Category Archives: From the PTSO

New Program Seeks Photo Equipment Donations

The “New Media Communities” program, a linked English and History class for 10th graders, seeks assistance for its fall launch.  The course aims to integrate media production into the traditional scope and sequence of the 10th-grade curriculum. David Weintraub and Jamie Rinaldi would like to have a few higher quality cameras on hand for students to use for their projects.  Do you have a DSLR or a digital video camera that you no longer use? They can also use any “no longer needed” photo equipment (tripods, cases, etc.).


Your donations will allow all NMC students equitable access to high-quality equipment. Please contact Jamie Rinaldi. Thank you.


SEPAC Presents Post-Secondary Transition Programming Talk: Thurs., May 31

Jobs Programs as part of Post-Secondary Transition Programming:                            Districts’ Obligations and Best Practices

Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 7:30 – 9 pm

Newton Education Center, Room 210: 100 Walnut Street, Newton, MA

Speakers: Julia Landau and Jill Renolds

Julia Landau, Esq. of Mass. Advocates for Children, Senior Project Director of Special Education and the Autism Center, will present on districts’ obligations to provide jobs programs. Attorney Landau has contributed to legislation such as the Autism Omnibus Bill, and ARICA (requiring insurance to cover autism treatment).

Jill Reynolds, Director of Disability Jobs Programs, of Public Consulting Group will present on transition jobs programs best practices. Ms. Reynolds helps public entities like cities, school districts, and state organizations set up disability jobs programs and collecting best practices.

Email with any questions.


Mason Rice Class of 2011 Reunion

Mason Rice Class of 2011 Reunion

Sunday, June 3, 2018, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Please join the Mason Rice Class of 2011 and Mr. Springer, as we celebrate our seniors’ graduation from high school. Students, parents, and teachers are welcome to attend.  For more information please email.

Spotlight on School Health

As the end of the school year approaches, we thought we would share some school health updates and some “by the numbers” highlights from the year so far.

As of this month, the professional nurses in each of the 23 Newton Public Schools buildings have completed more than 61,000 office visits with students from preschool through grade 12. Of those, approximately 9,600 are unique student visits. With just over 13,000 students in the district, this means that 73 percent of the student population has had at least one visit with the school nurse for a reason other than screening. Reasons could include anything from illness, injury, emotional needs or medication administration. More than 94 percent of those students have returned to class after their visit with the school nurse to continue learning for the day.

The nurses have completed more than 18,000 health screenings including vision, hearing, postural, body mass index and substance use.

Some other school health facts include:

  • 1,225 lost teeth
  • 3,839 headaches
  • 11,225 medication administrations
  • 3,231 flu shots at school
  • 10 epinephrine administrations
  • 2,948 abrasions
  • 4,591 bumps/bruises

As you can see by this glimpse of how busy the district’s health rooms are, we are pleased to share that three additional full-time school nurses will be part of the school health team beginning next school year. The health room door is open to students, staff, and parents anytime.

The Newton school nurses are proud to participate in the academic achievement of all students. After all, students must “learn to be healthy and be healthy to learn”.


Honor Thy Teacher Campaign

The school year is quickly coming to an end! If you want to do something special for your child’s teacher or other staff this year, consider the Newton Schools Foundation’s “Honor Thy Teacher” program.  Make a $25 donation (or any amount) to the Foundation in the teacher’s name. Notifications will be sent to each teacher honored, as well as to Principals and the Superintendent. Their names will appear in a special announcement in the Newton TAB.  Look for a flyer sent home with your student.

To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to Donations are tax-deductible and go toward programs enhancing educational excellence, including valuable professional development opportunities for teachers, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and a wealth of new curricula and learning opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students.

We Need Your Help with SouthFest on Tues., June 5! WE REALLY DO!

We still need lots of parents to help at SouthFest on Tuesday, June 5th! We have many unfilled slots from 11-1, and all but one slot is unfilled from 1-3 (special thank you to that awesome late night volunteer!)  It’s a big undertaking to put on a party for 400 kids, and we can only do it safely if we have parent volunteers to help out.  Senior parent have the night off (it’s been a long year for them), so we need parents from all other grades to volunteer. Junior parents, please think about volunteering this year since it will be your turn to relax next year. To get to the sign up page, please click here. If you have questions about any of the volunteer jobs, please email

We still need financial support as well. Most of the funds we raise pay for the entertainment we provide, including inflatables, a mini-race track, green screen photography booth, psychics and tattoo artists, and more. We count on support from families in all grades and we thank you for your contribution. To make a donation to SouthFest, please click here.

Come See Children of the Corn’s Spring Show, Fri., May 18 at 7:30PM

Come see Children of the Candy Corn’s Spring Show: “Fantastic Friday”!
A night of laughs and improv at Newton South High School.
Friday, May 18th at 7:30 pm in the Newton South Auditorium.
Admission: $5 at the door (proceeds go to SouthStage).
We hope to see you there!

Urgent: Donate Books for the Used Book Sale through Friday!

We still need lots of books to make the annual NSHS Used Book Sale a success!  Proceeds from the sale go towards funding NSHS literacy initiatives. This year’s sale dates are May 22-25. Drop off gently used books at the big gray storage trailer next to Goldrick House before or after school, AND DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.  Volunteers will be at the unit tomorrow and Friday morning from 7:15 to 8:30. Volunteers will also be there in the afternoon on Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 and on Friday from 1:30 to 2:30. But you can also drop books off any time during the school day for the next two days as long as it is not raining and there is no immediate rain in the forecast. Leave them outside the unit if no one is there. Someone will be along to bring them inside.

We are most interested in books suitable for high school students. Please do not donate the following types of books:

  • children’s books (late middle school level and young adult books welcome)
  • textbooks, out-of- date travel  or computer science books, or parenting books
  • erotica
  • moldy/water damaged books

If you can’t drop off books, please email Suzanne Freudberg  to arrange for pick up.


Final Reminder: Graduation Messages for The Lion’s Roar’s Graduation Edition – Deadline May 18

Celebrate your graduating senior or the Class of 2018 with a congratulatory message in The Lion’s Roar! Our special section devoted to the Class of 2018 will be distributed at the graduation ceremony on June 7th, and we would like to include your tribute to your child’s graduation from Newton South.  The deadline for ordering is Friday, May 18th.

Please click on the advertisement order form for more information about how to place your order. Our staff will design the ad for you at no additional cost. If you have any questions, please email Ashley Chapman.

Please Volunteer and Donate to SouthFest on Tues., June 5!

Thanks to all of the parents who have signed up to help with SouthFest so far.  We still need lots more of you!  We especially need volunteers for the late shift from 1 AM to 3AM. So far, we don’t have any volunteers signed up for that late shift. In all honesty, it is hard to commit to staying up until 3AM. We can tell you it will be a lot of fun (and it will be), but hey, it’s still 3AM. Not a popular time for the over 40 crowd to be up on a Tuesday night. But you will be doing something awesome by helping to provide  a safe and fun place for our seniors to go after the prom as well as some peace of mind to their parents! To get to the sign up page, please click here. If you have questions about any of the volunteer jobs, please email

We would also appreciate your financial support for SouthFest as we are a long way from our goal. Most of the funds we raise pay for the entertainment we provide, including inflatables, a mini-race track, green screen photography booth, psychics and tattoo artists, and more. We count on support from families in all grades and we thank you for your contribution. To make a donation to SouthFest, please click here.