MESSAGE FROM THE PTSO PRESIDENTS

Don't miss the WEF Stem College/Career Panel on Thursday, 7pm, WHS Library.  Great for students and parents!     

Also, all are invited to our first Guidance Coffee of the year this Friday, 10/26 at 9am in the Faculty Dining Room.  Join Guidance Director Dana Plunkett as she discusses Guidance resources and Challenge Success initiatives for this year.

Looking  Ahead: PTSO Meeting 11/15 in Boston
Mark your calendars for the combined WHS and WMS PTO meeting in Boston. This is a great opportunity to hear from Superintendent David Lussier, WMS Principal Mark Ito and WHS Principal Dr. Jamie Chisum.  

Please join us  Thursday, November 15th, 7:00PM  at the Shelburne Community Center (2730 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119).  Make an evening of the event! - go for dinner in Boston with friends, arrange carpools.

Can You Spell?
We are looking for three parents volunteers for the WHS parents BEE team on November 14th 7pm at Sprague.  No previous experience needed!  Please email whsptsopres@gmail.com  if you are interested.  This is simply a fun event to raise money for our schools through WEF - see below .

Please contact us with any questions or suggestions. whsptsopres@gmail.com

Colette Aufranc & Catherine Mirick
WHS PTSO Presidents 2018-2019
UPCOMING EVENTS

October:
  • 25th - 7:00pm - WEF Stem College / Career Discussion, WHS Library - see below
  • 26th - 9:00am - Parent coffee with Director of Guidance, WHS Faculty Dining Room
November:
  • 7th - 7.00pm - Junior Auction kickoff meeting Faculty Dining Room
  • 8th, 9th, 10th - WHS musical "Spamalot" 
  • 14th - 6:45pm - Guidance Dept. College Planning Night for Junior Parents, WHS Auditorium
  • 14th - 7:00pm - WEF Spelling Bee, Sprague Gym - see below
  • 15th - 7:00pm - PTSO Meeting in Boston
  • 16th - Winter Sports Physicals due to School Nurse - see below
  • 22nd - 26th - Thanksgiving recess
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WELLESLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION 

STEM COLLEGE/CAREER PANEL 
DISCUSSION: PREPARING FOR YOUR NEXT STEP,  Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7pm, WHS Library 
This event is perfect for high school students considering careers in science, and will be informative for their parents as well.   As students begin to consider colleges and possible majors, learn about what is key for success in college admissions, higher education, and beyond.   Panelists, incl uding r epresentatives from Google, Gillette, TripAdvisor, Olympus and Olin College of Engineering, will share their knowledge and experiences.   Q&A will follow the presentation. Free and open to the public. Click  here   to  register and for more information.
Get your T-E-A-M together!  Registration is open for WEF's 29th Annual Spelling Bee 
Wednesday, November 14th, 7pm at the Sprague School Gym 
our community adult spelling contest and fundraising event is back for the 29th time!

This high spirited community event is right around the corner! How to catch the buzz:
  • Support the Bee -- CLICK HERE to make a donation or sponsor a high school, middle school or community team. Many levels are available for sponsorship from $125 to $2500. The Bee is our biggest fundraiser of the year!  Any amount is appreciated.
  • Bee a Team -- CLICK HERE to register a team of three spellers for $500. Who knows whom you may be spelling against that night? Last year 54 teams participated in the Bee! Deadline for registering a team is October 19th. 
SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT
Senior games

The fall athletics season is winding down, click WHS Athletics Department website and WHS Big Teams website to access sports team's times and locations. Most teams will be having their last home game starting this week. This would mean a last home game for many of the senior players. Come support our seniors and the rest of the fall teams.

Is there a special event or activity you would like parents to know more about? Contact us at whsptsopres@gmail.com and help us build school spirit.
GUIDANCE NOTES
 
Coffee with the Director of Guidance - all are invited!
Friday 10/26, 9am, Faculty Dining Room
Topic will be Guidance Resources and Challenge Success priorities for the year.

