FAQs for New Family

What time does school start?
All grades – Kindergarten through Grade 5 – Front and Back Doors open at 8:10.am  Parents may drop their kids off at the door at 8:10. All children must be in their classrooms by 8:20 when the late bell rings. If your child arrives after 8:20, he/she must check in with the callback/safe arrival volunteer in the front lobby.

How should my child get to/and from school?
Memorial Spaulding is lucky to be a very walkable neighborhood. There are 3 crossing guards to make certain that the major crossings are safe.  The sidewalks from these crossing guards all the way to school are shoveled by the city to make certain they are passable year round. All children attending Memorial Spaulding are eligible for FREE busing regardless of location.  Parking is very limited around the school.  All students who plan on taking the bus need to register for a bus pass. For more information on bus routes or applying for a bus pass,  visit the Newton Public Schools Transportation Office:

Use the BLUE ZONE.These are the blue curbed areas directly in front of the school on both sides of Pleasant St.  These are areas for a drop-off or pick-up: NO PARKING. Children should enter/exit car independently and enter and exit the cars from the sidewalk. Parking here can be ticketed by police. Also note that to comply with state regulations and to support the respiratory health of our children, cars are NOT allowed to IDLE.

NO PARKING in the SCHOOL PARKING LOT DURING SCHOOL HOURS – SCHOOL STAFF ONLY. Parking on streets around the school is allowed, unless it’s the Blue Zone area. We currently have over 400 families.. If you feel you must drive and park, please consider parking a bit away from the school and walking the rest. The streets surrounding the school are not designed to handle the volume of traffic associated with so many of our families driving. Parking is even more limited in the winter.
Memorial Spaulding has been an integral part of a city-wide SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL effort aimed at making the routes to school safer and reducing the number of cars that arrive at school every day.

What is the release time for children in Grades 1-5?
All children in these grades are released at 2:50 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Every Wednesday throughout the year is an early release day on Tuesday at 12:20 for all students.  Refer to the Newton Public School Calendar for all days off and any other early release days.

How do School Lunches work?
The Food Service Dept. Website is http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/799. You will find information here on how to sign up for the lunch program, opting out of lunch program, and forms for free and reduced lunch.