your money)

  • They've been doing this for over 50 years, and they have offices and staff all around the world—so they'll be there if we need them.

  • They're an accredited school, not a travel agent!

  • In order to give you additional flexibility, anyone that enrolls now will have the ability to change their mind and receive a full refund until August 1st, 2021.

I know this trip will be an invaluable experience for your child that will have such a positive impact on their personal and academic development. As a staff member, it will be one of the highlights of my year. Please enroll your child today, and contact us with any questions.

Sincerely, Junie Dugas & Stephen Moulen - Leadership Club Advisors


WMS Virtual Pet Show


In honor of our beloved Finn's birthday and national pet day, The Leadership Club is holding a virtual pet show (videos or pics) on April 11th! You can enter your pet in all or one of the following classes:


Class 1: The Waggiest Tail (dogs, snakes…)

Class 2: Grumpiest Cat (cats only… obvs)

Class 3: Most Hilarious Facial Expression (pets of all species)

Class 4: Pet Most Like Its Owner (pets of all species)

Class 5: Best Non-Traditional Pet (your imagination is the only boundary with this one! BTW, rocks are not pets...)

Class 6: Stupid pet tricks (pets of all species)

Class 7: Most noisy (pets of all species)

Class 8: Funniest video

Class 9: Some random thing that we didn’t think about.


You can enter in two different ways:


Best in Class: To enter your pet in the “Best in Class” contest and have a chance to win a free keyboard cover, bring in some pet food (see list in announcements) and drop it off at the Leadership Club keyboard table outside the STEAM room during lunch or recess and we will give you a link to the entry form and rules


Best in Show: To enter “Best in Show” and win a $25 gift card, bring $5 to the Leadership Club keyboard table outside the STEAM room during lunch or recess and we will give you a link to the entry form and rules.


Here is a video explaining the Pet Show:

WMS Virtual Pet Show

Watch our video here


Robotics Team: We will be meeting in person Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 2:30. Remember, there is no late bus available at this time, so you must make your own arrangements. There will be a virtual meeting at the same time. Please use the Google Meet class code bcvdp6o to join the class and access the Google Meet link in the banner. Please let Mr. Moulen know if you plan on attending remotely.


The Yearbook Club would love to display your remote learning during the nicer weather. Do you read outside? Work on your deck? Let’s show how we’re all doing things a little differently this year.


Please send pictures to wmsyearbook@westbrookschools.org


Westbrook Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale! Order online here. Yearbook ID Code: 11037521.


Online Order Deadline:

Saturday, April 17, 2021


No extra yearbooks will be ordered; be sure to order yours now. Questions? See Ms. Beckwith in C125 during morning advisory or email wmsyearbook@westbrookschools.org


Kaleidoscope Club: This club is for LGBTQ+ students and Allies to come together in a safe space to discuss issues and support each other. Grades 6-8th are welcome. We will hold our next virtual meeting Thursday, April 8th, from 3pm-3:45. Google meet join code is: kclub. We will continue to meet every other Thursday for the rest of the year. Email Mrs. Dix or Mrs. Grimshaw with any questions.


Builders’ Club meeting: Will meet in person & remotely Tuesday April 6th and Thursday April 8th at 2;30-3:30 p.m. Please check google classroom for community service updates. Please join the Builders’ Club Google Classroom (Code: j4ljfbh). Email Mrs. Boucher with any questions (bouchera@westbrookschools.org)


Student Council: Want to find out what clubs are doing around school? Click here to read WMS Falcon Times - the school’s monthly newspaper. This issue took place in March. We are looking for more help if anyone is interested in writing for the School Newspaper. Reach out to Ms. Kling -> klingj@westbrookschools.org


Looking ahead :

Spirit Week!

April 12th & 14th - Mix & Match - Wear your craziest combo of pattern, designs, and colors!

April 13th & 15th - Tie Dye Day - show off your tie dye designs!


