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From the PTO Co-Presidents – 4/6

From the PTO Co-Presidents – 4/6

From the PTO Co-Presidents – 4/6

Dear Families,

We hope everyone enjoyed the full week back to school. The weather is still on the chilly side, but it was great to see the Social Action Committee Bake Sale open for business yesterday afternoon. We would like to thank all the volunteers, bakers and customers who helped raise money for the New England Wildlife Center, and give a big thank you to Kate Wissel and Christina Perez for organizing the event. Also, the PTO would like to thank Aedin Culhane and Sharon Topper for organizing two very successful STEAM weeks in March.

Has the cold, snow and rain got you down? Have you been missing your fellow Mason-Rice parents and friends? Looking for chance to connect with some of our amazing teachers and staff? It’s not too late to find a sitter (or leave your significant other home with the kids) and escape to our “Mardi Gras ” themed Fools’ Folly Party tomorrow evening, April 7. Eat, drink, dance and enjoy an evening of videos created by, and starring, Mason-Rice parents. Mardi Gras attire is strongly encouraged. Pay at the door. Please join us at the Newton Highlands Congregational Church at 54 Lincoln St. Doors open at 7pm. See here for more details on the event and for opportunities to help.

Over the course of the year, parents have attended Principal Coffees and PTO meetings, sent us emails or spoken with us directly, and a common theme we’ve heard is one of ‘Connectivity’. Simply put, how can we increase our connectedness with teachers, staff and students in light of the current Arrival Policy. During our most recent PTO meeting, several parents expressed an interest in creating a Mason-Rice Community Working Group designated to working with Principal Bultema and the staff to create or enhance access and visibility within the school. We’ve heard many ideas and we want to channel our community’s passion into creating actionable solutions. Please click here for more details and to sign up to be part of the group.

Finally, we want to take a moment to thank our incredible and tireless Notes Team. Carrie Tamm and Maureen Oates collect, curate and produce our invaluable notes every week, and each week they do an amazing job. Through their efforts, our community remains informed, connected and engaged during the school year. Thank you!

Have a wonderful weekend all.

Will Adams & Jas Rai
PTO Co-Presidents




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