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Back-to-School Clean-up – Next Wednesday, August 31

LETS GET READY FOR SCHOOL! Last call for volunteers to help the school and teachers get ready for opening day.

Back-to-School Clean-up – Next Wednesday, August 31

Dear Friends,

Would you like to see friends and have fun doing some garden work next week before school starts?

Please join us to help make Oak Hill Middle School look beautiful for the first day of school.

• Activity: We will be planting flowers and spreading mulch in front of OHMS.

• Time: We will meet on Wednesday, 8/31 8am-11am in front of Oak Hill. Come for an hour, two hours or all three- we would love to see you!

• What to bring: Rakes, shovels, garden gloves, and possibly a wheelbarrow if you have one.  Annual flowers that you would like to donate and/or help plant.

We will bring some morning treats to keep you going.

Please RSVP to let us know if you can come and how many of you will be joining us. Also, let us know if you plan to bring an annual plant or bush donate! Your children can look at them and know they helped plant them every day as they get off the bus.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help with the Teacher Appreciation Lunch on Thursday, September 1 from 1:30 – 2:30. If you can’t make it during the day, feel free to drop off a dessert in the day before or the morning of. Thank you!

Please contact Shawna at if you would like to volunteer for either event.

Don’t fret if you can’t help before the start of the year; we still have many more positions that need to be filled. Please click on the SignUpGenius link below.





Don’t miss out on any of the fun! School is just around the corner and so is the start of a new and fantastic year! Teachers, staff, coaches and parents along with Mr. Harutunian, are already busy getting the school house in tip-top shape. Check out these activities on the Homepage to learn more, visit or help out.

Back-to-School Picnic – We look forward to seeing everyone at our BTSP on Thursday, September 8th starting at 6:00 pm.

Calling all volunteers – We want you! We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help with the Teacher Appreciation Lunch on Thursday, September 1st from 12:30 – 2:00 pm. You can come help serve, clean up, or send in your favorite dessert. It is truly a rewarding event to be a part of.

Back-to-School Clean Up – Come help make our school beautiful on Wednesday, August 31st starting at 8:30 am. Come alone or bring the kids to help rake mulch or tend to the flowers.

Please feel free to donate to our building grounds – from your favorite perennial to fall mums! Please contact Shawna at if you would like to volunteer for one or more of the above.

Don’t fret if you can’t help before the start of the year; we still have many more positions that need to be filled. Please click on the SignUpGenius link below:

Summer Reading Reminder – We hope all the of your OH children enjoyed reading Losing It by Erin Fry. You can find more information on OHMS home page. Click on “Summer Reading” under announcements.

Cheers to the dog-days of summer!
All the best from your 2016-2017 PTO Co-Presidents,

Matthew, Shawna, Megan and Kirsten (Your friendly neighborhood Oak Hill PTO)

• AUGUST 29th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Oak Hill open building visiting
• SEPTEMBER 1st, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Oak Hill PTO Staff Luncheon
• SEPTEMBER 6th,8:00 AM First day for students 
• SEPTEMBER 7th, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Oak Hill Fall Play Auditions
• SEPTEMBER 8th, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Back to School Picnic

Oak Hill Yearbooks

Yearbooks will be distributed this week in school to the students who have already ordered one. There are remaining yearbooks available if parents would still like to get one – the cost is $33.00 and order forms can be picked up in the main office, in Room 235, or downloaded here: Order Form.

Any questions, please contact Mrs. Stewart at

Important end of year details

Dear Oak Hill Community:

The 8th Graders’ Moving On Ceremony will take place on June 23rd, and we are in need of parent volunteers (including 6th and 7th Grade parents) to assist with making this a day to remember. Please sign up to help set up, clean up, donate various items, or assist during the ceremony (limited to 6th and 7th grade parents). Please clink on this link to sign up!

8th Grade Committee

Summer Reminders from the School Nurse

Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 23. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Medication may not be carried home by the student — it must be picked up by a parent. School nurses will not be available after June 23 to return medication to families.

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child’s health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order for your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Mosquito and tick-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease occur in Newton residents. Take steps to avoid getting sick!

  • Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
  • Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
    Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission.

Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. Both the flu shot and the nasal spray flu vaccine will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at by mid-September, in preparation for the fall clinics. Insurance information will be requested, but all students are welcome to receive the vaccine at no charge.

The flu clinic date for Oak Hill Middle School will be November 3, 2016. Forms (available in Sept.) will be due to the school nurse by November 1. This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

Sue Riley, BSN, RN, NCSN
Health Office 617-559-9215

Save energy and raise funds for the Oak Hill School PTO!

In collaboration with the City’s Newton Energy $avers initiative, Green Newton and the Newton Clergy Association, the Oak Hill PTO is helping to connect families to the Mass Save Home Energy Assessments.

The approved Mass Save certified contractor, Able Home Performance (AHP), offers an excellent opportunity for residents to receive insulation and weatherization improvements that are subsidized by the utility at 75% off up to $2,000, and there is no-cost (up to 12 hours) for air sealing drafty spaces. The Mass Save Program governs the program regulations and the assessment is no-cost to homeowners, because of a small fee in each of our utility bills.

During an assessment, the heating and cooling systems are evaluated for efficiency and safety performance, and exterior walls are checked to determine if any areas need insulation. Also, old inefficient light bulbs may be swapped for free energy-saving bulbs and qualified homes may receive free programmable thermostats, free low-flow showerheads and a free energy-saving power strip.

In appreciation for your support for this project, a contribution of $10 for every assessment (completed by the end of 2106) will be donated by Green Newton to the Oak Hill PTO.

Haven’t had an assessment within the past two years? Please schedule one with Able Home Performance by calling 781-436-2639 or visit

Newton South Preschool Program has openings for 3-5 year olds

Newton South Preschool Program, a high-quality Early Education program located at Newton South High School, is currently accepting applications for September 2016 for their younger classroom (2.9-4 years old). There are two full time spots available.

The preschool is a child development lab school and serves as an internship site for high school students who are taking Early Childhood courses. Both classrooms have 3 full time teachers, all licensed in Early Childhood Education under the MA DOE. The program is open from 7:00 am-4:00 pm with full day and half day options available and is accredited by NAEYC.

Please contact Kevin Lenane or Lauren Atkinson if you are interested in enrolling your child or would like a tour. Contact info: or call 617-559-6533.

Memorial Spaulding to sport new playground

Take a peek!  This is the latest, greatest and final rendering of the new playground.  They brought in some bright, fun colors and were able to add even more swings.  They’re so close to reaching goal, only $10,000 left to go.  Please help them slide to the finish and donate today.  Let’s wrap this up by the end of this school year and give everyone something to look forward to in the fall.

MORE food needed for Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

We are short on the following items for teacher appreciation lunch this Wednesday. Please click on the SignUp below and help us out if you can!

  • Sandwiches
  • Juice
  • Tablecloths
  • Hot Entrees

Buy a Popsicle and Support a Great Cause!

This Thursday, June 9th, immediately after school, students from Team 6-1 will sell popsicles in front of the school to raise funds for Hope for Ariang, a non-profit organization founded by Gabriel Bol Deng.

Most OHMS students have read Gabriel Bol Deng’s book, A Long Walk to Water and heard him speak. Hope for Ariang works to provide access to education as well as resources and opportunity to people in South Sudan. All funds raised will benefit this organization. Popsicles are $1 and additional donations are welcome. For more information, please see