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Please Confirm Your Directory Information

Your family should have received an email requesting that you confirm or correct your family’s information for the Newton South PTSO student directory. The confirmation email is only sent to the primary email contact listed in the directory. If you have received a confirmation notice, please click the link at the bottom of the notice and follow the directions. So far, 658 of 1560 families have confirmed their information. If you did not receive a confirmation email from directory@newtonsouthptso.org, check your spam/junk folder or any other email accounts used by your family for the PTSO; if the message is not there, email the Directory Committee at directory@newtonsouthptso.org so we can figure it out.

At the end of the confirmation process, you will have the opportunity to pay your membership dues. Both the printed and password protected online versions are included in the benefits you receive when paying your PTSO dues. The PTSO Student Directory is a great resource for both parents/guardians and students. The printed version will be distributed at Back-to-School night on September 28.

We ask each family to make a suggested donation of $60 to fund the operations of the PTSO. Dues are the main source of fundraising for the PTSO and all of the funds are used for student and teacher related activities, including financial support to academic departments and to teachers through our grant program. If the suggested donation is a financial hardship, please contact us at info@newtonsouthptso.org. Any such conversation will be kept in strict confidence. No one will be denied a directory due to financial constraints.

Freshman Ice Cream Social on Thursday August 31

Students are invited to attend the Freshman Ice Cream Social and orientation on Thursday, August 31st  from 2:30 to 3:30pm. Students will receive their school schedule, photo ID, and be provided with a tour of the school and an ice cream treat. While it’s a nice introduction to Newton South, it is not crucial that all freshmen attend. Students who cannot attend will receive their schedule and ID on the first day of school.

Still Time to RSVP for Freshman Parent/Guardian Information Sessions

There is still time to register to attend one of the freshman parent/guardian information sessions.  If your child is not a freshman but is new to South, you are also welcome to attend.  The evening is geared toward an overview of freshman year but includes general information about the high school.  These meetings are for adults only, and parents/guardians need only attend one session as the same information is covered at each. Because these sessions are held in the homes of host families and there are a limited number of slots, we have set up the rsvp responses so that only one parent/guardian may register to attend a session at this time.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register then. Principal Joel Stembridge will speak for one hour giving an overview of Newton South and then answer questions for the second hour. Please RSVP below for the date that works best for you. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you will have an opportunity to hear about freshman year at the Freshman Parent Night at the High School on September 7th.

Thursday, August 24th, 7PM  at the home of Sharon Perkulis and Jhonatan Rotberg, 143 Wiswall Rd., Newton Center. Click here to RSVP. This session is almost full. If it is full when you try to register, you will be able to add your name to a waitlist.  We often have a few cancellations close to the date of the session and will let you know if space becomes available.  If your plans have changed and you are not able to attend this session, please cancel your registration to make room for other parents to attend.  In addition, if you have signed up for two spots using separate registrations, please cancel one of your spots so that we have space for one parent/guardian to attend from all interested families.

Monday, August 28th, 7PM for parents/guardians of students in the METCO program at the home of Arlene and John Saia, 218 Maple St., West Roxbury.  Meet METCO Guidance Counselor Katani Sumner along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of May Chiu, 111 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Parking on Bowdoin or Lincoln Streets. Click here to RSVP.  This session is currently full.  If you would like to be placed on the waitlist for this session, you can do so on the registration page.  We often have a few cancellations closer to the date of the session, and will let you know if space becomes available. If your plans have changed and you are not able to attend this session, please cancel your registration to make space for others to register. And if you have registered for two spots using separate registrations, please cancel one spot so that we have room for one parent/guardian from all families interested in attending.

Wednesday, August 30th, 7PM  for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services at the home of Suzanne and Lee Feldman, 8 Fredana Rd., Waban.  Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

If you have any questions, please email  info@newtonsouthptso.org

Helen Haley

Newton South PTSO President
(Parent-Teacher-Student Organization)

Need a Few Volunteers for Staff Lunch on Thur. August 31

On Thursday, August 31st, the PTSO will host a lunch to welcome the faculty and staff back to school.  We need a few people to help with set up at from 9:30 to 11 and clean up from 12:30 to 1:30.  It would also be helpful to have a one or two people to help manage the lunch from 11 to 12:30. If you are able to help at any of these times, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org.

