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Help Get a New ScoreBoard for the Oak Hill Gym

Please Make Your Annual Donation to the PTO

If you have yet to make your annual donation to the Oak Hill PTO, we ask for your support for the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you to the 40% of our families have made their annual contribution so far this school year. We want to ensure that 100% of our community receives  the Oak Hill PTO programs we promised, and we need your help to do so.

Any donation amount ($5, $25, $50, $100 or more) helps us reach our goals of giving your child better funded classrooms, arts & science enrichment programs and exciting and memorable events. Without your help, we can’t support:

A NEW SCOREBOARD: The district is offering us a unique opportunity to change out our scoreboard that is original from 1997 and has problems and limited functionality. With the funding we could receive, we would need an additional $2,500 to replace the scoreboard with a high quality option.  Dr. Harutunian is hoping for donations from a few organizations that rent the gym regularly for basketball and is asking if the PTO can help as well. We would hate to lose out on a chance to get the district to support building capital projects like this one.  Will you make your annual donation today so we can help with this much-needed improvement? 

SPRING ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS:  The PTO and parent volunteers bring 6-8 creative arts and science enrichment programs to Oak Hill every year. We have a great Spring line-up ready to go but need to make sure we have the funds to cover these costs.  Will you make your annual donation today so we can bring this high-quality programming to our students? 

8th GRADE TILE PROJECT: Have you ever wondered about the beautiful student-created tiles that line our school?  The PTO manages and supports this lasting legacy and provides the materials and volunteers to complete this project every year.  We also support the 8th grade graduation ceremony.  Will you make your annual donation today so we can continue this treasured legacy?  

FACULTY APPRECIATION EVENTS: Teachers love and look forward to our appreciation events from lunches to Cookie Fest to Valentines Day. Will you  make your annual donation today so we can continue these events? 

The Oak Hill PTO Depends on Your Annual Contribution  The PTO does not receive any funding from NPS or the City of Newton. Direct annual dues from Oak Hill families like you fund the full range of initiatives we have planned for the 2017-2018 school year.

To donate by credit/debit card, go to to Donate or click below.  To pay by check, drop off at the Oak Hill school office OR mail to Oak Hill PTO, 130 Wheeler St., Newton MA, 02459




Thank you for your support.

Kirsten von Hassel, Leah Arteaga & Tamar Chamassian
Oak Hill PTO co-Presidents 2017-2018,


P.S. The Oak Hill PTO is a 501(c) 3 organization and your annual dues and donations are tax-deductible. Our ID number is 202 126 638. Don’t forget to check if your company provides matching funds. It’s a great way to double your donation!




Important Update from the School Nurse about the flu

The latest statewide flu report (Jan. 26, Massachusetts Department of Public Health) indicates flu activity is widespread in the state, which is not unexpected for this time of year. However, the rate of influenza-like illness (ILI), is higher than the past two flu seasons. ILI, which is a fever of 100 degrees or more and cough or sore throat, is how disease trackers measure the flu nationwide.
The Newton school nurses continue to monitor illness in the schools and are available for any questions or concerns.
It remains important for families to keep sick kids at home, in accordance with school policy. Students cannot return to school until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without medication like Tylenol, Advil or Motrin. The checklist below can help families determine when to stay home and when to return.
Flu vaccination for all people age 6 months and older continues to be recommended. It’s not too late get a flu shot. Call 617-796-1420 to make a vaccination appointment with the public health nurse in City

Annual Cookie Festival is Thursday 12/21

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest  is Next Week

The annual Oak Hill Faculty and Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest will be held on Thursday, December 21st. 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.

Please be sure to label all items that contain nuts; also label any vegan, non-dairy, 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 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21st.

Sign up if you can bring cookies and other sweets or clean up.  Or email Kirsten directly at  at 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!

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!