As a culmination of the elementary experience and as a transition to middle school, our fifth grade students will participate in a three-day environmental education and team building program this spring at Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA. Below are important details about this exciting program.

We are pleased to share that the School Committee has approved budget funds to cover the Hale registration fee and bus transportation cost this school year. There is no fee for students to participate in the Hale trip this spring.

Dates & Times of the Hale Trip

  • May 25, 26, 27 – Fiske, Hardy, Schofield 
  • June 1, 2, 3 – Bates, Hunnewell, Sprague, Upham 

The program will take place within the school day (8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) except on Wednesday (May 25 or June 1). On Wednesdays, fifth graders will return to school approximately 1:45-2:00 p.m. On Thursdays and Fridays, students will be dismissed at the usual dismissal time.

Waivers

There are two forms that need to be completed and signed, in order for your child/children to attend the trip. These forms will be in your student’s backpack on Monday, March 14, 2022Please return these forms no later than Friday, April 1, 2022.

  1. Wellesley Public Schools Field Trip Consent Form 
  2. Hale Reservation Waiver Form

Transportation

Hale Reservation is a series of three “day trips.” It does not include overnight stays.  Round trip transportation is provided between your child/children’s school and Hale Reservation. Transportation on Wednesday, May 25, and Wednesday, June 1 is as follows:

  • Parents will pick up their child/children from school at approximately 2:00 pm.
  • Boston students will be transported home from their home school.

Additional Information

A Wellesley Public Schools nurse will be on-site at all times. 

Students will need to bring the following items each day:

  • Snack for the day
  • Bag lunch (the first 2 days only – Hale provides a BBQ on the 3rd day)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Rain poncho/raincoat
  • Backpack  

Hale BBQ Menu (for lunch on day 3)

  • Hamburgers, hot dogs or veggie burgers
  • Pasta salad and potato salad
  • Watermelon
  • Lemonade

Students who would like a burger without a bun, or any similar request, may have that made at the grill.  Students are welcome to bring their own food on the last day if alternate food is preferred.

  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school.


We make great efforts to ensure that every student is able to participate in this learning opportunity by providing financial assistance to families demonstrating need.  You can help with these efforts by making a contribution to this year’s trip.  Please contact Gwen Cheek (cheekg@wellesleyps.org) if you would like to help with this. 

Additional Information

A Wellesley Public Schools nurse will be on-site at all times.

Students Should Wear Sneakers

Students will need to bring the following items each day:

  • Snack for the day
  • Sack lunch (the first 2 days only- Hale provides a BBQ on the third day)
  • Sun Block
  • Bug repellent
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Rain poncho/raincoat
  • Backpack

Hale BBQ Menu (for third day lunch)

  • hamburgers, hot dogs, or veggie burgers
  • pasta salad and potato salad
  • watermelon
  • lemonade

Students who would like a burger without a bun, or any similar requests, can have that made at the grill.  The veggie burgers are cooked in foil so they never touch a grill that may have contacted meat and often satisfy kosher or halal requirements. Students are welcome to bring their own food on the last day if alternate food would be more comfortable or healthy for them.


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