District Announcements

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

The AWRSD school health services team was notified from the Westminster Board of Health regarding the recent case of EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) infection detected in a 5 year old horse in town.  The horse had to be euthanized due to the severity of her illness.

Because of this finding it raised the EEE risk level in Westminster to “Critical” and the surrounding communities to “High”.  These risk levels recommend that evening outdoor events be rescheduled until the weather becomes cool enough that mosquito activity will be minimal.

Attached you will find information sheets that will hopefully answer any questions and relieve any concerns you may have.  


Marcia Sharkey RN             Meetinghouse School
Susan Lofquist RN               Oakmont High School
Heidi Williams RN               Overlook Middle School
Jane Flis  RN                          JR Briggs Elementary School
Sue Quigley-Belliveau RN   Westminster Elementary School
Nancy Taylor RN                   ESHS Grant District Nurse

EEE fact sheet for parents.pdf
EEE fact sheet from DPH.pdf

Overlook Announcements

There will be after school Zumba until 2:45PM on Thurs. Oct. 30, Thurs. Nov 6, Weds. Nov 12th and Weds. Nov 19th with Mrs. Couture.  Come any or all of the days to have fun dancing and exercising with your friends.

Information on the upcoming Grade 7 SOS Signs of Suicide Program that will take place on November 5th can be downloaded here.  The form to complete and return if you do NOT want your child participating is here.

There will be a Photo Editing Club held on Mondays (8 weeks) after school in the OMS Computer Lab with Ms. Sinclair.  Come learn how to edit photos, crop pics, create black and white pictures, add borders, text, create collages, etc.  We will be using free online software.  All you need to bring are some photos on a flash drive (or upload to Google Docs) and come to the first meeting on Monday 10/20. Questions? See Ms. Sinclair is room 216.

Student Ski and Snowboarding Program packets are now available in the Main Office.  This program runs for 6 Wednesdays starting January 7th.  All applications are due by Nov. 26th.

Congratulations to the following students who displayed their photographs at the 2nd annual Farmers Market .
Overlook Middle school dominated the exhibit taking home numerous ribbons. Check out the display in the school lobby. Congratulations  8th grade- Abigail Bedard; 7th grade- Gianna Delisle, Grace Wyson, Olivia Bedard, Rylee Beauvais

Kellogg's Fuel for School/Scholastic Free Book Program
Kellogg's and Scholastic have teamed up to offer free books to schools who collect codes earned by purchasing specific Kellogg's products.  Families who have these products at home can bring in the 16 digit code to the OMS Library and we will use them to order as many free books as we can to help our school. This offer is good until March 31, 2015. For answers to FAQ with this program please click here.

Monster Dash
This Friday,the Student Council is holding it's annual Monster Dash event.Costumes must be appropriate for school, that means no masks or gore allowed.  Prizes will be awarded to the funniest, most creative, and best group costumes. Refreshments will be sold during the race as well.

8th Grade Parents:
The 8th grade field trip to Washington DC is scheduled for May 19- May 22, 2015. This is an exciting and educational experience. To register for this trip: 
1. Go to EFExploreAmerica.com/Enroll
2.  Enter our group’s tour number: 1518402RP
Email Mr. Lambert with any questions at rlambert@awrsd.org.
A deposit is due by the end of September to ensure a spot on this trip. 

If you have not yet signed up for a parent-teacher conference taking place in November (11/20, 11/24, 11/25) and you would like to schedule one, please contact Mrs. Higgins in Guidance (978-827-1425).  In grades 6 & 7 there are only afternoon slots available.  Grade 8 has a few nights slots still open.  Enrichment and Special Education teachers are also available for conference sign ups.

OMS Student Spotlight

To read the recent article highlighting some of what the 6th grade has been doing please click the link: Overlook-ing a Really Big Dig in Ashburnham

Community Announcements

Connect with the Westminster Police Dept today! Information on the My PD app click here. You can keep up to date on happenings in town, alerts, submit tips, etc.

Spring 2015 Registration for the North Central Mass Youth Lacrosse Program is taking place on Nov 2nd and Nov 3rd at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner.  See full information here.

North Central Mass Youth Hockey

Looking for a Learn to Skate or Learn to Hockey Program?
Register now www.ncmyh.org
Full informational flyer here.

Ashburnham and Westminster preschool children who will reach age 3 by August 31, 2014 are eligible to attend Learning Tree Preschool. However, a limited number of children are selected as peers for Learning Tree through a lottery

Young at Heart Yoga Classes in Westminster
There are several different age group classes taking place now.  Registration/class size is limited.  To register, log onto www.young-atheart.com, call (978)467-6173 or email Paula Magee at pmagee45@gmail.com. To download an informational flyer please click here.

For information on the various world-class art museums in Massachusetts please click here to read a flyer from Mr. Beaudoin.

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 31
Monster Dash

Monday, November 3
Photo Editing Club Meets (Upstairs Computer Lab)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuesday, November 4
District Event
Staff Development
School Committee
Wednesday, November 5
Monty Tech V.I.P. Program
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Today, 10/31/2014
High: 48 Low: 38
Mostly cloudy
12% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 11/1/2014
High: 43 Low: 32
Chance rain
46% chance of precipitation.

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