WHS PFA NEWSLETTER
FROM THE OFFICE OF PRINCIPAL SEAN KILEY
Š MAY Asset of the Month: YOUTH PROGRAMS
Š GOAL: Young people spend three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in community organizations.
The Importance of Youth Programs
Youth programs—which include sports, scouting, recreation, camps, and after-school programs—can provide fulfilling experiences that help young people develop new skills and master challenges. They also provide a safe place for youth outside of school where they can be in contact with caring non-parent adults.
Research shows that the developmental asset of participation in youth programs results in increased self-esteem; better development of life skills, leadership skills, and public speaking abilities; fewer psychosocial problems such as loneliness, shyness, and hopelessness; decreased risk behaviors; and more thriving indicators.
In a recent national survey, 60% of students (grades 7-12) reported that they participate in youth programs three or more hours each week. To help raise awareness of the importance of this developmental asset, May is Youth Programs month at Winchester High School.
The following discussion topics, adapted from the book What Teens Need to Succeed, can help young people of all ages recognize the value of youth programs, and better understand the benefits of the programs in which they participate:
• Overall, are you happy with how many different things you do with your time?
• Are your activities stimulating and challenging?
• Are you making friends with caring, responsible adults in your activities?
• Are you learning new skills and talents, and acquiring new knowledge?
• Do these activities bring out your best?
This article was provided courtesy of Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program. For more information, visit www.projectcornerstone.org.
• Make sure that your children are participating in positive, asset-building youth programs that they enjoy. If they’re not, help them find new programs that meet their interests. Help them understand that they might not fully enjoy or benefit from the program immediately, and encourage them to make a time commitment of a certain number of weeks or months to give the program an adequate chance.
• When your younger children join a new program, help them with introductions to their peers. They’ll feel more comfortable and confident when they know the other participants.
• At mealtime, ask your children specific questions about the activities, leaders, and other participants in their youth programs. It’s a good way to spark conversation and to make sure that their programs are meeting their needs and interests.
• While participating in sports can be positive for young people, the intense competition that can occur in sports programs typically is not. Make sure that coaches balance the competitive aspect of sports with the development of positive skills like leadership, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.
• Role-model positive behavior when attending sporting events. Good sportsmanship in the bleachers helps youth practice managing their own responses to challenges and successes.
For all adults
• Youth programs can provide excellent volunteer opportunities! If you have a skill or talent to share, offering it in a youth program is a great way to make a difference.
• Looking for ongoing or one-time youth volunteers? Check with the leaders of youth programs near you. Your needs might dovetail with one of their service or skills development projects, making it possible for youth to serve as resources and gain valuable experience.
At school or in youth programs
• Youth program staff have exceptional opportunities to serve as asset builders for the youth they serve, acting as role models, mentors, and caring, non-family adults. Make sure that all program staff have been trained in the developmental assets framework, with additional guidance to identify and take advantage of asset building opportunities that arise.
Š Regularly review activity plans with an eye toward providing opportunities for youth members to help decide and plan activities, and finding ways to incorporate service opportunities into the program’s primary mission. Intentionally make it a top priority for program staff to be a positive influence on the youth in your program.
The weeks of school following the April vacation seem to fly by – we are on that stretch now and we wish everyone all the best during this extra busy time, especially AP test takers and seniors finalizing their college choices.
We are excited to welcome ALL our Department Chairs: Judy Hession, Mike Marchand, Kathleen Grace, Tom Haver and Christopher Kurhajetz for the PFA meeting on Monday, May 4th at 7:30 pm in the Science Lecture Room, A 307. Following brief introductions by each speaker, discussions will take place in a Q&A format. We look forward to seeing all of you at the meeting.
The PFA was pleased to support the Student Council sponsored ‘Night of the Arts” held on the evening of Thursday, April 9th in the English Open Area. The students did an amazing job of transforming the instructional areas to a festive, welcoming space that showcased the talent of our high school children in music, art, photography, dance, acting, filmmaking and poetry. The evening provided a forum to bring together a large number of students involved with the creative arts and we congratulate every student who was involved in the organization and in participation.