5th grade math team: Will meet virtually today after school: https://meet.google.com/igs-vuti-rud. Email Mrs. Bradbury with any questions (bradburyc@westbrookschools.org)

Grades 6, 7, and 8 Math Teams: We will meet this Friday at 7:15 a.m. Please join our Google Classroom (code: xoagvyt) where you will find the Google Meet link in the banner. Email any questions to Ms. Urban (urbann@westbrookschools.org).


Civil Rights Team (CRT) Grades 5 & 6: Will meet next on Wednesday, April 14th, at 3:00pm! The google classroom code is: gyn5xf6. Email any CRT Grades 5 & 6 questions to Ms. Patrick patrickm@westbrookschools.org).


Civil Rights Team (CRT) Grades 7 & 8: All students are welcomed to join the Civil Rights Team. Grades 7 & 8 students will be meeting every other Thursday from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, 4/29/21. Please join our Google Classroom (code: gyn5xf6) where you will find the Google Meet link in the banner. All of our meetings will be virtual Google Meets for now. Email any CRT Grades 7 & 8 questions to Ms. Urban (urbann@westbrookschools.org)


The Westbrook Middle School Civil Rights Team would like to say that we are very saddened and discouraged by the recent anti-Asian events that have occurred locally and nationally. Within the past few days, multiple people of Asian descent have been harassed in the Greater Portland area, and several Asian-Americans were killed in Georgia. These acts are hurtful and unacceptable.


All members of different ethnicities and ancestries have a special place in this country, and harmful acts towards people of varying cultures undermines the safety and security of all groups. The WMS Civil Rights Team would like to send thoughts of care and support to the members of the Asian community who have been affected by recent violence and harassment, and we pledge to continue our work of educating the WMS community about the importance of tolerance and unity

Click the following link to the Planned Absence Form. Use this form when your child is going to be away from school for more than two days (both in-house and remote). Reminder: Most out of state travel requires proof of a negative Covid test result or quarantine for 10 days before returning to school!! Please contact the school nurse with questions.

Remote By Choice Info: If your child is having issues with their RBC program, the following are the remote staff that can be contacted by grade level:

Grade 5: Sue Cook (Exact Path) - email: cooks@westbrookschools.org

Grade 6: Sharon Walsh (Edmentum) - email: walshs@westbrookschools.org

Grade 7: Amanda Kuczewski (Edmentum) - email: kuczewskia@westbrookschools.org

Grade 8: John Miller (Edmentum) - email: millerj@westbrookschools.org

You can also dial 207-591-6223 to contact remote staff.


Parent Portal: If you have not already done so, please set up your Parent Portal in Infinite Campus in order to update your child’s information. This includes naming people for us to call in case of an emergency if you are unavailable. This is especially important now if we have to send a student home because of COVID symptoms. Please follow this link: https://mecloud2.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/westbrook.jsp . If you have any questions, please contact icparentpw@westbrookschools.org

Thursday Folders have resumed! Our schools send electronic notices and information about our schools and community every Thursday. Please look for them in your inbox. For example, Middle and High School families will find a notice about an upcoming virtual workshop today that is sponsored by our partners at The Opportunity Alliance entitled "Parenting Teens in a Pandemic". Thursday Folders are a great way to stay informed!

Free Meals: We continue to distribute bulk meals for Distance Learning days on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 to 10am. A Westbrook School Department van will be at Walker Field (near the basketball court,) Westbrook Pointe (at the bus stop), and in the municipal parking lot on William Clarke Drive next to Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church. We hope you will stop by for meals. Meals for our Remote by Choice students will be distributed at Westbrook Middle School on Mondays, 1-2pm.

Face coverings must be worn at all times inside the schools and on the bus, unless an employee has provided a student with a momentary break while the student is at least six feet from any other individual, during meal times when proper distancing must be maintained, or in other limited situations. Face coverings are not optional; wearing one is required. Masks are available here at school if your child forgets one.

Click the following link to our April Middle School Lunch Menu.


Click the following link to the Free and Reduced Lunch Application.

Click the following link to this year's School Calendar.

Interpreter Services: Please see the attached letter regarding interpreter services. Language Services

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