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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fun to see the kids' faces as they get on and off the bus for the first time," shares Principal Christine Price. In Wellesley, each school has a different welcoming event — for kindergartners and the larger student body. At Hunnewell, the kinder- gartners are welcomed by a kindergarten popsicle party the day before school. The entire school is then welcomed back with a larger ice cream social on a Friday night in early September. "Everyone from the attending child's family is welcome — older sib- lings, younger siblings. It's a great event and way to reconnect with everyone after the summer," says Beanie Spangler, Hunnewell's 2013-14 PTO co-president. At Schofield, the children are welcomed back with a flag-raising cer- emony where the fifth grade girl scouts help raise the US and Schofield flags. All parents are welcome to attend this outdoor assembly that happens at drop-off and the principal will address the assembly. The kickoff event for the Bates School is open to the whole com- munity and happens the Saturday after Columbus Day. The Bates Pumpkin Fair is a large event, with an assortment of bouncy houses, games, a haunted house, food, and, yes, pumpkins. "It is a wonderful tradition that the whole community looks for- ward to…grandparents to newborns can be seen at the event. I know people who wait until the fair to buy their pumpkins. It is a great way to support the school and welcome the fall," says Lisa Foley, the Bates 2012 co-president. 168 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 P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F L I S A F O L E Y education "a wonderful tradition" top: Wellesley residents look forward to the pumpkin sale at the Bates Pumpkin Fair; bottom: Scary treats for sale at the Bates Pumpkin Fair

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