Category Archives: From 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

PIANO LESSONS: Gloria Jasinski

Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music, Master of Music in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory. 30+ years teaching experience.

Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sight reading. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome.

Have a positive and successful learning experience. Phone: 617.566.9704, email:

Girls Who Build, Sponsored by the LigerBots (Newton North & South FIRST Robotics Team)

Newton girls 13-18 are invited to a LigerBots hands-on workshop October 17th from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Newton South High School wood shop, room 9271.

Find out what happens when YOU pick up a screwdriver! Join in the excitement of solving engineering problems along with other girls, in a low-pressure environment! Please wear closed toed shoes. Registration and more info at 10/05/girls-who-build-event/


When schoolwork goes the wrong way!

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We also tutor regular ed. and test preparation.  In addition to academic subjects, we teach children organizational skills, homework coaching, study skills, and time management. All subjects and ages are taught.  
Parents can now receive 25% off the first lesson.  Call 781-492-8700 or log on to

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: