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

End of Year Picnic

Join us for an End of Year Picnic! Can you believe the end of school is almost here? Join us for an end of year picnic immediately after early dismissal on the last day of school, Tuesday, June 18th at 12 pm on the upper field. Bring your own lunch or buy from the food trucks (Hot Dog Trolley, Sweet Tomatoes and Frosty Ice Cream Truck).
RSVP here so the food trucks know how many people to expect. We hope to see you there! 

2019 Newton Schools Foundation Honor Thy Teacher

If you are looking for a way to say “Thank You!” as the school year comes to a close, please consider Newton Schools Foundations’ Honor Thy Teacher campaign. Established more than 20 years ago, this program provides an opportunity for families to thank teachers or other school personnel by giving a gift to the Newton Schools Foundation in their honor while also complying with the Newton Public School’s teacher gift policy.

Newton Schools Foundation (NSF) is a non-profit organization that raises funds to enhance educational excellence throughout Newton’s public schools. Your gift supports both professional development that gives teachers new tools and strategies, as well as novel curricula for elementary students. Click here to see a video or read more about NSF-funded projects, which encompass: art; civics; math; music; science; social and cultural studies; literature and writing instruction; and social-emotional learning.

After receiving each donation, NSF will:

·         Notify the honored teachers and staff of your gift;

·         Share the honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals; and

·         List each of those honored on the NSF website and in the Newton TAB.

You can make your tax-deductible donation on-line at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org, or mail it to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459. Please be sure to include the names of the teachers and/or staff that you are honoring. Or look in your mail (middle school) or your child’s backpack (elementary) for the NSF donation form.

Volunteer for the PTO (2019-20)

Please consider volunteering with the PTO next year (2019-2020). It is a great way to get involved, get to know the school better and set a positive example for your children. We have plenty of great volunteer positions available. Please click the following link to sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a48a8a822a64-ptovolunteer2

Please note that all adults who volunteer at the school on behalf of the PTO must be parents/caregivers of current Memorial Spaulding students, and must have a current CORI background check on file at the school. This can be arranged by contacting the school office directly.

We provide training and ongoing support to each volunteer to help make their event/position a success. Please join us in making a difference in our school community!

Inclusion Newsletter

Dear Parents,

As we approach the end of the school year, we encourage you to continue to talk with your children about the importance of inclusion and acceptance! Read the most recent Inclusion Newsletter here.

–the Memorial Spaulding Inclusion Committee

3rd Annual Summer Reading 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. Drop them off outside the main office by Friday, May 31. Books should be appropriate for K-5 readers (no board books or activity books, please).

During the week of June 3, 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 Literacy and Library Team

If you have any questions, please email Sue Welch, Literacy Specialist (welchs@newton.k12.ma.us)

World Environment Day

World Environment Day – June 5th

Memorial Spaulding parents!

We are just over two weeks away from Color Day (June 4th), which falls the day before World Environment Day.  Like many of you, I have been feeling helpless and angry about the recent United Nations reports that we are facing a global environmental catastrophe if we don’t start acting now to save our planet. 

This World Environment Day, the UN is calling on people everywhere to take concrete steps to #BeatPlasticPollution in their own lives.  The advice with plastic is always REDUCE and then RECYCLE.  Single-use plastic popsicle wrappers cannot be put out in curb-side recycling in Newton, so we have decided that we will not add 450+ plastic popsicle wrappers to the trash on Color Day.  We will providing the children with fresh, juicy slices of orange and melon to enjoy and I hope you will agree that this is more than adequate at the end of physical activity.

We would love for you to share with your children WHY we are doing this and that this contribution to their planet’s welfare is important.  If you would like some more information on the subject and some ideas on how you can help, please click the UN link.

Thank you.

The Color Day team.

https://www.unenvironment.org/interactive/beat-plastic-pollution/

Principal’s Update

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather. This is a busy time of year. I have a few quick items for you:

Color Day is coming up soon and we need your help. We need volunteers to assist students with games and activities. We also need fruit for healthy snacks. Please click HERE to sign up!

Are you moving from the Memorial-Spaulding community? If so, please let Francie know (617-559-9600 or francie_sheehan@newton.k12.ma.us). This information will help us get a more accurate picture of next year’s class sizes.

Looking for a way to honor a teacher? Consider making a donation to the Newton School’s Foundation. More information HERE.

Do you drop off on Clifton Road in the morning? If so, please adhere to safety rules and obey the crossing guards directions. I have asked for increased police presence in this area to ensure everyone is following the rules and our students are safe.

We are still accepting books for our annual spring book swap. If you have some gently used books at home to donate, send them in! The collection box is in the hallway in front of the main office.

Sincerely,

Tom Morris, Principal

HIGHLANDS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM Space is limited! Enroll today!

The Highlands After-School Program – just for middle school kids in Newton. It’s different than other programs because it’s geared to meet the needs and likes of middle school kids. It has a home base at Brigham House in Newton Highlands, with regular access to the Hyde Community Gym and other wonderful resources in the Newton Highlands area. Transportation is arranged from the middle schools daily. The program is open from school dismissal time until 6:00 p.m. and offers special programs on early release days. Activities include sports, arts, crafts, cooking, science, homework, field trips, and team building. It’s a place to go and hang with friends, enjoy activities, and get a head start on homework. NEXT OPEN HOUSE is on Wednesday, May 29 from 5-6:00 PM.

For more information contact Rochelle Acker

617.999.4617 or highlandsafterschool@gmail.com

website: highlandsafter-schoolprogram.org