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

ASCA Zumba Pop-up Party

ASCA Zumba Pop-up Party (one-time event)Wednesday 10/7, 2-3pmRegistration required: http://memorialspauldingpto.org/registration/
GRAB YOUR FRIENDS AND MOVE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING. ZUMBA® KIDS IS THE DANCE-FITNESS PARTY WHERE WE PLAY IT LOUD AND ROCK WITH FRIENDS. Learn many styles of dance to make each class a party, and leave with a smile on your face. Bring a mask and a water bottle and your Memorial Spaulding spirit! We will meet under the white tent on the field. Spaces will be marked 6′ apart or more to allow for distancing. Masks will be required at all times, except for water breaks (where kids will be seated on their spaced-out markers)
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Janna Sneider, Leah Kolidas, and Rachel Novais On behalf of Memorial Spaulding PTO

Zumba Flyer 2

Join us in our mission today for alternative outdoor seating!

Let’s come together to raise funds to create alternative outdoor garden seating for our children by the start of the school year, and to support the PTO’s Annual Appeal. What a better time to do that than now to create outdoor garden spaces, when it will help create a safer environment for our students and staff. Using outdoor spaces is a cost-effective way to reduce the burden on indoor spaces & provides fresh air.   We also hope that our distance learning students can enjoy these spaces safely when they aren’t in use.  The spaces that will be created in Kayla’s Garden and in the courtyard behind the school are sure to be enjoyed for many years to come.

We are all in this together.  Whether learning remotely or at school, we are one Memorial Spaulding family. Memorial Spaulding prides itself in being an inclusive community, and the PTO will be working hard this year in finding ways to bring us all together no matter where the learning takes place. 

Your one time or monthly gift will support the alternative outdoor seating project, and the annual development efforts of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), which includes community building events (which will be re-imagined this year!), enriching Creative Arts and Sciences (CASC) programs, mini-grants for teacher programs, and beautification efforts for our school. 

Your gift will be considered your donation to the Annual Appeal and is fully tax deductible.  We appreciate your generosity and support!

 $10 to $1,000 – every donation helps.  

Let’s Get Outside!

Donate today for a safer tomorrow! >

Room Parents Needed

Welcome to the new school year! The MSPTO is dedicated to keeping our Memorial-Spaulding families and teachers connected and supported, especially now. To help achieve this, we need two volunteers per classroom to be “Room Parents” (hybrid and DLA alike). Sign up HERE.

Helpers Needed

Calling all helpers!  Please stop by the school to lend a hand this Saturday morning to help build and paint picnic tables for the courtyard behind the school.  No experience required … it should be pretty simple!  We are looking for volunteers 9 a.m. – 12  p.m. this Saturday – we hope to see you there!

Sign up to volunteer >

Science Classes for Kids

Check out these interesting offerings http://science4kids.website2.me/

Let’s Get Outside Fundraiser

Join us in our mission to come together to raise funds to create additional outdoor classrooms for our children. Data has shown that the risk for transmission of Covid-19 is lower outside. Using outdoor spaces is a cost-effective way to reduce the burden on indoor classrooms & provides fresh air.  The city of Newton has committed to providing the school with two tents, and we would like to add on to that.  Let’s work together to help create a safer environment for our students and staff!

Your one time or monthly gift will help provide more outdoor spaces for our children to learn, and support the annual development efforts of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  Your gift will be considered your donation to the Annual Appeal. 

 $10 to $1,000 – every donation helps.  

Join us in our mission by donating today!  >

Principal’s Update

Greetings Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope your summer is going nicely and this email finds you well! I have had a fairly quiet summer thus far with a few small trips around the New England area.

You may be thinking (worrying) about the upcoming school year and wondering what it will look like for students. I have been feeling the same thing – and wondering the same too. As you may know, each school district in Massachusetts has been asked to submit three plans to the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Those plans are due by the end of this month. I am told that we will hear which plan the district will be starting with sometime around August 1st. I know NPS Central Office administrators have been keeping a close watch on the evolving situation with COVID and they are prioritizing health and safety for all. I look forward to hearing a final decision so that we can start the work of planning for the Memorial-Spaulding community.

