We are looking forward to our all-staff Professional Development Day on November 28th. We have a great speaker lined up and we plan to focus on our social and emotional health. Please see the following message from Assistant Superintendent Joan Dabrowski and her team. If you have an interest in leading one of the sessions, please let us know. Have a great weekend and thank you for the work you do each day for our students.
Dear WPS Colleagues,
We are just a few weeks away from this year’s Professional Day on Monday, November 28th. This will be my FIRST year to experience such a day in Wellesley! Can’t wait! Here’s a sneak peek for you…click on the preview below:
Trailer for Professional Day 2016.mp4
Our focus will be on YOUR social and emotional wellness. The schedule for the day is below.
- Our Keynote Speaker will be Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D, whose most recent book – The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age – is a poignant reminder of the importance of Social and Emotional Wellness in our current times. More information can be found at bailowc)
We look forward to sharing this very special day with you!
With much appreciation,
Joan & the WPS Teaching & Learning Team
11/15/16 – School Committee Meeting – 7 pm – Town Hall
11/23/16 – Flexible Spending Accounts Sign Up Deadline (see details below)
11/23/16 – Early Release – Thanksgiving Break
11/28/16 – Professional Day
11/29/16 – School Committee Meeting – 7 pm – Town Hall
FSA SignUp Reminder!
Open enrollment for the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for both Medical and Dependent Care related expenses runs from now until November 23, 2016. Please click here for more information on FSA. Also, employees who have access to health insurance elsewhere due to a spouse’s open enrollment or a qualifying event may be eligible for money back through the Opt-Out Program. Forms and information on both the FSA and the Opt-Out program can be found here.
Please be advised that if you are signing up to start or continue a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), your enrollment form needs to go directly to Cafeteria Plan Advisors (CPA). If you send your FSA form to the Human Resources Department at Town Hall, it will be returned to you. Town HR office cannot process FSA enrollments.
Health Insurance Opt-Out Program Reminder:
Receive up to $4,500 per benefits year!
Did you know that you can receive up to $4,500 for opting out of the Town of Wellesley’s health insurance plan if you have coverage available elsewhere? You can receive up to $2,250 for an individual plan, or $4,500 for a family plan, per year, if you meet the following criteria:
- You are currently enrolled in a Town of Wellesley health insurance plan and have been a participant for 2 years immediately preceding the opt-out.
- You have health insurance coverage available elsewhere, most likely through a spouse.
- You sign up for the opt-out program using the application found online.
Please go to www.WellesleyMA.gov, click on the Human Resources page and go to the Employee Benefits link on the left for more details! Payments will be made in June of each year for the previous year and are pro-rated based on date of enrollment in the opt-out program. Offer ends June 30, 2018.
Ready for Retirement: For members retiring in 2017
The MTRS staff will be presenting our popular seminar, “Ready for Retirement,” across the Commonwealth in November and December. “Ready for Retirement” is a free, optional, two-hour program (4-6 p.m.) designed for members retiring in 2017. We’re reaching out to soon-to-be retirees before the retirement season starts so that when you begin the application process, you will know just what you need to do and when.
- the retirement application process and the benefit calculation formula,
- timelines and service expectations,
- first payment information,
- health insurance, tax and working after retirement issues, and
- cost-of-living adjustments after you retire.
Please note: Personalized account information and pension estimates are not offered during these sessions.
To attend, simply choose the date and location that is best for you, and then register online. We hope to see you soon!
AUBURN, Tuesday, November 1; Auburn High School auditorium
HANOVER, Wednesday, November 2; Hanover High School auditorium
BEVERLY, Thursday, November 3; Beverly High School auditorium
NORTHAMPTON, Thursday, November 3; Northampton High School auditorium
SOUTH YARMOUTH, Tuesday, November 15; Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School auditorium
NORTON, Wednesday, November 16; Norton Middle School auditorium
CHARLESTOWN, Thursday, November 17; MTRS Main Office, Presentation Room, 2nd Floor
WOBURN, Tuesday, November 29; Woburn High School auditorium
CHARLESTOWN, Thursday, December 1; MTRS Main Office, Presentation Room, 2nd Floor
LUDLOW, Thursday, December 8; Ludlow High School auditorium
All Benefits Information
Benefits information is handled by the Town Hall Benefits Office. All benefit inquiries should be directed to Joanne Liburd at JLiburd or by calling 781-431-1019 extension 2244.
WPS Internal Job Postings on District Website
Please be aware that we added a new feature called “Internal Job Postings” under the Faculty tab of the District’s website. We will post all of our internal jobs under this website tab. Therefore, you will no longer see internal job postings in the bulletin. This new way of posting will allow us to post internal positions any day of the week.