WHALEY WEEKLY: November 15, 2023

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Opening Remarks

The Book Fair is happening!

Spread the word. The Book Fair is going on in Wellington’s Community Room! Invite your neighbors, family, and friends to check out this year’s improved and amazing selection of new books - a  diverse selection of fiction, non-fiction, picture books, chapter books, and advanced readers. Come and check it out:

Wednesday, November 15th - 1:30 to 7:00PM
Thursday, November 16th - 2:30 to 6:00PM

We are still looking for volunteers to help make the event possible – particularly during the 4-7 hours which are our busiest! Please consider signing up for even a 1.5 hour shift. You can do so here. Please note that you must already have a CORI on-file with the school to volunteer.


Notable Mentions

Support the Belmont Public Schools! Important Meeting Thursday November 16

This week you have the opportunity to impact a critical decision by the Belmont Select Board which will soon be deciding on the size of the funding override for the April 2024 ballot. Passing an override is critical to maintaining the current status of our schools - passing an adequately sized override will enable investments in our schools!

In addition to this past Tuesday’s budget meeting, there is another critical meeting this Thursday November 16th that we encourage parents to attend. Thursday's meeting is a public hearing on the school budget. This is the only public meeting scheduled, and a big turnout will be an important statement that parents and other concerned residents want adequate funding for our schools.

Here are the meeting details:

Thursday, 11/16 (6:30 Town Hall, Select Board Conference Room 455 Concord Ave., Belmont https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84926109106 Webinar ID: 849 2610 9106)


Winter Coat Drive
We will be collecting gently used or new, clean adult and child winter coats and children’s snowpants from December 1-15th. Donations can be dropped in the boxes at both Wellington school entrances. All donations will benefit Children's Services of Roxbury. Thank you to Nomita Ganguly and her daughter Mira for leading the initiative again this year!

For a text-only link to this flyer, click here.


School Picture Retake / Makeup Day is Tuesday November 28th
Preschool and all grades K-4 will have an opportunity to retake or makeup their school pictures if they missed school picture day. See the flyer for details. Note that online pre-ordering is not available with retakes. 

For a text-only link to this flyer, click here.


Important Dates

BPS School Calendar 2023-24


  • Nov 14-16:    Book Fair!
  • Nov 16:         FY25 Draft Budgets Public Forum 6:30-8:00pm. *See below for details + additional key dates from the BPS.
  • Nov 22:         Early Release Day - 11:40am early dismissal - no lunch is served
  • Nov 23-24:    No School - Thanksgiving
  • Nov. 28:        School Picture Retake / Makeup Day


  • Dec 1-15:    Winter Coat Donation Drive


DEI Corner

November is National Native American Heritage month! This month provides an opportunity to learn more about the culture, history, traditions, language and stories of Native and Indigenous people in America. Check out this link to learn more: https://www.nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/

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 First Grade Enrichment Coordinators and volunteers! 

This week the Acton Discovery Museum visited the first graders to explore weather. The students learned about precipitation and evaporation. The students got to experiment with thermometers, dry ice and created clouds out of shaving cream!


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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