The latest announcements from the PTO Council and NPS...

Public Forum on Student Assignment Review – May 18th New Date!

Please take note of an important Date and Time change for the PUBLIC FORUM regarding the Student Assignment Review.

New date: Monday, May 18th 7:45 pm
Education Center, Room 210, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville
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You are invited to attend a public forum on the Student Assignment Review. There will be draft boundary change scenario maps available for review and a brief description of the context and process to-date. The focus of the forum will be on your comments and feedback which are important to this process. Please join the Student Assignment Working Group for this important opportunity to provide feedback. All scenarios are in draft stage and are subject to change.

2015 Honor Thy Teacher

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May 4th – 8th  is Teacher Appreciation Week. Say “Thank You” to the exceptional teachers and staff who motivate, educate and inspire your students to be the best they can be by participating in the Honor Thy Teacher campaign.

Newton Schools Foundation created this special program for parents to honor teachers by giving a gift in their name. You may also choose to honor a special education aide, a fine arts or music teacher, or a coach or counselor who has touched your child’s life. Suggested donation is $25 per teacher/staff member.

NSF celebrates Newton Public Schools teachers and staff by:
• Notifying honored teachers and staff of your gift
• Sharing honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals.
• Listing all honored teachers and staff in the Newton TAB

You can make your donation on line at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org or by mailing your donation to Newton Schools Foundation, 246 Dudley Road, Newton, MA 02459. Please include the names of teachers and/or staff at which school that you are honoring. Flyers will be going home in elementary school backpacks in the next week.

Newton Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to enhance the quality of education in Newton’s public schools. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast – May 20th

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

The PTO Council has historically sponsored a table at the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.  If you are interested in attending this year, please let Jen and Karen know as soon as possible so they can reserve your spot.

This year, the keynote speaker will be Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Newton residents Hubie and Katherine Jones will be honored.  Visit http://www.newtonma.gov/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=614&TargetID=22  to learn more.

May 20th, 7:15 am
McElroy Commons Building at Boston College

Student Assignment

As many of you are aware, this is an exciting time of elementary school facilities renovation and expansion in the Newton Public Schools. Because the new schools will have expanded capacity to address our enrollment growth, and we currently have elementary schools that are overcrowded, we have formed a Student Assignment Working Group that is examining elementary school boundary lines.

Over the past few months, the Student Assignment Working Group has developed a process to evaluate various student assignment scenarios. At the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 beginning at 7:00PM and held in the Education Center (room 210), the Student Assignment Working Group will present its latest scenarios and thinking as work continues. Additionally, there will be a Public Forum on May 11, 2015 beginning at 5:45PM and held in the Education Center (room 210), for community members to ask questions and offer comments.

The public is invited to attend both meetings as we are committed to engaging the community on this important decision. We will continue to keep you informed as the Student Assignment Working Group proceeds with its work. Please visit our Student Assignment webpage at http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/ district-initiatives/expandingcapacity/studentassignment.

How to Personalize Your Newton Public Schools Calendar

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