Friday, April 30, 2021 ~ Announcements
We are back to our hybrid schedule - Group A Monday and Tuesday, Group B Wednesday and Thursday with everyone remote on Friday.
NWEA Testing: This week is testing week for RBC students - today is a testing day for 7th and 8th grade all remote students. Next week is testing week for in-house students: Tuesday, (May 4th) and Thursday, (May 6th) will be the reading test each morning for 90 minutes and the following week Tuesday, (May 11th) and Thursday (May 13th) will be the Math test. Please try to ensure a successful testing day for your student by making sure they get plenty of rest and nutrition to start their day!
Reminder: This is a reminder to parents that if your child is not taking the bus (when they regularly do), please let transportation know. This is especially important if your child is provided with special transportation on our early bus or vans!! Thank you!
SPRING ATHLETICS: We will be running an intramural model spring sports schedule for 7th and 8th grade student-athletes. Mondays and Tuesdays will be Group A students and Wednesdays and Thursdays for Group B students. Track club, baseball and softball will meet after school and practice from 2:45 to 3:50. In order to attend, each student must fill out the Daily Covid19 Questionnaire EVERY DAY BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE FIELD. Forms and additional information are available on the Westbrook Middle School athletic website. There will be no games. This is simply an opportunity to practice sport skills and drills.
Leadership Club: Will be meeting Mondays and Wednesdays in person after break from 2:30 - 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
The Leadership Club is holding a virtual pet show (videos or pics). Today is the last day to upload pics. 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
Grade 6 Social Studies Club will hold its next meeting Tuesday, May 4th, from 2:45 - 3:30. It will be held virtually on google classroom.
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 email@example.com
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 on May 13th 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 Tuesdays & Thursdays from 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WMS Builders Club is collecting Lego pieces to donate to LEGO REPLAY. Lego Replay collects your unused Lego pieces, washes, sorts and donates them to children's charities. During the dates of April 26, 2021 - May 27, 2021: Drop off your Unused Legos to Mrs. Boucher's Classroom C208 or New England Chiropractic, 89 Larabee Road, Westbrook ME
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 -> email@example.com
5th grade math team: Next meet - Monday, May 3rd: https://meet.google.com/igs-vuti-rud. Email Mrs. Bradbury with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grades 6, 7, and 8 Math Teams:
Grade 6 May Meet will take place on Monday, 5/3, at 6:00 p.m. (so after dinner!!!)
Grade 7 May Meet will take place on Thursday, 5/6, at 2:30 p.m. (so directly after school)
Grade 8 May Meet will take place on Wednesday, 5/5, at 2:30 p.m. (so directly after school)
Please join our Google Classroom (code: xoagvyt) where you will find the Google Meet link in the banner. Email any questions to Ms. Urban (email@example.com).
Civil Rights Team (CRT) Grades 5 & 6: Will meet next on May 12th at 3:00pm! The google classroom code is: gyn5xf6. Email any CRT Grades 5 & 6 questions to Ms. Patrick firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Civil Rights Team would like to extend our best wishes to all of our students who are observing Ramadan. This important holiday began (April 12) at sundown and continues through May 12th. We wish you well!
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, 5/13/21 (math meet conflict for 5/6/21). The plan for the meeting is to design a flag that represents all the various groups of people.
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 (email@example.com)
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.
Yearbook Information: The deadline for purchasing a yearbook has passed. Here is additional information you may need:
Can I buy a yearbook when they arrive?
Sometimes LifeTouch sends a few extra books. These books will be addressed once all ordered yearbooks have been delivered. Please look for announcements when it is time. We won’t be making a waiting list beforehand.
When will yearbooks be delivered?
Yearbooks are handed out to students at school during the final week(s) of school.
I found an error in the book or have criticism. Who do I contact?
The WMS yearbook is a student-centered club; we appreciate your support for the students who volunteered their time to document this year at WMS.
If there is a printing problem, such as blank pages, please email firstname.lastname@example.org the book is delivered to students. We will make every attempt to replace your book.
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: email@example.com
Grade 6: Sharon Walsh (Edmentum) - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 7: Amanda Kuczewski (Edmentum) - email: email@example.com
Grade 8: John Miller (Edmentum) - email: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 May 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