Smile:) School Photos are THIS Week!

Pictures will be taken by Hayward Photographers outside at Mason-Rice. The photographer will be socially distanced and students will be required to wear their mask until seated for their picture.


Hybrid Students: Picture days will be done during in-school hours on Friday 10/23 for cohort B and Tuesday 10/27 for cohort A.

DLA Students: Pictures will be outside, behind Mason-Rice on Friday 10/23, 12:40-1:30pm or Saturday 10/24 11am-1:30pm. Sign up HERE for a time.


Click on the FORM for information about purchasing pictures. Forms will not be sent home in students’ folders.

Note: Hayward asked that, when possible, families prepay for photos ONLINE.

  1. Click on “prepay for photoday”
  2. Enter the school code MAS20.
  3. Once you enter your child’s name you can choose a package of pictures to purchase.

Digital photographs can be purchased with any package.


Some parent support is required to make these sessions happen. Sign up here to help.

Mark Your Calendars

Hybrid Families

Thursday, October 29
K-1: 5:30 – 6:15pm
2-3: 6:30 – 7:15pm
4-5: 7:30 – 8:15pm

DLA Families

K-1: Tuesday Oct. 27
2-3: Wednesday Oct. 28
4-5: Thursday Oct. 29

Note: This is the same as Back-to-School night. Zoom links will be provided by teachers, in advance.

Community News

Launched: DLA Website

Check out the DLA website now on the NPS site. Includes family communications and an overview of DLA.

Family Connections

5th Grade Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular
The 5th grade class is putting on a Halloween Spectacular on Friday, Oct 30 from 5-8pm. This fun outdoor event will include a pumpkin carving contest and a viewing walk. All proceeds will go to the 5th Grade Class Graduation Fund. See LINK for more information, to buy timed tickets and for sign-up to enter the pumpkin display.

Mason-Rice Serves

Special Presentation: The Air We Breathe
Presentation for K-5 students (and families) by BU Environmental Health Professor & former Mason-Rice parent Dr. Diana Ceballos (Oct. 28 @4-5pm). RSVP HERE  for our next (virtual) Green Team event, where Dr. Diana Ceballos will engage and interact with students on the topic of air quality and how the air we breathe impacts us. Sign up your child to come learn about this important topic, and feel free to join as well! See blog to learn more about Green Team events.

PTO Community Support

Register: Early Morning Care
The Early Morning Care Program for students in Grades K-5 is open. The program operates from 7:30 – 8:20am for $12/day. Please note that this is only available on the days in which your student is in the school building. Financial assistance is available. Register here.

Community Member Spotlight

Giving Back: Support our Supporters
The PTO has decided to suspend all major fundraising activities for this school year. Thanks to your generosity, along with the suspension of in-person school activities in March, our budget will sustain us through the current academic year. This year, we want to give back to the businesses that have generously supported our school. Each week, we will feature donors from our previous auctions, highlighting their businesses and current promotions. Please consider giving back by patronizing these businesses who’ve supported us so generously in past years.

PTO Volunteer Opportunities

Follow Us: PTO on Instagram

We are excited to announce the launch of our new PTO Instagram account! Follow us to find all the up-to-date news, events and photos of school related fun. If you would like to post anything of interest, please send a photo and details to Laura

Find us on IG now! @masonrice_pto

Newton News & Events

Volunteers Needed: Distribute iPads, Chromebooks

The Ed Center and IT Dept. are requesting volunteers to help distribute iPads and Chromebooks. Tasks include opening boxes, scanning barcodes, placing iPads in covers, etc. Click link for more information and to sign-up.