WHALEY WEEKLY: May 3, 2023

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Opening Remarks

May is here and we’re in the final weeks of the school year. We have more exciting events to look forward to! Whether you can volunteer or join as an attendee, we look forward to seeing you at MultiCultural Night (this Friday, May 5) and Carnival (June 10). 


Notable Mentions

Multicultural Night is this Friday!  

  • We will gather to celebrate cultural diversity at our school this Friday, May 5th from 6:00 – 8pm.  Wellington is so lucky to have students and families who come from all parts of the globe. Let's get together outside (weather pending) to learn about other cultures, enjoy some food and entertainment, and revel in the fresh air! If the weather doesn't cooperate, we will set up inside Wellington. 
  • We are looking for some volunteers, either to host a "country table", help setup/cleanup, or serve/organize food.  If you can't volunteer, we understand, and hope to see you at the event! Please find volunteer openings here!


Volunteers Needed: We Can’t Make Carnival Happen without You on June 10

Carnival is back for more bouncy houses, face painting, music, cotton candy, food trucks and fun this year on Saturday, June 10 from 11 am - 3 pm. Volunteer slots are now open and if you sign up, you’ll get a limited edition carnival t-shirt. Sign up here


Attention Current Kindergarten Families: Are you looking for something for your child to do on the May 11 and 12 Kindergarten intake days? Einstein’s Workshop is offering STEAM Days in Burlington, MA. Read more here! Morning sessions ($90) run 9am-noon and afternoon sessions ($90) run 1-4pm. Parents can drop off as early as 8:15am and pick up as late as 5:45pm for an additional fee if they need full day coverage. Those who sign up for the morning and afternoon session get the lunch hour for no additional fee. Half day campers may also join for the lunch hour for a small additional fee. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Wellington PTO and the Burbank PTA.


Introducing the Wellington Traffic & Student Safety Team!  Help us keep our students safe and monitor the bus driveway as this is a “no drop-off” area.

  • We are aiming to find one volunteer each morning from 8:20am-8:55am. Volunteers must sign-in at the main office and obtain a safety vest. You can sign-up here!
  • Also, please remember to be considerate when parking around Wellington and do not block the crosswalks or the driveways of our neighbors. There is no active pick up. Please do not pull into the parking lot or driveway at dismissal to retrieve your child.
  • Thank you to Erika Wolf for leading this team and our efforts towards student safety.


Important Dates:

May 2023

  • May 1-5:        AAPI Heritage Celebration w/ Guest Library Readers
  • May 5:           Multicultural Night 
  • May 11-12:    Kindergarten Intake Days - STEAM Days at Einstein’s Workshop
  • May 22:         PTO End of Year Meeting. All are welcome!
  • May 24:         Early Release Day @ 11:40am - No lunch is served.
  • May 26:         ASE Ends
  • May 29:         Memorial Day - No School

June 2023

  • Jun 2:            Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
  • Jun 10:          Carnival 11am - 3pm
  • Jun 15:          Last Day of School (11:40 am early dismissal) + Fourth Grade Send Off (4GSO)


Thank You To...

Sara Colleary and Ingrid Henry for bringing back the Boston-Belmont District-wide bowling event! And thanks to the PTO/PTAs representing all Belmont Public Schools for supporting the evening. We had over 100 bowlers, and students enjoyed the arcade, pizza and getting to know others from across the BPS.


DEI Corner

AAPI Heritage Month

Wellington is celebrating AAPI Heritage by reading biographies of important Asian-American and Pacific Islanders during library time this week! The books will be provided by the library.


Open Positions

Recruiting for 2023-24 School Year - Open PTO Board & Coordinator Roles:

We invite the Wellington community to look ahead to next year’s volunteer opportunities with the PTO! Open Coordinator roles and descriptions can be viewed here. Some roles have one person committed, and we’re looking for more to complete the team. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Co-President, Lindsay Kalmakis at wellingtonptopresidents@gmail.com 

  • ASE: Have your children enjoyed the ASE offerings this year? Interested in teaching a one hour class next school year? We can’t offer this popular program without instructors. Parents / Guardians have taught classes in running, meditation, languages, and LEGO just to name a few! Have an idea? We’d love to hear from you! ase.wellington@gmail.com


The CUE Corner (Chenery Upper Elementary)

ATTENTION 4th Grade Families / Rising 5th Graders - We need your help! 

  • The Chenery PTO is reorganizing due to the district reconfiguration.  The Chenery PTO is seeking individuals to fill positions for the Middle School PTO and Chenery Upper Elementary PTO.  Please fill out this form if you are interested in serving either organization.  
  • Chenery After School Clubs

Do you think it's important for Chenery students to find their PASSION and make FRIENDS?  We are looking for volunteers to help run the Chenery PTO after school clubs in 2023-24. (Sadly, our current volunteers will be moving on to the High School.)

This year alone close to 300 students signed up to join in on the fun. We ran popular clubs like Dungeons and Dragons, Chess, Japanese for Fun, and more!  Without your help, the PTO clubs will not run!

Whatever your skills, please volunteer! The tasks are easy and don't require a lot of your time:

  1. Help Organize (respond to emails, set schedules, coordinate logistics)
  2. Plan Clubs to Offer (Recruit Instructors, Organize clubs for webmaster)
  3. Promote clubs to parents (Draft/Edit emails, Coordinate web updates)
  4. Manage the Finances (Process scholarships, organize instructor payroll)

For more information, please contact us at CheneryPTOClubs@gmail.com.


Audrey Miller & Lindsay Kalmakis
Wellington PTO Co-Presidents



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