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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the school year. But every year at Thanksgiving, the food staff goes out of their way to make this extra special meal just for us, the week before Thanksgiving," says Lucey. Traditions that are associated with the curriculum are also many in number. "When fifth graders are asked to remember a favorite activity for the yearbook, they often mention making their own Japanese kites in the second grade. That is when they study Japan. After the kites are made, they fly them on the hill behind Bates. It is a great site — all the kids running down the hill with their kites streaming behind them," says Foley, smiling at the memory of it. In the third grade, each school studies insects. "We have a bug play, where kids learn how to project their voices and make their own costumes. The story is focused on diversity and democracy," says Dr. Cindy Crimmin, principal of the Woodland school in Weston. At Hunnewell, the bug project is well known. "When my son made his bug diagram, it was displayed on the dining room table for weeks — as he refused to let us move it," laughs Lisa Collins, the 2012 PTO co-president. "And it wasn't a small model," she sighs. The fifth graders at the Field School will host a "wax museum" night for their parents. Each student is expected to research a revolu- tionary era character. On the night of the wax museum, the students will come dressed up as the character and will act as the person, telling the story of their lives to the parents. Similarly, the fourth graders will have a young authors' night where they will read their personal narratives to different groups of parents. An author in residence will help the children work on their narratives, along with the teachers. In Wellesley, Hunnewell has hosted a popular science night the first Friday in April. This year it will be hosted town wide. Local colleges will participate in setting up different workshops, such as one on mag- netism. Last year, students form Olin and Wellesley College partici- pated. One of the most popular workshops was making flashlights in an assembly line. A few years back the most popular event was making ice cream. The desire to grow up is driven, in part, by the desire to do what an older classmate has done. Traditions help systematize this process, and Wellesley and Weston residents are fortunate that their elementary schools have so many wonderful ones. 172 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 The dunk tank at the Hunnewell Fun Fair education "the dunk tank is typically manned by fifth grade fathers" C O U R T E S Y O F H U N N E W E L L

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