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

First LEGO League Robotics team seeking new members

First LEGO League Robotics team seeking new members

FLL Robotics team BlockParty is looking for a few new members for fall 2017. We are a third year team made up of Oak Hill students (6th-8th grade). Our first year we won the Judges Award at a qualifying tournament. Last year we won the Programming Award at qualifying tournament and then went to the State Tournament and won a Gracious Professionalism award. This year, we plan to have more fun and learn new things!

The FLL season runs from late August until December. We will meet once or twice weekly, schedule to be determined based on when team members are free. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact the team coach, Bret Harsham, at harsham@rcn.com. Prior robotics experience is not necessary. Please include your student’s name, grade in Fall 2017 and anything you think that we should know about you.

Bowen Retirement Celebration- Monday June 19, 3.15-4.15pm

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 Okhami, 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)

One School, One Book

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Hi Oak Hill Community,

We are happy to announce that this summer’s 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    617-559-9200.

(Oak Hill Library One School, One Book webpage link)
https://mslibraries-newton. libapps.com/libguides/admin_c. php?g=589172&p=4536373

“In books we believe.”

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.

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.

RUN THE NEWTON HIGHLANDS VILLAGE DAY 5K ON JUNE 11! 

The Village Day 5K is back! We hope parents and children, friends and neighbors will start the morning off great by participating in our family-oriented Village Day 5K sponsored by Whole Foods Market. $30 per adult, $10 per child. Runners registered by May 29 are guaranteed a race t-shirt. Register online today: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7690  If you have any questions, email Maureen Oates at villageday5K@gmail.com.

Can’t or don’t like to run? Then help out the Village Day 5K team by volunteering for the event. We need help with registration, the water stop at Cold Spring Park and race monitors on the course. It’s fun and you get a free t-shirt. Click this link to volunteer.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ca4a72d6-newton1

Thank You for Supporting the Brown/Oak Hill Giving Project!

Thanks to the generosity and support of our families, faculty and staff, we raised$2,148.98 to share between 5 awesome local non-profits that are making a huge difference to the lives of individuals in need in our community! In addition, your efforts have helped to raise awareness for many amazing organizations doing great work. For more information on the 5 finalists, click on the links below. For more information on all the organizations nominated, click here.

The Children’s Room
Joi A. Fonfield Enrichment Scholarship Fund
My Team Triumph Massachusetts
NeXus Newton
The Skating Club of Boston Therapeutic Skating Program

2017 Summer Reading List

Hi Oak Hill Community

To assist our students in expanding their read options during the summer, Newton middle school librarians, in conjunction with the Newton Public Library, have compiled a list of selected reading suggestions.

Our 2107 Summer Reading list aims to address a range of middle school reading needs, tastes, and abilities. The list is our combined suggestions of books aimed at capturing your childís attention!!

The book list covers a range of age appropriate titles chosen through discussion, professional review and with a focus on high-interest reading materials.

So this summer, please encourage your children to read, read, read! Not only is reading the perfect way to relax and unwind, but it is also an excellent way to ensure that students progress through higher levels of reading success!

Please click on the following school library link to access the resource/list.
http://mslibraries.newton.k12.ma.us/c.php?g=589172&p=4540326

Paul Walsh
Oak Hill School Librarian

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.

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.