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

Amazon Smile

The PTO has established a Smile.Amazon account. What does this mean? It means, Amazon will donate 0.5% of all purchases by anyone who shops online on Amazon.com AND who has signed up for an Amazon Smile account AND has designated Memorial-Spaulding Parent Teacher Organization, Inc. as their preferred charity.
To get started, just click on this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2113901 and it will bring you directly to our Memorial Spaulding PTO account. Please be sure to bookmark this page. 
 
A few things to remember; unfortunately you can access Smile.Amazon on your App. It is ONLY accessible via a desktop. Second, please remember to bookmark this link, you must be on the Smile.Amazon webpage (not Amazon.com website) in order to participate. 
 
If you have any questions or trouble using this link, please do not hesitate to contact me at treasurer@memorialspauldingpto.org and Happy Shopping!

Box Tops Contest

Greetings Memorial-Spaulding Families!

A big THANKS for the 2161 Box Top$ ($216.10) that we just collected from all of you! Congratulations this first round goes to Ms. Baggs’ class who collected 317 Box Top$ and, the runner up, Mr. Minichiello’s class who collected 232 Box Top$!

Given the success of this program last year which earned $761.50 (7615), the ambitious 2018-2019 Box Top$ goal is $1000 which we are well on our way to achieving.

Thank you for your support of this important fundraising program for our beloved school,

The Box Top$ committee,

Didem, Viki, Natalya and Chrissy

 

Book Fair Thank You!

A HUGE thank you to OUR ENTIRE SCHOOL community for making Book Fair 2018 the most successful one ever! Our children’s classrooms are now stocked with many, many new books to read, and our library will get a huge influx of books as well. It takes a village, and we could not have done it without our whole school community.

A very special thank you to the brains behind this event, Erika Guerra Downey, who worked tirelessly and took time off of work to make it all happen. Our appreciation also goes out to our stellar Book Fair Committee, Jill Ostrokolowicz Katsiroubas, Christina LeBedis, Elina Magitsky, Sarah Knoff Konter & Julie Black Gollob.

And to all the parent volunteers, we appreciate your time and effort and hope to have you back next year (Hint, Hint). Marie Maier-Yunis; Maria Yuzaeve; Bella Farber; Janna Sneider; Maggie Granquist; Shefali Jobanputra; Marcela Mahecha; Kate Fowler; Darlene Thebaud;  Crystal Soly Case; Lisa Burton; Lori Feinberg; Mike Sylvester; Julia Greifensteiner; Reni Abusch Roni Abusch Edelist; Meltem Birnbaum; Kate Hammerman; Crista Martinez Padua; Michelle Landucci;  Katherine Seder Karon; Kathy Moses; Shelly Pearlstein; Nicole Karp; Jessica P. Alpert Silber; Lia Pepe McKay; Michelle Spitzkoff; Joanna Mitri; Heini Kekäläinen; Julia Greifenst

Food Service Survey

We need your help to improve our food service! Please fill out the appropriate survey below and tell us what is working and what could be better. Thank you from the Newton Public Schools Food Service.

Parents survey: https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106965/1407/

Student survey (middle/high school): https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106963/3d77/

Student survey (elementary – to be filled out with parent/guardian): https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106964/171b/

InHome Jams! Rock band for Memorial Spaulding Students!

Fall is in full swing, and now is the time to sign up your child for a
music class through Inhome Jams! InHome Jams, located in Newtonville,
is organizing a rock band class for Memorial Spaulding Elementary for
all level players. Enroll now and your child or children will get the
chance to play in a real band setting with classmates from their
school. Check out our website (www.inhomejams.com) to see all the
classes we offer!
Our band classes will teach your kids how to play guitar, bass, piano,
and drums in a rock band setting. The classes use easy-to-play
rock’n’roll arrangements, with parts for both the complete beginner
and the more experienced musician. We will have your child sounding
and feeling like they’re in a real rock band by the end of their first
rehearsal! All band members take part in writing their own lyrics to
establish ownership in the music they will create. There is also a
performance opportunity to play a rock show at a real music venue! To
enroll or learn more about rates and other lessons and classes
offered, please contact Darren at inhomejams@gmail.com or call 857 234
1935. To sign up for a free trial lesson, visit:
http://www.inhomejams.com/sign-up/.
Thank you!

The Book Fair is coming…

WHAT:  Our school’s BOOK FAIR with a BONUS PJ & FREE ICE-CREAM read-along PARTY Thursday evening

WHEN: 11/5 to 11/8, with the PJ & ice-cream party the evening of 11/8 from 6-8

WHY:  Because BOOKS TOTALLY ROCK & WE NEED YOU TO VOLUNTEER TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!  AND…. $$$ raised goes right back to our school’s library, which our kids use every day to learn and to be inspired!

