How do I get my information into the directory?
You can add your information to the Mason-Rice Directory by clicking this link or copying and pasting the following link into your browser: https://masonricepto.membershiptoolkit.com
How do I get up-to-date information about Mason-Rice happenings?
One of the primary ways the PTO communicates are through the home page of its website, including events on the calendar. We encourage you to check masonrice.org and its calendar listings regularly.
The second way that the PTO communicates is through its newsletter, and other email blasts. We strongly encourage you to read all emails from the PTO so that you can stay informed. All parents should sign up for the relevant group lists by registering for a Membership Toolkit account and making sure your contact information is correct. Room parents also use these lists to update parents on their child’s classroom happenings.
Mason-Rice PTO is on the socials! Join our private Facebook group or follow us on Instagram. See page bottom for links.
If you are have completed the signup form but are not receiving any emails, please email email@example.com.
How do I find more information about the Distance Learning Academy (DLA)?
How can I volunteer at school?
We love parent volunteers at Mason-Rice. We welcome all parent volunteers. Volunteers who fulfill their role on school grounds or on field trips must have a current CORI form on file at the main office.
Where do I see my child's progress reports?
Progress Reports are posted in the Aspen system two times per year. You will receive a notification when your child’s Progress Report is available.
What time does school start?
School instruction begins at 8:30am for all students (DLA, in-school, or hybrid distanced day).
This year, Hybrid students on their in-person attendance days should be brought by parents are their assigned classroom meeting spot by 8:20am. Children are expected to wait six feet apart (with a mask on) until their teacher collects them to bring them into school. Classroom instruction begins at 8:30am, therefore, all children must be in their classrooms by 8:30am when the late bell rings. If your child arrives after 8:30am, he/she must check in with the Safe Arrival volunteer in the front lobby. See map below for where to line up for each classroom.
What time do students get out of school?
This year, students are released at 3pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All elementary students get out at 12:30pm on Wednesdays. In addition, the day before Thanksgiving and the last day of school are a NOON release time. Check the PTO calendar for any additional early release days.
How should my child get to and from school?
We strongly encourage walking at Mason-Rice. Mason-Rice is lucky to be a very walkable neighborhood. 85% of children live within a mile of the school. There are 5 crossing guards to make certain that the major crossings are safe. The sidewalks from these crossing guards all the way to school are shoveled by the city to make certain they are passable year round.
- Children may be dropped off and picked up by car. Read more on parking around Mason-Rice as well as The Blue Zone below.
- Children who live further than a mile or in a safety zone can ride the bus for FREE.
When and where does my child catch the bus? Is there a charge for the bus?
The Transportation page on the Newton Public Schools website has extensive information about the bus system and any applicable fees. Click here for more information. The Mason-Rice bus schedule can be found here. Children who take the bus to school are kept on the bus until the bell rings at 8:20am.
Children who take the bus home from school report to the Centre after school and are then escorted to the bus by a teacher.
What is the Blue Zone?
The Blue Zone is the blue curbed areas directly in front of the school on both sides of Pleasant St. These are areas for a QUICK drop-off or QUICK pick-up of your child. THERE IS NO PARKING. Drivers should turn off their cars when waiting at pick-up but not get out of the car. Children need to be able to independently enter and exit the cars from the sidewalk. If you child needs a hand-off from a teacher or needs help getting in, you should not use the Blue Zone. For a full overview of the Blue Zone rules, check out the Blue Zone page.
Where can I park?
We are lucky that Mason-Rice is surrounded by many places to park all within a few blocks of school, including Tyler Terrace, Chapin St., Park Lane, and Hancock St.
There is NO PARKING in the school parking lot during school hours. It is for staff only.
Where do I pick up my child?
This year children are to be picked up from their assigned meeting spot. See dismissal picture below- parents and caregivers of K-2 must wait outside the appropriate area to collect their children. If you are picking up from the main doors, parents and caregivers are asked to stand on the grass across the driveway from the main door to leave room for children to exit.
What to Bring, Lunches, Food Policy and After School Activities
What should my child bring to school?
A full-size backpack is needed by most children, including Kindergarten. A backpack is helpful to carry books, a lunch box, folders, and winter clothing. Every child should bring a snack, and a lunch if he/she is staying until 3:00pm and is not getting a lunch from the school lunch program. In the 20-21 school year, children should also wear a mask to school unless otherwise arranged with the school administration.
Does my child bring snack to school?
Yes, your child should have a nut-free snack every day.
How does the school lunch program and payment work?
Go to the Newton Food Services website for all the information on school lunches, including information on menus, ordering information, nutrition, and reduced-price lunches.
School lunch payment is handled through MySchoolBucks. Click here to create an account.
What is Mason-Rice's Food Policy?
Many children at Mason-Rice have severe nut allergies. As a result, we are a nut-free school. Please do not pack products with nuts in your child’s lunch. Please read the Mason-Rice Parent Allergy letter 20-21.
In addition, Mason-Rice school maintains a “no sharing/no trading food’”policy, including eating utensils. Except in certain limited situations related to the class curriculum, food is not allowed for class celebrations including birthdays, holidays and the last day of school. When used as part of curriculum instruction and holiday celebrations, food is used judiciously. Parents are to be advised of any school activity that requires the use of food well in advance of the project or activity.
Is there an after school program for my child?
Does Mason-Rice have any after school enrichment classes?
Newton Community Education, part of the Newton Public Schools, hosts many classes at Mason-Rice and many other Newton elementary schools. Check out the NCE website.
Late Arrivals, Illness, Emergencies & Cancellations
What if my child will be absent or late?
If your child will be absent or late, call the Late Arrivals/Absence number at 617-559-9580 before 8:30am. If your child is not in school and you have not called or contacted your teacher, the front office will contact you to confirm your child’s absence.
If you have a planned absence, please notify your child’s teacher in advance. You may call also leave a message on the Late Arrivals/Absence voicemail before the date of the absence.
What if I need to pick my child up early from school?
Tell your teacher in advance that your child will be picked up early and work with the teacher to determine a time that would work best for pick-up. When picking up your child, sign him/her out in the Sign-Out Log. The front office will call your child’s classroom to tell them you have arrived.
What happens if my child becomes ill during the school day?
Becky Brooker is Mason-Rice’s nurse. If your child becomes ill at school, he or she will go to the nurse’s office. If Becky determines that your child is too ill to stay at school, you will be called and asked to pick up your child.
In case of emergency during the school day, will the school contact me?
Yes, using the information in the Skyward Family & Student Information System. Please make sure your home, office and mobile numbers are up to date.
How can I find out if school is cancelled?
Cancellations are made by 6:00am by the Superintendent, although there may be times when decisions can be made the previous evening.
Newton utilizes a telephone and email communication system to notify parents of cancellations, delays or other issues. In case of a school closing or a delayed opening due to the weather, the district will call the number(s) designated by you in Skyward and send a message to you via email as well. Cancellations or delays will also be posted on the district website — www.newton.k12.ma.us — as well as major TV and radio stations for their lists of cancellations.