|This newsletter includes notices posted to the Oak Hill PTO website (http://oakhillpto.org) in the last week.|
The annual Oak Hill Faculty and Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest will be held this upcoming Tuesday, December 10. Please help us show our appreciation for all Oak Hill teachers and staff! Cookies can be dropped off in the main office anytime before 11:00AM on December 10. (Please label any cookies that contain nuts.) If you can contribute cookies (bars are fine too), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , so we know what’s coming. We could also use a few volunteers for set up and clean up. Please let us know if you can help set up at 11AM or clean up at 2:30PM. THANKS!
By now hopefully all of you have had a chance to checkout the OHMS online directory at https://www.
The directory is the only way for families to connect to each other outside of school. Please note that we will not be sending out printed directories this year. If you want a printed copy, you can print one from the website. When you login, there is an option at the top of the page to print, you can then print out a pdf of the directory by teacher or grade. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
If you are planning to donate gift cards for Oak Hill Families in need this holiday season, the deadline is fast approaching. Please send in your donation by this Friday December 13th. We have some families with a very strong need for support this year, and your small donation could make a huge difference! As a reminder, the guidance department is looking for gift cards from supermarkets, drugstores or big box stores to give to families in our community. There will be a collection box in the guidance office where you (your child) can drop off the cards or a check made out to the Oak Hill PTO. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your help and happy holidays!
Jennifer, Katy & Ariel
Thursday, Dec 5th, will be an early-release day. Students will be dismissed at 11:30AM. There are no activities and there will be no late buses.
Consider making a donation to the PTO. We are still well short of our goal for our annual drive. We still need to raise $7000 to meet our budget needs for the school calendar year. So, if you haven’t already done so, please pay your annual dues of $85 to the OHMS PTO.
You can send in a check or click here to donate via paypal.
Thank you for your support
If you can contribute cookies or help set up at 11AM or clean up at 3:30PM, please email email@example.com Thanks!
School will be dismissed at 11:30am on Wednesday, November 27th. No lunch will be served. School will re-open on Monday, December 1st. We hope you have a nice Thanksgiving Holiday.
A jury today heard testimony and deliberated in the centuries-old murder trial of Captain Preston, the British officer in command on the night five Bostonians were killed. The jury? Approximately 200 8th graders at Oak Hill.
Uprising on King Street: The Boston Massacre was created, produced and performed by Theatre Espresso. Examining the legal responsibilities of a government when it sends a military force to occupy a foreign land, the play recreates the events that led to the Boston Massacre of 1770. In their role as jurors, students relived the Boston Massacre through the eyes of witnesses – ordinary men and women from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds – who were both shaped by, and instrumental in shaping, history. In this interactive performance, the students had the opportunity to question key players and debate the critical points of the case. Ultimately, the students decided whether Captain Preston should be held accountable for the Massacre. The drama compelled the students to grapple with very contemporary questions: Is violence ever necessary to keep the peace? What role does class play in the administration of justice? Is democracy able truly to provide justice for all?
Founded in 1992, Theatre Expresso believes in the power of drama to engage and inform students about historical events to bring history to life and to foster a generation of critical thinkers and true citizens. This program was brought to our school by the Creative Arts and Sciences Committee of the PTO. Thank you for your continued donations so that we can continue to bring enriching programs like this to our school! Click here to donate
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, drugstores or big box stores 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 guidance 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . Please send in your donation by December 13 so we can ensure our families in need have them in time for the holidays.
Thank you for your help and happy holidays!
Jennifer, Katy & Ariel
Oak Hill Guidance Counselors
When: Wednesday, Nov. 13 – 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Newton-Wellesley Hospital – Shipley Auditorium, 2nd floor
2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA (Directions)
At this event, we will provide practical strategies for starting a conversation about mental health with your children.
A conversation about teens, parents and media use featuring: Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and David Luis Ortega, Private Practice, Cambridge, MA, moderated by Nancy Baym, Microsoft Research New England.
This event will bring experts and the community together to discuss many of the concerns parents and teens have about media use. Discussions will bring research evidence and practical advice to bear on understanding questions like: What realistic risks may teens face with their media use? How can teens benefit most from digital media? How can parents create and enforce appropriate boundaries for their teens’ media use to best balance risks and opportunities?
The session will conclude with a half hour for parents to mix and mingle and compare strategies and experiences. Parents from all of the Newton middle schools are welcome.
Wednesday. December 11th, 7:00 pm
Auditorium, F.A. Day Middle School
NCA’s Arts Stroll & Shop is back for its third year and they’ve expanded to three villages over three days. Enjoy spontaneous performances and pop-up galleries while you shop and dine in Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre and West Newton this December 13th – 15th.
December 13th from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm: Kickoff Event at THE STREET (Chestnut Hill)
December 14th from Noon-6:00 pm THE STREET at WEST NEWTON SQUARE
December 15th from Noon-6:00 pm NEWTON CENTRE at THE STREET
Don’t miss the special discounts, giveaways, exclusive items, and, of course, the arts and culture that the Stroll brings to town! You’ll feel great after you Shop Local. Eat Local. Art Local. Click here http://www.artsstrollandshop.com/ to access the new Stroll website with detailed participant and schedule information.
