MHS & WES

Thursday~March 7, 2019

Is it the Glow Run, Fun Run or Boosterthon? It's all of them!!

It’s finally here!!! The Westminster Glow Run will take place on Friday, March 8th during the school day. Your students will be running, skipping, walking, dancing their laps to earn those pledges you’ve been helping them collect!!! Please get those final pledges in by Friday!

Also, we do offer the super easy option of pledging online at funrun.com but if you or people you know don’t want to do that, you can always send in cash or checks too! Checks should be written to “Westminster PTO”. Be sure to include your student’s name and teacher name so that they can get proper credit on their dashboards. Let’s do this!!!

As always, thank you for supporting the Westminster PTO!

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Hey, Westminster and Meetinghouse Parents!


Your students have had a blast with the Boosterthon Team over the last week talking about solving mysteries with character and how they can help our schools by getting pledges on Funrun.com! Every day takes us one step closer to new school equipment!


Can you help us spread the word? Here are three easy ways to help:


- Send an email to family and friends using our Easy Email Templates.

- Share your Student Star Video (your family will love it!)

- Share your student’s Funrun.com profile through social media, and feel free to tag our PTO social media page, as well!


With that in mind, we wanted to give you a quick update – as of today, we are 77% of the way to our goal.

Thanks so much for supporting Westminster and Meetinghouse! We hope to see you at the Fun Run on March 8th in the WES Gym! Parents are welcome to cheer on our students from the bleachers.

Friday, March 8th ~ Fun Run Schedule:

8:45 - Grade 2

9:45 - Grade 1

10:45 - Kindergarten

11:45 - Grade 5

12:45 - Grade 3

1:45 - Grade 4

Third Grade News

Third graders finally filled the big marble jar! Because of all the reading they did for homework, students earned Lollygag Day, a day of celebrating literacy. Students travelled to other classrooms to hear Dr. Suess stories and participated in activities. Hooray for Lollygag Day!

Important Dates:

  • March 6: 1/2 day all schools-Staff Development
  • March 8: Boosterthon Glow Run Grand Finale
  • 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 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.

News from Second Grade:

Second graders are preparing for the upcoming Learner’s Showcase which will be held on Tuesday, April 9th. Each second grader will create a “magazine” highlighting some of the writing assignments they have completed throughout the school year. A special thank you to Mrs. Breen, who is helping the children each generate a cover for their magazine in Technology. The evening will also feature African Animal reports created by each child, Model Magic sculptures and a “show-what-you-know” math activity that students will complete with their parents.

Music News – March 2019

March is the National Music In Our Schools Month!


Grade K- -The students continue to learn songs through singing and movement. Encourage your child to sing at home, and expose them to musical experiences where they can listen to or even see music live. Soon, they will be starting to learn about America through our Patriotic Unit in the spring.

Grade 1- -Our 1st graders are learning to play xylophones through playing exercises using the scale and are currently learning a packet of simple melodies of songs, like Hot Cross Buns, Merrily We Roll Along, and others.

Grade 2- -The students have been using Boomwhackers by playing the scale using several patterns, playing in groups and alone. They have started learning to play songs as well. Soon they will be learning about one of the most influential music groups of all time, The Beatles!

Grade 3- -These kids are well under way in learning to play keyboards in class. They will soon be given a simple packet to help them practice at home too. A keyboard night will be held at the end of May so you can come into the music room to watch. They are learning about the composer Franz Liszt.

Grade 4- -These kids are learning how to read notion using the keyboards which is like learning a new language. They have learned to read F and C positions. They are learning about the composer Gioacchino Rossini.

Grade 5 - -Our grade 5 students have also been working with notation and playing the keyboards and will soon be learning about chords and harmony. They are learning about the composer George Bizet.

ALL INSRUMENTAL AND CHORUS STUDENTS- -There was a monthly music news that went home right before vacation that gave important performance and rehearsal dates.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

3/21 District Band Night~ 3/28 District Chorus Night~ 4/11 District Jazz Night

*Each of the District concerts are held at Oakmont Regional HS.

Select Chorus- -We have started rehearsals on Wednesday recess times. Please remind your children to bring folders. Select Chorus is for grade 5 students only, and will be singing in the District Chorus Night, the Spring Concert, and Grade 5 Promotion Night.

Wind Ensemble- -The Wind Ensemble details will be released soon. It will be meeting after each A Band practice from 4-4:20. Selected students will be receiving a small permission slip.

"If you sing it, you can play it!!"

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Family STEM Night

FREE Family STEM Fun Night for children and families on Friday, March 15th from 6-7:30 PM. Come explore the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with your children. Young children (ages 4-7) and families are invited but registration is required and limited! Register with Jana Harrison via email: jharrison@awrsd.org. This program, funded by the Westminster Cultural Council, to be held at Westminster Meetinghouse School, 8 South Street, Westminster.

Free March Workshops for Parents/Caregivers-Being held in Townsend and Ashby- Supporting Children’s Positive Behavior

Join us for any or all free parent/grandparent workshops to support your children’s positive behavior. These free workshops, to be held in March, will include effective strategies for guiding children’s social/emotional learning and are sponsored by a grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care.

Two options are available for the 4 session series in March – Thursday mornings or Thursdays evenings. Free childcare is available. Thursday morning sessions are from 9:30-11AM at the Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Road. Thursday evenings sessions are from 5-7 PM at Children’s Garden Nursery School, 247 Locke Road, Ashby. The evening program includes a light family supper and on-site child care for those who register.

Fill your parenting toolbox with new ideas at these sessions: Session 1 - Powerful Tools for Nurturing Relationships; Session 2 - Why Children Do What They Do; Session 3 - Practical and Effective Strategies; Session 4 - Techniques for Challenges.

Sessions will be held March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. These free workshops are open to all. Contact Jana Harrison, CFCE Coordinator, to register or for more information. Email: jharrson@awrsd.org or by phone: 978-874-0163.

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