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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!

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) Opportunities

Are you concerned about what the Newton Public Schools are doing to respond to the rising tide of overt racism in our country? Join us for our  next meeting of FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice, a project sponsored by NPS.

The meeting will be on Wednesday, December 20th 7:30-9pm at Mason-Rice Elementary School (149 Pleasant St.). Superintendent Fleishman, Newton METCO Director, Maricel Sheets, and teacher Jen Tomaneng will be sharing and answering questions about the “Courageous Conversations” program being rolled out over a 5-year period in our schools.

Please RSVP here:

Want to connect with your school’s FORJ team?

Email to let Amy (FORJ Coordinator and Parent Coach) know what school team you’d like to be a part of and/or that you’d like to be on the email list for more information about FORJ events. Our goal is to have an active team of interested parents at each school who meet on their own and participate in the monthly all-school FORJ meetings, which offer opportunities for further education, team planning time and networking. Parents are welcome to join at any time.

We look forward to having you join us!

Amy Behrens and the FORJ planning team

Winter 2018 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 Winter 2018 ASCA session will run from January 2, 2018 – March 23, 2018, exclusive of holidays, vacations, and special early release days. Registration dates are December 4, 2017 – December 15, 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 December 15, 2017 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


On behalf of Janna and Parul
ASCA co-chairs

Out-of-Assigned District Placement for 2018-2019

Each year, the Newton Public Schools considers applications for students to transfer to a school outside of their home (assigned) district. Out-of-Assigned district placements are limited and made on a space available basis. Newton residents, as well as members of NTA Units A, B, C, D, E, NESA, and the Custodial Union, may apply for placement of their children in a Newton Public School.
Impact on enrollment, staffing and space availability, for both the requested year and for future years, are key considerations in the application process. Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation to and from the out-of-assigned district school.
Applications for the 2018-19 school year are available beginning November 29, 2017 and should be submitted between March 1 and May 1, 2018. Forms are available at the Education Center (100 Walnut Street) and online at Completed applications must be signed by the in-district principal for Newton parents and submitted to the Education Center by mail or in person.
Interested families may contact the Elementary Education Office (grades K-5) at 617-559-6105 or the Secondary Education Office (grades 6-12) at 617-559-6115 for additional information.

OAD Form 2018-2019 – Parent Form

OAD Procedures 2018-19

OAD 2018-19 Information

Fitness Peek Week- Next week

You are invited into Physical Education class to participate in Fitness Peek Week with your children!  The dates are December 18th-22nd, 2017.  Please read the attached newsletter for more information.  The PE schedule is also attached so you can come during your children’s PE time.
Please let me know if you have any questions and hope to see you all there 🙂
Shannon Komow
Nick Wong and Nick Hewitt

NPS Gift Policy

As the holiday season approaches we wanted to take the time to remind everyone of the gift giving policy.  The below information can also be found in the student handbook and is available online.

GIFT AND SOLICITATIONS POLICY (2015) The Newton Public Schools Staff Gifts and Solicitations Policy is updated and incorporates current Massachusetts Conflict of Interest Law M.G.L. c. 268A. This replaces the earlier 1991 policy. Newton Public Schools allows a group gift to an individual staff member only if the gift is identified as being from the entire class, the identity of the givers and the individual amounts are not disclosed to the recipient, and the gift does not exceed $150 per school year. This differs from a gift for the classroom (*). Individual gifts of appreciation in the form of sentimental tokens are allowed. Gifts of commercial value are not permitted. NPS allows and encourages giving to charitable organizations such as school PTO’s or the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher Program which honors staff while supporting our schools.


Sponsor A Child For The Holidays

Memorial Spaulding Social Action Committee Invites you to Sponsor-A-Child For The Holidays!

This year we know how difficult it will be many families. We hope you will share in the joy of the holidays by providing gifts to needy children served by the local Department of Children and Families.  We want to make the holidays special for foster families and struggling intact families who are not aligned with established charities. Without our help, these children will not experience the pleasure of receiving a gift at this special time of the year. 

How Can You Help?

Email Please include your child’s name, teacher and your phone number. If you would prefer to donate by check, we will be happy to purchase a gift on your behalf. Make check payable to Memorial Spaulding PTO and mail to Lynda Gordon, 168 Cynthia Road, Newton MA 02459

We will send you a child’s name and his or her wish list. All gifts need to be new, wrapped, and clearly labeled with the child’s name. Attaching a card is optional but greatly appreciated.

You will be receiving the child’s information the by the first week of December.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would like to sponsor a child.

 Thank you for helping make this holiday season special for those in need.
 Questions? Email   Azita Kaffashan at

Inclusive Schools Week

As a part of the Inclusive Schools Week, SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) will be organizing a parent coffee meeting on the morning of December 7th in the cafeteria to discuss how inclusion is practiced at Memorial Spaulding. Tom Morris will give a brief presentation about inclusion, and there will be time for questions/discussion afterwards. ALL parents who are curious about how inclusion works are WELCOME!

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN), and is held each year during the first full week in December (December 4th – December 8th in 2017). Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors. The Week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.