WMS Family Newsletter

Connecting Families to School - June 2015


School-wide Community Service

Thank you for all of your donations to Homeless Backpacks for Rhode Island. Together we collected a lot of items to help the homeless in Woonsocket. 150 people in our community will each receive a backpack full of useful supplies. Your generosity is much appreciated!

Students in Mrs. Papino's classes have collected close to 1000 canned goods as a community service project. All canned goods are donated to the community and to our schools as needed.

The Student Council donated $200.00 to The George Nasuti Foundation as part of their community service this year.

Mrs. aRusso's Reading Class

Mrs. aRusso's reading class is completing their quarter 4 Science Fair projects. Mrs. aRusso will be scheduling an exhibition where other teachers, students and administrators can come and admire our hard work and discoveries.

Mrs. Lorea's Math Classes

Our math students are practicing experimental and theoretical probability. Our AP students designed and created their own board games!

Mrs. Dubois's Reading Class

Sixth grade students from Room 114 created dolls from dried apples. After peeling the apples and hanging them to dry for many weeks, students created a costume to match the doll's shriveled face. Students created the dolls after studying the Irish potato famine while reading the novel, Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff.


The SMILE club students have installed a butterfly garden outside each cafeteria for students, faculty, staff an d the community to enjoy. Students are encouraged to take a picture of any bird, bee or butterfly seen visiting the gardens and they will win a prize.

Music Department

We have had a great year in the music department! Come celebrate the achievements of our student musicians at their end of the year concert on June 2 at 6:30pm at Woonsocket High School Auditorium. Admission is free!

We are still accepting course sign ups for next year. Forms are available from any music teacher or in the main office. Chorus and band will be offered as a class during school day, during the encore period. Please get these in as soon as possible, so that they can be put onto student schedules over the summer.

With band being during the school day, the WMS Music Boosters are kicking off a capital campaign for instruments, called Band Together for WMS Music. The end goal is to ensure that any student that joins band has instrument to play, without worrying about renting or purchasing their own. We are accepting donations of gently used band instruments (especially flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets) and monetary donations for repairs and purchasing new instruments. Please direct any questions tojhburns@woonsocketschools.com. Thank you!

8th Grade Celebrations

Team- Location- Date-Time

  • 8-1-Villa Cafe- June 17th-9:00am
  • 8-2-Hamlet Cafe- June 18th-8:30am
  • 8-3-Hamlet Cafe- June 17th-8:30am
  • 8-4-Villa Cafe- June 18th-8:30am (Also Mrs. Spina's class)
  • 7-7-Hamlet 324- June 17th-10:00am

From Your School Nurses

Sixth grade students need up-to-date physicals and immunizations before returning in September. Any physical you had in the sixth grade would be acceptable. If you are going during the summer, please call and let us know when. Have the physician fax a copy to our offices when completed. Non-compliance could mean being excluded from school.

Hamlet Phone 401-235-6110 ext 5 Fax 401-235-6122

Villa Nova Phone 401-235-6125 ext 5 Fax 401-235-6139

Woonsocket Harris Public Library - Summer Fun!

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Check out what’s happening at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library! This summer’s theme is: “Every Hero Has a Story”

Free Summer Programs for Teens (Ages 11 to 17) Mark your calendar!

Rick Morin - Drummer Rhythm Imaginarium - July 1st, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Eric Fulford - Making of Super Hero Comics - July 13th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Henna hand art by Heather - July 20th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Ms. Patridge’s Bracelet Making - August 3rd, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Ms. Patridge’s Bracelet Making - August 4th, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Jedi Academy - July 10th, 17th, and 24th, 2:00 - 4:30 PM

Fandom Central: Talk about your favorite comics, movies, and more - August 7th,

14th, 21st, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Teen Reading Game

Rules of the Game - Students entering grade six and up: Read as many books as you can during the summer. Visit the Teen Desk and write down the titles you’ve read. The more you read the more prizes you can win. You’ll even get a free book to keep! The game begins the week of July 6th. Starting the week of July 13th, teens who read books get entered into a drawing for a weekly prize. Teens who read more than 8 books get entered into a grand prize drawing.

Kona Flavored Ice Truck for All Ages

Kona Ice Treats Truck Fundraiser for Summer Readers (all ages) July 6th, 1:30-2:30 PM

Kona Ice Treats Truck (summer reading winners Kids and Teens and all ages) August

17th, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

CCF - 21st CCLC Program

Get Connected Summer Camp @ WMS will run for 6 weeks: July 6 - August 14, 2015 from 8 am - 2 pm. It is open to incoming or current 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Registration forms are available at both main offices. Deadline to return forms isJune 12, 2015. Activities include environmental science, recycled arts and crafts, sports, cooking, animal science, technology, oceanography, creative engineering, NASA STEM challenge, swimming and games. Breakfast and lunch are served everyday. There will be field trips on Fridays and a celebration on the last day. Registration is $30.00 for current CCF members and $45.00 for new CCF members. Please contact Ms. Costa at 401-235-6110, x3253 with any questions.

Summer Transition Program for New 6th Graders will be held August 17 - 20, 2015. This is an opportunity for incoming 6th graders to attend an orientation with their families and tour the middle school, meet administrators and staff and interact with other new 6th graders. Parents/guardians may choose one of the dates to attend. Program runs from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Registration forms are available at both main offices and will be distributed to all 5th grade students during Move Up Days at the middle school.

Welcome BBQ for New 6th Graders and Their Families will be held on Thursday, August 20th from 5 pm - 7 pm at the Hamlet cafeteria. Meet administrators and 6th grade teachers and staff. Get information on a variety of school resources and community organizations. Enjoy food and prizes.

Summer Reading

Students entering 7th and 8th grade are required to read two books of their choice. You can access more details here: http://woonsocketmiddleschool.weebly.com/summer-reading.html

All students will receive a copy of the brochures and assignments with their report cards on the last day of school.

Report Cards

Students need to be in school for the whole day on the last day of school to get their report cards. Students who do not receive their report cards on the last day will be able to pick them up in their buildings starting on June 25th

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, June 2nd

  • 6:30 pm - End of the Year Concert (Band & Chorus) - High School Auditorium

Friday, June 5th

  • 8th Grade Move Up Day - Tour of High School
Monday, June 8th
  • 8th Grade Move Up Day - Tour of High School
  • 2 pm - SIT meeting - room 124 Villa Nova
  • 6:30 pm - PTO meeting - cafeteria Hamlet

Tuesday, June 9th

  • 5th Grade Move Up Day - Tour of Villa Nova building
Friday, June 12th
  • 4th quarter Student of the Quarter Celebration - Room 124 of your child's school
Monday, June 15th
  • Field Day - for all student who have returned their library books or paid for them
  • 8th Grade: 8:30-10:00
  • 6th Grade:10:15-11:45
  • 7th Grade:12:00-1:30
Wednesday, June 17th
  • 8th Grade celebrations - see above for more details

Thursday, June 18th

  • 8th Grade celebrations - see above for more details

Friday, June 19th

  • Report cards will be distributed at the end of the day only
Be sure to visit our school web site often to view our school events calendar to see any updated events.