From the PTO Co-Presidents
Dear Mason-Rice Families,
We had a great turnout for the World Cultures Festival this past Saturday. Thanks to the incredible Gerlinde Munshi, Amy Konary, Florencia Halperin and Fangxin Hong for organizing and to all the amazing parent volunteers who shared their unique culture, food and performances with our community. It truly was exceptional!
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) weeks begin on Monday. This is a much-loved time of year for the children, and we need YOUR help to make it a success. Signup in your classroom is available through signup genius. Please volunteer if you can. The goal of STEAM week is to excite kids about careers and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics.
Remember to keep the blue zone safe. No parking in the cross walks, remain in your car, no u-turns.
We are all concerned about COVID-19 and here is some information that was shared earlier this week from David Fleishman. “The Newton Health and Human Services Department (HHS) has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, which can be found on their website at: www.newtonma.gov/COVID19
This FAQ covers a variety of topics. Because the COVID-19 information is changing rapidly, we do want to remind you that credible, accurate, and Newton-specific information will come from the Newton Health and Human Services Department, the superintendent’s office, or your building administrator. Should you hear information circulating in the community, please be sure to check its accuracy with one of these sources.”
Please know that we are discussing your concerns with the school leadership and are doing what we can to help them reinforce the good hygiene practices recommended HHS. We will share more information as it becomes available.
Have a great weekend!
Liz, Lucy and Leslie
Key Dates & Upcoming Events
FRIDAY, 3/6 – G5 UNDERSTANDING OUR DIFFERENCES – AUTISM
MONDAY, 3/9 – FRIDAY, 3/20 – S.T.E.A.M. WEEKS
MONDAY, 3/9 – CAS – SCOTT MAGOON (2nd Grade) & ORGAMIDO (4th Grade)
THURSDAY, 3/12 – CAS – REBUILDING A BRIDGE (3rd Grade)
THURSDAY, 3/19 – EARLY RELEASE @ 12:30PM
THURSDAY, 3/19 – NEWTON UNPLUGGED & CONNECTED DAY
FRIDAY, 3/20 – PTO BOARD MEETING @ 8:30 AM in MRASP Room
MONDAY, 3/23 – MEETING WITH SUPERINTENDENT DAVID FLEISHMAN
@ 8:30-9:30 am in Centre
TUESDAY, 3/24 – CAS – EXPLORE THE OCEAN WORLD (1st Grade)
THURSDAY, 3/26 – G3 UNDERSTANDING OUR DIFFERENCES – DEAFNESS
MONDAY, 3/30 – GRADE 5 – ELA MCAS – SESSION 1
TUESDAY, 3/31 – GRADE 5 – ELA MCAS – SESSION 2
THURSDAY, 4/2 – GRADE 4 – ELA MCAS – SESSION 1
FRIDAY, 4/3 – GRADE 4 – ELA MCAS – SESSION 2
MONDAY, 4/6 – CAS – TECHSPLORATION (5th Grade)
MONDAY, 4/6 – 5th GRADE PARENT MEETING AT BROWN @7:00 – 8:30 pm
THURSDAY, 4/9 – PRINCIPAL COFFEE @8:30 am in Centre
FRIDAY, 4/10 – NO SCHOOL – GOOD FRIDAY
*** REMEMBER, FRIDAY MORNING DROP-IN AND COFFEE IS IN THE LIBRARY! ***
Please join us this Friday morning after drop off to catch up with old friends and meet new parents! Hope to see you there!
World Cultures Festival Thanks You!
We hope you enjoyed the World Cultures Festival!
Our big, humongous THANKS goes to the the
M-R teachers, janitors, the Green Team, and Principal Bultema, and of course the countless volunteers.
Thank you all for coming and contributing!
The winner of the “Surprize” of the WCF Riddle was the Oliphant family – congratulations!
S.T.E.A.M. Weeks Kick Off Monday
SIGN UP TO COME INTO CLASS TO PRESENT TO YOUR CHILD’S CLASS DURING MASON-RICE ANNUAL S.T.E.A.M WEEKS (MARCH 9th-20th)
Registration for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) in-class visits are now in full swing! During Mason-Rice STEAM weeks (March 9-13th, 16th-20th), parents and caregivers with expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts or Mathematics are invited to come into class to give age-appropriate hands-on demonstrations or activities in your own child\’s class. Children love to see their “grown-ups” come into class. The goal of STEAM weeks is to excite kids about careers and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics.
Signup in your classroom is available through signup genius at
. (short link for STEAM visit signup is http://bit.ly/STEAMvisit
). All classrooms are listed on this signup, select the tab with your child\’s classroom or one of your child\’s specialist classes (Music, Art, PE, library). Presentations should be 20 minutes and should be hands-on or interactive. Kids especially younger grades are unable to sit still or listen calmly for more than 5-10 minutes, so include movement, actions, hands-on activities, and allocate time for Q&A.
From the PTO
FROM THE GREEN TEAM: CLUB ON CLEAN AIR – 3/20
Our Green Team is meeting again on Friday, March 20 at 3 pm and will do hands on activities on clean air and anti-idling. We will also go outside and dig out old trash we buried in the earth in spring 2019 – to see which of the items are compostable and which are still there. Please click this link
to sign up. For any questions pls contact Heather, Wendy or Barbara on Mason-Rice.firstname.lastname@example.org
5th GRADE TALENT SHOW: SIGN-UP BY 3/23
Calling all 5th Graders and Parents! The 5th Grade Talent Show will be taking place on Tuesday, May 19. We are looking for kids to perform in one 2- to-3-minute act (either solo or group) OR to help behind the scenes. We will also need parent volunteers to assist both during rehearsals and the actual show as house managers and backstage support. We encourage ALL STUDENTS to participate! Please click the following sign up (both parents and kids) by March 23: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ca5af2e5-5thgrade3
. If you have any questions or if your child needs help coming up with an idea for an act, please contact Ima Jonsdottir
). Thank you!
