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

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

#NewtonTogether

THE LAUNCH OF #NEWTONTOGETHERLet’s stay connected as a community in the face of COVID-19! 
On Patriots’ Day/Marathon Monday, we invite all Newtonians to make handmade #NewtonTogether signs and display them in your windows. Get creative and share the incredible joy, strength, and resiliency of Newton. Just because we can’t gather for the Marathon this year, doesn’t mean we can’t connect!  Tag your creations in the Facebook event or on social media with #NewtonTogether.  For more information, click HERE.  
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/875153109665686/Flyer: http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?t=72091.33&BlobID=102892The PDF of the flyer as well as image of the Kelley statue with the hashtag can be seen below.  

WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM:The idea came to the Mayor’s Office from Newton resident Rakashi Chand:Let us bring our community together in a shared message of perseverance and pride. Let us inspire one another as we are and always have been an unwavering city, that has stood tall and united in the face of adversity and overcome again and again, every challenge, hardship, tragedy and crisis.  We will persevere, we will fight in every way we can, we will unite and we will see the dawning of a brave new day. This epidemic will make each day harder than the last, but we will persevere, we will face the challenges that present themselves, because we are strong. Let’s find a way to inspire our citizens, and remind them that we, like our forefathers and foremothers, will overcome this, and find ways to raise each other up with hope.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:  You can do two things to make this a success:  

  1. Help spread the word — share, post, tag, etc. — to make sure all Newton residents know about it.  
  2. MAKE SIGNS.  Then put them up to show your Newton pride!  

International Festival

While we were so excited about the International Festival and thrilled to have had a record breaking number of people/cultures elect to participate, the decision has been made to cancel this event. Given these uncertain times, it’s most important that our families feel safe and remain healthy as we move through the end of this school year.

We look forward to next year when all of this will be behind us and we can, once again, celebrate the many cultures of our Memorial Spaulding community. We will revel in socially connecting with one another to learn, experience and taste what our community and world has to offer.

ASCA Update

Dear Memorial Spaulding ASCA Families:

We hope that this email finds you and your loved ones well. 

The PTO has made the difficult decision to cancel the Spring ASCA session in its entirety. This decision has been made without any reference to a possible return to school this year. We will begin to process 100% full refunds, including all fees, immediately. 

Included in the price of the class is a school management fee (collected by 6crickets in order to help run registration and compile data) and a credit card processing fee that our PTO is now responsible for. If you would like to donate any portion of your refund in support of our PTO events for next year, please click the DONATE button on our website (www.memorialspauldingpto.org)! We appreciate any contribution, no matter how small, to community activities that can bring us all back together once this difficult time is behind us. Thank you so much for your consideration in this, and be well.

We are in this Together

Dear Memorial Spaulding parents,

We hope you and your families are staying healthy. During this unprecedented time, we want you to know that we are here for you. We understand your anxieties, fears, and concerns.  We all are in the same boat, scrambling to figure out how to manage our families, households, and work in a time of a global pandemic. And we are dealing with information as it comes our way, the same as you.  

First and foremost in all of our minds is maintaining our family’s precious health, protecting our circle, and caring for our children.  Our kitchens have turned into classrooms, bedrooms are boardrooms, obtaining household essentials is next to impossible, each sneeze turns into a question of pollen or plague, and are having to figure out how to teach math (wait, you don’t carry the 1 any longer?!).  Not to mention the many families in our community that work in the medical field that carry the torch of burden. Simply put: it’s stressful.  

We have heard from several of you with concerns and questions regarding how the school’s quality learning continues in this situation.  We have shared the themes of feedback we’ve seen on our Facebook page with Mr. Morris and the emails he has received have been forwarded to the Superintendent. If you have additional questions, feedback, or concerns, we suggest that you send those directly to Mr. Morris, Dr. Fleishman or NPS. From our understanding, the district provides direction regarding how remote learning can take place. 

We know that this is a difficult time. Everyone has different challenges they must contend with, but we have a strong community. Let’s continue to connect, offering each other a listening ear and kind words of support. Please consider sharing pictures and videos of your families on the PTO Facebook page. Reach out to your teachers if you have questions – they are learning through this process and dealing with many of the same challenges and emotions that we are.  Connecting with others and offering a note of encouragement, or spreading positivity and joy can really go a long way. We appreciate our strong parent community, and look forward to moving beyond this together!

Hang in there!

The MS PTO Board

Community Support Resources:

NPS Covid-19 website: Includes information on Learning from Home, Student Services & Special Education, Food Services, Technology, Talking to your Kids about Covid-19, etc.

Newton Covid-19 Care Fund: Information on how to donate to the fund, or how to seek resources should you need them


Superintendent: David_Fleishman@newton.k12.ma.us

Video greeting from Mr. Morris

Click HERE to access

Havana Nights- PTO Fundraiser

SAVE THE DATE! 

Havana Nights

SPRING FUNDRAISER
MAY 2nd HOTEL INDIGO OUTDOOR LOUNGE
Mark your calendars!  Join fellow Memorial Spaulding parents and community for a festive celebration to raise funds for our beloved school.  Cocktails, tapas, live music, and dancing included.  More details to come.  Tickets on sale soon … We hope to see you there!