Category Archives: From the PTO

Thank you for Newton Serves Volunteers

A BIG Thank You to the Volunteers who Made Newton Serves a Huge Success at Oak Hill Middle School.

We would like to thank all the amazing volunteers who worked hard weeding, raking, mulching, and planting the Oak Hill grounds last Sunday afternoon to make the school look spectacular! Thank you Oak Hill families, Principal Harutunian, local church organizations, and team leaders Katherina Elbert and Shawna Conaghan Murphy.

Volunteers Needed – We are currently looking for volunteers to water the flowers once a week. Please reach out to Katherina or Shawna to sign up at

Open Houses for Highlands After School program

The Newton Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children is hosting Open House events for interested families. This is a terrific opportunity for parents of 5th graders to learn more about the program as they plan for the next school year. Space is limited … Sign up today! For more information please contact: Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or or visit May 8th, May 23th, and June 4th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands

Sign Up for National Teacher Appreciation Week Luncheon

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11. The PTO is organizing a final appreciation lunch to show our appreciation and gratitude to the 100+ Oak Hill Middle School Teachers and Staff on:

Wednesday, May 9th, from 11:30 to 12:45 in the school library.


The Giving Project Potluck Dinner, May 3rd, 6:00pm -8:00pm

Celebrate the giving season with this fun, family-friendly event to raise awareness and funds for many wonderful and interesting charities supported by the Brown and Oak Hill communities.

Bring a favorite dish and a donation (any amount), and find out how our students, families and faculty are making a difference! You will have a great meal, hear inspiring presentations from the five finalist organizations, and have a chance to vote for your favorites by “donating” pennies.

The Giving Project Potluck Dinner

Thursday, May 3, 6-8pm
Brown Cafeteria

All the funds raised through donations will be divided between the five organizations according to the number of pennies each organization receives. Bring your family or a friend – or both. Don’t miss this special middle school event!

Click HERE to RSVP

Oak Hill Middle School Beautification Project – Sunday, April 29 from 2pm to 4pm

Join us for a fun afternoon (2pm-4pm) of beautifying the grounds at Oak Hill Middle School! We will be spreading mulch, cleaning and weeding gardens, and planting flowers to guide Oak Hill’s grounds into a beautiful springtime. Please bring gardening tools (rakes, shovels, buckets and gloves), if you have. Thank you!

This activity is part of the NewtonServes Community event, please sign up here:

The Giving Project is Back – We Need Your Nominations

The Giving Project is a special community event that brings families from Brown and Oak Hill together over a delicious meal while raising awareness and funds for some of the many charities supported by our students and faculty.

Students and faculty are invited to nominate a favorite non-profit organization, along with a brief summary of why they support it. Nominations are due Monday April 9. Click here for online form to submit your nomination.

The nominations are then shared with both the Brown and Oak Hill communities, and 5 charitable organizations are selected to be showcased at our fundraising community potluck dinner on Thursday, May 3, 6-8 pm (at Brown Middle School). The funds raised at the dinner are then shared among the 5 charities. We can’t wait to hear about the charity or cause that inspires you! The potluck dinner volunteer sign-up coming soon!

Oak Hill Parents’ Social is This Thursday, March 8th.

Are you an Oak Hill parent? Are you interested in meeting other Oak Hill Parents?  Then join us on March 8th!

Come join us on Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 PM for a fun night at Union Street restaurant in Newton Center. Mingle with other Oak Hill parents, eat, drink and win prizes!

It’s not always easy to meet other parents once the kids get to middle school. So come mingle with us and get to know your middle school community!


(A portion of all ticket sales will help support the Oak Hill PTO Spring Arts & Sciences Enrichment programs.)

Oak Hill Parents Social: Save The Date, March 8th.

Meet Other Oak Hill Parents. Enjoy Drinks. Appetizers. Prizes. 

March 8th. Save the Date!

stay tuned for details….

Send in a Valentine & a Sweet Treat For Your Teacher…

We Love Our Teachers and Staff

This Wednesday we are showing our heartfelt appreciation to all the Oak Hill teachers and staff by providing some sweet treats in the faculty room.

For decorating the room, we would love to have some valentines from students and families. What a fun way to share your care and appreciation. You can make an old fashioned valentine or write a thoughtful note or poem on the computer to a specific educator or a general subject. You can sign your name or be anonymous. A box to collect the valentines will be left on the table in front of the office on Wednesday.

Please feel free to send in any sweet treats on Wednesday morning. -The PTO

Help Get a New ScoreBoard for the Oak Hill Gym

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. Thank you to the 40% of our families have made their annual contribution so far this school year. We want to ensure that 100% of our community receives  the Oak Hill PTO programs we promised, and we need your help to do so.

Any donation amount ($5, $25, $50, $100 or more) helps us reach our goals of giving your child better funded classrooms, arts & science enrichment programs and exciting and memorable events. Without your help, we can’t support:

A NEW SCOREBOARD: The district is offering us a unique opportunity to change out our scoreboard that is original from 1997 and has problems and limited functionality. With the funding we could receive, we would need an additional $2,500 to replace the scoreboard with a high quality option.  Dr. Harutunian is hoping for donations from a few organizations that rent the gym regularly for basketball and is asking if the PTO can help as well. We would hate to lose out on a chance to get the district to support building capital projects like this one.  Will you make your annual donation today so we can help with this much-needed improvement? 

SPRING ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS:  The PTO and parent volunteers bring 6-8 creative arts and science enrichment programs to Oak Hill every year. We have a great Spring line-up ready to go but need to make sure we have the funds to cover these costs.  Will you make your annual donation today so we can bring this high-quality programming to our students? 

8th GRADE TILE PROJECT: Have you ever wondered about the beautiful student-created tiles that line our school?  The PTO manages and supports this lasting legacy and provides the materials and volunteers to complete this project every year.  We also support the 8th grade graduation ceremony.  Will you make your annual donation today so we can continue this treasured legacy?  

FACULTY APPRECIATION EVENTS: Teachers love and look forward to our appreciation events from lunches to Cookie Fest to Valentines Day. Will you  make your annual donation today so we can continue these events? 

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.

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




Thank you for your support.

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!