FAQs for New Family

What time does school start?
All grades – Kindergarten through Grade 5 – Front and Back Doors open at 8:20.am  Parents may drop their kids off at the door at 8:20 or may escort their child to their classroom. Children are assigned morning work between 8:20-8:25.
All children must be in their classrooms by 8:30 when the late bell rings. If your child arrives after 8:30, 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 familie.. 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 driv
ing. 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.

When does my Kindergarten child start school?
Only Group A children start school on the first official day of school. They do not attend on the second day of school. Group B children start on the second day of school—they do not attend the first official day of school. This allows for smaller groups of kindergarteners to familiarize themselves with their new school, classrooms, teachers and classmates. All kindergarten children attend on the third day of school.

What is the schedule for Kindergarten in the first month?
ALL kindergarten children will be released at 12:30 every day during the month of September. From October to June, they stay until 3:00 on their two long days.

What is the schedule for Kindergarten from October to June?
• Group A kids are released at 3:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays, and are released at 12:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
• Group B kids are released at 12:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and are released at 3:00 on Thursdays and Fridays.

What is the release time for children in Grades 1-5?
All children in these grades are released at 3:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Every Tuesday throughout the year is an early release day on Tuesday at 12:30 for all students.In addition, there are approximately 6 special early release days on Thursdays at 12:30. Refer to the online School Calendar for these 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.