WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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166 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 Bates Elementary School students at the Bates Pumpkin Fair L I S A F O L E Y learning academics scholarship schoolwork curriculum teachers research Elementary School Traditions N A Z S I O S H A N S I writer education traditions mark the passage of time, and at no point is the anticipation of getting older more exciting than during childhood. The Wellesley and Weston public school systems have plenty of traditions that foster this excitement, from welcoming a new kindergartner to the school or helping the sage, old fifth grader graduate on to middle school. Each tradition has a different purpose — connecting the school as a whole, the school to the community, or highlighting the education curriculum for parents. Most importantly, however, these tradi- tions capture the exhilaration of growing up. After all, most people can nostalgically remem- ber field days, school concerts, and receiving yearbooks. One of the most anticipated days in childhood is the first day of kindergarten. To prepare children, the Country School in Weston (pre-K through third grade) has a visiting day the prior spring where incoming kindergartners visit the school. During this visit, the children will also ride the bus for the first time. "While it is just around the school campus, it is really

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