Category Archives: From the PTSO

Author of ‘Dreaming in Chinese’ Will Speak on Living in China on October 2

An Evening with Deborah Fallows
Tuesday, October 2, 6:30pm – 8:15pm
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Join us for an evening with Deborah Fallows, linguist and author of Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language. Deborah will speak about cultural understandings acquired through language study from her personal experience of living in China from 2006-2010. The evening will also include an armchair conversation and Q&A with the audience, before concluding with refreshments and a chance to meet Deborah.

Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language and her new book Our Towns (written with husband James Fallows) will both be available for purchase at the event.

This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested:

Newton South Mom’s Night Out on Wed., Oct. 3

You are invited to a Back to School Mom’s Night Out on Wednesday, October 3rd, from 6-10PM at the home of May Chiu, 111 Lincoln St. in Newton Highlands (corner of Lincoln and Bowdoin Streets. Drop in for wine, conversation and some shopping therapy. 10% of all purchases will be donated to Newton South PTSO. Can’t make it, contact to schedule your own visit. Check out 111Styles at

Sign Up for Newton Community Education Fall SAT & College Readiness Classes

Sign up now for the Newton Community Ed fall SAT Prep classes:
  • SAT Math Review – 5 Mondays, Oct 22-Nov 26, 6:30-8:30pm at Newton North High School
  • SAT Verbal Review – 5 Wednesdays, Oct 17-Nov 28, 6:30-8:30pm at Newton North High School
We also offer additional college readiness programs geared towards parents and students.
For more information about these programs, or to register, visit or call us at 617-559-6999.

Directory Information Deadline – Mon., Sept. 17

The deadline to correct your directory information for the printed directory is tomorrow, September 17th. After that time, you can still confirm your data, but any changes will only be available in the online version of the directory.

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. Please note, if you received that email in August or early September but have not received it recently, you have confirmed your information and you do not need to do so again or check in with the directory committee. It is only if you have continued to receive the confirmation request that you need to do so. To date, 976 of 1541 families have confirmed their information. Continue reading

Please Support the PTSO by Paying Membership Dues!

We are grateful to all the families who have paid their PTSO membership dues so far.  We have raised close to $45,000 but are still quite a way from our goal of $65,000.  Of our 1541 families, just under 600 families have contributed PTSO dues this year. We are hoping that we can raise the participation rate in the coming weeks so that the PTSO is able to cover our basic operating expenses as well as pay for SouthFest in the spring. Membership dues are the primary source of funding for the PTSO, and we count on that support to fund our contributions to departments and programs, the teacher grant program, staff appreciation, communications, and our Random Acts of Kindness program for students.

If you have not confirmed your directory information yet, you can pay your PTSO dues when you go through the confirmation process.  If you have confirmed your directory information but did not pay PTSO dues, you can still do so and receive a printed directory at Back to School Night. If you have paid your dues but would like to make an additional contribution to the PTSO, we are grateful for any extra support. Please click here to pay your PTSO dues or make an additional contribution.

Volunteers Needed for Back to School Night, Wed., Sept. 26

Back-To-School Night is when parents/guardians meet each of their students’ teachers and learn about what happens in the classroom. It is also the night for distribution of the PTSO Student Directory, and we are looking for volunteers to help with this.

Back-to-School Night is on Wednesday, September 26, from 7 to 9PM. Student Directory pick-up will start at 6:15PM by the main entrance, continuing throughout the evening. Paying before September 25 will speed up the distribution process. Payment information is available here  The suggested donation is $70 and extra directories are $10. We are grateful for any additional donations. Continue reading

Reminder: Tomorrow is the Last Day for PSAT Registration

Monday, September 17th is the last day to register for the Saturday, October 13th, 2018 PSAT.  Registration will take place in the Newton South cafeteria during all lunches.  The cost is $30 cash or check, payable to Newton South High School with PSAT and student’s full name on the MEMO line.

Students with approved accommodations must bring a copy of their College Board letter with their SSD number to the PSAT registration. If you receive free or reduced lunches, you are eligible to receive a fee waiver for the PSAT. Please see your counselor.

Click here for more information on the PSATs. If you have questions, please email

This test is available to juniors as well as sophomores. While most juniors participate in taking the PSAT, it is not required for sophomores. Please speak with your counselor if you have questions about taking the exam.

Spirit Week Starts on Mon., Sept. 24!

Our first Spirit Week this year starts on Monday, September 24th, and includes a Pep Rally on Friday the 28th as well as several night games under the lights. Please encourage your student(s) to participate in this celebration of the Newton South community and fall sports by dressing for the following themes:

9/24 Blackout
9/25 USA
9/26 Tropical
9/27 Sports
9.28 South Spirit ( Orange/Blue)

Freshmen/Juniors: Blue
Sophomores/Seniors: Orange

And please support our teams by attending these games Under the Lights. All games start at 7PM except Boys Soccer on 9/23 which starts at 6:30PM:

Sunday, September 23rd        Boys Soccer v. Acton-Boxborough

Monday, September 24th       Field Hockey v. Westford

Friday September 28th          Football  v Boston Latin

Saturday September 29th     Girls Soccer v Brockton

Host Needed for Freshman Parent Coffee

We are looking for a family to host a freshman parent coffee some morning from 8:00 to 9:30 in the next few weeks. This is an opportunity to meet as parents to ask questions and get to know each other. If you are interested in hosting,  please email

In the winter, we will host grade level coffees for all grades at the school.

The Booster Club Needs Your Donations for Used Sports Equipment Sale on Sat., Sept. 29

Clean out your attic, basement, shed, garage! Please donate all your gently used sports equipment to the Booster Club for our first Used Sports Equipment Sale on September 29th. We will accept all equipment and apparel for all sports, including shoes/skates if they are in good condition.
Feel free to drop off gear near the door of any of the following dropoff houses:
347 Central Street in Auburndale
75 Dickerman Road
627 Chestnut Street in Waban
1 Rosalie Road off Dedham St (drop at door on driveway side of house)

We can’t do this without your donations, so THANK YOU! Feel free to email Wendy Woodruff Pike at if you have any questions.