Category Archives: From the PTSO

Thank You to Ice Cream Party and Senior Lunch Parent Volunteers!

Many thanks to all the parents who helped with the End of Year Ice Cream Party and the Senior Lunch! The End of Year Ice Cream Party took place on Make Art Day when the kids had a chance to come outside and create beautiful chalk art outside Wheeler House.  We had beautiful weather and many great parent volunteers who helped with set up, scooping ice cream, and cleaning up.  We served 60 gallons of ice cream and close to 20 pounds of sprinkles and it was a great community building event.

Senior Lunch took place after graduation rehearsal. It was a nice opportunity for the seniors to hang out in the cafeteria, get their yearbooks signed, and say good-bye to South.  Thanks to all the parents who brought in the tasty desserts (all eaten!) as well as those who came in that day to help with set-up and clean up.

Newsletter Subscription Information

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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!

We Really Need Some Volunteers to Help with Food at SouthFest!

Our food committee has been working incredibly hard to put together a fantastic spread for SouthFest tomorrow night. It’s a lot of work to feed 400 kids! They need some additional help from 1AM to 3AM with distributing food and cleaning up. If you are able to help out, please contact Peter Shaevel who is in charge of the food for SouthFest.  You can call him at 617-840-5060 or email him at pshaevel@peter-martin.com. Thank you!

There is Still Time to Volunteer for SouthFest!

We are almost ready to go with SouthFest.  The entertainment is all set, decorations are ready to go up, and we have lots of food.  We could still use a few volunteers to chaperone, especially the late shift from 1AM-3PM. It’s a pretty easy job except for the late hour.  To get to the sign up page, please click here. If you have questions about any of the volunteer jobs, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org.

Our entertainment costs for SouthFest increased this year, and we added a couple of new things into the mix, so we are still taking donations.  If you want to make a donation to SouthFest, please click here.

Special Schedules this Week

There are special schedules this week for the Science MCAS, Graduation, and Step Up Days.  Sophomores and Juniors will have late arrival on Tuesday, June 4th and Wednesday, June 5th, while Freshman will arrive at the normal start time for the Science MCAS.  Buses will run twice in the morning.  Please click here for the MCAS schedules.  All classes will have early release on Thursday, June 6th and Friday, June 7th for Graduation and Step Up Day. Buses will leave at 11AM. These are the schedules for June 6th and June 7th.

Honor Your Child’s Teachers and Support Newton Schools Foundation

The school year is quickly coming to an end! If you want to do something special for your child’s teachers or other staff this year, consider the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program.

When you donate to NSF in the name of one or more teachers, notifications will be sent to each teacher honored, as well as to the Principal and the Superintendent. Teachers’ names will appear in a special announcement on the NSF website and in the Newton TAB.  If you have kids in elementary school, look for a letter coming home in backpacks or via US Mail for those with students in the upper grades. You can also donate online at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org/honor-thy-teacher.

Your tax-deductible donation will support NSF-funded grants to the Newton Public Schools encompassing art, civics, math, music, science, social and cultural studies, literature, writing instruction, and social-emotional learning. For a complete list of current grants and check out a video on NSF-funded programs visit http://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/programs-we-fund.

Thank you, parents and guardians, and thank you to all our educators!

Now Enrolling for 2020 South Student Trip to DC

Every year South sophomores, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to go on a week-long trip to Washington DC as part of the Close Up Program.  Students fly to DC, explore the nation’s capital and see how our government operates, with the goal of gaining a greater understanding of how their actions can make a difference. The week is truly a life-changing experience for many of our attendees, as they get the chance to meet with students from around the country to debate issues, hold a mock Congress, visit with our Senators and Congressman Kennedy, and become familiar with the city’s many monuments and museums.

This year’s trip is scheduled from March 1 to March 6 and promises to be particularly exciting with all of the primaries taking place. Enrollment is now open, with registration and a $400 deposit due by November 1. The total cost for the trip is around $1750, and that covers the flight to DC, the rooms, the staff for the programs, the meals, and admission to the museums (most of which are free).  Partial financial aid is also available to those who qualify.

If you are interested in more information about Close Up, go to www.closeup.org/highschool. If you would like to register for the trip, just send an email to Bob Parlin at robert_parlin@newton.k12.ma.us or Lisa Soo Hoo at lisa_soohoo@newton.k12.ma.us with the name of your child. They will then send you a code to register online. Close Up is a civics experience like no other, a program that we wish all South students could take part in.

We Really Need Volunteers for the Late Shift at SouthFest!

Thanks to all the parents who have signed up so far to help with SouthFest on Tuesday, June 4th. We have done really well with the early shift, but have some very big holes in the 1AM to 3AM slots.  Notably, we have no chaperones signed up for the late shift, and we have to have some chaperones in order to keep SouthFest open. We have nine slots for chaperones, and probably need at least 2 people in the cafeteria and one person in the casino to provide some supervision. Although it’s a late night, all you have to do is hang out and keep an eye on things. To get to the sign up page, please click here. If you have questions about any of the volunteer jobs, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org.

We would also appreciate a little bit more financial support for SouthFest.  The cost of  our vendors has increased this year, and we still need some donations to cover our expenses. To make a donation to SouthFest, please click here.

We Need 22 More Volunteers for SouthFest on Tues., June 4 (Getting Close but We Need More of You at 1AM!)

Thanks to all the parents who have signed up so far to help with SouthFest on Tuesday, June 4th. We have 22 more volunteer slots to fill so please sign up now! We have made some strides in filling the 1AM to 3AM slots, but we are very much in need of a couple more volunteers at the casino tables and we have no chaperones!  That can’t be good. We have cut the number of volunteer shifts during that time as much as we can, but we need some parental supervision to keep SouthFest open through the 3AM end time.  We still have about 9 openings in the earlier time slots as well if you want to help out but can not come later. To get to the sign up page, please click here. If you have questions about any of the volunteer jobs, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org.

We would also appreciate a little bit more financial support for SouthFest.  The cost of  our vendors has increased this year, and we still need some donations to cover our expenses. To make a donation to SouthFest, please click here.