Fiske Family Bulletin
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Fiske School Calendar 

September 2015

Sept. 14-M Rosh Hashanah-NO SCHOOL
Sept. 16-W Back to School Night (see Principal’s letter)
Sept. 17-Th  School Picture Day in the morning
Sept. 19-Sa Wild West Day
Sept. 23-W Yom Kippur—NO SCHOOL
Sept. 24-Th Instrument Registration  at Sprague 4-6:30 p.m.
Sept. 25-F Creative Arts assembly for whole school: The Brain Show

Fiske Family Bulletin 

From the Principal
Dear Fiske Families,
What an amazing start to this fantastic school year!  We could not have gotten to the first day without our Fiske-tastic staff that worked tirelessly to get the building ready for our first day. A special thank you goes out to our custodial staff, Mr. McHale, Mr. Burke and Mr. Seaver, who moved countless items, found lost materials and cleaned the building from top to bottom. A heartfelt thank you to the entire custodial staff!
Students and staff started the first day with the traditional raising of the flag. The fourth and fifth grade led us in America the Beautiful. To celebrate the beautiful Fiske renovation Rosemary Kelley did the honors of cutting the red ribbon in our ribbon cutting ceremony. 
After the flag raising, the entire school collected in the gym to view two movie clips. The first movie showed staff preparing for the first day of school. The second movie was the amazing opening day performance at the WHS directed by our band director, Julie Verret, and performed by the Fiske Band. Both of these movies are shared on our web page.
We are all looking forward to a restful long weekend and a wonderful week 2.  Please find below some helpful reminders and dates for the upcoming weeks.
Car Line
Arrival and dismissal can be very busy. On Tuesday we will be sending home the ABC’s of the Fiske Car Line. Please read these and place the card on the dashboard of your car with your child’s last name clearly written.  Please remember, if you are at the front of the pick-up line, pull all the way to the end of the circle.  Continue to pull up as far as you can during the pick-up process.  Please DO NOT pull around a car in the car line or back-up. We are trying to keep our students safe getting into their cars. Thank you for following these safety rules.
Although I love dogs, many of our students have pet allergies. For the safety of all students, please do not bring you dogs to arrival or dismissal.
Important Dates:
Monday, September 14—Rosh Hashanah-no school
Tuesday, September 15—First full day for Kindergarten
Wednesday, September 16—Back to School Night for parents 6:30-8:00 p.m.
     6:30-7, Grades 3-5 open
     7-7:30, All parents/guardians meet with Principal, PTO & Specialists in the gym
     7:30-8, Grades K-2 open
Thursday, September 17—School Picture Day
Friday, September 18—Instrument Demonstration assembly at Fiske
Saturday, September 19—Wild West 10:00-2:00
Wednesday, September 23—Yom Kippur – No school
We wish you and your family a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!Warmest Regards,
Rachel McGregor
School News
1.Before School Child Care Program at Fiske
The Before School Child Care program will be offered for the 2015/16 school year at Fiske. It will start on the first day of school. Adult supervision of children in the program begins at 7:15 a.m. in the library and ends when children are taken to the playground at 8:15 a.m. The program does NOT include breakfast. Cost is $360. per child per semester. Payment in full is expected prior to the start of the program. Minimum number of childen needed to start the program is four. Sign up for the program is done on line.
2.PowerSchool Parent Portal Reminder to Parents/Guardians
You will be receiving information and reminders to update your child’s PowerSchool information in August, prior to the start of school. The portal is scheduled to be open from August 21-September 18, 2015. Any questions about the portal should be directed to As you know, it is essential that the school be able to reach you in an emergency.
3.School Picture Day—Thursday September 17th
Order forms for school pictures will be sent home shortly. Please note that the envelope is bar coded and labeled with your child’s name. The form needs to be completed and returned in the envelope by picture day. Please return the envelope even if you don’t plan to order a picture package as it is used to keep the classroom list organized.
Fiske sibling photographs will also be taken on September 17th. Order forms for sibling pictures are separate and available in the Fiske Office.

Joseph E. Fiske Elementary School
45 Hastings Street • Wellesley • Massachusetts • 02481
Phone 781-446-6265 Rachel McGregor, Interim Principal • Beth Watson, Secretary   CORE VALUES
Academic Excellence • Commitment to Community • Respect for Human Differences • Cooperative and Caring Relationships

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Family Bulletin September 11, 2015
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