Category Archives: From the PTO

Update from the ELL (English Language Learner) Committee

A quick update from the ELL committee! The committee is still very new and only with a few members, but over time it will hopefully serve an important function. By being contact persons for families arriving here from all over the world and by answering any questions they might have, this will hopefully help make the transition into a new and unfamiliar school system go smoothly for new ELL families. As we move towards a more ‘normal’ world, we might even be able to host special ELL nights for newcomers – and arranging buddy families will eventually also be an option.We are still/always looking for new members, so please don’t hesitate to send an email if you would like to become a member, be a buddy family, or if you just want to learn more about the committee. We are looking for both ELL parents and non-ELL parents. Everybody is welcome to join 🙂

And this is especially for the ELL families: Remember that Memorial-Spaulding has a Facebook group for ELL families.

All the best,Marie (Denmark) and Eri (Japan)

The ELL Committee

5th Graders, Welcome to the Oak Hill Middle School Community!

The Oak Hill Middle School PTO would like to welcome the 5th Grade families to the community! Please click here for a welcome letter with all of the details you need to know.

Please Help us with Retirement Surprises!

Our amazing First Grade Teacher Ms. Marullo, Literacy Specialist Ms. Welch, AND our Social Worker Ms. Mazur are retiring at the end of the school year, and we are surprising them with group videos.  They have touched so many, and we need your help!  Please add your own video wishes below (it’s super quick & easy through Vidhug) and you’ll be part of a memorable surprise. They will love to hear from you!  

We will be presenting these videos along with a time capsule that each classroom is participating in at a special end of year celebration on Monday, June 14th at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Save the date!

Record your video wishes for Ms. Mazur >

* If you wish for your greeting for Ms. Mazur to remain anonymous, we welcome you to write a note or color a picture and submit it by clicking here to upload your file and it will be included in the presentation.

Record your video wishes for Ms. Welch >

Record your video wishes for Ms. Marullo >

Save the Date! Workshop with Artist Reggie Laurent

Superhero Appreciation Day! June 11th

Celebrate Newton’s bus/van drivers and crossing guards, who demonstrated flexibility and resilience as school times and bus routes changed and whose work enabled school to return in person. We will celebrate on Friday, June 11. Help your child write a card or note to their bus driver or crossing guard.

Also please help us as a community celebrate these community helpers by helping fund their appreciation: On Friday, June 11 volunteers will organize celebrations with pre-packaged snacks and drinks and Safety Superhero buttons at both the van yard and the bus yard for the 130 bus/van drivers, and will work with PTOs to distribute flowers and buttons to the 56 crossing guards spread across the City. The Newton PTO Council has generously donated the Safety Superhero buttons and we are collecting donations to cover snacks and decorations for the event and flowers for the crossing guards. 

Want to help distribute the crossing guard flowers and buttons at Memorial Spaulding? Reach out to
Facebook event:

ASCA Update

It has been wonderful seeing all the kids back at ASCA this Spring! Thank you for supporting our PTO and for furthering our strong sense of community outside of school by participating in ASCA this season!

Please note that ASCA Session A ends this Friday (5/21) and Session B begins on Monday (5/24). This applies to all classes with the exception of Planter’s Club which runs continuously through both sessions. 

Thank you!

5th Grade Graduation Party!

Thursday, June, 17 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

(Rain date is Monday, June, 21 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm)

Location: Memorial Spaulding Upper Field

Pizza from Comella’s

Treats from Kona Ice

Inflatable Obstacle Course

Carnival Games & Prizes


Playground Fun

Field Games 

This is a drop off party for 5th grade students only.  

Parent volunteers will be on site to supervise.

As of right now, masks are not required at outdoor events, but families should feel free to make their own decisions.  This policy is always subject to change pending new state or federal guidelines. 

We need your help to make this party a success.  

Please consider signing up for a time slot to help set up, supervise a station or clean up.  

Click HERE to sign up to help!

For questions email:

Lost and Found

Kids are back full time which means lots of items in the Lost and Found! Do any of these belong to your kiddos? If so come collect them.

Teacher Appreciation Week!

We will be showing appreciation to our awesome teachers/staff next week, May 3rd-7th. THANK YOU to everyone who has signed up so far to make this a special week! If you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, and would like to support our efforts to celebrate our Memorial Spaulding teachers and staff, please sign-up below:

As a reminder, to those who have signed up to provide snacks/ candy, all donations can be dropped off by 4 p.m. Friday, April 30th in the large box labeled “teacher appreciation week” outside of the front doors of the school.

In addition to providing daily snacks for the teachers, we also have the following activities planned:

  • You’re invited!  Chalk the Walk on Wednesday, May 5th after school and write notes of appreciation to the teachers.  Just show up!
  • We are encouraging students and parents to write/ color notes of appreciation – or even send a “thank you” video – to their teachers all throughout the week!  Our teachers value hearing from their students and parents, so let’s make sure they know how much they mean to us all!  Please make sure to deliver the notes to your child’s teacher/s by Friday, May 7th, our “thank you!” day (by hand or email works too!).

Thank you so much!


Let’s play!  Memorial Spaulding PTO will be hosting grade level playdates this spring on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings at Memorial Spaulding school playground.  We look forward to seeing both our DLA and in-person students playing together once again!  Playdates will be limited in number, and masks are required.  If your grade level playdates are booked, no worries!  If there is interest, more playdates will be scheduled.  The playdates will be very casual, just show up and play! See you on the playground!  Sign up here >