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

Wellness Peak Week

YOU ARE INVITED TO MEMORIAL SPAULDING’S ANNUAL WELLNESS PEEK WEEK!!  

WHEN: January 21st-24th, 2020 (During your child’s PE time)

WHERE: IN THE GYMNASIUM (Please sign into the office first)

We would like to invite you to Memorial Spaulding’s Wellness Peek Week. This is a

time for families to see what their children are learning in Physical Education and

how hard they are working on their wellness through fitness. Come join the fun by

participating in a variety of fitness stations during your child’s P.E. time. We

encourage families to bring workout gear to exercise with their children. If you are

coming from work, no worries!

Throughout the Wellness Unit, students learn about the 5 Components of Fitness,

which include; Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Strength, Body Composition,

Flexibility and Muscular Endurance. This year, grades 3-5 have learned how to use

IHT Heart Rate wristbands to measure their cardiovascular endurance and set goals.

They have also been learning about other ways to keep their brain, body and heart

healthy. Grades K-2 are using a variety of exercise equipment for the first time and

learning about eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and exercising to keep

their bodies healthy on a daily basis. The goal is to create awareness around

Wellness and developing healthy lifestyles.

We are so proud of the effort and engagement of all our students and we know you

will be too!

Be Well,

Shannon Komow, Hildi Arnold and Danielle Pargoli

Lost and Found!

Please check out this pictures of the Lost and Found! Send your children to gather their things for come in a look for yourself.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=13uzdafz2ONz5nifTWJ2QtVxPnZUp-MOf

Principal Update

News: After many years serving as our Executive Assistant, Francie Sheehan has decided to retire from her position. Her last day with us will be December 20th. I would like to thank Francie for over twenty years of service to the Memorial-Spaulding community and wish her the best of luck as she moves on!

PTO Meeting on Thursday of this week @ 7:00pm in the Teachers Room. All are welcome!

Reminder about Blue Zone Rules: I asked the Newton Police to visit the Blue Zone from time to time to help enforce the rules. Thanks for your cooperation in order to ensure the Zone works for everyone.

Lost and Found

Please check out this pictures of the Lost and Found! Send your children to gather their things for come in a look for yourself! All items will be donated over the winter break. After school on December 20th!

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KGbPjhRdo4RrvYvgtGHPtotmqSnwfsJ4?usp=sharing

Winter ASCA 2020

The After School Creative Arts program offers a great variety of FUN and UNIQUE afternoon classes that take place right at Memorial Spaulding! Classes are grouped by age and take place once/week. They are a perfect way for kids to explore a favorite activity or discover a new hobby. Course offerings range from basketball to theater to jewelry design and so much more!

ASCA is also the school’s largest fundraiser, and is 100% run by parent volunteers. Please consider supporting our PTO while your child enjoys an amazing after school class with their peers.

The Winter 2020 ASCA session will run from January 2, 2020 – March 20, 2020, exclusive of holidays, vacations, and special early release days. Registration dates are December 2, 2019 – December 13, 2019. Registration will be online ONLY at: memorialspauldingpto.org/registration

Please note that after registration, ASCA will not accept changes, refunds, or add-ons UNLESS your chosen class is cancelled (for example, because of too-low enrollment), in which case you’ll have the opportunity to choose another class. Because of this, please register on time and be sure of your selections.

*** As always, there are limited scholarships available for hardship. Please complete this form http://memorialspauldingpto.org/scholarship/ and send it to asca1@memorialspauldingpto.org if you would like to apply. Upon review you will receive a customized discount code for registration so please do not register without this if you are in need of assistance. ***
Still have questions? Please check the ASCA bulletin board and the Memorial Spaulding PTO website at http://memorialspauldingpto.org/ which has more information pertaining to ASCA. If your question still remains unanswered, please contact us directly at asca1@memorialspauldingpto.org or leave a note in the ASCA mailbox in the front hallway. In your message please include the specific question and contact information.

Best,Janna Sneider, Leah Kolidas, and Rachel NovaisASCA co-chairs
On behalf of Memorial Spaulding PTO

International Festival

Our International Festival will be held Thursday, March 19th from 6 pm to 8pm.

