ASSISTANT TREASURER (DEPOSITS)
We are looking for a someone who will manage deposits to the bank account. This role requires taking checks to the bank and also transferring money from PayPal & Square for transactions during the year and keeping a spreadsheet of all checks/cash. Besides attending monthly PTO meetings, this job can be done from home and is flexible.
ROOM PARENT/LIBRARY COORDINATOR
We looking for someone to organize and coordinate the Room Parents in the Fall. The purposes of this role are to 1) recruit volunteers to serve as room parents for all classroom teachers, 2) communicate to volunteers specific information about the role of a room parents, and 3) serve as a liaison between room parents, teachers, and PTO and send communications as needed. The current coordinator has all the materials and information to share. This role also works with the librarian to schedule class volunteers in the library. This role usually hosts a meeting in the Fall with the Room Parents to discuss expectations for the year.
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
The Social Media Coordinator aids the VP of Communications, with specific responsibilities to include maintaining and updating the PTO Facebook page and all other social media accounts. This will be a new role and will work together to determine rules and guidelines
FAMILIES ORGANIZING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE (FORJ) COORDINATOR(S)
We are looking for someone to re-launch Mason–Rice‘s FORJ team. FORJ is a coalition of families in and around Newton, MA who believe change starts at home and in our own communities. They aim to generate understanding and curiosity about differences in our society, and work together towards racial equity. At this challenging time, we need the committee at Mason–Rice more than ever. Coordinators will have the freedom to develop the school based arm of the organization in conjunction with the city-wide group.
MASON–RICE SPIRIT WEAR DESIGN & MERCHANDISING
We are hoping to develop school spirit wear to help us feel connected while socially distant. We are looking for a graphic designer and/or someone interested in driving this initiative. Scope and goals to be developed in conjunction with the volunteer(s).
AT-LARGE BOARD MEMBER
We are looking for three voting At-Large Board Member for the 2020/2021 School Year. The voting at-large member is a two-year term. Please let us know by Friday, June 5th at 5:00 pm if you’re interested. If we have more than three people, we’ll pick names out of a hat and we’ll notify you either way on Saturday, June 6th.
The PTO Board meets monthly to review upcoming PTO initiatives including fundraisers and community events, allocate funds, discuss opportunities and issues and represent the parent perspective.
The only prerequisites to being an at-large board member are:
- Being a member in the PTO (i.e., you will be a current parent or guardian at Mason–Rice during the next school year).
- Having an interest in providing input on the running of the school community.
- Actively participating in our monthly Board Meetings. They currently alternate between the third Thursday and the third Friday of every month in the After School room and are very child friendly.
- Chairing and/or participating in one or more of our PTO events/initiatives to better understand how the PTO works. (We can help you get connected with the right opportunity. We have in-person opportunities and those that can be done from home.)
A+Magazine Deadline Extended to June 8
Thank you to all the students who have already submitted their work! We we would love to have everyone show off at least one submission in this year’s on-line version which will be made available to everyone IN COLOR and at NO COST! In addition to our usual sections of Arts & Literature, Sports, Pets (including pictures of pets), Music, Comics/Games/Puzzles, and Lifestyle (review of books/movies, recipes, lists, etc.), we will have a new section to include any reasonable material related to the COVID pandemic. Submissions for this new section could be excerpts from their personal pandemic journal, items created in support of first responders and healthcare workers, artwork supporting “Newton Together” or even letters written to residents of long-term care facilities.
We look forward to getting the Magazine out to everyone soon!
Thank you for your support!
Anand Dighe and Kim Kinaka
School Supply Ordering for Next Year
For the 2020-21 school year, Mason–Rice will be using the services of 1st Day School Supplies again. Please note that PTO has no information on how the school year will start in the Fall. We all hope that our children will need supplies.
Given social distancing guidelines, school supply kits will be shipped to home this year. We have worked with 1st Day to put a plan in place that allows you to do your back-to-school shopping risk free from the comfort and safety of your own home. You will receive the exact supplies your teacher requested including sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
This program is not a fundraiser and the prices are competitive. It’s easy and convenient- order today!
