Category Archives: From the PTO

Newton Girls Softball

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: james.alandydy@gmail.com

ELL Committee Chairperson Needed!

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 info@memorialspauldingpto.org.

TONIGHT! PTO Board Meeting, Thursday, Feb 13th at 7pm

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

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

Walk to School Day- February 7th!

Bundle up and get ready for a winter walk to school day! We are holding a winter walk to school day on Friday, February 7th.

No walk to school day tomorrow!

Given the rain and cold tomorrow we have decided to cancel the walk to school day scheduled for tomorrow. We will try to reschedule in the early spring.

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



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.