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

Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest: Donations Needed!

Donations Needed: Annual Oak Hill Faculty and Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest

It is a long standing December tradition to show our appreciation for the wonderful Oak Hill teachers and staff by contributing cookies, bars, cupcakes or any treat you’d like to bake for a Cookie Fest in December.

It’s great fun and teachers LOVE it. Please consider donating some baked goods for this important year-end recognition.

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054FAEAB2FABFA7-theteacher1

 

Volunteers Urgently Needed: Laps at Lunch

As of today, we have no volunteers signed up for any of the upcoming Laps@Lunch days.

Please consider volunteering so that our Oak Hill students have a chance to get outside, stretch their legs and walk during the lunch hour.

The program, launched by Oak Hill’s PE team and parent volunteers, is available to students in all grades. The success of the program relies on parent volunteers so we need your help!

Click here to find a time slot that works with your schedule.

Please Support the Holiday Gift Card Drive

The Oak Hill Counseling staff is collecting gift cards and money for families in need during the holiday season. Your small donation could have a huge impact for families in need this year!

We are looking for gift cards from Shaws, Star Market, CVS, Walgreens, Target, TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Amazon. You can also make a monetary contribution with a check made out to the Oak Hill PTO. There will be a collection box in the main office where you or your child can drop off the cards and checks or your child can give the donation to their counselor. You can also mail them to:

Oak Hill Holiday Drive, 130 Wheeler Rd. Newton, MA 02459.

We are happy to provide a letter documenting your donation for your taxes. If you would like a letter, just contact us at school or email: info@oakhillpto.org. Please send your donations by December 17 so that we can ensure our recipients have them in time for the holiday season.

As always, thank you for your help and happy holidays!

Katy, Amanda, Ariel, Jennifer, Daniel, Kristen and Lisa
Oak Hill Counseling Staff

Donate Halloween Candy to Troops Serving Overseas

Starting Monday 10/28, there will be collection boxes near the front entrance for Halloween candy donations, to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas.

Thanks for your donations!

Reminder: Parent Events at School This Week

We have several parent events happening at school this week:

  • Wed, Oct. 16: 6th Grade Parent Visiting Day, 8:00am to 9:45am
    • If you are the parent of a 6th grader, you are cordially invited to visit the school while in session on this day, during Periods 1 and 2. You will have the opportunity to visit your child’s “team” classes (Eng., Math., Sci., SS/Hist.) followed by a multi-team class (World Language, Art, Music, Health, Drama, P.E., and Engineering). This is an opportunity to get a snapshot of what teaching and learning looks like in our classrooms.
    • Click here for the process and expectations during Parent Visiting Days
  • Thurs, Oct. 17: Parent Coffee Regarding Safety, 8:00am to 9:00am
    • We will be leading a school safety day with students on October 24. If you are interested in coming to listen to the updated emergency operations plan as well as the scripts we will be using with students during the safety day, please feel welcome to come our coffee on Thursday, October 17 at 8am in our library. If you are unable to come, there will be materials that you can preview in the main office.
  • Fri, Oct. 18: 8th Grade Parent Visiting Day, 8:33am to 10:05am
    • If you are the parent of a 8th grader, you are cordially invited to visit the school while in session on this day, during Periods 1 and 2. You will have the opportunity to visit your child’s “team” classes (Eng., Math., Sci., SS/Hist.) followed by a multi-team class (World Language, Art, Music, Health, Drama, P.E., and Engineering). This is an opportunity to get a snapshot of what teaching and learning looks like in our classrooms.
    • Click here for the process and expectations during Parent Visiting Days

Creative Arts & Sciences Authorfest – Wednesday 11/6

Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Oak Hill
The Oak Hill PTO and the Creative Arts and Sciences* team is excited to sponsor an event with author Marcella Pixley, who will be visiting with all Oak Hill students on Wednesday, November 6th, as part of a city-wide day recognizing and celebrating the importance of books in our children’s lives. A wide range of authors and illustrators will be visiting schools across the district during the day to talk about the writing and illustrating process – from idea to published work.

Book Sale & Signing at the Zervas Elementary School Library
At the end of the school day on November 6th, all participating authors and illustrators will gather in the Zervas Elementary School Library for a meet and greet, book sale and signing event. Students and their families from across the district will have the opportunity to meet a variety of authors and illustrators, including those who presented at other schools. Newtonville Books will facilitate the book sale. Book order forms will be distributed several weeks prior to November 6. No purchase is necessary to meet an author.

*CAS AuthorFest is made possible by a grant from the Newton Schools Foundation, a contribution from The Village Bank in Auburndale, and your generous contributions to our PTO. A percentage of the book sale proceeds will go to CAS to help defray the cost of the CAS AuthorFest event and toward future CAS events.

Share Your Feedback on Oak Hill’s Food Service Program

There is a new Food Service Advisory Group with representatives from across the school system. The Group’s goal is to ensure that our students have the best food service experience possible.

Do you have a comment, question or concern about our Food Service program? Please fill out our Food Service Community Comments form which can be found at this survey link.

Your feedback is appreciated!

Stress Resilience Event this Thursday 10/10

Screenagers The Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience
Presented By Newton North and Newton South PTSO

Newton North High School, Walnut Street, Newton, MA
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019, 7PM – 9PM
Free event

Screenagers The Next Chapter Trailer

From the director of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age comes Screenagers The Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience and is about helping young people thrive in our screen and stress-filled world.

Filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston uses a personal lens and professional eye to help parents flip the script on stress, anxiety, and depression. Ruston sets out to uncover how we understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society. And how we as parents and schools empower teens with skills to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts in the field of adolescent psychiatry and counseling.

The film is intended for adults and youth starting from age 10 and up.
Thank you for not bringing your younger children to the movie.
Seating is open.

Annual PTO Meeting | Thursday, September 12 at 8 PM

Please join us for our annual Oak Hill PTO meeting this Thursday, Sept. 12th, at 8 PM in the library, right after Curriculum Night. We will introduce the PTO leads, review this year’s budget, and discuss ways in which all families can get involved and support the school year-round.

Join Us Tomorrow for our Annual School Picnic!

Please join us tomorrowWednesday, September 4, from 6pm to 7:30pm for our annual school picnic, next to the softball field. Meet and reconnect with other Oak Hill families and staff, pickup some cool school swag and car magnets, and have some pizza on the PTO!