MESSAGE FROM THE PTSO PRESIDENTS 

Thank you to all who came to the October PTSO meeting.  For those who missed it, we had the opportunity to hear from  Drs. Anthony Rao and Paul Napper on  The Power of Agency .  We are pleased to announce that the PTSO has partnered with the WHS Challenge Success team to bring Drs. Rao and Napper back to WHS for a full discussion on Agency on Thursday, November 21st at 7pm  in the WHS Auditorium.  If you attended the October preview with Drs. Rao and Napper and have any thoughts or questions you would like to have them address in November, please send them to us at whsptsopres@gmail.com .  (Copies of their book are available for purchase at Wellesley Books).     

Please reach out to us if you have any quest ions, concerns or ideas at 
whsptsopres@gmail.com.  If you have missed any blasts, they can be found  here.

Connie Burton & Andra Jensen
WHS PTSO Co-Presidents 2019-2020
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Approximately 
22% of our families have contributed thus far.  Please donate here if you can help the PTSO support our students, teachers and staff.  Thank you!  



UPCOMING EVENTS/DATES

The  following  is just a sample of all the events on the calendar. Click here  to see the whole calendar.  
 
October 2019
  • 16th - Step Up Day
  • 16th - Junior/Senior Parent College Financial Aid Night
  • 18th and 19th - Acatober Concert (click on link to purchase tickets)
  • 25th - Parent Coffee with Director of Guidance
From our students ...

WHS Girls Soccer Varsity Team will be  hosting a free soccer clinic for 3rd to 8th grade Wellesley girls at the high school on Oct 16th from 1:00 to 2:30pm.  For more information, please see  flyer .

WHS Junior Class will be hosting two fundraising events -- 
  • On Friday, October 25th, WHS Junior Class will be hosting the Halloween Elementary School Dance in the Wellesley Middle School Cafeteria from 5-7 pm.  The event is for K-3 students.  For more information, please see flyer.  
  • On T hursday, November 14th, from 6 to 8pm, WHS Junior Class will be hosting the Sara Campbell fundraiser. The Junior Class is asking that WHS parents bring their friends to Sara Campbell for 10% off their total, and 10% will go to the grade. If parents cannot attend the event during 6-8 pm, they can mention the WHS Class of 2021 when making any purchase on November 14th, and get the same discount off of their purchases. More information on these fundraisers can be found here.
WHS Performing Arts

The WHS Choral Department Presents the Annual  Acatober Concert on October 18 and 19th.  This annual event is not one to be missed.  Click  here to purchase tickets.    

Save the Date for the WHS Fall Musical -  The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- November 7-9th.  For more information, click  here

Guidance Department highlights ... 

  • October 16th - Step Up Day - reminder for freshman parents that Wednesday, October 16, is a half day, and from 8:30-11:30am, the focus for 9th graders will be on community building supported by the Challenge Success and 9th-grade guidance advisors.  9th grade Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and leave their backpacks at home.
  • October 16th - Junior/Senior Parent College Financial Aid Night
For those who might have missed Senior Parent Night, here is the presentation from that evening.

The Guidance Department website has a great many resources for students and families.  We wanted to highlight the October Guidance Notes and the  Parent's Tip page.  

Community News ... 

Bates Elementary School PTO will be hosting its annual Pumpkin Fair on Saturday, October 19th from 10am to 2pm.  For more information, please see flyer.  

Wellesley Shopping Event and Fundraiser -  On October 17-20th (Thursday through Sunday), shop at participating stores on Central Street as these merchants will be supporting the PTOs with proceeds from these shopping days.  For more information, please see  flyer.

Wellesley Conservation Council Fall Lecture  (co-sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library):  Dinosaurs, Dunes, and Drifting Continents:  The Amazing Geologic History of Massachusetts, on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7pm in the Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library.  For more information, see flyer .

Green Collaborative Meeting -- Are you ready to go electric?  Can the Town's fleet further electrify?  Can electric school buses in Wellesley be a reality?  This will be discussed on Thursday, October 24th from 9 to 11:15am, Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library.  Four speakers participating are:  Anna Vanderspek - Electric Vehicle Program Director of the Green Energy Consumer Alliance, Benjamin Hartford - National Accounts Sales Representative of XL Fleet, Kevin King, School Bus and Transit Sales Manager of Lion Electric, and Kevin Kennedy of our Facilities Management Department.

League of Women Voters and UU Wellesley invite you to "She the People" a conversation with author Jen Deaderick on the "rocky road to full equality for women in the US" on Thursday, October 24th at 7pm at 309 Washington Street. For more information, see flyer.

Wellesley Education Foundation:
  • October 19th-26th is Mass STEM Week.  There are many fun and free events happening that week.  For more information, please click here.
  • On November 3, 2019 at 4:30pm in the Wellesley Middle School Auditorium, WEF will be hosting Biz Renick Bracher, PhD, on READY TO LAUNCH: How to prepare your child to leave the nest and land on their feet... in college and beyond. For more information, please click here.
  • On Wednesday, November 13th, 7pm at the Sprague School Gym, WEF will be hosting their community adult spelling contest and fundraising event!   Support the Bee:  Click Here  to make a donation or sponsor a high school, middle school or community team. Bee a team:  Click Here  to register a team of three spellers for $500. Who know s whom you may be spelling again st that night? Deadline for registering a team is October 18th.