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Sponsor-A-Child For The Holidays

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

This year 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. Memorial Spaulding has been participating in this drive for 15 years and receives over 60 children’s list each year. Think of all those smiling children each year.

How Can You Help?

Email Please include your child’s name, teacher and your phone number.

We will send you a child’s name and his or her wish toy or clothing 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.

You will be receiving the child’s information the by the first by the first week of December.

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

Azita Kaffashan and Lindsay Mason

Winter 2019 ASCA session

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 2019 ASCA session will run from January 2, 2019 – March 22, 2019, exclusive of holidays, vacations, and special early release days. Registration dates are December 3, 2018 – December 14, 2018. There will be NO late registration so please make sure you do it on time. Registration will be online ONLY at:

A full list of class descriptions is available at: 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 and send it to before December 3 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 which has more information pertaining to ASCA. If your question still remains unanswered, please contact us directly at or leave a note in the ASCA mailbox in the front hallway. In your message please include the specific question and contact information.


Janna Sneider and Dmitriy Shtokman

ASCA co-chairs

On behalf of Memorial Spaulding PTO

First Lego League State Championships

We’d love to invite you to the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) State Championship that we’re hosting on December 15th at Newton North High School. The competition involves 48 middle-school aged teams who have been challenged to think like scientists and engineers. They have each built an impressive lego robot and have chosen a real-world problem and solved it.

In addition, we’re also hosting a Maker Fair, where local businesses and organizations (like Green Newton, the library, Brandeis University, and Empow Studios) will hold tables and have hands-on STEAM activities.

It’s Saturday the 15th at Newton North High School from 9-3. We look forward to seeing you there!

Principal’s Update

Good Evening Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope you are embarking upon a joyous Thanksgiving holiday. Whether you are traveling, staying at home this holiday, or working – I wish you a lovely time with your family.  

A few short items:

Great news to share! Our outstanding art teacher, Alexandra Etscovitz, has been named 2019 Art Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association!  In the award letter, they cite Alexandra’s passion, dedication to the arts and creative learning as reasons for the award. We are incredibly fortunate to have such an amazingly talented and visionary art teacher at our school. Congratulations Alexandra!   

One of Alexandra’s initiatives is the school-wide arts integration work – (embedded into academic curriculum). In the coming weeks your child’s teachers will be holding a grade level arts integration event and all families are invited to attend. Please keep an eye out for the day/time of your child’s arts integration showcase! Check out this VIDEO

We invite all families to join us as we embark upon a community service project to collect coats, hats and mittens through Circle of Hope. Collection will run from Monday, Nov. 26th through Friday, December 31st. For more information click HERE

Picture retake day will happen on Monday, December 3rd. More information HERE

Please consider attending the Newton Family Conference on December 1st. This will be an amazingly powerful event that brings together families from every school in Newton. Invitational letter from Superintendent Fleishman and registration link HERE.

REMINDER: 12:00 dismissal on Wednesday!

Amazon Smile

The PTO has established a Smile.Amazon account. What does this mean? It means, Amazon will donate 0.5% of all purchases by anyone who shops online on AND who has signed up for an Amazon Smile account AND has designated Memorial-Spaulding Parent Teacher Organization, Inc. as their preferred charity.
To get started, just click on this link: and it will bring you directly to our Memorial Spaulding PTO account. Please be sure to bookmark this page. 
A few things to remember; unfortunately you can access Smile.Amazon on your App. It is ONLY accessible via a desktop. Second, please remember to bookmark this link, you must be on the Smile.Amazon webpage (not website) in order to participate. 
If you have any questions or trouble using this link, please do not hesitate to contact me at and Happy Shopping!

Box Tops Contest

Greetings Memorial-Spaulding Families!

A big THANKS for the 2161 Box Top$ ($216.10) that we just collected from all of you! Congratulations this first round goes to Ms. Baggs’ class who collected 317 Box Top$ and, the runner up, Mr. Minichiello’s class who collected 232 Box Top$!

Given the success of this program last year which earned $761.50 (7615), the ambitious 2018-2019 Box Top$ goal is $1000 which we are well on our way to achieving.

Thank you for your support of this important fundraising program for our beloved school,

The Box Top$ committee,

Didem, Viki, Natalya and Chrissy


Book Fair Thank You!

A HUGE thank you to OUR ENTIRE SCHOOL community for making Book Fair 2018 the most successful one ever! Our children’s classrooms are now stocked with many, many new books to read, and our library will get a huge influx of books as well. It takes a village, and we could not have done it without our whole school community.

A very special thank you to the brains behind this event, Erika Guerra Downey, who worked tirelessly and took time off of work to make it all happen. Our appreciation also goes out to our stellar Book Fair Committee, Jill Ostrokolowicz Katsiroubas, Christina LeBedis, Elina Magitsky, Sarah Knoff Konter & Julie Black Gollob.

And to all the parent volunteers, we appreciate your time and effort and hope to have you back next year (Hint, Hint). Marie Maier-Yunis; Maria Yuzaeve; Bella Farber; Janna Sneider; Maggie Granquist; Shefali Jobanputra; Marcela Mahecha; Kate Fowler; Darlene Thebaud;  Crystal Soly Case; Lisa Burton; Lori Feinberg; Mike Sylvester; Julia Greifensteiner; Reni Abusch Roni Abusch Edelist; Meltem Birnbaum; Kate Hammerman; Crista Martinez Padua; Michelle Landucci;  Katherine Seder Karon; Kathy Moses; Shelly Pearlstein; Nicole Karp; Jessica P. Alpert Silber; Lia Pepe McKay; Michelle Spitzkoff; Joanna Mitri; Heini Kekäläinen; Julia Greifenst