Fall 2017 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 Fall 2017 ASCA session will run from September 25, 2017 – December 22, 2017, exclusive of holidays, vacations, and special early release days. Registration dates are September 11, 2017 – September 18, 2017. There will be NO late registration so please make sure you do it on time. Registration will be online ONLY at https://ascams.communityroot.com/

A full list of class descriptions is available at: http://memorialspauldingpto.org/course-offerings/

*** 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 asca1@memorialspauldingpto.org 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 asca1@memorialspauldingpto.org before September 18 if you would like to apply. ***

Still have questions? Please check the ASCA bulletin board and the Memorial Spaulding PTO website at http://memorialspauldingpto.org/ which has more information pertaining to ASCA. If your question still remains unanswered, please contact us directly at  asca1@memorialspauldingpto.org or leave a note in the ASCA mailbox in the front hallway. In your message please include the specific question and contact information.


Movie Night Sunday

This Sunday, September 17th is  our rescheduled Movie Night.  Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy free popcorn and a movie under the stars. The movie will start at 7pm. The movie will be a shorter one to allow everyone to get a good nights sleep.


ASCA is seeking volunteers to help during the fall session (runs 9/25-12/22). It’s a FUN and EASY way to help our school!

The following days have openings:

Nannies, grandparents, and other caregivers welcome.

Have your child with you during the time you could otherwise volunteer? No problem, bring him/her along!

For more information, please e-mail asca2@memorialspauldingpto.org.

Memorial Spaulding Kindergarten Soccer

Memorial Spaulding Kindergarten Soccer starts this Saturday! It is a great chance to meet other parents and help your child make new friends while having fun.
WHEN: Saturday afternoons from 2-3pm starting September 16th and ending November 4th. (We will make every effort to schedule make-up sessions in case of weather cancellations by adding weeks at the end, if needed)
REGISTRATION: $75 per child for eight sessions in total. All students must register by September 14th, and the sign-up fee is non-refundable.Click on the link below to sign up and register. This link also includes the PayPal link in order to pay the $75 fee.
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COACHES: I need 2-3 volunteer assistant coaches, please. I will send details of lessons prior to the sessions, so all you will need to do is show up and herd cats for an hour or so. Moms, please also consider coaching. I know I want my son growing up with male and female role models..
NOTE TO PARENTS: This is not a drop-off lesson, so a parent needs to be there each week. Honestly, it’s a great way to get to know everyone. Our kids are all going to be growing up together, and there’s nothing more important than creating a community of parents to ensure they get the best out of their school experience.

Principal’s Weekly Update

Memorial-Spaulding Families,

We are off to a good start with our new arrival plan. Teachers are starting Morning Meeting right at 8:30am. Please ensure your child is at school on time each day.

Administrative Policies and Procedures are outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. Should you have a question – you may find the answer here.

Do you have a 4th grader who likes to visit National Parks?  Check out this great way to have great experiences and save money!  Click HERE

Instrumental music is a great way to grow as a musician, thinker and a collaborative team player. All 4th grade students are eligible to learn a wind instrument.  More information HERE and HERE

A new math curriculum is coming!  Newton Public Schools has adopted Investigations. This new program will be implemented in grades 3 and 4 this school year.  Click HERE for a letter from Jennifer Shore, our Math Coordinator.

Flu clinic coming to Memorial-Spaulding on Sept. 26th.  Click HERE for more information.

All bus riders should complete the Bus Behavior Contract.  Each bus rider was given a copy of the contract to read and sign. If your child rides the bus and has not yet completed the contract. Please click HERE to download – and send to school with your child.

Our afternoon buses are nearly full.  Therefore there is no room for additional “hop on” riders.  If your child is planning a play date with a friend, please make sure you arrange for transportation – other than the school bus.

The First Six Week of School is a component of Responsive Classroom that allows students to fully learn routines and expectations, as well as develop a sense of classroom/school community.  A letter explaining our work is available HERE.

Are you CORI’d?  If you are wondering if you are on the approved CORI list, please ask Francie (sheehanf@newton.k12.ma.us or 617-559-9600).  If you need to complete a CORI form, please see Francie in person and bring a valid ID (drivers license or passport).

The tree near the Art Room is not for children to climb after school.  The tree is sustaining damage from children climbing – and we have had a few children injured.  The school is not liable for any injuries sustained while climbing the tree.

Do you wait for your child at the front door for dismissal?  If so, please stand back from the doors – several teachers are dismissing from this location.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Glass water bottles are not ideal for school.  Broken glass bottles can create a safety hazard.

Thank you for helping to create a smooth transition for your child and a great opening of an exciting new school year. I look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 27th!



Cub Scouts

Newton Cub Scout Pack 210 is a great group — well-organized but laid back and non-denominational. We have boys from all around Newton (Ward, Bowen, Countryside, Franklin, Williams, Mason Rice, Memorial Spaulding), and our Pack is, and has always been, 100% inclusive in all respects!

