Category Archives: From the PTSO

Teacher’s Appreciation Lunch November 2, 2021

On Tuesday, 11/2, the PTSO will provide lunch for Newton South’s staff.  In keeping with COVID protocols, boxed lunches will be provided, with offerings including individual pizzas and sandwiches, as well as sides of chips, salad and dessert. The catering will be provided by Sweet Tomatoes, a delicious local pizzeria and sandwich shop owned by Newton South parent Hedy Jarras.

Please show your support of our staff and teachers by donating to the luncheon.  Rather than our usual ask of donated items, the boxed lunches will be available for purchase online. For a donation of $14.00 per box, you may purchase an entire lunch for a staff member.  There’s no need to go to the store, prepare or deliver anything. Click on the link below to contribute.


Meals for Teacher Appreciation Day

In addition to providing lunch, we would like to collect personalized notes for the staff, written by Newton South families. Please take a minute to write a note to let them know how much their contribution means to you and your child.  These thoughtful notes are always so well received and appreciated.  Click the link below to write your note online.  These notes will be printed out and shared with the staff. 

Thank you for all your support! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us: (Tammy  Tsikar)  (Ilana Steel)  

Newton community COVID vaccine clinic for ages 12 and above

Progress on the Courtyard


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PTSO Weekly Newsletter October 10, 2021

South Stage Parents: New Parents Night and Family Ads Info

Along with Mr. Knoedler, we’ll be hosting a night for new parents and caregivers to hear all about South Stage! Join us on Tuesday, October 12 at 7 pm in the Theater Classroom, Room 9141. Masks required. 

Tickets for our first production of the year, The Three Musketeers, will go on sale Monday, October 11. They will be reserved seating only. Please check for ticket buying information then. 

In the meantime, go ahead and place your family ads! The deadline for Musketeers ads is Friday, October 15. Frosh parents, you can also get a jump on your ads and submit them now – just be sure to choose the correct show when filling out the form. Please use the link below to place an online ad order or download the Family and Friends ad form. You can also see sample ads and pay via Paypal: 

About Playbill Ads:

Congratulate your favorite company member, or even the entire cast and crew, with a special message of support. Add a cute baby or kid photo! You can create your own ad and send it as a JPG or PDF, or you can send us your message and digital image, and we’ll design it for you. 

Additional Donations:

Please consider making a donation in addition to (or instead of) placing an ad. All donations are tax-deductible, and your generosity will be acknowledged with a listing in every South Stage Playbill for one calendar year.   

South Stage does not receive a production budget from the school other than modest stipends for adult directors. Although ticket sales typically cover production costs, we rely heavily on the funds raised through Playbill ads and donations to maintain and upgrade costume, construction, lighting, and sound equipment.  

Our first meeting of the SSPG Board will be on Monday, October 25 at 7 pm, location TBD. All are welcome to join us to find out more about volunteer opportunities throughout the year. We hope to see you then!

As always, all of the latest information can be found at, or following @SouthStage on Instagram or Facebook. Please reach out if we can answer any questions.

Thank you for all of your support!

Cheryl Stober

Co-Chair SSPG

Newton South Artificial Intelligence (AI) Club will have the first meeting October 12th 2:30 pm 

Time: First Blue Tuesday of every month Lion Block,

location:   Room 3220

All are welcome!!! Let’s explore AI together!

Our guest speaker – Susan Wu

-Senior service delivery manager

NCS Group Singapore

-founder of Smart kids coding

Susan Wu

Ms Wu is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of work experience at Multinational corporations including management positions at IBM, Dell, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. She currently works in Singapore. She got a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Shanxi Normal University in China and an

MBA from the University of Manchester Business School in England.

In her spare time, she helped non profit organization YOUNGSTARS NIGERIA, where she worked with global volunteers to design and develop the mobile application, . She hopes that female students in Nigeria can benefit from this platform in their pursuit of success.

