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

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week

This is Teacher Appreciation Week! If you want to do something special for your child’s teacher or other staff this year, consider the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program. Make a $25.00 donation (or any amount) to the foundation in the teacher’s name. Notifications will be sent to each teacher honored, as well as to Principals and the Superintendent. In addition, their names will appear in a special announcement in the Newton TAB. Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack or in your mailbox if you have children in the upper grades. To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to Donations are tax-deductible and go toward programs enhancing educational excellence, including valuable professional development opportunities for teachers, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and a wealth of new curricula and learning opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students. May 7th – 11th is Teacher Appreciation Week

Principal’s Update

Memorial-Spaulding Families,

It would seem that summer has arrived!  As the temperature rises, please made sure your child comes to school with a water bottle.  We prefer you send a bottle that is plastic – not glass – as we have had a few broken glass bottles this year.

This is National Walk/Bike to School Week!  Our Safe Routes to School volunteers will be at both the front and back entrances on Friday with fun swag to hand out to children.  Given the beautiful weather – please consider walking/biking to school as much as possible between now and the end of the year.

Gardening/Grounds Clean Up Day is scheduled for this coming Saturday between 1-3 PM.  Please join us!  Bring your rake, hoe, shovel and gloves – and come make our school look beautiful.

Now that the weather is turning nice, I need to remind you that the playground/field is not accessible to visitors during school hours.  This includes kindergarten students/parents who are dismissed at 12:30.

It is time to start planning to student placement in next year’s classes. Please click HERE for a letter explaining the process and HERE for the parent input form. You are invited to complete a form if you believe it is necessary – however it is not required. Should you wish to complete a form, it is due back to school by Friday, May 4th.

Dealing with your too much screen time with your child?  HERE is something that may be of interest  Check it out.

Have a great day – and enjoy the weather!

Last Chance to get tickets for the MS Community Gala!

Don’t forget to secure your ticket to the Memorial Spaulding Community Gala! Tickets sales close Tuesday May 1. There are only a few more days to secure your ticket and support our PTO. 
There will be a silent auction at the event (see the link for a list of items) with camps, gift cards, classes, tickets and parties, along with special events for students (pizza party, ice cream party, breakfast with a friend, basketball game, Principal of the day, arts & crafts party, etc.) from the following fabulous teachers: Ms. E,  Mr. Morris, Ms. Youngsman, Ms. Uzzell, Ms. Zampese, Ms. Sacco, Ms. Geagan, Ms. DeKing, Ms. Bowen, Ms. Komow, Mr. Wong and Ms. Lewit. This list keeps growing! Don’t miss this special night!
Please see all event details and purchase information in the link below:

Principal’s Update

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope you had a wonderful school vacation week. It seems as though warm weather has descended upon us and, hopefully, spring has truly arrived.

We have finished our English Language Arts MCAS testing (except for a few make up sessions) and will embark upon Math MCAS starting Friday, May 4th.  See upcoming MCAS schedule HERE. Please make every effort to have your child in school on time on his/her testing days.

It is time to start planning to student placement in next year’s classes. Please click HERE for a letter explaining the process and HERE for the parent input form. You are invited to complete a form if you believe it is necessary – however it is not required. Should you wish to complete a form, it is due back to school by May 4th.

School gardening day is this Sunday from 1-3 PM. Please join us as we work to make Memorial-Spaulding look beautiful. Bring your garden gloves, wheel barrel, shovels, rakes, clippers, and small buckets to help spread mulch, clear away leaves. (Put your name on your tools.) Sign up here by April 25th and get a free t-shirt! Bring your friends…it’s going to be lots of fun!

Opportunity for Memorial-Spaulding Families to have fun this coming weekend at a Podcast Playdate. Check out the invitation HERE. A few tickets are still available.

Speaking of fun, our annual 5th grade vs. staff volleyball game will happen on Friday afternoon. Thanks to Ms. Komow for organizing this awesome event each year.

Have a productive week!

Tom Morris, Principal

Memorial Spaulding Community Gala

Tickets to the 2018 Memorial Spaulding Community Gala are selling out too fast!!! If you have not purchased your ticket yet, please do so now. Space is limited and sales will discontinue at capacity.

We are looking forward to a night of celebration- Saturday, May 5th, 2018, 7pm-11pm at the Fairmont ballroom of the Hilton Hotel in Dedham. Cocktails, drinks, DJ, silent auction and so much more!!!

The gala is complimentary to all Memorial Spaulding teachers. We kindly ask you to consider supporting a teacher by purchasing an extra ticket through the “support a teacher” option on the web site below. Please note that 100% of your generous donations will go towards funding for technology in our children’s classrooms!

You can purchase your ticket here:

Any questions or comments, please contact the organizers at

International Festival is Rescheduled!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! International Festival is rescheduled for Thursday, May 31, 2018 – Our school’s highly anticipated annual celebration of diversity was unfortunately cancelled recently due to weather, but we are very excited to share a new date!  International Festival will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, May 31!!! 

We could really use your help whether it’s hosting a table, performing, helping set up, clean up or more… Please use this link to sign up:
If you have any questions, please contact:

Lisa Garland-
Jamie Robinson- 

Principal’s Update

Dear Families,

Memorial-Spaulding Community Gala: I have been asked by the PTO to reach out to you regarding our upcoming Community Gala event. An important part of our school’s vision is to create and foster a sense of community at Memorial-Spaulding. Saturday, May 5th will be an evening to celebrate our wonderful school community and get to know one another. All teachers have been invited to attend at no charge. Please consider sponsoring a teacher’s ticket. You may purchase tickets for yourself and donate a teacher ticket through the link below. Please consider joining us on May 5th @ 7pm at the Hilton in Dedham. I hope to see you there!

Folk Dance Share: This week our wonderful music teachers, Ms. Ghantous and Mrs. Frick, invite families of K-3 students to stop in for a music lesson on Folk Dancing. Click HERE for the schedule. Please join us if you can.

MCAS: ‘Tis the season for MCAS testing in grades 3, 4, and 5. Please be sure your child is at school on time and ready to go on his/her testing days. Click HERE for the schedule.

Other Upcoming Events:
International Night (Rescheduled) – May 31
Color Day – June 5

I hope you are having a delightful weekend.

Warm regards,
Tom Morris