Thank you and we wish you and your families a safe and happy month as you get busy planning your summer.
Malini Dutta and Lori Scully
WHS PFA Co-Presidents
Do a good deed
And always heed
Your mom’s advice
To nourish and feed…
In honor of moms everywhere
And on behalf of all kids in our community,
Winchester Got Lunch is collecting
(5 oz cans)
the entire month of May at
Winchester High School!
StarKist, Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea
Tuna in a can, one- maybe three?
Whatever you can donate, bring it in to School
The WGL Kids will think you’re super cool!
WALK TO HONOR PAT GILL – SUNDAY, MAY 31
Please join the Class of 2015 on May 31st to celebrate and honor
the life of Patrick Gill
What: A 5 km walk hosted by the WHS Class of 2015 to honor Pat Gill. All proceeds raised will go toward a scholarship fund created in honor of Pat.
When: Sunday, May 31st, 2015, at 9am
Where: Check In & Registration begins at 8:30 am on Skillings Field next to Winchester High School.
Please go to http://www.patgillmemorialwalk.org/ for additional information and to register for the walk! We look forward to seeing you there!
WRAP UP THE YEAR WITH A “THANK YOU!”
A WFEE Teacher Tribute is the perfect way to show your gratitude to an educator who cares about your child. Your tax deductible contribution to WFEE brings your honoree a small gift plus a card inscribed with a message from you or your child. You can make your Teacher Tribute donation on line at www.wfee.org. Or, you can complete this form (link to pdf), and mail it, with a check payable to WFEE to WFEE, P.O. Box 1005, Winchester, MA 01890. Donations made to Teacher Tribute come back to all of our students through WFEE grants at each Winchester school. Donate now through June 22nd, teacher tribute cards and gifts will be delivered at the end of the school year.
CLASS OF 2015
ATTENTION SENIOR, JUNIOR, SOPHOMORE and FRESHMAN PARENTS
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!!
CLASS of 2015 ALL NIGHT GRADUATION PARTY
Sunday June 7th at McCall Middle School
We NEED VOLUNTEERS to help in ALL capacities to make this event successful!
PLEASE CONSIDER volunteering in one of the below listed positions.
Volunteer positions include Set up and/or Clean up or Chaperoning during the event
Main SET UP - set up for the event is done on Friday, June 5th from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Sunday SET UP - a few volunteers are needed for about an hour or so prior to the event around 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.
CLEAN UP - arrive at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 8 and help clean up as students leave - finished by or before 7:00 a.m.
CHAPERONES - needed during the event! (Senior Parents welcome!)
1st shift - 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
2nd shift - 1:00 AM - 5:00 AM
3-4 Jack Black Dealers! 11:00 - 2:00 a.m.
Volunteer for either OR stay the entire time!
Make this event successful and enjoyable for the senior class AND have a little fun yourself!!
Not interested in volunteering the night of the event - CONSIDER CHAIRING or working on the SENIOR WALL OF FAME!! Help collect and organize pictures of Senior Class from elementary school to high school. Photo collages will be displayed the evening of the event, lining the hallways as the students walk in!!
Respond to Kathleen Foley, with your preference
OVERVIEW OF SENIOR ACTIVITIES
Sr. Awards Program
Seniors will receive
yearbooks at breakfast Cafe
Bone Marrow Registry
Senior Exams (seniors with an average of B or better in a course are exempt from exams)
Senior Reception High School and Senior Prom
Fairmont Copley Hotel. Students take buses from the high school to the prom and back to the high school
Graduation Rehearsal – Be prompt – attendance is
WHS Field House (gym)
Senior Luncheon –Seniors will pick up caps, gowns, invitations and senior gifts along with their Guidance cumulative folders.
All obligations must be met before caps and gowns are released.
All seniors should meet in cafeteria NO later than one half hour before the starting time of the graduation to allow for correct line-up and final details.
