Phyllis Theermann

How many times have you been “stuck” in school traffic?

Students enrolled in, and/or entering, the Wellesley Public Schools, St. John’s or Tenacre Schools have the opportunity to register NOW for transportation services for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 school year.

In accordance with State regulations and School Committee policy, free transportation will be provided for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 residing more than 2 miles from your school. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility based on your address, please go to the Wellesley Public Schools website at www.wellesleyps.org and click on the “Students & Families” tab at the top of the page. A drop down menu will appear on the right hand column under “Information & Services.” Scroll down to and click on “Transportation.” You will see “Bus Eligibility by Street.” Click on that selection and an alphabetical list by street will appear.

Fee-based transportation services are available to all other students for only $2.89 a day (roundtrip). That translates to $521 per student, with a family cap of $1,142. In other words, when there are more than two children in a family participating in the fee-based transportation program, the fee for the third child is $100 and any additional child thereafter is free.

For Wellesley High School families, know that there are TWO MORNING BUS OPTIONS.

In order to participate in the program, parents must complete the registration process through the online fee payment system and agree to the Bus Conduct Rules for Transportation. The deadline for online registration with payment in full is April 5, 2019.  Requests after the April 5, 2019 deadline will result in your child being placed on a waiting list and processed on a space available basis in the order in which they are received.

Bus routes will be sent to all registered students on or about May 15, 2019. Once paid in full, the seat is committed and assigned to your student/s. If you change your plans for use of the transportation service, fees are not refundable.

A waiver process has been established for those families who are eligible by income level or are currently receiving state assistance. If you have any questions about the waiver process, please go to the Wellesley Public Schools website at www.wellesleyps.org and click on the “Students & Families” tab at the top of the page. A drop down menu will appear. Under “Information & Services,” scroll down to “Financial Assistance Information.” Families requesting a waiver should apply on or before the April 5, 2019deadline. A seat will not be assigned until all forms are completed, reviewed and approved.

To register and pay online please go to www.wellesleyps.org; under the “Students & Families” tab, under “Online Payment & Registration” click on “Lessons & Transportation.” You will be brought to the login screen. Enter your Username and Password, press Login and then click on the photo of the yellow school bus. If you don’t remember your login information, click “Need Login Help?” and we will send it to you. If you don’t have an existing account, please click on “Create an Account” and proceed to enter your family information. You will be notified with a username and password.

Riding the bus is a safe, cost and time effective means of transportation.  Turn the old saying “you are not in traffic, you are traffic,” around by registering today.

Kelly Caiazzo

It’s back! Sustainable Wellesley’s popular dinner & documentary evenings at the Wellesley Free Library are returning on April 9th, 2019 and May 21st 2019.

Join Sustainable Wellesley for Dinner and a Movie!

Movie nights will take place in the Wakelin Room at the Wellesley Free Library and are free and open to the public, with dinner served! Registration Required.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and screenings start at 6:45 p.m. Following each film will be a 5-10 minute presentation of resources related to the documentary topic.

Tuesday, April 9th, Before The Flood a film about possible solutions to the dangers of climate changeRSVP for April 9th.

Tuesday, May 21st, Stink! a film about carcinogenic chemicals in everyday products and how to make better choices.  RSVP for May 21st.

This event is gratefully co-sponsored by the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission.

Phyllis Theermann

Access your inner citizen scientist and be part of the international City Nature Challenge.

The first City Nature Challenge was an eight-day competition between Los Angeles and San Francisco, engaging residents and visitors in documenting nature to better understand urban biodiversity. Over 20,000 observations were made by more than 1000 people in a one-week period, cataloging approximately 1600 species in each location, including new records for both areas.

Wellesley is now competing in the 2019 City Nature Challenge to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people.

Learn more on April 23rd at 6 pm in the Wakelin room of Wellesley Free Library. Come learn how to use I naturalist  and how to take photos for the project. Interested residents will then sign up to pick a day/location for collecting data from April 26 – 29th.  After data is collected, there will be an identification meeting on May 2nd at 6pm in the Arnold room of the Wellesley Free Library.

This event is co-sponsored by Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission and the Wellesley Conservation Council.

Results will be announced on Monday, May 6th. Will Wellesley win?

Email  nrc@wellesleyma.gov for more information.

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