MHS/WES Newsletter

Thursday, March 21, 2019

News from the Principal

Spring is finally here! Although the snow is lingering, it's been wonderful to see the kids playing outside again. We are in the process of ordering additional playground equipment and games for both MHS & WES. We are incredibly grateful for everyone's support in making our first Boosterthon a giant success! From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!!!


Report Cards

Report cards went home today in your child's backpack. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions.


School Improvement Council Survey

The MHS/WES School Improvement Council would like to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to complete the paper survey included with your child's report card, or use the online link below. The responses from this survey will be used to develop our school improvement plan for next year.

PTO News

The Westminster Glow Run/Fun Run was a HUGE success! Thank you to everyone for your support! Our Community is AMAZING! Here are some of our results.

CONGRATULATIONS to the top 3 classrooms from the Glow Run!
Mrs. Courtemanche, Miss Spuria and Ms. Rebholz!!

SAVE THE DATES: It was voted at last night’s PTO meeting that we will work with Boosterthon again next year for another Glow Run/Fun Run. The dates will be 10/21 - 10/30.

Please be on the lookout for an email asking you to donate items for gift baskets that the PTO will be putting together for the raffle at the AshWest Community Benefit Hockey Game. This year’s Benefit on April 6th will honor our own Ella DiCienzo from Meetinghouse School!
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Important School Dates:

  • March 21: Report Cards going home
  • March 27: 4th Grade Learner's Showcase 5:30-6:15 & 6:30-7:15
  • April 4: 5th Grade Learner's Showcase
  • April 9: 2nd Grade Learner's Showcase 6:00-6:30 & 6:45-7:15
  • April 5: MHS Kindergarten Orientation, Session 1 @ 9:30 a.m. (parents only)
  • April 6: Ash-West Benefit Hockey Game @ Cushing Academy
  • April 15-19: No School-April Vacation
  • April 30: Mhs Kindergarten Orientation, Session 2 @ 9:30 a.m.
  • May 30: Mhs Kindergarten Orientation, Session 3 2 9:30 a.m.

MCAS Testing Dates

Grade 3


ELA Session 1 - April 23

ELA Session 2 - April 24

Math Session 1 - May 9

Math Session 2 - May 10


Grade 4


ELA Session 1 - April 25

ELA Session 2 - April 26

Math Session 1 - May 7

Math Session 2 - May 8


Grade 5


ELA Session 1 - April 10

ELA Session 2 - April 11

Math Session 1 - May 1

Math Session 2 - May 2

Science Session 1 - May 14

Science Session 2 - May 15

News From Ms. Creonte

Grades K-1: Grades K and 1 are just finishing up their cup stacking unit! Cup stacking helps to improve hand-eye coordination, reaction time, speed, concentration as well as fine motor skills. Students first learned with 3 and 6 cups how to build a tower and then break it down. This type of activity also helps students get used to using both hands. Students have also been working together in a relay style to build cup stacking pyramids. They have been doing such an awesome job! In order for their pyramid to not fall down, students must be in control and take their time when placing the cup onto the stack. We are soon moving on to skipping and ball handling skills! I am so proud of how far students have come this year!


Grades 2-5: The week before the PACER Test students worked at a variety of fitness stations to help get them prepared. These stations included the agility ladder, lunges, planks, jump roping as well as sit ups. We talked about what muscles were being targeted and how these stations can help us with our PACER Test. I am SO proud of how hard students worked to try and beat their fall scores. I had some students double their scores as well as triple their scores. It was truly INSPIRING to watch. They did not give up and cheered on all their classmates throughout the whole thing! We even had Mrs. Kilmartin participate in the test!!!!!! We are now currently working on cup stacking and will soon be moving on to balancing/gymnastics.

Grade 1 News

We are looking forward to attending the Annual Community Hockey Benefit on Saturday, April 6th at 2:30 at Iorio Arena, Cushing Academy. This year’s event will benefit the family of Ella DiCienzo, one of our very own first grade students! Limited Edition shirts for Ella are only available for sale online until March 24th. $5 of every purchase will be donated to Ella's family on the day of the benefit. Thank you to everyone who is already purchased “Ella Gear”. The first grade teachers already have their Ella Gear and will be wearing it to school soon! We are excited to see everyone else wearing their Ella Gear around school and at the game too! Tickets for the game can be purchased at WES, MHS and Vincent’s. Please use the link below to purchase Ella Gear: https://mhswes.itemorder.com/sale


Some Important Upcoming Events:


March 28th- Wear your Ella Gear OR rainbow/pink

Student Council will be selling rainbow Ella bracelets for $1. All proceeds will be donated to Ella’s family on the day of the benefit


April 4th- Wear your Ella Gear Day and Rally Parade


April 6th- Benefit 5K Fun Run 9 AM- Briggs School

18th Annual AshWest Community Benefit Hockey Game 2:30- Cushing Academy

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Ms. Banning - Creation Celebration

Creation Celebration Wednesday, May 15 6:00-8:00 (Only grades 2-5 this year)

I am looking for volunteers to help with Creation Celebration preparations and the night of the show.


Donations needed for the Art Rooms: socks (new or used, washed), paper towel tubes, tin foil

Fourth Grade News!!

This year fourth grade will participate in a “Learner’s Showcase”, featuring Rube Goldberg machines. These inventions are a series of simple machines that work together to transfer energy from one object to another resulting in the completion of a simple task, such as ringing a bell (rubegoldberg.com). This will be an opportunity for families to witness the creative engineering process. On March 27th, students will share their designs and explain how energy has been transferred from start to finish.


In preparation for building our Rube Goldberg machines, students have been completing a variety of science experiments focusing on energy. These experiments involved building rubber band race cars, roller coasters, and marble ramps!


Thank you for sending in any recyclable items. As students continue to build their Rube Goldberg machines over the next few days, we encourage them to bring in any items that will help them build their machine.

Young Children’s Festival – March 30th-Free Admission!!

Young children and their families are invited to the 21st annual Young Children’s Festival on Saturday, March 30th from 8:30-11:00 a.m. This will be held at the J.R. Briggs School, 96 Williams Road, Ashburnham. Come for this free event with kids’ activities and crafts, including games, face painting and performances by the Dance Center, and Flying Irish Dancers. This event is sponsored by the Ashburnham-Westminster Community Engagement Program and is held in conjunction with the Easter Bunny Breakfast sponsored by the Friends of Briggs PTA. For more information contact jharrison@awrsd.org or call 978-874-0163.

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