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

Parent Trivia Night

You’re invited!  Join Memorial Spaulding parents for an evening of virtual fun & games hosted by Stump Trivia on Thursday, December 17th at 8 p.m. on Zoom.  Tickets are $15 per household and can be purchased here:  bit.ly/MStrivianight Have a winning team in mind?  Sign up and let us know!  Teams of 3 to 6 households can be sent to:  info@memorialspauldingpto.org with subject line:  Trivia Team.  If not, no worries  – just show up & awesome teams will be formed by the host!

Be a Light & Spread Cheer

Spread cheer this season by lighting the drive or walkway of Memorial Spaulding friends.  For $25, have luminaries delivered to a friend, or someone you would like to thank this season.  Luminaries will be magically delivered during the week of December 13th during the hours of 5 and 6 p.m.  Sign up here to spread cheer >

New Year’s Eve Hat Decorating Contest

Coming Soon: the MS New Year’s Eve Hat Decorating Contest! Students can participate for a chance to win prizes. Stay tuned for more!

Principal’s Update

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope you have had a restful weekend. Just a few brief items of interest for this week.

Our next PTO Meeting will take place this Wednesday evening (Dec. 9th) @ 7pm. Please join us if you can. Here is the zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96895035312?pwd=VWFSVU5UTXZQdmxBRTNRYm81OGdDZz09. Meeting ID: 968 9503 5312Passcode: 797806. I hope to see you there.

When a COVID case impacts our school, I am required to follow a protocol when notifying families and staff. I am including a link to the NPS Communication Protocol. This will give you some insight into the process we follow in order to ensure information is passed along in a timely manner.

Food insecurity is certainly growing in our community. HERE is a list of all the food resources available in Newton. If you need to access food pantries you will need to fill out an application, which is included in the page attached to the link. We are happy to assist any family working to obtain food resources. Should you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out.

Reminder that there will be no instruction happening at 2pm on Monday, Dec 7th and Thursday, Dec 10th. These two afternoons have been set aside for parent – teacher conferences.

DLA materials pick up day is Thursday, Dec 10th from 3:30-4:30pm in the bus lane. If you cannot make that day/time – please call Kim @ 617-559-9600 to retrieve your child’s materials.

I wish you a productive and healthy week ahead.

Tom Morris, Principal

Annual Appeal

Dear Memorial Spaulding families, 

This year, more than ever the Memorial Spaulding PTO needs your financial support to ensure we can continue funding the same programs we commit to each year. 

The Memorial Spaulding PTO is run entirely by volunteers. We typically raise funding through donations and participation in our After School Creative Arts program (“ASCA”). During a normal year, we raise the majority of the PTOs funding through ASCA. However this year, ASCA is running significantly under capacity which has had a big impact on our budget. 

The PTO directs 100% of the money raised directly back into our school. Here are some examples: 

● The Creative Arts and Sciences Committee (“CASC”) is our biggest expense and will resume again in January. CACS brings diverse, highly engaging curriculum-based art and science experiences INTO your child’s classroom. Importantly, this year CASC’s virtual format will bring our hybrid and DLA classrooms together. 

● Our Annual Appeal provides mini-grants to teachers for elective programs and training. 

● Beautification efforts for our school. This fall we created three hugely popular alternative outdoor learning spaces. In previous years, the PTO has helped fund our new playground and brought new technology into the classrooms. 

● We are able to host fun, safe events for the community; eg. the October Pumpkin Decorating event and the Virtual Halloween Dance Party. 

The PTO tries to keep events free of charge, but we need your financial support to achieve this. 

A few things to know about the Annual Appeal: 

We request a once-yearly donation: a suggested donation of $50 per child, but encourage any amount possible 

We will continue to reach out to those who have not yet donated at various times throughout the year.

It is tax deductible. The Memorial Spaulding PTO is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, so all donations are tax deductible. Please don’t forget to check if your employer has a matching gift program, too. 

It is convenient. You can donate online via PayPal , or you can also mail a check to Memorial Spaulding PTO, 250 Brookline St, Newton MA 02459. 

If you have already donated this year, thank you.* We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you virtually at one of our community events or hopefully, in person soon. 

