Saturday, June 3, 2017

Week of May 29

Good afternoon~

Yesterday was a beautiful day for the Class Day celebration for the Class of 2017. (click on link to see ceremnoy  The class once again walked the halls of all the other schools in the district and it is clearly becoming a favorite tradition. Here is an album of all of the fun!

Graduation for the Class of 2017 will be Sunday, June 4, 2017 at  1:00pm!

Seating includes both floor seating in folding chairs and bleacher seating and is open to all family and friends of graduating seniors.  There is no ticket limit.
  • Seating is unlimited but you may wish to arrive early to find a seat.  The doors open on Graduation Day at 11am.  Seats can not be reserved with signs.  Ask your child which side of the stage they are sitting on for best viewing.
  • Grynn & Barrett will be taking pictures as each student receives their diploma. For safety reasons please do not crowd the aisles near the front to take pictures.
  • Thank you to the many people who have informed us of the need for handicapped seating. Ushers will be available to direct you on graduation day. Handicapped parking will be available in the lot directly behind the school. We will have staff there to direct you as well.

WACA-TV will live-stream the ceremony. Click this link to watch from home!

Members of the Class of 2019 will be taking the Science MCAS on Monday and Tuesday of next week. We wish them the best. I encourage them to get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast so they are at their best for testing.

All Fall Sports Meeting
Tuesday June 6th - 7pm at Ashland High School
...for any High School or Middle School Student-Athlete interested in a fall sport. Meet the coaches, get registration information, and important dates. Below is a list of available Fall Sports at the High School and Middle School. Please contact the athletic department with any questions.

Fall Sports
Junior Varsity
Middle School


Cross Country, Boys & Girls

x- 6th, 7th, & 8th
Field Hockey

x- 7th & 8th
Golf (Co-ed)

Volleyball- Girls
x-7th & 8th
Soccer, Boys and Girls

x-7th & 8th

The Friends of the Ashland Public Library needs help setting up our book sale on June 8th and/or 9th between 4 and 6 pm, selling cupcakes during the sale on Saturday, June 10th from 10 am until 2 pm (or until they're gone), and breaking down the book sale from 2-3 pm on Saturday, March June 10th. We have forms at the library. Please send a message to if you can help.

Teen Film & Acting Workshop: teens ages 13 to 15 and will run from July 31 to August 4 from 9:30 to 3:30.  
Here is a link to the online promo: 

Please be sure to check out all of the other important events happening around town in the Parent Flyers!

Self-Care Ideas
Three weeks of school left! Below are some self-care tips to help you through the busy month of June (and any other stressful times in your life).
1. Call a friend or family member to “talk it out”/vent.  
2. Call in sick to work or take comp time if you can. Take a mental health day.
3. Say NO to extra obligations, chores, or anything that feels like too much right now.
4. Dial down your expectations of yourself at this time.
5. Tuck yourself into bed early with a good book.
6. Watch a comforting/silly/lighthearted TV show or movie.
7. Reread your favorite picture and chapter books with your children.
8. Breathe. Deeply. Slowly. Four counts in. Six counts out.
9. Try to sleep 7-9 hours per night.
10. Go outside and be in the sunshine.
11. Move your body gently in ways that feel good.
12. Take a long, hot bath, light a candle and pamper yourself.
13. Knit. Sculpt. Bake. Garden. Engage your hands.
14. Exhaust yourself physically – running, yoga, swimming, whatever helps you feel fatigued.
15. Write it out. Free form in a journal or a Google doc. Get it all out and vent.
16. Create a plan if you’re feeling overwhelmed. List out what you need to do next to tackle and address whatever you’re facing. Break it down into manageable and understandable pieces.
17. Clean up a corner of a room of your house. Sometimes tidying up can help calm our minds.
18. Ask yourself: What’s my next most immediate priority? Do that. Then ask the question again.
19. Take a tech break. Delete or deactivate social media if it feels too time consuming.
20. Spend a little money and treat yourself to some self-care and comfort.
21. Make art. Scribble with crayons. Splash some watercolors. Paint a rock. Whatever. Just create something.
22. Look at photos of people you love. Set them as the wallpaper of your phone or laptop.
23. Create and listen to a playlist of songs that make you happy.
24. Color in adult coloring books.
25. Take a walk in Ashland State Park or Hopkinton State Park.
26. Dance around wildly to your favorite, most cheesy songs from your high school years
27. Establish a routine and stick to it. Routines can bring so much comfort and grounding in times of life that feel chaotic.
28. Get up early and watch a sunrise while you sip tea or coffee.

29. Take your dog for a walk. Or borrow a friend’s dog and take them for a walk.

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