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

International Festival is coming up on March 8 from 6-8pm!!

Our annual international festival is one of the biggest events at Memorial Spaulding and we are only a few weeks away from this wonderful celebration of the diversity of our school and all of the many cultures that make up our unique community!
Thank you to those who have signed up to get involved and you can show your support by signing up one of the following: 

1. Host a table or perform on stage to represent your country, culture or regionhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094da4a72ca13-2018

Here is a list of countries represented so far: Italy, Australia, France, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan, Finland and India. Sign up to host our USA table!

Calling parents, grandparents, friends, relatives, and alumni: please donate one hour of your time to help out at one of the following tables: passports, prizes, arts & crafts, and face painting

Please come help us celebrate the amazing cultures around us!

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Lia McKay at lmckay24@gmail.com

Thank you,

International Festival Committee

SEL Mornings in March

Hello Memorial Spaulding Community,
You and your children are invited to social emotional classes revolving around stress-reducing activities and social emotional wellness.  This is a time for families to learn about strategies we are using in our classrooms, along with activities you can do at home with your kids.   Please read the attached letter for more information.
We have also created invites for people to sign up.
The following links are for each class:
Meditation/Mindfulness: http://evite.me/GNdZRnd6Rj
Nutrition Education: http://evite.me/fEPMhNSvrf
Vigorous Activities: http://evite.me/2HnKB8Xe88
Kindly,
Shannon Komow

Principal’s Weekly Update

Dear Families,

From time to time it is essential that we review school safety/security protocols.  In this way, we can all take responsibility for keeping our children safe and focused on learning during the school day.  I would like to remind you of several aspects of safety in our school.

School Security: 

Ways that staff can help keep us safe:

  • Office personnel will closely monitor the door cameras prior to buzzing a visitor into the building.
  • Staff should greet visitors in the hallway and direct them to obtain a visitor’s badge.
  • All staff will continue to practice lockdown and shelter-in-place protocols with students.

Ways that parents can help keep us safe:

  • Sign in every time you enter the building during school hours – either in the main office or at the greeter’s desk in the main hallway.
    • Please treat our greeters with respect and follow their directions.  They are volunteers and have been instructed to require everyone to sign in and out.
  • When dropping off something for a child, you must leave it with a greeter or in the main office with Francie.
  • Obtain a yellow visitor badge and wear it during your stay.
  • Sign out when leaving the building.
  • If you are in the building for any reason and happen to encounter an adult who is not wearing a visitor badge (or NPS Identification Tag), please ask if you can help – and direct them to the office.

Food Safety: According to the Newton Public Schools Policy, food is not permitted for student celebrations and children are not permitted to share food during snack and lunch.  We have many children with potentially life-threatening allergies. Please help us keep everyone food safe.

Health Safety:  Prior to sending your child to school, please be sure he/she has been fever free for 24 hours.  Access the latest letter from the Newton Health Department HERE

Kindergarten registration packets are available in the main office for any family who needs one.  Please stop by and see Francie you are in need of a packet.

If you are traveling for the break, have a safe and enjoyable trip.

 

 

New England Camp Fair – February 11th

If you have a child attending camp this summer, you don’t want to miss this free event. The New England Camp Fair will be held on Sunday, February 11th from 11:30-2:30 in the Bigelow Middle School gymnasium.

In the event of inclement weather, a snow date has been set for Sunday, March 4 from 11:30-2:30. The camp fair is open to ALL local families.

Over 30 camps from Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will be participating. Attending camps serve children ages 6-14, and represent a mix of day and overnight camps. Participating camps run the gamut from traditional style camps to sports, computer, arts and themed camps. Come to the fair with your prospective camper and meet in person with camp directors and representatives.

Visit www.newenglandcampfair.org for a complete list of camps attending.

Parking and refreshments are also free!

If you have any questions, feel free contacting the Underwood PTO at underwoodpto@gmail.com.

2018 International Festival

Our annual International Festival will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, March 8th. 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 at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094da4a72ca13-2018 to get involved and represent you country/region/culture by:

1. Hosting a Table
2. Performances

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 Lia McKay at lmckay24@gmail.com.

Thank you,
The International Festival Committee

FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice

Calling all parents who want to get involved in working for connected school communities and racial justice!
Join FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice – on Thursday, February 8th from 7:30-9:30pm at Angier Elementary School to learn what several Newton Public Schools are doing to bring their communities together while working to reduce racism and injustice on many levels.
After the presentations, you will have time to meet and talk with other parents at your child’s or teen’s school. This is a great opportunity to get inspired and meet people across Newton who care about racial justice and want to develop their cultural competence.
Want to join our mailing list to learn about future opportunities? Please email the FORJ Coordinator at amy@amybehrens.com and put “JOIN FORJ” in the subject. Be sure to include your name and what schools your children attend. Check our our website at: https://forjnewton.com/
Our next meeting on Wednesday, February 28th 6:30-8:30pm is “Talking to Children about Race and Racism: Why and How?” Come join us to learn effective ways to talk with your children about race and racism next week in Boston at the beautiful Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St. Dorchester, MA 02125. There is ample parking around this community center, but you can also carpool or take the T to Dudley Station and walk over easily.
We look forward to seeing you!
The FORJ Planning Team

City of Newton Camp Fair

The City of Newton is having our annual Camp Fair Sunday, January 28, 2018. It will take place at Newton North High School in the Cafeteria from 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM (Snow Date 2/4/18). Come see what is being offered in Newton for the summer of 2018! Child entertainment will be provided by Wicked Cool Science from 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM. 18 camp fair flyer to schools

Principal’s Weekly Update

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope you are staying dry on this very rainy afternoon. Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, Cynthia Paris visited our school this morning. She and I toured several classrooms to observe teaching and learning. She noted the positive, productive buzz in the building and students highly engaged in learning. This child-centered, academic atmosphere is commonplace at Memorial-Spaulding!

Please join us on Thursday morning @ 8:30 am in the Cafe for a Principal’s Coffee focused on Social-Emotional Learning.  Psychologist, Dr. LuAnn Keough and Social Worker, Sally Mazur will discuss ideas and resources that promote student’s social and emotional development and well-being.

Kindergarten Screening dates are set for March 6th and 14th. All incoming K families should call Francie to set up an appointment on one of those days.  617-559-9600.

MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) will be administered in April and May to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Our goal is to have all students here during MCAS testing days. Click HERE to access the testing schedule. Please let your child’s classroom teacher know if you will be away on one of your child’s testing days.

Informational Evening for All New Families: All new families (K-5) are welcome to attend an informational evening on May 17th @ 7pm in the auditorium. This is an event for parents only (not students). Whether you have an incoming K student, or you are new to our school community with older child(ren) – you are welcome to join the PTO and Principal to learn more about our school community.  No RSVP necessary.

Our annual International Festival will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, March 8th. 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 at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094da4a72ca13-2018 to get involved and represent you country/region/culture by 1) Hosting a Table 2) Performances

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 Lia McKay at lmckay24@gmail.com  Thank you! – The International Festival Committee

Have a productive and happy week.

Boxtops Contest

Have you been bringing in your boxtops to school?
Our first contest of the year is going on and we have some tight races.
One class per grade will win a prize!
The contest will end on January 19th!