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Volunteers Urgently Needed to Clean Out Southfest Storage Area, Sat. April 8 from 9-5

The PTSO  needs to clean out the Southfest storage area to meet the requirements of a recent building inspection.  We have a lot of items in the storage space and must empty it completely in the next few weeks.  We need help to carry the items out of the storage area so that we can sort and  discard things.  On Saturday, April 8, we have scheduled two hour shifts throughout the day, so please consider volunteering for a shift to help with this project.  We are happy to have students help as well (eighth grade students and up only please–it’s a bit of a mess in the storage space!)  We have not scheduled a project for Newton Serves this year, and would appreciate volunteer assistance with this project instead.  Please click here to sign up for a shift.  Thanks for your help!

Final Teacher Appreciation Breakfast – Wednesday, Apr. 12

Thank you to the many who have already signed up.  We especially need people to volunteer to set up, clean up and to be runners.  The time commitment is no more than ½ hour.

The final Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast of the school year will be held on Wednesday, April 12.   We realize this is during Passover but due to the snow days, the term got pushed back by a few days.   This is your chance to show appreciation to the staff and teachers of Newton South by dropping off food/drinks or volunteering to set up, clean up or serve as a runner for the breakfast. This event is a great way to meet staff and teachers and to give back to those who support and help our children.

To donate or volunteer, just click on the links below to see which houses are still in need of food/drinks or assistance.   We separate by house for organizational purposes but remember that your children have teachers from every house so you can sign up for any house regardless of which house your child is in.

Wheeler

Goodwin

Goldrick

Cutler

 

Donations can be dropped off directly at Cutler, Wheeler, Goodwin or Goldrick houses between 7:15 and 8:15 AM on Wednesday, April 12.   Runners and set-up volunteers should meet in the Main Office at 7:15 AM to receive their supplies and instructions.  Volunteers for clean-up are asked to be at the house kitchen at 2PM.  Please contact Laurie Utstein at laurieu@gmail.com should you have any questions.  We thank you for your participation!

GELF Needs Your Help! Attend the GELF Dinner on April 1 or Make a Donation

On Saturday, April 1 , GELF (the Global Education Leadership Fund) will hold its annual not-to-be-missed community event at Newton North High School from 6:30 to 10:30PM.  The evening features an amazing five-course gourmet meal (cooked from scratch on-site), paired fine beers and wines (featuring Sam Adams beer pairings), dancing with a great live band featuring Newton South’s own Katani Sumner, 150 like-minded community members, table service by Newton administrators, and a fabulous raffle. Don’t miss this wonderful evening and the opportunity to help fund low-income students to participate in NPS’s life-changing travel opportunities.

Last year, GELF contributed over $40,000 to fund the travel for 21 students to 8 countries.  The annual dinner provides most of the funds for GELF, and there are still many tickets remaining. GELF needs the support of the Newton community to raise the funds so that all Newton students have the opportunity to participate in our amazing travel abroad programs.  You may pay online here (scroll down to the bottom for the PayPal button) or send a $150/person check, made payable to Newton Schools Foundation with GELF in the memo line,  to Newton Schools Foundation, ATTN: Diane Greer, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459.

Learn detailed information about the event and opportunities here. Whether you are coming or not, please consider donating to “Support a Teacher” to attend the event ($100/person) or making a tax-deductible donation, all possible here

If you are not able to attend but would like to donate an item to the raffle, please email samantha_mandel@newton.k12.ma.us.  Gift cards for restaurants, tickets to sporting and other events, jewelry or artwork help to raise additional funds and are much appreciated.  Thank you for your support!

Information on the Junior Semi on Saturday, May 13

The Junior Semi will take place on Saturday, May 13 from 7 to 11PM at the Newton Marriott.  Tickets are on sale now through Friday, April 7.  Tickets purchased between March 27 and March 31 are $90, and tickets purchased between April 3 and 7 are $95. Students must also turn in a signed permission form and a special guest form if they are attending with a guest who does not attend South.  For more information on the Semi and the required forms, click here.

