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Mason-Rice Notes 4/12/19

Mason-Rice Notes 4/12/19

Mason-Rice Notes 4/12/19

From the PTO Co-Presidents

Dear Families,
Happy Friday!  It has been a pretty quiet week and we would like to thank those who are continuing to follow the Blue Zone rules.   It would be really nice if Jake & Lisa could greet and interact with the students in the morning and afternoon rather than speak with offenders who are breaking the rules.  Please remember to communicate with caregivers, babysitters, nannies and etc. about the rules to keep kids safe during drop off and pick up.
We want to make parents of 4th and 5th graders aware of a great opportunity for their children. We are seeking more 4th and 5th grade student editors for A+ Magazine, Mason-Rice’s literary magazine.  Does your child have an interest in helping to lead a section or two focused on Interviews, Sports, Pets/Animals, Puzzles/Games/Humor/Jokes, Lifestyle (Recipes, Book reviews, Top 10 lists) and/or Arts & Literature?  As an editor, students get to determine, organize and contribute content to the Magazine. It’s a fun, collaborative project that student editors really enjoy — and take great pride in when they can see their work in print.  If your child is interested, email Kim Kinaka and Anand Dighe at MasonRiceAplus@gmail.com and let them know what section(s) your child would like to join.
We are also looking for a few parent volunteers.  Please let us know if you’re interested.
  • A+ Magazine Parent Editor – A+ is looking for more parents of 4th or 5th graders to be parent editors for a section of this year’s magazine.  As a parent editor, you would:
    • Organize a meeting(s) where you would lead your section’s student editors in brainstorming the section title page and the content they will be providing for your section.
    • Review the content submitted for your section by your content team as well as students across Mason-Rice for appropriateness for the K to G5 audience.
    • Work with your student editors to organize your section’s submissions into the final layout (Word or Google preferable).
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon Coordinator — We need one or two parent volunteers to coordinate the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon held on May 7.  We have detailed notes as to what is needed for the event.  It mostly involves sending the Sign Up Genius and coordinating drop-off of food and drink, setting up the Centre for the lunch, helping with the luncheon and then facilitating the clean-up of dishes and any leftovers.
NPS has announced the official last day of school will be Tuesday, June 18 at 12:00 pm.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.
After break, things get pretty exciting with concerts, Step Up Day, Field Day, the Fun Run and many more activities so please remember to check the calendar.
Good luck to the 4th Graders on Day 2 of their MCAS and good luck to the 3rd and 5th Graders who will have MCAS when we get back.
Wishing everyone a wonderful break and happy holidays.
Will Adams, Jas Rai & Leslie Ziarko Valera
PTO co-Presidents

Key Dates & Upcoming Events

TODAY – Grade 4 MCAS
MONDAY, 4/15 – FRIDAY, 4/19 – Spring Recess – No School
MONDAY, 4/22 & WEDNESDAY, 4/24 – Grade 5 MCAS
THURSDAY, 4/25 & FRIDAY, 4/26 – Grade 3 MCAS
FRIDAY, 4/26 from 6-7pm – Science Fair 
SATURDAY, 4/27 – Fools’ Folly

SUNDAY, 4/28 – Newton Serves 

ONGOING:  Friday Morning Drop-In at Central Cafe and Restaurant (761 Beacon St.) starting at 8:30am during the winter months.

Mason-Rice Fools’ Folly is Almost Here

Please join us for Fools’ Folly on Saturday, April 27, 7pm-11:30pm in the Mason-Rice Centre! Come to celebrate the wonderful Mason-Rice community including our excellent teachers and school staff! Fools’ Folly is our annual party inviting EVERYONE at Mason-Rice — to enjoy music, appetizers, alcoholic beverages, dancing and most importantly provide an opportunity to connect and simply hang-out together.
This year’s theme is 80’s prom, think balloon arches, BIG hair and lots of 80’s music. 80’s prom attire is encouraged, but not required. There will also be a show including videos, as well as live skits, as part of the entertainment. We hope you will be part of this great event!!
Pre-sale tickets are available at a discounted price of $40 per person. Tickets will also be sold at the door during the evening, but the price will increase if you wait until then. For more information and to purchase TICKETS, click this link: Fools’ Folly – Mason-Rice PTO.
Included in the price of your ticket is a welcome drink (while they last), appetizers, an entertaining show, music and dancing. Beer and wine tickets can be purchased for an additional cost. This is an adults-only event, so line up your babysitters now!
We are also in need of VOLUNTEERS on the day of Fools’ Folly! Please take a moment to sign-up to sell drink tickets, check people in or help with set-up or clean-up on the day of!
Any questions, email Stephanie Camargo at geneve111982@yahoo.com.
It will be a TOTALLY RAD party!!! Hope to see you there!

Creative Arts & Sciences

Mr. Tom Walhe visited the Mason Rice 5th graders to teach them about circuits and electricity, and answered the following questions: “How do you use circuits and electronics to get electricity to do what you want it to do?” “How does a motor work?,” “What does a fuse do?”. In this hands-on workshop the students used a unique electronic building system to quickly design and build basic electronic circuits. They learned about electrical components such as resistors, switches, photo sensors, lights, motors and electromagnets. Students were likely inspired to go home and build a doorbell for their bedrooms!

