Category Archives: From the PTSO

Still Looking for Hosts for Incoming Freshman Information Sessions

We are still looking for two hosts for the information sessions for incoming freshman parents: one general information sessions and one session which will focus more on special education programs at South. We like to hold these sessions in the homes of incoming freshman families so parents have a chance to get together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Principal Joel Stembridge will give an overview of the freshman year experience at each session and answer questions from parents. We usually have one of the house deans or another staff member in attendance as well.

These sessions are intended for parents as your children will have other opportunities to learn about their freshman year at South. We usually hold these sessions in the two weeks before the start of school, but might be able to accommodate an information session slightly earlier in August if there is an interested host.  The average size of the sessions is about 40 people and the hosts provide some very light refreshments.  The PTSO can provide folding chairs for extra seating.  If you would consider hosting one of the information sessions, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org.

Thanks to Parent Volunteers at the Make Art/Make Community Event

A very big thank you to parents May Chiu, Remi Dansinger, Steven Smith, Christina Brooks and Suzanne Freudberg who helped to scoop ice cream at the Make Art/Make Community Event sponsored by the Fine Arts Department. Many students came out to create chalk art on the sidewalk area outside of Wheeler House.  Cabot’s provided some ice cream and the PTSO chipped in as well. The kids made amazing art and had a chance to enjoy ice cream and the beautiful weather.  Special thanks to Christina Brooks for her hard work over the course of the year running our “Random Acts of Kindness” events which provide treats and stress relief to South students throughout the year.

Summer Reminders from the School Nurse

Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the nurse’s office need to pick it up by the last day of school, June 22.  All medication not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication! School nurses will not be available after June 22 to return medication to families.

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year.  If you are visiting your child’s health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order for your child.   All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at  www.newtonma.gov/schoolhealth

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Mosquito and tick-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease occur in Newton residents.  Take steps to avoid getting sick!

  • Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
  • Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission.

Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. The flu shot (no FluMist again this year at school) will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only.  Consent and screening forms will be posted at www.newtonma.gov/flu by early September, in preparation for the fall clinics.  Insurance information will be requested, but all students are welcome to receive the vaccine at no charge.

The flu vaccine clinic date for Newton South High School will be Friday, November 9. Forms (available in Sept.) will be due to the school nurse by November 5.  This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

Gail Kramer RN, School Nurse

Looking for Some Volunteers to Scoop Ice Cream on Thurs., June 14

On Thursday, the Art Department is hosting a Create Art/Create Community Day to bring students together to hang out, make art, and eat ice cream.  The PTSO is going to help out with the ice cream part of the event as our last Random Acts of Kindness activity  for the year. We could use six or seven parent volunteers at the end of the day to scoop ice cream and help with restocking supplies.  If you are available from 2:15 to 3:45 to help out, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org.

Thank You SouthFest Volunteers! The Party is Over but We Still Need to Pay for It!

Thank you to all of the fantastic volunteers who volunteered at SouthFest!  With your help, we were able to provide our seniors with a fun and safe place to go after the prom. We had great decorations, wonderful food (the kids were very hungry!), and lots of fun activities. We could not put on SouthFest without the support of all of the parents who show up to decorate, chaperone, serve food, check the kids in and out, work at the casino tables, and clean up. It was a late night but it was fun!

Special thanks to Heidi Gambino who once again worked her decorating magic and turned the school into a festive luau. Also a huge thank you to Elyssa Freedman and her fantastic team including Jonathan Freedman, Michael and Svet Levin, and Peter Shaevel who solicited a truly awesome spread of food and then set it up, served it, and cleaned it up. We are also very grateful that Andrea Cymbalista Cohen came out of retirement to give the food committee the benefit of her long SouthFest experience.

While the party is behind us for this year, we have not raised enough money to cover our costs. We are still about $4,000 dollars short of our $16,000 fundraising goal (most of the money goes to pay for the entertainment–inflatables, casino, arcade games, photo area,  psychics and tattoo artists). We had more kids this year than last year or the year before, and the seniors tell us that providing lots to do is a big draw for them to attend. We would like to continue to provide the same level of entertainment in the coming years, but won’t be able to do so if we can not cover the cost. To make a donation to SouthFest, please click here. (online donations or checks both welcome). Thank you for your support!

 

NSHS School Council Meeting: Tues., June 12 at 4:30PM

The next meeting of the Newton South School Council is this Tuesday, June 12th at 4:30PM in the Faculty Dining Room. Comprised of administration, faculty, parents, and students, the Council advises Principal Stembridge on budget, school improvement plans, and other issues of interest to the South community. Council meetings are open to all. For more information about the Council, click here.

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.

A Few Volunteers Needed for End of Year Staff Breakfast on 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 two or three 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 info@newtonsouthptso.org.

Still Looking for Hosts for Incoming Freshman Information Sessions

We are still looking for three more hosts for the information sessions for incoming freshman parents, two general information sessions and one session which will focus more on special education programs at South.We like to hold these sessions in the homes of incoming freshman families so parents have a chance to get together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Principal Joel Stembridge will give an overview of the freshman year experience at each session and answer questions from parents. We usually have one of the house deans or another staff member in attendance as well.

These sessions are intended for parents as your children will have other opportunities to learn about their freshman year at South. We usually hold these sessions in the two weeks before the start of school, but might be able to accommodate an information session slightly earlier in August if there is an interested host.  The average size of the sessions is about 40 people and the hosts provide some very light refreshments.  The PTSO can provide folding chairs for extra seating.  If you would consider hosting one of the information sessions, please email info@newtonsouthptso.org.

Thanks to our Senior Send-Off Volunteers!

Thanks to all the parent volunteers who contributed time and delicious desserts to the senior send-off lunch on Monday.  The seniors thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the dozens and dozens of wonderful treats.  Thanks also to the parent volunteers who helped with set-up, serving, and clean up.  Your help was greatly appreciated!