Junior Parent Night
Wednesday, 11/14, 6:45pm, WHS Auditorium
Get started thinking about post-graduate plans for your student.

Guidance Webpage
Take a moment to browse through the  guidance webpage - especially if you are interested in finding out more about:
  • Important deadlines for seniors and senior parents about 1st term grade transmissions, transcripts, financial aid and more
  • MCAS retake information
  • NACAC's Performing and Visual Arts college fair
  • Audition workshops for performing arts students
  • Philanthropy leadership learning opportunity for High School students

WHS FALL MUSICAL - MONTY PYTHON'S "SPAMALOT"
November 8th, 9th and 10th

Showtimes as follows:
  • Thursday, November 8th - 4.30pm
  • Friday, November 9th - 7pm
  • Saturday, November 10th - 2pm and 7pm
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.  Follow the fee payment link on WHS home page or click here .  Get them while you can - tickets sellout quickly!
JUNIOR PARENTS - SAVE THE DATE
November 7th, 7pm 
Please come join us to learn about the Junior Auction - the main fundraiser for all Junior and Senior activities, including Junior Boat Cruise, Senior Prom, and Senior Banquet.  There are many different volunteer opportunities and different commitment levels. We REALLY need everyone to help out!  It's a big undertaking and the more volunteers we have, the less work for everyone.  

We will be meeting at the High School in the library.  If you can't make it, please reach out to  loriwsilverstein@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out.  There will be more information coming, including sign-ups for the various committees.

Hope to see you on the 7th!
YOUR PTSO AT WORK 

Lunchtime joy at WHS!  

Ask your student about the Mariachi band playing at lunch on October 5th in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month! 

Thank you! 
Thank you to Elizabeth Rogers and the team of volunteers who helped stuff and distribute student photographs and IDs - we couldn't do this without your help!

FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

Freshman and new students at WHS must have current physical exams on file If you have not already done so, please submit a copy of a physical exam dated 8/1/2017 or later to our office. 

Winter Sport Physicals are due in the nurses office by November 16th.  For more information click here.

The physicals can be emailed, faxed, dropped off or mailed to us.  
 
Thanks,  WHS Nursing Staff 
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Warm Sock Drive - WHS Diversity Club
The Wellesley High School Diversity Club is hoping to keep homeless people warm this winter by providing them with clean and warm socks. 
Please donate BRAND NEW socks. There will be a donation bin outside the main office of the high school from Monday, October 22nd to Monday, October 29th. Socks will be delivered to a local homeless shelter.   Please help us reach our goal of keeping everyone warm this winter. Thank you for your support! 

Magic Wings Butterfly Traveling Show  Today!! 10/23 7pm, Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library
Wellesley Conservation Council Fall Lecture 
Co-sponsored with Wellesley Free Library 
Speaker: Fred Gagnon, Entomologist and Curator
See and touch live butterflies and other animals
Fred Gagnon is an entomologist and lepidopterist and curator of the magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory since 1999. Fred will be accompanied by several other individuals who will coordinate an interactive program..
TOWN OF WELLESLEY INFORMATION

School Committee Holds Office Hours
The School Committee is pleased to continue to schedule 'office hours' which provide the community an opportunity for engagement with one or two members of the Committee on a monthly basis.  Sessions are currently scheduled for:  

October 25 , 7 to 8 pm - 2nd Fl Conference Room, Wellesley Free Library
November 15, 9 to 10 am - Felix Juliani Room, Town Hall 
December 13, 7 to 8 pm - Arnold Room, Wellesley Free Library.   

Community members who wish to engage with the Committee but cannot attend office hours are encouraged to participate in Citizens Speak at a future meeting, or email the Committee at  school_committee@wellesleyps.org.
 
School Building Committee
Are you interested in keeping informed on all the school building projects happening in Wellesley?  Sign up for the School Building Committee newsletter. Their meetings are also open to the public and available via Wellesley Media.