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Newton South Preschool

Newton South Preschool, a public preschool program, is currently accepting applications for September 2019.
The preschool is a child development lab school and is part of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at Newton South High School. In addition to providing high quality early education and care, the program serves as an internship site for high school students who are taking early childhood courses.
We serve children 2.9-5 years old. The program is open from 7:00am-5:00pm and follows the Newton Public Schools calendar. Full day and half day options are available.
Our teachers hold M.Ed.’s in Early Childhood and are licensed by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Our program is accredited by NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children).
Please contact Kevin Lenane if you are interested in enrolling or would like a tour.
Contact info: kevin_lenane@newton.k12.ma.us
617-559-6533.

Website: http://newtonsouthpreschoolprogram.weebly.com/

Honor Thy Teacher- Last Chance!

Don’t miss your chance to thank teachers and staff who made a difference to your child this year! Making a donation to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program is a great way to do this. Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack or if you have children in the upper grades, you will have already received a letter by mail. To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org. Donations are tax-deductible and go toward enhancing educational excellence, including teachers’ professional development, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and new curricula and learning opportunities throughout Newton’s schools. Teachers, as well as their Principal and the Superintendent, will be notified of this honor, and if you donate by JULY 31 their names will appear in a special notification in the Newton TAB.

Tuesday Update

Hello Memorial-Spaulding Parents,

Today was a perfect day for Color Day!  The weather was beautiful and it was a great day to be outdoors.  Thanks to Ms. Komow for all her hard work and to our outstanding volunteers!

Books Needed: We need gently used books for our annual summer book swap.  Please send them in tomorrow (Wednesday) or Thursday at the latest.  The book swap is scheduled for Monday, June 18th.

Gifts to Teachers:  Did you know Massachusetts has a law that speaks to giving gifts to teachers (and all public employees).  Before you spend money on a teacher gift, check out the law HERE.

The Newton Health and Human Services Department has asked that I send out a letter about smartphone use with students.  Letter is available HERE.

 

 

Principal’s Update

Greetings Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope you have been able to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weekend weather.

Thanks to Sue Welch and Amy Severance for providing great resources to engage children in academic work this summer – and prevent the dreaded “summer slide”.  Click HERE for literacy ideas and resources and HERE for math.  One additional idea brought up by a parent: When going on a driving trip allow your child to listen to the first part of a book on tape.  If they like the story, then give them the book.  Sounds like a brilliant way to support your child’s summer reading.

The instrumental music demonstration is coming up this week!  3rd graders will have the opportunity to see, hear and touch an array of band instruments.  Given the fact the music inspires a myriad of life-long learning skills, I encourage you to seriously consider this option for your child going into 4th grade.  Registration paperwork will be coming home this week with all 3rd grade students.  Click HERE for more information.

Is your child (currently in grades K-4) not coming back to Memorial-Spaulding for some reason?  Please let us know by emailing Francie:  francie_sheehan@newton.k12.ma.us

The International Fair was a great success!  Thanks to the many volunteers who dedicated their time and energy to pull off this event.  Between the amazing food and cultural activities, the outstanding performances (60 acts with costumes, poems, dances, instrumental performances and singing) and those who helped to set up and clean up – this was a quintessential Memorial-Spaulding evening.  Much appreciation to all!

As you may know, we have been allocated an additional 4th grade classroom for next year.  This means we will have four 4th grade classrooms, and we lost one Kindergarten allocation.  Like this year we will have twenty-two classrooms at our school.  Please click HERE to see next year’s staffing list.

Color Day is Tuesday – please make sure your child has sunscreen and a water bottle.

Family end-of-year picnic with Food Trucks!  Friday, June 22nd starting at 12 noon on the Memorial-Spaulding field.  Please join us!  (All students are dismissed at 12 noon on Friday, June 22 – last day of school.)

It’s the Final Countdown!

Only three more weeks of school – hooray!
Please join us for an End-of-Year picnic immediately after the early dismissal on the last day of school – Friday June 22nd at 12 pm, on the upper field.
Bring your own lunch or buy from food trucks (serving hot dogs, burgers, pizza and icecream.)
Please RSVP below so we can get a head count for the food trucks:
http://evite.me/Qa9nVbYMc6

Newton SEPAC Special Educator Awards

The 9th Annual Newton SEPAC Special Educator Awards will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2018  starting at 6:00 pm at Newton North High School Cafeteria (457 Walnut Street)

6:00 – 7:00 pm Mingling, Viewing of nomination slideshows Appetizers, Beverages, Dessert
7:00 – 7:10 pm Introduction of SEPAC Board, NPS Administration,
and School Committee members
7:10 – 7:20 pm Jess Wilson, Newton mom and blogger
7:20 – 8:30 pm Awards Ceremony

The SEPAC Special Educator Awards are presented to Newton faculty and staff members who have done exceptional work with students receiving special education services. Parents, guardians and students may submit nominations and may nominate any staff member who they believe has done exceptional work. In the past, we’ve had regular education teachers, special education teachers, aides, BT’s, secretaries, principals and custodians receive awards.

Please note that the awards do not identify you or your child by name, to preserve the child’s confidentiality. Only the honoree is given the name of the person who nominated him or her.

Please submit your nomination by May 31 to 2018 SEPAC Awards Nomination

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

• PLEASE only nominate those who have done exceptional work.
• DON’T feel like you must nominate your child’s entire team to avoid hurt feelings.
• PLEASE submit your nomination ASAP! This will enable your honoree to plan to attend the ceremony and invite family/friends, and submitting your nominations early will allow SEPAC to plan the food accordingly
• PLEASE limit your nominations to faculty and staff who have worked with your child during the 2017-2018 school year

Book Swap

Get ready to relax and read this summer by trading some books you have finished with your Memorial Spaulding friends and bring home some “new to you” books!

To participate: We need used book donations to make our swap successful! Please sort through bookshelves at home for books in good condition that are ready for a new home and drop them off outside the Memorial Spaulding library before Wednesday, June 13. Books should be appropriate for K-5 readers (no board books or activity books, please).

On Monday, June 18, each class will have a scheduled time to visit the book swap. Students will have the opportunity to choose some different books to take home for summer reading! Any leftover books will be distributed to classroom libraries or donated. Thank you for your support!

Hosted by the Memorial-Spaulding Library and Literacy Team