WMS Family Newsletter

Connecting Families to School - January 2016


Team 6-4 - the Sea Stars News

English: Students have begun their Narrative writing unit. They are also working independently to complete homework assignments on No Red Ink and taking Reading Counts quizzes when they are through with their independent reading.

Science: Working towards understanding the flow of energy in ecosystems, students have been learning about relationships in various ecosystems. A focus on limited resources will be investigated to understand how this may harm or help a food web. Students will be completing 2 summative assessments. Students will have the option of creating a power point, a poster, a song, a skit or a book to demonstrate understanding of ecosystem relationships. The second assessment for this unit will be a case study of deer population changes due to a wildlife service decision to control the population.

Team 8-2 - Team Harmony

Team Harmony once again celebrated Christmas at Silvio's Restaurant. A wonderful time was had by all. We are looking forward to the New Year with high expectations for our children as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives at the high school.

Ms. Abrams' ELA class will be working on fairy tales, fables and folk tales. The children will be writing their own fairy tales. Mr. Ciresi's Social Studies class is completing a project on the U.S.and interpretation of primary documents. Mrs. Lombardo's Math class is learning to compare integers through dilation of numbers. We wish everyone a harmonious 2016!

Myschoolbucks.com - Pay online for your child's lunch

Myschoolbucks.com, an on line payment system that you can use to make on line payments to their child's lunch account. You can make payments with credit cards or by Echeck. The link is woonsocket.sodexomyway.com and from there is a tab to click for on line payments. You may make payment of up to $120 total, spread over multiple student accounts if required. The fee charged by Myschoolbucks is $2.00. Any parent may sign up and view their child's account without making payments. Payments can also be made at school as they are now.

From the School Nurses

Attention 6th grade parents:

Students are required to provide an updated physical exam and immunizations before entering seventh grade. Required immunizations include an HPV, a second varicella, a T-dap and a meningitis vaccine. Now is a good time to make an appointment and review your child's vaccinations with his/her physician.

Skyward Sign up - Access Your Child's Grades and records

Follow these simple steps to get your log in information if you have not done so:

  • Go to Main Office (Hamlet or Villa Nova)

  • Show the clerk your Identification

  • Give the clerk your e-mail address

  • Sign your name on the sign up form

  • The clerk will give you a login, password and instructions


Check out the WMS school counseling website by visitinghttp://novaguidance.weebly.com/ or going on to our school website and looking under the School Counseling tab. Learn about many of our exciting leadership programs, access resources to support your child's social and emotional health, read about our Students of the Quarter and find helpful information about grade reporting and making the middle school transition.

Music Department

Music Dept. News

The student musicians did an excellent job playing to a packed house at their Winter Concert. If you were not able to make it to this concert, please stay tuned for our Spring Concert, coming up at the end of the year!

Music Dept. Dance

The WMS Music Dept. will be holding a Winter Dance on Friday, January 15, 2016 from 6pm-8pm in the Hamlet cafeteria. Admission is $5, student ID's must be worn and social probation applies. We are in need of some parent chaperones, if you are interested please email jhburns@woonsocketschools.com.

New Members

There is a small window in the beginning of January for new band and chorus students to join the groups. If you are interested, please see Mr. Burns and Mrs. Denton (for Villanova) OR Mrs. Chopoorian and Mrs. Carnes (for Hamlet). New members will begin in the groups as of the beginning of the second semester.

Music Booster Meeting

All band and chorus parents are invited to attend the WMS Music Booster meeting on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:30pm in Villanova band room. We will be focusing discussion on events and fundraisers taking place for the remainder of the school year.

Spring Musical Auditions

WMS and CCF present Hairspray Jr! This great musical will be produced in the Villanova cafeteria on Friday, May 13. Auditions are being held on January 12 and 13 from 2:30pm-4:30pm in the Villanova cafeteria. Please see the main office for a memo of audition requirements.

Facebook Page

Please like our music dept. facebook page for all of the up to date news and information. www.facebook.com/wmsrimusic

CCF - 21st CCLC Program

Happy New Year! The CCF-WMS 21st CCLC Winter 2016 After-school Program Session will begin on Monday, January 11th and end on Friday, March 11th from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.. Registration booklets are available in the main office and on the WMS and CCF websites. Please return all completed and signed registration forms to the main office.

Save the dates:

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Winter Fest (Student Showcase) at Villa Nova cafeteria from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - Theater Club's presentation of "Hairspray Jr." musical at Villa Nova cafeteria at 7:00 p.m.

Please contact Ms. Costa at 401-235-6125, x4253 with any questions.

Calendar of Events

There will be ACCESS testing for all ELLs during the month of January. These tests will assess students' growth in English.

Monday, January 11th

  • 2 pm - SIT Meeting - Villa Nova Room 124
  • 6 pm - PTO Meeting - Hamlet Cafeteria

Wednesday, January 13th

  • 7 pm - School Committee Meeting - Hamlet Cafeteria
Friday, January 15th
  • 6 pm - 8 pm - Dance hosted by Music Department - Hamlet Cafeteria

Monday, January 18th

  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, January 22nd

  • 7 pm 0 9 pm - Dance hosted by PTO - Hamlet Cafeteria
Monday, January 25th

  • 2nd Quarter report cards will be distributed
Wednesday, January 27th
  • 7 pm - School Committee meeting - Hamlet Cafeteria