Oak Hill PTO Notes -- December 12, 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

Oak Hill’s Annual Cookie Festival – Calling All Bakers!

The annual Oak Hill Cookie Festival will take place on Wednesday, December 19th.The Cookie Festival is a long-standing tradition for families to show their appreciation to all of the terrific teachers and spectacular staff by contributing cookies, bars, cupcakes, or any other delectable treats.

Please sign up here to contribute

Does your family have a favorite dessert they look forward to making and eating on special occasions? Baking can be a fun way to share family traditions. Please share your tasty treat with Oak Hill’s faculty and staff, and they will love it! Don’t be shy — write the name of the dessert and your child’s name on an index card. The teachers will enjoy knowing who made (or purchased) the tasty treats.

Make Sure you sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054FAEAB2FABFA7-theteacher

Label, Label, Label
Please be sure to label all items that contain nuts; also label any vegan, non-dairy, Kosher, 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 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19th. 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! Please reach out to shawna.conaghan77@gmail.com with any questions.


Join us for Pasta Night Thursday, 12/13

Please join our 8th grade students and families on our end of year Pasta Night on Thursday, December 13. All proceeds will benefit our 8th grade NYC trip in May.

To celebrate the end of 2018, we would like to offer you an early bird special which is only $20.18 for the whole family. Space is limited. Sign up today to reserve your spot. It will be $25 at the door. Two seatings available: 5:30pm and 7pm. If winning is your thing, bring some cash to win our 50/50 raffle during each seating!

Reserve your spot here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ohms-pasta-night-2018-tickets-51986741744

ALL PARENTS, ALL GRADES ARE WELCOME. We look forward to a fun night of pasta and more!

For any additional questions, please contact Mona Wong at monaw@monumentmortgage.com or Tracy Lin at tracyliao@hotmail.com.

The 8th Grade Fundraising Team


It’s Giving Tuesday: Donate a Gift Card for the Holidays

GIVE TO YOUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED. 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 17th 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, Ariel, Daniel, Kristen and Amanda

Oak Hill Middle School


SALE ENDS TOMORROW: Oak Hill Hoodies for Sale!

Oak Hill Hoodies for sale!  

Fundraiser by students for students.  Please support their efforts.

Your student should have received a flyer in their backpack to remind them to ask about the Oak Hill Hoodie sale. 8th Grader Ella Ezrin has created the design and worked with other 8th grade students to launch this great fundraiser! All profits will support the 8th grade NYC trip to New York City.

Hoodies are available in yellow, navy, white, black, and grey and feature a design created by 8th graders.  

To purchase a hoodie, use the link provided below. But Hurry, Sale ends November 28th. 

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/nyc-trip-fundraiser 


Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest: Parents Needed!

Parent Organizers Needed: Annual Oak Hill Faculty and Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest

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 for a Cookie Fest in December.

It’s great fun and teachers LOVE it. We need 1-2 parent volunteers to step up and organize this effort. Please reach out to Shawna Conaghan at shawna.conaghan77@gmail.com if you are able to help organize this important year-end recognition.

 




Community Notes

Shop for A Cause for Newton Schools Foundation

Shop for the holidays and make a difference for Newton’s students! Bring your friends and neighbors for a fun, festive evening of shopping and socializing. The Street, Chestnut Hill is hosting a Shop for a Cause night and a percentage of sales from participating stores will be donated to Newton Schools Foundation.

Participating stores include Copious Row, Legit Activewear, Simon Pearce, J. McLaughlin, Kodomo, Portobello Road, Vince and Polka Dog.

Register ahead of time and check in at Simon Pearce (between Juice Press and Splendid) the night of the event to receive your shopping pass and special treat.
For more information and to register click here.

December 12th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm


Newton Food Drive BREAKFAST FOODS for our Newton Food Pantries

Come to City Hall to help sort the food with the Mayor! Please help our neighbors facing food insecurity. Newton’s four food pantries provide meals for more than 1,800 people each month, and they need everyone’s help to keep up with the growing need right here in Newton.

Donate to the Newton Food Drive—the four pantries are asking for breakfast foods including cereal, granola, oatmeal, energy and granola bars, non-perishable milk boxes, coffee, tea, and peanut butter. (Sorry, no open or expired food can be accepted.)

Donations are being collected now through December 27th at City Hall and more than 30 other locations across Newton. A complete list of the sites can be found HERE.

Bring extra donations and help sort the donated food on December 31st from 10:00 – 10:30 am in the War Memorial at City Hall.  Everyone can help, from youngsters to seniors. Plus, enjoy craft making, face painting, and refreshments for the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Open House until noon.


Community Service Camp

Community Service Camp is currently registering for their monthly service programs which are run on Saturday and Sundays and for the April vacation Camp. In addition, the summer program will be open for registration this weekend.

