WEBMASTER Ally Jin | OPEN Maintain the WMS PTO website (mostly in Aug/Sept, updating information for the new school year)
Enrichment & Community Programs
BEAUTIFICATION Dawn McGrew | Suze Nock The flower beds are now just about fully planted, and apart from planting some further bulbs later in the fall, our task now is to maintain the grounds. If anyone is interested in gardening and has time to help in keeping things tidy, we would like to hear from you!
CREATIVE ARTS & SCIENCES Maura Sullivan | Adrianna Bertucci | Jennifer Yuan The Creative Arts and Sciences Committee is looking forward to bringing another exciting slate of programs to the students of Wellesley Middle School in the upcoming academic year. In 2013-2014, the students enjoyed many special presentations which supported the following curriculum areas:
Language Arts: Jack Gantos, Yoko Watkins, and The Shakespeare Guyz
Social Studies: Holocaust speaker, Christianity speaker Matthew Bolton, Chariots of the Sun Mythology, Tara Ahmed Hindu Dance, and two programs from Theater Espresso: Uprising on King Street and Nine Who Dared
Science: Museum of Science Electromagnetism and Cryogenics programs, and Ecology field trip
Performing Arts: Soundpainting program
GRANT WRITING Linda Keenan| Shelley McHale Assist WMS staff in grant applications process. GREEN TEAM/COMMUNITY SERVICE Michelle Foster Brainstorm new ideas and assist with recycling and other ‘green’ efforts throughout WMS. Work with Central Council Green initiatives coordinator. PARENTS OF PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS (POPS) Laurie Kelley (Orchestra Rep) | OPEN POPS actively supports all of our performing students in drama, chorus, band, orchestra and dance. The purpose of POPS is to foster, encourage and support the many aspects of performing arts education in the Wellesley Public schools; to enrich the scope of student involvement and to stimulate broad community interest in program. Membership is open to all parents and/or guardians of children who are enrolled in the Wellesley Public Schools. Wellesley POPS, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donate online to POPS.
Social & Networking Programs
DANCE VOLUNTEERS OPEN Serve refreshments at school dances
HOSPITALITY Jennifer Yuan Prepare food items; help with set up / clean up for various PTO events and faculty luncheons.
NEW FAMILIES Shira Doron | Ellen Subramanian Serve as a resource to WMS families new to Wellesley Public Schools. Attend the New Families Orientation in late-August.
Grade 8 Committees
GRADE 8 COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS Linda Messore GRADE 8 COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY Gina Cohen Help with 8th grade community service projects on a day in May TBA.
GRADE 8 DANCE (JUNE) Kara Thornton | Juliette Hart Help organize the Friday evening activity in June TBA. GRADE 8 DEPARTURE DAY (JUNE) MaryAnne Ulian | Linda Messore Help plan (8th grade parents preferred for planning) and execute on the day of (6th and 7th grade parents preferred for day of helping) the 8th grade departure festivities on the last morning of school in June.
Student Services & Councils
BOSTON-WELLESLEY COLLABORATIVE OPEN This committee strives to continue and support the relationships formed between parents and students in the elementary school Family Friends program and to be a resource in our community, ensuring that the Boston families have a strong local connection in Wellesley. Our goals are to facilitate communication between Boston and Wellesley parents, encourage ongoing friendships between students, and support WMS Boston - Wellesley events.
COMMITTEE 21 (C21) OPEN Assist with educational and advocacy efforts on behalf of public education. See the Committee 21 website for more information.
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS Linda Messore Help in the library on a weekly or bi-weekly basis
NURSE'S OFFICE VOLUNTEERS Jennifer Yuan Recruit volunteers to assist the WMS Nurses’ Office with Grade 7 Hearing and Vision Screening (November/Early December) Wellesley PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (PAC) Mariela Vargas Serve as the liaison between the WMS community and the Wellesley Parent Advisory Council (PAC), a district-wide organization of parents in Wellesley, working to enhance the education of students who learn differently.
TURKEY PROMENADE (November) Sue Logan | Linda Messore (Food Donation) OPEN (Refreshments/Volunteer) Help on the field or with refreshments the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. BOOK FAIRS (Nov/Dec and June) Nichole Bernier| Amiee Munro Collaborate with WMS librarian and Wellesley Books on BookTalk Breakfast events and book fairs in November and June.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION (February) Ming Zhou | OPEN
MINI MARATHON (April) Dana Lynch | Jessica Graham Recruit and train day-of volunteers around race route (event takes place on a morning in April)
MINI MARATHON T-SHIRTS Dana Lynch Design, order and sell t-shirts in advance of race day MINI MARATHON PHOTOGRAPHER OPEN Photograph the event