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Dear Bates Families,
Brrr…it’s officially cold weather season, but inside the Bates School we’re keeping warm and very busy.  Last week, we enjoyed a beautiful winter concert with performances by the band, orchestra and fifth grade chorus.  In addition, students are dancing with Mrs. Fyvie, becoming “experts” on a number of topics by reading nonfiction books and writing “teaching books” so others can learn about exciting topics. 
January is also a busy month for presentations that enrich our curriculum.  We recently hosted authors David Kelly and Mac Barnett.  We also had a visit by Greg Tang, who gave a special presentation on math to our fourth and fifth graders.  Greg engaged students in identifying patterns in math and emphasized the importance of taking numbers apart to solve problems with larger numbers.  If your child enjoyed Greg Tang’s presentation, you may want to visit his website.  Thank you to our generous PTO for providing these and many other exciting opportunities for our students. 
This year, the Wellesley Schools will be administering the MCAS test in every third, fourth and fifth grade class.  The 2016 MCAS test is being considered a “transitional” version of the MCAS, with test items similar to previous MCAS tests as well the PARRC tests, which are taken by other districts in Massachusetts and the U.S.  I will share more information about these tests with all parents of students in grades 3-5 in the coming weeks.  The dates we have scheduled to administer the MCAS this year are listed below.
I’d also like to call your attention to a couple of other important upcoming dates:

  • Next Friday, January 29, each child will bring home a Progress Report.  Please look for your child’s Progress Report in his or her backpack. ​

  • On February 10 and March 5, the Wellesley Public Schools will host Kindergarten Roundup, a special event for families to enroll a child in kindergarten next year.  Please see the WPS website for more information about the two Roundup events.

Finally, we appreciate your efforts to arrive on time for school and have your child prepared for outdoor recess each and every day.  We all know this is no easy task.  Thank you.

Warm regards,Toni Jolley Upcoming dates:
Friday, January 29                   Progress Reports sent home
Friday, February 5                   Walk to School Day (weather permitting)                                               Bates Spirit Day
Wednesday, February 10         Kindergarten Roundup 3-6 p.m. Sprague School
MCAS Schedule 2016
English Language Arts and Reading Comprehension MCAS
Tuesday, March 29      Grade 3 ELA MCAS                                    Grade 5 ELA MCAS
Thursday, March 31     Grade 3 ELA MCAS                                    Grade 5 ELA MCAS
Thursday, April 7         Grade 4 ELA MCAS
Friday, April 8             Grade 4 ELA MCAS
Math and Science MCASTuesday, May 10          Grade 3 Math MCAS                                    Grade 5 Science MCAS
Thursday, May 12        Grade 3 Math MCAS                                    Grade 5 Science MCAS
Tuesday, May 17          Grade 4 Math MCAS                                    Grade 5 Math MCAS
Thursday, May 19        Grade 4 Math MCAS                                    Grade 5 Math MCAS

Katharine Lee Bates Elementary School 116 Elmwood Road • Wellesley • Massachusetts • 02481
Phone 781-446-6260 • Follow on Twitter @Batesprincipal Toni Jolley, Principal • Maureen Herzig, Secretary CORE VALUES
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