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Principal’s Weekly Update

From Ms. Sawyers – School Nurse

January 2017 School Health Newsletter

Coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, oh my!

Winter illness is abounding, as is often the case during the colder months.

Here are some Stay Healthy Tips:

 Handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness.

  • Wash your hands often — when they are dirty, before eating, after using the restroom and after sneezing into a tissue
  • Use soap and warm water and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are ok to use when your hands aren’t visibly dirty, but hand washing is preferable
  • Make it fun with kids – sing a song and model thoroughly soaping up!
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea — “the stomach bug” – are often transmitted via a fecal/oral route, meaning virus is shed in the stool, gets on hands, and then enters the body through the mouth. Thorough hand washing after using the bathroom helps prevent this type of illness.

 Cough Etiquette

  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands – use a tissue or your elbow

 Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

Stay away from people who are sick.

Stay home when you are sick.

If your child unfortunately does get sick, please follow the illness policy. A student will be excluded from school if he/she has:

  • A fever of 100° or greater in the past 24 hours
  • A communicable disease diagnosis
  • A cold in the active stages – coughing, sneezing, nasal drainage
  • A sore throat and/or swollen neck glands
  • Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Acute pain that requires relief by narcotic medication
  • An undiagnosed rash or skin eruption

Nurses monitor illness patterns so please contact the school nurse:

  • If you are uncertain if your child should come to school
  • To report illness when keeping your child home

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2017 International Festival Table and Performance Sign up

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 at

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

Thank you,

The International Festival Committee

It is all about the kids!

Parents! Ever wonder why we do what we do? Well, now’s your change to see it firsthand.

A 1st grade classroom wrote these Thank You notes with their 3rd grade buddies, to thank all the parents to contributed to and volunteered at the playground and book fair! Take a look at these heartwarming notes – we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did:

Thank You!

Happy New Year from your Memorial Spaulding PTO family 🙂

Boxtop Contest!

What do Ms Bowen, Ms Bliss, Mr Minichiello, Ms Cameron,
Ms Ahlberg and Ms DJ have in common? Their classes won their grades Boxtop contest and will be having a popsicle party to celebrate! Congrats to all! A new contest has started; so keep bringing in those Boxtops and continue to support Memorial Spaulding!

Newton Parks and Recreation Camp Fair

Newton Parks and Recreation invites you to our Camp Fair on Sunday January 29th (snow date February 5th) from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at the Newton North High School in the cafeteria. Talk with camp managers from Newton Parks and Recreation, staff from Newton Public Schools S.P.A.C.E. Camp, instructors at Newton Community Education Summer Programs, and representatives from Historic Newton and the Newton Free Library to see what is being offered in Newton this summer.

For more information go to and click on the Summer Camp Fair link.

Winter 2017 ASCA classes begin January 9th!

The Winter 2017 ASCA session will run from January 9, 2017 – March 31, 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 Time Theatre ($10, Jim Moonan) and Studio Expressions with Ms. E ($5, 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

Please join us this Friday, January 6th @ 8:30am for a PTO coffee with Superintendent Fleishman and members of the Newton School Committee.  We will meet in the auditorium.

No ASCA (After School Creative Arts) classes this week.  ASCA begins on Monday, January 9th.

Memorial-Spaulding staff and parents would like to invite you to an informational evening about Inclusion at our school – January 12th @ 7pm. Please mark your calendars!

5th grade concert is coming up.  Tuesday, January 24th @ 7:30pm in the auditorium.

2017 New Kindergarten information is available on the Newton Public School’s website. New K parents are invited to attend an information night on either February 6th or 8th.

MCAS testing schedule for Memorial-Spaulding has been determined.  Here are the details: (Grade 3 ELA testing April 3rd, 6th and 7th) ~ (Grade 3 Math testing May 5th and 10th). (Grade 4 ELA testing April, 4th, 5th and 6th) ~ (Grade 4 Math testing May 9th and 10th). (Grade 5 ELA testing April 3rd, 5th and 7th) ~ (Grade 5 Math testing May 8th and 11th) ~ (Grade 5 Science testing May 15th and 16th).

We are excited to be back in school and looking forward to tremendous learning in 2017. Happy New Year!


Principal’s Weekly Update

My School Bucks: I understand some families believe their school lunch bill inaccurately reflects purchases made by children. I spoke with Rachel Oppenheimer, Newton-Sodexo General Manager, about the situation. Rachel invites to you to contact her directly with any concern about your bill. She asks that you contact her via email. Please be sure to include your child’s name and school. Her email address is:  Here is the link to the Newton-Sodexo website:

Staff List:  Please check out our staff list on the PTO website. You will find teacher names, classroom website and blog links as well as email contact information. Here’s the link:

Superintendent and School Committee Visit: Please join us on Friday, January 6th @ 8:30am for a PTO coffee with Superintendent Fleishman and members of the Newton School Committee.

Mark your calendars:  Memorial-Spaulding staff and parents are working on a special parent presentation about Inclusion – January 12th @ 7pm.

Winter Concert Coming Up: Tuesday, January 24th featuring  5th Grade Chorus, 5th Grade Band, and Orchestra (day only). 9am for the school and 7:30pm for families (Please note the time changes.) Students should report to cafeteria at 7pm  for the evening concert wearing black and/or dark bottoms and a white and/or light top. All students are expect to attend. If your child has a conflict that evening please email Ms. Rapa (

Just a reminder: Friday, December 23rd is a full day of school.

I wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with peace, joy and love.

High School Start Time Update

The High School Start Time Working Group reported on community feedback about scenarios under consideration and made a presentation to School Committee on Monday, December 12, 2016.  The report has been posted online.  A presentation which summarizes the report has also been posted.


Please visit the Newton Public Schools web site for full information.



Thank you for your interest in the High School Start Time Working Group.