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Newton Centre, MA. 02459

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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  




To date 4,928 Luke Lights have been brought to children who would otherwise live in darkness after sunset, or breathe in the damaging fumes of kerosene. A quarter of the people on this planet live without access to electricity. We have a long way to go!  To that end, Katy and Matt Johnson are opening their home to host a fundraiser for Luke's Lights. Please join the Voss-Kernan family on Saturday, December 20 from 6-11PM at 65 Greycliff Road. At 7:30PM, there will be a presentation by Mason-Rice families who have brought lights to those in need.

Come see what your support and donations have already achieved! This is a family event and kids of all ages are very welcome. Tickets are $20/adult and $10/13 & under and can be purchased at the event. If you'd like to make a donation, please go to lukeslights.org. For more information, contact 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 session leaders for 5th grades and parent volunteers for grade 3, 4 & 5. The Understanding our Differences session leader is responsible for coordinating all aspects of one day of programming 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.





We have two parking issues that we need to address to maintain safe routes to school for drivers and pedestrians. Please pay attention to this and communicate this information to any grandparents, nannies or caregivers.

First, our neighbors on Bracebridge Road (perpendicular to Pleasant St.) have graciously allowed us to park on their private road for many years now. Lately they have felt like parkers have been disrespectful including parking in front of driveways or across from driveways limiting residents' ability to pull in or out. Given that:
  • Please don't block any part of a driveway when parking, even if you think you are going to do a quick drop-off.
  • We have placed orange cones across from two driveways, eliminating those parking spaces. Please DO NOT move the cones or park in those areas.
  • When we have snow, we strongly encourage you to NOT park on Bracebridge for a few reasons: 1) An already narrow road becomes extremely narrow and nearly impassable with parking on it. 2) As a gravel road, it becomes very hard to plow and the road becomes incredibly icy and unsafe.
  • A great alternative to parking on Bracebridge is parking just a bit farther on Hancock Road (at the top of the hill) and walking down to school with your child.
Our second problem area is Park Lane, particularly when there is snow on the ground. Park Lane is a very narrow street with no sidewalk on either side closest to Pleasant. We are working with the City of Newton to install sidewalks here in 2015. However we need your help to keep our walkers safe right now.
  • Please leave a space for walkers to walk when parking on Park Lane. (In other words, do not pull your car entirely off of the street, leaving no space for walkers.) This happens frequently and walkers are forced to walk in the street which is unsafe.
  • Please do not park on both sides of the street on Park Lane. This often blocks the pedestrian paths on both sides of the street and leaves very little room for regular traffic to pass.
As always, we encourage you to walk with your child all or part of the way to school even through the winter. Alternatively, if you live farther away, the bus is a great option, particularly as parking gets more complicated during snowy winter months. You can find bus transportation information here.

We appreciate your attention to both of these matters and your help in keeping both drivers and pedestrian safe. We also want to maintain our reputation of being good neighbors.

Sarah, Sarah & Maureen


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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