All night graduation party
CLASS OF 2017
Neck Tie Sale:
Graduates, alumni, parents, and teachers - Winchester High School's graduation, scheduled for June 7th, will be here before you know it! Pre-order an official WHS neck tie and support the Class of 2017. Ties are red and black striped, with or without Sachem logo, long tie or bowtie, and are $40 each. Orders can be placed at the front office with cash/check or online with credit cards at http://whsclassof2017.com/whs-sachems-swag/. For more information contact TieOrders@WHSClassof2017.com.
MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS
In the Mood
A swinging night of song & dance
Winchester High School Jazz and Concert Bands, McCall Middle School Jazz Band perform in a wonderful concert at Winchester Town Hall on Saturday, May 9 at 8pm.
Tickets are $20/person ($10 for Seniors and students) purchased in advance and and $25/person ($15 for Seniors and students) purchased at door. Price includes dessert buffet.
Tickets can be purchased at Book Ends or through Cindy Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHS Music Department performances through the end of the school year:
Saturday, May 9th In the Mood Jazz Night - 8PM - Town Hall
Saturday, May 16th EnKa Parade - 9AM
Monday, May 18th Chamber Singers/Octets Final Concert - 7:00 PM - Lincoln School
Tuesday, May 19th Strawberry Pops - 6:30 PM - Lincoln Field (McCall if raining)
Monday, May 25 Memorial Day Services - Time TBA
Friday, May 29 Instrumental Music Tour of Elem Schools - during school day
Wed, June 3 Spring Band Zing - 7PM - McCall
Saturday, June 6 Town Day - times throughout the day
Sunday, June 7 WHS Graduation
Monday, June 8 Spring String Fling - 7PM - McCall
CONNECT AND COMMIT SERVICE CLUB
Students can sign up for the opportunities listed below at the meetings or in the C&C Office in the library of the high school. If you have questions about Connect & Commit, visit Lauren Winterer, Program Director, in the C&C Office (in the back of the library) or contact Ms. Winterer via email at or email@example.com
Paint the School Purple – May 3rd-8th
The Relay for Life of Winchester will “Paint the School Purple” in celebration of its annual Relay For Life event on June 20th-21st. Relay For Life volunteers will be contacting student organizations and groups to encourage members to form teams for the Relay For Life of Winchester. This is the community’s opportunity to join the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. To make or to join a team go to: www.relayforlife.org/winchesterma
To view the schedule of events for “Paint the School Purple” week please go to www.winyc.com
Pan- Mass Challenge (PMC) Fundraiser – Sat May 2nd 7p - 12a
The PMC is looking for ten student volunteers to help out at their fundraiser this Saturday at the Winchester Town Hall. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Mrs. Winterer at ConnectandCommit@gmail.com
The PMC raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Massachusetts.
Community Servings – Mon May 4th from 1-4p
Community Servings is a non-profit food and nutrition program providing services in Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical illnesses. Students will have the opportunity to work with experienced kitchen staff and prep meals for delivery. We are looking for 10 students and Parent chaperones to drive and volunteer!
Aberjona River Clean-up – Sat May 9th from 9a – 12p
The Winchester Conservation Commission is once again sponsoring its annual effort to improve the appearance and water quality in the Aberjona River and we need your help to make it happen.
To join the fun, come to the Conservation table in the Town Hall parking lot (between Town Hall and the Library) between 9:00 am and Noon on Saturday, May 9th, and we will direct you to a location that needs cleaning up. Plastic bags and gloves will be provided. Please come with clothing that covers your legs and arms.
Questions? Please contact Conservation Office: Evreeland@winchester.us
Connect & Commit Open Meeting – Tues May 12th from 6:30-7:30p
Connect & Commit would like to invite anyone who is interested in volunteering to come to our meeting in the WHS Library. We will be eating food, playing games, getting to know one another and learning about upcoming events. We hope to see you there!
En Ka Fair’s Book Tent– Thurs May 14th from 2:30-4:30p
Student volunteers are needed to help sell books at the EnKa Fair’s Book Tent across the street from Town Hall in the Jenks Center Parking Lot. All proceeds from the book sale will support En Ka’s annual grants to dozens of Winchester’s charitable and civic organizations.
