PTO Notes 04-08-2022

Apr 9, 2022 | News

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A+ Magazine Submissions

Submission deadline: Friday, April 29

A+ Magazine is currently welcoming submissions from all Mason-Rice students! This year because we are having an online version as well as print, in addition to our traditional printable creations such as drawings, puzzles, book reviews, stories, etc., we will also be accepting video clips or links to musical performances by Mason-Rice students! Send your submissions or leave your creation in the box labeled “A+ Magazine Submissions” located in the main entryway of the school (original work will be returned). Only 3 weeks to get your creations submitted! Please contact us with any questions.

CAS AuthorFest coming next week! Visiting Mason Rice during school hours will be April-Jones Prince (K), Kevin Hawkes (1st), Ralph Masiello (2nd), Susan Tan (3rd), and Nathan Hale (4th and 5th). 

Please join us at the after-school book sale and signing event at Cabot School from 3:15-5:15 (please see the poster for details). Books by AuthorFest authors with be available to purchase at the event, with 20% of the proceeds going to support future CAS events, but no purchase is necessary to attend. Books are also available to purchase in advance from Newtonville Books.

Mason-Rice STEAM Playground

When: April 6 (grades K-2) and April 13 (grades 3-5)

STEAM Playground on 4/6 – Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped make this a fun and educational event for our K-2 students.

STEAM Playground on 4/13 – Thank you to all of the parents who signed up to help. We will be in touch with the assistants with additional information.

Masks are required for STEAM Playground, so please make sure your child has one on 4/13.

We are looking for old electronic devices for take-apart station! Have any old computers, keyboards, phones, vacuum cleaners lying around that you no longer use? We can use them for our take-apart station at STEAM Playground! Please bring them to school at drop off or pick up, on Friday, April 8th and Monday, April 12th, and drop them in the bin in front of the school. Your kids will have a blast taking them apart and learning about the parts! Please contact Sharon Topper if you have something but cannot drop off.

Green Team: Earth Month Event & “Going Green Tips & Tricks” Series

April is Earth Month! To celebrate, Mason-Rice Green Team is organizing a Newton Center Playground Cleanup and Activity on Tuesday, 4/26 3-4pm. Click here for more details and to RSVP. 

This month, we are also featuring a special  “Going Green Tips & Tricks” section. We encourage everyone to take at least one action in April to honor Earth Month, whether it is by participating in our Earth Month event, making more sustainable choices in our daily life, or getting out and enjoying Mother Earth. (BONUS: Share your actions during April on Facebook!)

Did you REED this?

Shout out to our Mason-Rice Auction winner, the Mitchell family, for their clever message board joke this week! And an honorable mention to our invaluable librarian, Ms. Reed!

Reminders & Updates

Newton Serves at Mason-Rice

Sign up for Newton Serves at Mason Rice on Sunday May 1st!

Newton Serves is back in it’s full capacity – all families and all ages are welcome! Please join other families at Mason Rice for clean up, weeding, mulching, planting, playground repairs and more. Come for an hour or the whole day. This event will happen rain or shine!

Contact Kate Wissel with any questions.

Access NPS’ calendar here.
Access Mason-Rice’s PTO calendar here.

Upcoming Important M-R Dates

  • 4/13 (3-5): M-R STEAM Playground
  • 4/12: AuthorFest
  • 4/15-24: No School (Spring Vacation)
  • 4/28: PTO Board Meeting @ 7:30pm
  • 5/1: Newton Serves
  • 5/4: Walk/Roll/Bike/Bus to School

Support the Businesses that Support Us

Your usual shopping can support PTO-funded activities (such as teacher classroom allowances, appreciation lunches, and curriculum-enhancing programming for all our students). Last year, the Mason-Rice community shopped with our partners and raised nearly $1500 while participation in our Spring '21 Restaurant Series raised an additional $1100

Note that these programs/partnerships, below, run year-round!

  1. Go to Mabel's Labels homepage and click "Support a Fundraiser"
  2. Type and select "Mason-Rice Elementary School PTO"  in the menu
  3. Shop your order and check-out as usual
  4. Mabel's Labels will automatically donate 20% of the order back to the PTO

Enjoy 20% off Minted cards & gifts with promo code [see e-mailed PTO Notes]. 15% of each order will be donated back to the PTO.

Select 'Mason-Rice PTO' with AmazonSmile and the PTO Benefits from Your Everyday Purchases. Set it up once and never again!

#1: Select Mason-Rice as Your AmazonSmile Charity-of-Choice

  1. Visit AmazonSmile and sign in with your credentials.
  2. Choose and select Mason-Rice Elementary School PTO as the charitable organization to receive donations.
  3. Start all of your Amazon shopping at the Smile homepage, versus The shopping experience is the exact same, but your purchases will qualify for Smile commissions to the PTO.

#2: Turn On AmazonSmile on Your Amazon Shopping app

  1. Make sure you're signed up for AmazonSmile in web browser.
  2. Open the Amazon Shopping app and find “Settings” in the main menu (☰).
  3. Tap on “AmazonSmile” (under "Programs & Features") and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in the app.
  4. Shop as usual!

(Hot Tip: Anyone can participate, so be sure to share with grandparents and other friends/family!)

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