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

SRTS Lawn Sign Contest

The Newton Safe Routes to School Task Force is inviting NPS students to participate in statewide a lawn sign design contest on “anti-idiling” . This year the Newton SRTS is undertaking a campaign to reduce idling at school for student health.  More information on why idling is so bad in school zones is here:  https://sustainableamerica.org/blog/video-how-idling-at-school-affects-kids-health/  Details on the contest can be found on the attached flyer.  All NPS students in 2nd grade to 8th grade qualify.  Please direct questions to Alicia Bowman at NNHSsaferoutes@gmail.com .

Mark your calendars and consider participating in our 2019 International Festival

Our annual International Festival will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, March 21st. What an inspiring way to celebrate the diversity of our school and the world around us! This amazing event teaches all of us to embrace our differences and celebrate our common humanity.

To make this year the best year ever, we need YOUR help. Please sign up to get involved and represent your country/region/culture by:

1.     Hosting a Table: Consider including representative food, customs, research, books, artifacts, pictures, clothing etc.

2.     Performances: Entertain us with a sample of your country’s , music, dance, martial arts and other culturally significant arts.

We are looking for a HUGE showing of countries this year. If you have a country that you are from, you have family from, or you just have an interest in, please come help us explore the amazing cultures around us! If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Rachel Laskin at rlomasky@gmail.com or Stacy Traub at stacyhtraub@gmail.com.

Thank you,

The International Festival Committee

Principal Update

Wednesday Early Release Day (12:30 PM) for all students – No ASCA Classes!

Memorial-Spaulding Families,

During this week’s early release afternoon, all faculty and staff members will be engaging in ongoing training called Courageous Conversations about Race. Through this training series staff members explore implicit bias and how it may be impacting teaching and learning within our school – and, of course, how to ensure we create equity for our students of color.  

Please join us for this month’s PTO meeting to be held on Thursday, February 7th at 7pm at the school (Teacher’s Lounge). RSVP if you plan to attend.

The Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser is taking place during the month of February.  For more information click HERE.

Now that snow, ice and cold weather is here, please be sure your child is appropriately dressed for recess. Hats, gloves, snow pants and boots for play in the snow – otherwise your child will be asked to stay out of the snow.

The International Festival is on the horizon, March 21st!  Click HERE for more information – and learn how to sign up for a table and/or a performance.

Did you know we now have a Friday Morning Concert Series?  This is a time for us to showcase the talent of experienced Memorial-Spaulding musicians – and it takes place during the 10 minute arrival window (8:20-8:30). If your child has achieved a high level of performance on his or her instrument – let me know and I will forward your contact information to the FMCS parent coordinator.  Parents – are you an accomplished musician who would like to share your talent? You are welcome to play on Friday mornings too! Simply respond to this email and let me know!

Considering travel plans during the 2019-20 school year?  Please make every effort to avoid pulling your child out of school.  Click HERE to see next year’s school calendar.

Schoolwide PJ Day on Friday, February 15th. All students are welcome to wear school-appropriate sleepwear that day.

MCAS Testing Dates for grades 3-5: Click HERE

K Screening appointments can now be set up by calling Francie @ 617-559-9600. If you have a child coming into K, you may wish to consider coming to the K Parent Orientation Feb 26 @ Brown Middle School @ 7pm – Snow Date: 27th

Lunch Monitor Position at Countryside

Countryside  School is currently seeking a Lunch Monitor.  Hours: 11:00-2:00 Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri.  Successful candidates must: 1) Enjoy working with/assisting children 2) Be willing to work with a school-based food service team 3) Be committed to creating a positive and enjoyable dining experience for students.  Interested candidates should send resume to principal Beth Herlihy (herlihye@newton.k12.ma.us).  

How Do Inclusive Classrooms Work?

TONIGHT!
Evening of January 31, 2019 6-7:30, and we will have pizza and babysitting for the kids :).
 
How Do Inclusive Classrooms Work?
Principal Tom Morris and Memorial Spaulding Special Education Parent Advisory Council invite you to a presentation about inclusive classrooms – why we have them and how they work to support both general and special education students.  This presentation is targeted toward general education parents who have questions about how inclusion is implemented in a general education classroom.  You will hear from Tom Morris, Memorial Spaulding Special Education staff, and some of the parents.
All parents are welcome!
We are working on arranging babysitting at school during presentation hours.

Newton SouthEast Little League Spring 2019 Registration Now Open

Registration for all divisions (T-ball through Majors) is now open for students who reside within or attend private or public schools within the public school district boundaries of Memorial-Spaulding, Mason-Rice, Bowen, Angier, Countryside and Zervas.  Children who attend one of these schools but live out of district may participate in NSELL’s program under Little League’s 2019 rules without a waiver.
T ball: ages 5-6 (pre-K and K)Farm: ages 7 and 8 (one division for age 7/1st grade and one division for age 8/2nd grade)AA: age 9 (3rd grade)AAA: ages 10-11 (4-5th grade)Majors: ages 10-12 (4th-6th grade) are eligible (selection by draft)
Majors Registration Ends January 15th!!!All other divisions (except T ball) open through Feb 15thT ball accepts registrations through April
We are offering a $30 early bird discount for T-ball for players registered before February 1, 2018.
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