MidDay is an extended-day program for Pre-K children Monday through Thursday from 11:45 am to 3:25 pm. MidDay offers these young learners the opportunity to make social connections, engage in open-ended and creative projects, and to take advantage of independent and group work. Children bring their own lunch, and milk is provided.
After-School is available to all grades, Pre-K through Grade 6, and runs from 3:25-6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 12:15-5:00 pm on Fridays. The program provides fun, creative arts and crafts, activities, sports and quiet games. A snack is provided, as is homework time for older students.
Tenacre families come from 23 cities and towns in the area, including four neighborhoods in Boston. In addition to Wellesley, these towns include Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Natick, Needham, Newton, Walpole, Weston, and others. About 47% of children enrolled at Tenacre come from Wellesley.
The Green Leaf is Tenacre's weekly e-newsletter for parents. It is an important source of information for school events, programs, and policies. The Tenacre website is also a vital source of information, containing late-breaking changes in schedule (such as school closings) and information about school activities and committees, classroom newsletters, and sports schedules.
The TPA is the Tenacre Parents' Association. All parents are automatically members and are welcome at all TPA meetings. The TPA works to foster good home/school communication and to contribute to the school through service, social, and financial endeavors.
The guiding principle for the dress code is that students dress neatly, cleanly, and with respect for learning and safety. We want our students to be comfortable in their clothing so that they can focus on learning, which includes play indoors and outdoors, exploration with mixed media, and other activities that require movement and may involve mess. Clothing should allow our students to accomplish those goals while being presentable in a developmentally appropriate way.
The following guidelines also apply:
No displays of inappropriate language or images
Clothing should be of a reasonable length (i.e. completely cover midriffs and backsides)
Make-up is not permitted
Closed toes shoes should always be worn, with the exception of sandals with heel straps (weather permitting)
Parents should exercise common sense and send their children dressed for play outdoors according to the weather in any season. On cold, snowy days, snow pants, hats, and gloves/mittens are a must for younger children. Students may be restricted to the hardtop areas of the playground unless they have appropriate footwear! Recess is held outdoors twice a day, every day, weather permitting.
Pre-K students staying for MidDay bring a nut-free lunch and eat in their classrooms. Grades K-6 eat in the lunchroom. Menus for Grades K-6 can be found at https://tenacre.flikisdining.com/. Children are assigned to a lunch table on a biweekly basis, along with several classmates, children from other grades, and a member of the staff.
Yes. We sing Happy Birthday to students during morning assembly. Birthday snacks are provided by Tenacre for students in Pre-K to Grade 2, while students in Grades 3-6 may bring in a birthday treat from outside of school.
It is not possible for the school to close in observance of all religious holidays. Please be in touch with the school if your child celebrates a holiday not mentioned. It is the school's policy not to give tests or quizzes or have major assignments due on those days. Teachers are encouraged to give minimal homework. Often there will be an assembly led by either a teacher or parent that highlights the meaning and traditions associated with a holiday.
Tenacre believes in relevant homework, but not busy work. Parental involvement in homework completion should be minimal and restricted to providing review or support. No new school assignments will be given on Wednesdays that are due on Thursday. Grade 5 and 6 students receive their weekly assignments on Monday so they can plan their week. Assignments are also posted on their class websites.
Students in fifth and sixth grade play soccer, cross country, or flag football in the fall; basketball in the winter; and baseball/softball in the spring. Opponents include, but are not limited to, Chestnut Hill School, Fessenden, Dedham Country Day, Charles River School, Meadowbrook, and Rashi.
Lunch Fun Facts
Favorite 3 Lunches
Breakfast for Lunch (pancakes and bacon)
Favorite Salad Bar item Selection of Fresh Fruit
Favorite Soup of the Day Chicken Noodle
Most Popular Vegetable Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan
In accordance with Massachusetts law, Tenacre instituted a bullying prevention and intervention plan in January 2011. Please click this link to read Tenacre's plan.