Best Buddies Fundraising Night – Sat May 16th from 6:30-11:30p
Best Buddies (an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is looking for volunteers to help with check-in, assisting the caterer/passing trays and set-up and break-down at the Sanborn House on May 16th. If you would like to volunteer please email Mrs. Winterer at ConnectandCommit@gmail.com
Stem Cell Drive – Fri May 22nd during the Senior Breakfast in the Café
Every three minutes, one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. That’s more than six people each hour, or 148 people each day. Patients are searching for a cure and it could be you.
During the WHS Senior Breakfast www.Bethematch.org will be present to add students to the Stem Cell Bank. To participate all you need to do is bring your insurance card (or a copy,) be within three months of turning 18 or older and be willing to have your mouth swabbed with a cotton swab.
If you have any questions please email Mrs. Winterer at ConnectandCommit@gmail.com
Connect & Commit Open Meeting – Tues May 28th from 6:30-7:30p
Connect & Commit would like to invite anyone who is interested in volunteering to come to our meeting in the WHS Library. We will be eating food, playing games, getting to know one another and learning about upcoming events. We hope to see you there!
Pat Gill Memorial Walk – Sun May 31st at 9am
A 5km walk hosted by the WHS Class of 2015 to honor Pat Gill will take place on Sunday May 31st at 9am. All proceeds will go toward a scholarship fund created in honor of Pat.
For more information or to register to walk go to www.patgillmemorialwalk.org
Keep Checking in for more Volunteer Opportunities
School Supply Drive – April 13th- to the end of the School Year
School the World (STW) is an organization that takes US students and sends them to Guatemala to help build and facilitate new schools. For the 3rd week in April we will be collecting school supplies to send with a group travelling to Guatemala this summer. If you are interested in helping organize this drive or wondering how to donate contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School the World – Guatemala July 2015
Join STW this summer; raise the funds to donate a playground to a STW primary school- just like the one you built last year- in Guatemala, as part of School the World's new play component- aiming to add a playground at each one of our schools. The lowered trip fee of $2750 covers your whole week- all travel expenses, flights and funds to build a playground from the ground up.
Parent chaperones welcome! Next step: reserve your spot with the attached application and your initial payment of $750. Email for more details. We hope to see you again in Guatemala!
World Challenge – Belize Summer 2016
In 2014, Winchester students experienced
life-changing adventures that are still buzzing around the school. Our
expedition to Peru provided the students with opportunities to reach their
potential and experience the world as never before. Now our students will have
the chance to travel to Belize!
A World Challenge expedition is not a typical education tour or school trip. In choosing to join a World Challenge expedition, students enroll in a once-in-a-lifetime journey with their teammates. While on expedition, students will rotate through various leadership roles and manage many of the day-to-day logistics of their own adventure.
Be sure to check out our updated website: www.connectandcommit.org
Host a High School International Exchange Student
We are looking for families interested in hosting an international student for the 2015-2016 school year. When your family hosts, you not only gain a family member, you also learn about a different culture, its values and traditions, language, food, and more! We take a personal approach to match your family with a student that is a great fit for you. All types of families are encouraged to volunteer and give a young international student the chance to discover America firsthand.
Š Welcome a student into your home for one or two semesters
Š Provide room/board and meals
Š May be able to claim a flat $50 per month tax deduction for hosting (see your tax professional)
Š Receive local and regional support 24/7
Š Well-screened 15 to 18 year olds, who have studied English for at least three years
Š Pay for their own expenses: school supplies, clothing, toiletries, school lunch, etc.
Š Have emergency medical coverage insurance
Š Attend the local high school
To learn more about hosting an international high school exchange student, please contact:
Local Coordinator Lauren Winterer at 203 685 2990
LUCIA is a 15 year old girl from SPAIN. “I have five members in my family, I’m the youngest. I love reading, swimming, skiing, playing volleyball and going out with my friends for fun. I also love travelling and knowing new people. I’ve been to the USA twice for one month in the summer time, in a host family. Both were great experiences. My elder sister, (16 years old), studied last year 10th grade in Philadelphia also with CIEE. When I grow up I want to become a pediatrician like my father.” Allergies: None
Lorenzo is a 17 year old boy from ITALY. “I have 3 goals for this experience: To become fluent in English in order to be able in the future to travel, study and work in an international environment, to live an experience that helps me to grow and to become more independent, and to make new friends from different countries. I also want to discover the American way of living.” Enjoys technology, gaming, TV, playing soccer, skiing, kickboxing, tennis. Loves food! PETS ok Allergies: None
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The WYC offers a wide range of leadership, service-learning, and good-decision-making activities for WHS students. We encourage everyone to check out our website and stop by the WYC anytime to find out how to get more involved in all the cool things that we have going on!