Please sign up to get involved and represent your country/region/culture by:
1. Hosting a Table
2. Performing

The signup is located here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c49aca923aafb6-2020

Hosting a table: run a table that represents a culture/country/region.  We encourage representative food, customs, research, books, artifacts, pictures, clothing, etc. Please label any food that has contains nuts.  

Performing: dance, martial arts, music, and other culturally significant arts. To ensure the maximum number of students can perform, we will give preference to groups.  This commitment requires attendance at a dress rehearsal after school on the day of the festival. You will also need to provide a short description of your performance and the music ahead of time. 

We are looking for a huge showing of cultures this year. Please come help us explore the amazing cultures around us!

Thank you,
The International Festival Committee

PTO Board Meeting

PTO Board Meeting, Thursday, Dec 12th at 7pm
We hope you will join us for our board meeting this Thursday at 7pm in the Teacher’s Lounge. As always, our board meetings are open to all Memorial Spaulding families. The draft agenda is available at this Evite link. We hope to see you there!

Principal’s Update

Parking in the Blue Zone in the morning has become an issue. Please remember parking in the Blue Zone is prohibited from 8:00am to 8:40. This includes those who sit in the car to await the 8:20 bell. I have asked the Newton Police Department to help enforce the rules of the Zone – so it will work for everyone. Should you need clarification on the Blue Zone details click HERE and HERE

Once again this year we are collecting donations of hats, mittens, coats and gloves for those in need. This community service project is facilitated through the Circle of Hope Organization. Donation bins are in the Main Hallway. Please consider donating for those who need help staying warm this winter. For more information click HERE

Our Lost and Found – in the Main Hallway is overflowing with items. ALL items remaining in the Lost and Found will be donated to Circle of Hope on December 20th. You are welcome to check out photos of items HERE – or come into the school to look for items the may belong to your child. Again, all items not claimed buy Friday, December 20th will be donated.

Now that the holiday season is upon us, Newton Public Schools has asked me to remind everyone about the gift giving policy. This policy is set by the Newton School Committee. Click HERE to check it out.

A big thank you to all the parent volunteers who came in do perform STEAM Day demonstration experiments for students. The children are excited about creating their own experiments and sharing their findings during STEAM Day in May. For more information check out the website HERE

REMINDER: Tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec 4th) is a 12:30 release day for all students.

I hope you are enjoying this snowy day. I look forward to seeing your children in the morning!

Sponsor a Child for the Holidays

The Memorial Spaulding Social Action Committee is sponsoring this drive.

This year we know how difficult it will be for 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. 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 Memorial Spaulding PTO and mail to Lynda Gordon, 168 Cynthia Road, Newton MA 02459



Winter ASCA 2020

The After School Creative Arts program offers a great variety of FUN and UNIQUE afternoon classes that take place right at Memorial Spaulding! Classes are grouped by age and take place once/week. They are a perfect way for kids to explore a favorite activity or discover a new hobby. Course offerings range from basketball to theater to jewelry design and so much more!

ASCA is also the school’s largest fundraiser, and is 100% run by parent volunteers. Please consider supporting our PTO while your child enjoys an amazing after school class with their peers.

The Winter 2020 ASCA session will run from January 2, 2020 – March 20, 2020, exclusive of holidays, vacations, and special early release days. Registration dates are December 2, 2019 – December 13, 2019. Registration will be online ONLY at: memorialspauldingpto.org/registration

Please note that after registration, ASCA will not accept changes, refunds, or add-ons UNLESS your chosen class is cancelled (for example, because of too-low enrollment), in which case you’ll have the opportunity to choose another class. Because of this, please register on time and be sure of your selections.

*** As always, there are limited scholarships available for hardship. Please complete this form http://memorialspauldingpto.org/scholarship/ and send it to asca1@memorialspauldingpto.org if you would like to apply. Upon review you will receive a customized discount code for registration so please do not register without this if you are in need of assistance. ***
Still have questions? Please check the ASCA bulletin board and the Memorial Spaulding PTO website at http://memorialspauldingpto.org/ which has more information pertaining to ASCA. If your question still remains unanswered, please contact us directly at asca1@memorialspauldingpto.org or leave a note in the ASCA mailbox in the front hallway. In your message please include the specific question and contact information.

Best,Janna Sneider, Leah Kolidas, and Rachel NovaisASCA co-chairs
On behalf of Memorial Spaulding PTO