PLEASE VOLUNTEER.  There is nothing like seeing a smile on your child’s face when you are pitching in to make their school experience special.  No amount of time volunteering is too short; we welcome all parents to join in, including our busy working parents, and have short time-slots at various times throughout the day and night to accommodate any schedule.

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/memorialspauldinges1

**VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED ON THESE DATES (please check with Francie in front office that you have a current Cori)

11/2 [set up] 12-3

11/5 to 11/8 [during school hours to help the children find books, restock & tidy up]

11/8 [during evening to work the book fair so parents can shop while kids enjoy a PJ & ice-cream read-along party in the gym]

11/9 Break down of book displays and packing up (8:30am to 12 pm)

Please check out the Sign Up Genius link below with specific times to volunteer!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4fa4aa28a6fe3-book2

Sincerely,

The Book Fair Committee

Erika, Jill, Julie, Elina, Sarah, and Chrissy

 

Boxtops!

We know many of you have been collecting BoxTops all summer! Box tops earn money for our school.  Your children can now bring them into their classrooms as the collecting has started. We would like to have a big collection by the third week of October, to send in for the November 1st check cut-off deadline.  Every dollar we raise from collecting BoxTops goes right back to Memorial Spaulding!  It’s easy and fun!”  
 

Mystery Dinner

Please plan to attend the Memorial Spaulding Mystery Dinner on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 6pm. 

What is Mystery Dinner?
Parents only event intended as a fun way for everyone to reconnect with old friends and make new ones – all in the spirit of enhancing community friendships. What better way to to kick off the year with meeting new families who just moved here or getting know the parents in your child(ren)’s classroom in a festive and relaxed environment?
 
Why is it a Mystery?
The day before Mystery Dinner, you will receive an email revealing the first mystery, the address of the house for appetizers and mingling.  This portion lasts about an hour; then the address of your dinner hosts will be revealed. 
 
Volunteers needed
Mystery Dinner Hosts needed to welcome 3 – 5 couples into their home for dinner and dessert. Please consider cooking your favorite meal or order from your favorite take out restaurant. Your dinner can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish it to be. If you are interested in hosting please email:
 
Please register today! We are excited to see you November 10th!
 
Katy Karon,  Karly Salim, and Terra LaFranchi- Mystery Dinner Co-Chairs

Principal’s Update

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather. With all the rain we have recently received, sunny days are all that much more special – and the fall colors are beautiful.

A few quick items for you this week.

Thursday is an early release day. All students will be dismissed at 12:30pm. Please plan accordingly.

NewTV Program featuring Margie Ross-Decter – “School Matters”.  Margie would like to film a few students for a very brief clip that will be shown on the program. If you would like your child to be a part of this group (and be on the TV show), please come to school on Thursday at 12:30pm (Early Release Time).  You must be present for your child to be filmed on Thursday. To see the pilot episode of the show, click HERE

We now have a Friday Morning Student Concert Series happening at our school featuring students who have accomplished an intermediate or advanced playing level on their instrument. My hope is that this will take place every Friday morning in the Main Hallway.  This past week we enjoyed the work of pianist Norman Lu.  Ask your child if s/he heard the music last week. Thanks to Aytul Farquharson (Parent Volunteer) for coordinating these events!

Once again we are dealing with the tragedy of gun violence, this time in Pittsburgh. We, at school, do not raise the issue unless students come in talking about it – and we generally speak with students on an individual basis. We are careful not to inadvertently inform children who may know absolutely nothing about these sorts of tragic events. For some advice on how to talk with children about such things click HERE.

Might your family qualify for free or reduced lunch?  If so, you can complete the application by clicking HERE

This school year, the City of Newton is providing bags of non-perishable food for Newton families in need. The bags will be filled with staples to help insure that all our families with need have breakfast/lunch fixings on non-school days. Click HERE for more information

Responsive Home Workshops to be held at the Education Center. This is an amazingly practical and effective approach to help children develop the internal motivation to work hard, be kind and make good choices. We use the Responsive Classroom/School approach at Memorial-Spaulding (along with all Newton elementary and middle schools). It is something worth checking out. For more information click HERE

Imilonji KaNtu Choral Society will visit us next week for a concert (grades 3-5) and sharing time for all students (K-5). They are visiting the US from Soweto, South Africa. Thanks to Boston City Singers Youth Chorus for sending their visitors our way! See and hear the chorus HERE

Enjoy this Halloween Day!

Tom Morris, Principal