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

Annual Cookie Festival is Thursday 12/21

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest  is Next Week

The annual Oak Hill Faculty and Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest will be held on Thursday, December 21st. 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.

Please be sure to label all items that contain nuts; also label any vegan, non-dairy, and gluten-free treats. Food can be dropped off at the black table outside the main office first thing in the morning and all goods should be in by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21st.

Sign up if you can bring cookies and other sweets or clean up.  Or email Kirsten directly at  at If you don’t use a disposable platter, please label your container, and it will be left on the table in front of the office.

Thanks so much!

Holiday Gift Drive

The Oak Hill Guidance department is collecting gift cards and money for
families in need during the holiday season. We have some families with a
very strong need for support this year, and your small donation could make
a huge difference!

We are looking for gift cards from supermarkets (Stop and Shop, Wegmans,
Star Market), drugstores (CVS,Walgreens) , or big box stores (Target,
Amazon) but 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 (your child) can drop off the cards and checks or you can mail
them to Oak Hill, Holiday Drive, 130 Wheeler Rd, Newton 02459.

We are happy to provide a letter documenting your donation for your taxes.

If you want a letter, just contact us at school, or email .

*Please send in your donation by December 15th* so we can ensure our families in need have them in time for the holidays.

Thank you for your help and happy holidays!
Katy, Jennifer, Daniel, Ariel and Amanda

Show Your School Spirit: Oak Hill Magnets!

Order a 4 x 6 Oak Hill Car magnet for just $5 plus a $5 donation. This heavy-duty magnet affixes to your car with no damage. Get one for all your cars, and don’t forget Grandma and Cousin Bob!  For more information, and to order your magnet, click here and select Donate to PTO on the right hand side.  You can enter $5 or $10 for the magnet as well as make your annual donation to the PTO.  Just be sure to mention your child’s name and age, and indicate you would like a magnet, as you place your order. Thank you for your support.


Please Make Your Annual Donation to the PTO

If you have yet to make your annual donation to the Oak Hill PTO, we ask for your support for the 2017-2018 school year. The earlier we receive your dues, the greater impact we can have on your middle-schoolers’ year. And we have a great many programs we would like to bring to Oak Hill!

To donate by credit/debit card, go to to Donate.  To pay by check, drop off at the Oak Hill school office OR mail to Oak Hill PTO, 130 Wheeler St., Newton MA, 02459


The Oak Hill PTO Depends on Your Annual Contribution  The PTO does not receive any funding from NPS or the City of Newton. Direct annual dues from Oak Hill families like you fund the full range of initiatives we have planned for the 2017-2018 school year. From community events to teacher support, educational enrichment programs, and student events, your donation helps improve the educational experience for all our students.

We need your Support, This Year More Than Ever  Last year, one third of families made their annual contribution and we had to pull from our reserve to ensure that 100% of our community received the Oak Hill PTO programs we promised. As parents ourselves, we know how important it is to create a welcoming cohesive community at Oak Hill, support our teachers and educational staff, and provide enrichment programming for our students. The full year 2017-2018 operating budget requires $30,000.

  • Creative Arts & Sciences is a city-wide program funded by PTOs bringing high-quality enrichment programs to our schools – at least one or two per grade each year. Past programs have included school-wide presentations by the Klezmer Conservatory Band which introduced Yiddish language and background culture, and MLK: Amazing Grace telling the tale of the civil rights era, as well as grade-specific programs like Mark Love’s “Engineers Teaching Algebra.” These valuable enrichment programs are only made possible by your generous donation!
  • Community Events: The PTO hosts events to bring our community together like the back-to-school picnic and parent coffees. We also organize social events for our parents and guardians.
  • Student Events: This covers the 8th grade tile project and graduation celebration as well as Field Day in the spring.
  • Faculty Appreciation Events: The PTO provides a welcoming lunch for all the staff before the first day of school and several other times throughout the year. We host 2 wellness days for the staff. And we thank our teachers and specialists on your behalf.
  • Plus Direct Support to the Classroom and the Library.