ALL orders must be placed ONLINE by Tuesday, June 30.
- Just CLICK HERE, enter the school zip code 02459 and select Mason–Rice.
- Choose your kit(s) for your child(s) grade(s) next year.
- Enter your child’s name and Add to Cart.
- Complete the shipping and payment information.
The kit will arrive at your house. Please look out for communication in August about what to bring in on the 1st day of school.
Our PTO willingly supports those families who might benefit from a scholarship for school supplies. Please contact Jake Bultema (email@example.com
) for assistance.
5th GRADE PARENTS – BROWN PTO COMMUNITY MEETING FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR
All current 5th-grade families are invited to join the Brown Middle School PTO, on Monday, June 8 at 7:00 pm for a Zoom community meeting to discuss the upcoming school year and ways you can get involved. While there are still many unknowns, come meet current board members, hear about key initiatives and open PTO positions and discuss thoughts about how the PTO can best be supportive to parents, teachers and students during this unusual time. We look forward to hopefully seeing you there!
Brown PTO Co-presidents.
Will Adams, Sarah Dupré Healy & Teri Ginsburg
Meeting ID: 821 2291 8503
2020 NEWTON SCHOOLS FOUNDATION HONOR THY TEACHER
If you are looking for a way to say “Thank You!” to your child’s teacher or other school support person as this extremely unusual school year comes to a close, please consider Newton Schools Foundations’ Honor Thy Teacher campaign. This program provides an opportunity for families to thank school personnel by giving a gift to the Newton Schools Foundation in their honor, while also complying with the Newton Public Schools’ teacher gift policy.
Newton Schools Foundation (NSF) is a non-profit organization that raises funds to enhance educational excellence throughout Newton’s public schools. Your gift will support NSF grants that go towards promising educational initiatives, professional development, and programs that close gaps in opportunity and achievement.
After receiving each donation, NSF will notify the honored teachers and staff of your gift, share the honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals, and list each of those honored on the NSF website and in the Newton TAB.
Look for a postcard arriving in your mail for NSF donation information. You can also always make your tax-deductible donation on-line at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org
, or mail it to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459. Please be sure to include the names of the teachers and/or staff that you are honoring.
THE NEWTON COVID-19 CARE FUND
The Newton COVID-19 Care Fund, established by many Newton community leaders, including Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, will help families and individuals who have been financially impacted by this coronavirus pandemic.
The Newton COVID-19 Care Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to Newton residents, people who work in Newton, and families with children receiving childcare services in Newton or enrolled in Newton Public Schools who have been financially burdened by the pandemic. City of Newton First Responders who incur new childcare expenses or other expenses as a result of the crisis will also be eligible.
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ZOOM OPEN HOUSE FOR 5th GRADE PARENTS – NEWTON HIGHLANDS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children, is hosting Zoom Open Houses for interested families in May and June. Here’s the link for additional information on how to join: https://www.highlandsafter-schoolprogram.org/announcements
SPACE (SUMMER PROGRAM FOR ACADEMIC AND CREATIVE ENDEAVORS) CAMP
SPACE (Summer Program for Academic and Creative Endeavors) Camp, is a program run through the Newton Public Schools and has a long history of providing creative, fun, and engaging experiences for campers in Newton.
This year we decided to make SPACE Camp virtual. This was not an easy decision but we want to keep our campers, families, and staff safe. We know Virtual SPACE will continue to provide excellent and engaging programming for our campers. Our biggest hope is that Virtual SPACE can provide families with structure and stability for the month of July this year. You can find all the details about Virtual SPACE here.
SUMMER SCHOOL CHILDCARE
Hi, I’m Rebecca Longo, a former Mason
student, graduating from Newton North High School this year. I am looking for a position providing in home child care for any family that needs it over the summer. I have lots of experience working with children of all ages as a counselor and at my temple. Willing to work 6-8 hours a day, 4-5 times a week. My preferred rate is $15-20/hour. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org