Oak Hill PTO http://oakhillpto.org Tue, 23 Apr 2019 02:50:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.9 Sign Up for National Teacher Appreciation Week Luncheon http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52873 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:39:38 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52873 Continue reading ]]> National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10. The PTO is organizing a final appreciation lunch and bagel breakfast to show our appreciation and gratitude to the 100+ Oak Hill Middle School Teachers and Staff on:

Lunch – Wednesday, May 8th, from 11:30 to 12:45 in the school library.

Please sign up to help with this important event:


Volunteers Wanted for Oak Hill Spring Cleanup http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52355 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:56:47 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52355 Continue reading ]]> Volunteers Wanted for Oak Hill Spring Cleanup on Sunday, April 28 from 1pm-3pm

Please help beautify the grounds of Oak Hill Middle School. This is a fun and rewarding community effort to make Oak Hill extra warm and inviting for all of our children and teachers as they complete the school year. Come solo or bring your middle schooler with you to help plant, weed, rake, mulch, and sweep. Please bring gardening tools (rakes, shovels, buckets and gloves), if you have any. Thank you! Sign up on the link right below.

Please sign up on the Newton Serves link page. (This activity is part of the larger NewtonServes Community event. Just enter your name and scroll down to Oak Hill Middle School box )

Can’t make it on the 28th? No worries, you can still be a part of making our school beautiful! We need volunteers to help water the flowers during the months of May and June, and it only takes seven minutes. 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 fun way to be active in your child’s school.

We welcome donations too – We are looking for contributions to improve our building and grounds. Please feel free to donate any plantings—from your favorite perennial to smiling pansies! We need shade plantings. If flowers are not your thing, we also wish for:

• one large flower pot

• watering hose

• an oscillating sprinkler

The Giving Project is Back! http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52353 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:53:10 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52353 Continue reading ]]> We are delighted to announce that this spring, the Giving Project is back!

The Giving Project is a special community event that brings families from Brown and Oak Hill together over a delicious meal while raising awareness and funds for some of the many charities supported by our students, faculty, and staff.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to nominate a favorite non-profit organization, along with a brief summary of why they support it. Nominations are due by Thursday, April 25. The nominations are then shared with student and teacher representatives from both the Brown and the Oak Hill communities, and five charities are selected to be showcased at our fundraising community potluck dinner on Thursday, May 30. The funds raised at the dinner are then shared among the five charities. We can’t wait to hear about the charity or cause that inspires you!

Click here to nominate an organization.

Looking for pizza over spring break? Order from Anthony’s and help raise money for Oak Hill! http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52554 Wed, 10 Apr 2019 19:14:10 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52554 From April 19 through April 21: Order your food from Anthony’s at 180 Needham Street, mention Oak Hill Middle School, and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to our PTO!

See attached flyer for additional details.

Oak Hill School-Wide Spirit Wear Fundraiser http://oakhillpto.org/?p=51376 Mon, 04 Mar 2019 16:04:35 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=51376 Continue reading ]]> The Oak Hill PTO is running a Spirit Wear fundraiser, to help fund the full range of initiatives we are rolling out during the 2018-2019 school year. From community events to teacher support, educational enrichment programs, and student events, your purchase of spirit wear helps improve the educational experience for all our students. 

Just $15 for t-shirts, $35 for hoodies and $25 for sweatpants. Sample designs are below. The last day to place your order is Friday, March 8th!

Click here to go to the order form and review a detailed sizing chart!

Select the quantity next to each size you'd like to orderSelect the quantity next to each size you'd like to order

http://oakhillpto.org/?p=49860 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 13:14:13 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=49860 Continue reading ]]> Oak Hill is collecting donations for Cradles to Crayons. A collection box will be in the main lobby from from January 22 to February 1. Cradle to Crayons is a non-profit organization that helps to provide for children and families in need. Donated items need to be new or gently used. We are looking for-

The Most-Needed Items:

  • Boys Sweater/Sweatshirts
  • Boys Shirts
  • Girls Shirts
  • New PJs
  • Winter boots

What They Accept:

  • Clothing and coats
  • New socks, underwear, and pajamas (only accepted in new condition)
  • Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals
  • Books, especially baby board books
  • Diapers, all sizes
  • Baby equipment
  • New hygiene supplies for ages 0 to 12

