Honor Thy Teacher Campaign

Dear Parents,

As the school year comes to an end, you may be looking for a way to thank teachers and staff who have made a positive impact on your children this year.  Please consider making a donation to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher Campaign in their honor. You may also choose to honor a special education aide, a finearts or music teacher, or a coach or counselor who has touched your child’s life. NSF started this campaign 19 years ago to enable parents to thank teachers while observing the limits on the types and amounts of gifts that teachers may receive.

NSF celebrates Newton Public Schools teachers and staff by:

  • Notifying honored teachers and staff of your gift
  • Sharing honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals.
  • Listing all honored teachers and staff in the Newton TAB

Newton Schools Foundation (NSF) is a vital catalyst of community support for the Newton Public Schools. NSF works closely with school leadership to support new educational programs and professional development for educators with funding that’s not available within the confines of the school budget. This year, NSF funding is enabling Newton schools to launch and expand numerous innovative programs and initiatives, including these ventures at the elementary school level:

 The K-5 Summer Writing Institute – NSF funding enables elementary school teachers to participate in this highly regarded professional development program. The institute fosters successful teaching strategies on a specific writing skills unit that will provide students with a solid foundation on the writing process that they can draw upon throughout their school career.

 An exciting new 3-year pilot program to introduce instrumental music to low-income elementary school students. NSF funding will enable professional instrumental instructors to work alongside the music teacher at Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School to support the ensemble music program and give individualized instruction to students. The program will provide students a second year of instrumental instruction along with NPS’s existing 5th grade ensemble rehearsal/performance program. The pilot is modeled on the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s SerHacer, an initiative inspired by the work of Venezuela’s successful El Sistema program, which supports intensive, ensemble-based music programs enabling music to serve as vehicle for youth development and social change. This program has the potential to expand into more Newton elementary schools.

Our teachers and staff look forward to the letters they receive from NSF. This is a great way to recognize the important work our schools are doing for your children.  Suggested donation is $25 per teacher/staff member.  You can make your donation by clicking here, calling 617-559-6120 or mailing your donation to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton, MA 02459. Please also email the names of the teachers and/or staff members you are honoring to info@newtonschoolsfoundation.org. All donations are tax deductible.

Any donation amount will go a long way toward enhancing the quality of education in Newton.


Best wishes,