August 23, 2017

Dear Willard Families, I hope you have enjoyed this beautiful summer. For me as the new principal of the school, it has been an exciting time of getting acquainted with staff, learning about the building and settling in.
I believe that students learn best when they are known as individuals. To that end, I want to start early to get to know you by inviting all students to join me on Thursday, August 24 for a drop in “social” with ice pops on the Willard playground. So I can meet each of you and your families, we’ll divide the social into three time allotments.
● Kindergarten and Grade One students from 9:00 to 10:00
● Grade Two and Grade Three students from 10:00 to 11:00
● Grade Four and Grade Five students from 11:00 to 12:00.
Additionally, I invite you and your families to attend our Open House on Tuesday, August 29 from 2:00 to 3:00. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your teacher, classmates and see the classroom.
School begins on Wednesday, August 30 and it will be a full day of school with dismissal at 3:30. All students should arrive daily by 8:50, since school begins at 9:00. Please note that dismissal times vary throughout the year.
● Kindergarten: Every MondayWednesday and Friday are full school days. Dismissal occurs at 12:30 every Tuesday and Thursday.
● Grades 1­5: Every MondayWednesdayThursday and Friday are full school days. Dismissal occurs at 12:30 every Tuesday.
I’ve been told that students and staff at Willard relish a good read. (I do too!) I invite you to contribute a photo to a special bulletin board in September. This summer, ask an adult to take a picture of you reading in your favorite place, either at home or on vacation. Submit the photo when you return to school, including a caption with your name, the title of the book and where you are in the photo.
Lastly, information regarding transportation is published in the Concord Journal and on the District’s website (
If you have any questions or concerns regarding bus transportation, please contact Mr Wayne Busa, Transportation Manager, at 978­318­1433.
I look forward to seeing everyone soon. It’s going to be a great year.
Best regards,
Matt Lucey