MESSAGE FROM THE PTSO PRESIDENTS


11/15 PTSO Meeting Postponed
Due to prioritizing the process for hiring a new Wellesley METCO Director, WMS & WHS, and their respective PTOs have decided to postpone the November PTSO meeting scheduled for this Thursday, 11/15 in Boston until late winter / early spring (date TBD).  The timing of the hiring process and Boston meeting next week were in conflict, and we felt that assuring time for Boston parents to meet the finalists was a priority.  We will look forward to everyone's PTSO participation in Boston early next year.

Challenge Success Parent Survey - Closing today!
Make sure your voice is heard.  Please complete  the Challenge Success Parent Survey by 11/13.  We need at least 50% participation to make the results valuable.  Click here to access the survey.

Thank you to our spellers
Thank you to Rachel Rottersman, Jen Bonniwell & Olivera Bogunovic for stepping up to spell for the PTSO.  Head to Sprague tomorrow at 7pm to cheer them on.  Good luck tomorrow! 

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

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

November:
  • 13th - 9:45am Mother's Group, WHS Rm 259
  • 14th - 6:45pm - Guidance Dept. College Planning Night for Junior Parents, WHS Auditorium
  • 14th - 7:00pm - WEF Spelling Bee, Sprague Gym - see below 
  • 15th - 5pm - 7pm, Empty Bowls Banquet, WHS Cafeteria
  • 16th - Winter Sports Physicals due to School Nurse - see below
  • 22nd - 26th - Thanksgiving recess
  • 30th - 9:00am - Principal Coffee, Faculty Dining Room
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Challenge Success
Challenge Success Parent Survey
Parents/guardians should have received an email from Principal Chisum asking for your participation in the 2018 Challenge Success Parent Survey.  The survey will remain open for your feedback until November 13th.  If you have not done so already, please follow this  link to take the survey.  Your input is greatly appreciated!  If you have any questions please check out the   Survey FAQ.

Focus on Sleep
As part of Challenge Success' theme of Balance, the next focus will be on Sleep.  The goal is to learn more about the benefits of sleep, reflect on sleep habits and hopefully make changes to improve sleep quality.  There will be weekly discussion questions in Advisory as well as a general toolbox with a variety of suggestions.  Here is the link to the video your student(s) watched in advisory last week.   Ted Talk Video-The Benefits of of a Good Night's Sleep  After students watched the video, they were asked to reflect on the extent to which the video impacted their thoughts on sleep.  We would encourage you to watch this video and continue the conversation at home.
 
GUIDANCE NOTES

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

Self-Care and Self-Compassion Group for High School 
Students  -  Starting Soon
Many students work extra hard to succeed academically, but experience real anxiety and stress. This can interfere with sleep, relationships, and physical well-being, among other things, and can eventually affect academic performance, emotional well-being, as well as family and social life.
     
How can ambitious students harness anxiety so it doesn't overwhelm them, improve self-compassion, while also continuing to strive and succeed?  HRS will offer a repeating, five-session workshop to help teens to build strategies for coping with anxiety, stress, self-criticism and pressure, to improve their capacity to care for themselves.
     
All teens welcome!
The group will meet Tuesday nights, this fall, from 5:00-6:30 at:
Human Relations Service, 11 Chapel Place, Wellesley
Contact: Dr. Lucas Baker-Siroty, Group Facilitator or Linda Galper, LICSW, 
HRS Group Coordinator, 781-235-4950
Cost: $100 (for five sessions). Sliding scale fees are available.
 
Guidance Webpage
Take a moment to browse through the  guidance webpage to find out more about free practice test opportunities, scholarships, college fairs and more.

FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

Winter Sports physicals are due in the nurses office by Friday, 11/16.  Click this updated memo  for more details.

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. 

The physicals can be
emailed , faxed , dropped off or mailed to us.  
 
Thanks,  WHS Nursing Staff 
SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT

Congratulations to all our teams still competing in their respective playoffs!  Follow Wellesley Raiders on twitter @wellesleysports for the play by play, or check out the   WHS Athletics Department website and  WHS Big Teams website  to access sports team's times and locations. 

Congratulations also go to the amazing cast & crew of Spamalot.  Your weeks of work paid off with a weekend of incredible shows.  Thanks for all the joy you bring to the WHS community!

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.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

WHS Mother's Group
Tuesday, November 13th, 9:45am, WHS Rm 259
Katie Lynch, WHS Special Education Department, and Maura Renzella, Director of the Wellesley Youth Commission, will facilitate the group.  The meetings offer a forum for parents to discuss issues of mutual interest - whether school- or community-related.   All are welcome.  Please join us.

WHS Varsity Dance Team - Pizza with a Purpose 
Wednesday, November 14th, California Pizza Kitchen
Support the WHS Varsity Dance Team and save yourself time in the kitchen. Present this flyer at CPK and 20% of all purchases on 11/14 will be donated to the team. 

WEF Spelling Bee
Wellesley Spelling Bee
Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00pm, Sprague School Gym
Our community adult spelling contest and fundraising event is back for the 29th time.  Come cheer on the Assis ta nt Principals, students and parents as they represent the high school!

3rd Annual Empty Bowls Banquet
Thursday, November 15th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM, WHS Cafeteria
Empty Bowls is a national grassroots movement to help end hunger. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Liam's Lunches, ABC Wellesley, and Pine Street Inn.
Enjoy live demonstrations of students sculpting and throwing on a potter's wheel accompanied by live music provided by Bob Boa and the RipChord Gang.
Take part in our silent auction for the handmade ceramic centerpieces to benefit the WHS Ceramics Intensive artists! Come prepared to make a bid!
Tickets may be purchased in advance at: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-empty-bowls-banquet-tickets-52163204549
Tickets sold at the door will be CASH ONLY:
Organized by the Ceramics Intensive Students and co-hosted by Wellesley Parents Supporting Art Students (WPSAS).

 
Saturday, November 17th, Wellesley High School
Sponsored by the Wellesley Hills Junior Womens Club.  More information is here.

Turn the Key, Be Idle Free
Wellesley Green Schools would like to remind everyone to please comply with Massachusetts state law and never allow your car to idle more than 5 minutes. This is especially important when waiting to pick-up your students from school/after-school events. Please click here to read the attached flyer on the importance of limiting idling emissions to ensure the public health of our schools and greater community.
 

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:  

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.