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

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 .

*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

Show Your School Spirit: Oak Hill Magnets!

Order a 4 x 6 Oak Hill Car magnet for just $5 plus a $5 donation. This heavy-duty magnet affixes to your car with no damage. Get one for all your cars, and don’t forget Grandma and Cousin Bob!  For more information, and to order your magnet, click here and select Donate to PTO on the right hand side.  You can enter $5 or $10 for the magnet as well as make your annual donation to the PTO.  Just be sure to mention your child’s name and age, and indicate you would like a magnet, as you place your order. Thank you for your support.


4th annual Newton Turkey Trot

Registration for the  4th annual Newton Turkey Trot for the Newton Food Pantry is now open!

Register early before the prices increase and to be guaranteed an awesome T-shirt! The 5K is on Saturday, November 18th at 9 am.  Kids 1 mile fun run at 8:30 am.

Details, registration and volunteer info at

Chess Club @ Oak Hill Middle School

NCE and Oak Hill are excited to announce the offering of a Chess Club, if this is of interest please check out the link below for more details:


Thanks to all the Parent Volunteers for Back-to-School!

A shout out to all the parent volunteers who

…cleaned up and mulched the front of the building, planted flowers at the memorial and had the garbage cans moved to a better location so the school would look her best;

…served lunch to the teachers to say “We Appreciate all you do” in late August as they set up their classrooms for the school year;

…organized, ran and provided FREE pizza at the back-to-school picnic so parents, teachers and students could mix and mingle;

…helped the Principal with 6th, 7th and 8th grade coffees so incoming parents could learn about the year;

….assisted with school Picture Day, working with the photographers and staff to get all the Oak Hill community photographed;

And it’s only been 2 weeks.   With your help, we look forward to a great year

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