PTSO Newsletter - October 11, 2020
Upcoming Events
October 12 - No School

October 14 - Makeup Day for 10/12 holiday (full-day Monday schedule, Cohort A in-person)

October 15 - WHS/WMS Parent/Guardian Event with Dr. Lisa Damour (7 - 8pm via Zoom)

October 21 - WHS PTSO Meeting (9 - 10:30am via Zoom)
WHS/WMS Parent/Guardian Event with Dr. Lisa Damour
On October 15th, Dr. Lisa Damour will present a one-hour webinar from 7 - 8pm entitled: 

Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Parenting Under COVID-19

Dr. Damour will explain the psychological science key to understanding how stress and anxiety operates, both under everyday conditions and at times of heightened concern and disruption. Join to learn more about:

  • how to keep pressure and tension from reaching toxic levels
  • how to parent effectively in the current circumstances
  • the most reliable strategies for managing ongoing stress

School Council Representatives Needed
Each fall, WHS parents elect two representatives to the WHS School Council to serve a two-year term. School Council meetings are held monthly, generally on the second Tuesday of the month from 2:40 to 3:40pm. (Please note: This is a day and time change from the prior posting.) All meetings this year will be held via Zoom. Ildi Nielsen, PTSO VP, is organizing the election this year. All interested candidates should send an email to with a brief paragraph about you and why you would like to serve on School Council (approx. 250 words or less).

Deadline to submit candidate statements is Friday, October 16th.
Save the Date - PTSO Meeting, October 21st
Our next PTSO meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21st from 9 to 10:30am via Zoom. At this meeting, in addition to updates from the WHS Leadership Team, we will be kicking off our "Spotlight On..." Series which will be a monthly deep dive into the various departments at WHS with our amazing Department Heads. We are grateful to be starting things off with:

They will cover numerous topics about their departments including an overview of courses and electives, course sequencing and prerequisites, as well as department philosophies on grading and course level workload expectations. They will also share information about how their faculties are thinking through the challenges and opportunities present right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To review the agenda and meeting materials, please visit: October 21 Meeting Materials

To submit any questions and register for the meeting, please visit: October 21 Meeting Registration
Class of 2021 Parents and Guardians
Your child(ren) have reached a milestone in their education - their senior year of high school! What an exciting time! There is a team of parent volunteers who are in the beginning stages of planning some fun and celebratory activities outside of school to mark this special time in their lives. To be included in any future communications about these activities for the Class of 2021, don't forget to sign up for their email distribution list at:

Thank you to those parents/guardians who have already submitted their contact information. Any questions or interested in lending a hand? Please email:
Calling All Spellers!!!
Are you looking for new ways to keep your mind sharp during these days of endless mask wearing and social distancing? Well, do we have the answer for you! The WHS PTSO is recruiting a team of three spellers to compete in WEF's 31st Annual Spelling Bee. This year's Bee will be held virtually on Thursday, November 12th at 7pm. All participants will attend from their own homes, and teammates will be brought together virtually for each of the rounds. If you are interested in spelling or just learning more, please email the PTSO by October 23rd. We will hold a lottery if we have more than three interested spellers. And don't forget - spelling is P-H-U-N.
Virtual Bulletin Board
On occasion, we receive information from community organizations that might be relevant to the WHS population. In an effort to keep this e-blast a manageable size, we will be posting this information to a WHS Virtual Bulletin Board in our e-blast each week.

This week's posts include notices from the Wellesley Free Libraries, Newton-Wellesley Hospital's Resiliency Project and the Town of Wellesley Girl Scout Program.

COVID-19 Resources
Influenza Vaccine Documentation
As mandated by the State, influenza immunization is required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities by December 31, 2020. Once your student has received their flu shot, please email documentation to the WHS School Nurses.
COVID-19 Links
WHS Guidance Department
Upcoming Guidance Events
October 21 - College Financial Aid Night (Class of 2021/Class of 2022 Parents and Guardians)
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