Countryside PTO, Newton Massachusetts

2014 Annual Fund

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5th Grade Moving Up Volunteers Needed

We still need a few volunteers to join the 4th grade parents helping with the Moving Up Ceremony on Tuesday morning. It's a great way to see what's in store for your child when s/he reaches 5th grade. If you can help, please sign up on VolunteerSpot.

New PTO Board Positions

Our PTO Board is adding 3 new "at-large" positions to bring additional representation across all grade levels and the community. At-large members will attend monthly meetings, participate in discussions, and have voting rights. We are looking for members to represent grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. Initial term will be 1-2 years. For more information, email one of the PTO co-presidents: Teri, Leslie or Anne.

Ways to Thank Our Teachers

With the end of the school year approaching, you may be thinking about ways to thank your child's teachers. Here are some ways you can show your appreciation:

  • The NPS School Handbook for Parents states that individual gifts to teachers are not allowed. We have been asked to cooperate in adhering to this policy of no gifts. However, a personal note, drawing, poem, or something handmade is the most treasured gift and strongly encouraged - especially when it's from the student!
  • There may be a class or group gift coordinated by your Room Parents. If so, your Room Parent will be in touch soon. This group gift cannot exceed a value of $150 and should only be used for classroom purposes.
  • The Countryside PTO will run its annual Thank Our Teachers (ToTs) fund. A card/flyer will be coming home in the next few weeks. You can quickly pen a personal note on the card and enclose a donation. The teacher receives your personal note. The donations are then pooled, and the teachers decide how the money should be spent to enhance Countryside classrooms.
  • Newton Schools Foundation is currently running the Honor Thy Teacher fund. Donations can be made to the Newton Schools Foundation in the name of the honored teacher(s). The names of those honored will be listed in the Newton Tab and shared with the Superintendent and school principals. Donations go to the Newton Schools Foundation to be used to fund programs in various Newton schools.

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.

Fifth Grade

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.

Photo Opt-Out Form [MS Word .doc, PDF]
PTO Expense Reimbursement Form [PDF]
Countryside School Map [PDF]

Newton Public Schools Lunch Menus and Information




Last Day of School
This Wednesday, June 24,
all students will be released
at 12:00 Noon.
Also, the CCC aftercare program
will close at 3:00 pm sharp!
Have a great summer!

SchoolKids Ordering
The deadline is Friday, June 26.
See the calendar or newsletter
for details. Participation is
voluntary, but can save you time
and money on school supplies.

Blue Zone
Please remember that there is
No Parking in the Blue Zone
during school drop-off and pick-up.
Please follow the rules to help keep
our kids safe! For more information,
please see our Blue Zone page.

For more details on events,
please see the Calendar listings.



Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the Countryside PTO's biggest yearly fundraiser. We need your help to support school-wide enrichment programs. The PTO annually provides more than $100 per student to support our children's curriculum and to supply essentials that are not funded by the city. More information.

Shopping Bonuses

Your everyday shopping can earn money for our school. See how!

When you want to shop at, come here first! Countryside receives 4%-8% when you use the Amazon4Countryside link. You can also bookmark the page where this link sends you, and use that to go to Amazon.
Shop and raise money for Countryside

Sign up for the Target Take Charge of Education® program  and designate Countryside as your school. Countryside will receive a percentage of every purchase you make with your Target REDcard®.

BoxtopsPrint Box Top sheets to fill to help your class!

Countryside Community Offers

When you buy the history of Upper Falls, The Makers of the Mold, and enter the code 6TLU8E97, the PTO will receive $5.

More offers from Countryside parents...



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