March 2, 2019


Dear P.A.W.S. Parents/Guardians,


Welcome back to school after vacation week!  Friday we welcomed guest readers from across the district to help the children celebrate Read Across America Day! This is the day we celebrate reading and literacy in honor of the March 2nd birthday of children’s author, Dr. Seuss!

We are grateful to our guest readers, who came to share their love of reading! Pictured above are P.A.W.S. guest readers: Arlene Argir, Interim Director of Student Services, Cindy Mahr, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Kathy Poirier, SRO Wellesley Police Department, David Lussier, Superintendent of Wellesley Public Schools. We will have a few more special guest readers from town visiting us on Monday and Tuesday next week as well!


Perhaps you will enjoy some Green Eggs and Ham, this weekend, or snuggle up with a few good books and share the joy of reading with your child! To share a favorite quote from Dr. Seuss, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book, and read to a child!”


Kindergarten Round Up Rescheduled:

March is here and it looks like it will be coming in like a lion with the impending snow storm predicted for later tonight and tomorrow morning!  The Kindergarten Round Up scheduled for the morning has been postponed until next Saturday, March 9th from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Sprague School.


Kindergarten Parent Orientation Meetings

Families with children heading to Kindergarten, please check the chart below to and save the dates for the Kindergarten Parent Orientation Meeting and Kindergarten Screening at the elementary school where your child will attend kindergarten.



Parent Orientation Meeting

(Parents/Guardians Only)

Kindergarten Screening Dates

(Parent/Guardian & Child)

Student Visit Day

(Parent/Guardian & Child)


April 24 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

May 8 ~ 8:00 – 12:00

The day before school starts


April 24th – 6:00-7:00

May 1 ~ 9:00-11:30

Wednesday, May 29th


May 2, 6 – 7 p.m.

May 15 ~ 12:00-3:00

The day before school starts


April 24, 6:00-7:00

May 3 ~ 8:00-12:00

The day before school starts


April 24, 6:30-7:30

May 8 ~ 8:00-12:00

The day before school starts


May 2, 6:30-7:30

May 31 ~ 8:30-12:00

The day before school starts


May 8, 6:30-7:30

May 30 ~ 9:15-11:45

The day before school starts



P.A.W.S. Summer Sessions Update

In the past, an invitation has been extended to students throughout the preschool to attend the P.A.W.S. summer program.  This year the P.A.W.S. summer program will only be open and available to students who qualify for the Extended Year Services (EYS) through their Individual Educational Programs (IEP) as discussed through the TEAM process.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Coffee and Tea with ‘Becca

This month join me for coffee and conversation with my special guest speaker, Susan Basta, P.A.W.S. Speech and Language Pathologist, to learn what your cell phone, your vacuum, and the grocery store all have in common! During this talk, you will learn how to use everyday-items to increase your child’s vocabulary, language, and communication skills! Key topics include Boosting Language, Vocabulary and Communication Skills, and Strengthening Parent/Child Relationships and Connections. Please RSVP to the Evite Link (

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.


Wellesley STEM Expo

I recently attended a meeting where I learned about the Wellesley STEM Expo!  There will be a robot dog and a glass piano you can see the inside of while it is being played! You will also be able to learn about native bees, electric cars, walk inside a life size whale, play in the Augmented Reality Sandbox, and visit the robot zoo! This event is being held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Wellesley High School between 10-2, with activities and exhibits for families to enjoy!  


I plan to attend the STEM Expo with my daughter and hope to see friends from P.A.W.S. enjoying the special events there, too!  


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Thank you to all who have donated new and gently used books to our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten book collection!  Thank you to the Rana Family for storing the hundreds of donated books for us, until we are ready to sort them into the 100+ book bags, to be filled with 10 books each! We will continue to collect books until April Vacation.  I hope that by then, we will be close to our goal of collecting at least 1,000 books!


Important Dates:

March 1, 4, 5, 2019 – Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America Day!

March 7, 2019 – P.A.W.S. PTO Meeting @ P.A.W.S. 9:00 a.m.

March 9, 2019 – Kindergarten Round Up @ Sprague 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

March 13, 2019 – Speaker Lisa Damour – Guiding Teenage Girls into Adulthood, Auditorium @ WMS

March 21, 2019 – Coffee and Tea with ‘Becca, Guest Speaker – Speech and Language Pathologist, Sue Basta LINK

April 6, 2019 – Wellesley WEF STEM EXPO @ the WHS


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


Wishing you a safe, warm, and happy snowy weekend!



‘Becca Z.

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