The latest announcements from the Principal, PTO, and NPS...

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

Incoming Kindergarten Playground Meet up

Let’s get together to meet our new kindergarten friends and families! We’ll have some free play and some organized games to break the ice. Snacks too!

We will meet on the Playground at Memorial Spaulding, on Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Raindate will be Sunday, 6/10/18 at 10:00.

Future Meet Ups are planned for 7/14 and 8/11.

Principal’s Update

Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope you are enjoying the warm summer-like weather.  It has been wonderful for students to be outdoors – not only for recess, but for learning experiences.  We have several nice outdoor learning spots – including Kayla’s Garden.  It is my hope to one day build a functional outdoor classroom learning space in the Garden. Stay tuned….

Color Day 2018 is coming up on Tuesday, June 5th.  Color Day is a Field Day experience where our children spend the morning outside engaged in activities that call for strategy and teamwork.  In order for this day to be successful we need more parent volunteers.  Come spend the morning outdoors and have fun with us!  (Color Day ends at 12 noon).  You may click HERE to sign up as a volunteer.  WE NEED YOU!

The Newton Special Education Parents Advisory Council is currently accepting nominations for Newton faculty and staff members who have done outstanding work with students receiving special education services.  Click HERE for more information.

Pokemon Cards Banned:  It has come to my attention that some students are bringing Pokemon cards to school during the day.  Please know that Pokemon cards are not permitted in school (or on the school bus).  If a child needs to bring cards to school for any reason, then they must be in the backpack during the school day – and bus ride home.

Have a delightful evening.

International Festival- May 31st

There’s still time to celebrate your families’ diversity by hosting a table and/or performing at Memorial Spaulding’s International Festival next Thursday 5/31 from 6:00-8:00!
The International Festival is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Memorial Spaulding’s amazing diversity. Families have the opportunity to “visit” various countries, learn different languages, make arts and crafts, taste traditional foods from all over the world and be entertained by inspiring performances from across the globe! Most of all, this event teaches us all to celebrate our common humanity.
There are MANY ways to get involved whether it’s helping set up, host a table, organize a performance or help clean up, all while have FUN!  If you want your country represented, please make sure to sign up for a table or performance! Use this link to sign up!

Middle School Speech Team Open House

Oak Hill/Brown/Day Middle School SPEECH TEAM OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, May 30th 3:30 to 5:00

Newton South High School Library Annex Room (enter through Library and there will be guides) come see this year’s team members perform and learn what speech team is all about a great, fun way to give your child the vital life skill of public speaking offered through Newton Community Ed- no rsvp required everyone welcome.

Information Night for Incoming Parents

Do you have a child that will attend Memorial Spaulding for the first time in September 2018? If so..the school and PTO would like to invite you to attend a parents-only information night on Thursday May 17th at 7 p.m. to learn more about Memorial Spaulding and what to expect during your child’s school year. Members of the PTO and Principal Morris will host this information session and answer your questions about scheduling, after-school care, enrichment programs, transportation and much more. We will also include a short tour of the school to familiarize you with the layout. Please RSVP by typing Yes or No in the subject line of an email to: info@memorialspauldingpto.org

Principal’s Update

Hello Memorial-Spaulding Families,

Happy Wednesday!  With only 6 1/2 weeks of school remaining, we are in the throws of planning for next school year.  The student placement process has begun and we are starting to work on options for next year’s school schedule. At the same time, teachers are working hard to make sure students are well prepared to advance to the next grade level.

Student attendance rates have been very good lately. For the past few days we have had only 6 children absent for the school day! This means there are 450 children in attendance and (even though the weather is getting warm) they are quite focused on learning. When children are in school on a consistent basis we see dramatic increases in overall student achievement.  Nice work parents!!  Keep ’em coming!

Boston City Singers Youth Chorus will visit Memorial-Spaulding on Monday, May 21st in order to audition children for their 2018-19 season. This is the organization with whom I travelled to South Africa last summer.  They consistently provide high quality programming and amazing opportunities for young singers.  Check them out HERE.  Parent permission form to audition is required.  Access the form HERE.  Forms should be returned to our music teacher, Caroline Frick.

Many thanks to the Social Event Committee for an amazingly wonderful evening this past Saturday at the Dedham Hilton. This was an wonderful opportunity to have fun and get to know one another outside of the school setting. Much appreciation for all the hard work it took to pull of such an event in a few short weeks.

Last week I asked that parents send students to school with a plastic water bottle instead of glass (due to the fact that glass can be dangerous if it breaks). I have been asked to mention the possibility of bringing in an metal water bottle – which is more environmentally friendly. The next time you are in the market for a children’s water bottle, consider metal.

Our grounds are looking good!  Thanks to Robin Welch, Katharina Elbert and the entire Beautification Committee for their hard work.

Enjoy the beautiful day!