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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Similarly, the end of the school year is well celebrated at all the local schools. Many schools will honor their graduating class with a "clap out", when the younger students and parents will line the halls and exit, clapping as the graduating class marches out. "It is really a touching event. You see all the fifth graders marching out so proudly. For years, they have lined the path and now they are the ones marching," says Spangler. In Wellesley, where seven different elementary schools merge into one middle school, there is a big field trip for the fifth graders to help orient them to their larger sixth grade class. "All the fifth graders go to Hale Reservation for two back-to-back days. There they will do a number of different team building activities, such as rope courses. There will be three to four different elementary schools there at a time, so it is a way for them to start getting to know each other. It's a great bridge tradition," says Amanda Kennedy, the Schofield 2013-14 PTO co-president. "Throughout the school year, the fifth graders will have different events to fundraise for this event," Kennedy continues. "At Schofield, for example, the fifth graders sell cupcakes at the back-to-school picnic." At Country School in Weston, the third graders are the graduating class and they cel- ebrate their rite of passage by creating a leaf out of foil. The leaf is signed by each gradu- ate and hung on the large steel tree displays in the front of the school. "These leaves are known as legacy leaves," says Price. For the graduating Weston fifth graders from the Field School (fourth and fifth grades), the last day of school is marked by a field day at the Rivers School campus. "A video of their year is shown and there is a barbecue, but most graduates will remem- ber the day as their opportunity to be the first ones in the town pool," Principal Matt Lucey says with a laugh. There are sprinklings of other traditions that happen throughout the year as well. Most of the Wellesley schools have large fairs, simi- lar to the Bates Pumpkin Fair. The Hunnewell Fun Fair is held the Friday of the Wellesley Wonderful Weekend. At the fair, the dunk tank is typically manned by fifth grade fathers, who have been signed up by their kids. Hunnewell also has a sock hop in Novem - ber, where the PTO sponsors a DJ and root beer floats. "The funniest part is that the kids think a sock hop means dancing in their socks. All of the socks come home black," laughs Spangler. A new tradition that is widely popular at Schofield is the teacher/student basketball game. It is the fifth graders who go up against the teachers and the entire school is welcome. 170 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 education "it is a way for them to start getting to know each other"

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