Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy Friday!  Excitement abounds as our PTO and parent volunteers busily prepare for the Bates Pumpkin Fair tomorrow.  The weather looks promising for a fantastic day.

Tux and his travels

Thank you to the many students who submitted Where in the World is Tux? forms.  Tux has begun his travels, leaving students guessing his whereabouts from the students’ clues read during announcements each morning.  So far Tux has traveled to Scotland and South Africa!  Starting next week, I will include clues on my Bates School Twitter feed for families to follow as well.  Follow me @Batesprincipal or find the feed on the bottom corner of the Bates School webpage.

PickUp Patrol

PickUp Patrol is working really well.  Thank you to those who have registered and are using PickUp Patrol to notify the school of a change in dismissal or a student absence.  

If you have not done so already, please register your family account in PickUp Patrol.  A second invitation email was sent to families who have not yet registered yesterday.  Please call or email the Bates office if you need help with this process. 


Next week the Wellesley Public Schools will take part in the second annual MA STEM Week, a statewide effort to boost the interest, awareness and ability for all learners to envision themselves in STEM education and employment opportunities.  Next Thursday all students at Bates will attend a presentation called “Picturing Science” by Dr. Siddall, a scientist from the American Museum of Natural History.  The presentation is an adaptation of the original exhibit at the AMNH.  A summary of the original exhibit and some of the images can be seen here: Picturing Science.  Dr. Siddall’s presentation will highlight many large format digital images, explain to students what they are looking at; why it’s important, and describe the technology used to create the images.  We are grateful to WEF for bringing Dr. Siddall and his presentation to the Wellesley Public Schools.  

I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend!​​​​​​​

Warm regards,

Toni Jolley

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