WHALEY WEEKLY: October 11, 2023

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Opening Remarks


THE FUN RUN is THIS FRIDAY! So far we have raised 68% of our goal ($13,500 of $20,000)! There are 3 days left until the FUN RUN this Friday, October 13. Donations are open through Oct 26, you can register your child(ren) here: Wellington Fun Run Hub.

All parents and guardians are welcome to come to Wellington and cheer on the kids along the running course, Friday October 13:

  • 9am - 3rd Grade
  • 9:30 am - 1st Grade 
  • 10am - Kindergarten and 2nd Grade
  • 10:30am - 4th Grade


Notable Mentions

Note to parents / guardians: Last call! The deadline was extended to the end of the week to opt-in to be included in the PTO directory. Please log into PlusPortals to review and submit the Student Update Form under Forms tab - www.plusportals.com/wellington 
It is important the school has accurate information for your student. This is how we collect information for the Student Directory. Please be sure to complete this by the end of the week. 

Superintendent Geiser joins Wellington’s PTO meeting: 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
  • Oct 18:           Early Release Day - 11:40am early dismissal - no lunch is served
  • Oct 25:           Early Release Day - 11:40am early dismissal - no lunch is served


  • Nov 1:           Early Release Day - 11:40am early dismissal - no lunch is served
  • Nov 6:           Aftercare Family Night 6pm-7pm*
  • Nov 14-16:    Book Fair
  • Nov 22:         Early Release Day - 11:40am early dismissal - no lunch is served

*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...

Becca Pizzi & all of the Celebrity Walkers for joining the community for Walk, Bike, Roll to School Day! 


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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