Category Archives: Midweek From the PTSO 2021

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Athletic Events TODAY & Newsletter Glitch

We are trying to resolve a glitch in the system on our Athletic Newsletter.  Please note the following events are happening today.  The details are posted at the PTSO website at http://newtonsouthptso.org/

 

Correct Link for PTSO Fundraiser $4000 for Class of 2021

Each year, the Newton South PTSO organizes and funds SouthFest, an after-Prom celebration for all seniors and their dates at South.  While the pandemic has brought many challenges, the PTSO is focused on making this event happen for the senior class. With plans still being confirmed with the Mayor’s office, Parks/Rec and Newton Health & Human Services, we are moving forward to make this year’s SouthFest a safe, compliant, and most importantly, memorable evening for our departing seniors.

The PTSO and faculty have worked closely with the Class of 2021 officers and have submitted a proposed plan for a combined Prom/SouthFest event to Parks/Rec and Newton Health and Human Services.   The proposed event is planned for June 6 (rain date June 7).  In addition, we hope to provide year-end celebration events such as 21-Day Countdown celebration with food trucks during lunch blocks; and a last day of school event with banner signing and ice cream truck.

The PTSO has spent an average of $14,000 for SouthFest over the years.  This year, we budgeted $10,000 with the uncertainty of the school year.  But given the planned return of students to campus, we are asking for your help to fund a gap of $4,000 so we can celebrate the senior class in a safe yet festive way. The donations will fund multiple tents to comply with current social distance protocols and entertainment activities. And this year, donated funds will also help offset Prom ticket costs.

Donate today
http://newtonsouthptso.org/southfest/donation/

If you would like to contribute in a different way, we encourage you to be an adult monitor during the event as it will require more oversight.  The Class of 2021 is grateful for your support.

Coffee, Seltzer & Soda for Staff Appreciation Luncheon on March 24

Thank you to everyone who has donated to support our PTSO Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, March 24!

We would love to have plenty of beverage options for our teachers and staff to support their full-day professional development schedule.  Please use the link below to sign-up to contribute coffee, seltzer or sodahttps://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/575097752050/false#/invitation

We need coffee donations to be dropped off between 7:45-8:15AM, so the staff members can enjoy a cup of coffee to start their day.  All other items may be dropped off in the cafeteria any time from 7.45 am-11 am on March 24th.  Thank you!!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
tammyboem@gmail.com (Tammy  Tsikar)
ilanasteel@gmail.com  (Ilana Steel)

 

Vigil for Atlanta Victims Sun, Mar 21 @5PM Newton City Hall

Newton Community Vigil for Victims of Atlanta Shooting

STOP ASIAN HATE – Rally and Assembly Against Anti-Asian Hate Crime and Racism organized by The Chinese American Association of Newton.


SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
IN FRONT OF NEWTON CITY HALL
1000 COMMONWEALTH AVENUE, NEWTON, MA 02459

The Chinese American Association of Newton (CAAN) will hold a vigil for the victims of the horrific killings this past Tuesday in Atlanta, GA.  Six out of the eight victims are innocent Asian women.  In 2020 alone, hate crimes targeting people of Asian descent rose by nearly 150 percent according to a study conducted by California State University.

Our Asian communities are devastated, heartbroken, angry and feel helpless at this very difficult time. It should not be forgotten that though the pandemic has exacerbated anti-Asian racism, hate and violence towards the Asian community have existed and been deeply entrenched in our society.  The Atlanta killings only serve to highlight the fact that the recent attacks target those most marginalized: women, immigrants, the impoverished, and the elderly.

Please join us to pray for our victims, their family and loved ones. Let’s hope together and support each other. Together, we can be united, stand up and fight the hatred, senseless killing and racism for ALL people.

We deeply appreciate our neighbors, friends, Mayor and Mayor’s office and the City of Newton for their heartfelt support!

We will keep up our efforts, we will stand united, and we will overcome!

Supporting Our Asian American Community at South

The Newton South Community aims to be an inclusive welcoming community to all members of our school community.  Learn more about anti-racism resources at our PTSO website. We encourage you to read, watch and act through these resources to help us stop systemic racism.

In light of yet another recent tragedy in Atlanta shooting, we encourage every member of our community to raise awareness of implicit biases, support anti-racism, take action to stop systemic racism and show support for our Asian American community.

We encourage our community to heal, read, watch and act in support of our community and especially our Asian American Community during this time.

Statement of Support from NSHS Families Organizing for Justice

Dear Newton South Community, 

We know that many of you are pained as you see the rise of racial violence in our country, most recently this week with the killings of eight people in the Atlanta area, six of whom were Asian women. We are deeply hurt and saddened by yet another example of violence that targets our communities of color.  And, our hearts and minds are filled with a desire to show support and offer guidance to our Newton community at large about how to support our families of color and especially our AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) students and families during this year when the Covid-19 pandemic and political rhetoric have caused the unprecedented rise in racial hate crimes and aggressions. 

We, the members of FORJ NSHS — Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) of Newton South High School —  have been meeting this year to plan events that invite learning, conversation and mutual support for people of color and allies.  Meetings this year have included a book group that examined Stamped, and a panel discussion that highlighted the voices of students and staff of color from Newton South.  

Our upcoming FORJ NSHS Asian American Pacific Islander Solidarity Night on Wednesday, April 14th @ 7pm will be a night to learn specifically how to support our AAPI students as well as to offer affinity spaces for YOU – AAPI students and allies who are parents, guardians, faculty and community members. We realize this is one of the first nights of Ramadan, and hope that our Muslim friends can join us for at least part of the evening.  Please register for the event HERE.

