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

FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice

Calling all parents who want to get involved in working for connected school communities and racial justice!
Join FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice – on Thursday, February 8th from 7:30-9:30pm at Angier Elementary School to learn what several Newton Public Schools are doing to bring their communities together while working to reduce racism and injustice on many levels.
After the presentations, you will have time to meet and talk with other parents at your child’s or teen’s school. This is a great opportunity to get inspired and meet people across Newton who care about racial justice and want to develop their cultural competence.
Want to join our mailing list to learn about future opportunities? Please email the FORJ Coordinator at and put “JOIN FORJ” in the subject. Be sure to include your name and what schools your children attend. Check our our website at:
Our next meeting on Wednesday, February 28th 6:30-8:30pm is “Talking to Children about Race and Racism: Why and How?” Come join us to learn effective ways to talk with your children about race and racism next week in Boston at the beautiful Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St. Dorchester, MA 02125. There is ample parking around this community center, but you can also carpool or take the T to Dudley Station and walk over easily.
We look forward to seeing you!
The FORJ Planning Team

City of Newton Camp Fair

The City of Newton is having our annual Camp Fair Sunday, January 28, 2018. It will take place at Newton North High School in the Cafeteria from 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM (Snow Date 2/4/18). Come see what is being offered in Newton for the summer of 2018! Child entertainment will be provided by Wicked Cool Science from 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM. 18 camp fair flyer to schools

Principal’s Weekly Update

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

I hope you are staying dry on this very rainy afternoon. Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, Cynthia Paris visited our school this morning. She and I toured several classrooms to observe teaching and learning. She noted the positive, productive buzz in the building and students highly engaged in learning. This child-centered, academic atmosphere is commonplace at Memorial-Spaulding!

Please join us on Thursday morning @ 8:30 am in the Cafe for a Principal’s Coffee focused on Social-Emotional Learning.  Psychologist, Dr. LuAnn Keough and Social Worker, Sally Mazur will discuss ideas and resources that promote student’s social and emotional development and well-being.

Kindergarten Screening dates are set for March 6th and 14th. All incoming K families should call Francie to set up an appointment on one of those days.  617-559-9600.

MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) will be administered in April and May to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Our goal is to have all students here during MCAS testing days. Click HERE to access the testing schedule. Please let your child’s classroom teacher know if you will be away on one of your child’s testing days.

Informational Evening for All New Families: All new families (K-5) are welcome to attend an informational evening on May 17th @ 7pm in the auditorium. This is an event for parents only (not students). Whether you have an incoming K student, or you are new to our school community with older child(ren) – you are welcome to join the PTO and Principal to learn more about our school community.  No RSVP necessary.

Our annual International Festival will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, March 8th. What an inspiring way to celebrate the diversity of our school and the world around us! This amazing event teaches all of us to embrace our differences and celebrate our common humanity. To make this year the best year ever, we need YOUR help. Please sign up at to get involved and represent you country/region/culture by 1) Hosting a Table 2) Performances

We are looking for a HUGE showing of countries this year. If you have a country that you are from, you have family from, or you just have an interest in, please come help us explore the amazing cultures around us! If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Lia McKay at  Thank you! – The International Festival Committee

Have a productive and happy week.

Boxtops Contest

Have you been bringing in your boxtops to school?
Our first contest of the year is going on and we have some tight races.
One class per grade will win a prize!
The contest will end on January 19th!

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) Opportunities

Are you concerned about what the Newton Public Schools are doing to respond to the rising tide of overt racism in our country? Join us for our  next meeting of FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice, a project sponsored by NPS.

The meeting will be on Wednesday, December 20th 7:30-9pm at Mason-Rice Elementary School (149 Pleasant St.). Superintendent Fleishman, Newton METCO Director, Maricel Sheets, and teacher Jen Tomaneng will be sharing and answering questions about the “Courageous Conversations” program being rolled out over a 5-year period in our schools.

Please RSVP here:

Want to connect with your school’s FORJ team?

Email to let Amy (FORJ Coordinator and Parent Coach) know what school team you’d like to be a part of and/or that you’d like to be on the email list for more information about FORJ events. Our goal is to have an active team of interested parents at each school who meet on their own and participate in the monthly all-school FORJ meetings, which offer opportunities for further education, team planning time and networking. Parents are welcome to join at any time.

We look forward to having you join us!

Amy Behrens and the FORJ planning team

Winter 2018 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 2018 ASCA session will run from January 2, 2018 – March 23, 2018, exclusive of holidays, vacations, and special early release days. Registration dates are December 4, 2017 – December 15, 2017. There will be NO late registration so please make sure you do it on time. Registration will be online ONLY at https://ascams.communityroot. com/

A full list of class descriptions is available at: http://memorialspauldingpto. org/course-offerings/

*** After you have completed registration successfully, you may check which classes your children are enrolled in by logging into Community Root and clicking on the Account tab in the upper right hand corner. If a mistake is made at the time of registration, you will need to contact ASCA at within 24 hours to ask for a change. Please note that after that time, 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 before December 15, 2017 if you would like to apply. ***

Still have questions? Please check 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


On behalf of Janna and Parul
ASCA co-chairs

Out-of-Assigned District Placement for 2018-2019

Each year, the Newton Public Schools considers applications for students to transfer to a school outside of their home (assigned) district. Out-of-Assigned district placements are limited and made on a space available basis. Newton residents, as well as members of NTA Units A, B, C, D, E, NESA, and the Custodial Union, may apply for placement of their children in a Newton Public School.
Impact on enrollment, staffing and space availability, for both the requested year and for future years, are key considerations in the application process. Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation to and from the out-of-assigned district school.
Applications for the 2018-19 school year are available beginning November 29, 2017 and should be submitted between March 1 and May 1, 2018. Forms are available at the Education Center (100 Walnut Street) and online at Completed applications must be signed by the in-district principal for Newton parents and submitted to the Education Center by mail or in person.
Interested families may contact the Elementary Education Office (grades K-5) at 617-559-6105 or the Secondary Education Office (grades 6-12) at 617-559-6115 for additional information.

OAD Form 2018-2019 – Parent Form

OAD Procedures 2018-19

OAD 2018-19 Information

Fitness Peek Week- Next week

You are invited into Physical Education class to participate in Fitness Peek Week with your children!  The dates are December 18th-22nd, 2017.  Please read the attached newsletter for more information.  The PE schedule is also attached so you can come during your children’s PE time.
Please let me know if you have any questions and hope to see you all there 🙂
Shannon Komow
Nick Wong and Nick Hewitt