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Parent FAQ

We've compiled the wisdom of veteran Wheeler parents, faculty and staff to provide answers to the most commonly-asked questions you have about school.  Think of something that would be helpful here?  Let our Parent Relations Office know.

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Lower School N-5

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Basic Lower School Information

    LOWER SCHOOL
     
    SUMMARY OF BASIC INFORMATION
     
     
    1.  SCHOOL HOURS  Please help your children arrive at school promptly at 7:55 a.m.
     
    Nursery & Pre-Kindergarten ……………..8:00 a.m. ‑ 12:00 noon daily
    Nursery & Pre‑Kindergarten……………...8:00 a.m. ‑ 12:00 noon daily
    Kindergarten ‑ Grade 2………..............8:00 a.m. ‑ 3:00 p.m. daily
    Grades 3‑5……………………...................8:00 a.m. ‑ 3:00 p.m. daily

     
    2. LUNCH BUNCH - please note times below

    NURSERY: 12:00 - 3:00
    PRE-KINDERGARTEN 12:00 - 3:00

    Children in the Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten are eligible to stay for Lunch Bunch. There is an additional charge for this program.


    3. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM OFFERINGS  3:00 ‑ 5:30 P.M.
     
     
    4.  SUPERVISED STUDY AFTER SCHOOL
     
    4th and 5th Grade students are welcome to go to the library and do homework Monday through Thursday at no charge provided they are picked up by 4:00 p.m.  After 4:00 p.m. these students will be sent to WOW and there will be a fee.
     
    5.  DISMISSAL
     
    Our goal for dismissal is for each child to leave school safely at the designated time.  In order to achieve this goal, we need your help!  All Lower School students will be dismissed from the Gazebo Gate on Meeting Street.  Please no left turn from Brook Street onto Meeting Street. Cars should only approach the Gazebo by turning right off of Brook Street.  Please be patient with us as we attempt to have dismissal run smoothly and safely.
     
    6.  MONEY
     
    Please do not allow your child to bring more money to school than is absolutely necessary.  Money for school activities should arrive in a sealed envelope with both the teacher's and child's name printed on the outside.
     
    By limiting the amount of money around the School, several potential problems can be avoided.  We need and appreciate your cooperation.
     
     
     7. PARTIES
     
    Invitations to birthday parties should be mailed or distributed OUTSIDE of school.  Pick-up for birthday parties should not be done during dismissal time at the gazebo.                          
     
    8.  TO REACH A TEACHER
     
    All teachers have Wheeler email and they will respond to you within 24 hours Monday through Friday.  If you send an email during a vacation or weekend, you can expect to hear from the teacher during the school week.  You can also call Pat Glendinning, in the Lower School Office, to leave a phone message for your child’s teacher.
     
    9.  LUNCH
     
    Lunch Bunch and Kindergarten: bring lunch and eat in their classrooms every day.
    Grade One through Grade Five: eat in the Union daily.  Either bring lunch or buy lunch.
     
    10. SNACKS
     
    Each class has a morning snack, either in class for grades N-2 or at morning recess for grades 3-5. Children in grades 1-3 bring their own small, nutritious snacks. In Nursery through Kindergarten, snacks are provided or children can bring their own.
     
    11. ABSENCES
     
    If your child will be home sick, please call Pat Glendinning at 528-2138 before 8:30 a.m.  At that time, if you want the daily homework, please tell Pat so she can notify the teachers during the day.  At 3:00 p.m., homework can be picked up in the Lower School Office unless you specify a child who will carry it home to you.
     
    Wheeler has a policy stating that parents should not remove their children from school to take additional vacations.  We are aware, however, that on occasion a family has a wonderful opportunity to share an enriching experience that would necessitate removing the child from school.  If you choose to have your child miss school under these circumstances, it will be your responsibility to have your child make‑up the missed work after he/she returns.  Please do not ask teachers to prepare work prior to non-school vacations.
     
     
    12.  REPORT CARDS
     
    Report cards are issued 2 times per year (December and June) in Grades 1‑5 only.  School policy states that all outstanding debts must be paid before a report card is issued.
     
     
     
    13.  PARENT‑TEACHER CONFERENCES
     
    This year there will be three parent‑teacher conferences scheduled.   The dates are:
     
    Friday, November 1, 2019
    Friday, February 7, 2020
    Friday, April 24, 2020

    14.  EARLY DISMISSAL DATES
     
    All Lower School classes will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on Grandparents’ and Special Friends Day.   Teachers will spend this afternoon in professional development meetings.
     
