Category Archives: From the PTO

New Year’s Eve Hat Contest Winners!

A big thank you to all of the students who worked so hard on their New Year’s Eve hats, and congratulations to the contest winners! 

Kindergarten – Lucy Mouw and Yara Genead

1st Grage – Ingrid Eriksen

2nd Grade – Dominik Sosa

3rd Grade – Ellen Fos

4th Grade Annabelle Kolidas

Check out all of the creative hat entries here:


NPS Elementary Families is a recently formed group of approximately 200 parents of K-5 students across the Newton Public School district.  They work with elected officials and the local medical and scientific community to advocate for informed decisions regarding in-person education during this pandemic. This last week, a group of over 50 physicians and scientists, all Newton residents and many with directly relevant specialties including infectious disease, pediatrics, pulmonology, emergency medicine, pediatric psychiatry, and occupational medicine sent a letter to City Councilors, the School Committee, HHS Commissioner Youngblood, and Mayor Fuller urging the city to create a COVID/school reopening taskforce. This group, along with these physicians and scientists, see this as the most viable path forward to resolving the issues that are halting a safe return of Newton students to their classrooms. Please click here for a copy of this letter. In addition, Deborah Youngblood, HHS Commissioner, gave a public health update specifically related to schools at the City Council’s most recent Program and Services Meeting (January 6). Click here for the NewTV broadcasts of that meeting. Commissioner Youngblood’s comments begin at the 1:15 mark.

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Thanks for Being a Light!

Thanks to everyone who helped spread cheer this season by being a light in our community!  We had a successful week, delivering 1,420 luminaries to brighten the spirits of 71 homes.  A huge thanks to all who participated and to all of our volunteers who helped make this happen!

Sign ups are closed for this event, however, you are still welcome to make a donation.

Watch a little video of some of the luminaries!

Wishing you and your family cheer & light this holiday season!

New Years Eve Hat Decorating Contest

Memorial Spaulding New Years Eve Hat Decorating Contest is Here! Use one of the templates provided or create your own! Submit at the following link by December 21st and check back to vote until December 23rd. Winners by grade will be notified. Let’s ring in the new year in DIY style!

Lost and Found

Even in this strange year there are lost and found items! Take a look at this picture. If any of these belong to your kiddo you can call 617-559-9600 and schedule a time to stop by.  You will ring the front bell and they will bring the bin out to you. 

Memorial Spaulding Coat Drive

This year we are collecting coats for Boston Area Healthy Families, an organization that helps teen parents and their young children. They especially need baby bunting type snowsuits, but also toddler coats, and coats for the parents. We are trying to collect as many new coats as possible, but will also take clean, gently used ones. New mittens and hats are also welcome! You can help in one of the following ways: Donate money towards the purchase of a new coat by sending money via Venmo to a Memorial Spaulding parent who will purchase new coats on your behalf (Venmo username: @Leah-Kolidas) or drop off a new or gently used coat at the school. There will be a plastic tub at the front door Monday 12/14 – Friday 12/18. If you would prefer to have a coat picked up from your front steps or if you have any questions, please reach out to Leah at Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Parent Trivia Night

You’re invited!  Join Memorial Spaulding parents for an evening of virtual fun & games hosted by Stump Trivia on Thursday, December 17th at 8 p.m. on Zoom.  Tickets are $15 per household and can be purchased here: Have a winning team in mind?  Sign up and let us know!  Teams of 3 to 6 households can be sent to: with subject line:  Trivia Team.  If not, no worries  – just show up & awesome teams will be formed by the host!

Be a Light & Spread Cheer

Spread cheer this season by lighting the drive or walkway of Memorial Spaulding friends.  For $25, have luminaries delivered to a friend, or someone you would like to thank this season.  Luminaries will be magically delivered during the week of December 13th during the hours of 5 and 6 p.m.  Sign up here to spread cheer >

New Year’s Eve Hat Decorating Contest

Coming Soon: the MS New Year’s Eve Hat Decorating Contest! Students can participate for a chance to win prizes. Stay tuned for more!

Annual Appeal

Dear Memorial Spaulding families, 

This year, more than ever the Memorial Spaulding PTO needs your financial support to ensure we can continue funding the same programs we commit to each year. 

The Memorial Spaulding PTO is run entirely by volunteers. We typically raise funding through donations and participation in our After School Creative Arts program (“ASCA”). During a normal year, we raise the majority of the PTOs funding through ASCA. However this year, ASCA is running significantly under capacity which has had a big impact on our budget. 

The PTO directs 100% of the money raised directly back into our school. Here are some examples: 

● The Creative Arts and Sciences Committee (“CASC”) is our biggest expense and will resume again in January. CACS brings diverse, highly engaging curriculum-based art and science experiences INTO your child’s classroom. Importantly, this year CASC’s virtual format will bring our hybrid and DLA classrooms together. 

● Our Annual Appeal provides mini-grants to teachers for elective programs and training. 

● Beautification efforts for our school. This fall we created three hugely popular alternative outdoor learning spaces. In previous years, the PTO has helped fund our new playground and brought new technology into the classrooms. 

● We are able to host fun, safe events for the community; eg. the October Pumpkin Decorating event and the Virtual Halloween Dance Party. 

The PTO tries to keep events free of charge, but we need your financial support to achieve this. 

A few things to know about the Annual Appeal: 

We request a once-yearly donation: a suggested donation of $50 per child, but encourage any amount possible 

We will continue to reach out to those who have not yet donated at various times throughout the year.

It is tax deductible. The Memorial Spaulding PTO is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, so all donations are tax deductible. Please don’t forget to check if your employer has a matching gift program, too. 

It is convenient. You can donate online via PayPal , or you can also mail a check to Memorial Spaulding PTO, 250 Brookline St, Newton MA 02459. 

If you have already donated this year, thank you.* We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you virtually at one of our community events or hopefully, in person soon. 

* For anyone who donated toward the outdoor classroom spaces, that donation qualifies as your tax-deductible Annual Appeal donation for this year.

Regards from your PTO Co-presidents: 

Brooke Brindley and Katy Karon on behalf of the entire PTO Board: 

Gita Behery, Treasurer

Eliza Danielson, Secretary

Jenny Klein-Sosa, DLA Liaison

Rebika Bendayan, Fundraising Chair

Craig Spitzkoff, Technology Liaison

Janna Sneider, ASCA Chair

Michelle Spitzkoff, Board Member

Erika Guerra-Downey, Board Member 

Crista Martinez-Padua, Board Member