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Reflections sparked by travel to Asia

by Rodney LaBrecque, Head of School

During the last week of January and the first week of February, Director of Development Richard Rodgers and I traveled to Seoul, Korea, and Shanghai and Ningbo, China. While I have been to Seoul many times in the last nine years, this was the first time I have visited mainland China, and I have a few observations which I think might be informative. Because this is not meant to be an extensive reflection, I will capture only a few of my impressions. more...

Parents' Association News

I hope everyone received the postcard we sent out informing you about the College Counseling nights we have set up. The first of the series is intended to serve as an introduction to the process. The second will be to hear from students and parents who have just gone through the process. And the third will be to hear from area college admissions officers who will offer their perspectives.

The Parents' Association meeting for March has been changed to the first Thursday, March 3, because of Spring Vacation. We will meet in the Board Room in the Athletic Center at 8:00 a.m. Also, the Webinar for March will be March 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room in the Campus Center.

The Parents' Association is planning the the spring fundraiser For April 9 this year. The event is “The Clash of the Titans”. Chef Scott Bicknell and Head of School Rodney LaBrecque will be going head to head in a culinary battle. More information about this event will be coming soon, and we are looking for volunteers to help! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Lisa Jalbert - WMA Parents' Association President

 Student Contests open for submissions

Monthly Photography Contest
Winner of the first contest receives a 35-mm SLR camera, a roll of film, and  photos featured on www.WMA.us.

Theme: A Winter’s Tale
Submissions Due March 4
1) For uploading directions, see Mr. Bloomfield’s email in WMA News
2) 2 images per person maximum. Each photograph must have been taken this year by the person submitting
3) All images must be 3 mb jpeg or smaller; they may be either color or B&W.
4) The file must be named in this way: WMA email account name_A Winter's Tale.

This photo contest, the first of a monthly series, is open to all students.

WMA Writing Contest

Winners receive $50 first prize and publication in Rubicon

Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Screenplay
Submissions Due March 4

Directions/Submission Rules: 
1) Send via email: please attach your word document and email Mrs. Hutcheson.
2) Make sure your name is on the top of your word document, along with the submission category (i.e.:  John Doe/Fiction Entry).
3) Indicate submission category in the subject line of your email (i.e.:  Writing Contest Fiction Entry).
4) You may submit 2 entries per category.
5) Anonymous entries are allowed, please indicate your preference and your name will remain private.

Please note: Because winning pieces will be published in the school literary journal, students may be asked to edit language for appropriateness. 

From the Deans Office

Making travel arrangements
An updated list of travel dates for your convenience

Parents, please remember, if your son or daughter is a boarding student, you must give him/her permission to leave school for spring vacation, even if they are going home for the break. If they are not going home, please be specific about where they are going and with whom. Please  understand that students staying in hotels do not have adult supervision.

Please do one of the following by 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 1:   
         Call: 413.596.9122  Fax: 413.596.4108  email: cshults@WMA.us

From the Director of Athletics

As we approach the end of the winter athletic season, and eagerly look forward to the first practices of our spring teams, I wanted to to take this opportunity to communicate with all of you. I want to commend you for your support of the WMA Athletic Program. Your presence at our athletic contests is a great boost to our student-athletes and for our school. As you enjoy these special moments at our games, I am asking that you also support our athletes by being aware of the standards we hold them to within the realm of competitive sports. This code of ethics and conduct is defined by the New England Prep School Athletic Conference. I hope that you will take the time to discuss this code with your student-athletes. I know that it will be a life lesson for them, especially coming from their parents and from their individual coaches. 

*Treat others as you know they should be treated and as you wish them to treat you.
*Treat officials and opponents with respect. Accept without quarrel the final decision of any official.
*Honor visiting teams and spectators as your guests and treat them as such.
*Be gracious in victory and defeat.
*Be as cooperative as you are competitive.
*Remember that your actions on and off the field reflect on you and WMA as a school.   

Don Nicholson '79, Director of Athletics

International Student Homestays

We are extending an invitation to all WMA families to consider inviting one of our international students to their homes for spring vacation. There are several students who would like to stay stateside for the entire break period of March 5 - 21. A few others will need a homestay for the week after they return from the school trips to Costa Rica and New Orleans. Several middle school families were host families for the fall and winter vacations, and the eight students and their host families all feel richer for the experience. There is a stipend paid to the host family to help defray expenses they might incur. If you are interested in discussing the possibility of becoming a host family, please contact Gayle Hsiao, Director of the International Student Program, at 413.364.3808.


TEAM NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) is getting ready to head down south in just over a month to work with Our School at Blair Grocery on youth empowerment and sustainable community development. Both Wesleyan and Mt. Holyoke recently returned from programs there, so we are in good company with area colleges!