Booster Club Needs Volunteers to Help Sell Spirit Gear

Do you want to help sell Spirit Gear for the Booster Club?  If you are already planning to be at a game, why not help out at the Spirit Gear table?  Spirit Gear will be sold at the upcoming parent nights, some of the big athletic events, and Friday lunch periods at the school.  If you are interested in helping, email Wendy Woodruff at wrwoodruff@yahoo.com.  Please specify whether you want to be on the signup list for Fridays or weekends and evenings or both.

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time of year, we start to receive questions from families looking for information about Newton South. The PTSO publishes a set of answers to frequently asked questions on our website – newtonsouthptso.org. The direct link to the FAQs is here. The Newton South school website is also a helpful resource.  If you are still looking for answers, you can always email  info@newtonsouthptso.org

Freshman Ice Cream Social on Thursday August 31

Students are invited to attend the Freshman Ice Cream Social and orientation on Thursday, August 31st  from 2:30 to 3:30pm. Students will receive their school schedule, photo ID, and be provided with a tour of the school and an ice cream treat. While it’s a nice introduction to Newton South, it is not crucial that all freshmen attend. Students who cannot attend will receive their schedule and ID on the first day of school.

Still Time to Register for Freshman Parent Information Sessions

We have four remaining information sessions for the parents/guardians of incoming freshman. Please RSVP for one of the following evenings with Principal Joel Stembridge. These meetings are for adults only, and parents/guardians need only attend one session as the same information is covered at each. Because these sessions are held in the homes of host families and there are a limited number of slots, we have set up the rsvp responses so that only one parent/guardian may register to attend a session at this time.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register then. Principal Stembridge will speak for one hour giving an overview of Newton South and then answer questions for the second hour. Please RSVP below for the date that works best for you. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you will have an opportunity to hear about freshman year at the Freshman Parent Night at the High School on September 7th.

Thursday, August 24th, 7PM  at the home of Sharon Perkulis and Jhonatan Rotberg, 143 Wiswall Rd., Newton Center. Click here to RSVP.

Monday, August 28th, 7PM for parents/guardians of students in the METCO program at the home of Arlene and John Saia, 218 Maple St., West Roxbury.  Meet METCO Guidance Counselor Katani Sumner along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of May Chiu, 111 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Parking on Bowdoin or Lincoln Streets. Click here to RSVP.  This session is currently full.  If you would like to be placed on the waitlist for this session, you can do so on the registration page.  We will let you know if space becomes available.

Wednesday, August 30th, 7PM  for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services at the home of Suzanne and Lee Feldman, 8 Fredana Rd., Waban.  Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

If you have any questions, please email  info@newtonsouthptso.org

Helen Haley

Newton South PTSO President
(Parent-Teacher-Student Organization)

Freshman Information Session for METCO Parents/Guardians on August 28

The Freshman Information Session for parents/guardians of METCO students will take place on Monday, August 28 from 7 to 9PM.  We will announce the location shortly.  METCO Guidance Counselor Katani Sumner will attend this session along with Principal Joel Stembridge.  If your child is not enrolled in the METCO program, you are also welcome to attend this session. To RSVP for this information session, please click here.

Reminder to RSVP: Freshman Parent Information Sessions Start Next Week

The first Freshman Parent Information Session takes place on Monday evening.  If you are interested in attending one of these evening sessions with Principal Joel Stembridge, please RSVP. These meetings are for adults only, and parents/guardians need only attend one session as the same information is covered at each. Because these sessions are held in the homes of host families and there are a limited number of slots, we have set up the rsvp responses so that only one parent/guardian may register to attend a session at this time.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register then. Principal Stembridge will speak for one hour giving an overview of Newton South and then answer questions for the second hour. Although the sessions focus on the freshman year experience, you are welcome to sign up to attend if you have a child in an older grade and are new to South. Please RSVP below for the date that works best for you.  If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you will have an opportunity to hear about freshman year at the Freshman Parent Night at the High School on September 7th.

Monday, August 14th, 7PM at the home of Michele and Andrew Copelotti, 63 Broken Tree Rd., Newton Center. Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, August 24th, 7PM  at the home of Sharon Perkulis and Jhonatan Rotberg, 143 Wiswall Rd., Newton Center. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of May Chiu, 111 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Parking on Bowdoin or Lincoln Streets.  Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 30th, 7PM  for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services at the home of Suzanne and Lee Feldman, 8 Fredana Rd., Waban.  Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

We are still in the process of organizing one additional information session for the parents/guardians of METCO students.  When we have finalized the date and location, we will send out an announcement with that date.

If you have any questions, please email  info@newtonsouthptso.org

Helen Haley

Newton South PTSO President
(Parent-Teacher-Student Organization)