News & Events

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

Special Activities:

Stop BullyingParent Information Night. Know the facts about bullying, even if you don't think bullying affects your child. As part of our bullying prevention policy, we have a Peer On Peer Aggression Reduction Program which is implemented when we encounter a bullying issue. All WASC children are familiar with this program as part of our regular curriculum. We would like to share this process with the WASC parents with this short seminar geared towards adults. We hope you can join us on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 6:30 PM in the Williams Elementary School Auditorium. This is an adults only event, please do not bring your children.

Craft FairCraft Fair. Join us on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 and Friday, December 16th, 2011 for our on-site Holiday Craft Fair. For the past month the children have been working on a variety of arts and craft projects which will be displayed at WASC. Join us from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the Williams Elementary Galleria for a limited engagement event featuring the exhibition of works of art from our local crafters, proudly presenting children inspired works of art, including our WASC jewelry line.

Animal ShowAfrican Adventure. Get ready to be educated by Michelle's Menagerie in an animal safari adventure to Africa and the Island of Madagascar with her Animal Show. Michelle DeBye is a favorite adventurer of WASC and is sure to provide a unique and exciting day of entertainment for all ages. She will captivate the audience with stories and real-life interactions with exotic animals, such as the African Fennec Fox, the Dove, the Emperor Scorpion, the Python, the Savanna Monitor, the Tarantula, the Tenrec, and the Uromastyx Lizard, to name a few. All students participating should hop in the all-terrain safari camper at 3:30 PM on Friday, December 16th, 2011.

Health Tip of the Month:

Wash Your HandsWashing Your Hands. Washing our hands is a lesson we all learned as children, but when we're busy or in a hurry, we tend to rush or forget to do it. We think our hands are clean, but they're not if we haven't done it right. Just rinsing your hands isn't washing them, it's wetting them. To get them clean you need to use soap. A quick rub, even with soap, won't get your hands clean, and the few seconds you save could cost you days if you get sick later.

To make sure your hands are really clean, scrub your palms, between your fingers, the backs of your hands and under your fingernails for at least 20 seconds. After rinsing, dry your hands with a paper towel. Use the same paper towel to turn off the water and open the door, if needed.

For more information on keeping your family flu free, go to the Massachusetts Department of Health.


Toys for Tots TeddyToys for Tots. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fund raising, funding and support organization for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys or books during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Want to play a part in the development of one of our nation's most valuable natural resources – our children? The Newton Fire Fighters Association supports the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in their Toys for Tots drive, so members of the community can bring unwrapped toys or books to a drop-off box at any Newton fire station by mid-December.