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Welcome to the Mason-Rice PTO

A new website is coming!  Over the next few weeks you will notice changes here as we move to a brand new Mason-Rice website and Mason-Rice Notes format.  (We were hoping that it might be ready by the start of school...but we're not ready yet!)  We strive to keep this one updated as we develop the new one.  If you can't find something, have feedback about the site, etc., please send it to Sarah, Sarah and Maureen (our PTO co-Presidents) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  



International Walk to School Day is a global event where communities from over 40 countries walk and bike to school on a single day. Join families, schools and communities around the globe on Wednesday, October 8, as they walk and bicycle to school in celebration of Walk to School Day.  Taking the bus counts too!  We will have apple cider waiting for you when you arrive.  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions. 

Kids shake it up before school!  Sign up for BOKS by this Wednesday, October 8

We're launching an 8-week pilot of BOKS, a program to get kids moving in the morning. It will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-8:20am starting Oct. 16th. Each session consists of 45 minutes of fun, kid-friendly activities led by parent volunteers.
Visit the BOKS overview page to learn more about the program, see if your kids want to participate and find out how to sign up.  If you already know about the program and want to sign your child(ren) up, click here.

If you have any questions contact Tamara Bekefi or Rob Swint at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Understanding Our Differences Program Leaders Needed!

The Understanding Our Differences program provides our children with the opportunity to learn about differences through experiential activities, creative videos, and
extraordinary guest speakers who speak openly about their challenges and successes. Our children are full participants in all activities and are encouraged to ask questions and fully engage with our guest speakers. The six units that children experience are:

  • Third Grade: Blindness & Visual Impairment and Deafness & Hard of Hearing
  • Fourth Grade: Chronic Medical Conditions and Learning Differences
  • Fifth Grade: Physical Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders

We need a grade liaison for 3rd grade and parent volunteers for grade 3, 4 & 5. The Understanding our Differences grade liaison is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the program including presentation, coordinating and training volunteers and securing the guest speaker. Parent volunteers assist with the facilitation of activities and have the special opportunity to partake in the full program. The Understanding Our Differences central office provides all materials which are extremely assessable and easy to follow. We are grateful to Michele Rosenthal (Oliver Friedenthal’s Mom) for coordinating the 4th grade program and Ed Levy (Jonah & Ezra Levy's Dad) for coordinating the 5th grade program. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it coordinated the program for many years and would be happy to connect with any parent who is interested in serving as grade liaison. 

Support the Mason-Rice Dues Campaign!

Every year, the Mason-Rice PTO meets a critical need in our school by providing funding for programs, initiatives, and supplies that are not available through the Newton Public Schools. Read our 2014 Welcome Letter and the overview document detailing where our money goes to learn more.

Every donation makes a difference! If you would like to help support/sponsor the cost of our programs, please make a donation to the the Mason-Rice PTO by using PayPal securely by clicking the button below.

OR you can send a check made payable to the "Mason-Rice PTO", and leave the check in the PTO Treasurer's box located in the front of the lobby.  Thank you  for supporting Mason-Rice!

Mason-Rice PTO is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  Your donation is 100% tax deductible. If you have any questions, please contact our Treasurers.

Make the Blue Zone a Safe Zone!

This year we are trying to proactively engage parents and caregivers in making our Blue Zone and parking areas a safe place for our children. As parents we want you to:

Thank you in advance for your attention to this important issue.

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PTO Programs and Events - Please contact us if you have any questions or sugggestions.  We welcome your feedback - contact any PTO co-President directly or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Thank you.





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