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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 brief Q&A and discussion ending at 9 p.m.

Monday, February 12th, Triple Divide: “The best documentary on fracking” (Dinner: Chipotle)

Wednesday, March 14th, PlanEat: Nothing changes the planet as much as the way we eat (Dinner: Cocobeet)

Wednesday, April 11th: A Plastic Ocean: We need a wave of change. (Dinner: Sweet Green)

CRS Model UN and Robotics Teams Shine in Local Competitions

After months of preparation, the Charles River School Model United Nations and Robotics teams competed in local competitions this month. At both of these events, students had the opportunity to apply all they’d practiced and learned this fall, and to think on their feet.

On December 9, 21 CRS students in grades 6-8 took part in the day-long Middle School Model UN Conference held at Northeastern University; more than 500 students from 30 different schools came together for this event, making it the largest conference ever. Representing Australia and Bangladesh, CRS delegations applied their collaboration and negotiation skills in committees discussing child refugees, clean water, climate change and nuclear disarmament. Six of the CRS delegations were recognized for their outstanding work – a tremendous accomplishment! Awards included Best Delegate, Best Public Speaker and Best Negotiator.MUNNortheastern2017cropped

Also this month, the CRS Robotics team competed at the First LEGO League Robotics Competition. For this competition, teams worked at robotic challenges and created a presentation to address a global water issue. Due to a misunderstanding of the rules, the team needed to recode all of their programs between rounds (they had spent months working on the initial programming). The team rose to the challenge and was able to reconstruct 80% of the programming to meet the new restrictions, earning 15th place out of more than 30 teams!IMG_2930

Janie Howland, CRS parent and coach of the CRS Robotics Team commented, “The students were level headed, hard-working, dedicated, and could solve problems on their feet. They took it step by step and did great, and didn’t get upset when things went wrong. This is a testament to CRS, the education students receive there, and the atmosphere of the school.”

The Model UN and Robotics clubs both provide students with the opportunity to apply problem-solving skills to real-world problems and to think on their feet, leveraging skills they’ve developed over the preceding months. CRS has offered the Model UN Club for more than 10 years, and this is the second year the school has offered the Robotics Club.

The following students were recognized with Model UN awards:

  • Ian Brassard, Needham
  • Mary Cate Clayton, Natick
  • Ali Ehlinger, Wellesley
  • Max Heredia, Dover
  • Hannah Lapides, Wellesley
  • Isabelle Mathews, Wellesley
  • Carson Moellering, Natick
  • Patricia Plunkett, Wellesley
  • Grady Savage, Needham
  • Emma Somol, Dover
  • Eva Tutin, Natick

Plugged In Spring Session and Summer Registration is Open



The Plugged In Band Program is a non-profit rock band program in Needham teaching kids about using music to help others. In addition to ensemble band classes, private lessons, songwriting workshops, summer camp and community performances, five times a year students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians of all levels and needs feel a sense of belonging, have an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world. In the loving and non-competitive environment at Plugged In, all differences are transcended through a shared passion for music, the teamwork involved with using music to help others and an atmosphere of compassion and fun.

Registration for the spring session of the Plugged In Band Program is open. Spring session classes begin February 2. The registration deadline is January 22. Band classes meet once per week for 1 1/2 hours and are offered seven days per week for 14 weeks. New students must schedule a placement meeting before January 22. To schedule a placement meeting for the spring session, please email, or call 781-956-4281. For more information and/or to register online, please visit

Registration is also open for Plugged In’s Music That Matters Summer Camp (MTM).  MTM helps young musicians ages 11 to 18 to build their musical skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic, and social competition they often encounter during the school year. Our summer day camp offers a relaxed, non-competitive environment with opportunity for both musical and personal growth. MTM includes all the most popular parts of Plugged In’s Spring and Fall Sessions including band class, songwriting workshops, music video production, offsite events, and performance opportunities. MTM runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday, and is offered in (2) two week sessions starting July 9, 2018.  Late pick up is available.  For more information and/or to register online, please visit

Registration for private lessons is ongoing and can be done online at