1st ANNUAL MASON-RICE KIDS STUFF YARD SALE – 5/17
Don’t forget to start saving old toys, books, and kids clothes for the Mason Rice yard sale. Kids (or parents) keep the money from selling their own stuff. Each stall (table/ blanket) will provide a plate of baked goods to sell at a bake sale table to cover the costs of the event. Kids are encouraged to team up with friends or classmates on a stall, and older siblings and MR alumni in middle and high school are very welcome to participate (spread the word!). Sign ups for tables/blankets will open in late March. Save the date for May 17, 2-4pm.
SAVE THE DATE – SPRING ON ORIENT – 4/4 6:30-10pm
Are you getting excited for the Spring? If so, come connect with Mason-Rice parents on Saturday evening, April 4 hosted by the Mason-Rice Social Committee and four Mason-Rice families that live on Orient Ave (who have children in nearly every class year at Mason Rice from K through 5!). We will send a sign-up and more information shortly, but save-the date as we are hoping to get lots of people out enjoying the evening on Orient Ave.
Arts and Sciences
CAS CONCERT SERIES – WOMEN IN WORLD JAZZ
Thanks to PTO Creative Arts & Sciences funding, the entire school was treated to a fantastic concert from the international Women in World Jazz ensemble. This women-only band played music from female composers around the world, including Billie Holiday (USA), Ine Nagata (Japan), Nurit Hirsh (Israel), Teté Alhinho (Cape Verde), and Etana (Jamaica). Before each song, the band introduced each country, song and composer. It was a wonderful morning!
Outside of Mason-Rice
FORJ@CABOT AFFINITY/ALLY GROUP PLANNING MEETING – 3/10
Please join FORJ@Cabot for an affinity and ally group planning meeting on Tuesday, March 10, from 7-8:30 pm at the Cabot Cafeteria, 229 Cabot Street.
FORJ@Cabot met in January to think about creating affinity and ally groups for all Newton families who are interested. At their upcoming meeting, they hope to dive into more in-depth discussions about organizing and getting the groups off the ground. Some of the proposed groups are families of color, multiracial families, moms of color, asian/south asian, LGBTQ+, single parents, black/african parents, latinx families, religious minorities, families of color with children who are differently abled/disabled/neurodivergent.
These groups will only get off the ground if people show up to organize them, so please RSVP HERE
if interested. This meeting is open to all parents of elementary aged children in the Newton Public Schools. Please RSVP so they can figure out how to group folks at the meeting. Children who can entertain themselves are welcome.
DAY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS – BAKE SALE AT M-R – 3/13
We are Shiaowei Qu (Mason-Rice class of 2019), Alara Bhatia, Maddie Ngo, and Ava Weyhrauch. We attend F.A. Day Middle School and are currently working on a project that involves the United Nations 17 Global Goals to reach by 2030. The Day Global Goals involve making a change in the community to support the goal we chose, and we decided on Goal 5 (gender equality). We feel this is an incredibly important topic along with Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation). We’ll be conducting a Bake Sale by the flagpole on Friday, March 13 at 3:00 PM to support the United Nations Global Goals. Gender inequality has been happening for centuries, and it’s time everyone comes together to take it down. Not only that, but “the water crisis is a women’s crisis.” (water.org
) The connection between gender equality and water and sanitation is undeniable. In many parts of the world, boys get to stay in school while girls forfeit their education to help their families get water. The U.N. Global Goals are 17 goals that will make the earth a better place. Our bake sale is surrounding goals 5 and 6 (gender equality and clean water and sanitation), but no goal is more important than another. All our profits will go to water.org
, an organization committed to getting clean water to families. That way, we can solve the water issue AND gender inequality problems in countries. We will be selling global goals bracelets, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, blueberry muffins, cake pops, rice krispies, and banana bread, entirely nut-free. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, March 13 at 3:00 PM to promote the Global Goals together!
ATHLETES UNLIMITED PARENT SOCIAL – 3/26
Join fellow parents and guardians for this adults-only social event upstairs at Paddy’s Public House (95 Elm Street, West Newton) on March 26 from 6pm to 8pm. New parents, please come learn about Athletes Unlimited and meet other parents who have children with disabilities. Current parents, please come socialize and share any ideas you may have on programming. Appetizers will be provided with a cash bar. Please RSVP by clicking here
. You can learn more about Athletes Unlimited here:
OPEN HOUSE FOR HIGHLANDS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Attention 5th grade parents – The Newton Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children is hosting Open House events for interested families on: Sunday March 1, Monday March 9, and Tuesday March 24 from 5:30-6:30 PM at Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands. This is a great opportunity for parents of 5th graders to learn more about the program as they plan for the next school year. Please join us and see the wonderful space that is the home base of this terrific program. For more information please contact: Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or email@example.com
or visit our website highlandsafter-schoolprogram.org
NEWTON GIRLS SOFTBALL – REC LEAGUE
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 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, please look at our website: http://newtongirlssoftball.org/
Also, Rec League Director James Alandydy would be happy to talk with you. Please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org