    15.  PROFESSIONAL DAY FOR TEACHERS IN GRADES 1-5  - Monday, December 2, 2019
     
    No school for students in grades 1-5.  Classes as usual from 8:00-3:00 for Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.  No after-school programs.
  • When does school start?

    The first day of school for ALL students is Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 8:00 am. 

    There is an orientation for ALL Nursery-Grade 1 parents on Wednesday, August 28 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Parents will go to their child's homeroom to review all of the daily routines and ask questions so that when the children arrive we can focus on them!

    There is a brief orientation for ALL Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten families on Tuesday, September 3.  Parents and students will have the chance to visit classrooms and meet teachers on a schedule between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. In August Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten families will hear more from their child's teacher regarding their scheduled half-hour visit time. 

    All NEW Kindergarten-Grade 5 families should visit on Tuesday, September 3 at 10:00 a.m. for a 45-minute orientation to meet the teachers, find cubbies and coat hooks, and explore classroom spaces. Returning students are welcome to attend if they'd like, but it is not necessary.
  • Are there any summer assignments?

    Reading: There is required summer reading for students entering Grades 2-5. You can access the assignments by visiting the Prescott Library's LS Summer Reading page.

    Math: There is required summer math for students entering Grades 2-5.

    Students entering Grade 2 will complete a math workbook over the summer. You can find additional information here.

    Students entering Grades 3-5 will practice their math skills using a website called IXL. While students entering are encouraged to do as many sections as they would like, there are specific required topics for each grade level. You can find additional information here.
  • How is technology incorporated into the Wheeler Lower School?

    Wheeler Lower School infuses technology into learning in several different ways, including:
    • Interactive whiteboards (often called "Smartboards") installed in various classrooms
    • iPads available for use in Nursery - Kindergarten 
    • Chromebooks available for use in the Prescott Library
    • 1:1 Chromebooks for Grades 1 - 5, which provides each student with a school-owned device to use in the classroom
  • Do I need any school supplies?

    The Lower School teachers will have all the school supplies needed for the first day of school. If there is anything else required for the year, teachers will share the list of materials on the first day of school. 
  • Do I need to purchase any books?

    Students in Grades Nursery-Grade 3 do NOT have to purchase any books.

    Students in Grades 4 and 5 DO need to purchase all books for the year, and you can link to our online vendor at Follett Virtual BookstoreTo find and purchase your child's books you should click the yellow "Start Here" button and then choose your child's school (Wheeler or Hamilton), grade level (4th-12th), and subject/course to see what books are necessary. 
  • When will I find out who my homeroom teacher will be?

    Each child will receive a postcard from his or her homeroom teacher at the end of August.
  • Are there options for Nursery or Pre-Kindergarten students to stay until 3:00pm?

    Yes, there are options for Nursery or Pre-Kindergarten students to stay after school.  Please read about them here. 

    Contact Pat Glendinning, the Lower School Assistant, if you have any questions about the program.
  • Are there After School options for Lower School students who cannot be picked up at 3:00pm?

    Yes, we have an after school program called WOW that provides supervised activities from 3:00-5:30 p.m. for Hamilton and Wheeler students in Nursery - Grade 5.  Students can participate for one to five days a week for an additional fee. To learn more about the program click here.
  • Will there be orientation and welcome events for LS students and parents?

    Yes, there are many events scheduled to welcome LS families and help them learn about the transitions to Nursery-5th Grade. Below is the current schedule of events through September 2018. Check Wheeler's Master Calendar for information about all events throughout the school year.


    Nursery-Grade 1 Parent Orientation
    Wednesday, August 28 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    All Nursery-Grade 1 parents will meet with faculty members to discuss life in Wheeler's Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade classrooms.

    Welcome Coffee for New Parents and Guardians
    Tuesday, September 3 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

    New parents are invited to get to know each other at a drop-in coffee in the Nulman Lewis Student Center. 

    Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten Family Classroom Visits 
    Tuesday, September 3 at a designated time between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
    All Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten families will have the chance to visit classrooms and meet teachers on a schedule between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. In August Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten families will hear more from their child's teacher regarding their scheduled half-hour visit time. 

    New K-5 Family Classroom Visits 
    Tuesday, September 3 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
    New families in Kindergarten-Grade 5 will have the chance to visit classrooms, find coat hooks & cubbies, and meet teachers.


