Dear Bates Families,

All of us at Bates are really looking forward to welcoming the students back to school on Wednesday, August 29.  As a reminder, on Tuesday, August 28 we will welcome new families to Bates with a new family coffee in the cafeteria from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  Also, all students are invited to drop-in from 9:45-10:30 a.m. to visit their new classrooms.  

New staffing at Bates:

I am pleased to announce the following new staff members at Bates:

  • Kristen Nagle, first grade teacher
  • Danielle Silverman, math specialist
  • Guille Solano, Spanish FLES teacher (for kindergarten only)
  • Erica Carlino, teaching assistant
  • Elizabeth Krumsiek, teaching assistant
  • Kim Rickard, library teaching assistant

New Safety Resource Officer

The Town of Wellesley has hired a second Safety Resource Officer for the Wellesley Public Schools, Officer Kathy Poirier.  Officer Evan Rosenberg will now be working primarily at Wellesley Middle School and Wellesley High School.  Officer Poirier will be working primarily at the seven elementary schools.  You may notice Officer Poirier’s police cruiser at Bates on a regular basis, as she will be working to develop relationships with students, families and staff.  We are excited to welcome Officer Poirier to the Bates School.

Elementary Handbook and The Bates Insider’s Guide

Thank you to our families who have updated their information in Powerschool already.  In this process you were asked to review the Elementary Student Handbook and read and discuss with your child the district’s Acceptable Use Policy, on page 38 of the Elementary Student Handbook.  I have attached links for you to review these documents if you have not done so already.  In addition, the Bates Insider’s Guide provides information for families about the Bates School.  Hard copies of the Insider’s Guide will be distributed to all new families at Bates.  Links to the Elementary Handbook and the Insider’s Guide are available on the WPS website and Bates School website as well.

Elementary Handbook  

Bates Insider’s Guide

Back to School Night

Finally, The Bates Back to School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  This is an evening for parents to visit their child’s classroom and learn about the year ahead.  We encourage all parents to attend!  Please note the schedule for the evening:

K-2 Classrooms 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Principal’s Message in the gym 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Grades 3-5 Classrooms 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy the last few days of summer!

Warm regards,

Toni Jolley


Upcoming dates:

Tuesday, August 28                  New Family Coffee, 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. in the cafeteria

                                                  All Students invited to visit classrooms 9:45-10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 29             First Day of School (12:00 dismissal)

Monday, September 3              No School – Labor Day

Monday, September 10            No School – Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 12       Back to School Night, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

                                                 K-2 Classrooms 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

                                                 Principal’s Message in the gym 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

                                                 Grades 3-5 Classrooms 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.


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