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Mason-Rice Notes 10/19/18

From the Principal

Dear Families,
We had a terrific beginning to this past week with our entire school participating in our Jordan Bennett Weiss Walk for Health on Tuesday, October 9.  The weather was gorgeous and the students’ genuine enthusiasm for taking part in this worthy cause was remarkable.  It was great to have the opportunity to engage in conversations with your children as we walked around Crystal Lake together.  Upon returning back to Mason-Rice we continued our yearly tradition of getting our entire school community to get the wave going.   A tremendous thank you to Sara and Mark Weiss for all of their efforts to continue this walk over the years to honor their son.  In addition, we are thankful to our school safety officer Andy Umina and his police team for helping maintain safety throughout the walk, especially as we crossed Beacon Street.   We collectively look forward to continuing this great tradition with our 15th annual walk next school year.
This past Tuesday, October 16 we had our first assembly of the year as we welcomed the Voci Angelia Trio to perform at our school.  Thank you to our PTO, Creative Arts and Sciences and Young Audiences of Massachusetts for bringing this enriching musical experience to our school community. Our students heard music from around the world and were provided with many opportunities to accompany the performers. One highlight included the students choosing a range of howling wind sounds to make at different points in one song to help the performers in creating a narrative of moving through the desert.
These upcoming weeks will begin our first round of conferences for the year and provide a valuable time for teachers and families to connect upon how our year has started and how your child is developing academically, socially, and emotionally.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and a great time at our Halloween Haunted House at Mason-Rice for those of you that are able to attend.

Kindly,
Jake Bultema

From the PTO Co-Presidents

Dear Parents,
Short and sweet this week …
Our 5th graders have been hard at work and will be putting on quite the show at this Saturday’s Haunted House event.  They will have pizza, games, pumpkin painting, cookies, treats and drinks down stairs in the gym if you do not fancy the Haunted House. Event runs from 4:30-6:30pm tomorrow, Saturday, October 20, at Mason-Rice. All proceeds go to 5th grade graduation.
Thank you to all who contributed to our Dues Campaign in the last week. Because of your support, we have now raised $31,523 or 79% of our goal for 37% of our families!  That leaves only $8,477 more to raise to reach our goal.  The outstanding $8,477 of dues could be used to fund another round of technology investment such as the much needed Chromebook carts funded through last year’s budget.
Let’s be frank — we don’t want to write about dues any more than you want to read about it. We would really like to get to 100% by the end of October. If you are part of the 63% of families who haven’t contributed yet, can you PLEASE make it a priority to contribute at whatever level you can THIS WEEK?  

Remember all donations are tax deductible. Click the Donate button at masonrice.org or write a check to the “Mason-Rice PTO” and drop it in the PTO Treasurer’s box located in the lobby bookcases. Also, don’t forget to check if your employer has a matching gift program. Thank you for supporting Mason-Rice!!

As always, send us an email if you have questions, suggestions, comments or to find out about current volunteer needs.
Cheers,
Leslie Ziarko Valera, Jas Rai & Will Adams
PTO co-Presidents

Key Dates and Upcoming Events

TODAY, 10/12 8-9AM – Friday Morning Drop-In on the Mason-Rice playground – all invited  (This event recurs every Friday weather-permitting so please put it in your calendars as a standing meeting and attend whenever you can!)

SATURDAY (TOMORROW), 10/20, 4:30-6:30PM – Mason-Rice Haunted House
TUESDAY, 11/6 – FRIDAY, 11/9 – Mason-Rice Book Fair

From the PTO

5TH GRADE HAUNTED HOUSE & HALLOWEEN FAIR – TOMORROW, SATURDAY, 10/20 from 4:30-6:30PM!
Haunted House and Halloween Fair 5th grade fundraiser this Saturday at Mason Rice! Please come and let 5th grade Hogwarts students guide you on a walk down the Haunted Hallway!  There will be ninjas, mad scientists, obstacles, and even a haunted hot dog!  The Hogwarts student hosts will protect you from the scary monsters, but for small children who are too frightened to do the haunted hallway there will also be games, face painting, glitter tattoos, art projects, and pizza, drinks and treats for sale in the gym. Costumes are optional.
Come early to avoid waiting in line! $5 entrance per person, bring cash for faster entrance. (credit cards also accepted) All proceeds go to 5th grade graduation, yearbook, and school and teacher gifts.
WINTER GEAR DRIVE – 10/9 – 10/27
As you go through winter clothes and realize how much your kids have grown this year, please consider donating winter items to Mason-Rice.  We are accepting clean and gently used children’s AND adult’s coats, boots, snow pants, hats, scarves and gloves/mittens in the labeled box in the front lobby (near the office) from Tuesday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 27. The items will be shared with families in need of warm clothing at Mason-Rice and Countryside. Leftover items will be donated to NuDay Syria and sent to refugee camps in Greece and Turkey.
If you are a family who would benefit from these items: clothing from Countryside will be available in early November for Mason-Rice families in need.  Alternatively, if you have specific needs, please contact Susan Kass (Susan_Kass@newton.k12.ma.us) or Principal Bultema.  Questions or interested in helping? Email: katewissel@yahoo.com
MASON-RICE LUNCH BUNCH – 10/26
Join your Mason-Rice parent community for a social lunch on Friday, October 26th. This month we’re meeting at Terry O’Reilly’s Irish Pub. RSVP here.
 
