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

Newton Serves- Now with a working sign up link!

Helpers Needed for Spring Gardening Project: Sunday, April 30, noon-2pm
Families, teachers and staff of Memorial Spaulding are invited to come help with a Newton Serves Spring Gardening project in the front and back of our school. Bring your garden gloves, wheel barrel, shovels, rakes, clippers, and small buckets to help spread mulch, clear away leaves. (Put your name on your tools.)  Sign up here by April 25 and get a free t-shirt! Bring your friends…it’s going to be lots of fun!

Oak Hill Middle School PTO

Dear 5th grade families,

The OHMS PTO is looking for parents who are interested in learning more about PTO leadership. The PTO experience is much less hands-on. However, there is still a need for volunteers to help with finances and administration.

Middle School is a time of transition. Being a part of the PTO leadership helps give you a better understanding of the school and a strong connection to the Administrative staff.

If you are interested in learning more, please email Matthew Miller:

Thank you!
OHMS PTO Presidents
Kirsten Vonhassel, Megan Meirav, Shawna Conaghan-Murphy and Matthew Miller

Youth Services Award

The Newton Parks and Recreation Commission and the Newton Health and Human Services Youth Commission are asking your help in seeking nominations for the 29th Annual Youth Services Awards. These awards recognize the hard work and dedicated efforts Newton citizens so generously contribute to youth work and community service.

There is a full description of all the awards and nomination forms online at: Nominations must be received before May 19, 2017.

Newton South Preschool

Newton South Preschool, a public preschool program, is currently accepting applications for September 2017.

The preschool is a child development lab school and is part of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at Newton South High School. In addition to providing high quality early education and care, the program serves as an internship site for high school students who are taking early childhood courses.

We serve children 2.9-5 years old. The program is open from 7:00am-5:00pm and follows the Newton Public Schools calendar. Full day and half day options are available.

Our teachers hold M.Ed.’s in Early Childhood and are licensed by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Our program is accredited by NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Please contact Kevin Lenane if you are interested in enrolling or would like a tour.
Contact info:

Principal’s Weekly Update

The student placement process for the 2017-18 school year will begin in early May. Please read the Placement Letter and access the Parent/Guardian Input Form.

The Superintendent’s Forum: Talking with Children about Race was a success! If you would like to get involved and/or continue the conversation click HERE.  There is a broken link on this item regarding contact information.  That link is working HERE.

The Cape Town Youth Choir will visit us on Friday of this week. They will take up residence at Memorial-Spaulding for much of the day, visiting all classrooms to teach students about South Africa, and performing a concert for 3rd and 5th grade. You can check them out here:

MCAS is going well!  Please be sure your child is well-rested and ready for testing day. Click HERE to check out the entire MCAS testing schedule.

Please let us know if your child will be absent from school: 617-559-9617 (Absence Line).

Students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. For the continued health of all students and staff, please do not send your child to school when ill.

Have a wonderfully wet, rainy week!

Spring 2017 ASCA classes begin April 3rd!

The Spring 2017 ASCA session will run from April 3, 2017 – June 16, 2017 exclusive of school holidays, vacations and early release days. Listings for student enrollments and class locations will be on the ASCA bulletin board next to the school office.

You can find the class(es) for which your children are registered by logging into Community Root and clicking on the Account tab in the top right corner. Transactions will be on hold until billing is activated at the start of the session.

Supplies fees in cash or check made out to the instructor listed below are due on the first day of class for the following: Camp ASCA ($25, Lisa Garland or Vicki Frassica), Cookies ($30, David Minichiello), Cupcakes ($30, David Minichiello), Gourmet Kids ($30, Amy O’Toole), Jewelry Design ($25, Lisa Garland), Running Club ($2, Amanda Shrier), Yoga ($25, Megan Tager), Show Jam ($10, Evan Cole – Jammin With You) and Open Art Studio with Ms. E ($10, Alexandra Etscovitz).

For children in cooking classes, please email the appropriate instructor with any food allergies. Gourmet Kids (Amy O’Toole, Cookies and Cupcakes (David Minichiello,

Still have questions? Please check the Memorial Spaulding PTO website at which has more information pertaining to ASCA. If your question still remains unanswered, please contact us directly at

Principal’s Weekly Update

Dear Families,

This year all third, fourth, and fifth grade students will take the new statewide assessment, MCAS Next Generation. This will replace PARCC, which students took for the past two years. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is requiring that all grade 4 students take the Computer-Based Test (CBT) with the goal of students in all grades taking the CBT by the year 2019. At Memorial-Spaulding, we elected to have students in grades 3 and 5 take the Paper-Based Test (PBT) this year.

With the adoption of another new test, we have been thoughtfully preparing students for success. We believe that the high-quality instruction we provide students each day is the best way we can prepare them for external assessments. That said the MCAS Next Generation test format and testing situation are different from students’ routine experiences and we have been working to familiarize students with the test format, the types of questions, and the vocabulary. We have taken this approach for test preparation, as we do not want to “teach to the test” and/or create unnecessary stress or anxiety.

Over the past few weeks, teachers in grades 3, 4, and 5 have presented practice tests to students and posed guiding questions to allow students to learn about and explore the test. Examples of guiding questions include:

  • What types of questions do you see?
  • What are you being asked to do?
  • What words do you notice?
  • Do you see any words that other kids might not know?
  • What do you notice as you tried to record/enter your answer?

After students had time to explore the tests, teachers spent some time in class teaching strategies to help students feel comfortable and confident during the testing situation. Strategies included reading test directions, unpacking questions, and using a reference sheet. Teachers have reassured students that throughout the year they have learned the content to help them be successful. To minimize stress, teachers will also share with their classes that the results of the assessment are used for multiple purposes such as, planning for growth in future years and determining if additional shifts in our curriculum are necessary.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have questions, please do hesitate to ask.

Upcoming MCAS testing dates: English/Language Arts – (Grade 3 = 4/3, 4/6, 4/7) (Grade 4 = 4/4, 4/5, 4/6) (Grade 5 = 4/3, 4/5, 4/7)


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 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 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
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
If you prefer to pay cash or check please leave with room parent.
Sign up deadline March 18th 2017. Sign up here
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.