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Sponsor-a-Child Gift Drive
The Sponsor-a-Child Holiday Gift and Gift Card Drive helps families in need at the Bromley-Heath Housing Complex in Roxbury as well as in our own community. Donations and gifts help spread the compassion and goodwill that is really at the heart of the holiday season.
The drive continues through December 11. Although all the children have been sponsored, we still need approximately 20 gift cards valued at $25 each, from Stop & Shop, Shaw's/Star Market, Target, or Walmart. You can buy a gift card from one of the stores, or just write a check to the Countryside PTO. Include "gift drive" on the "notes" line of the check and we will get the cards for you. Drop off the check in the PTO box outside the school office, or put it in your child's folder in an envelope marked "PTO Gift Drive". If you have any questions, you can e-mail Julia Sappenfield.
Reminder: NPS Gift Policy
Now that the holidays are upon us, please remember that Newton Public Schools has a gift policy for teachers and staff. You can find details in a letter to parents sent by Asst. Superintendent Joe Russo.
2014 School Musical
The 2014 School Musical will be The Little Mermaid. Auditions for grades 3, 4, and 5 have been held. Grades K–2 will be able to sign up to participate later in the year. For more information, please see the School Musical page.
Creative Arts & Sciences
The Creative Arts and Sciences program brings high-quality, curriculum-related enrichment programs to our children's classrooms. Although it is mandated by the Newton Public Schools, volunteers from the PTO are completely responsible for organizing and funding the program. More information.
Recently, the Countryside PTO sponsored an interactive performance by the members of Opera To Go! Students (and parents) learned about tenors, baritones, sopranos and mezzo-sopranos as the troupe sang excerpts from The Magic Flute, Cinderella and other opera standards.
Also, Eric Olson and his "Insect Friends" visited the 1st Grade Classrooms. The first graders learned about insects, spiders, and a pill bugs. They then had the opportunity to dig in dirt from Mr. Olson's backyard to find millipedes, pill bugs, centipedes, and spiders. The smallest of these were viewed under Mr. Olson's microscope.
Open PTO Positions
It's the start of a new school year and we're looking for volunteers. Last year was a great one, due to the efforts of our many parent volunteers, and this year we hope to have an even better one. But to do that, we need your help! We still have some PTO committee chair vacancies in need of enthusiastic parents! Check out the committees page for some ideas of where and how to volunteer.
If you have questions about any of the positions, please contact one of the current committee chairs. If you would like to volunteer for one of the open positions, please contact PTO Co-Presidents Gena Hooper or Anne Kalis.
The Fifth Grade experience is a special one at Countryside. For more information, and to learn how you can get involved, please see our Fifth Grade page.
Downloadable Information and Forms
New to Countryside? Check out the New Families FAQ [PDF] for answers to
many of the most common questions.
Questions, comments, or information to add to the site? Email us.
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