From the PTO Co-Presidents
We hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the warm weather in the beginning of the week…we all have earned a break from the cold winds and freezing temps! This week’s letter is short and sweet, with a few friendly reminders of upcoming events.
To all the lucky winners of this year’s Online Auction, please remember to pick up your winning items today at M-R in front of the school, or at the Panera in Newton Centre Saturday, 2/9, from 10:00-11:30AM AND 3:00-4:30PM (look for the Mason-Rice sign on the table in the back). If you won a party, event or experience, please expect an email from the Auction Committee. For more details on how you can receive your winning item(s), please click here
On Monday, February 11, at 8:30AM in The Centre, Superintendent David Fleishman and members of Newton’s School Committee will visit Mason-Rice to update our community on current NPS initiatives, answer questions from the group and hear our concerns. We encourage all parents and caregivers to attend this meeting. Your voice is valuable and impactful.
All the best,
Jas Rai, Leslie Ziarko Valera & Will Adams
Key Dates & Events
ENDS TODAY – Cradles to Crayons Donation Drive
SATURDAY, 2/9 – TOMORROW – Cradles to Crayons Volunteer Event
SATURDAY, 2/9 – TOMORROW – Annual M-R Mystery Dinner
MONDAY 2/11 – FRIDAY 2/15 – Mason-Rice Heart Week
MONDAY, 2/11 – Superintendent Visit in The Centre @ 8:30am
THURSDAY, 2/14 – PTO Board Meeting
MONDAY, 2/18 – FRIDAY, 2/22 – February Break
THURSDAY 2/28 – Fools’ Folly Planning Meeting
FRIDAY, 3/8 – Family Bingo Night
MONDAY, 3/11 – FRIDAY, 3/15 – STEAM Week
WEDNESDAY, 3/13 – PTO Speaker Event @ 7pm
MONDAY, 3/18 – FRIDAY, 3/22 – Family Fitness Peek Week
ONGOING: Friday Morning Drop-In at Central Cafe and Restaurant (761 Beacon) starting at 8:30am during the winter months.
From the PTO
PARENT SOCIAL COMMITTEE: FRIDAY MORNING DROP-IN
Please join us every Friday morning starting at 8:30am at Central Cafe and Restaurant (761 Beacon) to catch up with old friends and meet new parents! Look for the “Mason Rice Coffee Hour” sign! Hope to see you there!
AUCTION – ATTENTION WINNING BIDDERS!
Thanks again for your participation in the auction! If you haven’t already received your item from us via email, you can pick up your items TODAY at pick up in front of the school. Or you can pick them up tomorrow at Panera (1241 Centre Street) from 10-11:30 and at 3-4:30. Just look a Mason-Rice sign on a table in the back room of the restaurant.
Remember, if you bought a MASON-RICE ONLY parent-donated item or event, you do not need to pick anything up. We have sent you an email to coordinate.
If none of the pick-up dates and times work for you, please email us at email@example.com
and we can make other arrangements.
CRADLES TO CRAYONS – DONATION DRIVE THROUGH TODAY AND VOLUNTEER SHIFT TOMORROW
We have a few slots left for our volunteer shift at Cradles to Crayons (C2C) on Saturday, February 9 from 10am – 12pm. (Arrive at 9:45am)! All children ages 5+ are welcome to volunteer. Please sign up here
. If your plans change, update the sign-up so other families can join us. If the sign up is full and you’d like to be added to a waitlist, please email Marci Shyavitz
We have already collected 9 large bags of donations and let’s keep them coming! The C2C shelves are bare in January so it’s a great time to go through your closets, attic, basement, and/or garage to find new or like-new children’s items to donate. Then put your toy, shoe and clothing donations in the C2C Blue Bin in the M-R lobby by 2/8 or if you are volunteering, bring them with you to C2C on 2/9. You can learn more about their most needed items here. If you have any questions, please email Marci Shyavitz
MASON-RICE HEART WEEK – 2/11 – 2/15
February is American Heart Month. Children will be encouraged to decorate a heart and write something they do to stay healthy, such as walked to school, ate a healthy breakfast, tried a new vegetable, played basketball, danced with friends, ice skated, etc….Our teachers will distribute hearts in the week of Feb 11-15 and we will post the finished hearts in the gym. The kids can do their art works at school or take the hearts home to finish (before Feb 15).
PARENT SOCIAL COMMITTEE: MYSTERY DINNER 2/9 UPDATE
We are now at capacity for both Dinner Hosts and Attendees for this year’s Mystery Dinner. Thank you to all who signed up. We are looking forward to a fun evening! Contact Jess Poscover
or Liz Bouvier
if you have any questions.
FOOL’S FOLLY PLANNING! – 2/28 – NOTE NEW DATE!
Calling all creative and comical minds wanted for brainstorming skit ideas for Fool’s Folly!!! Please join us Thursday Feb 28th at 7:30PM for Fool’s Folly planning at the Camargo residence: 38 Morseland Avenue. This will be a fun night to discuss ideas for Fool’s Folly. All are welcome to join including teachers, Mason-Rice staff and of course Mason-Rice parents.
Fool’s Folly is an entertaining night celebrating the parent-teacher community at Mason-Rice by showcasing hilarious skits created by parents and teachers that poke fun at the day-to-day nuances of being a parent or teacher.
