Category Archives: From the Principal

Principal’s Update

Happy New Year! I hope you have had a good transition into 2020. A new century and a new beginning for our school community.

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is coming up in April and May. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will participate in English Language Arts (ELA), Math and Science, Engineering and Technology (STE ~ 5th grade only). I am publishing the dates now so parents can ensure students are present on testing days. You can access the testing schedule HERE.

Do you have an incoming kindergarten student, or know a family who does? 2020-2021 incoming Kindergarten registration and screening is scheduled. Memorial-Spaulding screening dates are: March 3 and March 12. To book an appointment for your child, please call the main office: 617-559-9600. Newton Public Schools Kindergarten Information Night will be held on March 4 at Brown Middle School. For more information click HERE

Physical Education Peek Week is coming up next week. This is an opportunity for you to visit your child’s PE class. Check with your child’s classroom teacher for specific times to come visit!

I wish you a great evening.

Principal Update

News: After many years serving as our Executive Assistant, Francie Sheehan has decided to retire from her position. Her last day with us will be December 20th. I would like to thank Francie for over twenty years of service to the Memorial-Spaulding community and wish her the best of luck as she moves on!

PTO Meeting on Thursday of this week @ 7:00pm in the Teachers Room. All are welcome!

Reminder about Blue Zone Rules: I asked the Newton Police to visit the Blue Zone from time to time to help enforce the rules. Thanks for your cooperation in order to ensure the Zone works for everyone.

Principal’s Update

Parking in the Blue Zone in the morning has become an issue. Please remember parking in the Blue Zone is prohibited from 8:00am to 8:40. This includes those who sit in the car to await the 8:20 bell. I have asked the Newton Police Department to help enforce the rules of the Zone – so it will work for everyone. Should you need clarification on the Blue Zone details click HERE and HERE

Once again this year we are collecting donations of hats, mittens, coats and gloves for those in need. This community service project is facilitated through the Circle of Hope Organization. Donation bins are in the Main Hallway. Please consider donating for those who need help staying warm this winter. For more information click HERE

Our Lost and Found – in the Main Hallway is overflowing with items. ALL items remaining in the Lost and Found will be donated to Circle of Hope on December 20th. You are welcome to check out photos of items HERE – or come into the school to look for items the may belong to your child. Again, all items not claimed buy Friday, December 20th will be donated.

Now that the holiday season is upon us, Newton Public Schools has asked me to remind everyone about the gift giving policy. This policy is set by the Newton School Committee. Click HERE to check it out.

A big thank you to all the parent volunteers who came in do perform STEAM Day demonstration experiments for students. The children are excited about creating their own experiments and sharing their findings during STEAM Day in May. For more information check out the website HERE

REMINDER: Tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec 4th) is a 12:30 release day for all students.

I hope you are enjoying this snowy day. I look forward to seeing your children in the morning!

Principal’s Update

STEAM Day demonstration experiments will be happening on Thursday and Friday in your child’s classroom. For more information click HERE

Vision and hearing screening will be taking place over the next couple months – for every child. For more information click HERE

The English Learner’s Parents Advisory Council (ELPAC) will be holding an evening for parents on Wednesday, November 20th @ 6:30pm. Additional information & RSVP link HERE

Thanks to Erika Downey and the Scholastic Book Fair Committee for last week’s outstanding Book Fair. Nicely done!

FYI: Picture retake day is November 21, 2019.

Have a relaxing Tuesday evening.

Principal’s Update

Tomorrow (Wednesday, October 30th) is an all-school early release day – 12:30pm dismissal for all students ~ No ASCA (After School Creative Arts Classes) in session tomorrow.

Today we held our Safety Day at Memorial-Spaulding. We practiced “Shelter in Place”, “Lockdown” and a “Fire Evacuation Drill”. During our practice, the specific protocol of each drill was explained over the intercom and then we took a few minutes to practice the drill. The Newton Fire Department joined us for today’s Safety Event. We will continue to practice our various drills throughout the year.

Announcing CAS AuthorFest 2019!
Newton Public Schools’ Creative Arts & Sciences is dedicating November 6, 2019 to recognize and celebrate
the importance of books in our children’s lives. We know that students are uniquely inspired when they’re given the opportunity to meet the authors and illustrators of books they’ve read. A wide range of authors and illustrators will be visiting schools across the district during the day to talk about the writing and illustrating process. For further information click HERE, HERE and HERE

Have you checked Aspen (Student/Family information system) to ensure your families information is correct? If not, please click HERE for information on how to do so.

Have a wonderful evening.

Principal’s 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 take this opportunity 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, shelter-in-place and fire evacuation protocols with students. We will be holding a Safety Day in the coming weeks. This will be a day when we practice/review all our safety drills.  

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. Parents are not permitted to deliver items directly to students or to lockers during the school day.
  • Obtain a yellow visitor badge and wear it during your stay.
  • Sign out when leaving the building.
  • Do not hold the door open for others.  (This can seem rude, but it is for the safety of our students and staff.)
  • 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.

