I hope you each had a productive week and I know there was a great deal of energy throughout the district in our final days before the winter break. As many of you know, today was Diane Zinck’s last day in WPS, having served here for so many years both as Jamie Chisum’s secretary and, more recently, as my secretary in the superintendent’s office. Diane, and her late husband Tom, gave so much to our district through their support of our students, staff and families. It’s hard for me to think of WPS without their presence. I am so happy for Diane as she embarks on this next chapter in her life and I know her legacy (and Tom’s) will remain with us even in their absence.
Finally, I hope you each have a joyful and restful winter break. Eat lots of good food, enjoy your family and friends, and return back to us safely in the new year!
The World of Wellesley will hold its Twenty-Fourth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Family Celebration on Monday, January 15, 2024 at Wellesley College. We hope you will join us in celebrating Martin Luther King Day with a unique program that delves beyond the familiar narrative, shedding light on the lesser-known facets of MLK’s impactful legacy.
This inspiring event is proudly led by The World of Wellesley, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to making Wellesley a welcoming place and committed to community empowerment through initiatives focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, accountability, justice, and anti-racism.
We are proud to have Dr. Jennifer Yanco, a racial justice educator-activist, scholar, and author as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Yanco’s book Misremembering Dr. King: Revisiting the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. invites us to reconsider how Dr. King is remembered and to revisit the radicalism of his work and legacy. Copies of her book will be available for purchase.
The program consists of two parts, a ticketed breakfast and discussion from 8 AM to 10:30 AM followed by a family program with free admission from 10:30 AM to 12 PM. The family program will feature interactive MLK-themed activities for children and all ages are welcome.
Please click here to purchase tickets. For each purchase made, a percentage of available seats will be reserved for community members who qualify for financial assistance. Community members with financial constraints, please email WOW at email@example.com. For more information about the program goto: WOW.org.
We hope you will consider purchasing a table or seats and help us bring these impactful programs to our community. For more information on either of the Martin Luther King celebrations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The World of Wellesley
Wellesley Scholarship Foundation Needs You for the Boston Marathon!
We are looking for a WPS faculty or staff member to run the Boston Marathon on our behalf! We have the number…we just need the runner to “pin” our support on race day!
WSF will help you with all the fundraising and we’ll be cheering you on every step of the way!
If you are interested in running the Boston Marathon for the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation please contact WSF Trustee (Outreach) – Jen Mock at email@example.com.
December 25th – January 1st December Break – Schools Closed
January 2 – School Reopens
January 15 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Schools and Offices Closed
February 19 – 23 – February Break
Human Relation Services
The Human Relation Services (HRS) can help. Wellesley Public Schools has contracted with HRS to provide up to ten free counseling visits for you and/or your family members. This program is designed to help you deal with stresses of life and work –including personal and family issues, drug or alcohol problems, and job related tension. It offers prevention and intervention to reduce these stresses and improve coping skills.
HRS is located at 11 Chapel Place in Wellesley and can be reached at 781-235-4950. This is a confidential service. Wellesley Public Schools is not aware of the names of employees or their family members who utilize this service.