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.  


Sincerely,


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

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


Superintendent Search Survey

The Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School Committee is conducting a search for a new Superintendent of Schools. The School Committee is very interested in receiving input that will assist it in developing a profile for the candidates. Your input is crucial to the success of the hiring process and ultimately to the success of the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District.

The survey can be found at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L8WZ6JM

Overlook Announcements

School picture day is back!  O'Connor Studios will be returning next Monday, October 20th for students who were absent on picture day or those who need their portrait retaken.  Please make sure you have your order form.  Extras are available in the office.  If you are having your pictures retaken, you must return the original pictures on retake day.




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.


Grade 8 Monty Tech Tour
Monday, October 20th 8:50AM -11:30AM
Students must have a signed permission slip returned no later than 10/14.  The permission slip can be downloaded here.  The Monty Tech Career Awareness Night for parents and students is 10/20 from 6:30PM-8:30PM.

                                                            
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.


Overlook Drama Club will be starting soon!! Auditions for" Legally Blonde, JR" will be on Friday, October 24th from 6-8 pm in the Cafeteria. Please see Mrs. Erickson in the main office with any questions.



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.

Community Announcements


Flu Vaccine Clinic at ORHS
October 8th from 3PM-6PM
For information/schedule on the other upcoming flu clinics through the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health please click here. The insurance form can be downloaded ahead of time here.  Live vaccine info sheet here and inactivated vaccine 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
Read more...

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

Monday, October 20
OMS Event
PICTURE RETAKE DAY
Grade 8 tour of Monty Tech
8:50 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesday, October 21
School Committee
Wednesday, October 22
Monty Tech V.I.P. Program
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, October 23
Quick Stop Cafe


Weather

Today, 10/20/2014
High: 52 Low: 40
Partly sunny
6% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/21/2014
High: 55 Low: 45
Chance rain
54% chance of precipitation.

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