Oak Hill PTO Notes -- June 24, 2018



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This newsletter includes notices posted to the Oak Hill PTO website (http://oakhillpto.org) in the last week.




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Notes from the PTO

Thank You OHMS Volunteers for Making the Appreciation Lunch a Huge Success

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the families who contributed to the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch! The lunch was a huge success because so many families generously donated their time, cooking, and money. The teachers, aides, administrators, guidance counselors, secretaries, custodians, librarians, nurses, substitutes, athletic staff, and coaches were so appreciative to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. Thanks again to everyone who showed their gratitude to the entire Oak Hill staff by contributing to the lunch!

Here’s a note we received from one of our teachers:  I want to thank you and let you know how much our teacher luncheon and breakfast last week was appreciated. The food was absolutely delicious and SUCH a TREAT for us during the school day. Thank you for all of the time you spent on the organization of this and the setting up, cleaning up, etc! It is another reminder of how grateful I am to teach in this community.

Shout-outs go to the following parents:(in no particular order)

Roya Salamipour, John Curran, Christina Kim, Kunling Wu, Sharon Perkulis, Zhenja Iosilevich, You Li, Alicia Collins, Laura Scharf, Leah Arteaga, Sherry Xiao, Jennifer Heberlein, Lisa DePalma, Christina Kim, Sharon Tamir, Emma Peralta, Lisa Weinman, Patricia Mendez, Anat Yosfan, Debbie Whitney, Heejeong Kim, Rosemarie Mitchell, Galina Perlin, Svetlana Sereda, Anat Linden, Jamie Lu, Olga Morgovsky, Heather Knapp, Karen Chow, Lynne Lim, Suzy Peled-Spigelman, Lou Bonegio, Sandy Wilkie, Lisa Sobczak, Anna Chernobaeva, Shara Ertel, Tonia Walker, Lisa Terrizzi, Remi Dansinger, Katharina Elbert, Vita Chudnovsky, Olga Morgovsky, Alison Larkin, Jamie Genser, Aaron Harris, Rachael Rosner, Lisa Terrizzi, Eileen Deignan, Rosemarie Mitchell, Chrysa Bliati, Heini Kekalainen, Darlene Nedeljkovic, Leah Arteaga, Lori Feinberg, Ester Benros, Jessica Berns, Helen Scarr, Megan Cohen, Dongqing(Holly) Peng, Gayathri Natarajan, Helen Scarr, Jessie Xie, Kirsten Von Hassel, Shawna Conaghan Murphy

 

 


Field Day, Graduation, & Tile Legacy Project Sign-Ups

The end of the 2017-2018 school year is fast approaching and we are looking for parent volunteers to support our teachers and staff. Please consider signing up to join our school in making these events special for our kids.

6th and 7th grade Parents:
FIELD DAY: Thursday, May 31st, 8:30am-11:30am. We need volunteers to support our PE teachers during this kid-favorite outdoor event. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054FAEAB2FABFA7-field

We also welcome you your help on the Tile Project (see below). It is a very busy year for 8th grade families and we really need parent support on the tile project. If you can, please consider helping us on this fun project. It will give you a jump start on the year your kids will be creating legacy tiles! www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054FAEAB2FABFA7-8thgrade1

7th grade Parents:
GRADUATION: The 8th Grade’s Celebration of Success Ceremony will be Friday, June 22nd starting at 9:00AM. We need 7th grade parent volunteers so 8th grade families can enjoy the graduation. We’ll need parent volunteers June 21st, the day before, to set up a few hundred chairs and put up some decorations. We’ll also need some parents to provide refreshments (lemonade, cookies) for the event. Please help us make our 8th graders graduation day special. Sign up Here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054faeab2fabfa7-8thgrade2

8th Grade Parents:
GRADUATION: June 22nd. We’ll need parent volunteers June 21st, the day before graduation, to set up a few hundred chairs and put up some decorations. We also welcome some parents to provide refreshments (lemonade, cookies) for the event. If you would like to assist, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054faeab2fabfa7-8thgrade2

8th GRADE THANK YOU BREAKFAST: The 8th grade teachers do so much to ensure our graduating class has a great send off. From the NY trip planning to tile projects and graduation, they regularly go above and beyond for our students. Please help us thank them with a breakfast on June 14th. Sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054FAEAB2FABFA7-8thgrade

TILE PROJECT: Next time you are at Oak Hill, look up and see the rows of tiles completed by past 8th grade classes. This is a wonderful tradition that cannot be completed without help from you. Volunteers are needed to organize and lead this project. Currently we are scheduled for June 8th and planning is underway! There are 194 kids across 9 classrooms, and we would like to have at least 2 parent volunteers for each classroom. Sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054FAEAB2FABFA7-8thgrade1  


Please Sign Up Today: PTO Positions for the 2018-2019 School Year

The Oak Hill Middle School PTO is looking for parents for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. No experience is necessary and there are opportunities for all levels of commitment from a few hours a week to once per year. Get involved and have fun!  Please Sign Up today so we can ensure a transition from outgoing volunteers.

