PTO Notes 12-17-2021

Dec 17, 2021 | News

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Spiritweek: TODAY is School Pride Day!

Wear your Mason-Rice gear or the school colors (blue and white) today! 

Still need some Spiritwear?  

Pop-Up Shop this Morning Outside of School

Tees & Hats available, credit cards only.

Mon. Dec. 20th – Mismatched Socks Day

Tues. Dec. 21st – Sports Spirit Day
Wear your favorite sports team’s hat or jersey.

Wed. Dec. 22nd – Fun and Festive Sweater/Sweatshirt Day

Thurs. Dec. 23rd – Pajama Day

Parent Coffee and Shop!

When: Monday December 20th

Time: 8:20-9:30 a.m.

Where: In front of Mason-Rice

Stop by for a cup of coffee and mingle with other Mason-Rice parents.  Our new school spiritwear will be available for sale for all your holiday shopping needs!  Or buy online in advance and pickup on Monday!

The Mason-Rice Online Auction

When: January 20-30, 2022

The auction is just a month away!

Donate an event or item or sign up to help by contacting the auction team HERE

SEPAC Social

When: Sunday December 19th

Where: Auburndale Cove (outdoors)

Time: 2-4pm

All families receiving special education services are invited to join Newton SEPAC for an outdoor gathering this Sunday. This will be an opportunity simply to come together in community informally before the end of the year. Children are most welcome – we will have games, and warm drinks and cookies will be served!

RSVP kindly requested to get a sense of numbers.

Update: If the weather on 12/19 does not make it possible for us to gather comfortably, we will send out a message that day on the SEPAC Listserv and via the Evite.

Questions? Please contact SEPAC Treasurer, Eliza Spaulding.

We look forward to seeing you!

Reminders & Updates

Order Your Holiday Cards at 20% Off!

Still need to order your holiday cards? Take advantage of our Minted promotion! Use promo code: [see e-mailed Notes] for 20% off all card and gift orders and Minted (an independent-artists marketplace for stationery, gifts, and decor) will donate 15% of orders back to the PTO!

Disclaimer: This code was created exclusively for our M-R PTO community. It is not to be shared publicly.

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


Upcoming Important M-R Dates

  • 12/19: SEPAC Social
  • 12/20: Parent Coffee & Shop 8:20-9:30am
  • 12/24 – 12/31: December Break

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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