PAINT THE SCHOOL PURPLE WEEK
Members of the Relay committee will be “painting the school purple” next week in celebration of Relay For Life of Winchester 2015!
There will be opportunities to register for Relay during lunches. We will be handing out purple ribbons and treats for those that register. Students and teachers will be encouraged to wear purple and post pictures to social media. There will be a Penny War all week-long in the library with prizes for the class that raises the most money.
3nd annual BACK OF THE SCHOOL BBQ BASH
Friday, June 5th
Behind Winchester Library
Free to all WHS & McCall students
Featuring: free food, music, dunk tank, minute-to-win-it games, pie-eating contest, and more!
Brought to you by WinCAM & the WYC
ROCK FOR YOUTH
Battle of the Bands Finals
Friday, June 5th
Mill Pond Stage, behind the Library
8 Figure Networth
Sockless Venus & the BDPs
Everyone is invited to join us for the final round of the Battle of the Bands!
Awesome live music! Great outdoor show! Free admission!
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Winchester Community Music School & The Real School of Music
RELAY FOR LIFE OF WINCHESTER
Saturday, June 20th - Sunday, June 21st
Manchester Field Track
Relay 2015 is almost here!
There is still time to register, go to www.relayforlife.org/winchesterma
Relay For Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society.
It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones, and fight back against this disease.
Community members of all ages are invited to join us for this amazing community event and help us reach our goal of raising $100,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Help us create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Every 10 students must have an adult chaperone in order to participate in Relay overnight. Parents are strongly encouraged to join teams with their kids or create their own teams, serve as chaperones, and participate in this amazing event!
Please contact email@example.com for more information.
(Winchester Special Education Parent Advisory Council)
Life During and After High School for Children on IEPs
Monday, May 4th
40 Samoset Rd, Park Hurst Building
Jennifer Callison, Winchester’s Transition Specialist, will present a workshop on things to consider as students transition to Post Secondary opportunities. Topics covered will include vocational training, employment, housing and additional schooling needs. The focus of this workshop considers the very specific transitional needs of students on IEPs who will not be attending traditional college programs, therefore college planning will not be covered.
Middle school parents are also encouraged to attend. Please note Transition Planning for Massachusetts’ students on IEPs starts at age 14
*For more information about WIN-PAC please go to http://www.winspecialedpac.com
MARIJUANA TALK KIT – PRESENTATION TUES, MAY 5
The Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community invites ALL Winchester parents, guardians and community members are invited to attend the following event:
The Marijuana Talk Kit: What You Need to Know to Talk With Your Kids About Marijuana
Tuesday, May 5th
Harvard Medical School in Boston
This Talk Kit is a comprehensive guide that addresses the new challenges families face with their teens around the topic of marijuana, and equips parents with the tools they need to have productive conversations with their kids about the drug.
Please find event details and RSVP information here: http://www.drugfree.org/marijuana-talk-kit-evite/.
WINCHESTER SPORTS FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT – MON, MAY 4
Registration is now open for the Winchester Sports Foundation's annual golf tournament at the Winchester Country Club, to be held this year on Monday, May 4. The tournament is the Foundation's flagship fundraising event. Golf on the Winchester Country Club's renowned Donald Ross layout is followed by a dinner at which the Foundation awards its annual Sachem Spirit Award to a person(s) who has made a significant contribution to the Winchester athletic programs. Dinner attendees also hear from two student-athletes from Winchester High School, who talk about the major impact sports programs at the high school have had on them.
