MESSAGE FROM THE PTSO PRESIDENTS

Welcome back and Happy New Year to all!  We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable break.  

Please look at the PTSO website for our updated Spring PTSO meeting calendar.  We have planned a number of informative programs that you will not want to miss.   As always, please know that your comments and suggestions are always welcomed. 

Connie Burton & Andra Jensen
WHS PTSO Co-Presidents 2019-2020
UPCOMING EVENTS/DATES 

January 2020
  • 8th - Early Release Day
  • 8th - Gap Year Presentation @ 6:45pm in Auditorium 
  • 14th - PTSO Boston Meeting 
More information coming but hold the date for two meetings to be held on Course Selection.  
-  Course Selection Session #1 -- Joint PTSO Meeting/Principal's Coffee on January 31st
- Course Selection Session #2 -- PTSO Meeting on February 13th 
(Both meeting will be at 9am in the Faculty Dining Room.)

The  following  is just a sample of all the events on the calendar. Click here  to see the whole calendar.  
GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS 

Here is a link to the Guidance Department's January notes.  Please take a few minutes to review as it quite informative and helpful. 
MESSAGE FROM WHS SCHOOL COUNCIL  
 
WHS School Council (see  https://wellesleyps.org/whs/school-council/ ) meets with Dr. Chisum each month to discuss school policies and procedures.  Anyone who wishes to communicate with the parent representatives are encouraged to write to us at whs.schoolcouncilparents@gmail.com or contact any of the representatives.

HARDY/UPHAM FEASIBILITY STUDY, Community Forum No. 2

The School Building Committee invites you to come hear about the progress of the Hardy/Upham feasibility study, learn more about the process and next steps, and engage with the Committee and project consultants on Wednesday, January 15th at 7pm in the Wellesley Middle School Auditorium.

Topics will include: The approved educational plan; standards for modern elementary school facilities; the requirements and process for building with the Massachusetts School Building Authority; the criteria for determining whether to build at Hardy or Upham with the MSBA; aspects of each site; and preliminary concepts under consideration.

View SBC meetings and forums on demand at  wellesleymedia.org/SBC

Visit SBC website:  wellesleyHHU.org

Subscribe to SBC News:  https://wellesleyma.gov/list.aspx

REDISTRICTING PUBLIC FORUMS ... 
   
Please join us to review and provide feedback on the draft redistricting plans.   Forums are scheduled on the following dates:

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7 pm
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 9 am

Both forums will be held in the Wellesley Middle School Auditorium.
 
COMMUNITY EVENTS --
   
Wellesley Green Schools -   The next WGS meeting is a coffee this  Thursday, January 9th at 10am at the home of Sue Morris (16 Framar Road)   (NOTE: this is a date, time and location change!)

Wellesley PAC Coffee -  Please join the Wellesley PAC for their first monthly coffee in the New Year on Thursday, January 9.  The coffee will be held from 9-10:30 am at the home of Christine Mizzi at 16 Suffolk Road.  It is a nice opportunity for parents and caregivers of children receiving Special Education services to get together, share information and offer support to one another.
Please email  cdettwilermizzi@yahoo.com   with any questions about the PAC. 

World of Wellesley is hosting a number of events in January --
  • RACE: The Power of an IllusionCommunity viewing and conversation of the three-part PBS documentary on Thursday, January 16, 23, 30 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  Check out the preview or readIt is a must see! (Offered in partnership with the Wellesley Community Center.)
  • MLK Community Breakfast 2020, Monday, January 20, 2020, 8:00 am - 10:00 am at 
    Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Family Event!, Monday, January 20, 2020, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    at the Bates Elementary School.   For more information on these and other events, please go to the World of Wellesley website
Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club is  accepting scholarship applications for 2020-2021 through  March 1, 2020 .   In the 2019, the Club awarded a record $72,700 in scholarships and awards to 21 Wellesley students. Scholarships were given to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students in amounts ranging from $1,000 - $4,000.     Applications are evaluated based on demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in community service. Applicants must be high school seniors graduating from Wellesley High School, Wellesley residents graduating from high school in or outside of Wellesley, or Wellesley residents currently attending undergraduate institutions on a full-time basis.   For more information, please click here.