New & Upcoming

A Glimpse of How Fundraising Supports Mason-Rice

Starting Monday, students won’t have a cold and dirty rear end after sitting outside! The PTO was delighted to supply the school with outdoor cushions to facilitate teachers taking their lessons outdoors. This is one of the many ways that our PTO partners with the staff and teachers to make the school experience healthy, clean, and conducive to learning for all Mason-Rice students!

Launching: “First Thursdays” Fall Food Truck Fundraising series

Back by popular demand! The PTO is thrilled to kick-off the “First Thursdays” Fall Food Truck Fundraising series! We’re partnering with StrEATS so the Mason-Rice community can try out new Food Trucks for dinner while also supporting the school – 15% of orders will be donated back to the PTO! This COVID-friendly series takes pre-orders only so pre-select your pick-up time to allow for social distancing and minimal wait times. (hint: pre-order ASAP to get your preferred time slots!)

Red’s Street Kitchen

First up on Thursday October 7th will be Red’s Street Kitchen. PRE-ORDER HERE.

Red’s Street Kitchen has been roaming the streets of New England since 2016, and serving up quality street fare that’s truly a cut above the rest. At Red’s Street Kitchen, they’ve elevated street food classics to a whole new level of delicious. What level? Gourmet, and specifically using only the freshest ingredients around. Craving a big ol’ cheesesteak? Red’s Street Kitchen uses thinly shaved beef on an amoroso roll. Get the classic alongside sauteed onions, mushrooms and cheese, or go for their specialty Blue Zombie topped with bleu cheese, bacon and horseradish mayo. But that’s not all. Red’s Street Kitchen is known for their cluckin’ delicious buttermilk fried chicken, dusted in signature breading and deep fried to golden brown perfection, along with hand-cut fries. 

Virtual Curriculum Night: 9/28, 6:10pm

Our Curriculum Night will be held on Tuesday, September 28th.

6:10-6:40pm Welcome address by PTO Presidents, Jake, Lisa
Zoom link here (Meeting ID: 878 4146 0424, Passcode: [see e-mailed PTO Notes)

Specific class Zoom links will shared out by teachers.
Gr 3-5  6:45-7:25pm
Gr K-2  7:30-8:10pm

Get Your Spiritwear! Store open until 9/30

Mason-Rice has a new spiritwear store with lots of great gear! Visit the store now through September 30th to get your own Mountain Lion wares!

20% of all sales go to support the Mason-Rice PTO.

School Pictures!

In past years, school pictures have taken place in the fall. This year school pictures will take place in the spring. Stay tuned for more details this spring.

Newton SEPAC

We encourage families with children supported by an IEP or 504 to join the Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Newton SEPAC), an all-volunteer organization of parents of children with diverse learning styles, social-emotional needs and/or disabilities in the preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, who meet to ask questions and share knowledge about special education programs, issues, policies, regulations, and resources. We maintain an online discussion group and have monthly online Board meetings and presentations. If you are interested please reach out to Lindsay MacAuley Friedberg for more information. 


Tea Collection Promotion: Kicks off Tomorrow!


Two days left of the biannual Fall Tea School Days promotion offered by Tea Collection, a globally-inspired children's clothing company! Feel free to shop with our special promo code [see e-mailed PTO Notes] for 20% off for you and 15% back to Mason-Rice PTO at this link! Offer valid through Tuesday October 12th. 

Disclaimer: this is a special code created exclusively for fundraising for Mason-Rice PTO community through here, and is not meant to be shared publicly with coupon or deal sites.

Reminders & Updates

Back to School Picnic

What a fantastic time we had at our Back to School Picnic on Wednesday! It was so wonderful to spend time together, connect, and strengthen the vibrant community we have at Mason-Rice. We were able to raise just over $1,000 for our general PTO fund and the 5th graders raised $650 for their graduation celebration. Nice job!

Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it possible and a huge ‘Thank You’ to all the families that joined the fun.

5th Grade Event Planning Meeting: 9/30, 7:30pm

5th grade families are invited to kick off event planning and fundraising by attending an organizational meeting on September 30th at 7:30pm via Zoom. Each 5th grade class is charged with determining graduation activities and fundraising goals and must raise funds independent of the PTO budget. If you are the parent of a 5th grader and are able to attend, or cannot attend but are interested in learning more, please RSVP here. 

Keep Students IN and Covid OUT!

Have you signed up your child(ren) for their at-school covid tests? Let’s all do our part in keeping our school open and our children and staff safe. Sign up today! To learn more about the three types of tests (Symptomatic, Test and Stay, and Weekly Pooled Testing) and to learn how to enroll, click here.

Scan the QR code to go to Aspen and sign the consent form today!

Free and Reduced Meal Program

For 2021-22, all NPS students will receive school meals free of charge. However, qualified families are asked to complete the Free and Reduced Meal Application. By completing the application, your student and family may be eligible to receive additional benefits beyond the free and reduced meal program. For more details on the free lunch program, check this link.

Calendar Reminders

Access NPS’ calendar here.

Access Mason-Rice’s PTO calendar here.


Upcoming Important M-R Dates

  • 9/28  Virtual Curriculum Night
  • 9/30  5th Grade Event Planning Meeting
  • 9/30  Last Day to Order Spiritwear
  • 10/6  Walk, roll, bike & bus to school day
  • 10/7  Early Release day
  • 10/7  First Thursdays: Red’s Street Kitchen

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!

Year Round Promotions

Year-Round Promotion from Mabel's Labels

Just follow these simple steps and Mabel's Labels will donate 20% of sales from your order to the PTO!
  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

Year-Round Promotion from minted

Enjoy 20% off Minted cards & gifts throughout the year when use unique promo code [see e-mailed Notes] at checkout, and 15% of each order will be donated back to the PTO.

Disclaimer: this is a special code created exclusively for fundraising for M-R PTO community and is not meant to be shared publicly with coupon or deal sites.

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!)

Have Something to Advertise to our Community?

Do you have a business and want to spread the word? Do you know someone in the Mason-Rice community who might? Or maybe there’s a house in your neighborhood that’s coming up for rent? Is someone you know available to babysit? 

If you have an advertisement, the Notes Team wants to help you spread the word.

Email your ads to M-R Notes Team and we will include your advertisement in our once-monthly Community Classifieds blast email (sent on the 1st of the month). Please follow the 3 steps below for submission:

  1. Send an email to M-R Notes.
  2. Email’s subject should read: Community Classified submission
  3. Content to include: exact text and any photos/logos

Note: Submissions will be accepted if they are for opportunities owned by, led by, or intended specifically for Mason-Rice community members.

Stay in touch. Stay informed. Get involved!