This year's fundraising has a special purpose-the Foundation will donate all of the proceeds from the tournament toward the installation of lights at Manchester Field. In addition, until the end of May, the Foundation will match any and all contributions to the Foundation, and will match the net proceeds from the tournament, up to a maximum of $50,000. In total, the Foundation has a goal of making a $100,000 contribution towards the lights.
Over the years, the generosity of the Foundation's supporters has made a meaningful impact on the high school athletic program. Most recently, the Foundation made a $100,000 contribution toward the completion of the new track facility and purchased all of the new equipment for the track team. The Foundation has also helped launch several new teams at the high school, including the boys and girls volleyball teams, the ski team and the ultimate frisbee team.
Interest golfers and sponsors can obtain more information at the Foundation's new tournament website: http://birdeasepro.com/winchestersportsfoundationgolf.
BUY A MUNCH CARD FOR MOTHER’S DAY – HELP SUPPORT WINCHESTER GOT LUNCH
Buy a Munch Card for $20
and provide a Lunch for a child for a whole week!
Send the Munch Card for Mother’s day!
Munch Cards available
at Book Ends or online at
it’s that simple!
PARENT TO PARENT EVENT – TUES, MAY 5
Parent to Parent presents ...
A book discussion group on Parenting without Panic: A Pocket Support Group For Parents of Children & Teens on the Autism Spectrum, led by the author, Brenda Dater*.
Tuesday, May 5th from 7-8:30PM at the Winchester Public Library (Large Meeting Room)
Whether or not you are a parent or guardian of a child or teen on the autism spectrum, the practical strategies outlined in Parenting without Panic can be useful for all families.
Have you ever wondered...
How to foster resilience in your child?
How to build compassion and flexibility among siblings?
How to bring a little less chaos to your daily life?
How to sensitively respond to your children about their own challenges and those of their friends and classmates?
Join Brenda as she shares real-life stories and practical tips that will help parents feel more confident and hopeful as they navigate daily parenting challenges. Brenda speaks from experience as a mother of a teen on the autism spectrum as well as from her professional experience as the Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE (Asperger/Autism Network) where she teaches workshops, facilitates support groups and provides consultations for parents, caregivers and professionals. Ms. Dater is a featured speaker in numerous surrounding communities.
*Please note, the Author WILL be present.
Books will be on sale at BookEnds and also available at the program.
WINCHESTER SPORTS FOUNDATION HALL OF FAME CEREMONY - MAY 7
The Winchester Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce the inductees for the 2015 Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! We will be honoring the 2015 Inductees at the Burlington Marriott on May 7, 2015. This year, the evening promises to be even more special as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Winchester Sports Foundation Hall of Fame with special alumni appearances, moving tributes and much more.
Please join us as we take a look back at 25 years of honoring the best and the brightest of Winchester High School Sports. This is an evening you won't want to miss!!
The inductees for 2015 are:
Individual Tickets are available by sending a check made out to the Winchester Sports Foundation for $50 to Dot Butler, 30 Wildwood Street, Winchester, MA 01890. Tables of 10 are available and will be reserved for your party only upon receipt of payment. Please indicate members of your party when reserving a table.
Tickets may also be purchased on line by visiting the Winchester Sports Foundation website at www.winchestersportsfoundation.com.
EN KA SOCIETY LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN
The En Ka Society will hold its annual street fair, "Magical Moments" on Friday, May 15th, and Saturday, May 16th. This year's fair chairs, Julie Doe and Phyllis Gleason, are looking for a few good men, or "MEN KA", to assist with their efforts.
Male volunteers, over the age of 25, are asked to assist with supervising and keeping order in the lines of the teenage rides on Friday and Saturday night in two hour shifts (Friday 7-9, and 9-11PM and Saturday from 6-8 and 8-10PM). We always hope to keep the En Ka fair safe and orderly.
Please consider helping at the fair for a two-hour shift. If interested, please contact Lauren Costello at 781-760-4633 or through the En Ka Society website at www.enkasociety.org.
