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Friday, October 13, 2017
Good afternoon,  I hope all of you are enjoying beautiful fall weather!  Lots  for you to read below.

FYI- Dear Parents/Guardians,

Effective School-Year 2017-18, Westford Public Schools will offer breakfast to students.  
Students who are eligible for free lunch will be able to receive a free breakfast.  Students who are eligible for a reduced lunch will be able to receive a reduced breakfast ($.30) and students who pay full price for lunch will pay $1.75 (Elementary Schools) or $2.00 (Middle and High Schools).  All meals will include a serving of fruit, grain (muffin, bagel, cereal) and milk.  Individual cafeterias will offer additional items whenever possible such as hard boiled eggs, yogurt, assorted breakfast pastries and breakfast sandwiches.

Westford Academy Trustees Scholarship Fundraising Event
To provide scholarships in all academic areas and financial aid to deserving students

Four-Handed Illusions:
An Intimate Evening of Laughs & Wonder

Illusionists Joel Acevedo and Steve Kradolfer join their talents in a performance that is engaging, hilarious, and mystifying. Recently voted Best Theater Group by the Boston A-List, you will experience the wonder of magic right before your eyes. The show is a combination of intelligent comedy and amazing magic; a show you won't want to miss.

Friday, January 19, 2018
Westford Academy Performing Arts Center
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Ticket prices will be $40 per person. Student and senior citizen ticket price of $20 per person. If you have questions, please call Lori at 781-953-3344 or register online at:

Below is a link to our new informational handbook for parents of grade 9 students.  We hope it will be helpful.

9th Grade Parent Handbook

Other Announcements:

Reminder that PSAT's are being held at Westford Academy this Saturday.

Meet the New Athletic Director: Adam Gagne!
The WA Athletic Boosters are hosting a social event to "meet the new Athletic Director" at Bamboo , on Wednesday October 11th at 7:00 PM. Please join us for some light refreshments, drinks and discussion.  Whether your son or daughter is a fall, winter or spring athlete, please take this opportunity to meet with our new athletic director Adam Gagne, and to discuss WA athletics. Booster members will be in attendance if you'd like additional information about upcoming events, volunteering opportunities, WA team requests, and recent  athletic equipment purchases. All money raised by the WA Athletic Boosters goes back to all athletes, coaches and sports teams at WA, through scholarships, purchased equipment or events/banners/letters/pins, etc.  We welcome new members, so come find out what we are all about.   We hope to see you there!

Evening student pick-up at W.A.:
It has come to my attention that evening pick ups from WATA rehearsals are causing congestion on Patten Road.  This is creating a dangerous situation for our students, some of whom are walking out to cars in the main road in the dark.  When picking up students from evening practices and rehearsals, please do not block the entry to the Westford Academy lots.  Arrange which lot you will meet your student and pull in to park so all cars can get off the road.  After the recent events in Cornerstone Square, we should be increasingly mindful of the pedestrians around us.  Thank you for your cooperation.

3rd Annual Rajiv Paluri International Night:

Many of you may remember three years ago when a young boy from the Blanchard Middle School, named Rajiv Paluri was taken from us in a skiing accident at the Nashoba Ski Area.  To honor his memory we are hosted a half time presentation with a moment of silence at the football game on October 21st and on November 4th we are hosting the Third Annual Rajiv Paluri International Night.  Rajiv loved many things besides his family; three of his joys were football, the fall, and different types of foods.  In honor of his memory we are hoping you will support these events.

If you are to willing to drop of soda, water, or snack items, please email Mrs. Hilary Langille with your donation items. Store bought food items cookies, chips, cheese and crackers or perhaps cut up fruit would be great.  We would ask you to drop off your meal at 4:30 PM on Saturday, November 4, 2017 by the cafeteria doors.  Looking at the high school, right side, by the granite blocks.

Many local restaurants will be supplying some main dishes for the event and there will be plenty of PIZZA for the young ones.

We would love for you to then come back to join us a 5:30 mingle with Rajiv's family.  THE EVENT is also a THROWBACK TEEN CENTER for students.  All kinds of activities for the student body.

Donations of $5 per person will be accepted at the door and will be supporting the Rajiv Paluri Memorial Foundation.  

Please email with your donation item.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
How to Participate in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program: All students who have distinguished themselves by making a meaningful difference in their community by volunteering in the past year are invited to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
To be considered you must:
1. Complete the online application at or
2. Bring the "Certification" printout to Guidance or email it to
by the deadline of Tuesday, November 7, 2018

Light up the Night
Please join Westford Coalition for Non-Violence, Westford Parent Connection and Live for Liv Foundation for an evening of domestic violence awareness with Performer Ben Atherton-Zeman. Ben is an international public speaker on issues of violence prevention and gender based violence. He has performed in 46 states and numerous countries. His energetic one-man play "Voices of Men" uses humor combined with celebrity male voices to deliver a powerful message about domestic violence. ***Appropriate for high school and adults only. Includes graphic representations of violence.    Tickets sold at door or in advance at Westford Health Dept. $15/ticket or tables of 8 for $100. Cash and checks accepted. Checks made payable to Town of Westford. All proceeds will be donated to the Live for Liv Foundation and Alternative House.
Date:   Saturday, October 14, 2017
Location: Nabnasset Lake Country Club 47 Oak Hill Road, Westford
Time:   5:30 - 8:00 PM
A cash bar and light appetizers available
For more info call 978-692-5509

Have a great weekend.  Jim Antonelli

Westford Academy   •   30 Patten Road  •  Westford, MA 01886   •   Tel: (978) 692-5570

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