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Off to a Great Start!
Greetings Blanchard Families,

The school year is off to a great start! Smiles have been bountiful among students and staff this week. Our sixth graders were treated with plenty of TLC and have enjoyed three productive days of orientation and community building. Seventh and eighthgraders are settling into routines and their new hallways. Counselors, Mrs. Demins, and I have enjoyed visiting classrooms and lunches to welcome students back, hear about summer vacations, and start to learn names of our newest students. Thank you for helping us keep the first days of school positive and sending students to school prepared.

Hopefully, everyone gets plenty of rest this weekend gearing up for a four-day week ahead. All students received a Blanchard agenda book this week. Over the first few weeks of school, teachers use this tool to introduce and reinforce important organizational and time management skills. Check to see that your child is filling it out completely. Teachers also post homework online via the Blanchard webpage or Google. Consider making some time this weekend to go over afternoon appointments, sports practices, and other activities as well. You may find that noting these events in the space at of the agenda book page helps your child plan out the week and feel more prepared transitioning back into the school routine.
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School Opening Forms
Please return the following forms to homeroom teachers next week:
  • Record of Transmittal & Student Publishing Form
  • Biographical information sheet
  • Medical card
As a reminder, there is no school tomorrow and Monday in observance of Labor Day. Some additional updates and information from the PTO are included below. Important dates can also be found on the Blanchard Events Calendar.

Fall Athletics
Our fall sports season is fast approaching. A meeting was held this morning for all students interested in athletics. Coaches shared an overview of the fall program as well as important tryout and scheduling information. Cross country is open to all students in all grades. Tryouts are required for boys/girls soccer as well as girls field hockey and only 7/8th graders may participate. Before Tuesday, September 6th all students interested in a fall sport must:
1.  Register online at the Blanchard sports webpage.
2.  Have an up to date physical on file in our clinic (within the last 13 months and may not expire during fall season which runs through the end of October).
3.  View the concussion video on the school sports webpage with a parent.
Tryouts for our soccer and field hockey teams as well as practice for cross country will begin on Tuesday, September 6. Our sports program runs Monday-Thursday from 2:15 - 4:00 p.m. Our Cross country team is bussed to Stony Brook for practice as well as meets.  Pick up is at the Stony Brook track at 4:00pm. Mrs. Casey, Blanchard Athletics Coordinator, can be reached at ccasey@westfordk12.us

 Important Dates
September 1 – No School
September 4 – No School
September 12 – Late Bus Begins
September 13 – Seventh & Eighth Grade Parent Open House 6:00 p.m.
September 14 – Sixth Grade Parent Open House 6:00 p.m.
September 18 – Picture Day

SCHOOL COMMITTEE - The School Committee welcomes parents and community members to attend School Committee meetings which are held on alternate Monday evenings at 7:30 in the Millennium’s Conference Room B.  Meeting agendas and supporting documents are posted online the Friday prior to a meeting via the town’s Document Management System.  

Helpful School Committee Links
Enjoy the weekend!
Sincerely,
Tim

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


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