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DLA: Upcoming Events

DLA Virtual Coffee: Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm. Zoom link: click here (password: see e-mailed PTO Notes). The coffee session will be led by Jennifer Shore, Principal, Distant Learning Academy.
 
Next DLA Supplies Pick-ups at Mason-Rice will be on on Thursday, December 10th and Friday, December 11th. Parents can come to Mason-Rice between 1:00 and 3:00 pm on these days.
 
Lunch Bunch with Principal Bultema (3rd-5th grades): Friday, December 11, 12:40-1:10pm. He is looking forward to connecting with our M-R DLA students!

5th Grade: Hike in Webster Woods

Because of yesterday’s weather causing the 5th Grade Graduation Committee to cancel the hikes, more slots have been added for next weekend, December 12-13. Click here to sign up. For those signed up for today’s hikes, have fun! Contact Alessia with questions.

FORJ Upcoming Events

Join the Mason-Rice FORJ team on Wednesday, December 9th from 8:00-9:30pm and learn more about the METCO program with featured speaker Julian Turner. Zoom link here (passcode: see e-mailed PTO Notes)
 
Julian Turner attended Wellesley Public Schools via METCO from elementary through high school. He is in his first year as assistant principal at Brown Middle School.
 
Save the date for a city-wide FORJ meeting on December 16th at 7:30pm. More information forthcoming.
 
Join and Spread the Word! If you’re interested in joining FORJ, show up and learn about racial biases with us via podcasts, book reviews, speakers, etc. We have a book review (How To Be An Anti-Racist) coming up in January. Please contact us if you would like to join.

Gift Ideas and Support 5th Grade Graduation Fund!

Looking for gift ideas for your Mountain Lion or want to show your spirit for the Pride? Hoodies available for $30, TShirts available for $15. Please contact Katie Gaines to place your order. All proceeds go to the Fifth Grade Graduation Fund.

Reminders & Updates

Gift of Giving – Deadline Today!

Thank you to all those who have already delivered gifts and gift cards!  As a reminder, today is the deadline to deliver your gifts (to 26 Park Lane).  If no one is home, please include your name and Wish List # on the sign-up sheet in the gift bin. Please also remember that if you chose a MCH Wish List all items should be wrapped, and if you chose a CWVP Wish List include a festive bag with your gift card(s). Contact Jay Wood or Michele Niepel with any questions. Thank you again for your generosity!

School Photos Makeup/Retake Day

Parents interested in having their child makeup or retake their school photograph can sign up for a time on Thursday, December 10th during lunch break. Photographs will be taken outside the school.
 
Please check here for more information and pick a time slot by Monday, December 7th.

Save the Date: Next Virtual Parent Coffee

Friday, December 11 at 9am
Zoom link: Click here. (passcode: see e-mailed PTO Notes)
Thank you to those of you who were able to stop by the last virtual coffee. It was nice to connect with parents from DLA and Hybrid learning modes, and across grades. Please save the date for our next Mason-Rice Virtual Coffee on Friday, December 11th at 9am.

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 attached informational flyer and do not hesitate to take advantage of this important offering.

Support the Businesses that Support Us

Give-Back Business of the Week: Learning Express!

Learning Express is a family-owned business that has been part of the community since 1992. They’ve supported Newton schools, food banks, sports teams, and more, for over 28 years. Learning Express is always thankful and appreciative for local families that support their small business & wish everyone Happy Holidays.
 
(See e-mailed PTO Notes for coupon)

minted promo: now through December!

Reminder that if you shop at Minted now through December and use code (see e-mailed PTO Notes), you will receive 20% off all card and gift orders. Plus, Minted will donate 15% of orders back to the PTO. Win Win!

Help the PTO earn commissions from your everyday purchases!

Don’t forget to click through the Amazon logo above or on our PTO homepage and the PTO will earn commissions from your purchases! (Purchases and purchasers are not tracked or reported.)

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