Category Archives: From the PTSO

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 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

Still Looking for a Host for Freshman Information Session Focusing on Special Education

We are still looking for an incoming freshman family to host the freshman information session which will focus on special education programs at South. We usually schedule the freshman information sessions during the last two weeks of August although there is a possibility to schedule it a little earlier in the month. Special Education Department Head Melissa Gamble will attend  this session along with Principal Joel Stembridge. The average size of the sessions is about 40 people and the host provides some very light refreshments.  The PTSO can provide folding chairs for extra seating.  If you would consider hosting this  information session, please email

Message from Newton South Stage Parents Group to Incoming Families

As we head into summer, the South Stage Parents Group would like to extend a warm welcome to all incoming students and families, and introduce you to Newton South’s highly-acclaimed theater program, South Stage.

Regardless of experience level, South Stage offers students a friendly and safe environment to make connections, explore new interests, embrace challenges, and develop skills that will be valuable throughout high school and far beyond.

Visit to find out more about the program, and look out for information coming in the fall about the 2018-2019 Season South Stage Parents’ Information Meeting. All freshmen are invited to audition in fall for the Frosh Play (any student who auditions will get a role), and/or to pursue roles behind the scenes of any production as part of our dynamic technical theatre team.

Please email if you have any questions, would like to be added to our mailing list or want to find out how you can also become involved. Have a great summer and we hope to see you in the fall!

Newton South Stage Parents Group

Summer Reading Information

For information on One School, One Question and summer reading, please click here. Any questions about summer reading? Contact English department chair Brian Baron.

Student Directory Update

The online PTSO directory will be unavailable during the month of July, as we update the student records. The online directory will be available (with a contribution to the PTSO) again in the fall, after all the information has been confirmed. Please confirm your family’s information when we send the notice. We thank you for your patience in advance—1,500 families is a lot to process!

Newsletter Subscription Information

If your email address changes over the summer, or if you know a parent who doesn’t receive the newsletter, please click here to register. If you no longer have a child at Newton South, please click “Update your Profile” at the bottom of this email. If you will have a child at South in the future, please do not click Unsubscribe—we will not be able to add you later. To stay in touch with other South families over the summer, consider joining other parents in your grade on Facebook.

Looking for 2 or 3 Volunteers to Pick Up Coffee and Bagels for Faculty Appreciation Breakfast on Mon., June 25

We still need one or two people to pick up large cambro containers of coffee and bring them to South for the Faculty Appreciation Breakfast on Monday.  We need the coffee at 9:00 so pick up would be at 8:30AM at the Waban Starbucks.  There are two 5 gallon containers so we either need one person to pick up both, or two people to pick up one each. We also need one person to pick up bagels at the Bagel Place on Needham St. Pick up also at 8:30AM. We just need you to get the coffee or the bagels and drop them in the main hallway at South. That’s it.  You don’t have to set up, or clean up, or return the containers. Super easy if you are around for an hour on Monday morning. Please email if you are able to help out with this on Monday.

Still Seeking Donations for SouthFest!

Thanks to all the families who have donated to SouthFest. We are still about $2,500 short of our fundraising goal.  In the past few years, we have shifted the bulk of our spending to entertainment costs.  This year, we had an inflatable obstacle course, a moonbounce, and a bungee run. We also had a casino with poker, blackjack, roulette and a wheel of fortune. We had kids lined up for the psychic and airbrush tattoo artists as well as our green screen Photo Booth where they could choose their own backgrounds to a memorable photo. And we had our popular mini racetrack as well as the much-loved chocolate fountain.   

We would like to continue to provide the same level of entertainment in the coming years, but we can only do that if we can pay for it. We appreciate donations of any amount as every bit helps us to reach our fundraising goal. To make a donation to SouthFest, please click here (online donations or checks are both welcome). Thank you for your support!


Special Schedule for Final Exam Week and Last Day of School

Final exams begin on Monday, June 18th.  For the schedule of final exams and the last day of school, please click here.

Volunteers Still Needed for End of Year Staff Breakfast — Mon., June 25

To thank our wonderful staff for the hard work they do all year long, the PTSO sponsors a breakfast on the last day of school.  The last day of school for the staff is Monday, June 25th.  We are looking for three people to pick up coffee and bagels before the breakfast and one or two more people to help set up from 8:30 to 9:30 on Monday morning. If you are able to help for an hour, please email