Dear Upham Community,

Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year! I hope that you are enjoyed a wonderful summer. I wanted to share with you some important information for the startup of the new school year.

On Monday, August 27th the Upham faculty will return. On Tuesday, August 28th we will have our New Family Orientation from 10:30-11:00 a.m. in the gymnasium. Our kindergartner families will meet and greet their respective teachers from 11:00-11:30 a.m. Please join us.

The First day of school is Wednesday, August 29. Please be reminded it is a regular Wednesday and everyone will dismiss at 12:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, August 29 (First Day of School, Yahoo!) please use the center blacktop area, Wynnewood and Lowell roads for parking. We will have our live drop off as well. You can begin dropping off your children at 8:15 a.m. Each classroom teacher/s will have a sign indicating where to line up. The line-up and roll call will be on the playground near the Upham Eagle(Wall Ball Wall). The bell will ring at 8:30 a.m. and at that point, the teachers will take the children into their respective classrooms. Parents are not allowed to accompany their child to the classroom. If your child is experiencing separation anxiety, please seek our Mr. Dees or Dr. Hoitash (our outstanding psychologist). We will be available to help with any situation.

I want to remind kindergarten parents that the first 7 days of school (Aug. 29- Sept. 7) are ½ days for students. We use the second half of the days to assess reading and math skills. The assessments allow the teachers to properly place each child in the correct reading/math group and design the instruction to meet the needs of each child. You will receive your child’s scheduled assessment time. WCCC (Wellesley Community Children’s Center) will be providing after-school programs for the 7 half days. If you are interested, please contact Shawn Thompson(director) at

We are so excited about the hope and promise of a new school year. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and your children. Enjoy the remaining days of your summer vacation…see you Wednesday, August 29!

Dare to Dream,

Mr. Dees

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