    LS Parents' Night (Nursery-Grade 2)
    Tuesday, September 17 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    All Nursery-Grade 2 parents are invited to meet with homeroom, art, music, library, Spanish, Aerie, and science teachers to discuss the learning and fun that happen in Wheeler's Lower School.

    LS Parents' Night (Grades 3-5)
    Tuesday, September 24 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    All Grade 3-5 parents are invited to meet with homeroom, art, music, library, Spanish, Aerie, and science teachers to discuss the learning and fun that happen in Wheeler's Lower School.

  • What about lunch?

    Wheeler contracts its Food Services with SAGE Dining.  You can find lunch menus when you visit your RESOURCES Board after login or at this link.

    Any day that school is in session, breakfast and lunch is provided.  Lower School teachers will give students their number to use for purchasing food in the Pelson Student Union. Copies are also kept at the cash register to help students.  Parents are automatically enrolled in the lunch program, but charges do not occur until your child buys something.  Total spending is billed monthly.

Upper School 9-12

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • When does school start?

    The first day of classes is Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  However, there is a mandatory orientation on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, that all Upper Schoolers are asked to attend.  Lunch will be provided. Also, pictures for photo IDs will be taken, so be sure to bring your best smile!

    Schedule for Orientation, Tuesday, September 3, 2019
    All 9th Graders - 9 am in Isenberg Auditorium, Gilder Center for the Arts
    New 10th-12th Graders - 10:15 am in Upper School Office, Morgan Building
    All 10th Graders - 10:45 am in Advisor Groups
    All 11th-12th Graders - 11:00 am in Advisor Groups
    All Upper School students - 11:30 am in Isenberg Auditorium, Gilder Center for the Arts
  • Are there any summer assignments?

    Yes, all Upper School students are required to do summer reading. You can access the assignments by visiting the Prescott Library's US Summer Reading page.
  • What books do I need and how do I order them?

    To purchase books you can link to our online vendor, Follett Virtual Bookstore.  To find and purchase your child's books you should click the yellow "Start Here" button and then choose your child's school, grade level, and subject/course to see what books are necessary. The bookstore opens on July 9, 2019.
  • What is the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program?

    What is BYOD?

    Bring Your Own Device refers to a school-based technology model where students bring a personally owned device to school to add a new dimension to their educational experience. All Upper School students are required to bring a laptop to school. The devices will allow teachers and students to uniformly access online materials and texts, learn about digital note-taking, and participate in interactive lessons. 
     
    Why personally owned devices?
    • The desire by faculty and students to access the extraordinary range and quality of online resources and collaborative applications during class time.
    • Use of one’s own technology makes learning interactive and personal and helps to meet the different learning needs and styles of each student.
    • Use of personal technology creates a seamless bridge between formal and informal learning.
    • More and more learning materials and applications are “cloud-based,” making them accessible from any device with internet access..
     
    To learn more details about our BYOD program, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit the information page on the Wheeler Website at www.wheelerschool.org/BYOD
  • When will I find out my class schedule?

    In July you will receive your course list and information about ordering books for those courses.  You will receive your class schedule on Orientation Day, which is the day before the first day of school.
  • When do I receive my class syllabi and supply lists?

    Teachers will provide a course syllabus and go over expectations for course supplies on the first day of class, but for those of you eager to spend some time doing back to school shopping. Students will find a thin three-ring binder (1/2” or 1”) and lined paper useful in most classes.  Teachers also expect students to arrive in class every day with their laptop, writing utensils and the appropriate text.
  • What is an advisor?  When will I find out who my advisor will be?

    Your advisor connects you, your parents, and your teachers as you set your academic goals, pursue your intellectual and creative passions, and engage in the Wheeler community.  Your advisor will be both coach and cheerleader, supporting and guiding you through your Wheeler experience.  All students in Grades 9 and 10 and all new students will receive postcards from their advisor in mid-August.

  • What is the Get Sharp Program?

    The Get Sharp Program is for 9th Graders BY INVITATION ONLY to help orient and organize students to the Upper School.  It is a great time to get to know your fellow classmates in a low-stress, highly productive space before the school year begins.  

    Students will be contacted in late June or early July if they have been invited to participate in the Get Sharp program.
  • Will there be orientation and welcome events for US students and parents?

    Yes, there are many events scheduled to welcome US families and help them learn about the transitions to 9th-12th Grade. Below is the current schedule of events through September 2019. Check Wheeler's Master Calendar for information about all events throughout the school year.

    9th Grade Parent Orientation
    Wednesday, August 28 from 6:30 pm
    All 9th Grade parents will meet with the Head of Upper School, Dean of Students, and 9th Grade Dean to address practical questions about the school year.