Down Under Yoga provides an environment in which children learn to exercise their minds as they move their bodies. Winter class offerings include yoga for ages 3-6, 5-7, 8-11, families, tween, and teens. Young yogis are taught practices to calm and strengthen their bodies, balance stress, and respect the needs of themselves and others. These are skills to last a lifetime which can be applied to any aspect of their daily lives. Series classes offered throughout the year. Drop-ins are welcome!
For more information see the website: www.downunderyoga.com or call 617-244-9642.
The NewtonPAC will hold an evening presentation on December 10th on the topic of Stepping Up: What Parents Need to Know to Prepare for the Transition from Elementary to Middle School and Middle to High School.
Representatives from Bigelow and Brown Middle Schools and Newton North and Newton South High Schools will present on the issues involved in transitions, from the first planning IEP meetings to navigating the new social environment. The meeting is free and open to all, and will be held in room 210 of the Education Center at 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville. If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Sandberg at email@example.com.
Networking and refreshments will begin at 7:15 pm., and the meeting will begin with the Elementary to Middle School portion from 7:30-8:15 pm. The Middle to High School portion will follow from 8:15-9:00 pm .
The first NewtonPAC open board meeting of the school year with Judy Levin-Charns, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, will be this Thursday, December 5th, 9:00 am -10:00 am.
The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome. The topic on the agenda is the role of the new Team Specialists at the elementary schools. If you have any questions. please contact Eileen Sandberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Room 216, Education Center
100 Walnut Street, Newtonville
It’s that time of year when the Waban Improvement Society is gearing up for its annual holiday tree lighting festivities to take place on December 8th, at 4:30 pm right in front of Starbucks in Waban Square. As part of the festivities, the Newton Family Singers will lead the community in singing some great holiday songs. Please join the fun!!!
In addition, they will hold an open community rehearsal on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 pm, at the Waban Library Center. The rehearsal and the event are free and open to all ages and experience levels! If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.
Celebrate Newton, Newton’s own holiday crafts fair, is around the corner!
Sunday, December 8th, at Newton South High School
10:00 am-4:00 pm
$3 admission (free for children under 12)
There’s live music, a kids crafts table, food, and most importantly, a host of fabulous artists and craftspeople, most of whom are your Newton neighbors. Come see their work, and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts for yourself and/or friends and family. Please visit our website to learn more about the fair. The fair is sponsored by Newton Community Education; your admission fee of $3 will help us expand our program and grow our scholarship fund. (Kids under 12 are free.)
Get a sneak peak at NCE’s winter Kids class offerings at the fair, too.
The United Parish of Auburndale invites you and your family to come to a community holiday sing-along. After your errands are done but before dinner, come and get into the holiday groove by singing your favorite carols and holiday songs.
All are welcome.
United Parish of Auburndale
64 Hancock Street, Auburndale.
Sunday, December 8th, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Theatre Ink presents: BAD SEED by Maxwell Anderson, from William March’s 1954 novel. In a small Southern town Little Rhoda Penmark rules the roost. On the surface she is sweet, charming, loved by her parents, and admired by all her elders. But Rhoda’s mother has an uneasy feeling when one of Rhoda’s schoolmates is mysteriously drowned. Ezra Dulit-Greenberg and Simon Wolfe direct this psychological thriller.
December 11th -14th at 7:30 pm in the Little Theatre, Newton North High School 457 Walnut Street, Nortonville, MA 02460. Tickets $7.00 at theatreink.net . For questions, please email Adam_Brown@Newton.k12.ma.us
For the sixth consecutive year, The Village Bank will partner with the City of Newton Department of Health and Human Services for the annual Holiday Gift Drive, to help brighten the holidays for deserving Newton children.
The Bank and the City are encouraging local residents, businesses and organizations to play an active role in the Holiday Gift Drive through donations of gift certificates and new, unwrapped gifts for children ages newborn to 10.
The Village Bank’s Newton branches in Auburndale, Newtonville, Nonantum, Newton Highlands, Waban and West Newton will serve as Holiday Gift Drive collection sites. Donations will be accepted from November 25 through December 17.
Suggested gifts include age-appropriate books, CDs and DVDs, clothing, games, sporting goods, and toys. The donation of gift certificates purchased from local merchants will also benefit businesses in the community.
According to Kenneth C. Brennan, president and CEO of The Village Bank, last year’s Holiday Gift Drive touched more than 200 local families. “We are always happy to do what we can to help others,” said Brennan, “but it is the overwhelming support of the community that makes this particular campaign so rewarding each year. That really makes all the difference.”
Meghan Kennedy, community social worker for the City of Newton, said that every income-eligible family who applied last year was provided with age- and gender-appropriate gifts for the children in their family, thanks to the generosity of others.