Friday, September 9, 2016

Week of 9/6/16

Good afternoon-

Today was on of my favorite days of the year at AHS.  This morning we spent two hours in an all school event learning about our core values and expectations while also having fun.  Students were divided into mixed grade teams and competed in Jeopardy, Family Feud, and Charades.  Everyone seemed to have a great time.  

After the all school event we had Convocation where the seniors were given the key to the school.  This year's senior class did an amazing job celebrating their status as the leaders of the school while also creating a welcome environment for the new students.  I was proud of them and I know many of the faculty and staff expressed the same sentiment.  Check out some pictures on my Twitter page @kstcoeur

The AHS School Improvement Council is looking for two parent reps to join our group for a two year term.  If you are interested in running for a spot or would like more information on School Improvement Council please send me an email.  The School Committee policy on School Councils can be found here.  Elections will be held on Back to School Night, September 29 from 6-8pm.

The Ashland High School Student Council is getting ready for Homecoming week (September 18th - September 24th) and we want the whole Ashland Community to join us for two family-friendly events.

On Sunday, September 18th, we are running a pancake breakfast from 9am to 11am in the high school cafeteria.  All you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice/coffee/hot chocolate for just $5 per person.  

On Friday, September 23rd, prior to the football game we are running a barbecue in the small parking lot outside the stadium at the high school from 5pm - 7pm.  Join us for a burger (veggie burgers available) and chips for $5 per person.  Afterwards, stick around for the Homecoming Football game, against Medway.
For more information on these events, check out our website at: or email Josh Wiczer, Student Council Advisor, at

Legos at Ashland Day
This year marks the third year the Ashland Robotics Club will be selling and collecting used Legos at Ashland Day. Visit our booth and bring a few of dollars if you are interested in purchasing used Legos. The club members have worked hard to create kits just for you and your chidren. Prices for sets of Legos will range from $3 to $10. Donations of used Legos will also be gladly accepted at the table.

Can and Bottle Collection
This year, the Ashland Robotics Club will be at Ashland Day ready to collect your empty cans and bottles that can be turned in for deposit. There will be bins located throughout the park specifically for this purpose. Walk, eat, drink, and drop your recyclables in our bins. Want to drop off your own cans and bottles from home? We will gladly accept those as well. Please drop them to us at our booth and we will do the rest!

School buses:
The school bus drivers are requesting parent park cars a distance from the bus stop so they have enough room to safely turn the bus around when necessary.  Also, they want to remind parents that students should be waiting at the bus stop and be ready to board when the bus arrives.  The drivers should not be waiting for students to exit cars and walk to the bus.

Last year we started a new column, written by community members with backgrounds in the mental health field, to share ideas and strategies for raising happy, healthy kids.  The response was wonderful and we are pleased to share it with you again.  
Ashland Raises Healthy Happy Kids
We all want our children to be healthy and happy. This column will address a social-emotional health topic each week. We hope these will be a starting point for discussions and/or a reminder that kids can get stressed and need compassion and understanding. Let’s start with taking care of ourselves as the school year begins.  

  1. Value yourself: Treat yourself with kindness and respect and avoid self-criticism.
  2. Take care of your body: Eat nutritious meals, exercise, and get enough sleep.
  3. Surround yourself with good people.
  4. Volunteer: Helping others, or volunteering for an organization you are passionate about, makes you feel good and is a good example for your children.
  5. Learn how to deal with stress: Future columns will address coping skills for stress. Practice different things to see what helps you best - taking a walk, talking to a friend, yoga, journaling, playing with your pet.
  6. Set realistic goals: Aim high with your goals, both professional and personal, but be realistic and do not over-schedule yourself.
  7. Get help when you need it: Carpool with neighbors to kids’ activities, accept help when offered. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Please take some time to review the information found in our Parent Flyers section. There are a lot of great things happening around town!

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