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New England Camp Fair

Don’t miss this Free Public event!

To learn more about the New England Camp Fair being held in Newton, click the link below:

Camp Fair FlyerPDF 2017

Just Think Expo

  •  Southside will shine at Just Think:
    Teens Making Smart Choices expo Monday, January 23, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    Middle school and high school students and parents/guardians are invited to the free Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices expo on January 23 for participative, informative exhibits; live music; free refreshments; and fun.
    This year’s expo will feature several groups and individuals from Newton South,
    including the Newtones and Crescendo, two a capella groups; South Asian Students
    Association, which will provide free henna tattoos; the Ligerbots; and Constantine Foehl, magician.
    In addition to having fun, come to the expo to meet 30 community exhibitors who help
    teens navigate life’s pressures in order to stay safe and healthy. Get information about
    everything from social media use and pedestrian safety to healthy eating and body
    confidence to stress reduction and mental health support. Sponsored by the Newton
    North PTSO (
    Community resources for teens and families
    FREE and fun!
    Treat bags for the first 50 students who come with a parent/guardian
    Giveaways and refreshments
    Grand prize drawing: Beats headphones
    Table tennis challenge
    “American Ninja Warrior” demo

School Health Newsletter

January 2017 – School Health Newsletter

Coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, oh my! Winter illness is abounding, as is often the case during the colder months.

Here are some Stay Healthy Tips:

Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness.

  • Wash your hands often — when they are dirty, before eating, after using the restroom and after sneezing into a tissue
  • Use soap and warm water and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are ok to use when your hands aren’t visibly dirty, but hand washing is preferable
  • Make it fun with kids – sing a song and model thoroughly soaping up!
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea — “the stomach bug” – are often transmitted via a fecal/oral route, meaning virus is shed in the stool, gets on hands, and then enters the body through the mouth. Thorough hand washing after using the bathroom helps prevent this type of illness.

Cough Etiquette

  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands – use a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

If your child unfortunately does get sick, please follow the illness policy. A student will be excluded from school if he/she has:

  •  A fever of 100 or greater in the past 24 hours
  •  A communicable disease diagnosis
  •  A cold in the active stages – coughing, sneezing, nasal drainage
  •  A sore throat and/or swollen neck glands
  •  Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  •  Acute pain that requires relief by narcotic medication
  •  An undiagnosed rash or skin eruption

Nurses monitor illness patterns so please contact the school nurse:

  • If you are uncertain if your child should come to school
  • To report illness when keeping your child home

Adapted from  

Sue Riley, BSN, RN,NCSN

Oak Hill Middle School

130 Wheeler Rd

Newton, MA 02459

Health Office 617-559-9215 / Fax 617-552-5547


An Introduction to the Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving parenting approach

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child/teenager? Find yourself shouting often and imposing punishments or rewards in reaction to challenging behavior? Do you wish you had a more effective parenting approach that also helps to build a better relationship between you and your child? The Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) parenting approach provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their kids in the face of day-to-day challenges – e.g., getting to school, homework, screen time, bedtime – and more serious challenges. CPS helps parents to: 

  • Foster positive relationships with their child/teenager
  • Reduce their child/teen’s challenging behavior
  • Solve problems collaboratively and proactively
  • Build their child/teen’s skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving

For more information and to register for an upcoming CPS workshop in Brookline or Needham (evenings or mornings), please visit: BeTheParentYouWantToBe.

Join Creative Arts & Sciences!!!

Oak Hill’s Creative Arts and Science (CAS) committee is part of a city-wide program delivering high-quality enrichment programs that support grade-level curricula and provide a hands­-on extension of our children’s learning in STEM, English Language Arts, History, Music, etc.  Through CAS programming, students get to meet award-winning authors, re-live history through theater, conduct hands-on science experiments, apply mathematical concepts and experience a broad range of cultures through dance, music, storytelling and more.

