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AdministrationSharon Kennelly, PrincipalScott Middlemiss, Assistant Principal
Update, Distance Learning, Student Placement, Grade 5 Dates, MCAS, Family Fest
Dear JAC Families,

Spring is finally here according to our planting schedule. ¬†Today, each student planted a lettuce seedling in the JAC gardens along with representatives from Fresh Start Gardens.  We are looking forward to harvesting in late May or early June, and we hope our plantings bring sunshine and warm weather. Stay tuned!

There is a buzz in the air as students are looking forward to April break.  We will end our day on Friday with our Community Meeting, continuing our year long focus on kindness toward one another.  Each day, we are asking our students to 'PAWS' as they come into school, and to remember that we strive to be a peaceful community.  We ask that they remember the Power of their words, be Accepting of others, be Willing to help others, and demonstrate Self-Control.  We will continue to reinforce and learn about PAWS with our students during classroom and Community Meeting, and ask that you remind them at home as well.

Enjoy the April break, do one fun thing each day!

Warm regards,
Ms. Kennelly and Mr. Middlemiss

Distance Learning

As you know from an earlier email from Superintendent Olsen, the School Committee voted on March 26th to support the Distance Learning initiative to recover three of the nine snow days we had over the course of the year.  At the Crisafulli, classroom and instructional arts teacher have collaborated to develop Distance Learning assignments for students that are intended to take approximately 90 minutes to complete for grade 3 and 90 - 120 minutes to complete for grades 4 and 5.  Students should be able to complete these activities with minimal support.  If your child requires a significant amount of support to complete the activities or is exceeding the approximate time period, we ask that you reach out to your child's teacher.  Students will receive their first assignment this week prior to April break.  The due date for the first Distance Learning assignment will be Friday, April 27th.  Students who do not turn in the completed work will be marked absent for the associated snow day.  You can find more information about Distance Learning here  -

Snow Day being recovered
Date Activities are Assigned to Students
Due Date AND Attendance Date
3/9/18 (Friday)
By end-of-day on 4/13/18 (Friday)
4/27/18  (Friday)
3/13/18 (Tuesday)
By end-of-day on 5/4/18 (Friday)
5/18/18 (Friday)
3/14/18 (Wednesday)
By end-of-day on 5/25/18 (Friday)
6/8/18  (Friday)

Student Placement

In the coming weeks, teachers, along with administration, will begin the process of planning for the 2018-2019 school year.  This includes planning for and making decisions relative to student placement. As you know, there are a number of factors that are considered when making these very important decisions.  Students will be assigned to classes with input from their current teachers, support staff, and administration.  We consider the following variables in preparation of balanced groups: academic abilities, positive social dynamic, gender, individual learning styles, and class size.  Our goal is to create well-balanced and heterogeneous classrooms. This important task contributes to the creation of a positive class environment, which enables students to function at their fullest potential.  Input from parents/guardians, with regard to their child and the kind of learning environment in which he or she works best, will also be an element considered in the placement process.  A letter, along with a parent/guardian input form will be sent home after April vacation.

Important Dates
April 11th      -       Gr. 4 ELA 1 MCASApril 12th      -       Gr. 4 ELA 2 MCASApril 13th      -       Community Meeting
April 16th  ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†No School/Spring Break through April 20th
April 25th      -       Gr. 3 ELA 1 MCAS   
April 26th      -       Gr. 3 ELA 2  MCASApril 27th      -       School StoreApril 30th      -       Gr. 5 Math 1 MCAS

Important 5th Grade Dates
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  • MCAS Testing Dates at JAC
  • ELA Testing Schedule
  • Grade 4 ELA - April 11th, 12th
  • Grade 3 ELA - April 25th, 26th
  • Make-Up Time - done during off-testing day
  • Math Testing Schedule
  • Grade 5 Math - April 30th & May 2nd
  • Grade 4 Math - May 3rd & May 4th
  • Grade 3 Math - May 7th & May 9th
  • Make-Up Time - done during off-testing days
  • Science & Technology
  • Grade 5 Sci & Tech- May 10th & May 11th
  • Make-Up Time - done during off-testing days