    Technology Orientation for 9th-Graders New to Wheeler
    Date: Wednesday, August 28 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

    All 9th Grade students who are joining Wheeler from other schools will attend a technology orientation at the same time as the Parent Orientation.

    Welcome Coffee for New Parents and Guardians
    Tuesday, September 3 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

    New parents are invited to get to know each other at a drop-in coffee in the Nulman Lewis Student Center. 

    Senior Parents' College Night
    Thursday, September 5
    7:00 - 8:30 pm (Mandatory): Senior Parents' College Night and Financial Aid presentation in the Isenberg Auditorium.

    US Back to School Night
    Thursday, September 26 
    5:30 pm 
    All US parents are invited to a light dinner in the Union.
    6:00 pm Parents of 9th and 10th Grade students will meet with advisors.
    6:30 pm All US parents will meet in the Isenberg Auditorium for remarks by the Head of the Upper School. Parents will then visit classrooms as they follow a modified version of their US student's schedule.

Middle School 6-8

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Middle School Opening Instructions

    MIDDLE SCHOOL OPENING INSTRUCTIONS
    2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

    ABSENCES
    Middle School Office, extension 126
    Please report absences before 8:30am (or the day before, in the event of a planned absence) by calling the middle school office, so we know where all students are in the event of an emergency. Teachers will post homework on Google Classroom and students should do their best to complete what’s posted unless illness makes that impossible.

    We fully understand that some students need to take days off for important family matters (e.g. family reunions or weddings), emergencies, and out-of-school activities (e.g. a fencing tournament). Teachers do their best to help students plan ahead in such cases. We hope families will avoid removing children from school for additional vacation days. Please have your children check in with all teachers if they know they will be missing days of school.

    COMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS
    If you need to communicate information to your child during the school day, call the middle school office, and we will do our best to get the message to the child promptly.

    COMMUNICATION WITH TEACHERS
    Any questions for your children’s teachers can be funneled through their advisor. Teachers are most easily reached by email, and should be able to get back to you within a day or two. Emergencies should be conveyed through Lisa Mello in the middle school office.

    HEALTH FORMS
    Please complete your school health forms online. Students need complete records in order to attend school and participate in athletics.

    AFTER SCHOOL ATHLETICS
    Sports start the first day of school. All athletes should wear athletic shorts and t-shirts. Soccer players will need cleats and shinguards; field hockey players will need cleats, shin guards, goggles, and a stick; and cross-country runners will need running shoes.

    HOMEWORK LOAD
    Most sixth graders have approximately 80 minutes of homework a night. Most seventh graders have 120 minutes, and most eighth graders have 150 minutes. These are just averages, and some students on some nights will have less or more. If your child is consistently falling far outside of these averages, check in with their advisor.

    DRESS CODE
    Our basic philosophy with dress code is that we want our kids to be able to comfortably participate in all school activities. We ask that undergarments and the torso be fully covered, that shoes are comfortable enough to walk in, and that images and words on clothing are inoffensive. For a full version of the policy, see our middle school handbook, distributed at the start of the school year.

    ELECTIVES AND CLUBS
    We offer electives and clubs ranging from chorus to mathcounts to eco club to chess to creative writing to dance and everything in between. They begin meeting a few weeks into the school year. Announcements will be made at student assemblies to explain all of the offerings and how to sign up.
  • When does school start?

    WHEN DOES SCHOOL START?

    The first day of school for all students is Wednesday, September 4.

    There is a brief orientation for NEW seventh and eighth grade students on Tuesday, September 3 from 8:30-9:30am.

    There is a Cityside orientation for ALL eighth graders on Tuesday, September 3 from 10:00am-12:30pm.

    ALL sixth graders have orientation throughout the first week of school. The schedule is below:
    • Wednesday September 4: Main campus
    • Thursday, September 5: Start and end at main campus, travel by bus to The Farm. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring lunch and water.
    • Friday, September 6: Start and end at main campus, travel by bus to The Farm. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring lunch and water.
  • Are there any summer assignments?

    Yes, all Middle School students are required to do summer reading. You can access the assignments by visiting the Prescott Library's Middle School Summer Reading page.
  • How is technology incorporated into the Wheeler Middle School?