Each day focuses on a different service theme and you’ll work together on a service project, play games and have small group discussions about the different service organizations.

Winter and spring programs are for grades K-5 and their summer camp will have two age group offerings: K-3 and 4-8. Parents can learn more about program offerings and register here: https://sites.google.com/view/service-stars/home. See the program in action on here:  www.facebook.com/servicestarsnewton.


JCC School Vacation Camp – Space is Limited!

Worrying about what to do during school vacations? Don’t worry, JCC Greater Boston School Vacation Camp has you covered. Camp runs during the week-long break for December, February, April and Passover vacations. Kids get to choose up to three electives daily, including sports, swimming, arts & crafts, board games and more.

Registration for December break ends on December 19th and early bird pricing ends this Friday! Enrollment is always flexible to fit your family’s plans. Kids can join for a single day, several days or the entire week. Each day children play and learn through a variety of different activities. Options include swimming, art & crafts, cooking, dance and so much more! A Kosher lunch is available for purchase making your morning a breeze. Also, during the week there is a different special highlight each day.

Register at bostonjcc.org/schoolvacations.


Middle School GPA booster

Your child’s workload will increase drastically within the next 2 years. Are they prepared? Do they have the skills to compete?

Chyten offers Middle School GPA Booster classes. Click here for more information.


What’s Happening at the Y

Try the Y – Thursdays in December are free! Present a valid ID at the welcome desk and use the facilities for the day. Plus, if you sign up for a Y membership in December, your first month is free.


Program Registration for Winter Session – Registration for Winter Programs at the West Suburban YMCA is now open to all members and non-members. The Winter Program Session starts the week of January 2nd. Some program highlights include:

Pick up a Winter Program Guide at the YMCA or visit wsymca.org for more information and to register for programs. More Info


Resolutions Fitness Challenge – New year, new you! Sign up for the Y’s Resolutions Fitness Challenge to jumpstart your health and fitness goals for 2019. Join a team led by one of the Y’s certified personal trainers, and compete against other teams to see whose team can lose the greatest percentage of weight and body fat during the eight week challenge.


School Vacation Week Programs – Do your kids need something to do while they are off from school for winter vacation? The West Suburban YMCA is offering full day and half day program options December 26th -28th. Sign up for a program from either our Child Care Department or our Sports Department, to ensure your child has a fun vacation and you have peace of mind! More Info


Winter Camp Extravaganza – Celebrate summer in the winter! Bring the whole family for this exciting event at the West Suburban YMCA. There will be three live shows from comedy magician Steven Craig, musical ventriloquist Kevin Driscoll, and Curious Creatures! In addition to the performances, there will be raffles, door prizes, auction items, face painting, balloon animals, Henna tattoos and more!

This event is open to the community – not just YMCA campers – and a suggested family donation of $20.00 is welcome at the door. All proceeds will go toward 2019 camper scholarships. More Info January 5th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm


Y Empower – free program for 10 year old girls. Y Empower is a new free program geared toward 10 year old girls. It is intended to provide a small learning community for them to explore their health holistically and be prepared to manage the stress that adolescence often brings. Half of the time is spent in a classroom setting with expert speakers about topics such as nutrition, social media safety, and self care. The second half of the time is spent trying specific fitness activities such as yoga, Zumba, and swimming. Contact Jane Carroll at janec@wsymca.org for more information or to register for this program. Starting January 2019, Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:00 pm


The Body Project – free program for high school girls. The Y is proud to partner with MEDA (Multi-service Eating Disorder Association) to offer a six-week program that provides a forum for girls to confront unrealistic beauty ideals and engage them in the development of a healthy body image through verbal, written and behavioral exercises. Contact Jane Carroll at janec@wsymca.org for more information or to register for this program.  Starting January 2019, Mondays, 4:30 – 5:15 pm


Pickle Ball – The West Suburban YMCA hosts drop-in pickle ball on both Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 am in the gymnasium. Pickle ball is free for West Suburban YMCA members and $5.00 drop-in fee for non-members.


Work at the Y: The West Suburban YMCA is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions. Great benefits, FREE membership, professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow, Director of Human Resources, at lauras@wsymca.org or visit wsymca.org/about/work-here.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs – The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is their mission to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.


Finish 2018 on a high note

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If you would like to learn more about the program, please visit www.nextleveluptutoring.com, email info@nextleveluptutoring.com or call 781-540-1123.


Announcing new clubs at the Makers’ Corner!

The Makers’ Corner after school program serves students in grades 6-8, and is located in the Underwood School. To see course descriptions and register for all clubs or the regular Makers’ Corner program, visit www.underwoodafterschool.org and click “Visit Our New Makers’ Corner Page.”

All clubs open to grades 6-8:


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