December 12, 2018


Dear P.A.W.S. Families,


We enjoyed several fun events last week, and it was delightful to see so many families enjoying time together at P.A.W.S.!  Thank you to the many family members and P.A.W.S. community members who contributed to the happy events!  Your ongoing support and commitment enrich the experiences and programing for P.A.W.S. families and students! We have a few more events coming up, too! Read on, for more information!


Helping Hands – Thank you to all of the families who have donated gift items to the Holiday Helping Hands project!  If you took a mitten from the line, here’s a gentle reminder that the gifts are all due to be returned by this Friday, December 14, 2018.  Please let Nurse Ann know if you have any questions.


Putting It All Together Workshop – Thank you to P.A.W.S. parent, Rose Nolan for sharing your experience, insight and for co-hosting the make-and-take special education binder making workshop for parents! We will be offering this event again in the spring! If you have a child with an IEP, you will find the information and resources shared in this workshop to be invaluable to you!


Winter Traditions Dessert Night – Thank you to all of the families who participated in and contributed to the Winter Traditions Dessert Night last Friday night!  We had over 100 guests in attendance including moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, babies, teens and two School Committee members, Michael D’Ortenzio and Sharon Grey! A special thank you PTO president Elizabeth Nelson and PK2 parent Cara Whiting for their hours of behind the scenes work in helping us prepare for the event!  Thank you for providing the “to go” boxes! The children loved personalizing, decorating, and then filling their containers with goodies to bring home! Yum!


Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who purchased and decorated luminaries – we raised $120.00 for the PTO! Thank you to those who provided paper-goods, hot cocoa, and delicious treats for the event! Thank you to parents Helen Livson, Taisha Barrows, Amanda and Todd Crowley, and Carrie Coleman and many others for helping us at the end of the night with the clean-up! It was a wonderful event with arts and crafts, a movie and so many delicious international desserts as well as the most incredible homemade empanadas!!  We are already making plans for next year’s event!


Looking ahead:

Wednesday, December 19th at 8:45 a.m. – Parking will be limited and tricky due to the Fiske Winter concert. You may want to arrive early to get a parking spot, or use the car line, and a P.A.W.S. staff member will help your child get out of the car and into school that day.


Join us on Thursday, December 20 from 9:00-10:00, for Coffee and Tea with ‘Becca. The Special Guest Speaker will be Dr. Terry Weksel leading a conversation about Managing Behavior During Holidays. Join us at P.A.W.S. or join the conversation remotely!  R.S.V.P. HERE  If you are not able to join us in person, please feel free to call in or login at the number or link below.

Dial-in: (US) +1 508-970-9097 PIN: 902 082 623#

*Please Note: When you call in, please mute your phone and/or your computer unless you are participating in the conversation.

Reminder: Tuition is due by January 1, 2019.  Please contact the PAWS office if you have any questions or need assistance.


Hat and Mitten Weather! Please be sure your child has a warm hat and mittens to wear when we go out to play.  If you need assistance providing your child with a hat and mittens, please let your child’s teacher know, or reach out to Nurse Ann, as she has a few extras to share!


Important Dates:

Wednesday, December 19 – Winter Concert at Fiske Elementary School – Traffic and parking will be more congested than usual.  Please plan to use the P.A.W.S. car line during the morning arrival.

Wednesday, December 19 – PTO Teacher Appreciation – Salad & Lasagna Luncheon

Thursday, December 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Coffee and Tea with ‘Becca and Terry

December 24 – January 1 – Winter Vacation

January 1, 2019 – Second Half of Tuition is Due

January 2, 2019 – School Reopens

January 21, 2019 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Day – No School

January 27, 2019 – Winter Carnival 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Fiske Gym

January 31, 2019 – California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser – plan to buy lunch and dinner from CPK and P.A.W.S. will benefit from your purchases! More information to come!



Thank you for your ongoing support! Your positive participation, partnership, and care helps to make P.A.W.S. its very best!



‘Becca Z.


Wellesley Public Schools


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