WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

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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current students, it's an unbeatable combination of past, present, and future. "Many of our former students still have lifelong friendships," says Fischer. Adds Lewis, "We also have an Ambassador program, where existing families are matched with incoming families to really roll out the red carpet for them." The youngest members of the Saint John School community are also made to feel invested and engaged right away. "Kindergarteners start weekly religion class at the beginning of the year," says Lewis, who teaches one of the two kindergarten classes. "Halfway through the year, they join the first through sixth graders on the first Friday of the month for a liturgy in the chapel. Parents, teachers, and students are invited, and it brings a great sense of community." She points out one of the most popular aspects of early education at Saint John School: "The preschoolers and pre-K'ers get to feel like they're already in elementary school. They go the art teacher for art. They go to the music teacher for music. So they're getting that oppor- tunity to learn from other teachers—this is very unique," she enthuses. "You don't usually find this at the preschool or pre-K level." Whether you have kids in private or public school, you already know that the expectations for kindergarten have increased signifi- cantly in recent years. "Parents are expecting a jump into kindergarten, so they demand more of an academic focus in the preschool years," Lewis acknowledges. "They want to ensure their children are ready for kindergarten with the prerequisite skills. So that's another way our for- mat at Saint John is unique." The Catholic Mission Last year, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary. Under the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, a first and second grade officially opened back in September, 1965. Each year thereafter, a new grade was opened, and, by 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 6 SAINT JOHN SCHOOL 9 Ledyard Street Wellesley 781.235.0300 www.saintjohnschool.net Saint John students with Principal Michael Dibbert (left) and State Rep. Alice Peisch (right) during her recent visit to campus.

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