Fiske Elementary School
Wellesley Public Schools
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“Honor the leap as well as the landing.” Shannon Donavan-Monti

Fiske Families,
The leaves are changing and there is a chill in the air, it must be fall!  It is nice to get some relief from the hot days of summer.  The Fiske Friday News is a little late because of some technical difficulties Google was experiencing on Friday.

I hope you are enjoying Columbus Day weekend with your families. We look forward to welcoming your students back to school on Tuesday, October 13th.

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The Fiske Staff would like to send a huge thank you to all the families who provided food for the Teachers’ Appreciation Lunch.  The sandwiches, salads, pasta, cookies, brownies, cakes, and drinks were DELICIOUS.  We are touched by your generosity and continue to enjoy the many treats.

MCASThe MCAS results were sent to fourth and fifth grade families on Friday.  Please remember that the MCAS is one data point in the year of your child.  During parent-teacher conferences you will have the opportunity to meet with your student’s teacher to discuss additional fall assessments.
Fitness and HealthFootprintsWednesday, October 7th was International Walk to School Day.  The weather was beautiful and Fiske had a record number of students walking to school.  The class with the most walkers was awarded the GOLD SNEAKER for the month of October.  This award entitles the winning class to a free 30 minute Fitness and Health class.  The first place winners were the students in 5C!  Congratulations to all the students and teachers who participated in our first walk to school day.  The date for our next walk to school is Wednesday, November 4th.

Geology WalksThe fourth grade classrooms are in need of volunteers  to lead groups of students to explore Wellesley’s Geological sites on Friday, November 6th.  The rain date will be Monday, November 9th.  Parents who are interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend an indoor training and outdoor training.

Indoor Training Dates

  • Wednesday, October 14th, 9:00-11:00 – Hunnewell Art Room
  • Monday, October 19th, 12:30-2:30- Fiske Art Room

Outdoor Training DatesAll trainings are at Kelly Memorial Park next to Elmwood Chapel from 8:50-11:45

  • Wednesday, October 21st
  • Friday,October 23rd
  • Thursday,October 29th

Please contact your fourth grade teacher if you are interested in
BOKSThe BOKS program will start on October 20th at 7:30 a.m.  We are still in need of parent volunteers to help run the program.  Please consider signing up for one or two mornings during the session.  To volunteer please go to the  BOKS Sign Up Link.  Thank you!
Although the BOKS program starts early, the physical and academic benefits are well worth the early arrival.  So rise and shine and come join the fun!  I can not wait to join the students for a BOKS workout to get our day started.  Join us on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30a.m.  To participate, students must return a BOKS permission slip to the front office. Acorn, Brown, Fall, Food,

Community EventThe Fiske classroom teachers attended a faculty meeting on Wednesday.  During this meeting we viewed Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk on creativity in schools. This was an inspirational 20 minute video that created a great deal of conversation around how we infuse creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication into our classrooms.  
To further this conversation, on Thursday, November 19th at 6:30 p.m., the Schofield community will be hosting the Fiske community to view the movie  Most Likely to Succeed.  This documentary focuses on  High Tech High School in San Diego County.  This high school started out as one innovative project based high school, and now there are thirteen, as well as a graduate school for teachers.  Please join us for this exciting event.
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A Friendly ReminderIf your student walks to school, please remind them to cross at the crosswalk.  The students are allowed to cross the street only when the crossing guard has stopped all traffic and waves the students across the street.   Thank you.

Halloween ParadeWith Fall comes the annual Halloween Parade.  The parade will be on Friday, October 30th at 9:00 a.m.  Students are invited to dress up and walk with their class through the neighborhood.  In an effort to be safe, students are not allowed to wear masks, make-up or bring props for their costumes.  Students can wear their costumes to school but must change after the parade.

Please inform your child’s classroom teacher if your child will not be participating in the parade.  Ms. Verrett will be hosting students in the library to make a fun fall craft.


  • School Council-Friday, October16th at 7:30 a.m. in the principal’s office
  • Bates Pumpkin Fair-Saturday, October 17th
  • Cradles to Crayons Collection- November 2nd-6th

*Correction: Fiske  PTO meeting was listed to be on Thursday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 29th at 8:45 a.m.Have a wonderful day!

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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