5TH GRADE – UNDERSTANDING OUR DIFFERENCES – 2/15
SAVE THE DATE – 5TH ANNUAL FAMILY BINGO NIGHT – 3/8
Save the date for our 5th Annual Mason-Rice Family Bingo Night on Friday, March 8! It will be held in the Centre from 6:00-7:30pm. Pizza and drinks will be available. A sign-up will follow in a few weeks! If you have any questions, please contact Marci Shyavitz
MASON-RICE PARENTS STEAM WEEK – 3/11-3/15
During this week, caregivers and parents are invited to come into the classroom and present on any topic related to Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts or Mathematics. Signup will open soon. We encourage caregivers to create hands-on presentations and to coordinate with teachers to ensure that topics are age and classroom appropriate. Caregivers, we encourage you to begin thinking about the STEAM topic you’d like to present in your child’s classroom and please mark these dates in your diary. Contact STEAM week committee — Aedin Culhane
and Sharon Topper
— for more information.
ANNUAL SPEAKER EVENT – 3/13
Please Save the Date for this year’s annual Speaker event, which will take place in the Centre on March 13 at 7 pm. We are lucky to be able to hear from Carla Naumberg, PhD, LICSW, a wonderful parent coach, writer and speaker. She is the author of three parenting books including the forthcoming “How To Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids.” Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Mindful Magazine. She will speak to us about how to make parenting less stressful and more fun.
FAMILY FITNESS PEEK WEEK – 3/18-3/22
You’re Invited!! Families and guardians of 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students, please save the date for our Family Fitness Peek Week during the week of March 18th-22nd. This is an opportunity to come to one or both of your child’s physical education, health & wellness classes during that week. You’ll be able to experience one of our fitness themed classes with your child. The student’s are working hard at learning about the various components of fitness, and participating in activities that target those areas. We look forward to seeing you there! More information will be coming home with your child after February break. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Beth Ann Nohmy at BethAnn_Nohmy@newton.k12.ma.us
Beth Ann Nohmy
Physical Education, Health & Wellness
Newton Public Schools
Outside of Mason-Rice
EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS PRESENTATION – 2/13
A presentation on Executive Function Skills in Children and Adolescents will be held on 2/13/19 at Newton North High School 7:30-9pm. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council and Newton Public Schools.
Teach children to manage their time, space and materials (and keep their emotions in check)! This presentation will cover powerful strategies to help your child develop independent executive function; teach students to internally sense the sweep of time, self-monitor in order to sustain concentration, manage pace, and complete tasks in allocated time frames; improve students’ motivation and task initiation, help them to plan homework and long-term projects/papers, and coach students to think in an organized way; and encourage self-initiative to manage homework and personal belongings.
Ms. Kristen Jacobsen, MS CCC-SLP is a trained speech-language pathologist who is Co-Director at the Cognitive Connections Executive Function Practice. She is currently working with Newton Public Schools to develop an Executive Function program for middle school students.
NEWTON SOUTHEAST LITTLE LEAGUE SPRING 2019 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Registration for all divisions (T-ball through Majors) is now open for students who reside within or attend private or public schools within the public school district boundaries of Memorial-Spaulding, Mason-Rice, Bowen, Angier, Countryside and Zervas. Children who attend one of these schools but live out of district may participate in NSELL’s program under Little League’s 2019 rules without a waiver.
T ball: ages 5-6 (pre-K and K)
Farm: ages 7 and 8 (one division for age 7/1st grade and one division for age 8/2nd grade)
AA: age 9 (3rd grade)
AAA: ages 10-11 (4-5th grade)
Majors: ages 10-12 (4th-6th grade) are eligible (selection by draft)
Majors Registration Ends January 15th!!!
All other divisions (except T ball) open through Feb 15th
T ball accepts registrations through April
We are offering a $30 early bird discount for T-ball for players registered before February 1, 2018.
NEWTON GIRLS SOFTBALL
Newton Girls Softball Rec League is for girls in kindergarten to 7th grade. Supportive coaches teach the fundamentals of softball and develop confidence, determination, and resiliency. Team sports can play a great role helping girls face gender specific challenges as they get older. There is a place for girls of all ability levels in Softball, in a different way from soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. If your daughter is not playing a spring sport, even if you or she has not considered sports before, please look at our website: http://newtongirlssoftball.org/
. Also, Rec League Director James Alandydy would be very happy to talk with you more about it. Please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIGN UP FOR NEWTON YOUTH LACROSSE!
Sign ups for Newton Youth Lacrosse spring session for grades 1-8 are taking place through February 1. Register early to be guaranteed a spot by clicking this link
or going to newtonyouthlacrosse.com
. Questions about registration, coaching and volunteer opportunities can be directed to email@example.com
GIRLS ON THE RUN – SPRING REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Registration is now open for the Spring season of Girls on the Run. This group meets at Mason-Rice and is open to 4th and 5th grade girls. We run, play games, and engage in good conversation with the aim of promoting both physical and social-emotional health and well-being. Practices will take place most Mondays and Thursdays from March 10th through May. The season culminates in a celebratory 5K in Medford. Girls are admitted based on a lottery- sign up here
We are looking for an energetic, flexible, & organized individual to begin working with our family as soon as possible (5th and 9th grade kids). Job description is part babysitter, part tutor, part friend, part chauffeur, part camp-counselor, part chef and errand runner!
Ideally we need someone M-F, but for the right person we will consider a 2, 3, or 4 day a week scenario. We need a commitment from 3 p.m. (12:30 on Tuesdays) until 6:30 p.m.