MESSAGE FROM THE PTSO PRESIDENTS

Coffee with the Director of Guidance
This Friday - 12/14 @ 9am in the Faculty Dining Room. Dan Levine, founder of Engaging Minds, will be speaking 

Support the PTSO while you shop!
This holiday season, do your regular Amazon shopping
at  smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4560257 and AmazonSmile donates to Wellesley High School Parent Teacher Student Organization.  Thank you!

January PTSO Meeting - Students show the way
Wednesday, 1/9/2019, 9am, Faculty Dining Room
Join us as we focus on our students in January.  We'll hear from class officers and student government leaders, learn about clubs and ERP, discuss homework expectations and using powerschool, and hear about how we can help the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation and they can help our students. 

Order your WHS yearbook now
Details on ordering, senior portraits, ads, etc are available on the Wellesleyan YBK page here.

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

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

December:
  • 13th & 14th - One Act Festival
  • 14th - 9:00am - Coffee with the Director of Guidance, Faculty Dining Room
  • 24th - January 1st - Winter Break, No School

January 2019:

  • 9th - 9:00am - PTSO Meeting - Faculty Dining Room
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Challenge Success
As you know from Dr. Chisum's email, next week is  Technology Awareness Week .  Students will compete in a "bingo" challenge, learn about using the new Screen Time feature on iPhones and watch a Ted Talk about balancing technology and happiness.  Check out the Ted Talk yourself and ask your student what they think:   Why our screens make us less happy

Please visit  Challenge Success @ WHS for more information.

GUIDANCE NOTES
  • December 14th, 9am, Coffee with the Director of Guidance in Faculty Dining Room  - This month's topic will address Challenge Success' Work Load initiative. Dan Levine, founder of Engaging Minds, will be speaking.
  • Attention Juniors - PSAT results are anticipated to be released to students via email on December 11th.  Counselors will be distributing test booklets in Junior Guidance Seminars in January. if you would like to pick it up in advance you may do so by seeing your counselor.
  • Attention Seniors & Senior Parents:
    • The first time you are requesting transcripts you need to do so three weeks prior to the deadline (this does not include vacation days).  Subsequent requests need 5 business days.
    • Now is the time to obtain your FSA ID.  The FSA ID is the Username and Password that will be helpful when filing their original FAFSA and accessing FAFSA information as required. See link to register now. FSA ID.
  • Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club (WHJWC) Now accepting scholarship applications.  WHJWC scholarship page
Show your Raider Pride

Congratulations to our Raider Cheer Team! They won first place for dance at the Student Body Hello Cheer and Dance Showdown at the Reggie Lewis Center on Sunday.  There's an informational meeting on Thursday at 6:30pm at WHS if you're interested in joining the team.

Ping Pong - Corrected date & time:
Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30, room 174. HUGE thank you to the Wellesley Recreation Department for donating the ping pong table (and net, paddles and balls).

PTSO Website: Check out our new community web page. Let us know what else you would like to see there.  Sports booster clubs please send in website and facebook page information if you would like this linked.  Email whsptsopres@gmail.com

Your PTSO $$ at Work

Students built gingerbread houses in Advisory last Wednesday as a team building enterprise.  Prizes were given for the best in a number of categories! See some examples below:
 

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS  
 
SHINE A LIGHT on WEF during the season of giving with a gift that will benefit every child in the Wellesley Public Schools.   Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) is passionate about continuing to advance the excellence of our school system through our grants program. Thanks to the support we received at this time last year, WEF provided nearly $260,000 in grants to the Wellesley Public Schools in 2018.  We support educator-led innovation in the classroom, professional development, and initiatives that span all grade levels and every school in the District.    Join us and help us grow our impact.  GIVE TODAY
SHINE A LIGHT on WEF to inspire both the hearts and minds of our students, and make a profound investment in our community.

The Wellesley Cotillion January 5, 2019! 
Invitations have been mailed for the 2019 Wellesley Cotillion. All Juniors & Seniors who reside in Wellesley and/or who attend Wellesley High School are invited to attend.  Cotillion information, rules & regulations, and a link to purchase tickets can be found on the   Wellesley Cotillion Website.  
Registration closes on December 30th, or earlier, if all 800 tickets are sold. 
The event is organized and executed solely by parent-volunteers and is not affiliated in any way with the Wellesley Public Schools. Adults interested in volunteering may visit the Cotillion Website and look for the link to volunteer.   
Follow the Wellesley Cotillion on Facebook  to receive up-to-the-minute updates & post-event photos.
Wellesley Cotillion Co-Chairs, Stacy Fleming and Gina Francis 
Cotillion organizers are committed to ensuring that financial constraints are never a barrier to participation at Cotillion. Financial assistance is available for tickets, tux rental, and purchases of formal attire. Male and female guests who are under-resourced may send confidential inquiries to Tinea Rochelle.    

School Committee 
2019-2010 School Calendar: Approved calendar for next school year is available on the WPS website here
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:  December 13, 7 - 8 pm - Arnold Room, Wellesley Free Library. 2019 Dates will be available soon.

Gift Giving PolicyAs we are entering the holiday season please refer to the following:
  • State Ethics commission guidance
  • Wellesley public Schools gift policy
  • Clarification memo    
PTSO Blast - Translated!
Would you prefer to read our PTSO blast in another language?   Click here to view it on our website via Google Translate.  The link should be live by Wednesday of each week.