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Updated: May 30, 2018


NOTIFICATIONS
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.  Other helpful School Committee Links are listed below.
Westford School Committee website:  http://www.westfordk12.us/pages/sc/index
School Committee meeting schedule:  http://www.westfordk12.us/pages/sc/schedule.
Meeting agendas & supporting documents:  https://www.westfordma.gov/767/Document-Management-System

NEW EVENT POSTINGS
NASHOBA YOUTH HOCKEY and the KDK foundation are excited to present the FREE 2018 Summer Learn to Skate AND Learn to Play Hockey programs for boys and girls in Grades Pre-K through Grade 5! The Learn to skate program is designed for boys and girls who are looking to either learn to skate or to improve their skating skills.  No previous skating experience is required. The Learn to play hockey program is designed for boys and girls who are looking to learn the game of hockey and develop their hockey skills. Prior skating skills are required.  The program is designed for skaters who have not previously been and are not currently on a hockey team.
Dates:  June 24th, July 1st, July 8th, July 15th, July 22nd and July 29th
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
Location:  Skate 3 White Rink - 355 Middlesex Road. Tyngsboro, MA  
Participants can join one, multiple or all of the sessions.
More info and register at www.nashobahockey.com

EVENT REMINDERS
WESTFORD SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM - The Westford Summer Music program is now accepting registrations for band and orchestra students entering grades 5 through 9 in September 2018. Band and orchestra ensembles will rehearse daily from 8:00 until noon at the Stony Brook School from July 9 through July 13.  During the week, the students will prepare new music and give a free performance on Friday morning, July 13 at 11:00. For more information and registration please visit  www.westfordk12.us/summermusic.

WESTFORD FLAG FOOTBALL - The WFF Senior League has 3 co-ed divisions: BE Division for 15-17 year olds; BD Division Ages 12-14; BC Division: Ages 9-11 as of 9/1/18. Flag football is a non-contact sport where everyone plays equal time and has fun while learning the game of football. Register online now at www.westfordflag.com  Early bird fee is $90 per player if registered by May 31st & $100 per player if registered after that date. Registration closes June 15th (or earlier if we reach capacity before that time). Practices begin in mid-August; regular season is in September and October. This year the playoffs will be in the last week of October. Once school starts, BC & BD teams practice one evening a week for one hour. Games-Teams typically play a 1 hour-long game on Saturdays between 8:30 and 4:30. The league will reschedule all rain-outs to Sunday, if possible, or to a weekday evenings if needed. Email any registration questions to registration@westfordflag.com.

FUNDRAISER REMINDERS
WALK-A-THON TO BENEFIT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER LOWELL - Westford Girls for a Better Tomorrow (WGBT), a group of 5th grade girls in town, will host its 2nd Walk-a-Thon on Saturday June 2nd 3-5 PM at the Stony Brook Middle Track to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell.  Rain date is Sunday, June 3rd. Adults & children of all ages are welcome. Sign-ups begin at 3 PM.  Walk-a-thon starts at 3:30 PM, but walkers can begin walking anytime between 3:30 - 5 PM.  For more information or to donate, please visit https://www.firstgiving.com/event/31194/2nd-Annual-WGBT-Walk-a-Thon or contact Jenn Smagula and Kristen Thomas at wgbtwalk@gmail.com.  Thank you for your support!

WA ATHLETIC BOOSTERS - The New England Patriots return to Westford Academy!  Monday, June 4th @ 7 PM, the Westford Academy Athletic Boosters Club will host the annual "New England Patriots vs. Westford" Charity Basketball game.  At least six (6) New England Patriots players will lace up their basketball shoes at Westford Academy at 7:00 to compete in a basketball game against players from the Westford area. The Westford team will be comprised of members of the Westford schools' faculty, students and Westford community members. In addition to the main event, there will be a chance for autographs during halftime.  Last year Malcolm Butler was the big name in attendance.  In prior years, Westford hosted Julian Edelman, LaGarrett Blount, James White, Duron Harmon, Joe Andruzzi, Patrick Chung, Logan Mankins, and Rob Gronkowski! Doors open at approximately 6 PM. For tickets, please call (978) 692 -6516…. Ask how YOU can play!