Oak Hill PTO 2018-19 Positions

We are also looking for 3 parents to lead the Oak Hill PTO. You will work with the Principal and key educators to create a memorable school experience for our children. At the middle school level, it is a manageable and rewarding commitment, and a great way to be an active part of your child’s middle school experience. If you are interested in learning more, sign up or email us at info@oakhillpto.org THANK YOU

Nothing done for children is every wasted. Get involved today!

 



Notes from Newton Public Schools

School Committee Update

Dear Friends,

This update is for the 05/30/2018 Newton School Committee meeting:

With over 1800 views, our first School Committee “Virtual Office Hours” was a huge success.  We held our second one last night and you can view the video on the district Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/newtonps.

  • To start, we held a public meeting and voted unanimously to decline participation in the Massachusetts School Choice program. To clarify, this is not related to school choice for Newton residents within the district. The School Choice program allows students from outside of Newton to apply to attend Newton Public Schools. It is a statewide program in which districts can choose to participate or not. This public meeting and vote is required by law and it is a decision that must be reaffirmed annually.
  • Toby Romer and Mary Eich were joined by Interim IT Director Tom Gwin, to provide an update on the One Student/One Device Pilot.  The pilot will continue next year when, starting in January, Chromebooks are planned to be distributed to the entire 10th grade at Newton North and Newton South. To learn more about the program and to view the presentation to the School Committee, visit: www.newton.k12.ma.us/laptop.
  • Members of the Equity Committee presented an update to the Equity Guidelines.  Most notable changes to the guidelines were a lowered per pupil spending cap of $80 and the formation of a Working Group to consider pooled PTO funds.
  • We had a chance to recognize Newton Public School students including:
    • Our Newton School Committee student representatives, Brooke Hackel, Michael Ryter and Max Teszler, all who are graduating this year.
    • The Newton North Graphic Design students who participated in the project to redesign the district logo: Arthur Dutra, Liam MacIntyre, Mia Patriacca, Emma Nephtali, Li Shandross and Grant Yee. A special thank you to Li Shandross for designing the logo chosen for district use.
  • Lastly, we unanimously voted to relocate the Horace Mann Elementary School to 225 Nevada Street, currently the site of the Carr Building, in September 2019. This was the official vote to affirm the long-term facilities plan we have been using.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • June 11th @7PM: Year-End Reports: Superintendent’s Goals and Systemwide Goals, Student Assignment Working Group (SAWG) Recommendation, Student Services Update, Vote: EDCO Board Member.
  • June 18th @7PM: SEPAC Update, High School Start Time Update, Fiscal and Operational Update and Facilities Update, Discussion of Superintendent’s Assessment.

We hope you have found this summary useful. You can access all School Committee meeting documents via the NPS website (https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/domain/69). Additionally, if you are interested in watching an SC meeting from home or a recorded meeting, you can obtain access via www.newtv.org.

As always, we are very happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us via the email address below. Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

The Newton School Committee



Community Notes

Free Ice Cream Social

Newton Firefighters Local 863 invites you to a free ice cream social on June 18th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. All are welcome! See this Flyer for more information.


Kids Day July 7th

Newton Theatre Company is thrilled to present its first ever Kids Day! On July 7th, stop by the Hyde Bandstand between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm to enjoy readings from three Junie B.
Jones stories, live music, crafts, and other activities.

This event is free, with a bake sale and optional donations to benefit Newton Theatre Company. Appropriate for children ages 3-12. Any teens or adults looking to volunteer at the event can email Abby Lass at abbylass@gmail.com.


Summer Food for Families

When school’s out for the summer, so is breakfast and lunch for many Newton students. This year the city is partnering with the FUEL program at the Church of the Redeemer to help families in need of additional food.

The already successful FUEL program fills backpacks with nonperishable items for students to take home from school. The expanded summer version of the program will offer backpacks in more locations throughout the city, all available for children and their caregivers to pick up as much as twice per week. Locations include Newton Health and Human Services Department, Church of the Redeemer, West Suburban YMCA, Newton Fire Stations 7 & 10, Crystal Lake, Gath Pool, Newton Free Library, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Good Shepherd, St John’s Church, Arabic Baptist Church, the Boys & Girls Club, NCDF Houghton Village and more.

For a full list of locations and pick up times, visit www.newtonma.gov/food.