October 12th 2:30 pm

First Blue Tuesday Lion Block,

Room 3220

Newton SC Candidate Forum
The Newton SEPAC is hosting a Newton School Committee Candidate Forum on Thursday, Oct. 14, 7-9PM. All candidates have been invited and anyone is welcome to attend (virtually). Submit questions to

Passcode: 795956

Fence Off!

The PTSO and Boosters are excited to sponsor some fence fun! An opportunity to showcase your club/group/team in front of the South community – and win a prize doing so! Decorate your fence section to highlight your club/group/team and show your school spirit.

All clubs/groups/teams are invited to claim a section of the chain link fence starting on October 15, each section of the fence will be tagged with a number and QR code allowing the section to be “claimed.” Once claimed, the decorating can begin any time, but MUST be completed in time for the Celebration of Lights on October 23 in order to be eligible for a prize.

Decorations must:
• Fit the fence section you’ve claimed
• Represent your club, South OR can be in the theme of South’s Points of Light
• Be able to withstand rain/wind if they are displayed prior to 10/23
• Be positive and school-spirited, relating to South or your club/group/team
• Face inward toward the pathway to be seen as people walk the path

Our goal is to also provide some back lighting on the opposite side of the fence which will help illuminate the displays, especially for the Lights celebration on 10/23.

The club/group/team with the most spirited display will win $100 prize for use by their club, group or team.

Need funds? $20 Toward your supplies!
The Booster Club will reimburse up to $20 for supplies related to the fence art contest.
Use this form to upload your receipts and be sure to note your club/group/team name in the comments section.
Booster Club Reimbursement Form

Fence Decorating Sign Up

Sponsor a Plant for the Courtyard

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush $50

The courtyard at NSHS has been a wonderful space for students to take lunch or a break during the day. The Grounds Committee has worked hard to clean up the space and the city of Newton did their part by clearing the weeds, laying down landscape fabric, and delivering mulch. Now it is our turn!

You can sponsor everything from a single daffodil to a full butterfly bush. Choose and pay for your sponsorship items below and we will add those items to the shopping cart. Our Grounds Committee will do the rest this fall and Spring!

I’d like to donate:

Plant name


Progress and other Projects brought to you by the Grounds Committee



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Virtual Meet and Greet with Principal Tamii Stras and Vice Principal Jason Williams

Newton South Families:

Here is the link to tomorrow’s Zoom for the meet and greet with Principal Tamii Stras and Vice Principal Jason Williams. This webinar will run from 6 PM – 7 PM tomorrow, Thursday 9/30.

As a reminder, you can use this form to ask a question in advance of tomorrow evening’s meet and greet. We will answer as many of these questions as we can!

We look forward to seeing those of you who can make it tomorrow evening!

Jason Williams (he/him/his)
Vice Principal
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road
Newton, MA 02459

Weekly Update 9/27 – 10/1

Newton South students and families,

We hope you had a great first full week of school last week!

Here is a link to the Weekly Update for 9/27 – 10/1. Note that this is an BLUE week – this affects club meetings during Lion block on Tuesday.

Here’s to another great week at NSHS! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Interested in theater arts or joining South Stage?

Is your SOUTH high schooler interested in theater arts or joining South Stage?

Did you know that South Stage has a parent group to support the staff and students in our amazing theater program?
If you are a new parent or returning parent please join us for a “South Stage Parent’s Social Event”  to meet others and hear more about the program.
Please join us on 10/3/21 from 4 PM – 6 PM at the home of Cara Attanucci and James Miner, 87 Winslow Street, Waban, MA.
This get together will be in the back yard and include drinks and snacks.
Please RSVP at

Annual Charity Car Wash this Saturday


The Newton South Girls Varsity Soccer Team will hold their Annual Charity Car Wash this Saturday (9/25) from 11:00AM – 2:00PM in front of the school.  2021 marks the 20th year that the girls have washed cars to raise money in support of many worthy charities.  Please come out and support the girls this Saturday.