Link to Cradles to Crayons donation list

All Oak Hill Students Invited to Sign Up for Mathcounts http://oakhillpto.org/?p=48809 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 03:37:46 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=48809 Continue reading ]]> Oak Hill Mathcounts club will run School Competition on January 7, 2019, 2:30-6pm. The competition will take place in the Oak Hill school cafeteria. All students attending Oak Hill are invited, but we kindly ask you to sign up. We will not be able to accommodate students who come without signing up first at:


Mathcounts is a Mathematics competition series for middle-school kids that has School, Chapter, State and National levels. Competitions involve live in-person participation.The competition will consist of 3 rounds: Sprint (30 questions for 40 minutes), Target (4 pairs of questions, 6 min for each pair) and Team (10 questions for 20 minutes).

For more information about Mathcounts competition series please follow the links on the sign up page or send an email to oakhillmathcounts@gmail.com Sign up will be open until January 5, 2019. Do not wait until the last minute. Sign up today!!!

Oak Hill’s Cookie Festival is 12/19. LAST CALL FOR BAKERS! http://oakhillpto.org/?p=48395 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:00:37 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=48395 Continue reading ]]> The annual Oak Hill Cookie Festival will take place on Wednesday, December 19th.The Cookie Festival is a long-standing tradition for families to show their appreciation to all of the terrific teachers and spectacular staff by contributing cookies, bars, cupcakes, or any other delectable treats.

Please sign up here to contribute

Does your family have a favorite dessert they look forward to making and eating on special occasions? Baking can be a fun way to share family traditions. Please share your tasty treat with Oak Hill’s faculty and staff, and they will love it! Don’t be shy — write the name of the dessert and your child’s name on an index card. The teachers will enjoy knowing who made (or purchased) the tasty treats.

Make Sure you sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054FAEAB2FABFA7-theteacher

Label, Label, Label
Please be sure to label all items that contain nuts; also label any vegan, non-dairy, Kosher, 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 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19th. 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! Please reach out to shawna.conaghan77@gmail.com with any questions.

Join us for Pasta Night Thursday, 12/13 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=48151 Tue, 27 Nov 2018 21:14:15 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=48151 Continue reading ]]> Please join our 8th grade students and families on our end of year Pasta Night on Thursday, December 13. All proceeds will benefit our 8th grade NYC trip in May.

To celebrate the end of 2018, we would like to offer you an early bird special which is only $20.18 for the whole family. Space is limited. Sign up today to reserve your spot. It will be $25 at the door. Two seatings available: 5:30pm and 7pm. If winning is your thing, bring some cash to win our 50/50 raffle during each seating!

Reserve your spot here:

ALL PARENTS, ALL GRADES ARE WELCOME. We look forward to a fun night of pasta and more!

For any additional questions, please contact Mona Wong at monaw@monumentmortgage.com or Tracy Lin at tracyliao@hotmail.com.

The 8th Grade Fundraising Team

It’s Giving Tuesday: Donate a Gift Card for the Holidays http://oakhillpto.org/?p=47891 Tue, 27 Nov 2018 17:17:02 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=47891 Continue reading ]]> GIVE TO YOUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED. 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 info@oakhillpto.org . Please send in your donation by December 17th 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, Ariel, Daniel, Kristen and Amanda

Oak Hill Middle School

SALE ENDS TOMORROW: Oak Hill Hoodies for Sale! http://oakhillpto.org/?p=47885 Tue, 27 Nov 2018 17:12:21 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=47885 Continue reading ]]>

Oak Hill Hoodies for sale!  

Fundraiser by students for students.  Please support their efforts.

Your student should have received a flyer in their backpack to remind them to ask about the Oak Hill Hoodie sale. 8th Grader Ella Ezrin has created the design and worked with other 8th grade students to launch this great fundraiser! All profits will support the 8th grade NYC trip to New York City.

Hoodies are available in yellow, navy, white, black, and grey and feature a design created by 8th graders.  

To purchase a hoodie, use the link provided below. But Hurry, Sale ends November 28th. 


Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest: Parents Needed! http://oakhillpto.org/?p=47893 Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:13:04 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=47893 Continue reading ]]> Parent Organizers Needed: Annual Oak Hill Faculty and Staff Appreciation Cookie Fest

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 for a Cookie Fest in December.

