Reminder: Schedule Swap

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day, so Newton Public Schools has swapped the Tuesday and Wednesday schedule this week. Please be sure to note the change:

  • Tuesday, 11/3: half day for all students, all students will learn from home
  • Wednesday, 11/4: full day for all students, Hybrid A will be in person

Last day to preorder school pictures!

Today, Sunday, November 1, is the last day to preorder school pictures online from Hayward. To purchase a package go to Hayward Photography’s website (here), then:

  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

A digital package can be purchased alone or with any print package.

FORJ Meeting: 11/4 at 8pm

Reminder for FORJ members to join our next meeting on Wednesday, November 4th, 8-9:30 pm. FORJ Mason-Rice is now 25 members strong! We welcome everyone to learn about racial/unconscious biases and other topics pertaining to raising anti-racial kids, educating ourselves and others in our Mason-Rice community about race etc.

Contact Janelle Phillips for more information.


GET READY FOR OUR 23rd ANNUAL GIFT OF GIVING. This holiday season we will again run our GIFT OF GIVING program to fulfill wishes for children in need. This year in particular there are many families that need support from our community. 

Our efforts will look a little different this year due to COVID (stay tuned), but we remain committed to this great cause. We are always in need of a few volunteers – if you can help, please contact Jay Wood or Michele Niepel.

“Give-Back” Business of the Week: Blacker’s Bakeshop

543 Commonweath Ave, Newton 

Blacker’s Bakeshop provides high quality, delicious Kosher and Pareve breads, brownies and other baked goods, including egg-free, dairy-free and soy-free options. They offer custom cakes and cookies, too. Orders can be pre-ordered online or in person, Covid safely in front of the store. Check your in-box for the PTO Notes which included a coupon to print.

NSF: 10th Annual Newton Inspires!




November 10: 7:00 pm

Newton native Jason Hehir, the director of the 2020 Emmy award-winning Michael Jordan documentary, The Last Dance, will kick off Newton Schools Foundation’s 10th Annual Newton Inspires: A Celebration of Ideas and Community. Click here for more information and future presentations.

Support Mason-Rice: Online Programs & Promotions

Holiday shopping already? Don’t forget you can support Mason-Rice’s PTO & our community partners when you shop the following ways:

Click through the Amazon logo on and the PTO will earn commissions from your purchases! (Purchases and purchasers are not tracked or reported.)


Shop at Minted now through December (using code found in your emailed Notes) to receive 20% off all card and gift orders). Plus, Minted will donate 15% of orders back to the PTO!




Create a Cook has consistently supported the Mason-Rice annual auction. Since we aren’t running the auction this year, we want to make sure to support the businesses that have always supported us! Check them out, sign up for a class! And just for Mason-Rice families, use code MASONRICE10 for 10% off purchase from the monthly calendar. Offer expires 12/31/2020.

Stay in touch. Stay informed. Get involved!

At home or in school, we are Mason-Rice Together!

Mason-Rice Elementary School PTO
149 Pleasant Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459