Don’t miss your chance

As the school year comes to a close, don’t miss your chance to thank teachers and staff who made a difference to your child this year! Making a donation to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program is a great way to do this.

Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack or if you have children in the upper grades, you will have already received a letter by mail. To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org. Donations are tax-deductible and go toward enhancing educational excellence, including teachers’ professional development, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and new curricula and learning opportunities throughout Newton’s schools.

Teachers, as well as their principal and the Superintendent, will be notified of this honor, and if you donate by July 31st their names will appear in a special notification in the Newton TAB.


Basketball Together

Help shoot down cancer at Basketball Together, a new basketball camp for 5th – 8th graders whose family members are battling or have battled cancer. Basketball Together was founded by two Newton North High School rising seniors, Christian Hahm and Ezra Pemstein, who have personal experiences with family members facing cancer
treatments. Christian and Ezra have found solace in basketball and now want to help others like them better cope with the challenges they face.

Basketball Together focuses both on improving basketball skills (drills, shooting, passing) as well as developing coping skills to enhance emotional well-being. Faculty from Boston
University’s School of Social Work will be leading small group activities to explore the healing process.

Basketball Together is hosted by Newton Community Education and made possible by the generous support of the Newton North Athletic Department (Director Tom Giusti and basketball coaches Paul Connolly and Tom Donnellan), Newton Community Education (Program Director, Lisa Rucinski) and Newton North High School (Principal, Henry Turner).

For Grades 5 – 8, boys and girls. Open to all who have a close family member who is battling or has had to battle cancer. Fee: based on a sliding scale ($25 to $195). Code: cancercamp. Register here https://registration.xenegrade.com/nce/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=11852 –

For more information email  summersports@newtoncommunityed.org or call 617-559-6995.

August 6th – 10th,  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Newton Community Education, 457 Walnut St, Newton

This camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the Newton Health Department.


Dance Class Options

Looking for Summer and Fall dance class options? All That Jazz Dance Studio in Nonantum is still accepting registration for their award winning dance classes! It is not too late to sign up for summer week-long dance intensives or an 8-week class session. Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is ongoing as well.

Please contact Miss Deb Lifson Vogel, Studio Director and also a fellow Newton Parent, at missdeb@allthatjazznewton.com or 617-641-0784 for more information about this wonderful dance community. Register online at www.allthatjazznewton.com!


Kids at the Farm: Summer 2018

School is about to be out for summer, and what better way to spend it than at Newton Community Farm!. Don’t delay and register today! Limited spaces available

Visit https://newtoncommunityfarm.org/education/summer-summer-programs/.
See the chickens, harvest produce and learn what it takes to grow food sustainably, all right here in Newton.

Programs for toddlers through middle school start in June and run until August 24th. Have a high schooler? Check out the high school intern programs!

Financial assistance available.


Summer Music Programs at The Conservatory

Students are immersed in:

For Ages 6 and up. All instruments and skill levels welcome! Students bring their own lunch and snacks. No nuts please!

The Conservatory at Highlands
51 Winchester Street, #203, Newton Highlands

A Typical Camp Day:
9:00 am Arival
9:15 am Warm up
10:00 am Music Game/Theory/Ear Training
11:00 am Ensemble rehearsal (rockband/jazz/chamber)
12:00 Lunch
1:15 pm Recording/Songwriting/Music projects
2:30 pm Ensemble rehearsal (rockband/jazz/chamber)
4:00 pm Pick up (after-care option available)

Join for a music filled summer!


Kid’s Yoga Creativity Camp

Parents! Have your elementary school aged child or children join Kid’s Yoga Creativity Camp with Tracy Affonso. Tracy is a former Newton Public Schools teacher and an experienced yoga instructor. Kids love her classes so please join in!

Register at http://www.artemisyoga.com/classes/kids-teen-classes/

Each class begins with breathing/mindfulness exercises designed to help you focus on the present moment. Following warm-up, you’ll have a fun-filled, active yoga class culminating with a guided relaxation.

After the yoga session, you’ll make a different art project each day—from mandalas out of rocks, shells, and feathers; to gratitude rocks; to worry dolls—projects will be linked to the theme of the day that’s introduced through your mindfulness exercises.

August 6th – 10th, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon $275.00 Siblings – 20% off
Artemis Yoga in Watertown


Get a head start on college essays this summer

Summer is a great time for rising seniors to begin work on their college essays. Jane Hirschhorn is a writing coach with more than 20 years of experience, and she guides students toward crafting compelling, authentic essays.

Her students have been accepted to a wide range of colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, including those that are the most selective.

For more information, please contact Jane at jane@jbhtutoring.com. For a complete list of the schools where Jane’s students have been accepted and to learn more about Jane,
please visit her website jbhtutoring.com.