News & Events

Some planned activities and events to look forward to this coming month are as described.

Special Activities:

Pinewood Derby CarWASCAR. Boys and girls, start your engines! We continue our week at the races with our grand finale pinewood derby event, the Auburndale 500. On March 2nd, 2012 each educator will be returning a Racing Team back to the Williams Elementary Speedway for the Closing Ceremonies, honoring those who participated in the games and for their achievements accomplished throughout the course of the week's events.

WASC Field TripWASC Field Trip. The children of WASC take in a movie with an IMAX 3D adventure at the Natick IMAX 3D Theater on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012. The movie premiere of choice is "Journey 2 – The Mysterious Island", rated PG. In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit "Journey to the Center of the Earth," this new 3D family adventure is a story about Sean Anderson receiving a coded distress signal from an island where no island should exist. Knowing that he will not be able to dissuade Sean from tracking the signal to its source, Hank, Sean's new stepfather, joins the teen on a quest to the South Pacific. Together with helicopter pilot Gabato and Gabato's feisty daughter, Kailani, they set out to find the island and rescue its sole human inhabitant.

Lucky LeprechaunEmerald Isle. The children of WASC take a journey across all corners of the country of Ireland and follow the lucky leprechaun in search of that elusive pot of gold! On Thursday, March 15th, 2012 we start out on a passport adventure to learn about the history, music, literature, sports, festivals, foods and culture of the people from the land often referred to as the Emerald Isle. After counting our lucky shamrocks collected throughout our day-long journey, we will demonstrate how to properly make Irish Soda Bread for all the hungry explorers.

WASC OlympicsWASC Olympics. Get ready for the 10th Annual WASC Olympics. On March 19th, 2012 all Olympic teams will be gathering into the Williams Elementary Colosseum for the traditional Opening Ceremonies and the lighting of the Olympic Lamp, symbolic to the start of the games. Each day thereafter Olympians will choose the area of interest desired to compete in. They will compete against all ages of WASC students which will result in first-place, second-place, third-place and fourth-place finishes. On March 29th, 2012 all Olympic teams will be returning to the Williams Elementary Colosseum for the Closing Ceremonies, honoring those who participated in the games and awarding individual and team medals to every child for their achievements accomplished throughout the course of the games, and at which time the Olympic Lamp is extinguished.

MCAS TestingMCAS Switch Days. Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 and Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 are MCAS Switch Days, where the City of Newton will switch the short and long days. WASC will expect your children on the days you have registered them for; so Tuesday children arrive at 3:00 PM and Wednesday children arrive at 12:30 PM. If your child is in the Kindergarten A Group Assignment, then your child should arrive at 3:00 PM on Tuesday and 12:30 PM on Wednesday. If your child is in the Kindergarten B Group Assignment, then your child should arrive at 12:30 PM on Tuesday and 12:30 PM on Wednesday. If your child is only at our program until 3:00 PM either day, you must pick up your child at 3:00 PM, correspondingly, regardless if it is Tuesday or Wednesday. Reminder – No school lunch is served on Wednesday.

Attention!2012-2013 Registration. It is time to register for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. You will receive an e-mail notification of such on Thursday, March 1st, 2012. You have two weeks to return your 2012-2013 Registration Form or you will lose your reserved spot for the 2012-2013 school year. If you have an additional child entering the program, you will need to complete a separate Registration Form for each child – see the Program Director for more information, if needed. You must be up to date with your current tuition payments to register. You must also include either a check for $70.00 for one child or $100.00 for more than one child – this is a non-refundable Registration Fee.

MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS:

Music In Our SchoolsMusic In Our Schools Month. MIOSM, or Music In Our Schools Month, is a month-long event that aims to draw attention to the significance of music education in our schools and community. The event happens the whole month of March every year. There is a yearly theme, for this year the slogan is "Music! Just Imagine..." Participating schools and related organizations have various activities and concerts held in different venues. These activities help showcase the talents of students together with their teachers and band directors.

The National Association for Music Education (MENC) sponsors and coordinates this event. Started in 1973, the goal of this event is to stress the importance of quality music education in our schools and to enlist the support of teachers, students, parents, members of the community, organizations and individuals to become advocates of music education.

SUGGESTED READING:

The Cat in the Hat"The Cat in the Hat". This book is a true American classic! A story about two children who find themselves home alone with a roguish, hat-wearing feline who is a study in bad behavior. With only 223 vocabulary words and much repetition, the book's colorful illustrations capture the Cat's exuberant spirit and match the rapid-fire rhyming text, which will likely encourage multiple readings.

In this novel, Theodore Seuss Geisel, writing under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, pays homage to the great Dr. Sigmund Freud in a fantasy of a renegade feline helping two young children understand the proverbial Pandora's box, a large red crate out of which the Id releases Thing One, or Freud's concept of Ego, the division of the psyche that serves as the conscious mediator between the person and reality, and Thing Two, the Superego which functions to reward and punish through a system of moral attitudes, conscience, and guilt.