Oak Hill PTO Notes -- April 23, 2019



Upcoming Events


This newsletter includes notices posted to the Oak Hill PTO website (http://oakhillpto.org) in the last week.




NOT HOME!

Notes from the PTO

Sign Up for National Teacher Appreciation Week Luncheon

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:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054FAEAB2FABFA7-teacher2


Volunteers Wanted for Oak Hill Spring Cleanup

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!

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!

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.



Notes from Newton Public Schools

School Committee Update

Dear Friends,

This update is for the 3/25/2019 Newton School Committee meeting:

Superintendent Update: Khita Pottinger-Johnson was introduced as Newton Public School’s new Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education. She most recently served as the executive director for social emotional learning instruction and support services for the Boston Public Schools, and previously served as a principal. She will begin with NPS on July 1, 2019.

New Business

Consent Agenda

Old Business

Next Meeting

On Monday, April 8 at 7:00pm, we will discuss and vote on the FY20 Budget Proposal. In addition to the budget proposal, School Committee will also vote on the equity guidelines revisions, the last day of school, approved field trips, and minutes. We will also receive an update on high school start time, transportation planning, and EDCO.

We hope you found this summary useful. You can access all School Committee meeting documents via the NPS website (www.newton.k12.ma.us/schoolcommittee). Additionally, if you are interested in watching an SC meeting from home or a recorded meeting, you can obtain access via www.newtv.org.

As always, we are very happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us via the email address below.

Sincerely,
The Newton School Committee


Letter from School Committee regarding Equity Policy and Guidelines Information


Dear Elementary School Families:

Recently, several questions and concerns have been raised about the revised equity policy and guidelines scheduled for implementation in July 2019. The School Committee would like to clarify the purpose of the policy and guidelines, review the process by which the revised policy was determined, and identify the opportunities for public feedback in the coming weeks.

Equity is a core value of the Newton Public Schools. The School Committee is steadfast in our commitment to elementary students receiving a similar educational experience no matter which school they attend and despite any demographic differences among our school communities. In 1988 when it became clear that a large and increasing disparity in PTO fundraising and provisioning of schools threatened the level playing field, the School Committee instituted equity guidelines and limitations. These are reviewed and updated every few years by an Equity Committee composed of parents, a school committee member, an elementary principal, the director of information technology and the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. The guidelines define three different categories of PTO spending: unlimited, limited and prohibited. This does mean that there continue to be areas of PTO spending that are not capped at all and where PTOs may spend unlimited amounts of money. Expenditures are tracked by PTOs and reported to the Equity Committee annually.

In spring 2018, after an in-depth analysis of PTO spending for the past three years, the Equity Committee recommended changes to the Equity Policy and Guidelines that were passed unanimously by the School Committee in June 2018. The Committee also recommended investigating the possibility of a central fund where donations could be gathered from various sources and distributed to schools to even out funding in key categories. The School Committee’s approval of the new Equity Guidelines reflects our ongoing commitment to close persistent disparities in PTOs’ ability to fund enrichment opportunities that directly impact students’ educational experience.

Implementation of these new guidelines was intentionally delayed until July of 2019 so that people could understand and respond to the new spending limits established. Members of the Equity Committee and several School Committee members have provided several opportunities for all parents to provide feedback, including focus groups and education sessions, as well as informational meetings at individual elementary schools requesting them (8 to date with 2 more scheduled).

On March 25th, the Equity Committee will update the School Committee on the guidelines and as a result, there may be adjustments. On April 24th, there will be a similar update on the proposed central fund. Additionally, the Equity Committee is working on an “FAQ” or Frequently Asked Questions that will provide more in-depth information.

We encourage anyone who is interested to attend the School Committee Meetings in Room 210 at the Education Center. You are welcome to make public comment at the beginning of the meeting. You may also view the meetings at home on NewTV. At any time, feel free to reach out to any of us via email or phone. Contact information can be found on our website: www.newton.k12.ma.us/schoolcommittee.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Newton School Committee


SC Special Update – Budget Hearings

Dear Friends,

This update is a special edition that covers the upcoming meetings regarding the proposed 2019-20 NPS Budget.

