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WHALEY WEEKLY: November 29, 2023

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Opening Remarks

Welcome back, we hope everyone had a restful break!

Notable Mentions

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.

Important Dates

BPS School Calendar 2023-24

December:

  • Dec 1-15:    Winter Coat Donation Drive
  • Dec 25-29:  No School - Winter Break

January:

  • Jan 1:          No School - Last day of Winter Break
  • Jan 25:        Virtual BINGO Night - Wellington Community Event

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...

Lara Lind and Amy Heuer for putting in countless volunteer hours creating our Wellington School Directory. Every household receives one complimentary directory and we will be sending them home with students soon! Thank you again, Lara and Amy!! 

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

Multicultural Night is a beloved event at Wellington, a Spring community event scheduled for May 2024. We are currently looking for two volunteers to co-chair the event, supporting our VPs of Community Events - Jas Kaur and Maggie Croy. 

  • Help organize one of the most engaging community events at Wellington by using your skills to select a theme, find cultural entertainment, organize student sign-ups for their chosen countries, and coordinate volunteers as needed. This event showcases and celebrates the diversity of our school community - please help make it a success again this school year! 
  • We have held this event for many years so there is a playbook to help guide the new co-chairs, and as always you will have the PTO board’s support! If you are interested, please contact wellingtonptopresidents@belmontschools.net 

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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