Each year, committee members work with Oak Hill’s faculty and administrators to select, organize and schedule programs for each grade level.  Typically, Oak Hill’s CAS committee brings three programs to every classroom.  The presentations are selected from an approved list of over 200 programs that have been carefully evaluated for quality and curriculum alignment.  Presenters include scientists, engineers, naturalists, authors, actors, artists, singers, cultural programs—and more.

In addition, CAS presents a Concert Series—one outstanding performing arts program that tours all of Newton’s elementary and middle schools. Often, these performers have played at major national and international venues.


Your support is essential.  CAS is comprised of parent volunteers and is funded entirely by your donations to the Oak Hill PTO.  CASC is a fantastic way to be involved in your child’s education and there are many ways you can help:

  • Volunteer one time for a program in your child’s classroom
  • Join the committee as a grade level coordinator to help coordinate programs for one grade level
  • Become a co­chair to work with teachers to coordinate and select programs and be the first to see new programming with parents from around the district at citywide meetings
  • Contribute to the PTO

If you are interested in volunteering contact:  Shara Ertel ( or Danielle Lieber (

GELF Annual Benefit Dinner

Tickets for the Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF)’s annual benefit dinner are on sale. For those of you who don’t know about the GELF, it’s a fantastic scholarship program that supports low-income Newton students in taking advantage of international opportunities. The evening is a not-to-be-missed community event, featuring an amazing 5-course gourmet meal (cooked from scratch on-site!!), paired fine beers & wines (featuring Sam Adams beer pairings, a major hit last year!), dancing (with a great live band featuring our own Katani Sumner), 150 like-minded community members, table service by Newton principals, and a raffle.

This year’s benefit dinner will take place on April 1st, 2017 from 6:30-10:30pm at Newton North High School. Tickets are not only a great holiday gift, but also a great way to wrap up your charitable giving for 2016, since GELF is under the 501(c)(3) umbrella of the Newton Schools Foundation. And if you buy before February 18, 2016, you’ll get 2 free tickets to an exclusive, early-bird-only raffle!

You can buy tickets online here: (scroll down to the bottom for the PayPal button) or send a $150/person check (made payable to Newton Schools Foundation with GELF in the memo line) to Newton Schools Foundation, ATTN: Diane Greer, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459.

Whether you are coming or not, please consider donating to Support a Teacher to attend the event ($100/person) or making a tax-deductible donati0n, all possible here:

Thank you!

Oak Hill Magnets make a great stocking stuffers, Teacher gifts

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. Make great stocking stuffers.  Give one to your teachers as a holiday gift!  For more information, and to order your magnet, click here and select Donate to PTO.  After you enter your email as verification, you can order your magnet as well as make your annual donation to the PTO.


SPECIAL HOLIDAY RUSH:  Order now and I will hand-deliver your magnet to your door in time for the holidays.  Thank you for your support. 

Kirsten A. von Hassel, OHMS PTO Chair

School Start Time – Feedback Session

School Start Time – Feedback Session

Join us at Oak Hill Middle School on 12/15 @ 6:30PM to discuss how the School Start Time decision will affect you and your children.

Please send any questions in advance to School Committee Vice-Chair, Ruth Goldman at

Oak Hill – Upcoming Winter Concerts

Oak Hill Music Department-upcoming Winter Concerts

Grade 6, Grades 7-8, and Bistro Band
Thursday December 8th at 7:00pm

Grade 6 and Grades 7-8 Choir
Monday December 12th at 7:00pm

Grades 6,7, and 8 String Orchestra
Wednesday January 11th at 7:00pm

All concerts are in the Oak Hill Middle School Auditorium.

Friendly Reminder: Annual Cookie Festival

Annual Cookie Festival – Calling all Bakers! 

The annual Oak Hill Faculty and Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest will be held on Wednesday, 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. If you can bring cookies and other sweets or clean up, please email Sylvia 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!.

All best,