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WHALY WEEKLY: October 18, 2023

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Opening Remarks

THANK YOU, we raised $19,935 for the Fun Run! 

We had a beautiful fall day for the Fun Run, the kids had a blast, and we raised $19,935, just a few dollars short of our $20,000 goal. THANK YOU for your generosity and for supporting our school community! Donations can still be made through October 27 on our Wellington Fun Run page.

 

Notable Mentions

Fall Spirit Wear is Back! Show off your Wellington Pride.

The store is open with our spring bestsellers and new hoodies, tie-dye, beanies, flannels and a new line of Sport-Tek pullovers!

Store is open through Friday, November 3 and orders will ship directly to your home, arriving in time for the holidays. View the shop and place orders here

In-School Enrichment Highlight - Kindergarten! 

This week the Acton Discovery Museum visited the kindergarten classes to teach them about Liquids & Solids. Students watched crayons melt with the help of a blow dryer and students observed the differences between chocolate chips melting in their hands & ice cubes melting in their hands. Lastly students became engineers and created their own insulated cups to keep ice cubes from melting!
 

 

Important Dates

BPS School Calendar 2023-24

October:

  • 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

November:

  • Nov 1:           Early Release Day - 11:40am early dismissal - no lunch is served
  • Nov 6:           Aftercare Family Night 6pm-7pm

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.

  • Nov 14-16:    Book Fair
  • Nov 16:         BPS Administration - School Focused Public Forum

This is an opportunity to learn about the FY25 budget and for the community to join the conversation. Details to follow.

  • Nov 22:         Early Release Day - 11:40am early dismissal - no lunch is served

December:

  • Dec 4-15:    Winter Coat Donation Drive

 

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...

Our amazing Fundraising team Allison Dahl & Lucy Seche for organizing a very successful Fun Run! And to all of our volunteers! And to all of our generous donors! Thanks to you, we will 
continue to fund the many programs, activities and materials that enrich our students’ learning experiences at Wellington. 

Superintendent Jill Geiser and School Committee Chair, Meg Moriarty for attending our PTO board meeting last Monday evening. Dr. Geiser gave a presentation that highlighted how an override in the April 2024 election will be required to provide everything from basic needs to keep the schools open to the high quality educational experiences we have come to expect from our Belmont Public Schools. 
 

 

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.

 

Reminders

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

wellingtonptopresidents@belmontschools.net 

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