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Newton Centre, MA. 02459
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From the Principal – 2/16

From the Principal – 2/16

From the Principal – 2/16

Dear Families,

This past Friday, February 9 represented our 100th day of school, which is hard to believe. It was wonderful to watch our first graders as they traveled around the school showcasing their prideful smiles wearing their paper vests each uniquely designed with 100 of the same thing on them. Traveling into kindergarten classrooms to also see the ways that students arranged 100 of the same item was really rewarding. Visiting all four of our third grade classrooms on this day to engage in meaningful conversations with students about the reasoning behind what they were creating/building to represent the Wampanoag in each of the four seasons provided a great opportunity to see firsthand our third graders knowledge of how critical a role the environment played in how the Wampanoag led their lives.

Our 3rd, 4th , and 5th graders will be engaging in MCAS this upcoming April and May and I wanted to take a moment to provide you all with the dates. All tests are untimed and will begin at 9 AM. The dates are:

  • 3rd Grade – Friday, Apr. 6 (ELA Session 1), Monday, Apr. 9 (ELA Session 2), Friday, May 4 (Math Session 1), Monday, May 7 (Math Session 2)
  • 4th Grade – Monday, Apr. 2 (ELA Session 1), Tuesday, Apr. 3 (ELA Session 2), Monday, Apr. 30 (Math Session 1), Tuesday, May 1 (Math Session 2)
  • 5th Grade – Wednesday, Apr. 4 (ELA Session 1), Thursday, Apr. 5 (ELA Session 2), Wednesday, May 2 (Math Session 1), Thursday, May 3 (Math Session 2), Tuesday, May 15 (Science Session 1), Wednesday, May 16 (Science Session 2)


On Tuesday, February 27 after we return from our February break, our entire school will be practicing an Evacuation Drill. Emergency Response Information on our NPS website relays that, “Each school has an offsite evacuation location that [schools] can walk to in the event of a prolonged evacuation. The school principal, administrators and the police department are informed and assist in the practice.” Our school evacuation site is the First Baptist Church (848 Beacon Street). With the support of the Newton Police Department to help us cross Beacon at Lake Street we will simply be walking to the First Baptist Church, sitting momentarily in the sanctuary which seats 750 people (enough space for our entire student and staff population), and then walking back to Mason-Rice. We anticipate this drill taking us around 45 minutes at most. Our School Safety Team has thoughtfully planned for this and our classroom teachers will be communicating this with their students to ensure that students feel safe, comfortable, and well prepared for this experience. If you’d like to take a look at our district’s web page regarding Emergency Response Information, you can click on the following link: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/1164

This past Tuesday, February 13 our entire school community was extremely excited as each class visited our Centre to privately vote for our school mascot. Privacy boards were placed throughout the Centre for students to make their vote before placing it in our big ballot box (see pictures below). Each student received an “I Voted” sticker upon completing his or her vote. We all wait patiently for votes to be tabulated from the choices that each grade level came up with (rhinos, dragons (two grade levels), bulldogs, mountain lions, and hawks). An unveiling of our first official school mascot will be on Monday, February 26!

Please make sure that you take a moment to visit our Lost and Found, located just outside the Centre near our school’s side entrance, if you know your child has lost an item.

Lastly, I wish you all a wonderful February break and look forward to reconnecting will all of you when we return on Monday, February 26.

Jake Bultema




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