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Community

Community

Mason-Rice PTO sponsors several community programs throughout the school year. These programs are intended to foster a sense of cohesiveness and community among our families.  We hope that you choose to attend one or more of these events, or volunteer to coordinate one of these vents, and discover why so many people believe Mason-Rice is a very special school and a very special community.

School Picnics & Fun Run

Our Back-to-School and Spring picnics are treasured events at Mason-Rice. The first is a Back-to-School Fall Picnic in September, sponsored by the PTO, to welcome everyone back to school.  This is a “bring-your-own” dinner picnic. Ice-cream is typically served. The second is the Spring Picnic, and is coordinated by the fourth grade parents to raise funds for next year 5th grade activities and graduation.

The Annual “Fun Run” kicks off the Spring Picnic. We strongly encourage all students to participate in the Fun Run and have a special treat we raffle to all participants.

Fools’ Folly

The Fools’ Folly party is a celebration of the wonderful Mason-Rice community, including our excellent teachers and school staff!  This annual party including a show including videos as well as live skits.  We hope you will part of this great event — either as an attendee or participant.  More details here.

World Cultures Festival

Occurring every other year, the Mason-Rice World Cultures Festival celebrates the diversity of our school community, which represents over 35 countries from around the world. Filled with delicious food, engaging display, and inspiring performances, the World Cultures Festival brings to life the history and cultures of our many countries represented by the M-R community.  Read here to learn more.

Mason-Rice Parent Events

The Parent Social team organizes several parent events throughout the school year. They provide a great opportunity for parents to connect with other parents across all grade levels. Typically there is a fall parent social, a Paint Night, the Mystery Dinner and an end of school gathering. The dates of the Mason-Rice Night Out events will be published in the Mason-Rice Notes at least two weeks in advance of the day of the event.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Each year, the PTO sponsors a Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon to say thanks to all of Mason-Rice teachers and staff!  On the first Tuesday of May, we transform The Centre and provide a beautiful lunch for all of the teachers, aides, specialists, staff, crossing guards, etc. The food, beverages, flowers and packaging for leftovers are provided through the generous contributions of Mason-Rice families on that day.  Watch for the sign up coming in April to contribute to this event.

We also sponsor two smaller lunches for faculty meetings in the Fall and Spring. The Fall luncheon is typically sponsored by Grades 3-5 and the Spring luncheon is sponsored by Grades K-2. We hope you can participate in one of these events in the future by donating food and/or your time to the set-up and clean up efforts.

Kinder Club

The Kinder Club program provides an opportunity for incoming kindergarteners to visit the Mason-Rice. It takes place in the May timeframe. We will provide more details as they become available.

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