Category Archives: From the PTO

Share the Road

This is a message from Safe Routes to School! Please read especially given what happened at MS last week.

Newton Safe Routes to School reminds families that pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility. All our schools have high traffic volume in the morning and most children are pedestrians for part of their route to school, whether they walk from home, walk over from a nearby street (Park & Walk maps), walk to the bus stop, or walk from the Blue Zone.  The following guidelines are adapted from the National Safety Council. However you get to school, put your phone down and pay attention. More at www.newtonsaferoutes.org. #ShareTheRoad.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard in a crosswalk or intersection. Sometimes young children need more time to cross the intersection than the light allows. 
  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians. 
  • Do not pull into driveways to turn around, especially near schools. You may not see a child on the sidewalk approaching on bike or on foot. 
  • Be extra cautious when backing up.
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas. School Zone speed limits are 20 mph. 
  • Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way. 
  • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way

Sharing the Road with School Buses

  • If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

  • When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist.
  • When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass.
  • If you’re turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals.
  • Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this.
  • Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods.
  • Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars.
  • Check side mirrors before opening any door.

Reminders for Pedestrians

  • Whenever possible, walk on the sidewalk; if no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic.
  • Follow the rules of the road, obeying all traffic signs and signals
  • Cross streets at crosswalks.
  • If no crosswalk is available and your view is blocked, move to a place where you can see oncoming traffic
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing the street, making eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles and wait until they wave you through.
  • Stay alert – avoid cell phone use and wearing headphones or earbuds.
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing, and use a flashlight at night.
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up.

Integrating the Arts Mornings

Integrating of the Arts activities will be held on the following days from 8:30-9:15

1st Grade April 3rd

2nd Grade May 29

3rd Grade February 13

4th Grade May 22

5th Grade February 26

(Kindergarten had theirs last month)

Women in Jazz Concert

Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS) will be holding a Women and Jazz concert for our students on January 31st. See the attached flyer for more details. Due to the limited capacity of our auditorium, parents and younger siblings children will not be able to attend performances. Thank you again for your continued support.

Integrating the Arts

Integrating of the Arts activities will be held on the following days. Stay tuned for more details.

1st Grade April 3rd

2nd Grade May 29

3rd Grade February 13

4th Grade May 22

5th Grade February 26

(Kindergarten had theirs last month)

Memorial Spaulding STEAM Day

Memorial Spaulding’s First Annual STEAM Day is coming! 
To get started, show THIS to your child! (You can print it, or a copy will come home with your child. Please return it by 1/31.)
To find out more details, including registration and scholarship information, go to our WEBSITE
We hope you will join us for this fun and exciting event!

International Festival

Our International Festival will be held Thursday, March 19th from 6 pm to 8pm.

Please sign up to get involved and represent your country/region/culture by:
1. Hosting a Table
2. Performing

The signup is located here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c49aca923aafb6-2020

Hosting a table: run a table that represents a culture/country/region.  We encourage representative food, customs, research, books, artifacts, pictures, clothing, etc. Please label any food that has contains nuts.  

Performing: dance, martial arts, music, and other culturally significant arts. To ensure the maximum number of students can perform, we will give preference to groups.  This commitment requires attendance at a dress rehearsal after school on the day of the festival. You will also need to provide a short description of your performance and the music ahead of time. 

We are looking for a huge showing of cultures this year. Please come help us explore the amazing cultures around us!

Thank you,
The International Festival Committee

Memorial Spaulding STEAM Day

Memorial Spaulding’s First Annual STEAM Day is coming! 
To get started, show THIS to your child! (You can print it, or a copy will come home with your child. Please return it by 1/31.)
To find out more details, including registration and scholarship information, go to our WEBSITE
We hope you will join us for this fun and exciting event!

Everybody Signs Spring Class Schedule

Wellness Peek Week

YOU ARE INVITED TO MEMORIAL SPAULDING’S ANNUAL WELLNESS PEEK WEEK!!  

WHEN: January 21st-24th, 2020 (During your child’s PE time)

WHERE: IN THE GYMNASIUM (Please sign into the office first)

We would like to invite you to Memorial Spaulding’s Wellness Peek Week. This is a

time for families to see what their children are learning in Physical Education and

how hard they are working on their wellness through fitness. Come join the fun by

participating in a variety of fitness stations during your child’s P.E. time. We

encourage families to bring workout gear to exercise with their children. If you are

coming from work, no worries!

Throughout the Wellness Unit, students learn about the 5 Components of Fitness,

which include; Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Strength, Body Composition,

Flexibility and Muscular Endurance. This year, grades 3-5 have learned how to use

IHT Heart Rate wristbands to measure their cardiovascular endurance and set goals.

They have also been learning about other ways to keep their brain, body and heart

healthy. Grades K-2 are using a variety of exercise equipment for the first time and

learning about eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and exercising to keep

their bodies healthy on a daily basis. The goal is to create awareness around

Wellness and developing healthy lifestyles.

We are so proud of the effort and engagement of all our students and we know you

will be too!

Be Well,

Shannon Komow, Hildi Arnold and Danielle Pargoli

Wellness Peak Week

YOU ARE INVITED TO MEMORIAL SPAULDING’S ANNUAL WELLNESS PEEK WEEK!!  

WHEN: January 21st-24th, 2020 (During your child’s PE time)

WHERE: IN THE GYMNASIUM (Please sign into the office first)

We would like to invite you to Memorial Spaulding’s Wellness Peek Week. This is a

time for families to see what their children are learning in Physical Education and

how hard they are working on their wellness through fitness. Come join the fun by

participating in a variety of fitness stations during your child’s P.E. time. We

encourage families to bring workout gear to exercise with their children. If you are

coming from work, no worries!

Throughout the Wellness Unit, students learn about the 5 Components of Fitness,

which include; Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Strength, Body Composition,

Flexibility and Muscular Endurance. This year, grades 3-5 have learned how to use

IHT Heart Rate wristbands to measure their cardiovascular endurance and set goals.

They have also been learning about other ways to keep their brain, body and heart

healthy. Grades K-2 are using a variety of exercise equipment for the first time and

learning about eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and exercising to keep

their bodies healthy on a daily basis. The goal is to create awareness around

Wellness and developing healthy lifestyles.

We are so proud of the effort and engagement of all our students and we know you

will be too!

Be Well,

Shannon Komow, Hildi Arnold and Danielle Pargoli