The latest announcements from the Principal, PTO, and NPS...

NewtonSERVES, on Sunday, April 30

NewtonSERVES, on Sunday, April 30, is a Day of Community Service that brings together over 1,000 volunteers of all ages to complete more than 50 community projects for the benefit of numerous non-profit organizations and City of Newton departments. Volunteers work in teams on morning, afternoon or all day projects throughout the city, such as cleaning up parks, planting gardens, building and painting school bookshelves, spring cleaning at non-profit organizations and helping senior citizens. By enhancing the City of Newton’s sense of community, NewtonSERVES helps to foster a culture of year-round volunteerism.

Families and students aged 8 and over are encouraged to participate. Please register before April 27 to be assigned to the project you want & receive important information! Everyone must complete and submit a release form before going to the project site.

For more information and to register or submit a project application (by April 21), please visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org/newtonserves.

Staff Appreciation Dessert: Sign Up Now!

Tuesday, May 2

Say thank you in the best way… dessert!! Please help us show our deep appreciation for our faculty and staff by donating to our last official staff appreciation event, our Dessert Buffet on Tuesday, May 2.

Sign up now at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0D4CAFA622AA8-staff5!

We are asking families to contribute their tastiest dessert and/or volunteer to help set up and clean up.

We will be at school at 8am on May 2 to accept items from students upon arrival at school. Items may also be dropped off between 8am and 1pm in the Teacher’s Lounge.

Thank you in advance for all of your time and generosity.
Felice Scheff and Nancy Braudis

Deadline for Giving Project Nominations Extended

New Deadline: Monday, April 10

Does your family support or raise funds for a favorite local charity organization? Now is your chance to tell the Brown and Oak Hill communities all about it, creating awareness and raising funds for a cause that is important to you.

It couldn’t be easier to spread the word about your chosen organization: simply nominate your non-profit for the Giving Project, and we will share your nomination with the entire Brown/Oak Hill community. In addition, from all the nominations received, a committee of faculty and students will select 5 organizations to be showcased at the Giving Project Potluck on Tuesday, May 16, and all the funds raised at the Potluck will be divided between those organizations. Make sure your favorite charity is in with a chance by submitting your nomination by Monday, April 10!

Click here to submit your nomination online.  For more information, to sign up for the Potluck, or for instructions about hard copy nominations, please click here.

Note: This year, the goal of the Giving Project is to shine a light on organizations in the Greater Boston Area working to help our world become a safe, welcoming and thriving place for everyone.

If you have any questions, please email Becky Cohen or Anabel Cable.

First Friday Letter- April 7, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

April is Autism Awareness Month, and I want to acknowledge our ABA program here at Brown servicing students with autism spectrum disorders.  Our program here at Brown began thirteen years ago.  The Brown ABA program has an extraordinarily talented staff that includes:  Inclusion Facilitators, Emily Nordone and Monica Massucco; with support from ten behavior therapists.  The students in the Brown ABA program have continued to exhibit some great skills throughout this school year; including participating in an adaptive physical education class, completing jobs within the school community, producing some beautiful and creative artwork, and working with peers in the Brown Peer Buddies program on a variety of activities.

Holidays:  School will be closed on Friday, April 14 in observance of “Good Friday,” and there will be no school the week of April 17 – 21, “Spring Vacation.”

Spring Sports:  Our 7th and 8th grade track & field, softball, baseball, and lacrosse teams will all begin practicing on Monday, April 10 and will have their scheduled games and meets beginning after April vacation.

Art Announcements from Ms. Rosen:

  • Check out the incredible, original artwork from our students in the March Art Update! Follow the link to Ms. Rosen’s Brown Website: http://www2.newton.k12.ma.us/~shoshana_rosen/
  • Follow the Brown Art Studio on Instagram! Follow @thecharliebrownartstudio to see daily art works from our Brown artists!
  • Calling all parent and family volunteers to help and support with the Spring Art Showcase in May! Please email Ms. Rosen directly if you would like to be involved! rosensh@newton.k12.ma.us

AIDS Walk:  It’s time to dust off your walking shoes and join the Brown Bears at the 32nd annual AIDS Walk on Sunday, June 4.  Brown Middle School will continue our proud tradition of being the largest team to walk 10K in support of AIDS Action Committee!  Information on registration and T-shirt orders will be sent home with your child this month.  There will be a kick-off informational meeting after April vacation for everyone interested in participating.  Should you have any questions about this years walk, please contact our AIDS Walk Team Captains Elizabeth Messina and Sarah Hildebrand.

Warm weather:  As the warm weather approaches, we ask that you please support our expectations for appropriate dress at school.  Spaghetti straps/tank tops, bare midriffs, low cut pants, and bare feet are not appropriate dress for school.  In the event that your child is not dressed appropriately, please know that we will contact you.  We appreciate your support in reminding your child of these expectations.

Looking ahead to June:  Our “Moving On” Ceremony for eighth grade students (and their families) will be held on Friday, June 23 at 8:15 a.m. in the Newton South High School field house.

Newton METCO Program Celebrates 50 Years:  Please join us on Saturday, April 29 to celebrate 50 years of METCO in the Newton Public Schools. We hope you can join us for this special evening as we celebrate the past, present, and future of the METCO program.

Newton is proud to be a founding member of METCO, the second oldest voluntary inter-district school assignment program in the country dedicated to increasing diversity. Our participation in the program has brought families together, built bridges across racial, ethnic, and cultural lines, and enriched the lives of all it has touched. It has brought deeper racial and cultural understanding to our students, staff, and the entire Newton community and prepared our students to succeed in a diverse global community.

On Saturday, April 29th, we will celebrate those who built the METCO program in Newton, as well as the community leaders, state officials, and school administrators who have supported the program over the years. Most importantly, we will celebrate the families, both host and participant, who have inspired so many with their commitment, generosity, and ongoing dedication to the program.

Date: Saturday, April 29th

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Newton North High School Auditorium (457 Walnut St.)

Description: Light appetizers and desserts will be served.

Follow the link below to RSVP to the celebration. We look forward to seeing you there and commemorating this special milestone.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newton-metco-50th-celebration-tickets-31481619371

Best regards,

John F. Jordan

Newton South Preschool Accepting Applications for September 2017

The Newton South Preschool is a child development lab school and is part of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at Newton South High School. In addition to providing high quality early education and care, the program serves as an internship site for high school students who are taking early childhood courses.

We serve children 2.9-5 years old. The program is open from 7:00am-5:00pm and follows the Newton Public Schools calendar. Full day and half day options are available. Our teachers hold M.Ed.’s in Early Childhood and are licensed by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Our program is accredited by NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Please contact Kevin Lenane by email or at 617-559-6533 if you are interested in enrolling or would like a tour.