March 13, 2019 (Completed) – Superintendent’s Budget Presentation (Not a School Committee Meeting)

March 18, 2019 @ 7PM – (Special School Committee Meeting – No Public Comment)

March 21, 2019 @7PM – (Special School Committee Meeting – No Public Comment)

March 25, 2019 @7PM – Regular School Committee Meeting

April 1, 2019 @6:30pm Public Hearing on 2019 – 2020 School Budget

April 1, 2019 @7pm Regular School Committee Meeting

We hope you found this summary useful. You can access all School Committee meeting documents via the NPS website (www.newton.k12.ma.us/schoolcommittee). Additionally, if you are interested in watching an SC meeting from home or a recorded meeting, you can obtain access via www.newtv.org.

As always, we are very happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us via the email address below.

Sincerely,
The Newton School Committee



Community Notes

Discussion about development at Riverside

The Lower Falls Improvement Association is presenting “RightSize Riverside”, their perspective of this potential development project. For information visit the website https://newtonlowerfalls.org/event-3365286

April 23rd, 7:00 – 9:00  pm
Druker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street


Food Recovery in Schools: Why is it important?

Join Green Newton for the Earth Day presentation ‘Food Recovery: Why is it important?’

Americans waste as much as 40% of the food produced each day – enough to fill the Rose Bowl Stadium. Yet, one in seven Americans are food insecure. Wasted food expends precious resources and contributes to climate change. The Town of Wellesley is developing partnerships and programs to address the food waste problem.

Ellen Korpi, previously the Chair, and then Vice Chair, of the Sustainable Energy Committee in the town of Wellesley, and Marybeth Martello, Wellesley’s Sustainable Energy Administrator, will present on food waste diversion and food rescue programs involving Wellesley residents and schools, area colleges, the Wellesley Food Pantry, and the Cambridge-based non-profit, Food For Free.

Former Newton City Councilor, Amy Mah Sangiolo, will also present, and describe exploratory efforts to develop a similar program in Newton. The goal is to work with the Newton Public Schools and its food service vendor, and other non-profits, to expand food recovery networks throughout the Greater Boston Area.

April 22nd,  7:00 pm
Druker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street


A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens – talking to your kids about things that freak you out

Talking to Your Kids about Sexting, Drinking, Drugs and Other Things That FREAK YOU OUT.

The Health & Human Services Department is hosting a speaker on parenting teens. This is part of a joint effort with the school department to help parents in the community understand and set boundaries around issues of concern including: vaping, alcohol, substance use, and other risky behaviors. Presented by: Joani Geltman, MSW, Local Expert on Parent-Teen Relationships

Tickets are Free and available HERE. Flyer is available HERE.

May 1st, 7:00 pm
Newton South High School Lecture Hall

Hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services


Hair styling services for prom in your plans?

Getting ready for semi or prom? Vaiani & Clarke Salon offers up-do services and make-up too. Let them get you ready for your special night! Located in Newton Center, many of their stylists can help you achieve your formal look. Call today to book your appointment. 617-795-1550.


Newton Mustangs Cheer Registration

Check out the flyer CHEER for information about Newton Mustangs Youth Football and Cheer tryouts. Discount for registration before May 1st.


Trial Classes for Incoming Kindergartners

Studio of Engaging Math is scheduling trial classes for rising kindergartners. The kindergarten program is a fun and playful program that introduces important abstract concepts to your youngest learners. Many children think of math as boring and dry, and they start developing math anxiety as early as first grade. This class captures children’s interest now while they don’t have any preconceptions about the subject.

Learning through play captivates children’s attention like nothing else. They’ll be  to spatial reasoning, number sense, geometry, critical thinking through engaging activities and games.

These trial classes are specifically designed for you and you child to have an opportunity to try out the program. They are FREE OF CHARGE. Please register HERE to reserve a place.

For more information please visit the website www.engagingmath.com.


What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA

Healthy Kids Day – Inspiring kids to live up to their potential by being healthy, active and engaged! Join this free family event featuring healthy games and activities. Join in for a fun afternoon including:

• Bike decorating station and bike parade
• Book swap station – bring a book to donate and swap!
• Demonstration by players from BC Football
• Curious Creatures wild animal exhibit
• Bouncy house
• Obstacle course
• Face painting
• Live music
• Healthy snacks
• Free bike helmets and t-shirts while supplies last!