As part of our contribution to their program, they have sent us a wish list of items that they need. If anyone can donate any of these items, TEAM NOLA and Our School at Blair Grocery would greatly appreciate your kindness and generosity. Items can be dropped off in the Student Activities office, Ms. Shults' office, or Ms. Norman's office by March 4.

Thank you for helping make a difference!

Parents' Association Relay For Life Team

Join us at the Relay For Life of Wilbraham at Wilbraham & Monson Academy
6 p.m. May 14, 2011 – noon May 15, 2011.

Contact Melissa Reeves at 413.530.4704.

Summer Camps

Camp $tart-Up
Camp $tart-Up rocked WMA last year. This summer, they're returning again (July 29-August 7), and they're registering both day and boarding campers now. Over the course of 10 days, teens (14-18) meet inspiring entrepreneurs and go behind the scenes at great companies in our backyard, all the while using their skills to create a mock company, write a business plan, and build a stock portfolio at the Shenkman Trading Center. Beyond learning, campers meet incredible new friends from around the world. You may remember, last November the camp's founder, author Joline Godfrey, spoke on campus about how parents can raise kids that are financially prepared for the 21st century. Find out more about Camp Start-Up on their website.

Beech Tree Summer Camp
Beech Tree Summer Camp is pleased to begin its 16th season under the leadership of newly appointed director, Mr. Mike Mannix. More information and application and health forms for Beech Tree 2011 are now available online

Information on Winter Trimester (T2)
Grades & Comments

March 3 - Exams for yearlong CEGS courses
March 4 - Exams for yearlong Science courses
March 4 - Winter trimester ends after last exam
March 8 - Winter trimester (T2) grades and comments finalized on PowerSchool at noon
To access your child's comments, go to our PowerSchool Web site and log in using your username and password.

On PowerSchool you will see the following:
T1 column: Fall trimester grades (September 9 to November 19)
M2 column: Winter mid-trimester grades (November 30 to January 21)
E2 column: Winter exam grade for yearlong CEGS and Science courses.  upper school only)
T2 column: Winter trimester grades (November 30 to March 4)
T2 Teacher Comment: Click on the T2 grade to find the comment for that specific class
T2 Teacher recommendation: Symbols are located below the percentage grade in the T2 column: H = Honor Night, E = Extra Help, D = Directed Study

Please review the grades and comments with your child. Direct questions about your child's grade or progress in a particular course to the teacher directly or contact your child's advisor. The advisor is a good resource to assist you and your child with any academic difficulties that may have arisen.

Erik Kindblom, Dean of Studies

Help us with a strong 2010-2011 Annual Fund
by making your gift here today.

Meeting of the Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Parents' Association

Thursday, March 3, 2011
8:00 a.m.

WMA Athletic Center Board Room

Questions, or to get involved, contact:
Lisa Jalbert President 413.221.3969
Kris Kirwan, Vice-President 413.244.7159
 Melissa Reeves, Treasurer 413.530.4704
Robin Cook Secretary 413.599.6609

Sarah Wakelin, Director of Annual Giving & Parents' Association Liaison 413.569.9133

 WMA Parents’ Association Book Club
March 3, 2011
6:45-8:00 p.m.
Where: Board Room at the Athletic Center
Book: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Jen Corbett or phone Geri FrenchRobitaille at 413.575.5528.

Student weekend activities
* Rise and Soar Multi-Cultural Week
* Cruise Night
* Broomball tournament
* WMA Amazing Snow Race
* Friends of the Homeless Soup Kitchen
* Sophomore Class Lock-In

For details on weekend events, you can go to our All School Calendar and click on Weekend Activities.

Upcoming events      

February 2 - March 3
Faculty Art Exhibit
Binney Art Gallery 

February 20 - 26
International Student Week

February 23
ARC Festival Preview
Founders Theatre
7:00 p.m.

February 24
Piano Concert - An evening of Rachmanioff, Chopin, Liszet & more...
Yashar David Yaslowitz '95
Alumni Memorial Chapel
7:00 p.m.

February 28
Winter Varsity Athletic Banquet
Lak Dining Hall
6:15 p.m.

March 3
CEGS Exams

March 4
Science Exams

March 4 (after exams) - March 22
Spring Vacation

March 3
Parents’ Association Meeting
Board Room at the Athletic Center
8:00 a.m.

March 3
Parents’ Association Book Club
Board Room at the Athletic Center
6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

March 24
Parents’ Association Parent Connect Webinar
"Drugs and Addictions - Marijuana: Myths, Motivations, and Medicine"
Light buffet dinner served
Campus Center Conference Room
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

April 9 - Save the Date!!
Clash of the Titans
Lak Dining Hall
5:30 p.m.

Important Links on WMA.us 

End of winter trimester information
Student Newspaper

Media Gallery

Link to 2010 - 2011 School Calendar
All School Calendar

Winter 2010-2011 Athletic Schedule

Risley Sports Photography

WMA is on Facebook and Twitter!


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