Greeting from the Countryside PTO! We hope this site will be a “one stop shop” for any Countryside information that families could want/need. Here are a few quick links you may find useful:

Countryside News

BUILDING COMMITTEE UPDATE
The Countryside School Building Committee and community had a great meeting last week. You can find the presentation that was given here and you can watch the meeting recording by clicking here
The Countryside School Building Committee voted unanimously to submit the Preliminary Design Program to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, MSBA. This step allows the project to stay on schedule. The next big step will be the submission of the Preferred Schematic Report which is anticipated to occur in April. This is all subject to the outcome of the override vote on March 14th as the project must be funded locally to secure the grant funds from the state which will cover 25%-30% of the project costs. 
Questions? Contact Lori Zinner, Countryside parent and member of the Countryside School Building Committee.  

THE ESCAPE ROOM CRAZE COMES TO COUNTRYSIDE!
If your family enjoys game nights, puzzles, and scavenger hunts, Countryside’s Escape Room is for you! A twist on a traditional game night, the PTO has partnered with PuzzleBreak Newton to bring the Escape Room craze to Countryside. Join us on Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m. as the area’s premier escape room company transforms our cafetorium into….drumroll…..The Grimm Escape! You are trapped in the Grimm Forest….can your family work together to solve puzzles, decode locks, and break the witch’s curse before the clock strikes zero??

Fun for ages 5-99, tickets are $15/person. RSVP here by January 31 to secure your spot!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is an Escape Room?
If you’ve ever played a board game and wondered what it would be like to be in a real world, interactive version that’s an escape room. The game is designed to be fun and challenging while testing you and your team’s mental prowess. Join in with your family and friends as you attempt to solve puzzles, find the key, and escape the room, all within 60 minutes time. Teamwork and logic are essential in order to solve the challenging clues and puzzles during the game in order to proudly claim, “I’ve Escaped!” prior to the clock striking zero.

Who will be on my team?
The teams will be determined based on how many participants we have, however each family will automatically be on the same team. Puzzle Break is able to scale the game to any size.

How long is the game?
Briefing, escaping, walkthrough, and debriefing will take approximately 90 minutes.

Is there a sample video that shows me how it works?
Yes! Although this video is just an example. Countryside’s Escape Room will be tailored to fit our space and age of students.

COUNTRYSIDE GREEN TEAM
Are you interested in the environment, sustainability, and focused on protecting our planet for our children? Would you like to help make Countryside a greener and more environmentally conscious community? Countryside is looking for additional parent volunteers to join our “Green Team.” We have an exciting spring planned, and would always appreciate additional volunteers, ideas, enthusiasm, and energy. There are also opportunities to help with the student Green Team. Please email Julie Winsett at the Green Team for more information!

MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL
This greatly anticipated event is back again! Save the date for Saturday, May 6 from 3:30 – 6:00 P.M at Brown Middle School. Join us for great food and magnificent performances by our Countryside students. This year our theme is “Country Pride”. We want Country leaders to show off what makes them proud of their Country. This may mean different things to different people. If you are interested in participating as a leader or helper, please fill out the attached form. Some leader from last year have already signed on again. Please check out the PTO website to see if there’s already a leader for your country and connect.  
You can also email Sue Johnston, Jinhui Xu and Jenny Jing with any questions. 

COUNTRYSIDE PARENT PARTY
Save the date!! The Countryside Parent Party is back and we can’t wait to celebrate together! Mark your calendars for Friday, March 31 at Union Street in Newton Center. More exciting details to follow!

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2023-2024
The online registration system will be open for kindergarten registration beginning March 1, 2023. While there is no deadline for registration of students in the Newton Public Schools, families are asked to register their kindergarten-age child by March 20 so that staffing and programming can be planned for the year ahead. Here is the Kindergarten Press Release, which has been asked to share with our Parent Community. 


Volunteers

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS
Are you looking for a way to help out during the school day? Consider becoming a library volunteer! You can sign up for as many or as few weeks as your schedule allows. Please email Beth McDonough to schedule a training. All volunteers MUST have a current CORI/SORI form on file with the main office. Please click here to sign up to volunteer during your child’s library class or at another time you are available. Each class will meet once weekly through the end of the school year.