WHS PTO Updates

High School Community Reminders and Opportunities

Dear WHS Parents and Guardians,
Below is some programming, fundraising, community service, and information about employee needs at our elementary schools.
RECORDING AVAILABLE: GET TO KNOW GUIDANCE PRINCIPAL COFFEE 

In case you missed the Get to Know Guidance Principal Coffee on November 9, please find the recording here. Also, please find the October/November Guidance Newsletter here.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: TWEENS, TEENS, & SCREENS: HELPING CHILDREN AND TEENS MOVE AWAY FROM TECH OVERLOAD AND TOWARDS HEALTHY TECH BOUNDARIES
The Weston PTO presents Dr. Jill Walsh on Wednesday, November 17 at 7PM for a one-hour virtual presentation followed by a Q&A. Although there has always been debate about the opportunities and challenges with screen time, there was at least a list of best practices that we as parents could seek out as guidelines. Then the pandemic made technology critical for both our children’s academic and social experiences. What do best practices look like now? Dr. Jill Walsh will discuss practical and valuable parameters that we can establish to help set our children up for success navigating their technology. Particular focus will be on thinking about quantity vs. quality of tech use and addressing challenges like multitasking, tech as a mood management tool, and digital socializing. She will also address the recent data suggesting a link between Instagram use and mental illness in teens. While Dr. Walsh will provide a research-based approach, she is also a working mother of two technology-obsessed kids so she will also offer insights into which rules to follow closely and which to worry less about as we navigate this new period of digital engagement. For questions, please contact Alison Yaeger-KruegerSally Andrea, or Kat Wilberton. Please register here. If you can’t make it, we hope to have this session recorded and we will circulate following.

WESTON METCO FRUIT FUNDRAISER THROUGH NOVEMBER 21
The Weston METCO Fruit Sale is underway! 100% of the proceeds raised go to help support Weston High School METCO Student Activities. In the past we have been able to assist with field trip and AP exam fees as well as host special METCO student celebrations and community building events! We would love to expand our effort and include supporting our Global Student Travel Fund, which offers scholarships to assist METCO Students’ participation in educational travel opportunities. Your orders will help to make this possible and for your convenience, we are now accepting orders online! Just click this link to log on to our group fruit sale website. The deadline for ordering fruit with a credit card online is November 21. If you would like to pay by cash or check, please email Maureen Cabral or call 781-786-5850.

WINTER CLOTHING AND TOY DRIVE FOR THE WALTHAM BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Please join the Class of 2025 in a clothing and holiday toy drive through Tuesday, November 30 to support the Waltham Boys and Girls Club (WBGC) families. The WBGC provides a safe place to learn and grow for local kids and youth – all while having fun! They are in need of some warm winter clothing and holiday gifts. We can only accept the following NEW items: Class of 2025 Winter Clothing Drive and Class of 2025 Holiday Toy Drive. Please consider shopping for Winter Clothing and/or Holiday toy items. To learn more about the club, visit our website. Donations can be dropped off at the Weston High School bin out front or shipped directly to the Club (Erin Donovan, Waltham Boys & Girls Club, 20 Exchange St, Waltham, MA 02451). For questions, please contact Leila Hooper.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS AND LUNCH MONITORS NEEDED AT WESTON’S THREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
As we approach the holiday season, all local school districts including our own are facing staff shortages in key support roles. Weston needs lunch monitors and daily substitute teachers. To ensure immediate coverage, our three Elementary Schools are inviting families to help fill the gaps and serve as short-term part-time lunch monitors and daily classroom substitutes. If you are interested and available, please review each of the job descriptions linked above and consider reaching out to Marcia Cormay in the WPS Human Resources Office (CormayM@weston.org or call 781-786-5261) for more information about the different opportunities and how to apply.
Please let us know if you have any questions!

Stephanie Goldstein and Peter Ross WHS PTO Chair and Co-Chair