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Wellesley Public Schools
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Dear Bates Families,
Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed a restful and enjoyable vacation.  Now that we are settling back into the routine of school, I am asking for your help in getting our day started on time.  The school day at Bates starts at 8:30 a.m.  We ask that all students enter the building a few minutes before 8:30 to allow time to put away backpacks and get settled into the classrooms.  Instruction begins at 8:35 a.m.  The cold weather brings a longer car line in the morning, so please plan accordingly.  Thank you for your help with this important goal for our school.
At this time, we are in the early stages of preparing to add Spanish language instruction in grades K-2 at Bates next year.  You recently should have received an email invitation to attend a presentation for parents that will provide details on the Spanish language program.  The presentation will be delivered by Helena Curtain, author and consultant to WPS, and will be held next Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Wellesley High School Katherine L. Babson, Jr. auditorium. Dr. Curtain will also visit Bates and other Wellesley Schools next week to meet with teachers to discuss the program. We are excited to add this instruction to our curriculum for students next year.
Next week is P.E. drop-in week!  Parents are encouraged to attend one of their child’s P.E. classes, which will be focused on dance instruction.  You are welcomed to bring your dancing shoes and dance with your child or simply have fun watching your child’s moves.    Just come to the gym during your child’s assigned P.E. time.  Below is the schedule:

KKap — Thursday 1:15-1:45 or Friday 11:25-11:55
KC — Tuesday 9:35-10:05 or Thursday 1:45-2:15
KCM — Monday 9:45-10:15 or Tuesday 9:00-9:30
1H — Monday 12:55-1:40
1J — Friday 2:15-3:00
1K — Tuesday 1:30-2:15
2R — Tuesday 12:45-1:15 or Thursday 8:40-9:10
2MW — Wednesday 11:30-12:00 or Thursday 9:10-9:40
2M — Monday 2:30-3:00 or Wednesday 11:00-11:30
3Coh — Friday 12:05-12:50
3T — Tuesday 10:35-11:20
3C — Monday 10:35-11:20
4G — Tuesday 2:30-3:00 only (due to Winter Concert)
4DH — Monday 12:10-12:40 or Friday 10:45-11:15
4M — Thursday 12:05-12:35 or Friday 10:15-10:45
5I — Wednesday 9:50-10:20 or Thursday 9:50-10:20
5P — Wednesday 9:20-9:50 or Friday 1:35-2:05
5E — Monday 8:45-9:15 or Thursday 10:20-10:50
Finally, I share with you an interesting story from NPR about an app called Bedtime Math.  Enjoy!
Warm regards,
Toni Jolley
Upcoming Dates:
Friday, January 8            Walk to School Day
Week of January 11        P.E. Drop-in week
Friday, January 15           Winter Concert 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 18        No School – MLK, Jr. Day
Friday, January 29           Progress Reports sent home
Katharine Lee Bates Elementary School
116 Elmwood Road • Wellesley • Massachusetts • 02481
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Toni Jolley, Principal • Maureen Herzig, Secretary

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