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

Exciting news from the playground committee!

The new playground equipment has been ordered! Thank you to all our generous donors for making this happen. Fall 2016 can’t come soon enough for the Memorial Spaulding community. We can’t wait to see our children enjoy the amazing new space. While we have secured enough funds for the equipment, we are still shy of our fundraising goal. Now it’s time to think beyond the playground space with things like picnic tables, soccer nets, a second basketball hoop and other fun outdoor toys. Please consider donating today to help make this all possible. Visit our website to easily make a donation online.http://www.memorialspauldingplayground.org/

Work on new bus lane

MS Elem School – Construction Plan and Layout v2 Color Render (1)

Dear Memorial Spaulding Community,

If you have driven by our school recently, you may have noticed that it looks a bit different. The front garden and lawn are being dug up! This came as a surprise to PTO leadership. Working with city officials, we have been able to access a few details which we wanted to share with you.

This project is going to be a bus lane in front of our school. The need for the bus lane came from the safety issues surrounding traffic on Brookline Street. This is going to be a tremendous improvement to the flow of traffic and ultimately will help keep our kids safe.

Please see the attached rendering for details. Please note that the PTO did raise a few concerns. We wanted to make sure that the Memorial Plaque that was featured in our garden would be available. We also were concerned about the hard work the school parents put in last year as far as planting and landscaping.

City officials have assured us that they have the plaque. They will be seeking our input on the location of the plaque, the siting of new plantings and trees and a new location for the flag pole.

Thomas Morris, our new principal, has been notified and we will likely have communications soon about the specifics around drop off and pick up logistics.

Thank you,
Matthew Miller
Former PTO President

Middle School Athletics Announcement Fall Sports 2016-2017

Dear Oak Hill Families,

We are excited to share some helpful information about registering for our 2016 fall season middle school athletics program. The fall programs include Boys’ Soccer (grades 7 and 8), Girls’ Soccer (grades 7 and 8), Football (grades 7 and 8), and Cross Country (6th,7th and 8th).

Registration/Sign Up:  Families must register all student athletes and enter basic contact and medical information on the [ https://www.familyid.com/pages/home ]FamilyID site for our school.  Each participant must be registered before participating in concussion testing, tryouts or practice. Additional directions for the [ https://www.familyid.com/pages/home ]FamilyID site are listed below. Registration will open on June 27 and will remain open for the entire summer and close at 11:00 pm on September 8. Tryouts will begin the following Monday, September 12.

Please understand that students will not be allowed to attend a tryout until your family has registered through[ https://www.familyid.com/pages/home ] FamilyID, had their concussion testing (by September 9) and submitted an up-to-date physical.  Please see the next paragraph about Physicals.

Physical Documentation: All students participating in after-school sports are required to bring a copy of their most recent physical exam prior to the start of the sports season which includes tryouts and practices. “A physical exam covers the student for 13 months from the exam date.  A student’s eligibility will terminate once a physical has reached the 13 month limit.”  (Taken from MIAA Regulations 56.1).  A hard copy of a complete physical must be turned into School Nurse Susan Riley (617-559-9215) or susan_riley@newton.k12.ma.us.

Fee Payment: All fee payments can be made through the[ http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/feebasedprograms ] City of Newton fee payment system (UniPay Gold). If necessary, families may still pay by check. (Checks for $160 should be payable to “City of Newton.”) Checks may be submitted to Mr. Russell Hunt, the Oak Hill Athletics/EEE Manager. Please do not pay the user fee until the final team rosters have been determined. Families may also request financial assistance, also known as a fee waiver, using the form posted on[ https://www.familyid.com/pages/home ] FamilyID. Information for fee waivers is also available [ http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/cms/lib8/MA01907692/Centricity/Domain/91/Application%20for%20Financial%20Assistance%202015-2016.pdf ]here.

If you have any questions about registration through Family ID please call their helpline at 888-800-5583. They have outstanding customer service. If you have any general questions about the season or the middle school after-school athletics programs, please feel free to contact Oak Hill’s Athletics/EEE Manager Mr. Hunt. He is most easily reached through email: [ mailto:russell_hunt@newton.k12.ma.us ]russell_hunt@newton.k12.ma.us.

Best,

John

Thank you

Dear Families,

Thank you for another wonderful year and the best 6 years I’ve had as a principal. I feel so lucky to have spent time with such a wonderful group of students and families for the past six years.  I appreciate all of your well wishes and will never forget you.

Have a happy and healthy summer.

You’re the best,

Lisa

One School One Book

June 21, 2016

Dear Families,

We are so excited that summer is almost here so we can get started reading the One School One Book selection, Losing It by Erin Fry. Unfortunately, for those of you who ordered a copy of the book, there has been a delay in the ordering process. The books will not arrive before the last day of school; therefore, in order to accommodate everyone who ordered the book through Oak Hill, the Oak Hill lobby will be open for you to stop by to pick up your book.

Please see the lobby hours below.

Tuesday June 28th 8:30-10:30 & 1:00-3:00

Wednesday June 29th 8:30-10:30 & 1:00-3:00

We realize that this has caused an added inconvenience to the beginning of your summer plans and we cannot apologize enough. We understand that some of you may not be able to stop by Oak Hill during the lobby hours. If this is the case, please be assured that your child will receive his/her book order at the beginning of school in September. The Book Celebration Day is not until September 29, so he/she will still have time to read the book before then.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Kerry Winer, Oak Hill Literacy Coach, at winerk@newton.k12.ma.us Enjoy your summer!

Playground Update! Almost to our goal!!

Take a peek!  This is the latest, greatest and final rendering of the new playground.  We brought in some bright, fun colors and were able to add even more swings.  We are so close to reaching our goal, only $10,000 left to go.  Please help us slide to the finish and donate today.  Let’s wrap this up by the end of this school year and give everyone something to look forward to in the fall.

International Host Families Needed

As part of the school district’s efforts to expand its global education program, Newton South High School has invited several international students to join us for the 2016-2017 school year. Through this program, NSHS has and will continue to receive excellent students from around the world. We really need the community’s help with this mission. Many Newton families have become host families to these students, and this has really proved to be a fantastic experience.

To help us attract host families, Newton Public Schools is working with Educatius International, a corporate partner on this program. As a host family, you receive a monthly stipend of between
$800-$1000 per month. Educatius asks that you provide a loving and supportive family environment. This is a wonderful and educational experience for everyone involved and often leads to lifelong friendships.

We are very proud that these students select Newton South from among many other fine high schools in the state. If you are interested in participating in this culturally enriching experience, please contact Claudette Rowe at 508-246-7028, claudetterowe.educatius@gmail.com.

Newton Destination Imagination Webinar – Registration Required

Newton DI is thrilled to announce that we are hosting two virtual webinars to serve as introductions into the program.  Both are approximately one hour long and you can attend either session.  This is an opportunity for you and your family to learn more about the program and see if it is right for you!
Thu, June 16th, 2016 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Registration is required and space is limited!  Please share this information to anyone that you feel would be interested.

Click HERE to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We are looking forward to an exciting season of creativity!
Please email Matthew Miller at matthew@newtondi.org with any questions.

Newton Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program Seeking Volunteers

Are you someone that believes that all children have the right to be “Safe, Strong and Free?” If so, then join our dynamic team of trained CAP volunteers who are committed to teaching children in the Newton Elementary Schools the skills that they would need to stand up for themselves if faced with a situation involving verbal, physical or sexual assault. We are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. The next multi-session training begins on October 15th.  For more information please visit our website at http://familyaccess.org/family-support/child-assault-prevention/  or email Gail Sommer @ gsommer@familyaccess.org