Fiske Elementary School
Wellesley Public Schools
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“Honor the leap as well as the landing.” Shannon Donavan-Monti
Fiske Families,It is hard to believe it is December when we have not had to take out our winter coats yet. This has been a very busy week at Fiske. Third and fifth grade participated in the Hour of Code and fifth grade created Greek Red Attic Amphoras that are on display in the hallways. Additionally, the students are getting ready for the winter concert on Friday, December 18th at 8:45.  Parents are welcome to attend the concert.
Cradles To Crayon ProjectThis week I sent an email regarding a request by a Fiske graduate, Deena Husami. Deena is a teen leader at Cradles to Crayons. She has created a giving tree to provide children gifts to this holiday season. Please see her request below.  IMG_2360.JPG
Hello! My name is Deena Husami and I am a Teen Leader at Cradles to Crayons. I myself went to Fiske when I was younger. Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that provides clothing, toys, books and many other additional things for children ages 12 and under. I have created a giving tree with gloves that have a number, size, and gender for a child in need (numbers have replaced names for the privacy of each child). Also, on each glove will be a few items that this child is in need of. If you are interested in helping provide these items for the children all you need to do is take a glove off the tree and purchase these items for the child. There will be two bins near the tree; one  for any donations to give to Cradles to Crayons, and one for the items listed on each glove. This drive will go on until December 18th. If you are interested in contributing to this project, there are still numerous mittens on the tree. The tree is in the lobby of the school, please select a mitten and return the gifts by Friday, December 18th. There is a list next to the tree. When you select a mitten, please write your name on the list next to the number that is written on your mitten.Also, please write the number on the outside of the package that you bring back. Thank you for your help with this wonderful community project.
Hour of CodeStudents in third and fifth grade participated in the Hour of Code in celebration of computer science in education week. The 3rd annual Hour of Code is organized by, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting computer science in education. provides a variety of hour long, high interest student guided tutorials including . . .

  • programing droids with the Star Wars tutorial
  • using blocks of code to move characters through Minecraft
  • using code to create snowflakes and patterns with Anna & Elsa
  • using drag and drop programming to move through mazes with Angry Birds.

Teachers who participated have shared that they enjoyed seeing the excitement their students had while participating and the level of engagement as students problem solved to program characters and objects to move across the screens of laptops and iPads. The level of thinking, problem solving, persevering and teamwork observed was phenomenal.  Many students left school eager to explore more on at home.  
ArtFullSizeRender (1).jpgFullSizeRender copy 6.jpgGreek Amphora “Your Story”Fifth Graders worked on “Your Story” Greek Red Attic Amphoras. Students looked at and spoke about Greek Red Attic Amphoras; their uses, designs and stories. The students were then asked to borrow the form of a Red Attic Amphora – but to tell their own story on it.
Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, December 16th – Kids Care Club, 12:00 in the library
  • Friday, December 18th – Parents are welcome to come join us for the Winter Concert, 8:45 in the gym
  • December 24th- Jaunary 1st – Winter Vacation

Bingo, Gambling, Game, LuckBingo! Fiske Family Bingo NightFriday, January 8, 2016        6 – 8 p.m.            Trim Hall, Babson College        Get ready for one of the most popular events of the school year! – Enjoy unlimited pizza and Bingo – Purchase scrumptious bake sale treats to support the 5th grade- Enter to win the 50/50 raffleCost: $10 per person- Children under 3 FREE- $30 maximum payment per family
REGISTER NOW! Bingo Night registration flyers have been sent home in your child’s backpack. Fill out the form, write a check payable to Fiske PTO, and send both back to school with your child by December 15.
***We need volunteers! Click here to visit the Bingo Night SignUpGenius!
Directions to Trim Hall- Follow Forest Street to Babson’s main entrance. Turn right onto campus, past the guard booth.  – Take the 2nd left onto Map Hill Drive. Trim Hall is the first building on the corner on the left.  – Parking is available adjacent to or across from the building.

Enjoy the warm weather this weekend!

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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