I would like to remind you of the upcoming Superintendent’s Update on Fall Planning forum for parents which will happen this Friday morning (July 24th) at 9am. HERE is the invitation from Superintendent Fleishman that includes details and links. I encourage you to attend if you can.

Once the district has made a decision I will be back in touch with specifics for Memorial-Spaulding. Until then, I wish you continued health and wellness.

Sincerely,

Tom Morris, Principal

Principal’s Update

Hello Families,

A few items for the last Principal’s Update of the school year.

Infinity March in Newton! Tomorrow (Friday) at 1pm. This event is being billed as “family friendly”. For more information click HERE.

Newton Public Schools has created Elementary Summer Learning Resources for students and families. You can access the information HERE.

The PTO needs you! There are many opportunities to get involved. One particular position (Treasurer) needs to be filled ASAP. Should you be interested in the treasurer position, you may email the outgoing treasurer to indicate your interest and/or ask questions about the position: treasurer@memorialspauldingpto.org Click HERE to view the complete list of all PTO volunteer opportunities.

Should you need to access food resources during the summer months, you can find a complete listing of Newton food banks HERE.

Newton North/South High Schools Robotics Program is offering an online summer experience for elementary students. Click HERE for more information.

Results from the NPS Distance Learning Survey are complete and the district is taking parent feedback into consideration as they begin to work on plans for the fall. You can access the survey results HERE

As the details of schooling in the fall become more clear, I will be sure to update you with any information that becomes available to me. I wish you a relaxing and healthy summer!

Tom Morris, Principal

PTO Volunteer Positions 2020-21 School Year

Please consider volunteering with the PTO next year! This upcoming school year will almost certainly be different, but we are excited for the many opportunities to work together on finding creative ways to continue to connect with the community. It is a great way to get involved, and to get to know the school better! Thank you so much for your consideration. We look forward to working with you!

CLICK HERE to sign up! >

Principal’s Update

Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the weekend.

I have had several questions about what the fall will look like for us. I can tell you that no final decisions have been made at this point. State officials in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) have been working to create guidelines for school districts. Once the guidelines are complete, Newton will develop a plan and the Superintendent will communicate the plan. At this time I am not privy to any timelines – however I know the state is working to get information out to school districts as soon as possible. I have been told that school administrators will be working during the months of July and August in order to prepare for September (whatever that may bring).

I have also had questions about 5th grade graduation ceremony and what that will look like. We are planning a ceremony via Zoom on Wednesday, June 17th and a “drive through” certificate awards event on June 18th. Even though this year is (obviously) quite different from the past – we are planning to make our event as special as possible. I have been asked if we can record the event on Zoom and share with the community. Unfortunately this is not possible due to privacy concerns. Should you know a 5th grade student who is graduating from M-S, please feel free to send them a congratulatory greeting.

Each teacher is currently offering “check out” conversations with parents. This is a not a typical parent/teacher conference (due to a lack of hard data to report). However, your child’s teacher has some general information about progress – as well as an interest in your experience with “distance learning”.

Have you borrowed a chromebook from the school district? If so, you may keep the device for the summer months unless you are moving or leaving the school district for any reason. Should you need to return it, you can do so on Monday when you come to school to retrieve your child’s belongings.

I understand that some schools in Newton are moving entire classrooms (in tact) to the next grade level. We carefully considered this idea at Memorial-Spaulding, however due to several reasons (Ex: Social-emotional concerns, Special Education service delivery and English Language Learning services, etc.), we simply cannot do this at our school. Therefore we are currently placing students in classrooms for next year. Given the fact that we are decreasing in size (going from 4 classrooms in 2nd grade to 3) we do have teachers moving grade levels. Ms. Cameron, Ms. DeKing and Ms. Ahlberg – who will (for the most part) take their students with them. Click HERE to see the teacher line up for next school year.

Step Up Day is coming on Monday, June 15th! Click HERE to see when your child/ren should log in.

Virtual Color Day is happening on Tuesday, June 16th! Click HERE for more information.

Did you have a chance to check out the Memorial-Spaulding Teacher Parade? If not, you can access it HERE.

Interested in SPACE Camp for the summer? More information available HERE.

Last reminder: Monday is “student item pick up day”. Click HERE for the details.

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.

Tom Morris