Countryside PTO, Newton Massachusetts

2014 Annual Fund

Fundraising Thermometer

Thermometer byFundraising Ideas Center


Holiday Gift Drive

Our annual Holiday Gift Drive has begun! This year, we are providing gift cards for families in need in our Countryside community as well as providing gifts for children in need.

You can help provide gift cards to Countryside families in need by making a donation toward the purchase of $25 Target and Stop and Shop gift cards. Just send cash or a check in any amount to the Countryside PTO, and make sure to note that the donation is for the Holiday Gift drive.

You can also sponsor a local family through the Community Partnerships for Children and Families, which runs three shelters in Newton for victims of domestic violence and for parents struggling with addiction. You can help by buying children in these families a few things, such as clothes, books, and toys. To get an information card with a child's wish list, just visit the table in front of the school at drop–off and pickup, Monday Nov. 24 – Wednesday Nov. 26.

2014-5 Annual Fund

We're in the final stretch of The Annual Fund — the Countryside PTO's largest fundraiser. We're almost at our goal, and we need your help to reach it! 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.

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.

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




Sponsor-A-Family Gift Drive
Our annual gift drive to help
those in need has begun.

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...



Submit news to the Update.
Submissions of Countryside School and PTO news should be limited to one concise paragraph.

More information>



Co-ordinators for many committees needed, contact the PTO for details.

Questions, comments, or information to add to the site? Email us.