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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 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  


Election Day Bake Sale - November 4th 7am-1:30pm

While you're visiting the Book Fair, grab some treats at the annual Election Day Bake Sale! Brownies, cupcakes, cookies galore. Take home a pie or bread to feed your whole family. Open on Election Day before school in the lower lobby, after school out front (weather permitting) and from 7am-1:30pm in the voting area in the gym. All proceeds benefit Grade 5 activities, including class gift to the school.

Pre-order your "Mason-Rice Superstar" Cookies! Pick up/Pay at the Bake Sale.

Beautifully decorated and yummy limited edition Superstar Cookie made by M-R parent and pro baker Anne Taylor.  $4 per cookie, pay when you pick up at the Bake Sale. Order deadline October 31st, or until we reach 100 cookies. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name, youngest child's name and quantity. Thank you!

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 5th grades 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 first session of 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.



Welcome to the annual Mason-Rice Book Fair!  We need you!

The Book Fair is coming from November 4 through November 7. All week long, The Centre will be transformed into a children’s bookstore featuring carefully selected, quality books appropriate for all reading levels in the elementary levels, middle school and adult books too. Click here to get all of the book fair details including class visiting times.

With so many classes, we need many volunteers. Click here to see what roles you can play during the book fair.

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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