The 2018 Online Auction is Now Closed

The Underwood School PTO's online auction is now closed. 
Thank you for supporting our school!

We want to thank all of the bidders that participated in this year’s online auction. We were able to exceed our fundraising goal this year and it was your support that made it possible! The money raised will help the Underwood School PTO support a variety of enrichment programming for the 280 students at Underwood School.

Volunteers Needed for Understanding Our Differences (5th Grade) - Apr 27th, 12-2PM

Volunteers Needed for Understanding Our Differences!

Please join us in the Fifth Grade Classrooms on Friday, April 27 from 12–2PM to help present the Physical Disabilities unit of Understanding Our Differences.

Understanding Our Differences is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the Newton Public Schools to provide a unique and creative disability awareness program for elementary school children in grades 3-5. Presented by volunteers, the program promotes inclusion, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities, and individual differences at our schools and in our community.

Each Understanding Our Differences Unit includes:

  • An informational PowerPoint presentation and video
  • Group discussions
  • Hands-on activities
  • A guest speaker with disabilities and an opportunity to hear, and ask questions about, their experiences

Top 5 Reasons to Volunteer with Understanding Our Differences.
— Share time in the classroom with your child and other students.
— Get to know other parents and volunteers.
— Be a role model for inclusiveness.
— Learn to see the person not the disability.
— Feel confident knowing we provide you with training and curriculum by Understanding our Differences.  You can choose from online or in person training.

Interested in helping out? Contact:
Andrea Chahrour
5th Grade Coordinator
andrea.chahour@gmail.com
(617) 431-0971

Want to know more?
www.understandingourdifferences.org

Families Organizing for Racial Justice in Newton

Dear Underwood Community,

A small but growing number of Underwood parents has been attending FORJ Newton (Families Organizing for Racial Justice in Newton) meetings since September. We would love to see more people there! FORJ is a coalition of families in and around Newton, MA who believe change starts at home and in our own communities. We are a learning community educating ourselves, our children, our schools, and our communities about race, racism, culture, and identity. We strive to achieve safe and welcoming environments that enhance the well-being of all people. We promote healing and connection between individuals and communities. We speak out against injustice, support our kids to be upstanders, and take action to address bias and inequity. From lectures on race and diversity, to discussion groups, community events, Dynamic Diversity trainings and more, we follow the lead from our communities and help families like ours foster inclusion in our city and schools.

To learn about FORJ and how to educate yourself about racial justice and inclusion, please click the Read More link below...

Underwood Online Directory

All families who have provided the PTO with their emails will receive login information to update and utilize our new online directory system today. This system is more convenient, more environmentally conscious, and can be updated throughout the school year. It also gives families access to contact info over a month earlier than in past years! Please look for an email from Underwood PTO and MySchoolAnywhere shortly to get started. Click the "Read more" link below for more information.

Big Thank You - From the Underwood PTO!

Thanks to all who helped organize, volunteer at, and participate in the annual spring Carnival, as well as many other activities and fundraisers throughout the year. This year's Carnival was a huge success. While everyone we met seemed to have spectacular fun, Liz and Steve Tabor had a particular blast getting their basket prize into their Mini Cooper! They were the winners of the 4th/5th Grade Gift Cards for Toys & Treats basket.

Liz is a lunch monitor at Underwood, her husband is Steve. “We had fun getting it home and taking it apart. It took us awhile! I love the school and the kids.”

Underwood Merchandise

Show your school spirit! We have Underwood merchandise available for children of all ages and sizes: sweatshirts, t-shirts, flannel pants, and water bottles. Fill out the order form below, or print out the PDF and return to the PTO mailbox in the main office. Click the Read More link below for more information.

CASC at Underwood

What We Do: Since 1960, each Newton Public School PTO has had a Creative Arts & Sciences Committee that sponsors visiting programs to enhance K-8 education. Presenters typically include award-winning authors, accomplished musicians, artists, and poets, and the Museum of Science Boston and the Discovery Museums of Acton. Programs can be an adjunct to art, English, library, mathematics, music, physical education, science, or social studies curricula.

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