Memorial Spaulding PTO Notes -- November 23, 2019



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This newsletter includes notices posted to the Memorial Spaulding PTO website (http://memorialspauldingpto.org) in the last week.




Notes from the PTO

Lost and Found

Lots of items! Please label things and we will get them back to you. Our team of 5th graders are very efficient. Check out what is there this week.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KGbPjhRdo4RrvYvgtGHPtotmqSnwfsJ4?usp=sharing


Sponsor a Child for the Holidays

Memorial Spaulding Social Action Committee

Sponsor-A-Child For The Holidays

This year we know how difficult it will be for many families. We hope you will share in the joy of the holidays by providing gifts to needy children served by the local Department of Children and Families.  We want to make the holidays special for foster families and struggling intact families who are not aligned with established charities. Without our help, these children will not experience the pleasure of receiving a gift at this special time of the year. 

How Can You Help?

Email dcfholidaydrive@gmail.com. Please include your child’s name, teacher and your phone number. If you would prefer to donate by check, we will be happy to purchase a gift on your behalf. Make check payable to Memorial Spaulding PTO and mail to Lynda Gordon, 168 Cynthia Road, Newton MA 02459

We will send you a child’s name and his or her wish list. All gifts need to be new, wrapped, and clearly labeled with the child’s name. Attaching a card is optional but greatly appreciated.

You will be receiving the child’s information the by the end of November.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would like to sponsor a child.

Thank you for helping make this holiday season special for those in need.

Questions? Email dcfholidaydrive@gmail.com  – Lindsay Mack (mom to 3rd grader, Adam)


Thank you to STEAM Day Volunteers

A huge THANK YOU goes out to the 35 parents (list below) who participated in last week’s EXPERIMENT DEMO DAYS at M-S. It was a great success!
Parents came up with many exciting ideas that explored a variety of concepts (examples below). They also talked through the scientific method with the kids and introduced the idea of STEAM Day, which will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2020, 1-4pm. Thanks so much for providing this enrichment to our students!

Experiment Examples:
· Looking at characteristics of waves, gravity, and symmetry through a Pendulum demonstration
· Examining and comparing densities of liquids
· Learning about properties of water (e.g., surface tension, buoyancy of objects)
· Understanding acids and bases, and testing for acidity of liquids

Our Parent Volunteers:
Kimberly Mak
Ling Yang
Natalya Shtokman
Sarah Konter
Minit Gupta
Eliza Danielson
Lauren Rozenvayn
Leah Kolidas
Tanuja Chitnis
Annie Fang
Mira Hariskov
Lakeitha Fernandes
Kirsten Smith
Lida Famili
Adi Kotzler-Melochna
Al Yazdani
Peter Germano
Ana Florian
Jim Druckrey
Michelle Landucci
Ann Chinchilla DeGeorge
Nora Grunin
Elizabeth Hamblin
Didem Vardar Ulu
Inna Nusinzon
Mandy Perrin
Ana Riella
Peter Germano
Nadine Palermo
Jeff Guasto
Marcela Almeida
Sally Rosen
Oggie Sosa
Rachel Laskin
Sarah Morton
Jenny Klein-Sosa (coordinator)





Community Notes

Tickets on Sale Now! Newton Music Ambassadors Gala Benefit Concert

Be a patron of the arts! Kick off the holiday season with a very special night of jazz that will
directly benefit our high school music students! Join the music communities of Newton North and Newton South High Schools at a Gala Benefit Concert in support of the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund (NMA).

Featuring ensembles from both schools’ award-winning jazz programs, the evening promises exceptional music in a convivial setting with light snacks and a cash bar, and is a great opportunity to celebrate and support Newton’s talented young musicians.  All proceeds will benefit the Newton Music Ambassadors, a collaborative fund set up by Newton South’s Lisa Linde and North’s Richard Labedz to empower students in pursuit of
music enrichment beyond the classroom. Funds raised at this event will provide Newton high school music students with opportunities to travel and participate in festivals and competitions, as well as funding assistance for private music lessons, and summer music camps etc.  The NMA seeks to position our students to serve as ambassadors who will positively impact the world around them through music.

Ticket prices are $25.00/adult, $10.00/student and can be purchased online in advance
at newtonmusicambassadors.seatyourself.biz or at the door (cash/check only).  Donations are also welcome.  Please email any questions to newtonmusicambassadors@gmail.com.

November 22nd,  7:00 – 10:00 pm
American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California Street


Newton Family Singers 10th Anniversary Show: Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac

It’s NFS’s birthday!

Since 2009, the Newton Family Singers has given family-friendly, inter-generational choral concerts to the Newton community. For their 10th Anniversary show, they’re singing the music of Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac. Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac burst into musical consciousness in the 1970s with signature songs like “American Girl” and “Don’t Stop,” and continued generating hits in the decades following. Tie on a flowing scarf and come sing along with Newton Family Singers and celebrate the songs of Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and more. For ages “Learnin’ to Fly” to “Free Fallin’”.

