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

Virtual International Festival 2021

Welcome to Memorial Spaulding’s Virtual International Festival!  Although we can’t gather to share food and performances in person this year, we are still excited to celebrate the diversity of our school and the many cultures that make up our unique community! Please enjoy the online Recipe Book and a Video Compilation of cultural demonstrations:  International Festival 2021 >

Get your Spiritwear!

Make sure to order your spiritwear before April break!  Place your order by 4/16 to be a part of the first round of orders.  Another round will be placed towards the end of the school year.T-shirts and sweatshirts are available in both kid and adult sizes, and don’t forget your car magnet!  Order now >

Introducing Playdates!

Let’s play!  Memorial Spaulding PTO will be hosting grade level playdates this spring on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings at Memorial Spaulding school playground.  We look forward to seeing both our DLA and in-person students playing together once again!  Playdates will be limited in number, and masks are required.  If your grade level playdates are booked, no worries!  If there is interest, more playdates will be scheduled.  See you on the playground!  Sign up here >

Teacher Appreciation Week Committee

Teacher Appreciation week is right around the corner!  The first week of May we will be honoring our amazing, dedicated teachers.  Would you like to help by being a part of the planning committee?  If so, let us know by emailing info@memorialspauldingpto.org to sign up.  A zoom meeting will be held this Friday, April 16th at 9:00 a.m. to discuss ideas!  Zoom link info will be provided once you sign up.  If you don’t have time to be a part of the committee, but still would like to help, there will be an opportunity after the April break to make a donation to help celebrate our teachers.  We look forward to it!

SEPAC Discussion

Please join the Newton SEPAC community on Wednesday, April 14th from 7-8pm for a presentation and Q&A on the Extended School Year (ESY) with Beth Fitzmaurice, Asst. Superintendent for Student Services, and Paula Black, Asst. Director for Student Services. The event will be an opportunity to hear more about what ESY will look like this year, and answer your questions. To maintain confidentiality, please know we will not be able to address individual situations, but rather general questions, thoughts, and concerns. If possible to send questions in advance to SEPAC Treasurer, Eliza Spaulding at: elizaspaulding@gmail.com would be great, though they also are most welcome at the event. We look forward to our time together on April 14th!
Extended School Year (ESY) Presentation and Discussion with Beth Fitzmaurice and Paula Black Wednesday, April 14th7-8pm
Zoom link and information:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84290560573?pwd=TzJUU3dlQkd1Tk10OVhLY1NFelUxZz09
Meeting ID: 842 9056 0573
Passcode: 059237

Spring 2021 ASCA sessions

We are so excited to see you again!!!! The After School Creative Arts program offers a great variety of FUN and UNIQUE afternoon classes! Our 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. This season we will be able to run in person, outdoors, with distance and masks.  This will be an incredible opportunity to merge kids from various cohorts, both hybrid, and DLA. All are welcome and encouraged to participate!

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 Spring 2021 ASCA session will run in (2) 4 week increments – Spring ’21A will run April 26 – May 21, and Spring ’21B will run May 24 – June 18 exclusive of holidays and vacations. Registration will be open April 5 – April 16 (and will extend to May 14 for session B). Registration will be online ONLY at http://memorialspauldingpto.org/registration/  Please note that we do not allow for cancelations or refunds, so please choose your classes carefully. 

If you have any questions at all, please contact us directly at asca1@memorialspauldingpto.org Best,ASCA co-chairs
Janna Sneider, Leah Kolidas, and Rachel NovaisOn behalf of Memorial Spaulding PTO

Get your School Spiritwear!

Memorial Spaulding sweatshirts, t-shirts, and car magnets are now available for purchase. Available in both adult and kid sizes.  Shop now to support the PTO and show off your school spirit!  

You will be contacted by the PTO once your order is in along with instructions on how to pick up your items.

COVID-19 Testing Program

As NPS prepares for a full in-person return to school for students at all levels, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE families to enroll their student (s) in our COVID-19 testing program. Testing is one of the best ways we have to quickly identify infection and reduce the possibility of in school transmission. 

Here are 3 reasons to enroll:

  1. It’s easy! Complete the opt-in in Aspen (here’s the link!) High school students then create an account at JCM (do it here!) for access to a QR code they use to check in their sample. Pre-K – 8th grade students will receive their QR code from school staff.
  2. It’s painless! This is NOT the “touch your brain” swab! This is a sample taken from the front of your nose with a Q-tip like swab. It’s super-fast and painless. 
  3. It makes a difference! The more students who participate, the better data we have on infection rates in our community. This means we can quickly identify infection, reduce the risk of in school transmission, limit quarantines, and keep our schools, athletics and other important activities open for the rest of the year!. 

Bonus reason: This testing program is FREE to all families! We ask you to strongly consider enrolling your student today. Thanks in advance for doing your part to keep our schools safer.

Principals Update

Good Evening MS Families,

Thanks to the parents who turned out on Saturday morning to help get us ready for April 5th! We now have additional dots on sidewalks for arrival and dismissal and new stumps in Kayla’s Garden to accommodate 2 full classrooms outdoors. Thanks to Janna and Jon Sneider for facilitating delivery of the tree stumps! Parent volunteers also picked up LOTS of sticks, debris and trash on our campus. Much appreciated!

As we move toward more in school learning and/or your child is coming back into school for the first time, there will most likely be some level anxiety for students. HERE is a recent article on various ways to support your child as they transition into school – or into more in-person learning time.

Parent Information Night coming up tomorrow: Monday, March 29th from 7-8 pm. The information presented will focus primarily on the transition to full in-person learning. DLA families are welcome to join us, but most of the hour will be spent learning about, and answering parent questions about, the new in-person schedule. Zoom Link Meeting ID: 839 773 3797 No password required. Questions for us in advance – HERE.

Interested in signing your child up for weekly Covid testing at school? Students will be eligible to participate starting Tuesday, April 6th. Testing will continue every Tuesday between now and the end of the school year. HERE is the district’s webpage with more information. In addition, there is a webinar for families on Tuesday, March 30th from 6:30-7:30. Zoom link HERE Passcode: 401494

Bus registration is now open. Should you wish to sign your child up for the school bus, you can find more information HERE.

Blue Zone and Staff Parking Lot: Now that we are returning to full in person learning, please remember not to use the school parking lot to drop off your children. When vehicles pull across the driveway it poses a risk to those walking to school from the Oak Hill Street stop light. Blue Zone is STOP, DROP and GO (you many not park in the Blue Zone for morning arrival or afternoon pick up). Blue Zone Rules

Enjoy this chilly, rainy early spring evening.

Tom Morris, Principal

Chipotle Fundraiser New Date! March 16th

The Taco Tuesday fundraiser has moved to March 16th!  Support Memorial Spaulding by picking up dinner at Chipotle located at 300 Needham St. in Newton on Tuesday, March 16th between 4 and 8 p.m. and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to our school.  Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier that you’re supporting the cause.  If you order online for pickup, simply use code G33B7XJ before checkout in the ‘promo’ field.