We plan to offer an opportunity to learn about:

  • the historical and systemic roots of violence and discrimination against AAPI communities
  • how AAPI communities are impacted in terms of mental health and how to help and get help
  • how best to support our young people, family members and friends during this difficult time

Through breakout rooms, we will offer affinity spaces by age and racial identities in addition to random groups to allow people to learn from each other and offer each other support. 

We stand united against all acts of anti-AAPI violence, including hurtful language, stereotypes, and other aggressions. We pledge to continue to offer our support of racial justice and our continued work towards becoming an anti-racist district. 

We encourage you to educate yourselves and reach out to each other to appreciate the rich diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures within our school, community, country and world. 

Please note these upcoming events and attend the Asian Monologue Project on April 10th and our South FORJ event on April 14th. We hope that you will join us as we gather as a community to advance the cause of racial justice in the broader Newton South community.

  • Friday, March 19 @7PM. Parents/Guardians Forum – Zoom Link. Passcode: AAPI. Join us to discuss recent events.
  • March 31st – Asian American Awareness Day at NSHS (a full day series of webinars with guest speakers for students and faculty)
  • April 9th – Asian Night sponsored by the Newton South ASO
  • April 10th – Asian Monologue Project.  Get tickets at:  https://www.newtontheatrecompany.com/
  • April 13th – Ramadan begins
  • April 14th @ 7PM – NSHS FORJ AAPI Solidarity Night (with Michele Leong and Charlene Beh from NNHS) RSVP HERE

We encourage you to read, watch and act through these resources.

We look forward to standing together to create a welcoming, inclusive community that works for racial justice together!

FORJ NSHS – Families Organizing for Racial Justice at Newton South High School

P.S. Questions? Contact amy@amybehrens.com

P.P.S. For your convenience, here are the resources from the link above by title…


READ:

WATCH:

Talking to Teens about Anti-Asian Discrimination in the Era of COVID-19 – Excellent Webinar on Anti-Asian Violence from MGH Student Wellness

Excellent Guide for Asian-American Parents which includes videos in English, Korean, Chinese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Japanese from William James College

Act to Change is a national organization focusing on addressing bullying and racism faced by the AAPI community.  Some recent webinars:

TAKE ACTION:

Sat, Mar 13 Spirit Wear Sale from 3:30-5:30PM

Looking for a Newton South gear?  Come to our first spring spirit wear sale!

Saturday, Mar 13 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the traffic circle by the Stadium field (next to the pre-school playground). Grab new arrivals of hoodies, crewnecks, sweatpants, socks, blankets and lots more.

Can’t make it? Email the Booster Club at copresidents@nsboosters.org and we can arrange a separate purchase and pick-up.

Parent Volunteers Needed to Secure Vaccine Appointments for Teachers

Dear Newton South Parents and Guardians,

With the recent announcement by Governor Baker, and approval from Newton South Administration, the PTSO is organizing volunteers interested in helping our Newton South faculty and staff to secure COVID-19 vaccination appointments.   We have created a signup form that has been sent out by Interim Principal Aronson to all faculty and staff and at South today.  Sign ups are all voluntary.

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please sign up herePlease note that all information shared between volunteer and NSHS faculty/staff member is confidential and will not be shared with anyone and used only for the purpose of securing a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.  Thank you.

Any questions, please contact Melissa Monokroussos at melissab104@gmail.com.  

Reminder – Complete the NSHS Principal Search Survey – Due Jan 31


NSHS Principal Search is underway! Take this opportunity to have your voice heard regarding what’s important in the selection of a new principal for South.  Please click to take the survey today! All responses will be shared with all members of the SAC so they have your input to assess candidates.  Thank you!

We have 2 parent volunteers from South on the SAC. There will also be future forums with semi-finalists in early March with South students, faculty and parents.

Below is the email update sent by Superintendent Fleishman on January 13, 2021 to South Families regarding the Newton South Principal search process.


Dear South Families,

As you are aware, Mark Aronson is serving as Interim Principal for the school year, and will be leaving in June. I am grateful for Mark’s dedication and commitment during this very challenging year. I know Mark will do everything possible to support the school through the end of the school year.

Selecting a principal is one of the most critical decisions made by a superintendent. Principals are expected to provide excellent educational leadership, establish a positive school culture, and manage the daily operations of the building. We have formed a Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) that includes administrators, faculty, students and parents/guardians. The SAC will conduct first-round interviews and recommend semi-finalists.

Parents and guardians will have the chance to meet the finalist candidates when they visit Newton South. We are also interested in getting your feedback on a series of questions as we begin the principal search https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QDC6ZLK.

While this has indeed been a most difficult year, we are excited about the opportunity to hire a new leader for Newton South, and I look forward to working with the South community as we embark upon this important task.

Sincerely,
David Fleishman
Superintendent of Newton Public Schools

Staff Appreciation Breakfast-Help Needed-this Friday, January 15th

Big thanks to all of the parent volunteers who have generously given their time to help out and/or donate breakfast food and drinks for Staff Appreciation functions.  As the NSHS faculty prepares for HyFlex transition, the teachers will have a full day of professional training on Friday, January 15th.  The PTSO will be providing breakfast sandwiches that morning.

We still need a few more donations for Friday, January 15th: 1 more box of Joe, more breakfast bars and snacks.  Thanks in advance if you are able to support this event.  Please click here to sign up.