Published in the September 2, 2015 edition

warrior_logo_web_0902Dear Fall Sports Parents,

Thank you for registering your child for a fall athletic team here at Wakefield Memorial High School. I hope that your child has enjoyed the first few days of practice thus far. As the new K-12 Director of Athletics, Health, and Wellness, one of my many goals is to increase parent engagement throughout the school district. I strongly believe that when parents and educators come together and work with each other, they can help children reach their fullest potential. Having said that, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you all to the first annual WMHS Fall Sports Parent Night which will be held tonight from 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the WMHS Charbonneau Field House. Parent Night will be an opportunity for you to meet and hear from the many adults who will be working with your child daily over the next few months.

The doors to Charbonneau Field House will open up at 6:15 p.m., at which time parents are invited to take a seat in the bleachers. Parent Night will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. I, Brendan Kent, will kick things off with a welcome address from approximately 6:30-6:45 p.m.. During that time, I hope to articulate my vision for the WMHS Athletics program and share some ideas on how we can all work together to help our children succeed in school, sports and, most importantly, life. From 6:45-6:50 p.m WMHS Head Athletic Trainer, Sue Courchesne, will discuss our school’s sports medicine protocols. Following Sue, Catherine Dhingra from the Wakefield Health Department will speak briefly about teen substance abuse prevention and some of the initiatives she has been working on here in Wakefield. At approximately 7 p.m., parents will break off into separate classrooms according to sport. The last half hour of the night will be spent with your child’s coaches. At this time, your child’s coaches will discuss a variety of topics including team rules and expectations, practice and game schedules, parent engagement, booster club information and more.

My goal is that Parent Night will help coaches and parents ‘get on the same page’ and share the same vision for our kids. As I said before, when parents and educators work together great things can happen for our children. I hope that you will be able to join me tonight. If you have any questions or concerns regarding WMHS Athletics, please do not hesitate to contact me. I want to do everything I can to help your children succeed. Thank you for your time and I look forward to meeting all of you at Parent Night.

Go Warriors!

Thank You,

Brendan Kent

K-12 Director of Athletics, Health, and Wellness

Wakefield Public Schools