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Principal’s Update

Hello Families,

A few items for the last Principal’s Update of the school year.

Infinity March in Newton! Tomorrow (Friday) at 1pm. This event is being billed as “family friendly”. For more information click HERE.

Newton Public Schools has created Elementary Summer Learning Resources for students and families. You can access the information HERE.

The PTO needs you! There are many opportunities to get involved. One particular position (Treasurer) needs to be filled ASAP. Should you be interested in the treasurer position, you may email the outgoing treasurer to indicate your interest and/or ask questions about the position: treasurer@memorialspauldingpto.org Click HERE to view the complete list of all PTO volunteer opportunities.

Should you need to access food resources during the summer months, you can find a complete listing of Newton food banks HERE.

Newton North/South High Schools Robotics Program is offering an online summer experience for elementary students. Click HERE for more information.

Results from the NPS Distance Learning Survey are complete and the district is taking parent feedback into consideration as they begin to work on plans for the fall. You can access the survey results HERE

As the details of schooling in the fall become more clear, I will be sure to update you with any information that becomes available to me. I wish you a relaxing and healthy summer!

Tom Morris, Principal

PTO Volunteer Positions 2020-21 School Year

Please consider volunteering with the PTO next year! This upcoming school year will almost certainly be different, but we are excited for the many opportunities to work together on finding creative ways to continue to connect with the community. It is a great way to get involved, and to get to know the school better! Thank you so much for your consideration. We look forward to working with you!

CLICK HERE to sign up! >

Principal’s Update

Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the weekend.

I have had several questions about what the fall will look like for us. I can tell you that no final decisions have been made at this point. State officials in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) have been working to create guidelines for school districts. Once the guidelines are complete, Newton will develop a plan and the Superintendent will communicate the plan. At this time I am not privy to any timelines – however I know the state is working to get information out to school districts as soon as possible. I have been told that school administrators will be working during the months of July and August in order to prepare for September (whatever that may bring).

I have also had questions about 5th grade graduation ceremony and what that will look like. We are planning a ceremony via Zoom on Wednesday, June 17th and a “drive through” certificate awards event on June 18th. Even though this year is (obviously) quite different from the past – we are planning to make our event as special as possible. I have been asked if we can record the event on Zoom and share with the community. Unfortunately this is not possible due to privacy concerns. Should you know a 5th grade student who is graduating from M-S, please feel free to send them a congratulatory greeting.

Each teacher is currently offering “check out” conversations with parents. This is a not a typical parent/teacher conference (due to a lack of hard data to report). However, your child’s teacher has some general information about progress – as well as an interest in your experience with “distance learning”.

Have you borrowed a chromebook from the school district? If so, you may keep the device for the summer months unless you are moving or leaving the school district for any reason. Should you need to return it, you can do so on Monday when you come to school to retrieve your child’s belongings.

I understand that some schools in Newton are moving entire classrooms (in tact) to the next grade level. We carefully considered this idea at Memorial-Spaulding, however due to several reasons (Ex: Social-emotional concerns, Special Education service delivery and English Language Learning services, etc.), we simply cannot do this at our school. Therefore we are currently placing students in classrooms for next year. Given the fact that we are decreasing in size (going from 4 classrooms in 2nd grade to 3) we do have teachers moving grade levels. Ms. Cameron, Ms. DeKing and Ms. Ahlberg – who will (for the most part) take their students with them. Click HERE to see the teacher line up for next school year.

Step Up Day is coming on Monday, June 15th! Click HERE to see when your child/ren should log in.

Virtual Color Day is happening on Tuesday, June 16th! Click HERE for more information.

Did you have a chance to check out the Memorial-Spaulding Teacher Parade? If not, you can access it HERE.

Interested in SPACE Camp for the summer? More information available HERE.

Last reminder: Monday is “student item pick up day”. Click HERE for the details.

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.

Tom Morris

Volunteer for the PTO Executive Board

Hello Parents!

Please consider volunteering for a position on next year’s PTO Executive Board.  We are currently looking for a Co-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and a newly created position for this year, Chair of Virtual Engagement.  It is a great way to get involved, get to know the school better, and to set a positive example for your kids.   Sign up Link!

If you have any questions about any of these positions, please email us at info@memorialspauldingpto.org. We provide training and ongoing support to each volunteer to help make their event and position a success – please join us in making a difference in our school and our community!  

If you are unable to commit to a year long position, there will be plenty of other volunteer opportunities available, which will be sent out in a separate sign up sheet in the near future.  Many of the PTO sponsored events will look much different next year, but we are still excited to find new ways to engage families in a safe manner.  Keep a look out for that sign up sheet in the next week or two!  

