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Newton Centre, MA. 02459
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From the Principal – 5/4

From the Principal – 5/4

From the Principal – 5/4

Dear Families,

It was great to see so many of you this past Friday, April 27 at our Science Fair. This year we had over 70 projects, with more than 100 students participating across our six grades. As I walked around and engaged with our students I was so impressed by their thoughtful attention to detail as they each eagerly explained what they did to perform their experiment and the conclusions that they came to. Thank you to all students and families who took part. Thank you very much to Elissa Rottenberg for all of her hard work in coordinating this amazing event these past five years. We look forward to Nevin Yuksel-Ekici taking over next year and continuing this wonderful tradition.

Thank you to all of the many Mason-Rice families who offered their time this past Sunday, April 29 for NewtonServes. It was great to join so many of you in helping to beautify our school on the inside and outside. The rain held off for the most part and we were able to accomplish many projects. Thank you very much to Sarah Solomon for her great organization in coordinating and leading us all on this day.

This past week I have had the opportunity to join our third graders in their Understanding Our Differences (UOD) program on Blindness and Low Vision. UOD is a program that uses a hands-on, active participatory curriculum to foster respect, acceptance, and compassion for people of all abilities in elementary schools and communities at large. These programs are critical to teach to our students and wouldn’t happen without all of the help and support so many of you have provided by volunteering your time. Thank you very much to our school coordinators Shannon Armstrong, Liza Hunter, Francoise Kohler, Ima Jonsdottir, and Jill Reynolds for all of your efforts to lead these valuable experiences.

On Tuesday, May 1 our staff was treated to an incredible Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. The Centre was decorated with lovely flowers and place settings to celebrate our staff and teachers and all of the hard work they put in on a daily basis to support all our students. Thank you to all of our families who helped with this extremely thoughtful event and to Maureen Oates and Heather Friedman for organizing all of this a week earlier than expected. As a staff we feel so lucky to partner with you and are extremely grateful for your unwavering generosity and support.

This Thursday, May 3 we had our Second Grade Family Folk Dance led by Ms. Nohmy and Ms. McIntosh. It was an excellent evening that provided a great opportunity for students, families, and staff to connect through dancing together. We danced to songs from around the world that included Los Machetes, La Raspa, Cotton-Eyed Joe, Galopede, Fjaskern, and Hoe Ana. Thank you to Ms. Nohmy, Ms. McIntosh, and our second graders for all of your hard work in preparing for this evening. It was great fun!

For fifth grade families John Jordan, Brown Middle School Principal, will be visiting Mason-Rice on Monday, May 7 in our Centre at 8:30 AM to speak about the middle school experiences and answer any questions you might have.

We will be having a Principal Coffee this upcoming Friday, May 11 in our Music Room from 8:30-9:30 AM. I look forward to connecting with those of you who are able to attend.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

Jake Bultema




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