* For anyone who donated toward the outdoor classroom spaces, that donation qualifies as your tax-deductible Annual Appeal donation for this year.

Regards from your PTO Co-presidents: 

Brooke Brindley and Katy Karon on behalf of the entire PTO Board: 

Gita Behery, Treasurer

Eliza Danielson, Secretary

Jenny Klein-Sosa, DLA Liaison

Rebika Bendayan, Fundraising Chair

Craig Spitzkoff, Technology Liaison

Janna Sneider, ASCA Chair

Michelle Spitzkoff, Board Member

Erika Guerra-Downey, Board Member 

Crista Martinez-Padua, Board Member


SEPAC Meeting

Please join Newton SEPAC for a presentation on:

Special Education Rights during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, November 23, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83029946801?pwd=ZkcvMVZ0M3l3V0YreDZURTBsaXRlQT09

Presented by: Daniel Heffernan, Esq., Newton parent and Special Education Attorney at Kotin Crabtree and Strong, LLP

Dan will discuss the most current DESE decisions and guidelines affecting special education students in Massachusetts during the pandemic. Some of the areas Dan will cover include IEP service delivery, compensatory services, evaluations, administrative timelines, etc. We will also have time for Q&A from families.

Please save the date. The link for the presentation will be emailed to the SEPAC listserv. We hope to see you there!

Be a Light & Spread Cheer

Spread cheer this season by lighting the drive or walkway of Memorial Spaulding friends.  For $25, have luminaries delivered to a friend, or someone you would like to thank this season.  Luminaries will be magically delivered during the week of December 13th during the hours of 5 and 6 p.m.  Sign up here to spread cheer >

Parent Trivia Night

You’re invited!  Join Memorial Spaulding parents for an evening of virtual fun & games hosted by Stump Trivia on Thursday, December 17th at 8 p.m. on Zoom.  Tickets are $15 per household and can be purchased here:  bit.ly/MStrivianight

Have a winning team in mind?  Sign up and let us know!  Teams of 6 households can be sent to:  info@memorialspauldingpto.org with subject line:  Trivia Team.  If not, no worries  – just show up & awesome teams will be formed by the host!

Newton Schools Foundation Transforms Newton Inspires Into Virtual Speaker Series

Newton native Jason Hehir, the director of the 2020 Emmy award-winning Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, will kick off Newton Schools Foundation’s 10th annual Newton Inspires: A Celebration of Ideas and Community, on Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm. The live talks and presentations in which notable Newtonians share their interests and passions will be delivered via Zoom — once a month through October 2021.

Other monthly presenters include:

  • Denise Drower Swidey, PBS producer, food stylist and writer
  • Sonja Spears, Chief  Equity and Inclusion Officer, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and Chair of the Newton Police Reform Task Force
  • Broadway actors and NPS alumni Zachary Baer, Skylar Fox, Tess Primack, and Ryan Vona with special guest, Adam Brown, director of Theatre Ink at Newton North High School
  • Sam Vaghar, executive director and co-founder of Millenium Campus Network, an international nonprofit that trains college students to be leaders in social movements
  • Giovanni Fazio, Harvard astrophysicist
  • Aixa Beauchamp, philanthropist and Co-Founder of the Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation

Sessions are free, although donations are encouraged and may be made at registration.  All proceeds support Newton Schools Foundation. NSF funds professional development for Newton educators, grants that give teachers the opportunity to try new approaches in the classroom, and programs that address both racial and income inequities and enable all students to achieve their full potential.

This year’s lead sponsors are Northland and The Village Bank. Other supporters include premium sponsor Mark Development and major sponsor Wegmans.  Individuals and businesses wishing to support public education in Newton through a Newton Inspires sponsorship can visit  http://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/newton-inspires-sponsor.

To register click  www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org/newton-inspires.

Sponsor a Child for the Holidays

Memorial Spaulding Social Action Committee invites you to Sponsor-A-Child For The Holidays

This year especially we know how difficult it will be 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 and let us know how many children you would like to sponsor. 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 Lynda Gordon 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. Gifts will need to be dropped off at 168 Cynthia Road by Friday December 11th.

You will be receiving the child’s information shortly to allow time for ordering.

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 Me at dcfholidaydrive@gmail.com – Lindsay Mason