Early Childhood & Lower School

We're excited to return to school!

We are thrilled to welcome Holly Fidler (left) to the Wellington community as our new head of lower school and announce Shelley Brown (right) as our new head of early childhood.

    Holly Fidler       Shelley Brown

Read on for information about our back to school plans for early childhood and lower school families.

Back to School Dates and Events

August 6 - Back to School plans released

August 6 - Learning from Home Opt-In Policy opens on Veracross for parents and caregivers

August 11 - Early Childhood Parent & Caregiver Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. 

August 11 - Lower School Parent & Caregiver Town Hall at 7 p.m. 

August 19, noon - Class assignments posted on Veracross

August 19 - Scheduling for Intake Conferences opens on Veracross

August 20 - Deadline to complete School Policy Forms in Veracross, including Learning from Home Opt-In Policy

August 22 - Welcome (Back) to Wellington

  • 1-2 p.m. - New families are encouraged to attend a brief introduction with Head of School Jeff Terwin and Head of Lower School Holly Fidler on Roberts Field before heading to classrooms.
  • 2-3 p.m. - Returning families are welcome to visit classrooms. 
  • 1:30-3 p.m. - Cool treats will be available outside the rotunda entrance.

August 23 - Intake conference begins. Intakes are a time to meet with your student's teacher. Students are not involved in this meeting.

August 25 - First day of school!

August 25 - Kindergarten Parent and Caregiver Coffee

  • 8-9:15 a.m. - Please join us on the patio outside the Thomas Family Dining Room after drop-off to say hello, grab a cup of coffee, listen to tips and ideas for a successful transition to school, and ask questions with Shelley Brown, head of early childhood, and Danielle Gibbs, lower school counselor.

August 26 - Little Jags and Prekindergarten Parent and Caregiver Coffee

  • 8-9:15 a.m. - Please join us on the patio outside the Thomas Family Dining Room after drop-off to say hello, grab a cup of coffee, listen to tips and ideas for a successful transition to school, and ask questions with Shelley Brown, head of early childhood, and Danielle Gibbs, lower school counselor. 

August 31 - 1st and 2nd grade Parent and Caregiver Coffee

  • 8:30 a.m. - Please join Holly Fidler, head of lower school, on the patio outside the Thomas Family Dining Room.

September 1 - 3rd and 4th Grade Parent and Caregiver Coffee

  • 8:30 a.m. - Please join Holly Fidler, head of lower school, on the patio outside the Thomas Family Dining Room.

Drop off and pick up

Little Jags

7:30-8 a.m. - Morning Care in the rotunda. After 7:40 a.m., students will be on the lower school playground.

8-8:15 a.m. - Arrival: Parents and caregivers may park in the Fishinger Road parking lot and walk their student to the classroom. Siblings may also be dropped off at the Fishinger Road doors (South Entrance) and a teacher will walk the students to their classrooms. 

3:15 p.m. - Dismissal: Parents and caregivers may park in the Fishinger Road parking lot to pick up their student. Lower school siblings will also be brought to the Fishinger playground for dismissal at 3:15 p.m. Students staying for Aftercare will be walked to the designated location. 

 

Prekindergarten & Kindergarten

7:30-8 a.m. - Morning Care in the rotunda. After 7:40 a.m., students will be on the lower school playground.

8-8:15 a.m. - Arrival: Parents and caregivers may drop their student off through carline or park in the front parking lot, enter through the West Entrance, and walk their student to the classroom.

3:15 p.m. - Dismissal: Parents and caregivers may pick up their student through carline in the front parking lot. Students staying for Aftercare will be walked to the designated location.

 

Grade 1-4 

7:30-8 a.m. - Early morning care in the rotunda. After 7:40 a.m., students will be on the lower school playground.

8-8:15 p.m. - Arrival: Parents and caregivers may drop their student off through carline in the front parking lot.

3:15 p.m. - Dismissal: Parents and caregivers may pick up their student through carline in the front parking lot. Students staying for Aftercare will be walked to the designated location.

View the car line traffic flow map, including drop-off and pick-up locations, here.

Morning and Aftercare

Morning Care will be provided for early childhood and lower school students beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the rotunda. After 7:40 a.m. students will be on the lower school playground. Doors to the classrooms open at 8 a.m.

Questions? 
Contact Holly Fidler, head of lower school, at fidler@wellington.org.

Wellington Aftercare is offered Monday-Friday from 3:15-6 p.m. Aftercare is included with tuition for Little Jags, prekindergarten, and kindergarten programs. For grades 1-4, Aftercare is a fee-based exploratory program in which students will have choices, including S.T.E.A.M. projects and supervised play. Locations vary and will be posted in the rotunda for parents and caregivers to view at pick up. 

Fees for grades 1-4 are $15 per day, billed separately from tuition. 

Register

Register for Aftercare by logging in to Veracross and clicking on the orange “Aftercare Opt-in” button at the top right of the parent portal. 

Classes

This year, students will be able to choose from an array of different classes in addition to the regular Aftercare program. Topics, fees, and registration information will be released at a later date.

Questions? 
Contact Becca Kelly, director of Aftercare, at kelly@wellington.org.

Important Information & Policies

Contact information for key faculty and staff can be found here.

Sample schedules for students in Little Jags, prekindergarten, and kindergarten can be found here.

Sample schedules for students in lower school can be found here.

The lower school dress code policy can be found here.

Early Childhood Details

Students in our Little Jags and our prekindergarten program are not required to wear uniforms. For Little Jags and prekindergarten, please follow the Guidelines for Dress on Non-Uniform Days. Kindergarten students should adhere to the lower school dress code but are not required to wear belts.

All Little Jags and prekindergarten students will need an extra set of clothing that will stay at school. We also suggest your student bring a small blanket and/or small stuffed animal if staying for the full-day program. 

Snacks

All early childhood and lower school classrooms are peanut- and tree nut-free zones.

Little Jags and prekindergarten students will bring two healthy snacks each day (one for the morning and one for the afternoon). Snack suggestions can be found here.

Students in kindergarten-4th grade will bring one healthy snack for the afternoon. Snack suggestions can be found here.

Water bottles

Students will bring their own water bottle to school each day. No one-time use plastic water bottles will be available.

Intake Conferences

Parents and caregivers may choose to meet virtually or in-person with their student's teacher.

Important dates and deadlines

August 19: Scheduling for intake conferences open on Veracross

August 23: Intake conferences begins. Intakes are a time to meet with your student's teacher. Students are not involved in this meeting.