Dear Upham and Hunnewell First Grade Families,

 Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year! I am excited to welcome the students, staff, and you back to a new school year. I look forward to the teaching and learning partnerships we will foster over the next ten months. More importantly, I look forward to building new friendships with our new families and partnering to bring out the best in our wonderful children. Please understand that fostering friendships is the hallmark of Upham. We will continue that legacy with all of our hearts and minds. Welcome to Upham, home of the Eagles and now the Hunnewell Hawks. We will S.O.A.R. high together!

PowerSchool Parent Portal Instructions: August 17, 2022 at 12:00 noon – September 6, 2022 at midnight

Each year it is essential for the Wellesley Public Schools to confirm the emergency contact information, directory information, and other important permissions for each of our students. The Wellesley Public Schools uses PowerSchool, an online platform, to maintain these data. The PowerSchool Parent Portal will be open from August 17 at 12:00 PM through September 6, 2022. All parents/guardians must log in to confirm this important information for their children.  Home Room information for Grades K-8 will be available. Grade 9-12 Schedules will be available on August 25, 2022. As in prior years, you will not be receiving a class list due to security and privacy laws (see MGL 603 CMR 23.00 for more information).

All families receive a username and set a password when they enroll their students. If you do not know your password, please go to the parent portal log-in screen

  • Click on Forgot Username or Password?
  • Fill in your Parent Username and Parent Email Address and click Enter
  • Check your email for password reset instructions and set your new password.
  • If you need assistance, email

Important Information

I am purposefully making this Welcome Back Letter a concise missive. I do not want to overwhelm you with too much information at this juncture. I will send a follow-up letter with more details on the day-to-day operations you need to know on Wednesday, August 24th. Right now, I want to give some basics and then allow you to tackle the Parent Portal.

Please go to our Upham Elementary Website. Found here:

As you open the website, please look on the right side of the page for the Quick Links. There you will see our Back-to-School Packet. Please click the Quick Links, and you will find our supplies list for each grade level, our arrival/dismissal overview, and our Upham Handbook.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me or Ms. Robin (Outstanding School Secretary), and we will get back to you.

Important Dates

Tuesday, August 30- New Family Orientation 9:00-9:30 AM-

This is a full orientation for all new families and a tour of the building and classrooms.

Tuesday, August 30- Kindergarten Meet and Greet- 9:30-10:00 AM

This is a meeting with the K teacher, Mrs. Annie Bresnahan, and K-TA Chris Cimeno.

Tuesday, August 30- SKILLS Meet and Greet- 2:00-3:00 PM

All of the SKILLS teachers are inviting families to come and visit the classrooms and teachers.

Wednesday, August 31- First Day of School, YAHOO!!!

Remember…the is a Wednesday, and it is a half-day.

*Kindergartners will be on a half-day schedule until Monday, September 12. This is due to K assessments that will be given to each student. You will be given a schedule for your child’s assessment time and date by Ms. Robin.


Again, welcome to another exciting and adventurous new school year! I look forward to serving you and your children. It truly is an honor and privilege to be a part of your children’s lives.

Dare to Dream,

Mr. Dees

Principal’s Welcome Back Letter
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