Fiske Elementary School
Wellesley Public Schools
Learning • Caring • Innovating

“Honor the leap as well as the landing.” Shannon Donovan-Monti
Fiske Families,Winter has arrived! Sitting in the office typing this update, I can’t help but reflect on how much has been accomplished since first arriving at the Fiske School. It all started with the entire staff unpacking approximately 1,200 crates.During the first 100 school days at Fiske, I have seen teachers, staff, parents, and students working together to grow as a community that embraces the Fiske values; Fair, Inclusive, Safe, Kind and Encouraging, and the Growth Mindset methodology. Together we have supported the BOKS program, coordinated PTO fund raising events, solidified a school safety plan, developed after-school enrichment programs, empowered the Fourth and Fifth Grade Student Council to develop K-5 school assemblies, delivered student written thank you notes to our community helpers, and involved the entire student body in finding a Fiske mascot!  These are just a few of the activities that have been cultivated through our work together.  It has been a very quick 100 days and I am looking forward to all that will be accomplished during the next several months.

Coffee with the Interim Principal!File:Vector cup of coffee.svgCome join Rachel McGregor for coffee on Friday, February 12th at 8:45 a.m. in the library.  This will be an opportunity to see where we have been and where we are going.  Please bring your ideas and questions and we will provide the coffee and snacks.

After School Enrichment programWe are thrilled to announce that The Wellesley Recreation Department is working with our Fiske community to develop an after school STEM enrichment program for our students.  The current proposal is to provide a Legos class for grade K-2 and an Engineering class for grades 3-5. Further details will be sent home next week.  Classes will begin the week after vacation.

Shoes, Sneakers, Pink
A Word from Fitness and Health Teacher, Christina GerstCongratulations to all our walkers who participated in Walk to School Day.  Every month we calculate which classes had the most walkers.  This month the winners are…1st Place 4GN (winner of a 30 minute FH class)
2nd Place 4H3rd Place 2M

An Invitation from Health and Fitness

You are invited! Come and be a part of your child in “action” during Fitness and Health Open House week at Fiske. Parents and family members are encouraged to participate (or watch) in Fitness and Health classes during the week of February 29Th to March 4Th.   Please find your child’s class and assigned “open house” time. Meet us in the gymnasium and feel free to join us with your yoga mat or share with your child. Participation is greatly encouraged. The students will be participating in a Yoga lesson. This is an exciting experience for you and your child. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Christina Gerst, Fiske Fitness and Health Teacher

CLASS                                                 DATE                                     TIME Brophy                                            Wednesday 3/2/16                10:00-10:30 Gonzalez                                        Wednesday 3/2/16                10:30-11:00 Hennessey                                     Thursday 3/3/16                     1:35-2:20
Kelley                                             Thursday 3/3/16                     11:20-12:05Solek                                              Thursday 3/3/16                     12:50-1:35
Kamm/ Feldman                             Monday 2/29/16                     11:40-12:10Mendoza                                        Monday 2/29/16                      11:10-11:40Silva/Joy                                        Monday 2/29/16                      12:10-12:40
Floyd                                             Tuesday 2/23/16                      11:15-12:00Holtzman                                       Tuesday 2/23/16                      12:45-1:30 Rodger                                          Friday 3/4/16                            2:05-2:50
Gayner                                          Thursday 3/3/16                       9:15-9:45Giorlando                                      Thursday 3/3/16                       9:45-10:15Hanlon                                          Thursday 3/3/16                       8:45-9:15
Conrad                                          Monday 2/29/16                       9:00-9:30 Lynch/Dolan                                  Monday 2/29/16                      10:35-11:05    O’Sullivan                                      Monday 2/29/16                       9:30-10:00

FIELD DAY is in just four months.  Please mark your calendars for Friday May 27Th and the rain date will be Tuesday June 7Th.  A sign up genius will be created and a link will be sent out for volunteers to sign up to help run a station.   Thank you for your help in advance.

World Heritage Night Manisha Varma and Rimi Chaudhuri
Dear Fiske Families,
Travel the world on Wednesday, March 2nd at the Wellesley Middle School for World Heritage Night!  Stroll from country to country from 3-5 pm as you and your students learn about different countries, heritages, and taste a variety of culinary creations!  After trotting the globe, relax and indulge in the sights and sounds of the cultural show from 5-6:30 pm!  We are lining up fantastic performances from classical and folk dances to rhythmic music.  The cultural program will truly be a memorable one!     
Merci, Grazie, Arigato, Dhanyawad, Sukriya, Gracias, Xie Xie, To-Dah…and THANK YOU to those who have already signed up to volunteer at our World Heritage Night!  We still need many other countries within our student body to be represented and wonderful talent to be showcased.  Please do not miss this opportunity to share your heritage, talent, and help our Fiske students enjoy learning to become knowledgeable global citizens!
For more information, please contact Rimi and/or Manisha or visit SignUp Genius.

Wellesley Public Schools Website SurveyThanks to a WEF Grant, we are planning to do a major update to the WPS website over the next few months with our primary goal to make it mobile responsive for viewing on smartphones and tablets. At the same time we would like to take the opportunity to improve it in other ways so that it is meeting the needs our staff, parents, students and community members. Please take our brief survey to give us your feedback.Questions? Amy Ritterbusch ritterbuscha@wellesleyps.orgSurvey Link:

Important Fiske Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 9Th – METCO Late Day
  • Wednesday, February 10Th – 3:00-6:00, All Town Kindergarten Round-Up at Sprague School
  • Friday, February12Th – 8:45, Coffee with Interim Principal, Rachel McGregor
  • February 15Th-19Th – February Vacation

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the snow!File:Auburn Alabama Snowman

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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