Underwood Community Events – November 29, 2020

We hope you all enjoyed a safe and delicious Thanksgiving! We can’t believe this week is December already. We’re super excited for our upcoming Underwood Community events:


12/3 Pizza and PTO! 

This Thursday our virtual PTO meeting falls on the same night as Underwood Day at Bertucci’s.

PTO Meeting Featuring Dr. Fleishman
We are excited to announce a special guest for our next Underwood PTO meeting! Dr. FleishmanNewton Superintendent of Schools, will join us on December 3rd at 7:00pm. Questions need to be submitted in advance to: underwoodpto@gmail.com

Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 937 335 2198
Passcode: 956516
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,9373352198#,,,,,,0#,,956516# 

Underwood Day @Bertucci’s
On Thursday 12/3, 15% of proceeds from takeout or dine-in will come back to Underwood. All you need to do is provide code 124-400-170 when ordering online (Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta | Newton) or via phone 617-244-4900.



12/13 – Gingerbread House Party!

The Underwood PTO presents a Gingerbread House Making Party (virtual style)! All families are invited to roll up their sleeves and bring on their creativity to decorate their very own gingerbread house. A Zoom party will commence from 4-5pm on Sunday afternoon, 12/13. This will be a wonderful time to catch up with your pals and/or to see how everyone else is decorating their masterpiece. We will be awarding (super cool) prizes for the funniest, most colorful, and most school spirited entries!

The details: 
Who: Underwood students (hybrid and DLA) of all grades!
What: Gingerbread House Making Showdown
When: Sunday, December 13, 4-5pm 
Where: In your warm and toasty home! Zoom link here. 
RSVP: via this online registration form

Families can provide their own Gingerbread House materials, store bought or homemade (suggested recipe here) including all of the gumdrops and chocolates you can handle!

We’re also offering a Festive Owl bundle including a Deluxe Gingerbread House making kit + Underwood Owl kid-size apron for $20 each. 

Prep tip, before the Zoom call: It will be handy to pre-build and connect the walls and roof of your gingerbread house, so the kids can have ample time decorating. Because we all know that waiting for the “icing glue” to dry ain’t fun!

Contest Submission Deadline: Final submissions due via photos emailed to the Underwood PTO by 6pm 12/13. Winners will be announced Tuesday, 12/15.     

Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 937 335 2198
Passcode: 956516
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,9373352198#,,,,,,0#,,956516#  

Please email us with any questions!

Women in World Jazz Concerts

Creative Arts & Sciences is proud to present Women in World Jazz webinar-style virtual concerts* for schools that missed their spring performances. Included during the presentation will be live and pre-recorded performances, and virtual collaborations.

Members of the ensemble will share information about the music of the featured composers. 

Underwood’s performance dates are as follows and DLA students will attend the performance with their neighborhood school hybrid classmates.

  • Wednesday, 12/16, 9:15 – Grades 3-5 Cabot, Peirce, Underwood, Zervas, Horace Mann
  • Wednesday, 1/13, 9:15 – Grades K-2 Angier, Cabot, Underwood, Zervas, Horace Mann

Creative Arts & Sciences enrichment programming is made possible by generous contributions to each school’s PTO. Thank you for your support!

Download the Brochure:

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*Webinar links will be distributed to students by the school’s administration prior to the performance date.

Underwood Staff Story Time hosted by the PTO

Check out our updated evening story time schedule! You don’t want to miss some of your beloved Underwood staff members reading their favorite books! 

It’s Book Fair time and as part of our celebration we’ve launched evening story time! Join your fellow Underwood classmates and some of your favorite staff members for a book or two before bed! 

Please join us from 6:30-7 for the following guest readers:

Tuesday 11/10: Ms. Titherington-Carey & Mr. Gluck
Wednesday 11/11: Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey
Thursday 11/12: Mrs. Mann & Nurse Carrie
Monday 11/16: Ms. Langston
Tuesday 11/17: Mr. Owen

Join us via this Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 827 4721 8522
Passcode: books

And don’t forget, the Underwood Book Fair is live until 11/22:
https://www.childrensbookstore.com/welcome/underwood-elementary-pto/ 

Underwood Book Fair

Welcome to the Underwood Book Fair!

Thank you for fostering a generation of young readers while supporting the Underwood Community!

Underwood PTO will receive 30% of sales made from 11/9-11/22. In addition, Underwood will continue to receive 15% of purchases made on this site for the remainder of the school year! All orders ship from PA within 1 business day to the address you provide at check out.

Click the badge below to be taken to the Underwood Book Fair’s page:

My Fundraising Page

Happy shopping!

Register for Underwood’s Spookiest Fun Run!