Impact Your Child’s School Year with Your Donation to the PTO
To fund the PTO, we ask for $100 per family for the school year to give your child better funded classrooms, arts & science enrichment programs and exciting and memorable events. Please make your annual dues contribution today. We hope you can make an incremental donation of $50 or $100 to help us reach our goal. (Our goal is to have 50% of our families donate, which means we need to still fund the additional 50% of students. Your incremental donation gets us one step closer.)

Our Students Count on Us, We Hope We Can Count on You!  We understand that not all families are able to contribute and every amount donated is greatly appreciated. If you are able to contribute a larger amount, you can help us cover the cost for every child! Please consider a donation of $50, $100, $150 or more today!

Thank you for your support. Every dollar donated counts. Every hour volunteered helps. We recognize that PTO dues are voluntary and we value the contribution of every family. We have a great community hear at Oak Hill and look forward to a great year together.


Kirsten von Hassel, Leah Arteaga & Tamar Chamassian
Oak Hill PTO co-Presidents 2017-2018,


P.S. The Oak Hill PTO is a 501(c) 3 organization and your annual dues and donations are tax-deductible. Our ID number is 202 126 638. Don’t forget to check if your company provides matching funds. It’s a great way to double your donation!




4th annual Newton Turkey Trot

Registration for the  4th annual Newton Turkey Trot for the Newton Food Pantry is now open!

Register early before the prices increase and to be guaranteed an awesome T-shirt! The 5K is on Saturday, November 18th at 9 am.  Kids 1 mile fun run at 8:30 am.

Details, registration and volunteer info at

Chess Club @ Oak Hill Middle School

NCE and Oak Hill are excited to announce the offering of a Chess Club, if this is of interest please check out the link below for more details:


Thanks to all the Parent Volunteers for Back-to-School!

A shout out to all the parent volunteers who

…cleaned up and mulched the front of the building, planted flowers at the memorial and had the garbage cans moved to a better location so the school would look her best;

…served lunch to the teachers to say “We Appreciate all you do” in late August as they set up their classrooms for the school year;

…organized, ran and provided FREE pizza at the back-to-school picnic so parents, teachers and students could mix and mingle;

…helped the Principal with 6th, 7th and 8th grade coffees so incoming parents could learn about the year;

….assisted with school Picture Day, working with the photographers and staff to get all the Oak Hill community photographed;

And it’s only been 2 weeks.   With your help, we look forward to a great year

Shoo Flu: Get the flu vaccine at school, not the flu!

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at the Newton Public Schools beginning in late September. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.

The Oak Hill Middle clinic will be on November 2nd. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms:

  • Consent/Screening form
  • Vaccine administration record/Insurance form.

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office, or may be downloaded at Forms are due to the School Nurse October 31st.

The flu shot is the only vaccine available this year due to continued CDC guidance against using Flumist, the nasal spray flu vaccine. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick.

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: and

Sue Riley, BSN, RN,NCSN
Oak Hill Middle School
130 Wheeler Rd
Newton, MA 02459
Email: Susan_Riley@Newton.K12.MA.US
Health Office 617-559-9215
Fax 617-552-5547



Walk to Defeat ALS

Oak Hill 8th grader Tess Ertel will be participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS on October 21st 2017. Tess will be leading Team Turtle with her sister, other family members and friends in support of her dad who was diagnosed with ALS last December.

The Walk to Defeat ALS is the #1 way to lend support to those fighting and caring for someone living with ALS. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people across the country come together to raise funds to support care service programs, enable cutting-edge research, and advance nationwide advocacy efforts for people with ALS and their families.

If you are interested in donating to Tess / Team Turtle or if you just want to learn a little more about the walk, please click on this link: Thanks!

Annual School Picnic, Thursday at 6:00pm

Annual School Picnic (All School Event) Thursday, September 7 from 6pm to 7:30pm next to the softball field. To kick the year off, your hard-working PTO is offering FREE PIZZA SLICES and DRINKS and live music at this year’s Back To School Picnic. Desserts will be available for sale. Let us handle dinner for you!!! Click here to reserve your FREE pizza!  

We are looking for volunteers to help at the picnic.  Email

See you there!