Category Archives: Midweek From the PTSO

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Virtual Memorial Service In memory of Zachary Leonard Mandel

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Zachary’s family and friends.

Please join the family for a virtual memorial service and Shiva. There will be a private family funeral service. A virtual memorial service will be held by Temple Emanuel on Friday, October 16 at 1:00 pm. Please join the memorial service here. In case of connection issues, use this direct link.

The family will be sitting shiva at the home of Julie Gardner Mandel, Ph.D. on Sunday, October 18th from 10am-4pm. COVID protocols will be followed; everyone must maintain 6 feet apart and please wear a mask. Please email Julie for the address.

Zach was a loyal and supportive friend who was well-loved by many. His smile lit up the room and his sincerity and compassion for others in need were abundantly evident.
Zachary is survived by his mother Julie Gardner Mandel, Ph.D.; his father Howard Mandelcorn, Esq.; his brother Ethan Mandelcorn; his stepfather, Stevan Gold; his stepbrother, Gregory Gold and his grandmother, Lee R. Gardner M.D. He is also survived by many uncles, aunts, and cousins, who will miss him dearly.

Fall Athletics Reminders

As August approaches, pre-season sports will begin at South.  A few important reminders:

Physical Examination Requirement for Participation in Competitive Athletics:

All students participating in competitive athletics must have an up-to-date physical examination. Massachusetts General Law (Chapter 71, Section 57) requires students participating in competitive athletics at school to pass a physical examination dated within thirteen months prior to the start of the sport season. The start of the sport season includes any scheduled practices. The physical exam must be performed by a duly licensed physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. According to Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) rules, a student’s eligibility will terminate once a physical has reached the 13 month limit. If your child’s physical expires during a sports season, an updated physical examination is required for continued participation.  If your child is planning on participating in Fall Sports please make sure a physical is turned into the Athletics office on or before August 11.

Athletics Fees

Students participating in sports will now have to pay their user fee online or drop a check off at the South Athletics office made payable to Newton Public Schools.  The fee schedule and payment information can be found here. Coaches will not be accepting payments.

Please contact Barbara Castoldi, the Wellness Department secretary, at with any questions.


One School, One Book – ebook Available

Please remind your student that the One School/One Book selection is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. All students (including rising freshmen) are expected to read the book over the summer and be ready for a wonderful One School/One Book discussion in September! To borrow the eBook from the NSHS Library, students and faculty can login to the school’s FollettShelf eBook collection here using username: nshslibrary and password: pawprints. To read the eBook on a smartphone or tablet, first download the Follett Enlight App. More information is available at the Newton South Library site.

Book cover image, Eleanor & Park

One School One Book: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Senior Portrait Schedules

The Senior Portrait process is under way. If your student missed the first appointment schedules by LifeTouch, please click here for the photo appointment website. You will need your student’s confirmation code that came on a postcard from the company or is available on the list here. Currently, only summer appointment times are available, but the company will continue taking portraits in the fall. Click here for more information.

Have a Great Summer!

In this last newsletter of the 2013-2014 school year, we wish to thank all the many volunteers who make the Newton South community what it is — a valuable resource and reliable foundation for our kids and our families. We’d also like to thank the South teachers and staff, who give so much to our students, above and beyond curriculum and standards.

Please join us in thanking Lori Lass, on her retirement from the PTSO board, for her amazing dedication as co-President of the PTSO for the last two years. Her kindness, helpfulness, organization, and constant good cheer set the highest standard for PTSO leadership and continue to be an inspiration to us all.

Enjoy your summer! The PTSO newsletter will return in August!

Lori Lass (departing co-President) – Emily Prenner and Betsy Blagdon (co-Presidents for 2014-2015)

Newsletter Subscription Info

If your email address changes over the summer, or if you know a parent who doesn’t receive the newsletter, please click here to register. If you no longer have a child at Newton South, please click “Update your Profile” at the bottom of this email. If you will have a child at South in the future, please do not click Unsubscribe – we will not be able to add you later. To stay in touch with other South families over the summer, consider joining other parents in your grade on facebook. Click here for more info.

PTSO Directory Updates

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 – 1400 families is a lot to process!

Student Record Updates

If your student’s information has changed or your student will NOT be attending Newton South in the fall, please email Jan O’Neil, the Newton South Registrar, or call 617-559-6500. Alternatively, if you know of a family moving INTO the Newton South district who will have a student attending Newton Public Schools next year for the first time, please encourage them to contact Jan as soon as possible, and to email the PTSO at so they can receive important information in the newsletter. If your student already attends Brown or Oak Hill Middle Schools, you do NOT need to call, as registration is automatic from the feeder schools.

Freshman Principal Coffee Hosts Needed

If you are interested in hosting an evening Freshman Parent Coffee with the Principal in August, focusing on either Special Education or the METCO program, please contact Emily Prenner and Betsy Blagdon at

From Guidance: New Guidance/College and Career Counselor

I am pleased to announce that Kathleen Sabet has accepted our offer to become our new (.5) Guidance Counselor and (.5) College and Career Counselor.

Kathy and her husband will be moving back to Massachusetts after relocating to California in 2012. Kathy has more than 15 years of experience in secondary schools and college settings, most recently as a guidance and college counselor at Calabasas High School. Prior to working in California, Kathy was a school counselor at Westborough and Sharon HS; Career Counselor at Bridgewater State University; Asst. Dir. of Recruiting/Career Counselor at Babson Graduate School of Management; and Asst. Dir. of Admissions at Newbury College.

Kathy has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Mary Washington College, a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, and a a Post-Graduate College Counseling Certificate from UCLA.

I’d like to thank Barbara Brown for her help during our selection process, and for offering to mentor Kathy next year. I also wish to thank our interview committee for the many hours of time they devoted:

Divya Balakrishnan, Teacher
Marcy Davidson, Counselor
Donna Gordon, Housemaster
Bruce Henderson, Parent
Dave Kershaw, Counselor
Jim Medeiros, Counselor
Emily Prenner, Parent

Please join me in welcoming Kathy to Newton South!

Warm regards,
Shelly Borg