BONUS. Help Newton Family Singers give back to the community that supports us all. Representatives from 10 local charities* will be at the concert to raise awareness of how they serve our community, from feeding the hungry to greening our community, from providing companionship to educating our children. Plus, all net proceeds for this concert will be shared by these groups.

Join in! You are an integral part of this musical family! Help celebrate this milestone and the incredible community we’ve created together. Clap & sing along to family-friendly, live music and enjoy the festivities.

Tickets are available at www.newtonfamilysingers.org. $12.00/Adults and $10.00/Child. Remember that all net proceeds will support the ten local organizations that will be honored at the concert. Please consider donating a few extra dollars at the time of your online purchase.

November 24th, 4:00 pm
JCC Greater Boston, 333 Nahanton Street

* Participating Charities:

  • Asperger / Autism Network (AANE)
  • Best Buddies – Team Believe
  • Centre Street Food Pantry
  • Green Newton
  • Newton at Home
  • Newton Community Farm
  • Newton Food Pantry
  • Newton Schools Foundation
  • Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Newton (SEL4Newton)
  • Waban Library Center

Sleepless in Newton?

You can fix that at the Newton South Arts Mattress Fundraiser.

Come get a better night’s sleep AND support the Newton South Fine Performing Arts
program! They’ll have great name brands including Simmons Beautyrest, Intellibed,
Therapedic, Wellsville, and the popular Number beds priced up to 50% off retail in the NSHS Gym.

They’ll also be selling adjustable bases, luxury sheets, premium pillows, frames, and
mattress protectors… and offering massage chairs too! MANY financing options available,
including layaway and no credit check same as cash.

Take a peek of what to expect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tEjzhM-kVU
If you are not in the market for a new mattress just now, please support this effort by helping to spread the word. Thousands of families in our community will be buying a new mattress this winter, very likely including some of your friends – help them save money AND support our students!

November 24th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Newton South High School Gym


Sleepless in Newton?

You can fix that at the Newton South Arts Mattress Fundraiser.

Come get a better night’s sleep AND support the Newton South Fine Performing Arts
program! They’ll have great name brands including Simmons Beautyrest, Intellibed,
Therapedic, Wellsville, and the popular Number beds priced up to 50% off retail in the NSHS Gym.

They’ll also be selling adjustable bases, luxury sheets, premium pillows, frames, and
mattress protectors… and offering massage chairs too! MANY financing options available,
including layaway and no credit check same as cash.

Take a peek of what to expect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tEjzhM-kVU
If you are not in the market for a new mattress just now, please support this effort by helping to spread the word. Thousands of families in our community will be buying a new mattress this winter, very likely including some of your friends – help them save money AND support our students!

November 24th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Newton South High School Gym


You are invited to join the Book Group discussion

Please join the League of Women Voters for a book group discussion led by Newton resident and author Barbara F. Berenson. In her book (166 pages), Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement, Barbara examines the story of woman suffrage with a focus on women in Massachusetts who shaped both the national and state movements.

There is no need to read the entire book to participate! Several copies of Barbara’s book are available through the Minuteman Library Network. The book can be purchased at Amazon, and there is at least one copy available for purchase at Newtonville Books. Copies of the book will also be made available by LWVN – just email info@lwvnewton.org.

Following the book group discussion, all are welcome to attend the Waban Area’s Council annual tree lighting ceremony in Waban Square, right outside the Waban Library Center.

RSVPs to info@lwvnewton.org are appreciated!

December 1st, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street


Cross Country Ski Club in Newton

Do you want to introduce your kids to cross-country skiing and give them the opportunity to ski with other kids their age? Eastern Mass Bill Koch (EMBK) Club is a Boston-area club dedicated to introducing kids to the joys of cross-country skiing and racing. The club is open to children ages 7-13, absolute beginners to experienced competitive skiers.

Kids train at the DCR’s Leo J. Martin Ski Track in Newton Lower Falls from early December until the last snow melts. The facility makes its own snow. Everyone skis Saturday mornings, with some skiing Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings depending on their age/experience. Check out the club’s website and registration information at http://easternmassnordic.org.


Free basketball clinic for grades 3-8

Steve Matthews, current Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the Newton South Lions, and one of college basketball’s all-time great shooters, will run a FREE two hour shooting clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-8.

Please see the flyer for details on signing up: Clinic

December 7th,  10:00 am – 12 :00 noon
Newton South High School


Writing Tutors Available

Does your student struggle with school writing assignments? Jane Hirschhorn and her team at JBH Tutoring can help. Jane and her tutors have more than 50 years of combined experience working with students from middle school through graduate school. They tailor their approach to make the best use of each student’s strengths to help them move through the writing process with calm and confidence and can also help with college essays.

For more information, please contact Jane at jane@jbhtutoring.com or 617-957-7208. You can learn more about Jane and her wonderful team at jbhtutoring.com.