Fiske Families,

The Fiske Community Wild West Round Up was a huge success! Thank you to Co-chairs Erica Flagg and Joanna LaPlaca for coordinating such an amazing event for our entire school community to enjoy. Fun was had by all!

Today the children participated in an all school assembly exploring how students utilize the Fiske Fundamentals (Fair, Inclusive, Safe, Kind, Encouraging) during recess. Our Student Council created posters to describe what it looks and sounds like when the Fiske Fundamentals are being implemented during recess.

During the assembly children saw the short movie, Ish by Peter Reynolds, that tells a story about a character named Ramone. Ramone is creating paintings and his brother, Leon, uses words that make him feel bad about his art work. As the story progresses, we see how Ramone’s sister uses her positive actions to encourage Ramone to continue with his art work. After viewing the movie, the children were asked to reflect upon which character did, or did not, use the Fiske Fundamentals. Children were then asked to discuss with their class what recess looks like when we all practiced the Fiske Fundamentals. Thank you to Ms. Verrett, Mrs. Gerst and the Student Council for helping with the planning of this assembly.

A Word from our Math Coach, Lisa Humphrey

This year some fifth grade teachers from Fiske will join me along with fifth grade teachers from Schofield to participate in a pilot Math Lab. Math Lab is a “space” for educators to collaborate around deepening mathematics learning. During Math Lab, teachers will engage in math tasks to further explore math content. Teachers will plan a lesson together and co-teach this lesson in one classroom. Afterwards, the teachers and I will debrief and revise the lesson plan before co-teaching the lesson in another classroom. After debriefing how these revisions impacted student learning, our group will work together to plan how to apply new learning and instructional practices in the classroom. I’m looking forward to collaborating with our teachers in this professional development opportunity.


Lisa Humphrey

A Message About Box Tops

Dear Fiske Families,

Did you know Fiske participates in the Box Tops for Education Program? Clipping Box Tops is an easy and fun way to help our school earn cash! Every Box Top you send in is worth 10 cents for Fiske–it may seem like a small amount, but it really adds up quickly! Box Tops can be found on hundreds of products including Kleenex, Ziploc, General Mills cereals, Lysol, Annie’s, Green Giant, Hefty, Yoplait, Land O’Lakes, Mott’s, Old El Paso and more! For a complete list of participating products, please visit

Please look for a collection sheet that will go home via backpack sometime next week. Box Tops can be glued or taped on the sheet (please, no staples) OR you can simply send in your Box Tops in a plastic baggie or envelope. The Box Tops do NOT have to be precisely trimmed–just make sure the expiration date and product code is not cut off. You may also find Bonus Box Tops certificates on many products–so don’t forget to send in those as well! However, please do not send in expired Box Tops as we will not receive credit for them.

Many thanks to all who have sent in Box Tops since school started–we have already collected over 500 of them this month! This year our goal is to earn $1,000 for Fiske. I know we can reach and maybe even surpass this goal by working together. Every Box Top counts!

Thanks again!

Erin Kenny

Fiske Box Tops Coordinator

Wellesley Community Event

On Tuesday, October 25th, the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is hosting an author’s event for all to enjoy.

Title: “An Intimate Look at Race: Growing Up Biracial in a Racially Torn World”

What: Author Sil Lai Abrams reads from her memoir, Black Lotus: A Woman’s Search for Racial Identity, about growing up mixed Black and Asian in a white family that would

not acknowledge her “of color” heritage + a response panel by WCW researchers addressing racial identity development, the role of social media, and family violence.

Time: 4:30-7:00 pm

  • 4:30-5:00 pm Reception with the Author

  • 5:00-5:30 pm Book Reading

  • 5:30-6:00 pm Response Panel

  • 6:00-6:30 pm Audience Discussion

  • 6:30-7:00pm Book Signing (discounted event price for book $20)

Location: Wellesley College Campus, Clapp Library, Library Lecture Room.

For more information please visit WCW’s website.

Calendar, Day, Event ...

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 3rd—No school in observance of Rosh Hashanah

  • Friday, October 7th—Walk to School Day

  • Monday, October 10th—No school in observance of Columbus Day

  • Wednesday, October 12th—No school in observance of Yom Kippur

  • Thursday, October 13th – 7:30-8:15 a.m. School Council Meeting

  • Tuesday, October 18th -METCO late day

  • Wednesday, October 26th – 8:45-9:45 a.m. Principal’s Coffee

  • Thursday, October 27th – 7:30-8:15 a.m. School Council Meeting

  • Monday,October 31st – 9:00 a.m.Halloween Parade

  • Tuesday, November 1st—12:00 p.m. early release for parent conferences, no lunches

  • Tuesday, November 8th—School starts at 10:30 on Election Day

Have a wonderful weekend!

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