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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  

 
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JOIN IN THE GIFT OF GIVING
THIS HOLIDAY!

The mittens are up!  Gift of Giving - Mason-Rice's Annual holiday outreach to Bromley-Heath Housing Development, the Child Witness to Violence Project and Department of Children and Families has begun.

Sign-up at the M-R lobby bulletin board. Select a child, take a paper mitten with the child's wishlist, buy him/her holiday gifts and know you made a difference in the life of a child in need. For all the details, check out the backpack flier that came home this week or click here. Gift tags can be found here.

If you have questions or can't make it to the M-R lobby, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . (We can pick a mitten out for you!) Many thanks in advance for your generosity!

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.



 


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PTO PARENT WINE/BEER TASTING SOCIAL - 11/21/14

Join us for the Mason-Rice parent social at Sarah and Dan Housman's House at 64 Homer Street on Friday, November 21 from 7:30-10:30PM. Come taste wine and beer and learn what might go well with your Thanksgiving Dinner. Mason-Rice Dad Marty Smith will lead us in the beer and wine tasting and discussion. All Mason-Rice parents are invited to come and please sign up HERE to bring a food and/or suggested beer and wine that will be discussed during the evening.  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.

 

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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