May 13, 2022 ~ Announcements

Good Morning!


Mondays and Tuesdays are Blue Days; Thursdays and Fridays are White Days.


Wednesdays are Early Release Days (12:45 p.m.)


Happy Friday! We are in school Monday through Friday this week.


NWEA testing continues this week:


6th and 7th graders will take their tests on Thursday and Friday.


In addition, 5th and 8th graders will take the MEA Science Assessment on Wednesday, May 18th.


If your child is not present in school on their days of testing, they will be pulled from classes upon their return for make ups. Please let us know ahead of time if your child has a planned absence on test days. Please encourage your child to get a good night's rest and to eat breakfast or snacks in the morning. Breakfast foods are available to all students upon their arrival. For test days, please have your child bring a book or other non-electronic quiet activity to do when they are done testing.


GT Art: At this time, grades 5-7 will be invited to apply to the GT Art Plus Program for the 22/23 academic year. Art Plus packet applications will be available from NOW - June 1st.


You can find application packets outside Ms. Jacob’s art room, or on the district art department webpage. Art Department Website

Please complete the packet by June 1st and turn it into the front office.


Overdue Library Books: We still have a very large number of overdue books that we would really like to get back. During the past two years we have lost more books than usual, so we are trying extra hard to get books back this year. Students should check their lockers, backpacks, and under their beds :) for overdue library books. Students are welcome to stop in at the library if they have any questions about what they have out.


Hannaford Helps: We are pleased to have been selected for Hannaford Helps Schools program again this year. Starting this week (March 13th) and lasting through May 28th, 2022, you can help earn money for our school just by grocery shopping! Next time you're grocery shopping, throw in an extra treat for yourself (you deserve it!) and follow the super easy steps below to help raise money for our amazing school: Hannaford Helps Instructions


Important Vaccination Information: If your student has received their Covid vaccine, please take a picture of their vaccination card and email it to Nurse Jessica Simmons at simmonsj@westbrookschools.org so that she can update their record and be able to reference it for contact tracing. Thank you!!


Important Reminder: This is a reminder for parents that if your child calls you from school because they are not feeling well, please make sure they have seen our school nurse and wait for a call from her before you come pick them up. This is necessary for many reasons; one being, if applicable, the nurse may want to Covid test your child before they leave, and that is not possible if she is not aware that the child doesn't feel well. Thank you for your help in this matter.


Planned Absence Form: Please make one of these out if your student is going to be absent for 3 days or more.

Planned Absence Form


Media Use Form: Many of you have not completed this important form that is part of your yearly updating of your child's information. Please print off this form and have your student return it to the main office at WMS. Thank you! Media Use


Student Schedule 21/22: Click the following link for the generic student schedule: Student Schedule


Pool Testing: We are offering Pool Testing in grades K-6 this week. Pool Testing means that students and staff in a classroom will have a COVID-19 test once a week. It is another strategy to help prevent the spread of COVID 19. There is no cost to individuals or to the district. Pool Testing is voluntary and students will need parental permission to participate. If you are interested, please contact Jessica Simmons, school nurse, for a consent form to be sent home.


Homework Help: Homework help has started and will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Come to a quiet place to do your homework and get one-on-one help from qualified staff. You can get snacks from the vending machine before you come up! (using your PersonID number in IC). Late bus is available. Check out the flyer below!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e3P6EL1eK6CzF0csY0HHBQL6o_vVOt_xL4YxxsvSeZY/edit


PARENTS: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THIS LINK. OUR LOST AND FOUND IS GETTING OVERWHELMING!

Lost and Found: Click HERE for photos of some of the stuff in our Lost & Found. NOTE:

Jewelry and electronics are not photographed. Please stop by the office to identify these items. We add new items every Wednesday to Google photos.


Late Bus: There are 3 late buses: a North, South, and Central. Late bus aides will have a list to help students to the correct bus. There is no late bus on Wednesdays.


BAND NEWS: We are wearing all black for this concert. Black shoes, pants, shirt (ties are GREAT), or if you choose to wear a dress you must have black leggings or tights underneath.

**PLEASE EMAIL MRS. SMITH IF YOU NEED CLOTHES! smithkr@westbrookschools.org

The following are the dates for upcoming band concerts by grade level:

May see 23- Grade 5 @ 7 p.m. (please arrive at 6:45)

May 24- Grade 7 and 8 @ 7 p.m. (please arrive at 6:45)

May 25- Grade 6 and 7th and 8th grade jazz band only (please arrive at 6:45 p.m.)

