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News 3/18/17
Good Morning Everyone,

By now, you may have already accessed your child's second trimester grades. Your child's report card can be viewed in iparent as a pdf under the My Documents section. If you have questions about accessing the report card, feel free to contact Sandy Carter, Guidance Administrative Assistant, at scarter@westfordk12.us. If you have questions about your child's grades, please contact teachers directly. You may also schedule a conference with the team through the main office at 978-692-5582.

Spring Sports Sign-ups
Sign ups for spring sports will be held on Monday, March 27 during advisory in the cafeteria. Coaches will be on hand to provide an overview of schedules and expectations and answer any questions. Along with softball, baseball, track and field, we are excited to offer girls volleyball for the first time at the middle school level! The season begins on Monday, April 3 with track practice and tryouts for all other sports. Track is open to all students in all grades without tryouts. Visit the Blanchard Sports Page for updated information pertaining to this season of athletics.

Upcoming Concerts
The Blanchard musicians have been busy preparing for their annual concerts. The orchestra performs on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm. The band concert will be held on Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 pm. Both events will be held in the Katie Enos Performing Arts Center, and admission is free and open to the public. Band students, please note an additional advisory rehearsal has been added for this Monday morning.

Math Night Materials
In case you missed the district's annual Grade 5-8 Math Information Night, links to the presentation materials are included below. They can also be accessed on the district and Westford Academy math websites.

Stony Brook v. Blanchard Basketball Game
Will the Stony Brook Panthers keep the trophy for another year or will the Blanchard Bulldogs bulldoze them off the court? Join Dr. Chew, Mr. Hislop and teachers from both middle schools for the WMSPTO 7th Annual Middle School Basketball Game on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 pm. Wear your school colors! Tickets will be sold at the door for $3 per person.

Enjoy the weekend!
Sincerely,
Tim

Timothy Hislop
Principal
Lloyd G. Blanchard Middle School
Westford, MA
(978) 692-5582 ext. 171




The Westford Summer Music program is now accepting registrations for instrumental and choral music students entering grades 5 through 9. Band, chorus, and orchestra ensembles will rehearse daily from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook School on July 10th through July 14th .  During the week, the students will prepare new music and give a free performance on Friday, July 14th at 11 a.m.
Summer Band directed by Ms. Vicki Garino, Blanchard and Stony Brook band director
Summer Chorus directed by Mrs. Karen St. George, WA vocal director
Summer Orchestra directed by Mr. Todd Hamelin, Abbot and Day Schools string director
For more information and registration please visit http://www.westfordk12.us/summermusic. For questions, please contact:




Making Caring Common: Raising Kind, Ethical, And Happy Children
Research in human development clearly shows that the seeds of empathy, caring, and compassion are present from early in life, but that to become caring, ethical people, children need adults to help them at every stage of childhood to nurture these seeds into full development.
 
We should work to cultivate children’s concern for others because it’s fundamentally the right thing to do, and also because when children can empathize with and take responsibility for others, they’re likely to be happier and more successful. They’ll have better relationships their entire lives, and strong relationships are a key ingredient of happiness. In today’s workplace, success often depends on collaborating effectively with others, and children who are empathetic and socially aware are also better collaborators.
 
Dr. Richard Weissbourd, a psychologist and lecturer at Harvard, is the faculty co-director of Making Caring Common (MCC). MCC is a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education that helps educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice. Dr. Weissbourd returns to Westford on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to present Making Caring Common: Raising Kind, Ethical, And Happy Children. Dr. Weissbourd’s presentation – which is being hosted by the Westford Parent Connection – will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way, Westford. The event is free and open to the public through the generosity of WPC’s sponsors. For more information about Dr. Weissbourd or MCC, check out http://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/. For other questions, go to http://www.westford.org/wpc/ or contact Mary Anne Seraphin at mary.anne.seraphin@gmail.com.




FAME’s 18th Annual Dinner Dance will feature new musical repertoire at a new location! Friends Advancing Music Education is happy to announce that it will host the 18th Annual Dinner Dance at the Fellowship Hall in The First Parish Church United (FCPU) on Friday, April 7 between 6-10 PM. Our fundraiser will feature Westford Academy’s Jazz Bands, String Troubadour Ensemble, Members of the Honors Choir and the Westford Chamber Music Ensemble. Tickets are $55/person and $440 for a table of eight, and will be available until April 3, 2017. The evening’s dinner will be catered by Coleman's Catering from Groton and will include a delicious 3-course menu, along with a cash bar with beer and wine. FAME is also sponsoring a Raffle for an Apple Watch Series 2 (a $300 value) and Apple TV ($100 value). Both, Dinner Dance and Raffle tickets may be purchased at http://westford.org/fame/dinner_dance_2017.html. There will be additional drawings for prizes generously donated by local restaurants and businesses. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the WPS music program, Senior Scholarships & Music Camp Scholarships for WPS students.

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