  • Save the Date - 2018 PTO Family Fest - Ticket Flyers Coming Home Today!
  • Robinson and Crisafulli School PTO Family Fest
  • When: ¬†Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Place: ¬†Crisafulli Elementary
  • Time: 5:00 ‚Äď 7:00 PM.
  • Admission: ¬†$10.00 per family in advance, $15.00 at the door
  • Admission covers all activities (except for the HUGE raffle/silent auction items). ¬†The activities will include a Cake-Walk, Robifulli Fun Walk (Gift Cards), fun games, hula-hooping, a movie room and craft area. There will be pizza and drinks for purchase (cash only). ¬†Raffle/auction items can be purchased with cash, check or credit card.
  • Basket donations are due by May 4, 2018.  
  • Parents: we need your help!  We need many more volunteers to help us run the Cake-walk, Fun-walk, Movie Room, and general volunteers.  If you are able to volunteer, please contact Mrs. Antell (

SAVE the DATE: JAC Field Day - Thursday, May 31 (Rain Date- Friday, June 1)

Would you like to join us for Crisafulli Field Day?
  • 7:30-8:30 Set-Up: Bring materials from the gym to the field and set up activity
  • 8:30-12:15 Station Leader Volunteers: Help run activities which will be assigned on Field Day
  • 12:00-1:15 Lunch/Recess Volunteers: Join class during lunch/recess
  • Please click here to sign up as a volunteer for any of these time slots/jobs.  
Don’t Miss Your Chance To See Dr. Michael Thompson!

Internationally acclaimed psychologist, consultant, speaker, and best-selling author Dr. Michael Thompson returns to Westford Wednesday, April 25, 2018, to present The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success In School And In Life. Dr. Thompson said his talk is really geared toward pressured parents, who may not remember what school is really like. In his presentation, Dr. Thompson describes the psychological journey children take during their school years. He believes children are constantly searching for connection, recognition, and a sense of power, and that each child develops strategies to cope with pressures he or she may feel. Dr. Thompson shares his extensive experience and wisdom with a wonderful sense of humor and a great deal of compassion.
Dr. Thompson is the author of such bestsellers as Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding The Social Lives Of Children and Raising Cain: Protecting The Emotional Lives Of Boys, which became a critically acclaimed documentary. His most recent book is It’s A Boy! Understanding Your Son’s Development From Birth To Age 18, also a bestseller. Dr. Thompson travels the world as a consultant and lecturer to hundreds of schools, and has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, 60 Minutes, The Early Show, and Good Morning America. For more details about Dr. Thompson, check out his website at
His presentation ‚Äď part of the Westford Parent Connection‚Äôs speaker series ‚Äď will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Stony Brook Middle School Auditorium. Due to the generosity of the Westford Parent Connection‚Äôs sponsors, the event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Mary Anne Seraphin at¬†or go to the WPC‚Äôs website at

Are You Ready To Run For A Good Cause?

The 19th Annual Westford Road Race is coming! Hundreds of runners from all over the region will come together at the Abbot School to participate in the Family Fun Run or the 5K or 10K races on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The Family Fun Run starts at 2:00 p.m., the 5K starts at 2:20 p.m., and the 10K starts at 2:25 p.m. Want to join us? Go to for registration information. The first 600 pre-registered participants will receive race t-shirts. Registration fees are $15 per person for the Fun Run, $25 per person for the 5K, and $30 per person for the10K, if you register before April 21. After April 21, the cost of the 5K is $30 and the 10K is $35. The event is organized by the Westford Charitable Foundation, Inc., which has given nearly $350,000 back to the community. Want to make a tax-deductible donation? Go to for details. This is a fun community event you will not want to miss.

Sharon I. Kennelly
John A. Crisafulli Elementary School

"Thoughts become Words
Words become Actions
Actions become Character
Character is Everything"

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