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Early Friday email this week
Good afternoon,

Today at 10:30 AM a portion of our students chose to walk-out of the building in support of their classmates in Parkland, FL.  There was  moment of silence to remember the 17 lives that were lost.  Each name of the deceased was read and the students stood unified on the field at Alumni Stadium.  A song was sung by a student, a poem was read by a member of the student body who lost a cousin in Parkland, FL, a student leader reminded students to "see something, say something", and another student leader asked each student that was on the field to "say HI or smile at 17 people in school or during your day that you don't know".  At the close of the 17 minutes on the field, flowers were placed at mid-field by many members of the student-body to remember all of the lives lost due to violence in schools.

I think our students did a great job today supporting one another.

Respectfully, Jim Antonelli


OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Comedy Hypnotist Returns to Westford Academy
Comedy Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. RETURNS to Westford Academy's Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 6th at 7:00 PM. Tickets for this entertaining, family-friendly show are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, if still available. Proceeds to benefit WA's DECA business club. Don't miss out on the funniest event of the year. It has sold out quickly the past two years! For more details, contact WA business teacher John Rogers at jrogers@westfordk12.us

Senior Parents/Guardians: The WA Ghostwriter
The end of your child's high school career is near! We know you have many different ways to commemorate the occasion, but we'd like to offer another possibility. The staff of the student newspaper, The WA Ghostwriter, invites you to purchase a graduation shout-out for your son or daughter.  We publish a printed June edition of the newspaper that is distributed at graduation. Since it features a list of the graduates' college destinations, it tends to be a hot commodity! We are selling four different shout-out spaces this year.
  • Deadline for submitting all materials and payment: April 13, 2018  The Ghostwriter staff will design your shout-out at no additional cost!
  • Photos that work well: senior portraits (that you have a release for), baby pictures, ', close up and clear photos
  • Photos that do not work well: Iphone photos, blurry or unfocused photos
  • Message example: “We are so proud of you Sam! We know you will do well in college and succeed at UConn! We hope you always stay true to yourself and follow your dreams! Love, Mom and Dad”
If you would like to purchase a shout-out, please fill out the Google form here: https://goo.gl/forms/54rw9EIR1c917EB72
Feel free to email me with any questions!
Janet Fonden
English and Journalism Teacher
WA Ghostwriter Adviser

Attention: Parents of newly licensed and permitted drivers
Distractology is coming back to Westford!  Distractology is a mobile simulator experience that teaches new drivers to avoid and ignore distractions on the road. We'd like to invite your teen to sign up and take the Distractology challenge for free. Your teen will get a firsthand experience of how distractions interfere with their ability to react on the road, see hidden hazards and avoid accidents while safely behind the wheel of a driving simulator. It's real. It's useful. And it's memorable. Participants also receive a $15 gas card! Distractology will be at ICNE, Insurance Center of New England, 303 Littleton Road, Westford, MA from Monday, April 16th through Friday, April 20th. To schedule an appointment for your student driver, please contact Erika at [ mailto:enoble@icne.com ]enoble@icne.com or 413-750-7150. Space is limited.  Reserve a place for your teen today.  Please visit Distractology.com to learn more about the program.
Laurie Rybicki and Melanie Jozokos
SADD Advisors
Westford Academy

Are You Ready To Run For A Good Cause?
The 19th Annual Westford Road Race is coming! Hundreds of runners from all over the region will come together at the Abbot School to participate in the Family Fun Run or the 5K or 10K races on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The Family Fun Run starts at 2:00 PM, the 5K starts at 2:20 PM, and the 10K starts at 2:25 PM. Want to join us? Go to http://roadrace.westford.org/regform.html for registration information. The first 600 pre-registered participants will receive race t-shirts. Registration fees are $15 per person for the Fun Run, $25 per person for the 5K, and $30 per person for the10K, if you register before April 21. After April 21, the cost of the 5K is $30 and the 10K is $35. The event is organized by the Westford Charitable Foundation, Inc., which has given nearly $350,000 back to the community. Want to make a tax-deductible donation? Go to https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/westford-charitable-foundation-inc for details. This is a fun community event you will not want to miss.

LAST NIGHT 2018
WA Last Night 2018 is the all-night, substance-free celebration for our Westford Academy graduating seniors, which will be held on Friday, June 1st starting at 10:00 PM. With almost 100% participation, Last Night is a highlight for WA graduates. It takes over 200 volunteers and many, many generous donors to make this evening a success. Parents of all students from K to 12, are encouraged to volunteer.  For more information, please see the Last Night website at www.walastnight.org
  • Donations to support Last Night can be made online at www.walastnight.org/donate or please send your contribution to: WA Last Night 2017, PO Box 4079, Westford, MA 01886. All gifts are tax-deductible.  It's a great time to make a donation to take advantage of the tax break!
  • Last Night Needs Volunteers! Help is always needed at the event, but you can also volunteer before the event.  To volunteer in any capacity, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy McKeen at volunteer@walastnight.org.

Have a great day!  Jim Antonelli



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