The Underwood Fun Run is back!!! It will look a little different this year as the event will not be held during the school day. Our little runners will run their own virtual race in their own time on Halloween Day. Run at the time that suits your family, where you want! All of the run proceeds will go back to the Underwood school and community. Why on Halloween day? Because we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate Halloween, be outside and active while wearing our costumes (and face masks)! All while supporting your PTO!


Virtual doesn’t mean we can’t have a sense of community, this is why all students will receive a t-shirt to celebrate the event regardless of their registration status or donation total! Come and pick it up under the tent on Fun Run Day, October 31st 10am-4 pm.


Visit the website here and create a personalized fundraising page for your child and then share it with your friends and family. Please contact us at underwoodpto@gmail.com with questions

Underwood PTO Fundraising Events!

Hello Underwood Parents, 

We have aspirational fundraising goals for the 2020-2021 school year as we increase our support of our classroom teachers and local families. We hope you can join us at our upcoming events!

Virtual Cooking Class with Renown Chef – This Saturday 10/17, Limited Spots Remaining!

We invite you to join your fellow Underwood Families for a fun and exciting cooking class via Zoom. We will be learning how to make a mushroom risotto and chicken marsala worthy of the North End! The cost is $85 per family and all proceeds will benefit the Underwood community. 

Sign up here for a delicious evening with our community!

The menu can be tailored to meet nearly every dietary restriction. No mushrooms, no problem! Chef Joe will be sending out a customized shopping list ahead of dinner. 

We have just a couple of spots available, so please sign up by tomorrow, Thursday October 15.


Annual Fun Run! Halloween, Saturday, 10/31

The Underwood Fun Run is back!!! It will look a little different this year as the event will not be held during the school day. Our little runners will run their own virtual race in their own time on Halloween Day. Run at the time that suits your family, where you want! All of the run proceeds will go back to the Underwood school and community. Why on Halloween day? Because we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate Halloween, be outside and active while wearing our costumes (and face masks)! All while supporting our Underwood Community!

We will once again have t-shirts in order to celebrate the students’ accomplishment! 
The first step is to visit the website here and create a personalized fundraising page for your child. Please contact us at underwoodpto@gmail.com with questions.

Thank you!
Your Underwood PTO

Calling all Chefs, Wanna-be Chefs, and People Who Like Food!

While we are not able to hold the annual Mystery Dinner, one of the largest fundraising opportunities of the year. We’re making up for it with a wonderful virtual cooking class taught by a local and credentialed chef!

We will be learning how to make a mushroom risotto and chicken Marsala worthy of the North End! The cost is $85 per family and all proceeds will benefit the Underwood PTO fundraising efforts. 

Sign up here for a delicious evening with our community!

The menu can be tailored to meet nearly every dietary restriction. Not a fan of mushrooms, no problem! All you have to do is note the same in the sign up genius slot and we will send you a customized menu.

If we have enough families sign up by grade, we can organize chat rooms for a bit of socializing before or after the cooking demonstration!

PTO fundraising supports teacher and classroom supplies, school facility updates, as well as Underwood families in need.

We really hope you can join us!

Thank you, 
Your Underwood PTO

Underwood PTO Social Night at Bertuccis

Online or On Site – Thursday 11/5

On Thursday November 5th, Underwood will receive 15% of all proceeds for meals purchased with code 124-400-170 at Bertuccis.com or present this flier at ANY Bertuccis restaurant between 11:00am and 10:00pm. Please share with your family and friends!

The first Underwood Social night is November 5th but we will be doing the first Thursday of every month this year!

https://www.underwoodschoolpto.org/bertuccis-dining-for-dollars/

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Upcoming Underwood PTO Events

Hello Underwood Families!

We’ve got some awesome upcoming events for you! Please mark your calendar and join us! 
Playground Meet Ups : 10/1 – 10/13
Safe Routes to School
Walk & Roll to School Week: 10/5-10/9
FORJ Events: 10/14 & 10/27
Underwood Fundraiser – Virtual Culinary Event: 10/17
Underwood Fundraiser – Bertuccis: 11/5

Playground Meet Ups
(DATE CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS)

Thank you to everyone who has been able to join our playground meet ups! We’ve made some date corrections and added new dates for Mrs. Tucker and Miss Cipolla’s cohorts. 
 Thursday 10/1 – Mrs. White’s 2nd Grade – Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Friday 10/2 – Ms. Melanson’s 3rd Grade – Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pmpm
Monday 10/5 – Ms. Hull’s 4th Grade – Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Tuesday 10/6 – Ms. Bardin’s 4th Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Wednesday 10/7 – Ms. Castodio’s 5th Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Thursday 10/8 – Ms. Murphy’s 5th Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Friday 10/9 – Mrs. Tucker’s 1st Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Tuesday 10/13 – Ms. Cipolla’s 1st Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, 2nd Grade Cohort B 5-6pm

Safe Routes to School Walk & Roll to School Week 10/5-10/9

Newton is celebrating Walk & Roll to School Week! Find a way that works for your family and educational mode — pick a day and walk or roll to school or around your home or neighborhood. If you’re looking for a “walking carpool” or “walking school bus” with other Underwood families- keep an eye out in the morning for other walking families. Also, the Underwood PTO directory lets you search by street if you need to find contact information.

