The latest announcements from the Principal and the PTO...

Shoo Flu: Get the flu vaccine at school, not the flu!

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at the Newton Public Schools beginning in late September. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.

The Oak Hill Middle clinic will be on November 2nd. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms:

  • Consent/Screening form
  • Vaccine administration record/Insurance form.

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office, or may be downloaded at Forms are due to the School Nurse October 31st.

The flu shot is the only vaccine available this year due to continued CDC guidance against using Flumist, the nasal spray flu vaccine. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick.

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: and

Sue Riley, BSN, RN,NCSN
Oak Hill Middle School
130 Wheeler Rd
Newton, MA 02459
Email: Susan_Riley@Newton.K12.MA.US
Health Office 617-559-9215
Fax 617-552-5547



Walk to Defeat ALS

Oak Hill 8th grader Tess Ertel will be participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS on October 21st 2017. Tess will be leading Team Turtle with her sister, other family members and friends in support of her dad who was diagnosed with ALS last December.

The Walk to Defeat ALS is the #1 way to lend support to those fighting and caring for someone living with ALS. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people across the country come together to raise funds to support care service programs, enable cutting-edge research, and advance nationwide advocacy efforts for people with ALS and their families.

If you are interested in donating to Tess / Team Turtle or if you just want to learn a little more about the walk, please click on this link: Thanks!

Annual School Picnic, Thursday at 6:00pm

Annual School Picnic (All School Event) Thursday, September 7 from 6pm to 7:30pm next to the softball field. To kick the year off, your hard-working PTO is offering FREE PIZZA SLICES and DRINKS and live music at this year’s Back To School Picnic. Desserts will be available for sale. Let us handle dinner for you!!! Click here to reserve your FREE pizza!  

We are looking for volunteers to help at the picnic.  Email

See you there!

Oak Hill’s Annual Back-to-School Clean Up 8/31

Please join us this Thursday August 31st for our annual Back-to-school Clean Up from 8:30-10:30. This is a rewarding community effort to make our school extra warm and inviting for all of our children and educators. Come solo or bring your middle schooler to help plant, weed, rake, water, and sweep. Yummy treats will be provided to keep us energized. Please email if you would like to volunteer or donate at  .
Can’t Make it on the 31st?
No worries, you can still be a part of making our school beautiful! We need volunteers to help water the flowers during the first month of school. You can volunteer to water for one time only or sign up for a recurring day of the week. Whether it’s early morning or sunset, the flowers are always happy to see you! It is a rewarding way to be active in your child’s school.
Donations – We are also looking for donations to improve our building and grounds. Please feel free to donate any plantings—from your favorite perennial to fall mums! If flowers are not your thing, we also wish for:
• one large flower pot,
• an oscillating sprinkler,
• and four sections of split-rail fence to protect our flowers next to the overhang.

Thank you to all the PTO Parent Volunteers

A very big THANK YOU to all the Oak Hill parents who donated their time to help make the 2016-2017 school year special for our kids.  From teacher appreciation lunches to arts enrichment programs, our parents contributed to help the teachers and staff of Oak Hill accomplish great things this year.

A special thanks to our 8th grade parents for working closely with the school to complete the tradition of creating tiles as a legacy as their children move on to Newton South and for making graduation such a grand event.  To Shara Ertel and Danielle Lieber for the year-long commitment to Creative Arts & Sciences Enrichment Programming. And to Matthew Miller and Shawna Conaghan who have completed a 2 year term as co-Presidents of the Oak Hill PTO and are moving on to new endeavors.

Wishing you all a wonderful, fun and safe summer vacation.  We will see you in the Fall.


If you would like to be involved at Oak Hill next year, we are still looking for 2 new CO-PRESIDENTS. If you are interested, simply drop me an email at and I will be happy to talk with you about the role. Find other ways to get involved at PTO SignUp 2017-2018

Thanks,  Kirsten von Hassel, Oak Hill PTO

Middle School Summer Resources

The City of Newton’s Executive Office, Health and Human Services Department and Newton Public Schools are currently working on promoting out-of-school time for middle schoolers. While all young people benefit from out of school time activities that help them grow and learn, middle school tends to be an age when student participation decreases. While we are still in the early stages of this work, we have created a webpage on the City website to help families find summer options for their middle schooler, as well as provide other valuable information like financial aid tips, helpful links and more. We will be continually adding more to the webpage in the coming months but with summer coming up we want to share what we have now to help with your planning. We welcome any feedback and ideas.

