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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. 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, we will ask you to pay your PTSO membership dues. The suggested donation for PTSO dues is $70. You will receive a printed copy of the directory as well as access to the password protected online version as one of the benefits of paying your membership dues. The printed version of the directory will be distributed at Back-to-School night on September 26th.

If the suggested donation of $70 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.

Some Facts about PTSO Dues (and why we need yours!)

Please support the work of the PTSO by making the $70 contribution to PTSO dues when you confirm your directory information. We realize that all families are not able to contribute at that level, and we are grateful for any contribution your family can make.  If you are able to offer some additional financial support to the PTSO, we are grateful for that  as well. To be clear, the $70 contribution you make when you confirm your directory information is not a payment for the directory. The $70 represents your PTSO dues which are the major source of funding for annual PTSO activities.

Fort those of you who would like to know more about how the PTSO uses the dues, here is some information based on last year’s budget:

  • $48,000 in basic operating expenses (not including SouthFest or Success@South)
  •  $28,000 or close to 60% on departmental and program support, student academic and wellness activities, and our grant program for teachers to enrich the learning environment for our kids.
  • $4,000 on communications including website expenses and the directory to keep families connected to the school and each other.
  •  $4,000 on PTSO sponsored events for students including the senior luncheon, Halloween candy give away, winter hot chocolate and cookies study break, and a spring ice cream sundae party (one for seniors and another one for all the other students during review week!)
  •  $6,000 on faculty appreciation including a welcome back luncheon for teachers, a light dinner on the evening of parent teacher conferences, and an end of year breakfast.  This past year, we also partnered with the North PTSO to provide a pizza lunch at a joint South/North faculty training.
  • $6,000 on numerous other smaller expenses including PayPal fees, office supplies, administrative costs like insurance, landscaping supplies and Newton Serves, to name a few.

This year, it is our goal to raise enough money to cover our basic operating expenses as well as our SouthFest expenses through our annual fall dues drive. For parents who have not heard of SouthFest, it is the PTSO party for the seniors which takes place at the high school after the prom. The bulk of the SouthFest expenses are for entertainment vendors which we need to reserve and pay deposits for several months in advance.  While we have historically done our fundraising for SouthFest in the spring, we fell a bit short of our fundraising needs this past spring.  Not a drastic amount, but enough to remind us that a more fiscally sensible approach is to have the funds in hand when we plan the evening.

In order to cover our basic operating expenses as well as SouthFest expenses, we need to raise about $65,000 through our fall dues drive.  Please make a contribution through your PTSO dues to help us to continue to support the South students, faculty and staff. Thank you for your support!

Still Time to Sign Up For Information Sessions for Incoming Freshman Parents/Guardians with Principal Joel Stembridge

There is still time to sign up for one of the information sessions we have scheduled for the parents/guardians of incoming freshman in the coming weeks. 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 ask that only one parent/guardian register to attend a session initially.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register at that time. If we do not have additional space, we ask that only one parent or guardian attend the session. 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 scheduled for Thursday, September 6th at the high school.

Tuesday, August 21st, 7PM  at the home of Liz Hiser and Charlie Hoban, 93 Hillside Rd., Newton Highlands. Click here to RSVP. Currently full and only taking waitlist registrations.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 7PM for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services hosted by  Matthew Miller at the Shuman Center, 675 Saw Mill Brook Parkway, Oak Hill Park. Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

Monday, August 27th, 7PM at the home of Kelly and Kevin Flannery, 83 Agawam Rd., Waban. Agawam Rd. is just off Beacon St. and  the Flannery home is on the small private end of the road.  The best place to park is on the circle, just before the private road sign. It’s a short walk to the house from the circle.  Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 28th, 7PM for parents/guardians of METCO students 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.

Wednesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of Christine Breslin and Glenda Ganem, 44 Varick Hill Rd., Waban.  Click here to RSVP.

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

 

Senior Parking Passes for Semester I: Enter Lottery by Mon., August 20

Due to the increased demand for parking spaces beyond the available capacity, there will be a lottery for seniors wishing to purchase a parking pass for Semester I of the 2018-19 Academic Year.

Seniors wishing to purchase a pass must follow the procedure below:

  1. Enter your name (once) on the form given here by the end of the day on Monday, August 20th, 2018:       https://goo.gl/forms/uyBPhYjamfpgpMaa2.

Names will be assigned a random number on Tuesday, August 21st, and the top 155 will be offered parking passes. You will be notified by email August 22nd or 23rd if you were selected for a parking pass. Those selected will have until Wednesday, August 29th to turn in the parking pass application along with the $175 parking fee. Payment must be made in full and by check made payable to Newton Public Schools (in the memo section on the check, print NSHS PARKING). If you do not turn in the application and payment by August 29th your parking pass will be released to the next person on the lottery list.

We have not been able to issue passes to Juniors in a number of years. If there are remaining passes after the senior lottery, then a lottery for juniors may be announced.

 

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. 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, we will ask you to pay your PTSO membership dues. The suggested donation for PTSO dues is $70. You will receive a printed copy of the directory as well as access to the password protected online version as one of the benefits of paying your membership dues. However, the $70 dues are not a payment for the directory. Dues are the main source of fundraising for the PTSO and all the funds are used for student and teacher related activities, including financial support to academic departments and to teachers through our grant program. Many parents find that the PTSO Student Directory is a great resource. In addition to contact information for South families, the directory includes information about the administration and staff at South. But even if you are not all that interested in the directory, we still need your financial support for the PTSO!  So please contribute by paying your PTSO dues. The printed version of the directory will be distributed at Back-to-School night on September 26th.

