Happy Friday! And a very happy last day of school! Last fall seems like it was just yesterday, and this year has flown by. We want to thank all the parents, caregivers, friends and family of our Mason-Rice community for all you have done. A special thank you to Principal Bultema for his hard work during his first year, and to our Mason-Rice faculty and staff for another successful year.
Our first annual Mason-Rice Book Drive was a roaring success. Thanks to your generosity, Mason-Rice delivered nearly 1,500 books, CDs and DVDS to More than Words, a non-profit organization in Waltham. Thank you to Eleni Spheeris for organizing the efforts, and to all the students and parents who contributed to the promotion and collection during the book drive.
Yesterday, we held our final PTO meeting for the year and unanimously approved the 2018-19 Budget and Slate. Next year we have many things to look forward to and we are eager to begin the coming school year with our new Assistant Vice-Principal, Lisa Addleman and to get to know all of our new teachers and staff!
After school yesterday, Mason-Rice students, alumnae, parents, colleagues, friends and fans of our beloved art teacher, Hadley Horner, gathered to say thank you and farewell. In honor of Hadley’s many years of inspiration and for all she has given to her students, the PTO planted a tulip tree outside her art room window and students (and many adults too!) decorated the sidewalks, doors and walls of Mason-Rice with drawings and messages of gratitude for her time with us. The chalk drawings were a fitting tribute to a very special art teacher. We would like to thank Sarah Solomon for organizing the gift, and the volunteers who helped plant the tree.
Please join us today at 11:30am for the official unveiling of our newly installed Maureen Cahoon bench, in honor of our Mason-Rice crossing guard of 42 years. Maureen will be there, so bring tissues and be prepared for plenty of smiles, hugs, and laughter. Located at the main entrance to Mason-Rice, the beautiful bench was made possible by the generous gift of Cindy and Charlie Spittel, owners and artists of Newton Memorial Art, and by PTO donated funds. The initial planning and approval for the bench began last year and we look forward to watching the community sit, pause and take time to enjoy the new space.
Directly after school today, students and parents are invited to enjoy delicious shaved ice and celebrate the end of the year. Summer goodbyes will be a little sweeter with a shaved ice in hand. The refreshing treats will be served behind the school by the playground and are provided by the PTO at no charge to the attendees. We would like to thank Jas Rai for organizing the event.
This year we must say goodbye to many amazing teachers and staff. We want to take this time to recognize them for all they have done during their time at Mason-Rice. To Jenna Haake, Breanne Troiano, Rebecca Byard, Hadley Horner, Hildi Arnold, Andy Guttell, Lenore Metter, Amanda Baranowsky, and Arthur Coffey, we are immensely grateful for every day you gave to our school and for all of your work on behalf of our children. Good luck and be well!
Finally, to all our 5th graders and to our families who graduated out of Mason-Rice this year, we wish you all the best next year and for all your years to come. Mason-Rice is a far better place for having you with us.
It has been our great pleasure to serve as PTO co-Presidents this year, and we want to wish everyone a happy and safe summer.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -Winnie the Pooh
Will Adams & Jas Rai
p.s. Following are a few of the amazing chalk drawings. Please note — if you didn’t have time to submit a copy of your child’s drawing yet, please email your picture to Maureen Oates at firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of the family members and/or friends who participated. Thanks to all who have already done so.
p.p.s. Trees don’t plant themselves — and PTO work isn’t always glamorous. Thanks to our crack team of diggers — Jas Rai, Simy Solomon and Rob Swint — and their assistants for their great work planting Mrs. Horner’s tree.