MASON-RICE BOOK FAIR COMING SOON!! – 11/6-11/9 
We can’t run the Book Fair without YOU! There are so many different ways to volunteer during the Annual M-R Book Fair – and it’s fun too! Please signup to volunteer:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ca5af2e5-masonrice3
Tuesday, November 6th thru Friday, November 9th, in The Centre, we need help during school hours, before and after school, and at the PJ Party on Thursday night, November 8th. Look for backpack flyers with the important details coming home with your child next week.
PAJAMA PARTY READ ALOUD – THE FUN FAMILY EVENT OF THE FALL!  11/8 
Wear your pajamas to school and join us for Cookies and Stories on Thursday, November 8th, 6pm to 7:30pm. Come in comfy PJs and listen to special guests read stories for all ages. Parents can browse, shop and mingle with other parents in The Centre while kids listen to bedtime stories; some silly, some spooky, all very entertaining! You can also volunteer too:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ca5af2e5-masonrice3 Hope to see you there!
 If you have any Book Fair questions, contact Eleni Firkusny (espheeris@hotmail.com) or Laura Kay Hughes (lkhughes42@gmail.com).
JOIN THE MASON-RICE GREEN TEAM KIDS (FOR 3RD, 4TH & 5TH GRADERS) 
Mason-Rice Green Team Kids is an after-school environmental learning and action club for kids in Grades 3-5 who care about the environment and want to help make our community greener. Click here for additional details and to sign-up! If you would like to join, please sign-up no later than October 24, 2018. Contact Heather Friedman/Wendy Sheu with any questions at masonrice.greenteam@gmail.com.

Creative Arts and Science

On Tuesday, October 16th, Voci Angelica Trio performed for our whole school. The program was sponsored by Creative Arts & Sciences.  The group shared music from around the world that followed the path of human migration. Students answered questions about geography and had the opportunity to accompany the performers and dance.  Ask your children about the music they heard from seven continents!

Outside of Mason-Rice

HELLO WASHINGTON STREET MEETING – 10/24 6-8:30pm
Get involved in city planning by engaging with the Washington Street Vision first draft plan! Explore the first draft and discuss elements with neighbors, city staff, and the planning team. A presentation of the plan will be supplemented with a gallery-walk and neighborhood-based stations in order to examine the plan on a village-by-village level. Refreshments will be served! Kid friendly event!
HALLOWEEN WINDOW PAINTING – DEADLINE IS TODAY!
Beware this Halloween! Ghoulish and ghostly paintings will appear on 500 merchant windows in 6 Newton villages! 180 Newton merchants have generously offered their windows for the past 18 years to eager young artists in Grades 3-8 to paint Halloween-themed paintings on an assigned window. Sometimes they are funny, sometimes creepy, always fabulous! The parents have as much fun as the kids as they gather in the village centers, sharing coffees and treats and enjoying watching the loving creation of the masterpieces! Children in grades 3 – 8 are invited to register at www.newtoncommunitypride.org Sign up soon! There are limited windows in each village and a deadline of October 19th!
 
BASKETBALL REGISTRATION FOR GIRLS & BOYS
NAA Basketball and Newton Girls Basketball are both registering for the winter season.  In addition, Newton’s PTO Council has links to other sports if interested.  Click here for the comprehensive list.

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NEWTONVILLE BOOKS GIFT WRAPPING FOR CHARITY OPPORTUNITY 

For anyone in the parent community who feels passionately about supporting their local bookstore, we have a direct opportunity to partner with Newtonville Books which will benefit the school.  The owners of Newtonville Books are looking for organizations to staff their gift wrapping table during the month of December.  If you are interested in learning more and championing this initiative including lining up volunteers, coordinating the volunteer dates and making sure the table is staffed, please email the PTO presidents at masonricepto@gmail.com.

REGISTER FOR THE NEWTON TURKEY TROT
One week left for early bird registration for the 5th annual Newton Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 17th!  (the Saturday before Thanksgiving)
Sign up today at www.newtonturkeytrot.org to secure your spot and be guaranteed an awesome T-shirt. Prices will increase after October 25th at midnight. This event kicks off at 8:30am with a kids’ 1mile fun run followed by the 5K race at 9am. Not a runner? Join in the fun as a volunteer!  Details are in the volunteer section of our website. Sign up soon, this race will sell out!
All proceeds from the race go to the Newton Food Pantry.

Jessica Hughes

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