Friday, May 6, 2016

Week of 5/2/16

Good evening-

What a dreary week! I think we are all very ready for some nice weather.

It has been a wonderful week with our Chinese exchange students and I can not believe they head off on Sunday morning.  I am so grateful to the Ashland families who hosted and served as their families away from home for the week.  

We are also halfway through our AP exams.  Students seem to feel confident and prepared.  We are all so proud of them.  

After some work with our Student Information System company, I am happy announce I have opened up GPA's for viewing again.  

Senior Week information will be ready in the next few days.  It is getting so close!

Summer Send Off - Family Conversations for a Safe Prom & Grad Season

 All are welcome to attend this special Community Programming event. We especially encourage Ashland High School Juniors & Seniors and their parents/guardians to join us for an evening dedicated to celebrating safe choices during prom & senior week. The Middlesex County DA's office will present on Social Host Liability followed by an exciting performance by the Improbable Players!  

“I’ll Never Do That” Students & adults will both enjoy this original performance depicting the roller coaster of substance use. Witness mostly humorous, but also thought provoking scenes about a family torn apart by substance abuse - how they are all affected - and how they all deal with it.

As a part of this event will raffle the huge prizes listed below- all who attend get a ticket!

F R E E R A F F L E ! E X C I T I N G P R I Z E S ! 

1 prom ticket 
1 senior week ticket 
10 priority seating passes for graduation 
2 priority parking spaces at graduation 
1 free parking pass per term (2016-17 school year) 
1 VIP parking spot per term (2016-17 school year) 

There is no cost for the raffle. Attendance entitles you to a ticket. 

~Please check out information on this event and many other community events in our Parent's Flyer section!~

Parents today struggle to balance the benefits of modern technology with the risks. Children seem to be spending less and less time outdoors or interacting with friends and family, and more time interacting with their screens. Because online activities are so exciting it can be difficult to pull kids away for healthier activities. Over three hours per day of entertainment screen time is considered excessive, and is associated with depression, anxiety, social phobias, poor school performance, obesity, and sleep changes. Below are some tips to help your children unplug:

  1. Choose to start your day elsewhere. Start the day without screens (tv, phones, computers, tablets). This might help kids get out of the house in a smoother fashion and eat a healthier breakfast. If they have free time before school, encourage them do something active rather than sit in front of a screen. They will be sitting most of the day at school!
  2. Set limits on technology time.  The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines recommend limiting the amount of total entertainment screen time for all children to less than one to two hours per day. Entertainment screen time includes anything involving a screen that is not specifically related to work or academics.
  3. Power-down for one hour before bed. Research shows that children fall asleep quicker and sleep better if they are off screens for one hour before bed. Do not put tv’s in children’s bedrooms and have a place where all phones and tablets charge at night.  
  4. Make family meals tech free. This includes the parents! And includes meals at restaurants. Yes, it is convenient to let kids play on phones or tablets while waiting for your meal to be served, but this does not teach them patience. Instead chat about your day or an upcoming family event, color or bring a deck of cards and play a card game while you wait for your meal.   
  5. Be a good role model. If you want your kids to stay off of media, then you have to do it too. Put down your phone and look at your children when they talk to you. Try to follow the rules above yourself.
A few Ashland residents are participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge as part of Team Elka STRONG, in memory of Elka Stokar Troutman.  They are having a fundraiser at Bertucci's on Tues, 5/10 . 15% of what you spend at Bertucci's on May 10th will go to Team Elka Strong Pan Mass Challenge.  The coupon is attached in the Parent Flyers.

AHS CAMPUS STORE - Mother's Day sale
Open Saturday, May7th @9:00 a.m
10% off everything in the store and special gift for our first customers of the morning! 
Enter through back doors of AHS. 

Cash, Checks and Credit Cards accepted.

ASHPAC Workshop - Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 7:00 PM,  AMS Activity Room

Parent Relaxation Tips and Techniques with Mary-Ellen Kramer, Certified Yoga Instructor and Reiki II Healer

ASHPAC Vice-Chair Mary-Ellen Kramer will be giving a free workshop about the use of gentle yoga postures, the Ayurvedic healing system and breathing techniques to help reduce stress, as well as the importance of taking care of yourself first. 

Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing for this workshop.

WACA TV Film and Acting Workshop 2016
WACA TV would like to invite to participate in this summer’s film and acting workshop at our Community Media Center at 200 Butterfield Drive, Ashland.
The session will be the week of August 1 to 5 from 10am to 3pm with a ½ hour break for lunch. Please provide your own lunch. Participants should be between the ages of 13 to 15 years old. The maximum size of the class will be 12 with a minimum of at least 5 participants.
Film and Acting Workshop will focus on screenwriting, acting and filming a short screenplay. Attendees will learn how to write a screenplay as well as acting in and filming their screenplay. Please specify your what is your interest; performing in front of the camera as an actor or during the technical operations behind the camera. Every effort will be made to accommodate their interests.
You will receive a complimentary DVD as a keepsake of your experience at WACA - TV. Please allow a few weeks for post/production. You will be notified when they are ready to be picked up.
Cost for this week - long session will be $300.00. Please register by calling 508-881- 9222 or downloading the application from our website or Facebook page. Please return to Barbara Chisholm, c/o WACA TV, 200 Butterfield Drive, B1, Ashland, MA 01721
We look forward to offering you a fun and memorable experience this summer at WACA TV.
Please download your application here.

Here is a link to the film that last summer's attendees produced.

We wanted to make you aware of an exciting enrichment opportunity for your students this summer at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  This year, we are hosting a Neuroscience and Mental Health Summer Internship Program.  We have attached a flyer with additional information and the application for you to provide to students that might be a good fit for the program.  More information can be found on our website:

This program is an opportunity for high school students to gain a short, but educational glimpse into different aspects of the medical field. Run by the Department of Psychiatry, students are exposed to varying aspects of mental health work. Individually assigned to a participating UMASS faculty advisor, the hope is that each student will be able to learn about the profession they eventually want to pursue. On a daily basis, each student will shadow his or her faculty advisor and several times a week, students will come together for organized workshops and guest speaker luncheons. Workshops are a way for students to learn about pressing issues to their age group.

This volunteer program is free for Massachusetts residents and runs five days a week, for a two week period in July. The official hours of the program are9:30am-4:30pm; however, the hours are subject to change depending on the schedule of the student’s assigned faculty advisor. Faculty advisors from past years include researchers and clinicians.  For questions or further information, please email one of our co-directors, Zlatina Kostova, Ph.D.,  All application materials including letters of recommendation should be emailed to Dr. Kostova by June 1st.

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