    The Middle School years are prime time for teaching students how to effectively use collaborative technology tools. 
    • Students in Grade 6 and Grade 7 will be assigned a school-owned Chromebook for their learning. 
    • Students in Grade 8 will be required to bring their own laptop or Chromebook to school.  For information on laptops that meet our requirements, go to the device guideline page here.  Middle School will be using the same device guidelines as Upper School.

    For several years we have incorporated a variety of Google Apps into teaching and learning.  Our technology program includes:
    • Direct instruction in the use of technological tools through a digital citizenship curriculum. 
    • A technology core class for all students in Grades 6-8.
    • Chromebooks and Kindles which are available to students through the Middle School Learning Commons.
  • What school supplies do I need?

    Please see the supply lists below for your respective grade level.
  • What books do I need and how do I order them?

    To purchase books you can link to our online vendor, Follett Virtual Bookstore.  To find and purchase your child's books you should click the yellow "Start Here" button and then choose your child's school (Wheeler or Hamilton), grade level (4th-12th), and subject/course to see what books are necessary. The bookstore will open on July 9th, 2019.
  • When will I know who my homeroom teacher/advisor will be?

    Parents will find out their child's homeroom teacher and advisor placements in August.
  • Will there be welcome and orientation events for MS students and parents?

    Yes, there are many events scheduled to welcome MS families and help them learn about the transitions to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Below is the current schedule of events in September. Check Wheeler’s Master Calendar for information about all events throughout the school year.

    Welcome Coffee for New Parents and Guardians
    Tuesday, September 3 from 8:30-11:30am.
    New parents are invited to get to know each other at a drop-in coffee in the Nulman Lewis Student Center.

    Seventh and Eighth Grade Parent/Student Orientation
    Thursday, September 26 from 5:00-7:00pm. Barbeque for families at 6:00.
    All Wheeler seventh and eighth grade parents will meet with MS faculty and staff to discuss life at Wheeler for seventh and eighth graders.

    Sixth Grade Parent Orientation
    Friday, September 13 by appointment
    All sixth grade parents will have individual meetings with the sixth grade team to discuss expectations and goals for sixth graders. Parents will receive information soon to log in online to book appointments. There is no school for sixth grade students this day.
     



Hamilton School 1-8

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • When does school start?

    The first day of school is Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 8:00 am.  We ask that NEW Hamilton students and ALL Hamilton 6th graders attend an orientation on Tuesday, September 3 from 11:00-11:30am. Following orientation there will be a Hamilton Family Barbecue in the Wheeler courtyard.
  • Are there any summer assignments?

    Students entering Grade 1 do NOT have any summer assignments.

    Students entering Grades 2-8 do required summer assignments in both reading and math. Please visit the Lower School and Middle School sections of this FAQ to learn about the specific assignments for each grade level.
  • How is technology incoporated into the Hamilton School?

    The Hamilton School infuses technology into learning in several different ways, including:

    • Interactive white boards (often called "Smartboards") installed in all classrooms
    • 1:1 iPads or Chromebooks in all classrooms
    • Kindles available for use in the Prescott Library
    • Guidance on how to use various technology tools to assist in the acquisition of language skills, including assistive software programs such as Learning Ally, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Read Live, Core 5 (an Orton-Gillingham-based program), and IXL for math
    • Middle School students may bring their own devices, i.e. laptop, ipad, etc. 
  • Do I need any school supplies?

    The Hamilton School teachers will have all the school supplies needed for the first day of school. If there is anything else required for the year, teachers will share the list of materials on the first day of school.
  • Do I need to purchase any books?

    Students in Grades 1-3 do NOT have to purchase any books.

    Students in Grades 4-8 DO need to purchase all books for the year. To purchase books you can link to our online vendor, Follett Virtual Bookstore.  To find and purchase your child's books you should click the yellow "Start Here" button and then choose your child's school, grade level, and subject/course to see what books are necessary.



  • Are there options for Hamilton School students who cannot be picked up at 3:00 pm?

    Yes, for an additional fee Wheeler offers afterschool programs that provide supervised activities from 3:00-4:30 p.m. for Hamilton and Wheeler students in Nursery - Grade 5.  Students can participate for one to five days a week. For more additional information click here.  The library is available everyday from 3:00-4:00 free of charge.

    In addition, ALL Hamilton students can participate in Hamilton Homework Club from 3-4 p.m. every Monday when school is in session.  The "club" is held in Hale Family Assembly Space at Hamilton, and is free and includes a snack.  At 4 pm, Hamilton students must leave and report to the Reception Room in Hope Building to be picked up by a parent.

