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Spring 2017 ASCA session

The After School Creative Arts program offers a great variety of FUN and UNIQUE afternoon classes that take place right at Memorial Spaulding! 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. Course offerings range from basketball to theater to jewelry design and so much more!
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 2017 ASCA session will run from April 3, 2017 – June 16, 2017, exclusive of holidays, vacations, and special early release days. Registration dates are March 6, 2017 – March 26, 2017. There will be NO late registration so please make sure you do it on time. Registration will be online ONLY at https://ascams.communityroot. com/
A full list of class descriptions is available at: http://memorialspauldingpto. org/course-offerings/
*** After you have completed registration successfully, you may check which classes your children are enrolled in by logging into Community Root and clicking on the Account tab in the upper right hand corner. If a mistake is made at the time of registration, you will need to contact ASCA at asca1@memorialspauldingpto.org within 24 hours to ask for a change. Please note that after that time, ASCA will not accept changes, refunds, or add-ons UNLESS your chosen class is cancelled (for example, because of too-low enrollment), in which case you’ll have the opportunity to choose another class. Because of this, please register on time and be sure of your selections. ***
*** As always, there are limited scholarships available for hardship. Please complete this form http://memorialspauldingpto. org/scholarship/ and send it to asca1@memorialspauldingpto.org before March 16 if you would like to apply. ***
Still have questions? Please check the Memorial Spaulding PTO website at http://memorialspauldingpto. org/ which has more information pertaining to ASCA. If your question still remains unanswered, please contact us directly at  asca1@memorialspauldingpto. org

Kindergarten Soccer!

K-Soccer is starting soon and will run from 4/8/17 to 6/3/17. Saturdays 9am-10am (no practice Memorial Day
weekend)
Current Kindergarten students & those entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2017 are eligible.
Registration fee $75 due upon sign up and non-refundable after March 18th.
Register here https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JWZ7GAWFYEFFN
If you prefer to pay cash or check please leave with room parent.
Sign up deadline March 18th 2017. Sign up here https://goo.gl/forms/tLZ82AAlBh3f7fgH3
FINAL GAME SATURDAY JUNE 3rd
See the attached file for details. KSoccer2017

Principal’s Weekly Update

Important drop off and dismissal reminders for drivers:

You may not park in the Blue Zone during drop off and dismissal.  The idea is to “drop and go”.  Think “STOP, DROP and ROLL”   Click here for more information on the Blue Zone

The bus lane is for buses only – not student drop off.  There is one handicapped accessible parking spot in the bus lane.  Please do not pull into the bus lane unless you have a handicapped placard and intend to park in that spot.

In the days I have been out front I have witnessed two minor “fender benders”.  Please be careful!

Do not pull into the parking lot during school hours.  This creates an unsafe situation for children who are transitioning to and from recess.  When retrieving your child from kindergarten, please park on the street.  

We are ALL responsible for the safety of our children.  Please ensure you are adhering to rules and procedures in order to help us maintain a safe environment.

Talking to Children about Race Forum

On March 22nd , Newton Public Schools will host a forum entitled “Talking to Children about Race: Why and How?” The session, designed for a K-5 parent audience and led by Horace Mann Elementary teacher Mike Feldstein and METCO director Maricel Sheets, will:

  • Allow reflection of your own experiences around issues of race and racism
  • Demonstrate the importance of early conversations with children on race
  • Provide “how-to” help for guiding children and answering challenging questions
  • Highlight resources available to help parents and families navigate the issues

The forum will be held at Angier Elementary, 1697 Beacon Street from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. An RSVP is not required, but will help the district plan for materials and activities.

Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/eDB56M2MEcUz7aUX2

Principal’s Weekly Update

The International Fair was a great success.  Many thanks to those parents who were responsible for coordinating this event!

You are invited: Talking to Children about Race: Why and How:  March 22nd at Angier School (7pm)  Click HERE for more details

If your child’s dismissal plan is changing on any given day, please remember to send a note to your child’s teacher.  If we do not have a note from you, we will dismiss your child as per his/her regular routine.

I hope you are safe and warm on this cold, snowy winter’s day.

 

 

Newton Chinese Cultural Festival

Come to the Newton Chinese Cultural Festival hosted by Chinese American Association of Newton (CAAN), Newton Chinese Language School (NCLS) and Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA). This event is supported by the Mayor’s office for cultural affairs, and is the 3rd consecutivey year taking place in the city hall.

This year’s theme is Chinese painting, which is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. At the festival, you will learn the history and different styles of Chinese paintings. You will have a rare opportunity to watch Chinese artist painting in close distance and learn some basic painting techniques from Chinese painting masters.

You and your family can also enjoy traditional Chinese folk dance, listen to Chinese folk songs and taste traditional Chinese food. For children, there will be many other activities like art crafting, face painting and games. We hope this will be a wonderful celebration of the Chinese culture with the Newton community. Please bring your family and friends along.

For more information, see the 2017NewtonChineseFestival_Flyer

March 11th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Newton City Hall

5th Grade Class PJ Drive

The 5th grade graduation class is coordinating the Memorial Spaulding PJ drive. They are collecting new or gently used pajamas for Cradles to Crayons that will be donated to children in need. They will present the donated pajamas to Cradles to Crayons during our community spirit event on March 9th. For more information see this flyer. C2C and PJ Drive K-4 Packet

Memorial Spaulding International Festival, March 9, 2017

Update from the International Festival Committee
The deadline to sign up for a table or a performance is March 3rdhttp://www.signupgenius. com/go/30e094da4a72ca13-2017
We are also looking for volunteers to help out during the festival and/or donate small water bottles. Please sign up at http://www. signupgenius.com/go/ 30e094da4a72ca13-volunteers
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Lia McKay at lmckay24@gmail.com

Principal’s Weekly Update

Welcome back to school! I hope you had a wonderful vacation week.

Kindergarten screening is coming up on March 7th and March 15th. If you have an incoming K student and have not yet registered for a screening appointment, please call Francie to schedule your visit @ 617-559-9600. If you know of a family who has not yet registered, please encourage them to call us! The greater number of students we screen will support lower class sizes.

Our annual International Festival will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, March 9th. 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 host a table and/or a performance at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094da4a72ca13-2017 If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Lia McKay at lmckay24@gmail.com

International students are in need of host families. Click HERE for more information.

Please join Superintendent David Fleishman for a presentation on talking to children about race – why and how.  Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Angier Elementary.

If your child will be absent from school, please call the absence line: 617-559-9617.

Enjoy the warm weather!