Clear Your Shelves & Get Ready for the NSHS Used Book Sale!

The NSHS annual Used Book Sale will be held May 17-19 and YOUR help is needed to make this great tradition a success! Book donations will be accepted beginning just after April vacation (sooner than you might think!). Start your spring cleaning and put your surplus books to good use. Start clearing your bookshelves and keep an eye out for the book donation trailer next to Goldrick House starting right after April break.

Volunteers are the key to the Book Sale’s success. We’ll be asking for your help soon — an hour or two is a huge help. Stay tuned for volunteer sign-up notices in upcoming Community Notes. Proceeds from the sale support literacy programs at Newton South.

Newton SEPAC Presentation on Assistive Technology – Wednesday, Apr. 5, 7:15PM

The Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education will host a presentation on Assistive Technology on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:15PM. Kayla McAlister, Assistive Technology Specialist for the Newton Public Schools will speak on the technology available in the district. She will cover the definition of an AT consultation vs. an AT assessment in grades K-12. Kayla determines which device and/or strategy is the best fit for the student by following the SETT Framework: Looking at the Student, their Environment, and the Tasks they need in their educational setting in choosing the appropriate Tool.

Kayla has a BA in Psychology from Stonehill College and a M.S. Ed in Assistive Technology from Simmons College.
Location:  Room 210 at The Education Center, 100 Walnut St, Newtonville
7:15PM – Light refreshments and networking
7:30-9PM Presentation

Two Important Events Addressing Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention, April 7 & 25

On April 7, City Hall and Newton South will be offering an event sponsored by FCD Prevention Works, a branch of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.  The event aims to promote drug and alcohol awareness and prevention among South students.  It will include two speakers who will share their stories of addiction and recovery, and will include information on how to recognize when substances become a problem.  The event will take place during the school day and is open to all South students, though junior and senior classes are particularly encouraged to attend.  For more information about this event, please read this letter from Health and Human Services Commissioner Deborah Youngblood.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Brian Deleskey, Newton South’s Prevention/Intervention Counselor at brian_deleskey@newton.k12 ma.us.

On April 25, please attend Highs and Lows: Teens and Adults Talking about Drugs, Alcohol and More, an evening of judgement free conversation among teens and adults  about the risks and realities of drug and alcohol use. All Newton families – parents and teens at North and South and anywhere else – are welcome in the Newton South cafeteria from 7 to 9 p.m. This facilitated event is sure to open your eyes and give you the words to face those unexpected realities when they appear in your life. Visit the www.newtonma.gov/newtonpath for more information.

Please Support NSF Calculus Project This Month

For the second consecutive year, a very generous community member will match up to $25,000 in community donations to Newton Schools Foundation to support the Calculus Project during the month of March. Double your impact and donate today at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org.

The Calculus Project has been transformational for Newton students who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher-level mathematics courses. Since its 2013 launch, enrollment growth in higher-level mathematics among these student groups is significant. Learn more now, and please make a donation before the end of March to support this worthy initiative and have your donation make twice the impact!

Is Your High School Grad Ready for College?

Thursday, April 6, 7PM at Newton South High School, $20. Is my son or daughter even ready for college…and how will I know? How do students with learning differences and mental health disorders fare on college campuses, and what may maximize their chances for success? Join us for an interactive talk about higher education and the myriad of pitfalls a student may encounter in college. Parents will learn about issues relating to mental health, executive functioning, and emotional development in the college student population. The talk will be led by Dr. Ilan Goldberg, a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in executive functioning and emotional development in the college student population. Register at newtoncommunityed.org

Spirit Gear for Sale

Did you know that the Booster Club sells spirit gear every Friday, 11am–1pm, outside of the cafeteria? Stock up on T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, halo headbands, car magnets, baseball hats, winter hats, and more! We now offer adult XS and youth XL sizes. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.