Underwood PTO Basket Raffle 2018

Get Your Tickets for the Annual Underwood PTO Basket Raffle!

There is no limit to the number of tickets you can buy or the number of baskets you can win. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to support your school and have a chance at winning:

  1. View the baskets (in-person or online). Baskets will be on display in front of the Underwood School office starting Wednesday, May 30th – Friday, June 1st. They will then be on display at the carnival. In the meantime, take a look at the inventory of each basket.
  2. Purchase your raffle tickets (in-person or online). Tickets are $2 each (or a sheet of 15 for $20). In addition to the tickets that are sent home, you can also purchase online. Go to firstgiving.com/underwoodpto and we will fill out the tickets for you.*
  3. Get ready to raffle! Basket winners will be drawn at the Spring Carnival on Friday, June 1st. You don’t have to be present to win!

Thank you for supporting the Underwood PTO and we look forward to seeing you at the Annual Spring Carnival on Friday, June 1st!

*NOTE: For online ticket purchases, please include the basket theme or number under the “Comments” section. If you are purchasing tickets for multiple baskets, include the amount of tickets you are purchasing for each basket.


  • $30 is enough for 20 tickets: one sheet of 15 for $20, plus 5 single tickets at $2 each 
  • Comments might be: 8 tickets for K/1st; 2 tickets for 2nd/3rd; 10 tickets for 4th/5th

Basket Inventory

Underwood PTO :: Proposed Slate of Officers for 2018/19

Underwood PTO
Proposed Slate of Officers for 2018-19

The PTO Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its slate of candidates for the PTO Officer elections. The Nominating Committee’s candidates are listed below. Note that the President and VP of Fundraising positions are ideally co-led and open to additional nominations. 

Anne Marie Gravel - President (co-president position is still open)
John Papoutsis - Treasurer
Jen Tsuda - VP of Fundraising (co-vice president position is still open)
Becca Connors - VP of Communications
Kate Leuthy - Secretary
Erika Holmberg - Officer at Large

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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