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Dear Fiske Families,

 

Today your child/children will bring home their first progress report of the school year. This progress report is a glimpse into the daily life of your child/children. Growth Mindset is at the core of our work at Fiske. Children are encouraged to embrace mistakes and grow from them.   Please take the opportunity to review the progress report with your child/children and reflect on their growth this year.  Here are some questions our School Psychologist Sharon Grossman has suggested to use when reflecting on the progress reports with your child/children.

 

  • “What goals did you set for yourself for the first part of the year in ____ (e.g. math, reading, music)?”

  • “What strategies have you used to work on that goal?” “What’s working?” “How can we and your teachers help you move forward your goal(s)?”

  • “How does it feel when you get closer to your goal?”

  • “You seemed to do much better in____, what strategies did you use to make this happen? “

  • “What goals do you want to set for the next month or so now that we know how you have been learning?”

 

Please return the Parent/Guardian comment sheet in the manila envelope.  We will reuse these envelopes for the June progress report.  Thank you

 

You are Invited…

On Wednesday, February 7 at 8:45, Fiske’s Fourth grades will be presenting, “A Man Named Martin” for their annual Black History Month Assembly. This is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our narrator this year is Fiske Teaching Assistant, Brandon Cox.

Grade 4 students began this project by studying the early history of black people and slavery in America, and the struggles they had to overcome to become free. This brought us to the life of Dr. King and his work to ensure the civil rights of ALL people in our country. We hope you will consider attending this incredible performance.

Julie Verret, Fiske Music Teacher

 

Thank you Fiske Creative Arts …

Thank you to the Creative Arts Committee and Eileen Savarese for hosting author/illustrator Matt  Tavarese for our third grade students.  The students enjoyed hearing about his creative process.  He explained that he first began writing in elementary school. He went to college as a studio art major  and for his senior thesis project wrote his first book Sabastian’s Ball. After graduation a publisher wanted to publish his book but not until he did the entire book over.  After publishing books for 20 years, Matt said he always hopes he is going to get the book right the first time but that never happens for any authors.  It takes a great deal of Growth Mindset and Grit to be an author.

 

Author/Illustrator Matt

 

Kindergarten Round Up

Saturday, March 3 at 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (snow date 3/10/18) Sprague Elementary Library, 401 School St., Wellesley MA 02482

WPS Kindergarten Registration for children 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2018. Please note that the parent(s) of any Kindergarten eligible student should register with the Wellesley Public Schools even if they are interested in deferring their child’s attendance for one school year. Bring registration forms and required documents to the Round Up. Questions regarding Kindergarten registration should be directed to District Registrar Nancy Costigliola at 781-446-6210 ;5600 or registrar@wellesleyps.org. Read more or download a packet

 

Attendance/Tardiness

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As we look at the elements that make children successful at school, it is imperative for students to arrive at school on time and to attend every day.  All children are expected to be in the school building at 8:30 a.m. to start the day. We understand that there are times when a child is late or misses school due to illness or unforeseen circumstances.  If your child will be late or absent from school, please notify the school before 8:30 a.m. with a phone call to the absence/tardy line 781.446.6219 (option 8) or the office 781.446.6265. Please leave a message if lunch needs to be ordered for a tardy arrival and give the reason for the tardiness or absence.  We request that if your child is absent more than five consecutive days due to illness, that you provide a statement from your healthcare provider.

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Spring MCAS Dates

Planning for the spring 2018 MCAS has begun. This year third  grade will take the MCAS  with paper and pen. All Fourth and Fifth grade students will be taking the MCAS online.  Please note the testing dates below and make every effort to have your student at school for each testing sessions.  Make up dates will be arranged in the event that your child/children are absent from school on an assessment day.

 

Third Grade ELA -April 24-25

Fourth Grade ELA – April 9-10

Fifth Grade ELA – April 9-10

Third Grade Math – May 7-8

Fourth Grade Math – April 30-May 1

Fifth Grade Math – April 30-May 1

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 5th – BOKS – 7:30-8:15 a.m.

  • Wednesday, February 7th – Black History Assembly – 8:45-9:45 a.m.

  • Wednesday, February 7th – Metco Stay Day

  • Thursday, February 8th – BOKS – 7:30-8:15 a.m.

  • Monday, February 12th – BOKS – 7:30-8:15 a.m.

  • Wednesday, February 14th – Walk to School Day

  • Thursday, February 15th – BOKS – 7:30-8:15 a.m.

  • February 19-23 – February Break

  • Thursday, March 1st – School Council -7:30-8:15 a.mm.

  • Friday, March 2nd – Coffee with the Principal -8:45-9:15 a.m.

  • Saturday, March 3rd-Kindergarten Round Up at Sprague – 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 6th – annual town election