WHALEY WEEKLY: October 4, 2023

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Opening Remarks

What does the Fun Run Fund? ENRICHMENT! We are at 48% of our goal!The Fun Run and other PTO events fund enrichment programs within our classrooms, such as: Acton Discovery Museum (K-3), Tanglewood Marionettes (K - 4), Mass Audubon Pollinators, authors, storytelling, and musical guests. We are at 48% of our goal ($9,635 of $20,000), with about a week to go! 

Here's how you can help us reach our goal:

  • Register your child(ren) here: Wellington Fun Run Hub
  • Email and Text your child(ren)'s student fundraising webpage to friends and family
  • Sign the permission slip (going home in the blue folders this week) and return to school
  • There is still time to volunteer! We need second grade course volunteers: Sign up here!


Notable Mentions

On Monday, October 16th at 7pm we invite you to join our virtual PTO board meeting for a special presentation from Superintendent Jill Geiser to learn more about the emerging needs for our upcoming budget season. Following the presentation, we will have Q&A and open discussion with Superintendent Geiser. We encourage the community to join if you can and stay informed as we learn about our town and school funding. Join using this Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/gkb-jzgv-cfb


Important Dates

BPS School Calendar 2023-24


Oct 13:           Fun Run - our biggest fundraiser of the year! - during school hours
Oct 16:           7pm virtual Wellington PTO Board Meeting with Special Guest, Superintendent Jill Geiser https://meet.google.com/gkb-jzgv-cfb


Nov 6:           Aftercare Family Night 6pm-7pm*
Nov 14-16:    Book Fair

*To the Aftercare families and guardians: Join the Aftercare staff and board members in the cafeteria at Wellington, and meet other families in the community.


DEI Corner

We invite you to visit the Belmont Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website to learn more about the BPS commitment to DEI and how to sign-up to receive the DEI newsletter - https://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/dei 


Thank You To...

Amy DeDeo, Erika Wolf and our Community Events team for organizing our Safe Schools Walk, Bike, Roll to School Day this morning! 

And to Jess Morgan, our Hospitality Coordinator, for organizing our first teacher appreciation day last Friday as part of our Monthly Acts of Gratitude for the Wellington teachers and staff!


Open Positions

The PTO runs on our volunteer engine and we have many opportunities throughout the year for families and guardians to participate and support our students. The best place to start is by completing our PTO Volunteer Interest form - here

Important note to all volunteers: Everyone will receive a CORI form (one per household - feel free to make a copy) in your Communications Folder. If you can support the PTO and would like to volunteer, CORI forms are required for every parent volunteer. You must bring the completed form and a form of ID to the Wellington office to complete the process. CORIs are valid for three years! We highly recommend you get these completed early in the school year.



PTO Annual Appeal

  • Learn more about how you can support the efforts of the PTO to fund programs that benefit our students and teachers throughout the year. Read more about upcoming programming and how you can get involved in this letter.
  • Follow this QR code to donate using a credit card

  • OR Send a check payable to Wellington PTO 
    (Memo: “Annual Fund” and your child’s name) and return to school in their Communications Folder, or mail to:

Wellington School
ATTN: Wellington PTO
121 Orchard Street, Belmont, MA 02478

Traffic Safety - 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.

A Note about PTO Communication Channels:

  • Whaley Weeklys (the PTO newsletter you are currently reading!) will be emailed to you every Wednesday with updates on events, volunteer opportunities, school happenings and more! 
  • Communications Folders - Be on the lookout for a blue folder coming home with your student(s). They will include some pertinent information from the PTO, particularly our community and fundraising events. Your child’s folder comes home everyday as a way to get their school work and Wellington happenings into your hands! 
  • Room Parents - each classroom will have PTO volunteer Room Parents who act as liaisons between the classroom teacher and class parents/guardians.
  • Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wellingtonpto 


Lindsay Kalmakis & Aisha Foxx Telfort
Wellington PTO Co-Presidents


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