Colleagues,

I hope you each had a great week.  We’ve been fortunate to have fairly cool weather this spring so far, but we certainly felt the heat on Wednesday and Thursday.  I know conditions can become challenging in our schools on warm days without air conditioning and I appreciate everyone’s resilience as we navigate these days in the spring and fall.  Please know that the Administration and School Committee are working with Town Leaders on this topic and exploring possibilities for accelerating this needed project.  

On Tuesday of this week, we were delighted to host Governor Healey at Wellesley High School for her announcement of new state funding to establish programs like our WHS Bridge Program.  Bridge supports students who are returning to school from a hospital and/or treatment center due to emotional or medical reasons.  A big shout-out to Adam Diliberto and Lindsey Yamaguchi for their leadership to maintain this critical program at WHS.  The Governor’s visit was a well-deserved spotlight on their work!  

Finally, as we enter the Memorial Day Weekend, please keep the men and women who lost their lives in service of our country in your thoughts and prayers.

Have a great long weekend everyone and thank you for your service to our students!

Best, David 


Calendar

May 27 – Memorial Day (Schools and Offices closed)

May 28 – School Committee Meeting

June 3 – School Committee Meeting

June 7 – WHS Graduation (Half Day WHS only)

June 11 – School Committee Meeting

June 13 – Last Day of School for Students (Half Day)

June 14 – Last Day of School for Teachers

June 19 – Juneteenth (Offices closed)


Congratulations to…

Hannah Goncalves, Student Services Administrative Coordinator, and Andre Goncalves on the birth of Madeline Goncalves on 5/23/24.


Spots still open for Academic Calendar Focus Groups

Reminder: The Academic Calendar Task Force would like your input on the observance of religious and cultural holidays within the WPS academic calendar. The Task Force has organized focus groups for members of the WPS community to share their feedback. 

Each focus group is open to a maximum of 20 participants. The input received from these groups will shape a survey that will be open to everyone in the fall. The following focus groups have openings as of Friday afternoon:

  • May 28, 3:15 p.m., on Zoom. Open to educators and staff only. Link to register.
  • May 29, 7 p.m., on Zoom. Open to educators and staff only. Link to register.
  • May 30, 3:30 p.m., in the Hunnewell Library. Open to educators and staff only. Link to register.
  • May 30, 7 p.m., in person at the Wellesley High Faculty Dining Room. Open to parents/caregivers, educators/staff, or students. Link to register.
  • June 3, 7 p.m., on Zoom (Limited openings). Open to parents/caregivers, educators/staff, or students. Link to register.

403(B)/457 Fund Contribution Limits

The limit for 403(b) and 457 contributions for calendar year 2024 will be $23,000.  Employees who are 50 years of age and older may chose to have an additional $7,500 in catch-up contributions, if eligible, bringing the limit to $30,500.  Changes to your contribution amounts must be made through Voya (457) or OMNI & TSACG for 403(b).  Contact information for the two programs are:

VOYA:  Bruce Coughlin PH: 781-237-3776 or at bruce.coughlin@voyafa.com

Additional information is available at: https://www.wellesleyma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11303/457b-Self-Enrollment-Instructions?bidId=

OMNI & TSACG:  PH: 877-544-OMNI

Additional Information is available at: https://www.omni403b.com/SRA/Landing

Please use this link for information about SECURE Act 2.0.  If you have additional questions about these provisions, please reach out to OMNI/TSACG directly.  

If you have questions about payroll deductions, please contact Donna Kalinowski at ext. 5613.


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. 


Do you have a question for the WPS Human Resources Department? 

Email AskHR@Wellesleyps.org.  The Human Resources Department is happy to assist you.  


WPS Internal Job Postings on District Website

For all Internal Job Postings, please go to “Internal Job Postings” under the Faculty tab of the District’s website. How to Apply for WPS Internal Job Postings as a New Internal Applicant

Superintendent’s Bulletin 5/24/24
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