The En Ka Society is a volunteer non-profit organization that provides aid, through volunteer service and fundraising, to local charities and organizations that are charitable in nature and benefit the community. Our generous quarterly gifts are only realized with the help of our many dedicated volunteers at the fair and at the En Ka Exchange Consignment Shop. The En Ka Fair is the largest source of the society's annual fundraising, and all profits are given back to the Winchester community in the form of gifts and charitable donations.
JUBILATION SINGERS SPRING POPS CONCERT – SUN, MAY 17, 5:00PM
It may be two months away, but it will be here before you know it. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 17th, at 5 pm for McCall's own Jubilation Singers Spring Pops Concert! This will be the one and only time to hear Jubilation Singers perform at McCall this year. What better way to wrap up EnKa weekend than to sit and listen to hopping music spanning the decades from groups such as the Eagles, Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and a mash up from the hit TV show, Glee!
And a week before the concert, on Saturday, May 9th, is our annual pre-Mother's Day spring BakeWash. More details to come ...
Stay in touch throughout the spring as we work hard to get ready for the concert .... follow us on Facebook!
THE EN KA SOCIETY SEEKS BOOK DONATIONS
The En Ka Society seeks donations of lightly-used children's and adult books to support the book sale tent at the Society's annual Street Fair, scheduled for May 15th and May 16th. This year's Fair is titled "Magical Moments.”
Until May 5th, books can be left anytime in the plastic collection shed at the Carriage House by the Sanborn House, adjacent to the Ambrose School at 27 High Street in Winchester. Look for signs saying “Book Drop Here.” Books should be placed in small, easy to handle boxes. Please wrap boxes in plastic to protect the books from the elements.
En Ka is particularly in need of gently read paperback fiction, mysteries, and children's books. Movie DVDs, book audiotapes and music CDs in good condition are also appreciated. No VHS tapes, textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines or condensed books please.
All proceeds from the book sale will support En Ka’s annual grants to dozens of Winchester's charitable and civic organizations. Books that remain unsold at the end of the Fair will be donated to More Than Words [www.mtwyouth.org] in Waltham, a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers at-risk youth. Contact Laurel Legatta at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paula Michienzi at email@example.com with questions or if you would like to volunteer in the book tent at this year's En Ka Fair.
MEALS ON WHEELS CONTEST – DEADLINE MAY 15
WINCHESTER COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL EVENTS
Summer Music Programs Enrolling Now Winchester Community Music School has several great summer programs for teens including the Summer Underground (Rock), Summer Rock & Blues Band, Summer Woodwind & Brass Week, Summer Chamber Music Festival, Summer Festival for Pianists, and summer lessons for a range of instruments. Summer session is a great time to try something new, continue existing studies in a fun summer atmosphere, or take advantage of an in-depth festival program. Put a summer slant on music with yoga, badminton, popsicles, and special public performances. Info and registration at www.winchestermusic.org.
Broadway On Highland / Rock Musicals - Friday, May 1, 7:30-9:00 pm
The theme for WCMS's last Broadway event of the school year is Rock Musicals. Come sing your favorite Broadway rock song (solo or with friends) with our fabulous accompanist, or sit in the audience and join the sing-along numbers. All ages and ability levels welcome. Just bring your sheet music (no lead sheets please) and a copy for the pianist. Run-throughs available 6:30-7:30 pm. Free.
Volunteers Needed for Music MAYnia - Sunday, May 4, 1-5 pm
Looking for a community service opportunity? Music MAYnia is a fun community festival that raises money for financial aid at WCMS. We rely on dozens of volunteers each year to make this event an amazing success. Volunteers are needed to do everything from face painting to setting up tables and chairs. To sign up, call 781-721-2950 or visit www.winchestermusic.org.
Open Mic Night at Starbucks - Thursday, May 7, 7:00-9:00 PM
Join WCMS for Open Mic Night at Starbucks, 542 Main Street, Winchester. All ages, all instruments, and all types of acoustic music are welcome. Hosted by Winchester Community Music School and singer/songwriter Mike Verge.
For more information on any of the above events, call 781-721-2950 or visit www.winchestermusic.org
WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - 80 SKILLINGS RD – WINCHESTER MA 01890 - 781-721-7020