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Superintendent’s Bulletin: 02-9-24

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Colleagues,

I hope you each had a productive week. We were saddened to learn the news this week that longtime Wellesley resident, John Schuler, had passed away. John was born in 1932 and attended the Warren School and later graduated from Wellesley High School. He became an educator and taught at Dana Hall for more than 40 years. John is probably best known for his incredible community service. He became a Town Meeting member at the age of 21 and was a fixture at every Town Meeting, including our Special Town Meeting in November. Through his work on Kiwanis, John was often the emcee of new teacher luncheons for incoming WPS teachers. If you attended one of these luncheons, you were in for a treat as John reveled in sharing Wellesley history and he always wanted to learn more about each of our new teachers. What a wonderful way to welcome new educators to our community! And each year John always made sure I was among his bell ringers for the Salvation Army in front of Roche Brothers. John’s 92 years truly represent a life well-lived. I will miss my friend but I am so grateful that he was part of my life.

I hope you each have a great Superbowl weekend!

Best, David


Calendar


February 19 – 23 – February Break


Condolences


To Katy Comstock, 3rd grade teacher at Bates, for the passing of her mother Jean Comstock on January 22


Timeline for WPS Enrollment of Faculty Children (Kindergarten – Grade 12)


Children of Unit A and B members residing outside of Wellesley shall be entitled to attend Wellesley Public Schools without charge for tuition on a space available basis (Article 12, WEA, Unit A and B Contract).

Below is the timeline for submitting applications:

March 1:
Interested applicants may submit a letter of intent with the one-page application to Dana Zakak, District Registrar, at [email protected].
Eligible staff members can also access the application on the WPS website.

May 1: All applications are due to Dana Zakak, late applications will not be accepted.

The district will review all applications in May and school placement decisions will be made in June. Placement decisions are made based on available space and staff will be notified of their school when decisions have been made. Once notified of a determination, applicants will be provided with access to the online registration forms. Registration of students is not completed until all forms have been received and approved by the District Registrar and Nurse.

If there are any questions, please reach out to Dana Zakak District Registrar, at [email protected].

A survey will be sent out in mid-March to confirm currently enrolled faculty children will be returning in school year 2024-2025.


American Red Cross Blood Drive


Sponsored by:

Wellesley Educators Association and Wellesley Fitness and Health Department

Sprague Elementary School

401 School Street

Wellesley, MA 02482

Wednesday, March 20th

12pm-6pm

To schedule an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Sprague

Or click HERE


403(B)/457 Fund Contribution Limits


The limit for 403(b) and 457 contributions for calendar year 2024 will be $23,000. Employees who are 50 years of age and older may chose to have an additional $7,500 in catch-up contributions, if eligible, bringing the limit to $30,500. Changes to your contribution amounts must be made through Voya (457) or OMNI & TSACG for 403(b). Contact information for the two programs are:

VOYA: Bruce Coughlin PH: 781-237-3776 or at [email protected]

Additional information is available at: https://www.wellesleyma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11303/457b-Self-Enrollment-Instructions?bidId=

OMNI & TSACG: PH: 877-544-OMNI

Additional Information is available at: https://www.omni403b.com/SRA/Landing

Please use this link for information about SECURE Act 2.0. If you have additional questions about these provisions, please reach out to OMNI/TSACG directly.

If you have questions about payroll deductions, please contact Donna Kalinowski at ext. 5613.


Human Relation Services


The Human Relation Services (HRS) can help. Wellesley Public Schools has contracted with HRS to provide up to ten free counseling visits for you and/or your family members. This program is designed to help you deal with stresses of life and work –including personal and family issues, drug or alcohol problems, and job related tension. It offers prevention and intervention to reduce these stresses and improve coping skills.

HRS is located at 11 Chapel Place in Wellesley and can be reached at 781-235-4950. This is a confidential service. Wellesley Public Schools is not aware of the names of employees or their family members who utilize this service.


Do you have a question for the WPS Human Resources Department?


Email [email protected]. The Human Resources Department is happy to assist you.


WPS Internal Job Postings on District Website


For all Internal Job Postings, please go to “Internal Job Postings” under the Faculty tab of the District’s website.

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