Newton Girls Softball Rec League is for girls in kindergarten to 7th
grade. Supportive coaches teach the fundamentals of softball and
develop confidence, determination, and resiliency. Team sports can play a
great role helping girls face challenges as they get
older. There is a place for girls of all ability levels in Softball, in
a different way from soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. If your
daughter is not playing a spring sport, please look at our website: http://newtongirlssoftball.org/ Also, Rec League Director James Alandydy would be happy to talk with you. Please contact him at: email@example.com
We are looking for a chairperson to serve as the liaison between the PTO and ELL families. Your child does not need to be a current participant in the ELL program – in fact, someone who has previously participated in the program would probably have a lot of great experience to share! Other schools in our community have implemented this role along with ELL Cultural Leaders who serve as informal contacts for students and parents sharing a similar cultural background. If you are interested in serving as the ELL Committee Chairperson, or if you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will join us for our board meeting on Thursday, February
13th at 7pm in the Teacher’s Lounge. As always, our board meetings are
open to all Memorial Spaulding families. The draft agenda is available
at this Evite link which will include an update from our Safe Routes to School committee. We hope to see you there!
Newton Girls Soccer New England’s largest all girls soccer program is right here in your city. Over 1000 girls from K-9 play soccer each season with Newton Girls Soccer. Beyond the soccer, they are building confidence, learning teamwork and making friends across Newton. Registration is open in February for our spring season that starts the week of March 30. Visit: www.newtongirlssoccer.org
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.
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
We are looking for a huge showing of cultures this year. Please come help us explore the amazing cultures around us!
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
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
Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks
Sharing the Road with Bicyclists
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.
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
left, right and left again before crossing the street, making eye
contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles and wait until they wave you
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.
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.