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

Principal’s Update

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I trust you had a nice April vacation week. As you may know I spent the week in Finland and Estonia, along with thirty-five other Newton educators. The purpose of our trip was to learn about educational approaches in those countries. Our team visited four schools and came away with some interesting ideas to consider. In the coming weeks we will be discussing ways to incorporate some of the ideas into our own work in Newton.

Some items of interest:

The Gala is fast approaching! Please consider joining us on Saturday, May 11th to celebrate Memorial-Spaulding School and raise funds for much needed technology upgrades. Click HERE for more information – and to purchase tickets!

Now that April vacation has passed, it is time to begin thinking about student classroom placement for the 2019-20 school year. To access a Parent Letter about the process, please click HERE, and click HERE to access the Parent Placement Form (due Friday, May 10th). Please note that it is not necessary for you to complete a Parent Placement Form.

Have you had a chance to read the Memorial-Spaulding Interactive Parent Report? This is your chance to learn about improvements we have been making at the school – and an opportunity to provide us with additional feedback. You may access the Report HERE.

Are you addicted to social media? Is your child? Click HERE for information about a presentation at Newton Wellesley Hospital entitled “A Mindful Approach to Managing Social Media”. This presentation may especially benefit those of you who have students in older grades.

Have a delightful evening.

Tom Morris, Principal

Color Day-Save the Date!


Color Day 2019 will take place on Tuesday, June 4th (rain date Tuesday, June 11th) 9am – 12pm.

We need YOUR help to make Color Day a huge success.  There are lots of opportunities to help out and join in the fun – Sign up at

PTO Board Meeting

We would like to invite you to our next PTO Board Meeting on Thursday April 11th at 7pm. As always, our board meetings are open to all Memorial Spaulding families and we hope you can join us.  You may have heard about the upcoming changes to the NPS Equity Policy – we will be discussing this during our meeting and are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the proposed changes.  Please click on  this link to rsvp to the meeting.

FORJ Event

Please join FORJ and Co-Sponsor, the Harmony Foundation, on Tuesday, April 9th at Angier Elementary for our most high profile event of the year! Our featured guests are Debby Irving, racial justice educator and celebrated author of Waking Up White and Shay Stewart-Bouley, Executive Director, Community Change, Inc. and blogger of Black Girl In Maine. Debby and Shay will explore how we can speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations, explore racism’s impact on their lives and examine how we can create sustainable connections. 
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will hold a Pre-Event Meetup at 6:30. Do not miss your chance to attend, to speak with the Mayor and join this community conversation! Attendance is free and open to all. RSVP HERE.

Legit Activewear Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 10th from 10-7

Shop for spring at Legit Activewear and support our school!

15% of sales will be donated to the Memorial Spaulding PTO fund

If you can’t make it please use code MS15 for any online sales.

Hope to see you there!

Legit Activewear 

33 Boylston St

Suite 3335

Memorial Spaulding SEPAC (Special Ed) Parents Night Out

Parents of all kids receiving special education services at Memorial Spaulding are invited to an informal get together at Bertucci’s located at 683 VFW Parkway, Chestnut Hill, MA, at 6pm on Friday March 29th.  This is a child optional event (for those who can’t secure babysitting). Please let us know if you are planning to attend by emailing us at
Thank you! From the Memorial Spaulding Inclusion Committee

Check the Lost and Found!

Are you coming to the International Festival this Thursday? Parent Conferences? Check the lost and found while you are there. There are lots of coats, sweatshirts, water bottles, boots, etc It is located in the hallway outside of the auditorium.

Spring 2019 ASCA session

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 Winter 2019 ASCA session will run from March 25, 2019 – June 14, 2019, exclusive of holidays, vacations, and special early release days. Registration dates are March 4, 2019 – March 15, 2019. There will be NO late registration so please make sure you do it on time. Registration will be online ONLY at:

A full list of class descriptions is available at:

Please note that after 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 and send it to before March 4 if you would like to apply. Upon review you will receive a customized discount code for registration so please do not register without this if you are in need of assistance. ***
Still have questions? Please check the ASCA bulletin board and the Memorial Spaulding PTO website at which has more information pertaining to ASCA. If your question still remains unanswered, please contact us directly at or leave a note in the ASCA mailbox in the front hallway. In your message please include the specific question and contact information–
Best,Janna Sneider and Dmitriy ShtokmanASCA co-chairs
On behalf of Memorial Spaulding PTO