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

Teacher Appreciation Week- We need your help!

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Parents,

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!!! Our teachers work hard every day and this is our opportunity to be able to say, “Thank You”!  As in past years, each day we will have different treats in the Teacher’s Lounge for them to enjoy.  In addition, on Tuesday, May 7th, we will be having a luncheon in the Library for the entire staff and on Thursday, May 9th, we will provide a full breakfast for the team.

The teachers and staff help all of our children so it would be great if all parents could help with the week’s activities either by bringing something in or by donating a few dollars to be used for a gift or supplies for the teacher’s lounge.  The monetary donation will be collected the week prior.  Use this link to sign up- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aafad2aa3f49-teacher

If you have any questions or if you would like to drop off items the day prior, please contact Shefali at shefali_P@hotmail.com, Rebika at rebika@yahoo.com, or Cove at cove_J@yahoo.com.

Thank you in advance for your support of our Teachers!

Sincerely,

Shefali Jobanputra, Rebika Shaw, and Cove Davis

MS Gala- Get your tickets now!

Hello Memorial Spaulding! Tickets are on sale now for the second annual gala. There are only a limited amount due to the venue capacity so get yours early. We won’t be able to sell them last minute! http://bit.ly/MS2019Gala

If you have a business that can donate a service or goods to our silent auction or you have access to tickets or an experience please consider donating. It’s tax deductible and all benefits the purchase of technology in our school. Email ms2019gala@gmail.com with any inquiries. Thank you!

Principal’s Update

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

A few quick items for this week:

The Memorial-Spaulding Gala is coming up on Saturday, May 11th at the Hilton in Dedham. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents and build our sense of community – in addition to the money going for a much needed cause. Click HERE for ticket information.

Our Lost and Found in the Main Hall has MANY items waiting to be found! Click HERE to take a look at some pics of our L & F and feel free to come retrieve your child’s items. If you have not done so, please consider writing your child’s name on clothing or other items your child brings to school. This will help us get things back to their rightful owner. In mid-May we will donate all unclaimed items to charity.

For those families who are new to Memorial-Spaulding, or parents of incoming kindergarteners: please join us on Thursday, May 16th @ 7pm in the school auditorium for an informational presentation about our school. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and we will provide a tour of the building. If you are a M-S veteran parent and know of new families coming, please forward this invite to them.

The 2019 Parent Report/Survey will be closing on Friday. If you have not had a chance to do so, please check it out HERE.

Now that April vacation has passed, it is time to begin thinking about student classroom placement for the 2019-20 school year. To access a Parent Letter about the process, please click HERE, and click HERE to access the Parent Placement Form (due Friday, May 10th). Please note that it is not necessary for you to complete a Parent Placement Form.

Are you addicted to social media? Is your child? Click HERE for information about a presentation at Newton Wellesley Hospital entitled “A Mindful Approach to Managing Social Media”. This presentation may especially benefit those of you who have students in older grades.

Science Day Planning

Dear Parents,
Are you the parent of a budding scientist or a kid who likes to design and build things? Is your child interested in how things in nature work or in outer space? Do you have expertise or work in a science, research, medical, or related field? Let’s get our students excited about STEM learning!!! 
Join us in starting a committee to create an annual SCIENCE DAY at Memorial-Spaulding. The event would look like a Science Fair, but the goal will be to support EVERY student in participating in any way they can, so no judging will be involved. Our aim would be for the first Science Day to be in Spring of 2020. You don’t have to have any expertise in a science field, just a desire to foster curiosity and discovery in our children. You don’t even need to have a lot of time, just a willingness to pitch in as needed with ideas or coordination. Please sign up at the link below, and encourage other parents to be a part of this new and exciting event!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ca4a92fa5fb6-science

Looking forward to this!

Jenny Klein-Sosa Science Day Committee Chair & Memorial-Spaulding PTO Secretary

Principal’s Update

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I trust you had a nice April vacation week. As you may know I spent the week in Finland and Estonia, along with thirty-five other Newton educators. The purpose of our trip was to learn about educational approaches in those countries. Our team visited four schools and came away with some interesting ideas to consider. In the coming weeks we will be discussing ways to incorporate some of the ideas into our own work in Newton.

Some items of interest:

The Gala is fast approaching! Please consider joining us on Saturday, May 11th to celebrate Memorial-Spaulding School and raise funds for much needed technology upgrades. Click HERE for more information – and to purchase tickets!

Now that April vacation has passed, it is time to begin thinking about student classroom placement for the 2019-20 school year. To access a Parent Letter about the process, please click HERE, and click HERE to access the Parent Placement Form (due Friday, May 10th). Please note that it is not necessary for you to complete a Parent Placement Form.

Have you had a chance to read the Memorial-Spaulding Interactive Parent Report? This is your chance to learn about improvements we have been making at the school – and an opportunity to provide us with additional feedback. You may access the Report HERE.

Are you addicted to social media? Is your child? Click HERE for information about a presentation at Newton Wellesley Hospital entitled “A Mindful Approach to Managing Social Media”. This presentation may especially benefit those of you who have students in older grades.

Have a delightful evening.

Tom Morris, Principal

PTO Board Meeting

We would like to invite you to our next PTO Board Meeting on Thursday April 11th at 7pm. As always, our board meetings are open to all Memorial Spaulding families and we hope you can join us.  You may have heard about the upcoming changes to the NPS Equity Policy – we will be discussing this during our meeting and are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the proposed changes.  Please click on  this link to rsvp to the meeting.

FORJ Event

Please join FORJ and Co-Sponsor, the Harmony Foundation, on Tuesday, April 9th at Angier Elementary for our most high profile event of the year! Our featured guests are Debby Irving, racial justice educator and celebrated author of Waking Up White and Shay Stewart-Bouley, Executive Director, Community Change, Inc. and blogger of Black Girl In Maine. Debby and Shay will explore how we can speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations, explore racism’s impact on their lives and examine how we can create sustainable connections. 
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will hold a Pre-Event Meetup at 6:30. Do not miss your chance to attend, to speak with the Mayor and join this community conversation! Attendance is free and open to all. RSVP HERE.

Legit Activewear Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 10th from 10-7

Shop for spring at Legit Activewear and support our school!

15% of sales will be donated to the Memorial Spaulding PTO fund

If you can’t make it please use code MS15 for any online sales.

Hope to see you there!

Legit Activewear 

33 Boylston St

Suite 3335

Memorial Spaulding SEPAC (Special Ed) Parents Night Out

Parents of all kids receiving special education services at Memorial Spaulding are invited to an informal get together at Bertucci’s located at 683 VFW Parkway, Chestnut Hill, MA, at 6pm on Friday March 29th.  This is a child optional event (for those who can’t secure babysitting). Please let us know if you are planning to attend by emailing us at msnewtonpac@gmail.com
Thank you! From the Memorial Spaulding Inclusion Committee