Category Archives: From the PTO

PTO Volunteer Positions 2020-21 School Year

Please consider volunteering with the PTO next year! This upcoming school year will almost certainly be different, but we are excited for the many opportunities to work together on finding creative ways to continue to connect with the community. It is a great way to get involved, and to get to know the school better! Thank you so much for your consideration. We look forward to working with you!

CLICK HERE to sign up! >

Volunteer for the PTO Executive Board

Hello Parents!

Please consider volunteering for a position on next year’s PTO Executive Board.  We are currently looking for a Co-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and a newly created position for this year, Chair of Virtual Engagement.  It is a great way to get involved, get to know the school better, and to set a positive example for your kids.   Sign up Link!

If you have any questions about any of these positions, please email us at We provide training and ongoing support to each volunteer to help make their event and position a success – please join us in making a difference in our school and our community!  

If you are unable to commit to a year long position, there will be plenty of other volunteer opportunities available, which will be sent out in a separate sign up sheet in the near future.  Many of the PTO sponsored events will look much different next year, but we are still excited to find new ways to engage families in a safe manner.  Keep a look out for that sign up sheet in the next week or two!  

Thank you so much for your consideration, we look forward to working with you!

Katy Karon , Michelle Spitzkoff, Erika Guerra Downey, and Brooke Brindley 

* Please note that all adults who volunteer at the school on behalf of the PTO must be caregivers of current Memorial Spaulding students, and must arrange to have a current CORI background check on file at the school. This can be arranged by contacting the school office directly.

Sign up HERE!

5th Grade Parents

Do you have questions for current Oak Hill parents? Want to know practical information about the school?  Would like to know more about your student’s day-to-day in middle school and events planned by the PTO for next year?

Please join our Parent Panel discussion on June 2 at 7 pm and we will take all your questions! We will briefly introduce the PTO work and events and use Zoom Breakout Rooms to help facilitate conversation and give everyone more opportunities to ask questions.

In the meantime, please fill out this form that will help us get to know you better and where you can see all the great ways to get involved in Oak Hill.

Click here to see Mr. Harutunian’s message about the event, including the zoom invite.

Project Driveway

My name is Anat Katz and I am a junior at Newton South High School. I, along with a couple of my friends, started a service called Project Driveway, to help our community during this unprecedented time.
We will deliver groceries to any elderly or immunocompromised with no delivery fee at all.

We deliver to Newton, Needham, Brookline and JP! We also recently expanded to Cambridge, Somerville, and Watertown!

If you know someone who may benefit from our service or would like to volunteer to be a driver, please spread the word!
All information about who we are and how to place an order is on our website:

Thank you and stay safe!

PTO/Superintendent Call Tomorrow

Please join us tomorrow, Friday April 24th, for a PTO/Superintendent Coffee @ 8:30am via Zoom!


Meeting ID: 971 4881 6208 Password: Yj7LNL

Should you have questions/comments you wish to be addressed, submit them via this LINK

Dungeons and Dragons Opportunity

Dungeons & Dragons is the classic roleplaying game of heroic adventure! The game has enjoyed a great renaissance in the last decade as an alternative to the excessive screen time that has come to dominate the leisure time of young people. Played cooperatively, D&D can teach problem solving and teamwork, build vocabulary, and provide a creative outlet for storytelling.

After a successful pilot program in November 2019, we are continuing our adventures online for boys and girls ages 10-14. Each session is 2-hours long and the sessions meet once weekly. Time is flexible.

The program is hosted by teacher and game master Christopher Walters and Newton parent Brian Harel. It is not necessary to have experience with D&D. We will provide pre-generated characters for the introductory sessions , so all they need is their imagination!

For more info or to sign up, please email Brian at


THE LAUNCH OF #NEWTONTOGETHERLet’s stay connected as a community in the face of COVID-19! 
On Patriots’ Day/Marathon Monday, we invite all Newtonians to make handmade #NewtonTogether signs and display them in your windows. Get creative and share the incredible joy, strength, and resiliency of Newton. Just because we can’t gather for the Marathon this year, doesn’t mean we can’t connect!  Tag your creations in the Facebook event or on social media with #NewtonTogether.  For more information, click HERE.  
Facebook Event: PDF of the flyer as well as image of the Kelley statue with the hashtag can be seen below.  

WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM:The idea came to the Mayor’s Office from Newton resident Rakashi Chand:Let us bring our community together in a shared message of perseverance and pride. Let us inspire one another as we are and always have been an unwavering city, that has stood tall and united in the face of adversity and overcome again and again, every challenge, hardship, tragedy and crisis.  We will persevere, we will fight in every way we can, we will unite and we will see the dawning of a brave new day. This epidemic will make each day harder than the last, but we will persevere, we will face the challenges that present themselves, because we are strong. Let’s find a way to inspire our citizens, and remind them that we, like our forefathers and foremothers, will overcome this, and find ways to raise each other up with hope.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:  You can do two things to make this a success:  

  1. Help spread the word — share, post, tag, etc. — to make sure all Newton residents know about it.  
  2. MAKE SIGNS.  Then put them up to show your Newton pride!  

International Festival

While we were so excited about the International Festival and thrilled to have had a record breaking number of people/cultures elect to participate, the decision has been made to cancel this event. Given these uncertain times, it’s most important that our families feel safe and remain healthy as we move through the end of this school year.

We look forward to next year when all of this will be behind us and we can, once again, celebrate the many cultures of our Memorial Spaulding community. We will revel in socially connecting with one another to learn, experience and taste what our community and world has to offer.

ASCA Update

Dear Memorial Spaulding ASCA Families:

We hope that this email finds you and your loved ones well. 

The PTO has made the difficult decision to cancel the Spring ASCA session in its entirety. This decision has been made without any reference to a possible return to school this year. We will begin to process 100% full refunds, including all fees, immediately. 

Included in the price of the class is a school management fee (collected by 6crickets in order to help run registration and compile data) and a credit card processing fee that our PTO is now responsible for. If you would like to donate any portion of your refund in support of our PTO events for next year, please click the DONATE button on our website (! We appreciate any contribution, no matter how small, to community activities that can bring us all back together once this difficult time is behind us. Thank you so much for your consideration in this, and be well.

We are in this Together

Dear Memorial Spaulding parents,

We hope you and your families are staying healthy. During this unprecedented time, we want you to know that we are here for you. We understand your anxieties, fears, and concerns.  We all are in the same boat, scrambling to figure out how to manage our families, households, and work in a time of a global pandemic. And we are dealing with information as it comes our way, the same as you.  

First and foremost in all of our minds is maintaining our family’s precious health, protecting our circle, and caring for our children.  Our kitchens have turned into classrooms, bedrooms are boardrooms, obtaining household essentials is next to impossible, each sneeze turns into a question of pollen or plague, and are having to figure out how to teach math (wait, you don’t carry the 1 any longer?!).  Not to mention the many families in our community that work in the medical field that carry the torch of burden. Simply put: it’s stressful.  

We have heard from several of you with concerns and questions regarding how the school’s quality learning continues in this situation.  We have shared the themes of feedback we’ve seen on our Facebook page with Mr. Morris and the emails he has received have been forwarded to the Superintendent. If you have additional questions, feedback, or concerns, we suggest that you send those directly to Mr. Morris, Dr. Fleishman or NPS. From our understanding, the district provides direction regarding how remote learning can take place. 

We know that this is a difficult time. Everyone has different challenges they must contend with, but we have a strong community. Let’s continue to connect, offering each other a listening ear and kind words of support. Please consider sharing pictures and videos of your families on the PTO Facebook page. Reach out to your teachers if you have questions – they are learning through this process and dealing with many of the same challenges and emotions that we are.  Connecting with others and offering a note of encouragement, or spreading positivity and joy can really go a long way. We appreciate our strong parent community, and look forward to moving beyond this together!

Hang in there!

The MS PTO Board

Community Support Resources:

NPS Covid-19 website: Includes information on Learning from Home, Student Services & Special Education, Food Services, Technology, Talking to your Kids about Covid-19, etc.

Newton Covid-19 Care Fund: Information on how to donate to the fund, or how to seek resources should you need them