If the suggested donation of $70 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.

Check Your PTSO Subscription

Occasionally we send out email announcements to a specific class rather than the entire school. It appears that a small group of incoming freshman parents did not receive an email about the Parent/Guardian information sessions which was sent on Friday to the freshman class only. In order to make sure that you receive emails that are class specific, now is a good time to check your PTSO Subscription to make sure your students’ classes are included. Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter and click Update your Profile. You should see the class years to update. If all of your students have graduated, you can click Unsubscribe, also at the bottom of this message.

“Welcome to South” Information Sessions for Incoming Freshman Parents/Guardians with Principal Joel Stembridge

We have scheduled several information sessions for the parents of incoming freshman in the coming weeks. 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 ask that only one parent/guardian register to attend a session initially.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register at that time. If we do not have additional space, we ask that only one parent or guardian attend the session. 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 scheduled for Thursday, September 6th at the high school.

Tuesday, August 21st, 7PM  at the home of Liz Hiser and Charlie Hoban, 93 Hillside Rd., Newton Highlands. Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 7PM for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services hosted by  Matthew Miller at the Shuman Center, 675 Saw Mill Brook Parkway, Oak Hill Park. Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

Monday, August 27th, 7PM at the home of Kelly and Kevin Flannery, 83 Agawam Rd., Waban. Agawam Rd. is just off Beacon St. and  the Flannery home is on the small private end of the road.  The best place to park is on the circle, just before the private road sign. It’s a short walk to the house from the circle.  Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 28th, 7PM for parents/guardians of METCO students 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.

Wednesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of Christine Breslin and Glenda Ganem, 44 Varick Hill Rd., Waban.  Click here to RSVP.

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

 

“Welcome to South” Information Sessions for Incoming Freshman Parents/Guardians with Principal Joel Stembridge

We have scheduled several information sessions for the parents of incoming freshman in the coming weeks. 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 ask that only one parent/guardian register to attend a session initially.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register at that time. 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 scheduled for Thursday, September 6th at the high school.

Tuesday, August 21st, 7PM  at the home of Liz Hiser and Charlie Hoban, 93 Hillside Rd., Newton Highlands. Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 7PM for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services hosted by  Matthew Miller at the Shuman Center, 675 Saw Mill Brook Parkway, Oak Hill Park. Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

Monday, August 27th, 7PM at the home of Kelly and Kevin Flannery, 83 Agawam Rd., Waban. Agawam Rd. is just off Beacon St. and  the Flannery home is on the small private end of the road.  The best place to park is on the circle, just before the private road sign. It’s a short walk to the house from the circle.  Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 28th, 7PM for parents/guardians of METCO students 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.

Wednesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of Christine Breslin and Glenda Ganem, 44 Varick Hill Rd., Waban.  Click here to RSVP.

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

 

“Welcome to South” Information Sessions for Incoming Freshman Parents/Guardians with Principal Joel Stembridge

We have scheduled several information sessions for the parents of incoming freshman in the coming weeks. 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 ask that only one parent/guardian register to attend a session initially.  If we have additional openings as the sessions get closer, we will let parents know and welcome a second parent/guardian to register at that time. 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 scheduled for Thursday, September 6th at the high school.

Tuesday, August 21st, 7PM  at the home of Liz Hiser and Charlie Hoban, 93 Hillside Rd., Newton Highlands. Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 7PM for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services hosted by  Matthew Miller at the Shuman Center, 675 Saw Mill Brook Parkway, Oak Hill Park. Meet Special Education Department Chair Melissa Gamble along with Principal Stembridge. Click here to RSVP.

Monday, August 27th, 7PM at the home of Kelly and Kevin Flannery, 83 Agawam Rd., Waban. Agawam Rd. is just off Beacon St. and  the Flannery home is on the small private end of the road.  The best place to park is on the circle, just before the private road sign. It’s a short walk to the house from the circle.  Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 28th, 7PM for parents/guardians of METCO students 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.

Wednesday, August 29th, 7PM at the home of Christine Breslin and Glenda Ganem, 44 Varick Hill Rd., Waban.  Click here to RSVP.

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

 

PTSO Seeking New Leadership!

In this last newsletter of the 2017-2018 school year, I would like to thank all of the families who have volunteered time and financial resources to support the PTSO. You help to create a vibrant and supportive community at Newton South. Thanks also to the South faculty and staff for your hard work and dedication to our kids.

I am finishing my third year as PTSO president and it’s been wonderful to have the opportunity to meet so many great families and to work with the fantastic staff at South. My son graduated this year, and although I will happily be around for a few more years with my daughter, I am mindful of the need to pass the torch and provide for leadership of the PTSO into the future. In order for the PTSO to continue as a viable organization which supports our students and staff, I need to find people who are interested in taking over leadership positions. I am definitely in need of some people to fill the co-president roles, but also need individuals willing to take over important areas like SouthFest and hospitality. My goal is to gradually transition out of my various PTSO roles over the course of the year as a new crop of PTSO leaders become familiar with these roles. And I can assure you that after three years in this job, two of them as the solo president, I am in a very good position to show you the ropes and I will not abandon you to go it alone. So please think hard about stepping up to take on a leadership role in the PTSO. Questions? Feel free to email me at info@newtonsouthptso.org and I would be delighted to talk with you.

Although I continue to check the PTSO emails throughout the summer, I will at times be blissfully unplugged and out of touch. So please be patient if you do not get a quick reply. I will get back to you as soon as I am able. Enjoy your summer! The PTSO newsletter will return in August.

—Helen Haley