FLETCHER LIBRARY - Spring into Summer Reading with the Friends of the Library Book Sale - The Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library Inc. will be holding a book sale on Saturday, June 9 from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, June 10 from 2 to 4 PM in the meeting room of the J.V. Fletcher Library at 50 Main Street in Westford. On Sunday all materials will be offered at half price. There will be a preview sale for Friends members only on Friday, June 8 from 6:30 to 9 PM.  Memberships will be available at the door.  Please note that scanners may not be used on Friday but are welcome on Saturday and Sunday. The sale will include over 15,000 books plus CDs, LPs/vinyl, audio books, and DVDs. Regular prices are 50 cents and up for paperbacks and $1 and up for hardcover books. We are now accepting credit card payments in addition to checks and cash.

DAY SCHOOL BUY-A-BRICK INITIATIVE - BRICK WALKWAY...Seeking a way to advertise your company or organization? Thinking of how to celebrate the end of the school year for your child or children? Want a way to thank your child's educators for their successful school year? Have an approach to memorialize a friend or family member? Your question can be answered by purchasing an engraved brick.    
Once the new Norman E. Day School playground structure has been installed in August 2018, a brick walkway will be installed to lead participants into this area. You can Buy-A-Brick as follows: 4"x8" brick for $100 with as many as three lines of engraved letters or an 8"x8" brick for $175 with as many as six lines of engraved letters. Don't miss out on this fabulous giving opportunity! Information can be accessed on-line at: dayschoolbricks.com. The option exists to order on-line or through the mail.  The last day to order bricks is Thursday 5/31/18.  If questions, contact Kevin Regan at email: kevinregan0623@gmail.com or phone: 978-846-0691.

WESTFORD YOUTH LACROSSE - Registration is OPEN for the 2018 Spring Season! Please join us for an exciting season of lacrosse as well as other fun events for kids and grownups alike (see below)! Register before January 25th to avoid the late fees. Visit http://westfordlax.org/ to register. The boys will be playing with MBYLL this year. This means pre-set game schedule prior to the season, closer away games and "U" based teams where grades are combined and teams grouped by age. Like last year, the girls will be returning to the Founders League.
UPCOMING EVENT:
NCAA Tournament- WYL will be coordinating group tickets to the men's NCAA Championships at Gillette Stadium, May 25-28th. You'll have the opportunity to purchase discount tickets in a seating section designated for WYL! Open to anyone interested. More information to come!
Please register your child(ren) for this fun and exciting season. To register or for additional details or questions, please visit http://westfordlax.org.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER LOWELL - Wed, Sept 12, 2018, 7:10 PM - Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell is partnering with Friends of Rajiv Paluri to host a Red Sox Night!  Invite all your friends, family, and neighbors to join us on Wednesday night, Sept 12, at 7:10 to watch the Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays in the upper bleachers. At just $25 per ticket, this fundraiser is a great way to enjoy a night at Fenway with friends & family, while supporting the construction of affordable homes for deserving families in Westford, Tewksbury, and Lowell.  A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to The Rajiv Paluri Memorial Fund. Order tickets by mail; download order form http://bit.ly/redsoxform2018.  For more information, contact Heidi Tierney at htierney@lowellhabitat.org or (978) 596-0619.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Save the Date! Thursday June 14, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. An event, Crisis Mental Health for the Next Generation, is in the planning stages that you won't want to miss. Please mark your calendars now, while awaiting further details over the coming weeks. All of us are concerned about pressures on the region's young people. Between anxiety over grades and college admissions, the prospects of six-figure debt by graduation, increasing fears of school shootings, substance abuse and other concerns, today's teens are living with unprecedented levels of stress. This FREE forum is presented by the Upper Merrimack Valley MRC and the Westford Health Department.
WHO: Emergency responders, teachers, counselors, youth advocates, and concerned residents
WHAT: Forum on crisis mental health and our region's youth
WHEN: Thursday, June 14
TIME: 6:30 p.m. registration, 7 to 9:30 presentations
PLACE: Stony Brook School Auditorium
ADDRESS: 9 Farmer Way, Westford
CONTACT: Nancy Burns, 978-399-2549
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: Dr. Daniel Rosa, Sue Hanly, RN, Dr. Jonathan Mattleman, Dr. Teodolinda Pique
CONTINUING EDUCATION: Applying for 3 OEMS hours for EMTs and 3.6 CEUs for nurses.
This special forum is for anyone who would like to get an up-to-the-minute snapshot of mental health issues affecting our region's youths and how to help. Hear from local experts on the daily lives of teens, in school and beyond. Are today's young people at greater risk of anxiety and depression? How do these concerns manifest themselves? Should caring adults and health professionals be on the lookout for subtle warning signs? What is the scope of the issue? Do statistics reflect an increase or decrease in the risks of mental health crises? Learn what's really going on with our teens, and positive responses to help them navigate the rough waters for today's adolescents.