Friday, December 9, 2022

Wellness Department Recycles 5# of Candy Wrappers!


The Wellness Department partnered up with Rubicon for their Trick or Trash program. Although we collected wrappers last year, this was the first year we were able to secure our own box to fill. 

Bags were placed in each homeroom for easy collection, and we were able to divert almost 5 POUNDS of candy wrappers from the landfill!

If you want to learn more about what happens to the wrappers once they arrive at the facility, you can watch this video:

Thank you to all who helped me make this year's collection such a success.

Yours in Health,

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Plastic Film Recycling Initiative!

WMS Wellness Department has spearheaded a schoolwide plastic film recycling initiative. With the reliance on single use disposable water bottles in school, there has been a surge in plastic case wrap. As this type of flexible plastic is not allowed in curbside recycling, it winds up in the trash/landfill. 

Plastic Film Recycling is a website that I found last summer when I noticed a "how 2 recycle" logo on an Amazon mailer that came to my house. 

With just a bit of research, I learned that not only are those Amazon bags recyclable (just remove any labels or stickers) but so much more flexible plastic is as well.  

Have you ever walked into a grocery store like Shaw's, Price Chopper or Whole Foods, or a retail store like Kohl's or Target, and noticed bins marked to collect plastic shopping bags? If so, you now know exactly where to dispose of your flexible plastic!

The image above shows you just how many different types of flexible plastic that can be collected and recycled in drop off locations. Use the interactive tool on the Bag and Film Recycling website to find a collection spot close to you. 
After just four days of collecting plastic case wrap, I took an extra large garbage bag to my local Shaw's Market to recycle! 

Here is the bag that I recycled next to the plastic collection bin. These bins were found in the same space where you return bottles and cans. 

With the help of 7th grade students, large bags have been placed in each spot that plastic water bottles are stocked. This has already proven to increase proper disposal in the first week!

Do you recycle this kind of plastic in your home? Would you start? If so, tell me in the comments!

Yours in Heath, 

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Wellness Department is collecting candy wrappers to be recycled!

For the second year, Wellness teacher Pam Riddle has teamed up with Rubicon's "Trick or Trash" collection program. Collection bags have been placed in each homeroom, with a large collection bin placed in the main entrance hallway. We encourage everyone to save their empty candy wrappers from ending up in a landfill. Send them into school to be collected and recycled!

Any questions, please contact Ms. Riddle

Yours in Health, 

Thursday, September 29, 2022

National School Backpack Awareness Presentation for 6th graders



The Wellness Department was fortunate to have the expertise of Dr. Bradley Weiss & Dr. Annette Ghelfi of Performance Health Center in Natick present to our 6th grade classes this past week in honor of National School Backpack Awareness Day. 

Here is a message from Dr. Thomas Ball of Performance Health Center about the backpack safety & injury prevention presentation:

We are honored to take the time to educate parents, students, educators and school administrators, and communities about the serious health effects that backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly have on children.  More than 79 million students in the United States carry school backpacks.
 • More than 2,000 backpack-related injuries were treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and clinics in 2007.
 • It is recommended that a loaded backpack should weigh approximately 10% of the student’s total body weight.
 • About 55% of students carry a backpack that is heavier than the recommended guideline of 10% of the student’s total body weight.
 • In one study with American students ages 11 to 15 years, 64% reported back pain related to heavy backpacks. Twenty one percent reported the pain lasting more than 6 months.
 • In a study on the effect of backpack education on student behavior and health, nearly 8 out of 10 middle school students who changed how they loaded and wore their backpacks reported less pain and strain in their backs, necks, and shoulders.

We also discussed "Text Neck" and how too much time spent looking down at your phone can cause damage to the cervical vertebrae.  Finally, we showed students how to properly wear and pack their bags to maximize comfort and reduce pain. 
As always you can contact me with any questions at Performance Health Center.  

The Wellness Department is very thankful for our continued collaboration with Performance Health Center. 

Yours in Health,

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Marker recycling donation

The Wellness Department has been working hard collecting used markers and pens in collaboration with Terracycle's Bic collection program.  Here is a visual of what is accepted to be sent in for recycling: 

Each room in the building has an up-cycled shoe box that is used to collect old items. All recycled items accumulate points which we can use to donate to charity. 

Ms. Riddle with 3 boxes of used markers

If you would like to save your old markers and pens for recycling, feel free to send them into school and leave them for me in the main office. 

Yours in Heath, 

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Trick or Trash: Recycle used halloween candy wrappers! Starting November 1st.


The Wellness Department & the Environmental Club have partnered to collect used Halloween candy wrappers be recycled. Check out how it works here:

There will be 2 collection boxes: one located in the main entrance hallway and the other located in the mural entrance by the Wellness Center.  Please only deposit candy wrappers in the bins.  We will collect wrappers for at least a week. 

Thank you for helping reduce trash at WMS!

Yours in Health, 

Friday, February 28, 2020

CPR Cards were emailed!

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Hi 8th Graders,

I received an email that the first round of CPR cards were emailed last week. If you didn't receive yours please follow these directions:

If the participant doesn't receive the email from AHA to claim their card for whatever reason, they can visit this link and enter their email address to the start the process on their own:

If your email address isn't working let me know & I will send you what they have on file. Sometimes there is a mistake in the email address.

See you soon!