Oak Hill PTO Notes -- December 15, 2017



Upcoming Events


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




NOT HOME!

Notes 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 vonhassel@gmail.com. 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 info@oakhillpto.org .

*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




Community Notes

Newton Community Preservation Committee meeting date moved

The Newton Community Preservation Committee’s next meeting has been moved from December 14th to December 19th at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Cafeteria, Basement. The CPC will hear the Newton Housing Authority’s request to submit an updated $2.5 million proposal for their Jackson Road/Haywood House (Newton Corner) new senior housing project. A new, future date will be announced for the public hearing on proposed revisions to the program’s funding guidelines, previously scheduled for the December meeting.


A night of laughs and improv

Come see Children of the Candy Corn’s first show of the year “The Annual Chili Cook-Off”!
A night of laughs and improv. Admission: $5.00 at the door (proceeds go to SouthStage).

December 15th,  7:30 pm
Newton South Auditorium


Summer Camp Open House

The Chestnut Hill School Summer Day Camp is accredited with The American Camping Association, and provides enriching art, swimming, sport, drama, science and music experiences for children ages 3-14; trip options available for older campers.
Registration for 2018 (June 25th – August 17th) is now open.

Come to the Chestnut Hill School Summer Camp Open House on December 16th, 12:00 –  to 2:00 pm for food, face painting, activities, tours and more…Can’t make the Open House? Contact mnickerson@tchs.org or 617-264-1346 for an individual tour.


New Fitness Classes for Adults and Teens

Try a NEW kind of barre class, created and taught by a dancer! Come see how a workout at the barre and the floor will increase your strength and flexibility and build a better you.

BalletBarre is a total body workout set to pop/rock music. No dance experience necessary. Bare feet are fine. Also try a DanceBeat class for high-energy and new dance moves – bring sneakers!

50-minute classes held at Paulette’s Ballet Studio, Newton, mornings after school drop-off, 8:30 and 9:30 am, and some evenings. Free street parking. Trial class is $10.00, and December Special: 2 Classes for $20.00. Classes are ongoing — join anytime and come to any classes you want as your schedule permits. Find the fun in your workout! For schedule, questions, and more information, see beautybarreboston.com or e-mail instructor Gemma Santamaria at gpsantama@gmail.com.


In-home Academic Coaching

Next Level Up has been helping Newton families and their students improve and succeed since 2009. They assist in subjects ranging from Reading & Writing, to all levels of Math, to Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. With a big picture, processed based approach they also help all students establish solid organizational, time management, and study skills.

Additionally, they provide the often underestimated, but highly important aspect of perspective to all their students. Contact info@nextleveluptutoring.com or 781-540-1123 for a free initial meeting . For more information visit www.nextleveluptutoring.com.


High School Singers Looking for Performance Experience?

Voice lessons with Jacqueline Novikov focus on uncovering your best singing voice and getting comfortable singing in front of an audience. 3+ performance opportunities per year for Newton senior citizens. Grow your voice, give to others, and be confident at your next audition!

In home lessons offered on Sundays. Contact Jacqueline Novikov at jn@forma-music.com and learn more at jacquelinenovikov.com.


Upcoming Events for Teens at the Newton Free Library

Teen Crafterhours, December 4th, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: Meet once a month a Monday night to make crafts and eat snacks. This week, make mittens out of felted wool and eat snacks! Grades 7-12.

Anime/Manga Club, December 6th, 4:00 pm, Computer Center: Come meet on the first Wednesday of every month and hang out with lovers of all things anime! Activities will range from anime screenings, to discussion of our favorite series, manga share and swap, anime-themed crafts, cosplay workshops, art trades and more!  Yummy Japanese snacks will be served. Grades 6-12.

Typewriter Poetry,  December 11, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: Get creative with the monthly Typewriter Poetry group. Get together to use old-school typewriters and write poems for library patrons on the spot! Grades 7-12.


Human Rights Commission award ceremony

The Newton Human Rights Commission is delighted to announce that it has selected Dr. Janet E. Helms as the recipient of the 2017 Human Rights Award. This award recognizes a resident or employee working in the city who has demonstrated consistent, ongoing work in the field of human rights.

Mayor Setti Warren and Alisa Caira, Josie Joseph, Kimia Tabatabaei, and Khyla Turner, students from Newton North and Newton South High Schools, will also be recognized for their dedication to the issue of human rights in the Newton Community.

The award ceremony is open to the public and will take place on December 5th at 7:00 pm at the Druker Auditorium located in the Newton Free Library at 333 Homer Street. If you would like to attend, please RSVP (requested, not required) to slao@newtonma.gov.


Upcoming talk: how parents can help their students with writing assignments

Do you find it challenging to help your upper elementary or middle school student with writing assignments without conflict or tears? Jane Hirschhorn, a professional writing tutor, will offer 10 easy, practical tips parents can use to help their students with writing assignments.

This free talk is geared toward parents of students in grades 4 through 7. It will be held on December 6th at 7:30 pm in Room B of the Newton Free Library.


Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Start the Holiday Season off with a cheerful evening of songs, hot chocolate and fun! In the War Auditorium, sing-along with the Stacey Peasley Band – an award-winning band whose music is joyful and playful – as they play your favorite holiday songs. Then go outside to the front steps of City, and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of Newton Community Pride, or samples of Hood egg nog.

As you wear your complimentary glow-in- the-dark necklace you can watch a special
holiday “Rockettes” performance by the Creative Dance Steps Studio. All of this excitement builds up to the Grande Finale of Mayor Setti Warren flipping the switch that turns the grounds into a twinkling winterland!

New this year…”Stuff a Cruiser”! Please bring an unwrapped gift to fill a police cruiser with toys as part the Village Bank’s Holiday Gift Drive! In the spirit of giving for the season, please bring a donation for Food Pantries.

For more information, visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org or call 617-796-
1540.