Monday Updates - 10/3/2022
03 October 2022

Monday Updates - 10/3/2022

Dear Wellington Families,

It was to see so many of you at Curriculum Night last week.  It was incredible to have families back in the building after COVID kept us apart for such a long time.  If you could not make it on Thursday, here are the slides that I shared at our community meeting.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to be in touch. 

Here are a few updates and announcements:

Absence Line:

Regular attendance and on-time arrival to school are extremely important to children’s growth and development.  At the same time, it is important that you feel comfortable keeping your children at home if they are sick. If your child has to be absent from school, please remember to call our absence line at (617-993-5602) first thing in the morning.  It is the mechanism that we use to make sure all children are safe.

MCAS Scores:

Fourth Grade families, your child’s MCAS scores will be available in Plus Portals on Wednesday.  You can find them using the same process that you use to view report cards . If you would like a paper copy of your child’s MCAS scores, please let us know.  They will be available in our front office by mid-October.

Meeting our Students Where they Are

We know that each student is different - and that is what is what makes each individual special.  It is our job to meet all of our students where they are in their development and help each and every learner to grow academically.  This looks different for each child and takes multiple forms - small group and individual instruction, academic support, open-ended assignments, collaborative work, inquiry-based learning, enrichment, and structured direct instruction. 

In addition to academic instruction, we know that each student has different needs as it relates to regulation and play.  For this reason, we work hard to differentiate our play during recess. We provide structured areas in K and 1st grade recess that children can opt into, and we just added a sensory pathway on our blacktop for children to practice their motor skills.  On the turf side of the building we offer a choice of a “Game of Week” each day and engage with our students by facilitating structured athletic activities. Students can opt into our organized activities or can play independently or in groups with other children. Inside our building we have sensory spaces and small trampolines in various locations, and sensory objects for students to use as needed to help them to develop self-regulation and skills and strategies.  We understand that students’ learning and regulation are intimately connected, and it is our job to do our best to set up each individual for success.

Upcoming Dates:  Please keep the following dates in mind:

  • October 10 - No School - Indigenous People’s Day
  • October 14 - Fun Run During School 
  • October 19, 26 and November 2 - Early release days for conferences.  Dismissal will be at 11:40.  
  • November 11 - No School - Veterans Day

Thank you, as always, for sharing your children with us.  Feel free to be in touch with any questions or concerns. 

All the best,

Heidi