Fiske School Calendar

January & February & March 2017

Jan. 24-Tu Gr.4 field trip to Harvard Museum of Natural History
Jan. 25-W Principal Coffee, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Jan. 26-Th School Council meeting, 7:30-8:15 a.m.
Feb.1-W 2017/18 Kindergarten registration for PAWS students
Feb.3-F Black History Month assembly
Feb. 3-F Progress Reports go home
Feb. 7-Tu METCO late day
Feb. 8-W 2017/18 Kindergarten registration, 3-6 p.m., at Sprague School
Feb. 10-F Walk to School Day
Feb. 11-Sa Fiske Science Fair, 3:30-5 p.m.
Feb. 20-24 February School Vacation—NO SCHOOL
Feb. 28-Tu Creative Arts program for Gr.4: Lowell Mills Farm to Factory
March 1-W World Heritage Night
March 2-Th School Council meeting, 7:30-8:15 a.m.
March 3-Sa 2017/18 Kindergarten registration, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., at Sprague School
March 8-W Day of Play
March 9-Th Creative Arts program for Gr.2: Lyn Littlefield Hoopes to visit
March 10-F Walk to School Day
March 14-Tu Fiske 2017/18 Kindergarten Parent/Guardian Orientation Night, 6-7 p.m.
March 16-Th PTO meeting, 7-8 p.m.
March 20-23 Best Books Book Fair at Fiske
March 23-Th Literacy Night at Fiske
March 24-F Gr. 4 Field Trip to Lowell Mills
March 29-W Principal Coffee, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
March 29-W Parent/Teacher Conferences in the afternoon
March 30-Th School Council meeting, 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Fiske Family Bulletin

Fiske School News

1.Fiske Spirit Wear & Gear Ordering Instructions Below!
All of the Fiske Spirit Wear & Gear is now live online! Parents/Guardians can go online, place orders and pay online via PayPal.
Go to…
Then click “shop”
Next click “Fiske spirit gear”

Thank you and enjoy!

2.Dear Fiske Families,
We are excited again to host our annual Jump Rope for Heart Celebration/Open House in Fitness and Health classes this February. During Fitness and Health classes we will be participating in many jumping stations. We will be using short ropes, long ropes, aerobic steps, potato sacs, hippity hops, and many other fun pieces of equipment. We will also be raising money to donate to the American Heart Association. This part is completely voluntary. Fundraising forms will be sent home with your children and they will walk you through the fundraising part. Last year we raised almost $4,141.00.
Students are learning how heart disease is still the leading cause of death in America. It all starts with our healthy habits everyday. The American Heart Association has generously donated many balls and ropes to our recess equipment and also many Field Day stations are made possible by generous donations from the Heart Association. They are very grateful for our school’s generosity. Thank you for doing your part to save a heart by choosing a healthy lifestyle.
To make an online donation or to gather more information please go to and search for Fiske. Please return all forms by Feb. 28th. We will be promoting how jumping rope is one of the best forms of exercise to get to a healthy heart.
Thank you for your support to our program. We look forward to jumping in the gym. Students must wear sneakers in order to participate for safety reasons. Please contact me with any questions. We invite you to come and JUMP with us! Here is your child’s Fitness and Health schedule. Please come ready to jump with us, we would love for you to join us in this celebration for healthy hearts!

Teacher Date Time
Solek Wednesday 2/8 10:20-10:50
Gonzalez/ Wednesday 2/8 10:55-11:25
Rodger Thursday 2/9 10:50-11:35
O’Sullivan Thursday 2/9 12:30-1:00
Kirby Thursday 2/9 1:50-2:20
Conrad Thursday 2/9 2:30-3:00
Giorlando Friday 2/10 10:00-10:30
Gayner Friday 2/10 10:35-11:05
McCarthy Friday 2/10 11:10-11:40
Mendoza Friday 2/10 11:50-12:20
Brophy Friday 2/10 1:20-1:50
Kamm/ Friday 2/10 1:55-2:25
Joy Friday 2/10 2:30-3:00
Floyd Monday 2/13 10:40-11:25
Hennessey Monday 2/13 2:15-3:00
Holtzman Tuesday 2/14 10:40-11:25
Kelley Tuesday 2/14 2:15-3:00

Christina Gerst

3.From the WPS District Website
As we approach the winter months, it seems appropriate to review our procedures for school closures, delayed openings, and the early dismissal of students that may result from severe weather. It’s important to note that the safety of our students and staff is paramount as we make decisions for the District in response to weather that can be difficult to predict and/ or change quickly as is so often the case in New England.

  1. Decision-Making Process
    When severe weather is forecast, we remain in close contact with other Town Departments such as the Department of Public Works and Wellesley Police Department to assess the conditions of roads and sidewalks and to coordinate activity. Similarly, local superintendents check in with each other to compare conditions across the area. More than likely, a final decision to close school or have a delayed opening will not be made until the early morning hours, typically by 5AM. There are times when an early release of school may be required in the event, for example, of a storm intensifying mid-day that would make our regular dismissal hazardous. In that case, we would base the early dismissal time on the amount of time needed for our buses to complete their routes at all grade levels. All buses will run their regular routes based on an adjusted delayed opening or early dismissal time. Any time hazardous weather is in the forecast, we encourage parents and staff to plan in advance for child-care coverage to ensure they are prepared for any contingency.
  2. Communications
    We recognize that timely communications are essential when planning for severe weather. Our school notification system, SchoolMessenger, has proven to be invaluable in disseminating both emergency and non-emergency messages to our parents and staff. Once a closure or delayed opening decision is made, we will use SchoolMessenger to broadcast that message out to our community via phone and email in a process that takes only a few minutes. It’s important to note that SchoolMessenger draws from contact information that parents/guardians provide to WPS at the start of each school year. Knowing that phone numbers and email addresses can change, we ask that parents confirm their emergency contact information during the next two weeks. At your earliest convenience, please log on to the parent portal at: and click on the SchoolMessenger Update tab on the left side bar. If you would like to revise your information, enter your changes and click submit. To clear an item completely, enter “ “ in the update field. Please note: Revisions made to your contact information affect all notifications you receive, not solely school delay/closure announcements and will take effect at 11:30 pm on the night of the change. Because severe weather can sometimes mean the loss of power and/or phone service, an emergency message through SchoolMessenger will be sent to families and staff via email, and the home/cell numbers provided to WPS. While this may result in families receiving multiple messages in the early morning hours, we hope everyone appreciates the necessity of this redundancy. In addition to SchoolMessenger, emergency notifications will also be posted on the District Website: and sent to the local media.
Family Bulletin January 20, 2017
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