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From the PTO Co-Presidents – 12/15

From the PTO Co-Presidents – 12/15

From the PTO Co-Presidents – 12/15

Dear Families,

We hope all of you are enjoying the Holiday Season! This time of year can be hectic for us all and we wanted to remind our community of the wonderful events happening in the start of the New Year that desperately need your help.

The Mason-Rice Auction begins next month and we’re still looking for donations from parents and the community at large. Please consider how you can contribute to the auction this year or reach out to family and friends you know can help. Some suggestions for contributions are:

  • Host a mixology night, a wine or cheese party.
  • Host a themed dinner.
  • Donate unused gift certificates or use points to purchase a gift certificate.
  • Donate sports memorabilia or other products.
  • Share your talents by teaching a skill – prior donations have included French cooking lessons, sewing or knitting, foreign language lessons, a night in the workshop with a handyman.
  • Team up with friends for a meal delivery service where each family makes a course of the meal.
  • Dessert of the Month for a few months.
  • Have season tickets to a sport team, the ballet, opera or other events? Consider offering your seats for an event.
  • Have your entrepreneurial 4th or 5th grader offer dog walking, car washing or sports clinics for younger kids.

Please contact us at mrptoauction@gmail.com if you have questions or ideas. (Note that we will limit the bidders for your event to Mason-Rice parents only.) To learn more about the Mason-Rice online auction, click here.

A beloved Mason-Rice event, the World Cultures Festival, returns on Saturday February 3, 2018! Please save the date for this biennial celebration of the diversity of our school community, with current families representing over 35 countries from around the world. The festival has three key elements: delicious food, engaging and interactive displays, and a variety of inspiring performances. In these ways it helps bring to life the history and cultures of the many countries represented by our community. To make the World Cultures Festival a success, we need your support! You don’t need to have familial ties to help represent a nation or region. Whether you have a favorite dish, some games or pictures for a display, and/or a special performance to share, all contributions are welcome! You can also sign up to help the organizers to set up and run the event. Whatever your desired input level, we encourage you to find out more and sign up to get involved by clicking here.

During this holiday season, many of us are looking for ways to show our appreciation to our amazing teachers and staff at Mason-Rice. We want to remind our community of the Newton Public Schools Gift Policy. A one time, yearly gift of no more than $150 is permissible from the class, as long as no individual names are included. (The gift must come from the entire group). Usually, the group gifts are organized by the Room Parents and presented at the end of the school year in June. If you would like to show your appreciation on an individual level this holiday season, parents and children can give gifts in the form of sentimental tokens. Letters, drawings, and crafts are cherished by our teachers and staff. NPS also encourages families to recognize specific staff members with a donation to the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program.

At pickup today, we encourage you to check out the Luke’s Lights for sale by the flag pole. $20 gets you a light and also gives one to someone without electricity. Luke’s Lights was formed in memory of Luke Voss-Kernan a former Mason-Rice student who 6 years ago passed away at the age of 19 from a tragic accident. We also encourage all members of the community to attend the Luke’s Lights event, happening this Saturday night, December 16 12/16 at former Mason-Rice parents’ house Katy and Matt Johnson (65 Graycliff Road in Newton Centre) from 6 to 11pm. See below for more information on the light sale and event.

We wish all of you a good weekend and last week before the holiday break.

Take care,
Will Adams & Jas Rai




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