From The PTSO Co-Presidents:

Dear South Families

We thank all the parents, faculty and staff who attended Back To School Night in support of our students. Special thanks to Mara Nislick, who spent countless volunteer hours compiling and formatting the Student Directory, and to Bonnie Barber, Stephie Fleck, and Bruce Henderson for their help editing the information. We are grateful to the alumni and current parents who made the distribution of 700 Student Directories go so smoothly: Jo-Louise Allen, Lisa Berman, Marilyn Broyles, Cathleen Cavanaugh, Elisa D’Andrea, Deena David, Suzanne Freudberg, Joan Hayes, Bruce Henderson, Eka Maraneli, Corie Mieth, Faith Paul, Deb Reich, Julie Sall, Claire Sokoloff, Jane Starkman, Susan Still, and Julia Torres. Thanks also to Ethel Downey and the South library staff for iPads allowing credit card payment, and to the custodial staff who helped us schlep boxes and set up tables. Apologies if we forgot anyone – everyone’s time was so appreciated!

For those who picked up their directory and still need to pay online, please donate here. Any Student Directories that were paid for but not picked up have been delivered to your student’s House Office. Please ask your student to get your directory from their House secretary at their convenience. Your PTSO contributions make a difference for every South student (see examples here).

Our new Pre-Back to School Night event in the Student Center was a big success! Many thanks to the following groups for participating and showing families the rich diversity of activities at Newton South: the Jazz Combo, directed by Ed Harlow; Karen Sobin-Jonash and her ceramics students working on the Empty Bowls fundraiser; Megan Crist, Fine Arts Department Chair; the staff from Newton South yearbook, Regulus; the Lion’s Roar business staff; Michael Kozuch and his Global student projects; the Booster Club; South Stage; and the LigerBots.

Don’t forget that this Thursday, October 10, is the first early release day of this school year. Students will be dismissed at 10:55AM and teachers will have professional development.

Also, next weekend is Columbus Day weekend – the first of four homework-free weekends of this school year.

Betsy Blagdon & Lori Lass