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Superintendent’s Bulletin 2/16/24

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Colleagues,

I hope you each had a productive week. It was very exciting to participate in the open house for parents last night at the new Hunnewell School. They marveled at the new building and were so grateful for the work of our swing space schools and our Hunnewell team to get us to this point. Our ribbon cutting is on February 26th, when we return from break!

I also wanted to give a special shout-out to WMS Chinese Language Teacher, Min Zhou for organizing another wonderful Lunar New Year celebration this week. The Middle School Cafeteria was transformed into an amazing celebration of our vibrant Asian Culture. I know these types of events are essential in allowing our Asian students to feel seen and valued in WPS.

Finally, I hope you each enjoy a well-deserved February break. Whether you are vacationing or “stay”cationing, I hope it’s a restful week to recharge your batteries.

Thanks for your support of our students each day and enjoy the break!

Best, David


Calendar


February 19 – 23 – February Break


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

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Margaret Flitsch or Kari Sciera for more information [email protected] and [email protected]


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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