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Please plan to attend the Memorial Spaulding Mystery Dinner on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 6pm. 

What is Mystery Dinner?
This is a fun adult only event intended for everyone to connect with new and old friends – all in the spirit of enhancing community friendships. Each family that has donated to the PTO ASK Fund (regardless of amount) is given two free tickets to this event. This is a great way to kick off the year meeting new families who just moved here or getting know the parents in your child(ren)’s classroom in a festive and relaxed environment.
Why is it a Mystery?
The day before Mystery Dinner, you will receive an email revealing the first mystery, the address of the house for appetizers and mingling.  This portion lasts about an hour; then the address of your dinner hosts will be revealed. 
Volunteers needed
Mystery Dinner Hosts needed to welcome 3 – 5 couples into their home for dinner and dessert. Please consider cooking your favorite meal or order from your favorite take out restaurant. Your dinner can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish it to be. Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius. com/go/20f0c49aca62ea0fc1-myst ery1
Please register today! We are excited to see you November 11th!
Karly Salim, Katy Karon, Terra Lafranchi – Mystery Dinner Co-Chairs 

Social Committee

Would you like to see more social events for your kids? Would you like to meet your children’s parents and build relationships across the community? Then please consider joining the newly created Memorial Spaulding Social Committee! As a SC member, you would work with other fellow parents to organize events for your child’s classroom, for their grade or, if you are up to the challenge, for our entire school.

Our goal is to recruit 2-3 Social Committee members per classroom who would be willing to set up play dates in the park, organize group activities on early release days (examples: trips to trampoline parks, hike in the woods, trip to a movie theater, museums, zoo, apple picking, ice skating) or host/organize events for fellow parents (paint nite, escape the room, bowling, wine/cheese, etc.)

Please use the link below for SignupGenius:!/showSignUp/5080a48a8a822a64-social/26844906

Parent/Child Fashion Club

Designed for adults and beginner-intermediate level sewing students ages 6-11, Parent & Child Fashion Club is a perfect fit for the adult/child duo who:
– are looking for an expressive, creative activity to explore together
– exhibit unique and interesting fashion sense
– have a passion for design
– enjoy adding their personal flair to clothing and accessories

In this five week club, members will try their hand at designing, constructing, and embellishing their own garments. This will include sketching ideas, learning garment construction techniques (including taking measurements, cutting their own pieces, putting together basic skirts and shirts, etc.), and exploring embellishment concepts to give their creations some self-expression. The culmination of Fashion Club will leave each student with several garments and accessories, regardless of their sewing skills at the beginning! This club is intended for parents and students to spend time together learning, growing, and creating!

Parent & Child Fashion Club will meet Saturdays 12:30-2:30pm, on 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, and 12/16.
You can register at the following link: products/parent-child-fashion- club

2nd Meeting Families Organizing for Racial Justice

The school-wide group FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) will hold its second meeting of a new district initiative for Newton families interested in advancing discussions around race, culture and identity in our schools. The meeting will be held Thursday, November 9th 7:30-9pm at Angier Elementary School.

Everyone is welcome, even if you were not able to come to the first meeting in October. This meeting will offer parents and guardians an opportunity to meet with others from their children’s schools who want to work on strengthening our communities and increasing conversations about race and racism in our society.

Please RSVP here:

If you have questions, please email Amy Behrens, the parent coach and diversity educator who is coordinating these efforts, at

Principal’s Weekly Update

A Bubble presentation occurred last Friday.  It was an amazing event for all our students.  Thanks to the Leif Family for facilitating this wonderful event.

Our annual Halloween Party is coming up this Saturday at 4pm.  I hope to see you there!

Responsive Home Workshops will be offered again this year by the Social Emotional Learning Department.  Click HERE for more information.

Enjoy your week!


Sped PAC Principal Coffee

Please join us! The  Memorial-Spaulding Sped PAC (Parent Advisory Council)  will be hosting a Principal Coffee on October 20th @ 8:30 am in the Cafe. All parents of current special education students are invited to attend.

Library Volunteer Sign-up

Hi Memorial-Spaulding families!
The Memorial-Spaulding library is a great place to volunteer your time, and your help can make a big impact on the quality of the library time your children experience.  In the link below you will see the dates that are available for you to volunteer during your child’s weekly library time.  The volunteer helps with checking in and out library books and re-shelving, which will allow Ms. Lundquist to spend the time teaching, helping the students choose books, and answer questions.  If you are only able to volunteer once or twice, that is fine, but ideally you will be able to commit to approximately once per month to allow for continuity.  
For those who haven’t volunteered before, we will have a library volunteer orientation in the library on 10/16/17 after drop off (8:30 am).  If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can contact Ms. Lundquist directly ( to find a time to review the role before your first volunteer slot.
Also, please make sure you have a CORI that is up to date with Francie Sheehan.  CORIs are good for three years.
Thank you in advance for volunteering your valuable time. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
Harley Simeone (your library liaison)

Newton Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program Seeking Volunteers

Do you believe that all children have the right to be “Safe, Strong and Free?” Join the dynamic task force of trained volunteer CAP Prevention Specialists committed to teaching children in the Newton Elementary Schools the skills that they would need to stand up for themselves if faced with verbal, physical or sexual assault.

Now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. CORI and SORI screenings required. For more information email Gail Sommer at or call 617-969-5906 ext. 143.

19 Continuing Education Credits available for licensed MSW’s.

3 Session Training begins on October 29th
Application deadline is October 20th

Principal’s Weekly Update

Office Dawn Fleming of the Newton Police Department conducted a bike safety presentation with all students over the past two weeks.  Her message included various ways to stay safe while biking, including wearing a helmet at all times. Ask your child what he or she learned from Officer Fleming.

Communication is one our school’s Core Values.  At a recent All School Meeting we discussed the important elements of this skill.  We focused on “using your words” (sharing feelings with others) and “listening” (using your eyes, ears and body).  We will be focusing on communication this year and how it can benefit our entire school community (students, teachers and families).

Principal Coffee – Memorial-Spaulding Sped PAC (Parent Advisory Council) to meet this Friday – October 20th @ 8:30 am in the Cafe. All parents of current special education students are invited to attend.

Facilities Update: The arrival of our new front doors and benches have been delayed due to various national weather issues (hurricanes and flooding).  I have been informed the new doors should be installed over Thanksgiving break.  The benches have arrived and should be installed within the next couple weeks.  During the month of November we will have several trees planted in the front of the building.

Although it was a bit chilly this morning, it sounds like our beautiful weather will continue throughout the week.  Not too hot, not too cold – good weather for learning!  Have a delightful week.