All event attendees are encouraged to bring their bikes and a book. Bring your bicycle for decorating and to join the bike parade around the track, and bring a book for the Book Swap Station to help counter summer learning loss and awaken imagination!
April 27th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm


Kids Night Out – Parents, drop off your kids for a fun Friday night with the Y’s staff. They’ll order pizza for dinner and keep the children entertained with games, swimming, movies and sports. $25 per child for Y members and $30 for the community. A 20% discount is offered per child for those with two or more children. Go out for the night and take advantage of this low-cost alternative to hiring a babysitter. Contact Jillian Finnigan at jillianf@wsymca.org for more information.
May 3rd, 6:00 – 10:00 pm


Poetry Night – Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett of Poemworks, the event features readings by two local poets, then guests are invited to participate in the open mic portion of evening to share their own written work. This event is free and open to the public.
May 3rd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


Family Fun Night – Bring the whole family to the Y for some family fun time. Featuring arts & crafts, bouncy house, gym games and more! Free and open to all. Family Fun Nights occur on the second Tuesday of every month.
May 14th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm


Summer Camp Open Houses – Learn about the Y’s summer camps, meet the staff, take a tour, and discover which camp is right for your child.

YMCA Camp Pikati is day camp at the West Suburban YMCA in Newton for ages 3-15
Open House May 11th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm or June 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

YMCA Camp Chickami is day camp in Wayland, MA for grades 1-10
Open House May 11th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm or June 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

YMCA Camp Frank A. Day is overnight camp in East Brookfield, MA for ages 7-16
Open House May 19th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm or June 2nd from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner – The West Suburban YMCA’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner celebrates the people who help fulfill their promise to strengthen the community – our members, staff, and volunteers! Join as they introduce new board members, take a look back at highlights from 2018, recognize generous donors and the people who make a difference at the Y. Please RSVP if you plan on attending the event: www.wsymca.org/rsvp
May 16th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Safety Around Water Open House – We’re creating a new wave of impact! Join the Y for a free water safety open house, which includes a swim lesson and parent resources. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend! Water safety and learning to swim are vital life skills that should be taught just as readily as looking both ways before crossing the street. With summer right around the corner, this is a great time for parents to remember the importance of equipping children (and themselves!) with essential water safety skills. Please RSVP to this event here: www.wsymca.org/water-safety
May 19th, 12:00 – 2:30 pm

Intro to Women’s Self Defense Class – The West Suburban YMCA is proud to collaborate with the Newton Police Department to host the Intro to Women’s Self Defense class. In this three-hour class, participants will learn risk reduction strategies, physical techniques and basic combative moves. During the final part of the class, the Newton Police Instructors will put on protective suits and allow participants to practice what they just learned on a moving person. This event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required as space in the class is limited.
May 29th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Work at the Y: The West Suburban YMCA is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions in child care and youth development, aquatics, fitness and more. Great benefits, free membership and professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow at lauras@wsymca.org or visit wsymca.org/careers.


The Etiquette Team Summer programs

The 5-day youth etiquette program is specifically developed for each age group: Mind Your Manners (grades 2-4), Etiquette for Middle Schoolers (grades 5-8), and College Prep: Professional Demeanor (grades 9-12).

The program covers topics such as improving social and communication skills, projecting confidence, combating shyness, strengthening self-esteem and leadership skills, navigating friendships, resolving conflict, understanding social cues, basic manners, table manners, and much more. The final class takes place at a local restaurant over a four-course meal where the students get to show off their newly perfected skills! The fee for the program ranges from $350 to $395.

Level One will begin on July 8th and end July 12th. Level Two will begin on July 15th and end on July 19th.  For more information and to enroll visit theetiquetteacademy.org or call 617-608-3920.

Classes take place at The Etiquette Academy of New England, 1309 Beacon Street, 3rd Floor, Brookline


Want something to do during April school vacation?

Stories! Movement! Art! will provide students in Grades 3 – 6 the opportunity to tell stories through their art! By using low-tech materials, they’ll create art that physically moves or uses optical illusion to showcase movement! This program runs April 15th – 19th, 1:00 – 3:30 pm in the Carriage House at Gore Place in Waltham . Fees are $20.00 for the whole week, or $5.00/day. Tickets available at https://art-workshop.bpt.me.


Save the Date for the 10th Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony!

The 10th Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony will take place on May 30th at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria of Newton North High School. More details coming soon!

Click to learn more about SEPAC (Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council)