It’s great fun and teachers LOVE it. We need 1-2 parent volunteers to step up and organize this effort. Please reach out to Shawna Conaghan at shawna.conaghan77@gmail.com if you are able to help organize this important year-end recognition.


TONIGHT, SCREENAGERS – Managing Cell Phones & Screen Time. http://oakhillpto.org/?p=45726 Tue, 25 Sep 2018 02:08:00 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=45726 Continue reading ]]> PTO is Proud to Sponsor SCREENAGERS

Come with your kids (10+ years old) to a free screening of the movie Screenagers , followed by a brief interactive discussion. Tonight, Wednesday 9/26 at 7:00pm at Oak Hill.

We are still looking for volunteers to help sell snacks to offset the licensing fee for the movie.  I CAN HELP SELL SNACKS



Screenagers is an award-winning film that is spreading across the country, providing children and parents with the facts about the impact of cell phones, social media, and video games on their brains, academic and social life, and family.

Click here to confirm if you are planning to attend!

Wednesday, September 26th, 7:00 – 8:45pm
Oak Hill Middle School Auditorium

We are looking for volunteers to help us with snacks, drinks and pizza. 

It’s Almost Time for the 2018-2019 School Year! http://oakhillpto.org/?p=44196 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:52:04 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=44196 Continue reading ]]> We hope you and your family are enjoying these final weeks of summer!  At Oak Hill, the staff and teachers are ramping up for the new school year, and the PTO is getting plans in place to support them and create an exceptional environment for our students.  We welcome our incoming 6th grade families and are looking forward to working with all Oak Hill families as we start the new school year.  We have some events starting prior to the opening day of school including a Back to School cleanup and a Teacher Appreciation lunch, both on Thursday August 30th.  We are working on the parent directory so keep your eyes open for request to confirm your information.  And we are planning a back to school pizza picnic on September 6th to kick off the school year.

The PTO is parent-led and parent-funded. We rely on you to support all the activities we plan for the year.  If you would like to sign up for a volunteer role, or reconfirm a role you selected in the fall, please see volunteer opportunities here.  And once again, lets get ready for back-to-school!



Volunteers Wanted for Annual Back-to-School Cleanup on Thursday 8/30 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=44194 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:39:11 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=44194 Continue reading ]]> Please give an hour or two of your time on Thursday, August 30th for OHMS annual Back-to-School Cleanup from 9:00-12:00. This is a fun and rewarding community effort to make Oak Hill extra warm and inviting for all of our children and teachers as they start the new school year. Come solo or bring your middle schooler with you to help plant, weed, rake, mulch, and sweep. Yummy treats will be provided to keep everyone energized. Please email if you can help out at shawna.conaghan77@gmail.com.

Can’t Make it on the 30th? 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, and It only takes seven minutes. 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.

We welcome donations too – We are looking for contributions 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,
• four sections of split-rail fence to protect our flowers next to the overhang.

If you have any other donations, just email Shawna to see if we can use it to beautify the school. Please email if you would like to volunteer or donate at shawna.conaghan77@gmail.com.

Join the PTO to host Back To School Lunch for Teachers Thursday 8/30 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=44188 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:20:52 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=44188 Continue reading ]]> Next week the Teachers are back and gearing up for the new school year. They work hard to create an engaging environment for our kids and an action-packed school year!

To show our appreciation, the PTO is sponsoring a Mexican-themed fiesta lunch for our Oak Hill Middle School Teachers and Staff on Thursday, August 30th, from 11:30 to 1:00 in the school cafeteria.



Open House 8/29 @4:00 for Highlands After Care (Oak Hill & Brown Middle School) http://oakhillpto.org/?p=44191 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:32:38 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=44191 Continue reading ]]> HIGHLANDS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Are you looking for after-school activities for your 6-8th grader? There is an after-school
program, open since 2008, for Brown and Oak Hill Middle School students!

Open House:
Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands Please join us for lemonade, to learn more about the program, and to see the wonderful space that is the Home base of this great program.

The Highlands After-School Program (HASP) provides a safe, supervised, enriching after-school environment that meets the needs of middle school children attending Oak Hill and Brown Middle Schools, with a home base at Brigham House and use of the Hyde Gym.