Thank you so much for your consideration, we look forward to working with you!

Katy Karon , Michelle Spitzkoff, Erika Guerra Downey, and Brooke Brindley 

* Please note that all adults who volunteer at the school on behalf of the PTO must be caregivers of current Memorial Spaulding students, and must arrange to have a current CORI background check on file at the school. This can be arranged by contacting the school office directly.

Sign up HERE!

5th Grade Parents

Do you have questions for current Oak Hill parents? Want to know practical information about the school?  Would like to know more about your student’s day-to-day in middle school and events planned by the PTO for next year?

Please join our Parent Panel discussion on June 2 at 7 pm and we will take all your questions! We will briefly introduce the PTO work and events and use Zoom Breakout Rooms to help facilitate conversation and give everyone more opportunities to ask questions.

In the meantime, please fill out this form that will help us get to know you better and where you can see all the great ways to get involved in Oak Hill.

Click here to see Mr. Harutunian’s message about the event, including the zoom invite.

Principal’s Update

Good Afternoon Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope you are safe, healthy and able to enjoy the warm weather we are having at the moment. I have a few brief updates for this week.

Our School Nurse, Ms. Sawyers now has a wesbite. Click HERE to check it out.

Does your family need assistance during this time? If so, click HERE for more information.

We have identified Monday, June 8th as a day for families to come to school to retrieve student belongings (including all this year’s art work). See specifics and details HERE

That’s it for now. I wish you a delightful remainder of the week.

Project Driveway

My name is Anat Katz and I am a junior at Newton South High School. I, along with a couple of my friends, started a service called Project Driveway, to help our community during this unprecedented time.
We will deliver groceries to any elderly or immunocompromised with no delivery fee at all.

We deliver to Newton, Needham, Brookline and JP! We also recently expanded to Cambridge, Somerville, and Watertown!

If you know someone who may benefit from our service or would like to volunteer to be a driver, please spread the word!
All information about who we are and how to place an order is on our website: 
https://projectdriveway.org

Thank you and stay safe!

Principal’s Update

K-4 parents, do you have input you would like for us to know about before we move forward with student classroom placement for next year? If so, you may submit your thoughts via this LINK. (*Note – Parent input is due by THIS Friday, May 8th)

Know of an incoming Kindergarten family? If so, please ask if they have already registered for school. If not, they should do so as soon as possible. Students registration is now online! Families with incoming students (of any age) can now register by visiting the NPS website link HERE

Our School Nurse, Ms. Sawyers, now has office hours! She will monitor her email and be available via phone between 9am-11am each Tuesday and Thursday going forward. Email: sawyersl@newton.k12.ma.us / Phone: 617-615-9687

Have you shared your thoughts regarding the Distance Learning Plan with the Superintendent’s Office? If not, you may access the survey HERE. (*Note – Survey closes Wednesday, May 6)

Did you know the City of Newton has a COVID-19 Fund? You can learn about the fund and/or donate by clicking HERE.

Have you seen the video called “The Great Realization”? It is powerful, hopeful and inspiring. Check it out HERE.

Did you know this is Teacher Appreciation Week? If you have not done so, please let your child/ren’s teacher know how much you appreciate their dedication and hard work. HERE is a short video that captures a bit about how our teachers are navigating life at the moment. I hope you know how very much our wonderful teachers care about your kids!

Have a wonderful evening. Stay safe and healthy.

PTO/Superintendent Call Tomorrow

Please join us tomorrow, Friday April 24th, for a PTO/Superintendent Coffee @ 8:30am via Zoom!

Link:https://zoom.us/j/97148816208?pwd=a3M1RUZpWkZFOFVkK0dJUlh6ZDlCZz09

Meeting ID: 971 4881 6208 Password: Yj7LNL

Should you have questions/comments you wish to be addressed, submit them via this LINK

Dungeons and Dragons Opportunity

Dungeons & Dragons is the classic roleplaying game of heroic adventure! The game has enjoyed a great renaissance in the last decade as an alternative to the excessive screen time that has come to dominate the leisure time of young people. Played cooperatively, D&D can teach problem solving and teamwork, build vocabulary, and provide a creative outlet for storytelling.

After a successful pilot program in November 2019, we are continuing our adventures online for boys and girls ages 10-14. Each session is 2-hours long and the sessions meet once weekly. Time is flexible.

The program is hosted by teacher and game master Christopher Walters and Newton parent Brian Harel. It is not necessary to have experience with D&D. We will provide pre-generated characters for the introductory sessions , so all they need is their imagination!

For more info or to sign up, please email Brian at info@rollmodelsgames.org