The Pack meets regularly each month September – May, normally at the Carroll Center for the Blind “Tech Center” on Centre Street (next to Mt. Alvernia High/across from Newton Country Day) or off-site if activities have been scheduled, and the five grade-based Dens each also meet regularly once a month as well. (So two weeknight meetings per month during the school year.) We also have, on average, one optional weekend outing a month like a hike or a camping trip/overnight adventure. Our Pinewood Derby is a great event, held every February.

Our 2017-18 schedule and other information can be found on our website, here (and more general information on the Cub Scout program is available from the Boy Scouts of America [BSA] here). Our dues will be $150 for the year, which includes a scout handbook (there is one for each of the 4 levels), all awards given, many (but not all) Den and Pack events/activities (e.g., admission and/or group reservation fees, food at certain events, etc.), and things like BSA regional and national dues. We also ask each boy to buy a uniform shirt and neckerchief.

We would love to introduce you to our Pack, and answer any questions you have, at our 2017-18 kick-off/welcome meeting, Wednesday September 13, 6:30 – 8pm at the Carroll Center’s Tech Center (770 Centre St.). Please note that the date has changed from the initial posting in Memorial Spaulding PTO Notes. All are welcome to come, ask questions and sign up for scouting (or not – you can decide later!). Our program that night will include a short presentation for the parents and ice cream for the kids!

Feel free to get in touch with me, or with the Chair of our Parent’s Committee, Azita Kaffashan (azita55@gmail.com) if you have any questions between now and then!


David Ismay, Pack 210 Cubmaster


Memorial Spaulding Kindergarten Soccer

Did you know that Memorial Spaulding has its own K soccer program? Our K soccer program is just for Memorial Spaulding students, coached by M-S parent volunteers and takes place on our own upper field each week. This is a great opportunity to meet classmates and families from our school! Stay tuned for signup info coming in September!

Destination Imagination

Does your child like to engineer, draw, act or build?

If so, your kids are going to LOVE Destination Imagination. Over 350 Newton students have participated in this life changing program and this year is going to be the biggest yet!!

Registration is now open!

What is DI? (A short intro video for parents)

This year’s 2017 – 2018 Challenges!!! (Show your kids these videos)
Technical Challenge
Scientific Challenge
Engineering Challenge
Fine Arts Challenge
Improvisational Challenge
Social Action Challenge

Please email any questions to: matthew@newtondi.net

Welcome Letter from PTO

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Memorial Spaulding! Our names are Rebika Shaw Bendayan, Crista Martinez Padua and Joanna Mitri. We are your PTO co-presidents. We are proud to be part of this school community, and look forward to an enriching and fun year ahead for all our children.

The primary goal of our PTO is to promote our incredible Memorial-Spaulding community-spirit.  We do this by organizing fun events throughout the year, supporting teachers and staff, fundraising, helping conserve resources and promoting other important events.

We are proud to announce that the efforts of the PTO last year helped finance and install a brand new playground for the school, for our kids to enjoy for years to come! Thank you to all our generous donors and amazing community volunteers for making this happen.

Mark your calendars for the important dates below:

Important Back to school dates

  •  Kindergarten Classroom Visits – Thurs, Aug 31st 2:00 – 2:30pm, followed by K playdate
  •   PTO/Principal Coffees – On the first 2 days of school, Tues Sept 5 and Wed Sept 6, please come meet our Principal, Tom Morris, at a “Welcome Coffee”. Mr. Morris and PTO representatives will be greeting families in the school auditorium, right after drop off, starting at 8:20 AM. A short introduction and presentation will follow.
  • Movie Night – Sat, Sept 9, 6 p.m. – Bring your own picnic and the whole family, and join us on the upper field; the movie starts at 7 and free popcorn is provided by the PTO.
  • Back to School Night – Wednesday, Sept 27 6 p.m. – Come visit your child’s classroom and learn about what to expect for the school year.

Stay tuned for other fun events organized by the PTO:

  •   Halloween Party (October 28)
  • Mystery Dinner (November)
  • Book Fair (November)
  • International Festival (March)
  • Newton Serves (Spring)
  • Color Day (June)


All the above events and funding to support teacher classroom activities are made possible through PTO fundraising. We try to keep this to a minimum, so there are three main ways the PTO raises funds:

–   ASK  A fundraising drive at the beginning of the year where each family is asked to make a contribution to support an entire year’s activities.

–  ASCA – After School Creative Arts program which offers fun enriching classes for kids after school – sports, art, music, language, martial arts, cooking, science and more!

–     Kindergarten Soccer – A fun, confidence-building program for all incoming K kids.


The PTO is run by a community of parents who volunteer their time to make all the above events a success and support our amazing teachers. The PTO still needs volunteers for to help organize events for the year, so please reach out to one of us or email info@memorialspauldingpto.org if you’re interested in volunteering, and we can help find something that matches your availability and interests.

The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) includes every parent.  There are big and small ways to get involved.  Contact us to learn more. We look forward to working with you to create an unforgettable experience for our children. Welcome to the Memorial Spaulding family!


Rebika, Joanna, and Crista