***DRESS REHEARSALS: Dress rehearsals for all band students will be held during the school day on Mondays, May 9, 16, and 23. Students will not need concert clothes for these three rehearsals in school but they WILL need their instruments.

*** Concert contract: These papers are starting to go home today. Please sign and return to Mrs. Smith!


Blue Blazes Marching Band Sign Ups!! (Grades 7-8 ONLY): Promotional video here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXC1Fh5yY-U

Calendar of rehearsals and shows, as well as the contract, is here:

https://sites.google.com/a/westbrookschools.org/westbrook-high-school-instrumental-music/

To sign up, CLICK HERE!!! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QNG5KkviBI4zc9hNXDdaciBSkvqE7oYl2dvuU4eB0DQ/edit

Email Mrs. Smith smithkr@westbrookschools.org if you have any questions!


SPORT NEWS:

All updated athletic game schedules are posted on the WMS Athletics & Activities website. Locations for games are included.

Friday’s Schedule:

Boys Lacrosse: Home game vs Lewiston 4:45

Girls Lacrosse: Home game vs Lewiston 3:30

7th Grade Baseball: Practice today

7th Grade Softball: practice today

8th Grade Baseball & Softball: Home games vs Auburn @ 3:45 p.m.

Boys and Girls Outdoor Track- practice today

Please be prepared for a high number of changes this season as bus driver shortages, referee/umpire shortages and weather will be reassessed on a daily basis.


If you have not already filled out the district’s Athletic Participation Form this year, it must be completed for your child to play a spring sport. It can be found on the Athletic Website


MONDAY EVENTS:

Drama Club: Join us on Monday and Tuesday from 3 – 4! We will meet in the Performing Arts Center.


Jazz Band: Jazz band will continue rehearsing on Mondays after school. We will perform at the 6th grade concert on Wednesday, May 25th.

Robotics Team: Will meet Mondays and Tuesdays in the STEAM room.


5th grade Band News: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Percussion are on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Homework Help: Will meet directly after school in the library


TUESDAY EVENTS:


5th grade Band News: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Percussion are on Mondays and Tuesdays.


Drama Club: Will meet next week after school in the PAC


PAWSitive Club: Will meet Tuesdays after school. Please check your email.


*Attention PAWSitive Club*: We have been asked to march in the Together Days Parade on June 4th. If you are interested in marching with us please see Ms. Nash, Ms. Grover or Ms. Harnik and or send one of us an email! Thanks! Hope you join us! :)


Robotics Team: Will meet Tuesdays after school with Mr. Moulen

Student Council: Will meet Tuesdays after school in Ms.Kling’s room from 2:30-3:45.


6th-8th grade math team: Will meet Tuesdays from 2:30-4:00 in Mr. Murray’s room C207.


Kaleidoscope Club! Meets Tuesdays. Next meeting will be May 24th. Please make sure you have parent permission to stay after school.


WEDNESDAY EVENTS:


Wednesday UA WIN class: Students will be reporting to their Blue UA class.

No Late Bus


THURSDAY EVENTS:


5th Grade Band News: Trumpet, Euphonium, Trombone, and Saxophones are on Thursdays and Fridays.


Leadership Club: Will meet 7:00 a.m. and directly after school for Executive members


Civil Rights Team: Will meet after school in Mr. Vernon’s Room (C300).


Homework Help will meet directly after school in the library


FRIDAY EVENTS:


5th Grade Band News: Trumpet, Euphonium, Trombone, and Saxophones are on Thursdays and Fridays.


Leadership Club: Will be meeting after school with new members


Additional Ongoing Info:


VERY IMPORTANT! 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 needs to be done every year and includes naming people for us to call in case of an emergency if you are unavailable, and very important health information. This is especially important now if we have to send a student home because of COVID symptoms. We also need parents to sign the Media Use Permission Form every year! Please follow this link: https://mecloud2.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/westbrook.jsp . If you have any questions, please contact icparentpw@westbrookschools.org


Free and Reduced Lunch Applications: Please be sure to complete the application for Free and Reduced Meals. Even though all students will eat at no cost this year, it is important to complete the form because it determines the amount of federal funding we receive for various programs. If you have questions, contact Director of School Nutrition Mary Emerson (emersonm@westbrookschools.org). Applications can be found at this link and is available in multiple languages: https://www.nlappscloud.com/Welcome.aspx?api=f91fa99d4ebacd73cc9f4b2091ae4551#loaded


Bus Routes: Please click on the this link to check routes for your child's bus schedule.


School Calendar: Click here


Student/Family Handbook: Click here to access this year's handbook.


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

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