Countryside PTO, Newton Massachusetts

2014 Annual Fund

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2014-5 Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the Countryside PTO's largest fundraiser, and it is running from now until November 7. The reality is that the City of Newton does not pay for many essential supplies and programs. Through your voluntary, tax-deductible contribution, the money raised through the Annual Fund (and other fundraisers) enables us to fill these gaps. Every dollar you give supports our school and teachers, so the teachers can focus on what they do best: teach our kids.

For more information, please see the Annual Fund Brochure or the Fundraising Page. If you contribute $100 or more by October 31, you will be entered into a drawing to win a Target gift card.

Halloween Hoe-Down

Kids can join their classmates in this fun-filled night of great costumes, games and dancing on Saturday, October 25 at Countryside. We have scheduled times according to grades: grades K-2 at 6:00 pm – 7:00-ish pm; grades 3-5 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. If you have two or more children who currently attend C-Side in different grade levels, feel free to let them stay for the the full time of frightening fun! However, we request that only those children who currently attend C-side grace us with their presence. One parent/guardian must stay at the party with their child(ren) the entire time. Costumes highly encouraged, but please no masks or play weapons. There is a suggested donation of $5 per family to help defray costs.

If you have Halloween-themed decorations or prizes that you would like to donate to the party, there will be a donation bin outside of the front office during the weeks leading up to the festivities. The deadline for drop-off is Friday, Oct. 24th 3:00pm. Decorate a pumpkin and bring it to the Pumpkin table outside the front door on the 24th at drop-off or pick-up. All decorated pumpkins will be displayed at the Halloween party!

Please consider donating your time, decorating skills, Halloween decorations, or bakery items. Sign up to volunteer on SignUpGenius.

BOKS - Registration Open Now

BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success), Countryside's before-school fitness program is now open for registration for all grades. The fun-filled 12 week program will run every Monday and Thursday morning from 7:30-8:20 a.m. starting on October 30th. All sessions take place in the Countryside gym or field. Sponsored by the PTO, BOKS is being offered this year at the reduced cost of $25 for the full 12-week session. Slots are limited, so have your child get their sneakers on & be ready to roll! Contact Freya Hurwitz to register.

Library Volunteers Needed

Help out in the Countryside library! Volunteers assist with shelving, monitoring checkouts, and more so that Mrs. Layton, our library teacher, can focus on instructing students.

Join us this Wednesday, October 22, from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m., for a Countryside library orientation. We encourage you to attend the orientation session and learn more (even if you are only thinking about it). Volunteers must have completed their CORI/SORI forms, available at the orientation.

Sign up now at our VolunteerSpot 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.

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.

School Musical: Seussical, Jr.

The Countryside Musical is a longstanding school tradition. It is produced entirely by volunteer parents and your talented children. 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade auditions have already been held. More information about the K-2 Junior Cast will be available later in the year.

For more information, please see the School Musical Page or see the Seussical Parent FAQ.

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




Walk to School Wednesday
All remaining Wednesdays
in October are
Walk to School Wednesdays

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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