Join with Massachusetts Safe Routes to School and participate in Bingo and color a sneaker to hang in your window after you complete your stroll. Download the activity booklet at www.newtonsaferoutes.org

Newton Safe Routes to School promotes walking, biking, and taking the bus to school through encouragement, education, infrastructure improvements, and safety enforcement. Our goal is to create a healthy community for everyone. Over the summer, representatives from many Newton schools worked with the city Transportation Department to identify safety concerns on walking and biking routes. You can contact the city with any concerns or pass them
along to Underwood’s rep, Alex Rolfe <arolfe@alum.mit.edu>.

FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) Events

Please join us at these upcoming FORJ events: 

Wednesday, October 14th 7pm-8pm –  How to Run Constructive Conversations on Race 
Come learn more about District Highlight Initiative: Constructive Conversations on Race and what it entails to run a group. Visit the FORJ Newton website for event details.

Thursday, October 27th 7pm-8pm – Raising Antiracist Kids Panel 
About the Raising Anti-racist Kids event: Join us for the first in a multi-part educational series on being an anti-racist. Cosponsored by FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice), Harmony Foundation and Newton Human Rights CommissionPanelists include: David . Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools (moderator), Ellie Axe, Director, Story Starters, Michele Leong, Newton North High School Office of Human Rights, Kathy Lopes, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Newton Public Schools, and Dr. Henry Turner, Principal, Newton North High School. Register Here.

Underwood Fundraiser – Virtual Culinary Event – Saturday 10/17

Please join us for an evening of fun with local Boston Chef Joe! Participants will learn how to make Mushroom Risotto worthy of the North End! Each step of the process will be demonstrated in great detail and you will then get to repeat it yourself using the ingredients and utensils specified, tailored to your specific dietary needs. Glasses of wine are very much recommended!
Cost is $85 per family plus ingredients.  

Date: Saturday, 10/17/2020
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm EDT
Location: Your kitchen via Zoom
Register here today!

Underwood Fundraiser: Bertuccis – Online or On Site – Thursday 11/5

On Thursday November 5th, Underwood will receive 15% of all proceeds for meals purchased with code 124-400-170 at Bertuccis.com or present this flier at ANY Bertuccis restaurant between 11:00am and 10:00pm. Please share with your family and friends!

Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to seeing you!

Your Underwood PTO

Upcoming Events – September 2020

Hello Underwood Families!


We hope you’re all settling in to your new school routines. We have a few upcoming events to share with you:

Virtual PTO Meeting

Tomorrow – Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00pm

Join our first PTO Meeting of the school year to learn more about what the PTO does, what to expect for the upcoming year, and how you can get involved!

We will also be raffling off this amazing Fall Date Night gift basket: wool blanket, wine glasses and a bottle of Underwood Pino Noir.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3941412138?pwd=NHZacS9zT05MazFmeFJFV1hHeFVIZz09

Meeting ID: 394 141 2138

Passcode: 310918

Playground Meetups!

We’re kicking off a series of playground meetups by Cohort and Grade. DLA students are welcome to join either grade cohort! 

Tuesday 9/29 – Mrs. Tucker’s 1st Grade – Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Wednesday 9/30 – Ms. Cippola’s 1st Grade – Cohort A 4-5, Cohort B 5-6pm
Thursday 10/1 – Mrs. White’s 2nd Grade – Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Friday 10/2 – Ms. Melanson’s 3rd Grade – Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Monday 10/4 – Ms. Hull’s 4th Grade – Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Tuesday 10/5 – Ms. Bardin’s 4th Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Wednesday 10/6 – Ms. Castodio’s 5th Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Thursday 10/7 – Ms. Murphy’s 5th Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm

We hope to see you there!

AuthorFest – presented by Creative Arts & Sciences

AuthorFest 2019 at Underwood was a huge success! Students and Teachers had the best time and everyone learned something about expressing their creativity. Students in grades 1-5 were inspired to create and tell their own stories. Here's a note from one 2nd grade parent on AuthorFest:
 
"The author that came in (Susan Tan) to speak with the school had a such a positive impact on Penny.  After the presentation Penny was even inspired to write her own book! Just wanted to let you know your efforts are making an impact and are appreciated."
 
*CAS AuthorFest was made possible by a grant from the Newton Schools Foundation, a contribution from The Village Bank in Auburndale, and your generous contributions to our PTO. Thank you!