April, 2011  Tonight: Mosaic Harmony Pop Concert 7:30

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Parents' Association News

"Clash of the Titans" was a great success. I wish to extend my gratitude to everyone who helped make this night so much fun! Our celebrity chefs cooked their hearts out and in the end Chef Joe Salvador walked away with the trophy. A great big thank you goes to Chef Bicknell and his staff who did an outstanding job. And my deepest thanks go to the dedicated committee members who made this event happen. All of their hard work showed and a good time was had by all who attended. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Lisa Jalbert, President WMA Parents' Association

 Parents' Association Relay For Life Team

The Parents' Association is sponsoring two Relay For Life teams to allow up to 20 parents a place at the Relay. It doesn’t matter which team you join, we’re all working together. As of now, one team is complete, but there are still a few open places on the second team. Since your child will be there, why not be a part of the celebration and support him/her with special snacks, extra clothes, and moral support. It’s also a great chance to socialize in a fun atmosphere with other great upper and middle school parents.  Join us today!

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.

Pre-registering for classes for the 2011-2012 academic year

Listed below is information that will assist you in understanding how you, in coordination with your child’s advisor, can help in the course selection process. You can also find links to these documents on the Parent Portal on the website.

1) Pre-registration calendar
2) General Instructions for Selecting Classes on PowerSchool
3) Diploma Requirements
4) Normal Course Progression by Department
5) Course Selection Guide
6) Course Descriptions

If you have questions about your child’s course selection, contact the advisor first. Your child will be working closely with his/her advisor to select classes and you, as the parent, are an important part of the pre-registration process. Your child’s advisor is your connection to department chairs, the College Counseling Office, and the Dean of Studies.

Summer Camps

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Summer Session provides a fun, active, and comprehensive learning program for students entering grades 6 through 9. Students will be enrolled in English classes focusing on the four essential elements of language learning - reading, writing, listening, and speaking - to improve English proficiency in order to achieve academic success at secondary schools where English is the classroom language. Link to  details & registration

Camp $tart-Up

Camp $tart-Up rocked WMA last year. This summer, they're returning (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

New Technology in the Library

Gill Memorial Library is celebrating the end of winter with new technology!  Nothing says "spring!" like our 2 new iPads, 2 new laptops, and 2 new Kindle eReaders. In addition to our new hardware, we have full access to the 28 unique Gale databases thanks the Massachusetts Library System. Our database access now includes topics as varied as Businesses and Companies, World History in Context, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and 25 more. With our state-of-the-art hardware and database access our students have the world at their fingertips!

Freshman Fundraiser

Titan Camp Chairs $30

The Class of 2014 will be selling camp chairs with the Titans logo on them. Be a WMA booster; you'll be able to cheer on the Titans in comfort, and the chairs are easy to keep in the car for other occasions, too. Look for order information in the next eNews.

Class of 2011
Countdown to Commencement

We are thrilled to be working with the Class of 2011, a great group of students who are setting a nice tone for our entire community. As their parents, you should be very proud of them. This timeline is designed to inform parents of the Class of 2011 of all the class activities taking place ithis spring.

Kate Gaw and Rose Power
Class Advisors

Prize Day and Commencement for underclassmen

Attendance is required at both Prize Day and Commencement.
Students should be in school dress code with Academy blazers with crest. Families are welcome to attend.

Prize Day
Friday, May 27: 2:00 p.m. – to approximately 4:00 p.m.

Students will meet at 1:45 p.m. Class Advisors will give students the gathering point.

Saturday, May 28: 10:00 a.m. – to approximately noon

Students will meet at 9:30 a.m. Class Advisors will give students the gathering point.

A light lunch will be served in Lak Dining Hall from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Relay For Life Wilbraham Community

Now is the time to get involved and form a team, volunteer your services, donate online or in person. Because Relay is a school-wide community service project, all WMA students, faculty, and staff are involved in one way or another. You can be, too.

For more information on how you can play a part in Relay this year, contact Jackie Smith '11. A description of the various volunteer opportunities is available here. Find out more, join a team, or donate to Relay on the American Cancer Society Web site.

Class of 2011 Trip - May 16

Every year, the graduating class participates in an off-campus excursion with the intent to foster class unity and bonding. More importantly, this trip will create a common experience that students can reflect on during this celebratory, but sometimes challenging, last year of high school. The senior trip is focused on bringing the class to an area where there is a variety of educational, cultural, and entertaining activities for students to enjoy.

This year’s destination is Boston on Monday, May 16, and includes various Boston cultural opportunities, shopping time, and dinner as a group at the Fire and Ice Restaurant. Students will be supervised by an adult in a small group at all times. Departure time is approximately 9:00 a.m. from WMA, and we expect to arrive back on campus around 8:30 p.m.

Many thanks for your time. Like you, we’re hopeful that the Class of 2011 will have a successful, fun trip. If you have any questions about the trip, please contact Class Advisors Rose Power (rpower@WMA.us) or Kate Gaw (kgaw@WMA.us).

Please sign and fax the Parent/Guardian permission form to 413.596.4108 ATTN: Dean’s Office or email a scanned PDF file to Student Activities Director Tiffany Norman (tnorman@WMA.us). Thank you!!

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

Meeting of the Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Parents' Association

Thursday, April 14, 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
May 5, 2011
6:45-8:00 p.m.
Where: Athletic Center Board Room
Book:  TBA

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

Student weekend activities
* Six Flags
* Indoor rock climbing
* Friends of the Homeless Soup Kitchen
* Northampton monthly Art Walk
* Sweeney Todd - Westfield State April 15 - 7:30 PM
* Prom - April 25 - 4 - 11 PM
* Relay for Life - May 14 - 15

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

Upcoming events        

 April 12
Mosaic Harmony Pop Concert
Alumni Memorial Chapel
7:30 p.m.

April 14
Parents’ Association Meeting
Athletic Center Board Room
8:00 a.m.

April 19
Parents' Association presents
College Counseling 101 - a panel discussion with members of the Class of 2011 and parents about their experiences relating to the college search and application process.
Athletic Center Board Room
7:00 p.m.

April 22
Spring Long Weekend begins after last commitment (including athletic contests)

April 25
Junior-Senior Prom
Buses leave at 4:00 p.m. for Middletown, CT
Cruise 5:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Students return by 11:30 p.m.

April 26
Classes resume at 8:00 a.m.

April 28 - May 13
Middle School Art Exhibit
Binney Gallery

April 28
Middle School Art ExhibitOpening
Binney Gallery
6:30 p.m.

May 1

Middle School Spring Concert
Alumni Memorial Chapel
7:00 p.m.

May 14 & 15
Relay For Life
6:00 p.m. - noon

May 17
Spring Dance Recital
Athletic Center Dance Room
6:30 p.m.

May 19
Spring Varsity Athletic Banquet
Lak Dining Hall
6:15 p.m.

May 20 & 21
Academy Players present
Founders Theatre
7:00 p.m.

May 25
Spring Music Concert
Alumni Memorial Chapel
7:00 p.m.

May 27
Prize Day
2:00 p.m. 

May 28
10:00 a.m., Class of 2010 gathers at 9:00 a.m.

Important Links on WMA.us 

Student Newspaper

Media Gallery

Link to 2010 - 2011 School Calendar
All School Calendar

Spring 2010-2011 Athletic Schedule

Risley Sports Photography

WMA is on Facebook and Twitter!


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