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PTO Council welcomes new Council Co-Presidents

We welcome Karen Manning and Kim Thurmond as the two new co-presidents who will be joining Jennifer Abbott next year.  We also welcome to our Executive Board new member Doreen Rachal.

A huge thank you to Sunwoo Kahng and Lori Knowles for their service on our Executive Board for the last two years and to Frieda Dweck and Theresa Fitzpatrick who along with Jennifer Abbott have been working tirelessly as Council Co-Presidents to fulfill the purpose of the PTO Council (and so much more), as stated in our bylaws:

To serve as a fact-finding and discussion body to clarify issues related to the Newton Public Schools and to recommend or take appropriate action on such issues where advisable;

To act as a clearinghouse for information from members of the school administration and community leaders to the member Parent-Teacher Organizations and Parent-Teacher-Student Organizations (collectively referred to herein as the “PTOs”), to provide communication among the member PTOs, and to provide communication from the member PTOs to the community and to the members of the school administration; and

To act as an advocate for public education in Newton and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

NewtonServes 2014

A Day of Community Service: A project of Newton Community Pride, Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs and the Newton Parks and Recreation Department.

NewtonServes Day is the kickoff for NewtonSERVES Volunteer Week. Mayor Setti D. Warren is encouraging religious organizations, schools and non-profits to identify service projects that need volunteers. He is also asking citizens, businesses and civic organizations to volunteer and make a difference in the community.

There are lots of ways that you can volunteer including: donating food to the local food pantries, delivering meals to a sick neighbor or friend, tutoring a child, picking up litter in your neighborhood, donating blood at your local Red Cross, or volunteering on Sunday April 27 for the Day of Community Service. For additional details, please visit Newton Community Pride.

Sunday April 27th
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rain or Shine

Meet Up with Mayor Warren

Join Mayor Warren and Department Heads for a Community Meet Up on Sunday, March 30th, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Hyde Center.

At the Community Meet Up residents and businesses will have the opportunity to learn about city projects, programs, services and new initiatives.

Please find a flyer with more information on the event.

Hot off the press

Check out the newly released proposed budget here.

Food Service Training Session

Many PTOs are planning end of year celebrations and fundraisers which will involve the preparation and handling of food. All food that is offered to the general public is required to meet specific quality and handling standards. Therefore, to ensure that food is served safely, it has been generally required that events at which food is served have a designated person-in charge, who is responsible for ensuring that food is stored, prepared, displayed and served in keeping with safe food practices.

A Food Service training session geared towards providing PTO representatives with the information that they need to satisfy these requirements has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 18th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Newton City Hall cafeteria. The Health Department will conduct the training session, and will provide you with training aids and handouts so that you can pass along information to other volunteers at a later date.

We hope that many of you will be able to receive training. The person (or persons) attending do not need to be PTO presidents, however please send a quick email to the Co-Presidents here if you will be coming so we can advise the Health Department of the number of people to expect.