    Middle School students have access to interscholastic sports, or they may remain in certain areas of campus, such as the Library or the Union.
  • Will there be orientation and welcome events for HS students and parents?

    Yes, there are many events scheduled to welcome HS families and help them learn about the transitions to Wheeler as a whole and the Hamilton community in particular. Please visit the LS and MS sections of this FAQ to learn about events that are for all LS (including HS Grade 1-5) and MS (including HS Grade 6-8) parents and students. Below is the current schedule of events that are for Hamilton School students and parents only through September 2019. Check Wheeler's Master Calendar for information about all events throughout the school year.

    New HS Parent Orientation
    Wednesday, August 28 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

    All new Hamilton parents will meet in the Smith Conference Room with Jon Green to discuss life in the Hamilton School. 

    Welcome Coffee for New Parents and Guardians
    Tuesday, September 3 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

    New parents are invited to get to know each other at a drop-in coffee in the Nulman Lewis Student Center.

    HS New Student AND HS 6th Grade Orientation
    Tuesday, September 3 from 11:00-11:30 a.m.

    All students new to Hamilton and all students entering Hamilton 6th Grade will meet in their classrooms for a brief orientation.  

    HS Family BBQ
    Tuesday, September 3 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    All Hamilton families are invited to get to know each other at a barbeque in the Wheeler Court Yard. 

Book Orders & Bookstore

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • What books do I need for the school year?

    To see which books are required for each grade level and subject/course, visit the Follett Virtual Bookstore. To find and purchase your child's books you should click the yellow "Start Here" button and then choose your child's school (Wheeler or Hamilton), grade level (4th-12th), and subject/course to see which books are necessary.
  • Do I need to order my own books?

    Yes, students in grades 4-12 are responsible for ordering their own books.
  • How do I order the books I need?

    You may use our online book vendor, Follet Virtual Bookstore, which offers new and used books, digital textbooks, and a book rental program. Starting July 9, visit Wheeler's Virtual Campus to order your books.
  • When should I order my books?

    Wheeler's Virtual Bookstore will be active beginning July 9, and books will be sent directly to your home. It is recommended to order early for the best selection of books whether new or used.
  • Is there a buy back program for textbooks?

    Yes, Follett will come to campus at the end of each school year to buy back textbooks or to collect your rented books. Families will receive information about the buy back schedule in May of each year.

  • Is there a School Store on campus?

    Yes!  The Wheeler School Store is located on the ground floor of Clark Alumni House.  There is an entrance from the playground.  See hours and more information at this School Store webpage.

Book Loan Options

Some RI school districts offer a book loan program if Wheeler uses the same textbook as your local school district. Check below to see if your city offers a program.

Tips for Receiving School Email

Wheeler uses a variety of email programs to ensure parents receive messages from the school.  While we try to limit email to a weekly Thursday afternoon parent e-newsletter (the Wheeler Weekly Word), there are times we need to send out messages from the Head of School, Business Office and School Nurse.  

To ensure you continue to receive our electronic communications, please add the following to your list of acceptable senders:
•             blackbaudemail.netcommunity1.com
•             wheelerschool.myschool.app.com
•             wheelerschool@myschoolemails.com
•             wheelerschool@myschoolapp.com
•             myschoolnotifications.com
•             myschoolemails.com
•             myschoolapp.com

If you do NOT receive the Thursday Wheeler Weekly Word, then please contact the Communications Office at Wheeler as it is this list that also populates the less frequent, but still important, emails from other school offices such as those listed above.

People You Should Know

We very much look forward to the days ahead as you come to know the dedicated faculty and staff who call Wheeler home. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, big or small, via email or phone (401-421-8100).

Here are a few people who may be especially helpful to you:

List of 16 members.

It is the practice of The Wheeler School to use photographs of students involved in school activities in our publications, including websites and social media.  We do not identify students in Lower or Middle School photographs by last name on social media unless a parent gives permission.  We will contact you in advance if we need to get your permission.  If you do not want ANY photos taken by teachers or Wheeler staff used of your child, you MUST contact the Communications Office before the first day of school each year to make that request. Email WheelerCommunications@wheelerschool.org.  Thank you.

Laurie Flynn,
Director of Strategic Communications
The Wheeler School
216 Hope Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02906-2246
Phone: (401) 421-8100
FAX: (401) 751-7674

Founded 1889

The Wheeler School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for Nursery, Pre-K, K-Grade 12 serving Providence, RI, Greater Providence and Greater Boston. The Hamilton School welcomes Grades 1-8 with language-based learning differences.