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Can You Support the PTO’s Annual Fund?

The PTO relies on financial support from families to ensure the sustainability of our community now and in future years. Funds raised this year go directly to teachers, students, and our community. Our goal is to raise $20,000 by January 31st, and we’re more-than half way there. Will you help? Donate online by clicking this link. (Suggested donation: $100 per student.)


DLA Virtual Coffee

Tuesday, January 12th, 8:30-9:15 am

To participate, click here (Password: see e-mailed PTO Notes).

There will be three breakout rooms from which to choose:

  1. Supporting your DLA student(s) in literacy with Deana Lew, Elementary Literacy Coordinator.
  2. Supporting your DLA student(s) in math with Jen Ortega, Interim Elementary Math Co-coordinator.
  3. Supporting your DLA student(s) with attention, stamina, and work production with Psychologists Dr. Julie Gold and Dr. Gordon Weiner, and Social Worker, Rebecca Young.

FORJ Committee Meeting: Join us!

Wednesday, January 13th, 8-9:30 pm

At the next Mason-Rice FORJ committee meeting (via zoom) we will be discussing the book “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi. All are welcome. 

RSVP here.

Calling All Students: M-R Lunch Bunches

Drop In Lunch Bunches kick off this month! All students are invited to join in to connect with friends and have some fun. Lunch Bunches will be in groups for Grades K-1, 2, 3, and 4-5 (see e-mailed PTO Notes for links and info).

* If you didn’t receive the invitation to these events emailed by Monica Carbone last week, be sure to email Monica directly here so she can report the issue to NPS’s IT team.

Winter Gear Drive for Newton Food Pantry

Ethan Diamondstein, former M-R’er and current 8th grader at Brown, is part of the Teen Ambassador Program (TAP) of the Newton Food Pantry.

From Ethan: As a way of helping our clients and their families during the winter months, we are running a winter gear drive for children and teens. Please bring NEW socks, new or gently used gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, and hand warmers to one of the following drop-off locations:

  1. Mason-Rice Elementary School Outside Front doors
  2. Brown Middle School Outside Front Doors

We ask that all donated items must be in kid / teen sizes only. 

The winter gear drive will go until January 15th, 2021. 

Questions? Email Ethan directly, here.

Reminders & Updates

K-2 Musical Morning slots still available

Thank you to all of those who have already signed up for Musical Mornings. Students enjoy seeing their peers’ performances. 

We still have seven K-2 spots open! Interested? Sign up here

(All grades 3-5 slots have been filled.)

Save The Date! Parents’ Trivia Night

Don’t forget to save the date of Thursday, February 11th, at 7:30 pm for Trivia Night, hosted by the PTO Social Committee. Get ready to grab your favorite drink and join the Mason-Rice community for a night of virtual trivia! Details will be shared closer to the event.

You Raised $400+ for the PTO

Thank you to all the Mason-Rice friends and families who participated in the Minted promotion this past November and December. Your support raised $421 for the PTO! Those funds will help support teacher classroom allowances, teacher/staff appreciation lunches, and curriculum-enhancing programming for our students.

Supporting Your Child This Year Forum

The Supporting Your Child in the 2020-21 School Year forum, hosted by NPS, will take place on Wednesday, January 20, from 7:30-8:30 pm on Zoom. An invitation was emailed to all NPS families on January 6th; check your email for the details. 

To participate, register in advance via this Google Form. You can also use the form to submit questions to be answered during the presentation or the Q&A session. 

Free: Breakfast and Lunch for Families

For the 2020-2021 academic year, FREE breakfast and lunch is available for ALL students. There are grab-n-go options for in-person pick-up, or separate pick-up locations at the high schools for virtual learners. 

See the City of Newton’s website for updated information on pickup locations and other important updates.

Support the Businesses that Support Us

Give Back Business

Mason-Rice’s annual online auction is usually the PTO’s biggest fundraiser. This year, because of the pandemic, we are not hosting the auction. Instead, in each week’s Notes, we are spotlighting the amazing businesses that have generously supported our auction year after year. We hope that now, during their time of need, you’ll consider patronizing those who have consistently supported our PTO.

Don’t forget to support the previously-spotlighted businesses! You can find them in the past Notes on our PTO webpage.

This Week’s Business: The Conservatory

The Conservatory is Newton’s newest and fastest growing music school, providing music lessons for students of all ages and instruments for the past 5 years. The Conservatory was founded by former Newton music teacher, Dave Carroll, with the hope of bringing the highest quality music education with the most fun, patient, and expert teachers around. The Conservatory offers music lessons for all instruments and styles. They have incredible teachers for guitar, piano, voice, strings, brass, drums, woodwinds, ukulele, recording and engineering lessons, rock-bands, jazz-bands and so much more. 

With the pandemic, The Conservatory was able to adapt and help keep the music alive providing high quality virtual music lessons. 

The Conservatory would like to thank the Newton community for its support and offer a free 15 minute virtual lesson. Email them here or sign up on their website. 

Happy New Year from The Conservatory, let’s make music in 2021!

51 Winchester Street

Newton Highlands, MA 02461


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