The latest announcements from the Principal, PTO, and NPS...

Don’t forget to sign up for ASCA Classes!

ASCA registration is open!
The After School Creative Arts program offers a great variety of FUN and UNIQUE afternoon classes that take place right at Memorial Spaulding! Classes are grouped by age and take place once/week.
They are a perfect way for kids to explore a favorite activity or discover a new hobby. Course offerings range from basketball to theater to jewelry design and so much more!
ASCA is also the school’s largest fundraiser, and is 100% run by parent volunteers. Please consider supporting our PTO while your child enjoys an amazing after school class with their peers.
The Fall 2016 ASCA session will run from October 17 – December 23, exclusive of holidays, vacations, and special early release days. Registration dates are September 19 – September 28.
There will be NO late registration so please make sure you do it on time. Registration will be online ONLY at https://ascams.communityroot.com/
A full list of class descriptions is available at: http://memorialspauldingpto.org/course-offerings/ with the most updated information.
*** Please note that after the close of registration, ASCA will not accept changes, refunds, or add-ons UNLESS your chosen class is cancelled (for example, because of too-low enrollment), in which case you’ll have the opportunity to choose another class. Because of this, please register on time and be sure of your selections. ***
*** As always, there are limited scholarships available for hardship. Please complete this form http://memorialspauldingpto.org/scholarship/ and send it to asca1@memorialspauldingpto.org before August 28 if you would like to apply. ***

Newton Parent Advisory Council

The Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education invites parents to join us for the first meeting of the new school year. The meeting is on Wednesday, September 28th at 7:30pm in Room 210 of the Education Center, 100 Walnut St, Newtonville.

Light refreshments served at 7:15pm.

This will be a great opportunity to meet our new Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Karen Shmukler. She will speak about her background and philosophy, and there will be time for questions and answers.

Everyone is welcome. All PAC meetings are open to the public.

Survey from Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

Dear Newton Community:

I look forward to partnering with you as the new Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. The summer has been busy and exciting meeting new colleagues, families and community members. Please click here for my complete introduction and welcome letter.

Please take a few minutes to click on the link below and complete this brief survey to assist my learning in how best the Office of Student Services can support and serve you.

goo.gl/forms/aRt39WiyDzyrMnTA2

Many thanks,
Karen Shmukler

Welcome to Artsonia

This is a very exciting year for Memorial Spaulding, we are joining www.artsonia.com!
You should have received an email asking for permission to have your child’s artwork posted in our online gallery: please say YES! AND SPREAD THE WORD!
If you did not receive an email, please let me know! Email me at:
Alexandra_Etscovitz@newton.k12.ma.us
and I will send you the information!

Emergency Contact Information

Skyward

Please ensure that we (Newton Public Schools) have your correct contact information. Should we need to contact you in the event of an emergency, up-to-date information is vital.  You can easily do this by logging into Skyward, our student/family information system.  Click here for a quick tutorial: https://vimeo.com/154947748

Memorial-Spaulding Family Directory

If you have not already done so, please update your contact information in the online Family Directory.  This is for Memorial-Spaulding Families only.  Click here to get started: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=MemorialSpaulding42942

 

 

ASCA Volunteers Needed

ASCA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! In fact, the program literally cannot run without them.

Volunteering to be an ASCA monitor is a FUN AND EASY way to help the school. And as a bonus, all ASCA monitors receive ONE CLASS, TUITION-FREE!!!

WHAT DOES THE ROLE OF ASCA MONITOR ENTAIL? Monitors sign up for one shift, one day each week. During that shift, monitors help kindergartners find their classrooms, take attendance, and check that all children have been picked up once classes end. ASCA monitors work in pairs, so as a volunteer, you’ll never be on your own.

ARE ONLY PARENTS ELIGIBLE TO VOLUNTEER? Absolutely not! Nannies, grandparents, and other CORI-checked caregivers are also welcome.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING, BUT YOU’LL HAVE A CHILD WITH YOU ON THE DAY YOU’RE AVAILABLE? No problem–you may bring your little helper with you!

