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

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 shawna.conaghan77@gmail.com  .
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.

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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 info@oakhillpto.org 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

617-796-1420

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 ination.org/wp-content/ 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  www.newtonma.gov/schoolhealth  

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 www.newtonma.gov/flu 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

One School, One Book

Hi Oak Hill Community,

We are happy to announce that this summer ís new One School, One Book will be~Wolf Hollow~by local author, Lauren Wolk.

We have provided an online resource via the school library website where you can access information on the author, the story and how to order the book.

If you feel you need to get additional information please contact Kerry Winer, Literacy Coach at~kerry_winer@newton.k12.ma. us or 617-559-9200
or Paul Walsh, School librarian at paul_Walsh@newton.k12.ma.us

(Oak Hill Library One School, One Book webpage can be accessed through the school llibrary website.)
http://mslibraries.newton.k12. ma.us/oakhill

“In books we believe.”

Many thanks,

Paul Walsh
Oak Hill School Librarian

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 ination.org/wp-content/ uploads/17-18-Challenge- Overview-Flyer.pdf
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Bowen Elementary School Retirement Celebration- Monday June 19, 3.15-4.15pm

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)