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We're glad you're a part of our vibrant community.  If you can't find something, have feedback about the site, etc., please send an email 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  

 
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Thank you to our donors and bidders for supporting the Mason-Rice Spring Auction 2015

 We will post pick-up information soon.  

 online: https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=226155786

Spring into Spring! Get Ready for Fools' Folly by Attending this Concert the Night Before...

Parents, NPS staff, and members of the public are invited to a very special event on Friday, April 10, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The event will feature jazz vocalist Semenya McCord and her band, who performed their fabulous “Journey into Jazz” program for all of Newton’s elementary and middle schools this year. It promises to be a great concert and this 21+ event will also include a reception with complimentary beverages and light fare. All proceeds will benefit the Newton-wide Creative Arts and Sciences program, which brings a wide range of curriculum-related enrichment programs to our children. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at: https://search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/webstore.html?event=.&domain=newtonps

NPS staff may obtain discounted tickets by emailing:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Click here for more information about the event.  Click here to learn more about the Creative Arts & Sciences Committee.

M-R Parking & Blue Zone Update:  March 2015

The snow is melting, curbs are starting to show and our streets are hopefully getting back to normal.  The good news is that sidewalks are mostly clear for walking, which is better for our health and the environment, so we encourage that as much as possible.  

If you need to drive, we thought that this would be a good time to refresh parents and caregivers on the best parking areas around Mason-Rice.  We have attached a helpful revised map here so please click it, print it out, leave it in your car in case your regular area is all filled up.  (Parents, please pass this on to caregivers!) 

Here’s an overview:  

  • Once the snow melts, we are actually quite lucky that we have a lot of places to park within a few blocks of school.  Tyler Terrace and Centre Street are great options as are Hancock at the top of the hill, Park Lane, Chapin, Stafford, and Tarleton.  Pleasant Street in the block closest to Newton Center and Bowen Street across the Newton Center playground are good options as well. When the snow is gone, all of those streets have room to park on one side of the street and still allow traffic to pass. 
     
  • Another way to reduce traffic near the school during arrival and dismissal hours is to consider parking across Homer, Beacon, Pleasant, or Centre St. and having your older children walk to you.  There are crossing guards at those locations to help the students cross safely, and the older kids love to feel a sense of independence.  

  • Even after the snow melts, we do NOT recommend parking on Bracebridge Road.  It’s in terrible shape from the winter and regularly is a muddy, wet mess through the Spring so we encourage you not to park there.  

  • We also strongly discourage you from parking on Pleasant St. from Lake Ave to Tyler Terrace and from Park Lane to Homer Street.  Why?  Those are highly traveled, two lane roads and back up all of Pleasant Street if one of those lanes are blocked.  However tempted, please do not park there.  Keep driving until you find a spot somewhere else.  

  • Parking is NEVER allowed for parents in the Teacher’s parking lot except for those with handicapped placards.   

Thanks as always for your patience as we weather the final days of winter.  Please continue to follow all Blue Zone rules including not parking across the driveway (we have two-three buses per day that need to enter and exit) and not leaving your vehicle in the Blue Zone unattended.  

Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Sarah, Sarah & Maureen
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Fools' Folly Tickets on Sale Now!

APRIL 11, 2015     

7-11:30PM

Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands

The Fools' Folly party is a celebration of the wonderful Mason-Rice community, including our excellent teachers!

Our theme this year is Saturday Night Live! Dressing in costume as a character of your favorite SNL sketch or live act is strongly encouraged!

Book your sitter and order your tickets now ($40 per person in advance; $50 at the door.)  To learn more about Fools' Folly, click here.  To buy your tickets via PayPal, select from the options below:

Choose from the menu and add it to your cart. Click "Continue Shopping" to add more items to cart.

Participate in STEM-Related Activities!

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. We have two exciting events coming up related to it - one driven by our children and one that relies on our amazingly, talented parents. Yes, that means YOU!

 

It's almost STEM Week!  During the week of April 6-10, each class has 2-3 hands-on sessions from parents on cool topics. In the past, parents have conducted chemistry experiments, talked about the sense of smell and how the heart works and written code with students.  If you have expertise in any STEM-related area including medicine, engineering or software to name a few and can make it accessible to kids, we want you!  We will happily welcome your extended family including grandparents and aunts and uncles with expertise. Miriam Dellheim Baumel is chairing this initiative so please reach out to her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in participating. Otherwise, stay tuned for more communication after break. We look forward to seeing some new parents in the classroom!


 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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