For more information or to volunteer, please e-mail Kirsten at asca2@memorialspauldingpto.org. As always, monitors receive priority registration. Also, positions are given on a first-come, first served basis, so sign up now!

Opening Week Letter to Families

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

We are excited to start a new school year. We want to take this opportunity to tell you more about our school’s Responsive Classroom approach, a research-based approach to education that is associated with higher student achievement, greater teacher effectiveness, and improved school climate. This philosophy emphasizes explicitly teaching children to take care of themselves, each other, and the school environment so that everyone can learn at his/her best. You’ll notice our students paying attention to how we treat one another throughout the day. You’ll also see a strong emphasis on students setting goals for their own learning and taking responsibility for reaching those goals — both academic and social emotional.

There are seven principles that guide this approach: The social and emotional curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum; How children learn is as important as what they learn; Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction; To be successful academically and socially, children need to learn a set of social and emotional skills that include cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control; Knowing the children we teach—individually, culturally, and developmentally—is as important as knowing the content we teach; Knowing the families of the children we teach is as important as knowing the children we teach; How we, the adults at school, work together is as important as our individual competence: Lasting change begins with the adult community.

Common Responsive Classroom practices you will see throughout our school, especially during our first six weeks, are:

● Rule Creation

● Interactive Modeling and Collaborative Problem Solving

● Guided Discovery

● Classroom Organization

You will see our community incorporating the following practices throughout the year:

● Morning Meeting—gathering as a whole class each morning to greet one another, share news, and warm up for the day ahead

● Positive Teacher Language—using words and tone as a tool to promote children’s active learning, growth

mindset, sense of community, and self-discipline

● Working with Families—creating avenues for hearing parents’ insights and helping them understand the school’s teaching approaches

To ensure success for all students, we begin each year with a particular focus on teaching school-wide expectations to cultivate physical and emotional safety during recess and lunch. It is our hope that time spent teaching and reviewing some of our school-wide expectations will continue to promote our school as a welcoming, safe and supportive community for all students and families.

Let’s stay connected about our work with Responsive Classroom. Please take some time to check out two resources for families. The first is a new section on our school website, Responsive School. The second is an interactive bulletin board located to the right after entering the school’s main entrance and just before the intersection of hallways. On a related note, our School Handbook is newly revised and can be found at its usual location on our School’s website under the Our School tab. Please review it for important information about our school community.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either of us at 617-559-9600. You can also learn more about the Responsive Classroom approach at http://www.responsiveclassroom.org.  We look forward to a productive and joyful year with your child!

Best,
Tom Morris  and Andrea Youngsman

Open House Information

Back to School Night at Memorial-Spaulding

Thursday,  September 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Grades K-2: You will first meet with your grade level teams at 6:00 and then go to your child’s classroom. Please meet us in the auditorium at 6:45 for the Principal and PTO welcome:

6:00pm meeting locations: Grade 1: Art Room, Grade 2: Auditorium, Kindergarten: Room 101 Ms. Jain

6:45 to 7:15 PM:     Principal and PTO Welcome- Auditorium

Grades 3-5:  You will meet in the auditorium at 6:45 for the Principal and PTO Welcome and then at 7:20 you will meet with your grade level teams and then go to your child’s classroom

7:20pm meeting locations: Grade 3: Room 247 Ms. Cameron, Grade 4: Library, Grade 5: Auditorium

  • Art, Music, Physical Education, Library teachers will be available in the gym from 6:30-7:30.
  • Special Education teachers will be in attendance and look forward to meeting families.
  • ELL staff will not be available. If you wish to speak with them, please contact them by email.
  • Should you have a question about your child’s individual progress, you may schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher.  Also, parent/teacher conferences are coming up soon (Oct. 24-Nov. 4)
  • Child care is not available during Open House.