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From the PTO Co-Presidents – 1/19

From the PTO Co-Presidents – 1/19

From the PTO Co-Presidents – 1/19

Dear Families,

We hope you all enjoyed this short school week in observance and honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This was a special time for all at Mason-Rice to learn and share in the wisdom of this truly great man. It was also a special week for our 5th grade performers who entertained their fellow students, faculty and parent community at the winter concert.

I’m sure we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when we learned school would not be cancelled during the snow storm on Wednesday. If you’re in need of some adult conversation and good food feel free to drop into the HOWLS lunch tomorrow at noon at Little Big Diner.

Yesterday we kicked off our second biggest PTO fundraiser of the year, the annual On-line Auction. There are many great items to bid upon right now! Remember to bid early and often so you don’t miss out on the popular items. From 18 popular kids camps valued between $300-$1800 currently bidding at a fraction of those values, to popular family curated experiences; golf and drinks, movie night, tacos and tequila night, lunches with Maureen Cahoon and a poker tournament with food, drinks & cash prizes hosted by one of your co-presidents. Plus many other amazing experiences offered by the parent community and local businesses. Bidding is open now and the auction closes Jan 30th (https://www.biddingforgood.com/masonrice).

Please remember all net proceeds go to the Mason-Rice PTO to support initiatives in classrooms, faculty supplies, field trips, technology, creative arts and science programs. It’s still not too late to add an event or auction item; if you know of a store or business you are a regular at that would want to be part of the auction please ask for an item to add to the auction and you can email the auction team (mrptoauction@gmail.com) the information.

Lastly, we would like to take a moment to introduce a new Mason-Rice family; Alex Rosenberg (father) and Véronique Vendette (mother), and their sons Léo VenRosen (Kindergarten) and 3 year old Luca. In late September, just as they were settling in to a new school, and fresh from relocating from Maine, Alex and his family suffered a tragic accident …

While enjoying a day at a trampoline center with his sons, Léo and Luca, Alex fell on his neck, resulting in a complete spinal cord injury between the C6-C7 vertebrae and causing paralysis from his chest down. After 3 months in the ICU and rehab, Alex was discharged and is home with his wife and sons. The family has created two websites in order to share their story, raise funds for the extraordinary costs of care they will experience, and to organize support for things like meals, rides, and help around the home.

Please visit Alex’s YouCaring page https://www.youcaring.com/alexrosenberg-980228 to learn more about his accident and the resources he and his family will require, and to contribute to Alex’s fund. Also, please visit Alex’s LotsaHelpinghands page https://my.lotsahelpinghands.com/community/alex-rosenberg to view the family’s calendar and lend a hand. Lastly, we would like to share with you a message Véronique sent to us, “…even if there are lots of unknowns, just like every new beginning there is also a lot of hope 🙂 We both look forward to slowly getting to know the amazing community that surrounds Mason Rice.”


Will Adams & Jas Rai
PTO co-Presidents




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