Click here for a link to the Middle School resources web page.

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out. We appreciate your help.

Aimee Sullivan, MPH

Community Health Program Coordinator

City of Newton Health and Human Services Department

1000 Commonwealth Ave.

Newton, MA 02459


NSF and HTT Program

Newton Schools Foundation (NSF) is a vital catalyst of community support for the Newton Public Schools. With private funds raised from the broader Newton community, including individuals, local businesses and foundations, NSF works closely with school leadership to find ways to enhance and enrich the ongoing curriculum and helps provide opportunities to explore ideas that would not otherwise be possible under the usual constraints of the annual school budget.

Flyers with more information regarding the campaign have already been mailed, or will be mailed shortly, to the secondary students.

Initiatives supported by NSF for the middle schools, specifically, include Middle School Peer Leadership (providing support for middle school students participating in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Peer Mentorship program, “A World of Difference), Generation Citizen (a program that aims to teach students how to affect meaningful change in their communities by taking civic action), Coding in the Classroom (exploring the most effective ways to integrate coding into the middle school curriculum), Responsive Classroom Training (a nationally used, research-and evidence-based way of teaching that improves students’ social and academic skills and raises teachers’ instructional quality), and the Calculus Project (a program which aims to increase the number of African American, Hispanic and low-income students who enroll in and successfully complete calculus by providing intensive summer classes and tutoring throughout the school year to help them achieve in accelerated math courses as they progress through high school).  A sample flyer describing the HTT program for middle schools is attached for your information.

NSF also supports an array of exciting programs at the elementary and high school levels. For details, You can visit the NSF website at www.newtonschoolsfoundation. org.

Registration open for 17/18 Destination Imagination season

Over 350 Newton Public School students have participated in this life-changing program.  Endorsed by Superintendent David Fleishman, Destination Imagination is an all-inclusive STEAM program open to kids in grades K-12
Never heard of it?  Watch this short Newton Destination Imagination Webinar
Registration is now open for the Newton Destination Imagination 2017 – 2018 program.   Please click here to register
For a sneak peak at the 2017 – 2018 challenges listed below, please go to https://www.destinationimag uploads/17-18-Challenge- Overview-Flyer.pdf
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Bowen Elementary School Retirement Celebration- Monday June 19, 3:15-4:15 pm

Bowen friends, families and alumni, please save the date for a celebration of 4 Bowen staff who will be retiring this year. Ms DiBenedetti, Ms Okkama, Ms Tabor and Ms Walsh will all be saying goodbye after almost a century of combined teaching at Bowen. The celebration will take place on the playground ( gymnasium if it rains) with cake and beverages. There will also be an opportunity to leave cards and notes of well wishes. We hope you will be able to drop by and share a hug or a story.
Thank you!
Annmarie Yorke 
(chair of retirement party committee at Bowen)

Summer Reminders from the School Nurse

Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 23. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Medication may not be carried home by the student — it must be picked up by an adult. School nurses will not be available after June 23 to return medication to families.

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child’s health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order for your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at  

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Mosquito and tick-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease occur in Newton residents. Take steps to avoid getting sick!

  • Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
  • Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission. 

Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. The flu shot (no FluMist again this year, based on current recommendations) will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at by early September, in preparation for the fall clinics. Insurance information will be requested, but all students are welcome to receive the vaccine at no charge.

The flu clinic date for Oak Hill Middle School will be November 2nd. Forms (available in Sept.) will be due to the school nurse by October 30th. This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

Sue Riley, BSN, RN,NCSN

Oak Hill Middle School

130 Wheeler Rd

Newton, MA 02459

Health Office 617-559-9215

Fax 617-552-5547