Category: From the PTO

SEL Mornings in March

Hello Memorial Spaulding Community,
You and your children are invited to social emotional classes revolving around stress-reducing activities and social emotional wellness.  This is a time for families to learn about strategies we are using in our classrooms, along with activities you can do at home with your kids.   Please read the attached letter for more information.
We have also created invites for people to sign up.
The following links are for each class:
Nutrition Education:
Vigorous Activities:
Shannon Komow

New Summer Program

We are running fun community-service based projects for kids entering grades K-5. The goal is to introduce children to local charities, show them how they can be involved, and develop empathy for others. This program runs the weeks of August 13th and 20th. Sign up for full weeks, individual days, or half days! See our website for more information:
Email us with any questions at

N.E.W.-classes at Newton South for 4th and 5th graders

N.E.W. is a program for the 4th and 5th graders in the Newton Public Schools who will attend Newton South. For over two decades, South students have run this nonprofit organization, in which all proceeds go to charity. For five Saturday mornings, children have the opportunity to take fun and exciting classes taught by dedicated high school students. Children sign up for two class periods and participate in a middle period, a time when all the teachers and students gather together to get to know each other through games and projects. N.E.W. is a great way to learn, make new friends, and have a blast at the same time!

We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about our program this year to your respective schools.
To register parents/guardians must:
1. Fill out the following registration form:
2. Bring in a $60 check to the first program day (3/17/18) to the NSHS Cafeteria.

We will be visiting elementary schools with brochures for families but we would appreciate it if the PTOs could send out a note about N.E.W in your weekly newsletters.

Here are N.E.W’s program dates for this year:
March 17th, 2018
March 24th, 2018
March 31st, 2018
April 7th, 2018
April 28th, 2018

Here are the hours of our program days:
First Period: 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Middle Period: 10:30 – 11:00 AM
Second Period: 11:00 – 12:00 PM

We have had 4th and 5th graders from the Newton Schools joining our Saturday mornings since 1974!

Want a free ASCA Class!?


ASCA is looking for one monitor, who can volunteer for the 2nd session on Tuesdays (1:55-2:55PM).

Volunteering for ASCA is FUN. It’s also a GREAT way to get to know the school, staff, and other parents better.

Responsibilities consist of:
– taking attendance
– assisting instructors on an as-needed basis with disruptive students
– opening the front door for parents at pick-up.

Nannies, grandparents, and other care-givers welcome.

Have a little one you can’t leave at home? No problem! Monitors may volunteer with a child in tow.

The spring session runs from 3/26 through 6/15.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kirsten at

We want your ideas!

Do you have ideas or feedback for the PTO? Are there programs you’d like to see funded next year?
The PTO is in the process of planning and budgeting for the 2018-19 school year and we want your input! Please email suggestions or ideas to before March 31, so that they can be considered for next year.

Spring 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 Spring 2018 ASCA session will run from March 26, 2018 – June 15, 2018, exclusive of holidays, vacations, and special early release days. Registration dates are March 10, 2018 – March 18, 2018. There will be NO late registration so please make sure you do it on time. Registration will be online ONLY at

A full list of class descriptions will be available at:

*** 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 March 18, 2018 if you would like to apply. ***

International Festival is coming up on March 8 from 6-8pm!!

Our annual international festival is one of the biggest events at Memorial Spaulding and we are only a few weeks away from this wonderful celebration of the diversity of our school and all of the many cultures that make up our unique community!
Thank you to those who have signed up to get involved and you can show your support by signing up one of the following: 

1. Host a table or perform on stage to represent your country, culture or region

Here is a list of countries represented so far: Italy, Australia, France, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan, Finland and India. Sign up to host our USA table!

Calling parents, grandparents, friends, relatives, and alumni: please donate one hour of your time to help out at one of the following tables: passports, prizes, arts & crafts, and face painting

Please come help us celebrate the amazing cultures around us!

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Lia McKay at

Thank you,

International Festival Committee

Book Signing this weekend

Miss Ghantous, one of the music teachers at Countryside and Memorial Spaulding, has another book signing this week  on Sunday March 4th at the New England Mobile Book Fair at Marshall’s Plaza in Newton from 1PM-2PM.This book is a modern version of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale The Little Mermaid, Princess Mermaid Sharon sings dance songs on her journey with her merdog Nemo Lucky Sharky. Music Mermaid will be reading her book, singing her songs, and signing books. Please come and have some fun dancing and finding new books! For more info you can go to:


New England Camp Fair – February 11th

If you have a child attending camp this summer, you don’t want to miss this free event. The New England Camp Fair will be held on Sunday, February 11th from 11:30-2:30 in the Bigelow Middle School gymnasium.

In the event of inclement weather, a snow date has been set for Sunday, March 4 from 11:30-2:30. The camp fair is open to ALL local families.

Over 30 camps from Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will be participating. Attending camps serve children ages 6-14, and represent a mix of day and overnight camps. Participating camps run the gamut from traditional style camps to sports, computer, arts and themed camps. Come to the fair with your prospective camper and meet in person with camp directors and representatives.

Visit for a complete list of camps attending.

Parking and refreshments are also free!

If you have any questions, feel free contacting the Underwood PTO at