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Mason-Rice Notes 4/5/19

Mason-Rice Notes 4/5/19

Mason-Rice Notes 4/5/19

From the Principal

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that we have already entered the month of April with our April break right around the corner.
It was great to see several of you at our Principal Coffee this past Tuesday, April 2. Thank you to our math coaches, Christopher McBride and Stacey Richard, for providing a detailed look into our district’s Investigations Math Program. They explained the reasoning behind adopting this curriculum, as well as provided some interactive opportunities for families to engage in some of the learning their children are doing during math. Families were able to experience components like ten-minute math, where, for example, they mentally determined how many dots were shown when an image was flashed on the screen for a brief period of time. In addition, they had the chance to see a range of subtraction strategies used to solve a given problem through another daily part of the curriculum entitled, Math, Words & Ideas. Click on the following link to see the video that showcases this in action: https://us-school.pearsoned.com/school/84cd59ac-d8a5-4bee-a40b-9254f33cb1d7/D0864556/player.html. In addition, if you were unable to attend you can view the presentation by clicking on the following link:
This Tuesday, April 2 our Mason-Rice community enjoyed our 5th Grade Talent Show. Thank you to our four co-chairs, Sonal Shah, Gabrielle Billeter, Rich Frost, and Alix Aguilera, for organizing this event, as well as all of our fifth grade performers.
A placement letter was sent out to all families this past Wednesday, April 3. If you choose to submit the input form to us, they are due in the office by Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Please note that there is no advantage for your child in the placement process by completing the Parent Information Form. This is only necessary if you have information to share about your child that you do not believe we are aware of already.
As we continue to collectively work to improve our use of the Blue Zone, I would like to remind everyone that driving into the staff parking lot to drop off or pick up your child for/from school is completely off limits and a major safety concern. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this.
Lastly, Henry Sauve, our fourth grade teacher, has made the decision to leave Mason-Rice at the end of our school year to pursue a new adventure. He has expressed how grateful he is to have grown within our school community over the past five years and greatly appreciates all of the meaningful connections he has made with students, staff, and families. He is looking forward to having a terrific end to our school year. We all thank Henry for his dedicated service to Mason-Rice and collectively wish him the very best as he moves forward beyond our school year.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
Kindly,
Jake Bultema

From the PTO Co-Presidents

Dear Mason-Rice Parents & Caregivers,
We hope everyone is enjoying the spring warm-up – there has been a hive of activity at the school this week …
As Jake mentioned, this past Tuesday, our Mason-Rice community was treated to our 5th Grade Talent Show. We were so impressed by the originality and creativity on display. We’d want to echo his thanks to our Talent Show Coordinators — Alix Aguilera, Gabrielle Billeter, Rich Frost, Sonal Shah — and our Fifth Grade Parent Coordinators — Jessica Poscover and Carol Anne Delmonico — and most of all, our 5th graders for taking the risk to perform in front of your peers, and families for supporting and encouraging your children.
Thanks to Principal Bultema and our math coaches, Stacey Richard and Christopher McBride for the informative Principal Coffee on Tuesday.  It was an enlightening glimpse into how our children learn math currently and provided some valuable information on how to assist children at home.
NewtonServes, a citywide community day of service, will be coming up on Sunday, April 28, the weekend following our April Break. This is a great way to help our school in an array of projects both inside and outside of our building. I look forward to joining many of you on this day. Please see below for more information about signing up.
To our fourth grade families, make sure your children are well rested for next week when MCAS tests begin.
Best,
Jas Rai, Leslie Ziarko Valera & Will Adams
PTO co-Presidents

Key Dates & Upcoming Events

THURSDAY, 4/11 & FRIDAY, 4/12 – 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.

Raffle Basket Fundraiser

MASON-RICE RAFFLE BASKET FUNDRAISER – CASH DONATIONS DUE TODAY!
The Raffle Basket Fundraiser is the last major PTO fundraiser of the year and will be a great success with your help!   Please find your classrooms raffle basket theme below or on the website here. Voluntary donations of items related to your class theme are welcome through Tuesday, April 9.
Don’t have time to shop?  Write a check to your room parent and have your child bring it to school by TODAY, Friday, April 5 and they will shop for you!   Be on the lookout for raffle tickets after April break!  Questions, contact sarah.solomon819@gmail.com.
Teacher-Grade
2019 Basket Theme
London -K
Amazing Animals
Pratt -K
Kindergardening
Turgeon -K
Little Chef’s
Devaney -1
Game Night
Flynn -1
Beanie Boos Big and Small
Lembitz -1
Harry Potter and Magic
Jones -2
Outdoor Fun
Ramgren -2
Lego’s for kids 6+
Thayer -2
Stuffed Animals
Atkinson -3
Sports Zone
Ceglia -3
Beach Day
Kelleher -3
Sneaky Spies
Morrall -3
Nerf & Water Fun
Hempton/Nicholson -4
Mad Science 
Huselton -4
Boston Sports Swag
McManama -4
Gift Cards
Page -4
Lego’s for kids 9+
Sauve -4
Crazy for Candy
Hyder -5
Squishies and Fidgets 
Lencer -5
Tricks and Pranks
Liu -5
It’s a SURPRISE! (items wrapped so what’s inside is a secret)
Mahoney -5
Movie Night

Mason-Rice Fool’s 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!!
BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
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!
BE A SUPERSTAR – SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER!
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!

From the PTO

MASON-RICE SCIENCE FAIR – 4/26
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.
NEWTONSERVES! – 4/28
Sunday, April 28th, 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.
Food Drive!
Mason-Rice will be a location for a city wide food drive during NewtonServes on Sunday, April 28th. 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.

Creative Arts & Sciences

EXPLORE THE OCEAN WORLD – 3/26
On March 26th, the first graders were treated to “Explore the Ocean World,” a hands-on, interactive workshop presented by marine biologist Ellen Goethel. After a brief introduction to the North Atlantic Ocean and the animals that live there, the children had a chance to explore a live-animal touch tank, which included a deep sea starfish, a lobster, and a blue-eyed scallop. Children were also able to touch and hold other animal parts, including whale baleen, a whale rib, a shark jaw, and many kinds of shells (horseshoe crab, sea urchin, snail, clam, scallop, etc.).

Outside of Mason-Rice

NEWTON KINDERGARTEN SOCCER REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
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.



ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS – OPEN HOUSE FOR HIGHLANDS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
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.
HELP REBUILD THE HYDE PLAYGROUND – 4/26-4/28
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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