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Welcome to the Mason-Rice PTO

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  

 
NEWS & EVENTS

JOIN M-R'S KIDS FIGHTING CANCER TEAM - 5/30/15

There's still time to join the M-R Kids Fighting Cancer team at the Relay for Life!  Consider spending the night with our fun, engaging team and walk to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society. It is a great way to get your kids involved in a larger cause and there is nothing more powerful than seeing a group of survivors take the first lap around the field. (If you are not a camper, nothing beats "urban camping" with restrooms at the Relay!) 

Can't stay for the night but want to support our team?  Then buy a luminaria for $10 and dedicate it in memory or in honor of someone fighting cancer.  You will feel good about honoring someone -- and you will help keep our path lit all night and help us remember why we we walk. You can learn more about our M-R KFC (Kids Fighting Cancer) team and buy luminaria online through our team page.  Just click the Dedicate a Luminaria link. 

Have questions or want to learn more, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

 

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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YOUR ACTION NEEDED....

Fun Run and End-Of-Year Picnic!  Order Today!

 Mason Rice's annual Fun Run and Picnic will be held Mon. June 15th from 5-7 PM on the Mason- Rice fields. All kids are invited to run the Fun-Run. NO FEE. Just come at 5pm to join the race. Pack a picnic dinner or order dinner Click here to download Order Form & return Order Form  by 6pm FRIDAY, June 5th, 2015. All proceeds for food orders benefit the 2016 Fifth Grade Graduation class activities. 

Make your voice heard!  Vote for the PTO Budget, Officers & Board today!

 As we look ahead to June and the end of another school year, we are pleased to present our community with the voting proxy for the proposed Slate of Officers and Board Members as well as the summary of the proposed 2015-16 Budget.  As parents, you are all members of the PTO and as such, we encourage you to review this information, contact us with any questions you may have, and vote on the slate and the budget today.

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