Transportation is arranged from the middle schools on school buses. Activities include sports, art, cooking, science & exploration, time to do homework, field trips, community service, and team building. It will be a place to go and hang with friends, enjoy activities, and get a head start on homework.

Space is limited… enroll today!
Please direct any questions to: Rochelle Acker @ 617.999.4617 or highlandsafterschool@gmail.com or www.highlandsafterschool.org

Thank You http://oakhillpto.org/?p=42938 Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:18:01 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=42938 Continue reading ]]> Thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time and donated money to make the 2017-2018 school year a success.  Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Help the Oak Hill PTO kick off a great 2018-2019 school year. Volunteer Today!

Congratulations 2018 Graduate and Thank You to OHM Parent Who Voluntered http://oakhillpto.org/?p=42936 Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:13:40 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=42936 Continue reading ]]> Congratulations to all 2018 Graduates!
Graduation day at Oak Hill Middle School is an emotional time for parents and students alike.  We wish our graduates a happy summer and a smooth transition to High School.

Thank You for Making our Graduation Ceremony Extra Special
A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped make the graduation a wonderful celebration for the Oak Hill graduates. So many families generously donated decorations, refreshments, and their time. The gym looked spectacular, and there were plenty of tasty treats for the graduates and their families to enjoy after the ceremony. Thanks again for all your help!

Shout-outs go out to the following families:
Danielle Lieber
Kerlley Aime
Hellen Scarr
Roya Salamipour
Connie Lau
Mila Zoya
Cheryl Williams
Marika Tatsutani
Zhanyan Fu
Meghan Mogan
Allyson Poole Foster
Alyssa Chen
Hsu Family
Sherry Xiao
Sonja Weldon
Dion Rhodes
Kirsten von Hassel
Shawna Conaghan Murphy

And all the parents who helped at the last minute!


Thank You OHMS Volunteers for Making the Appreciation Lunch a Huge Success http://oakhillpto.org/?p=42368 Sun, 20 May 2018 22:18:59 +0000 http://oakhillpto.org/?p=42368 Continue reading ]]> A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the families who contributed to the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch! The lunch was a huge success because so many families generously donated their time, cooking, and money. The teachers, aides, administrators, guidance counselors, secretaries, custodians, librarians, nurses, substitutes, athletic staff, and coaches were so appreciative to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. Thanks again to everyone who showed their gratitude to the entire Oak Hill staff by contributing to the lunch!

Here’s a note we received from one of our teachers:  I want to thank you and let you know how much our teacher luncheon and breakfast last week was appreciated. The food was absolutely delicious and SUCH a TREAT for us during the school day. Thank you for all of the time you spent on the organization of this and the setting up, cleaning up, etc! It is another reminder of how grateful I am to teach in this community.

Shout-outs go to the following parents:(in no particular order)

Roya Salamipour, John Curran, Christina Kim, Kunling Wu, Sharon Perkulis, Zhenja Iosilevich, You Li, Alicia Collins, Laura Scharf, Leah Arteaga, Sherry Xiao, Jennifer Heberlein, Lisa DePalma, Christina Kim, Sharon Tamir, Emma Peralta, Lisa Weinman, Patricia Mendez, Anat Yosfan, Debbie Whitney, Heejeong Kim, Rosemarie Mitchell, Galina Perlin, Svetlana Sereda, Anat Linden, Jamie Lu, Olga Morgovsky, Heather Knapp, Karen Chow, Lynne Lim, Suzy Peled-Spigelman, Lou Bonegio, Sandy Wilkie, Lisa Sobczak, Anna Chernobaeva, Shara Ertel, Tonia Walker, Lisa Terrizzi, Remi Dansinger, Katharina Elbert, Vita Chudnovsky, Olga Morgovsky, Alison Larkin, Jamie Genser, Aaron Harris, Rachael Rosner, Lisa Terrizzi, Eileen Deignan, Rosemarie Mitchell, Chrysa Bliati, Heini Kekalainen, Darlene Nedeljkovic, Leah Arteaga, Lori Feinberg, Ester Benros, Jessica Berns, Helen Scarr, Megan Cohen, Dongqing(Holly) Peng, Gayathri Natarajan, Helen Scarr, Jessie Xie, Kirsten Von Hassel, Shawna Conaghan Murphy