Parking: The staff parking lot is not available for student drop off and pick up. Please do not pull into the staff parking lot between the hours of 8am-3:30pm. 

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 (and symptom) free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. You can find more information on health safety click HERE

I thank you, in advance, for complying with our safety protocols.

Principal’s Update

Thursday is an early release day (12:30) for all students

A few items for this week:

Given the beautiful weather, children like to stay after school to play on the playground. However lack of supervision can lead to a myriad of problems. If your child will be playing on our schoolyard after school hours, please make sure s/he is properly supervised by a responsible adult.

Should you wish to volunteer in any capacity (from classroom reader to field trips) you must have an up-to-date CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check on file. Not sure if your CORI is currently up to date? You should stop by to see Francie in the office to complete your CORI paperwork. You can reach her at 617-559-9600

Flu season is on the way! Click HERE to learn about how you can help your child avoid the flu this year.

STEAM Day Coming!! We are pleased to announce that the First Annual Memorial Spaulding STEAM Day will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2020! This event will be a bit like a traditional Science Fair, but kids are encouraged to choose any topic of interest to them spanning across the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Projects will NOT be judged and are intended to be “kid-quality,” and families will be provided with support materials (e.g., project ideas by grade) and one tri-fold presentation board per child. More details are coming soon, but right now, we need VOLUNTEERS! If you have 1 hour of your time to spare, please click on the link and sign up to help out. We are looking forward to a fun and enriching experience for our M-S community!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ca4a92fa5fb6-memorial
-The STEAM Day Committee 

Rosh Hashanah – Monday, September 30th – No School

Walk to School Day – Thursday, October 3rd

School Picture Day – Friday, October 4th

Principal’s Update

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

We are settling into our third week of school. Teachers have been working to establish routines and clear expectations with students. We have some tremendous learning happening already!

A few items for this week:

If your child rides the school bus, we ask that you take a moment to look over the Bus Contract with your child. We recently met with all bus riders in order to be clear with expectations for bus behavior and safety protocols. You can find the Contract HERE

Wondering when you should keep your child home due to illness? You should not send your child to school if they: 1) have a communicable disease diagnosis, 2) A cold in the active stages, 3) A sore throat or swollen neck glands, 4) Vomiting, diarrhea or a fever of 100 degrees or greater in the past 24 hours. Should you have questions please contact our School Nurse, Linda Sawyers at: sawyersl@newton.k12.ma.us

Preliminary MCAS results are in and it looks like our students did quite well overall. More information will be coming in the next few weeks. As you may know attendance now counts for our MCAS accountability. I have been notified that our attendance has improved from last year. This is great news. Nice work parents!

Lately I have noticed some incorrect family contact (and other) information in our student management system, Aspen. Please be sure to go into the system to check your families information. Directions are HERE

I wish you a delightful evening.

Tom Morris, Principal

Principal’s Update

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather. This is a busy time of year. I have a few quick items for you:

Color Day is coming up soon and we need your help. We need volunteers to assist students with games and activities. We also need fruit for healthy snacks. Please click HERE to sign up!

Are you moving from the Memorial-Spaulding community? If so, please let Francie know (617-559-9600 or francie_sheehan@newton.k12.ma.us). This information will help us get a more accurate picture of next year’s class sizes.

Looking for a way to honor a teacher? Consider making a donation to the Newton School’s Foundation. More information HERE.

Do you drop off on Clifton Road in the morning? If so, please adhere to safety rules and obey the crossing guards directions. I have asked for increased police presence in this area to ensure everyone is following the rules and our students are safe.

We are still accepting books for our annual spring book swap. If you have some gently used books at home to donate, send them in! The collection box is in the hallway in front of the main office.

Sincerely,

Tom Morris, Principal

Principal’s Update

Good Evening M-S Families,

Finally some warm weather! I hope you had a chance to get out in the sun today.

A few short items for your attention:

Field trip season is upon us! All students will be permitted to attend field trips regardless of a parent’s ability to pay. If you find yourself unable to pay the field trip fee due to financial hardship, simply indicate you wish to seek a field trip scholarship on the form and return it to the teacher. Your child’s fee will be covered. Thanks to the PTO for providing additional funding to support all families!

Parent Placement Forms are due THIS Friday, May 10th. You may access the Placement Letter HERE and the Form HERE.

Incoming K and New Family Information Night. Thursday evening, May 16th @ 7pm. If you know of a family who will be experiencing Memorial-Spaulding for the first time in the fall – please encourage them to attend. Agenda: Principal and PTO Presidents present important information for all families to know- then a guided (historical tour) or our wonderful, mid-century modern facility.

Art Show Coming up! May 21st from 5-7pm. Check out the flier HERE

Early Release Day for all students THIS Thursday – 12:30pm. No ASCA, Extended Day will be in session Thursday afternoon.