From the PTO

Hey Kids! Do an experiment or build a cool gadget? Show us what you did at the Mason-Rice Science Fair!
Friday, April 26
6:00 to 7:00 pm
The Centre and the Gym at Mason-Rice
EXCITING FOR KIDS: The fun is in the tinkering! Perform an experiment or
construct a gadget.  Kids can work with their friends, siblings, or on their own.
EASY ON PARENTS:  Kids can design their own project or choose from a science fair project website or book.  Each project should fit on a 2′ x 3′ table space and should have a kid-quality poster to explain it.  Operative words: kid-quality!
FUN FOR EVERYONE:  Any student can display a project (grades K-5).  Participation is optional.  Everyone is welcome to come see the projects at the Science Fair.
REGISTRATION:  To reserve a display space for a project, please register before April 19th. Click here for the registration form.
Sunday, April 28, Mason-Rice will be a volunteer location for two different NewtonServes projects.  NewtonServes is a city-wide community day of service.  We encourage you and your family to volunteer for a few hours or the whole day (9:30am-3:30pm) to clean classrooms, spruce up the outdoor space and many other projects. Sign up here in advance to get a free t-shirt. Although we prefer pre-registrations, please drop in if you have time available on Sunday.  Even an hour or two are a huge help. Please email Sarah Solomon or Courtney Hewitt with any questions and please bring rakes, wheel barrows and yard work tools if possible.  CASH DONATIONS DUE TODAY!
Food Drive
Mason-Rice will be a location for a city wide food drive during NewtonServes on Sunday, April 28. The food drive will help support different Newton food pantries.  All non-perishable unexpired donations are appreciated like low sodium soups, canned fish, personal hygiene items, and laundry detergent.  Please feel free to drop these items off at school the week of April 22nd.
What? Family Folk Dance Night
When? Thursday, May 2 6-7 p.m.
Who? Mason-Rice 2nd graders and their families
Where? The Mason-Rice Centre
In Music and Physical Education classes, 2nd grade students are learning various folk dances from around the world.  This event will give you an opportunity to see what your child is learning and connect with them through movement and music.
Our goal for this evening is to have a good ol’ fashioned barn dance – no spectators allowed.  Come prepared to learn new dances with your child(ren). Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  Bring your positive energy and be ready to have a great time dancing!
Just a reminder, we are only allowed in the Centre and the rest of the building is off limits for the evening.
We look forward to seeing you!
Questions? Contact:
Get your bike ready to roll for the Newton Kids PMC Bike Ride on Sunday, May 19, 2019. 100% of the money raised by riders goes towards cancer research and patient support at the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Center. Last year\’s Mason-Rice team had over 40 riders and raised over $2300. Let’s try to beat those numbers this year for this great cause! Rider and volunteer check-in begins at 8 AM. Two-wheeled riders will zoom around a one-mile loop on Wells Avenue in Newton as many times as they can from 9-10 AM. The 3-wheeled and balance bike crowd will tear it up on a separate tot course. Be sure to stick around for the POST-RIDE PARTY starting at 10 AM. There will be food, face painting, bike decorating, raffles, and more. Contact

Christina Perez if you have any questions. Click here to register: http://www.kids.pmc.org/newton.aspx
Select “Mason-Rice Elementary School” under the section that lists “Teams
We also need a lot of help from VOLUNTEERS:  http://www.kids.pmc.org/newton/register-to-volunteer.aspx
Spring welcomes so many wonderful things: sunshine and warm weather, birds are singing, flowers are blooming and of course – 4TH GRADE BIKE SAFETY! We’ve scheduled a date for this to happen on Friday, June 14th beginning at 9:00. In the meantime, now would be a good time to take a look at the bike your child will use and look to see if the height of the seat needs to be adjusted – a lot of growth may have happened since that last time it was used!  Check the tires for proper inflation, check to make sure the bike has properly working brakes and that your child has a snug fitting helmet.  All these are necessary to have in place before bike safety in June.  More details will be forthcoming to 4th grade parents and guardians as we get closer to the date.  But, please feel free to reach out beforehand if you have any questions or concerns. bethann_nohmy@newton.k12.ma.us.

Outside of Mason-Rice

For 25 years, Kindergarten Soccer has been introducing children to soccer in a fun and non-competitive environment where they develop friendships, learn teamwork and gain confidence. Games are Saturday mornings at Oak Hill Middle School, April 27th – June 15th.
Pre-K League for Newton children who will enter kindergarten in Fall 2019
Kindergarten League for current Newton kindergartners (2018-2019)
Join in and meet other families in your neighborhood! Kindergarten Soccer is a program of the Zervas Elementary PTO since 1993. For more information and for online registration, please visit www.KindergartenSoccer.org.


The Newton Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children, is hosting one more Open House event for interested families on Sunday, April 14 from 5:30-6:30 PM. at Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands. This is a terrific 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 highlandsafterschool@gmail.com or visit our website: highlandsafter-schoolprogram.org.
The Hyde Playground in Newton Highlands is getting a facelift and we need volunteers to help put together the playground equipment!  We are planning on completing this in 3 days (rain or shine) over Newton Serves weekend.  Sign up for as many slots as you like, the more the merrier! Please pass this on to friends who would be interested in helping out.  Click here to sign up or contact Katy Anderson with questions.

Jessica Hughes



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