Belmont Public Schools
Roger Wellington Elementary School
121 Orchard Street | Belmont, MA 02478
phone: 617 - 993 - 5600
attendance line: 617 - 993 - 5602
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today is: Friday, August 29, 2014

Dear Wellington Families,
It is hard to believe that we only have two more weeks of summer and that the opening of school is quickly upon us!

In preparation for another outstanding year at Wellington Elementary School, here is a bit of information we hope is helpful regarding important logistics:

  1. First Day of School: The first day of school for 1st-4th grade students is on Wednesday, September 3.
    How it works: 
    • Arrival 8:25AM: For the first day only, students and families will all gather on the blacktop near the turf to meet all classroom teachers (1st-4th grades). Families are asked to look for signs indicating the classroom teacher’s name/grade levels and to stand in line next to their children, while the teacher meets each child and family. {Students do not need to be escorted to these lines by adults. Please simply let your children know to be looking for their new teacher’s name on a sign when you drop them off at school.} Classrooms will be lined-up with youngest students closest to the main doors and older students closer to the play structure. Once the entire class has assembled, the classroom teachers will bring the students into the school in order to begin the day. Families are invited to stay to meet and greet each other at our annual PTO coffee which will begin at 8:30AM.
      Important Notes: 
      • Parking: Parking is truly a challenge at Wellington. Please be sure to carefully read the attached Family Handbook (Pages 8-11 and 31-32) for information about how our typical arrival and dismissal processes work, as well as how we manage parking vehicles at Wellington! 
      • Supervised Morning Drop-Off: We will continue to offer supervised morning drop-off in the main parking lot loop (on the turf-side of the school) from 8:25AM-8:35AM each day, beginning on the first day of school. 
      • Second Day of School Arrival: We will proceed with our usual arrival processes beginning Thursday, September 4. When students arrive to school between 8:25AM and 8:35AM, they will simply enter the school from either set of main doors. Adults may escort children into the CORE of the school to wait along with their children before the first bell rings at 8:35AM, or students can proceed on their own to the designated waiting areas for their class.
      • Breakfast: The breakfast program at Wellington Elementary School will begin Monday, September 8, 2014. 
    • Dismissal 1:40PM: All students will be dismissed at 1:40PM. Lunches will be served at school on the first day. First grade parents will meet students on the “blue playground” while families of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students wait on the turf-side of the school. Note: For security purposes, all adults are asked to wait on the appropriate side of the school for students to dismiss and not to enter the school for the purpose of waiting. Thank you.
  2. Handbooks: Attached please find updated electronic copies of both our Family and Student Handbooks. All students will receive a hard copy of the attached Student Handbook in their First Day Packets. Students are asked to review their handbooks with parents/guardians, sign the last page, and then return it to their classroom teacher. In order to conserve paper, though, we will provide any family with a hard copy of the Family Handbook and/or a translated version, upon request. Please simply indicate that you would like a hard copy of the Family Handbook by checking the box on the last page of the Student Handbook prior to returning the signed page to school or simply call the office (617.993.5600) and ask Mrs. Sieberg for a copy to be sent home with your student.

Thank you for partnering with us! Please enjoy these remaining days of summer.

Amy (and Maureen)

News from School and PTO
Nurse’s Notes: (Physical Exams, Medication Pick-up, and Summer Safety)
Students entering grades 1 and 4 in the fall need to have an updated physical exam submitted (2014). Those students scheduled for exams during the summer or early fall should have a copy brought in or mailed in once completed.
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