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The PTO supports many enrichment programs for our school. Creative Arts and Sciences is the most extensive program reaching students in every grade level.  It is the largest line item in the PTO budget. Other programs include Musical Mornings, STEAM Week, the Science Fair, the A+ Literary Magazine, and the Book Swap.  The PTO also supports the Library with a direct allocation of funds as well as with parent volunteers.

Read on to learn more and contact the committee chairs listed here to learn more.

Creative Arts & Sciences

Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS) is a City-wide program which, through each school’s PTO, brings high quality, curriculum-related, enrichment programs to elementary and middle schools.  Here at Mason-Rice, the PTO generously funds roughly 20 programs per year spanning across grades K-5, including an annual, all school Concert Series, thus enriching our students experiences in areas such as Art, Dance, English Language Arts, History and Social Sciences, Music, Science and Theater Arts.  Click here to learn more. 

Musical Mornings

Musical Mornings is a chance for students to perform in a friendly, informal setting for classmates at the beginning of Principal Star assemblies.  Online signups are sent out at the beginning of the year with more information.


For two weeks during the late Winter/early Spring, parents with scientific, engineering, technology, math, art or other professional skills are invited to come into their children’s classrooms and teach a short program on their area of expertise or knowledge. Information on how to participate in STEAM week will be posted in the Mason-Rice Notes and communicated to parents via room parents.

Science Fair

Each year, Mason-Rice students create more than 50 exhibits to present at the Mason-Rice Science Fair. The goal is to make it exciting for kids, easy on parents and fun for everyone. Click here to learn more.

A+ Magazine

A+ Magazine is the annual Mason-Rice Student Literary Magazine. Each year, fourth and fifth grade students, with help from parents, puts together a Literary Magazine.  The student editors decide the themes for the magazine, edit the content, and market and sell the magazine. NOTE: Articles for the magazine are submitted by the students at Mason-Rice at ALL grade levels.

Details regarding volunteering to help edit the magazine, and making submissions to the magazine, will be published in the Mason-Rice Notes in the spring, and Literary Magazines will be sold prior to, and at the Spring Picnic.

Annual Book Swap

Our annual book swap is a way to circulate old books among fellow students and encourage our children to read and to share their love of reading (and their books) with their schoolmates. During the spring, parents will be asked to donate age appropriate children’s books that their children no longer read.  Then, for one week, the donated books will be displayed and each child’s class will be given an opportunity to view these books and select a certain number of books to take home with them. Books that are not chosen by our Mason-Rice children are then donated to other schools or organizations that can use them. Check our School Calendar for Book Swap donation dates and classroom visits.

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