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Mason-Rice Book Fair @ The Centre!

Mason-Rice Book Fair @ The Centre!

During the Mason-Rice Book Fair days, The Centre will be transformed into a children’s bookstore, featuring carefully selected books appropriate for a wide range of reading levels. We are excited to announce our vendor, Scholastic Book Fairs®, which is one of the world’s largest publishers of children’s books with a mission to encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy. Parents are welcome to shop at any time during the hours listed; please remember to sign in at the front office first. Please note that we accept cash, checks or credit cards for your convenience. Thank you for supporting this PTO fundraiser!

How It Works

Parents may send their children with cash or a check (payable to “Mason-Rice PTO”) on the day of their classroom visit. As a guideline, most soft covered books cost less than $10, hardcover books cost less than $20 and pens, pencils and erasers range from 50¢ to $3. If you choose not to send money, or you forget, your child can fill out a wish list and bring it home to you.

2018 Book Fair Hours

Day/Date Time/Schedule
Tuesday – November 6 7:45 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday – November 7 7:45 am – 8:30 am
Wednesday – November 7 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday – November 8 7:45 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday – November 8 Book Fair Pajama Party Read Aloud 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Friday – November 9 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pajama Party Read Aloud

Don’t miss the PJ Party Read-Aloud on Thursday night – fun for the whole family!  From 6:00 to 7:30 PM, listen to stories read by special guests in one of the designated classrooms near The Centre. Enjoy cookies while wearing your PJs. Each reading room will feature fun themes from spooky to silly and more. Meanwhile, parents can browse at the Book Fair, mingle with other parents and get a head start on holiday shopping. Come join the fun! Bring your water bottle!

Classroom Visit Schedule

Your child will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair with his/her class during the school day. Parent volunteers will be on hand to help students navigate the Book Fair. Typically, parents send their children with cash or check (payable to “Mason-Rice PTO”) on the day of the visit. If you forget or choose not to send money, then your child can fill out a wish list and bring it home to you. Check the schedule for your child’s class time. Schedule of Classroom Visits Book Fair


There are many volunteer options.  Daytime opportunities offer the chance to operate the cash registers or help children during your child’s class visit.  Evening opportunities include volunteering during the PJ party.  Please go to the volunteering link:


Teacher Book Box Gift Program

The Book Fair is a great opportunity to contribute to your child’s class through the Teacher Book Box Program. Teachers fill a box with books that they would like for their classroom library. These books can then be purchased for the teachers. When you visit the Book Fair, ask a volunteer or look for the Teacher Book Box display. Teachers are always very appreciative when we deliver a box full of books for their students to enjoy! (Specialists and Aftercare will have book boxes as well.)

If you have any questions about the Book Fair, please contact:

Eleni Firkusny espheeris@hotmail.com


It is the intention of Newton Public Schools that no student should be excluded from activities due to the inability to pay. Families may apply for a voucher based on financial hardship so that every student may participate in classroom visits. Waivers are based on income and family size, as well as special circumstances, such as unforeseen medical problems, change in family or employment status, other emergencies, or temporary hardships. All waiver applications are confidential. Waiver forms are available upon request; please contact Principal Jake Bultema by email bultemaj@newton.k12.ma.us or call 617-559-9570.


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