COVID-19 VACCINE/BOOSTER CLINIC

SATURDAY JUNE 11, 2022 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM OAK HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL – 130 WHEELER RD This clinic is geared towards children ages 5-11 for first and second doses and boosters with appropriate documentation. All minors must have a parent or legally authorized representative complete the consent form. We will also have them printed and available on site. Pediatric Pfizer vaccines will be available for ages 5-11. Vaccines for all eligible individuals will be available. Click here to register or visit: https://www.holtzmanmedical.org/school?fbclid=IwAR25jZRBcsBIzAEaS8iomcfpEhtR9ziUCPsDCiTzcxTBn_oLXAiAud4g4Rc (AGES 5-11)

2nd Annual Backyard Concert for Adults

Friday, June 10th 7-9pm: Backyard Concert for Adults Grown-ups let loose to the live music from Underwood parent and amazing singer/songwriter Will Dailey! Join us for a BYOB backyard bash to celebrate the end of an exciting and eventful in-person school year, hosted by the Goldworms and Luethys in their connected backyards. REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/UWD-Backyard-22 ABOUT WILL DAILEY Will Dailey is an acclaimed independent recording artist, performer, and artist advocate. His sound has been described as a Venn diagram of multiple genres with a rich vintage vibe channeled through his authentic and energetic performances. All inspiring famed Rock journalist Dan Aquilante to call him “the real deal”. Dailey’s albums are met with stellar reviews. They have 13 million spins on Spotify, top 20 on the national Billboard Heat Seeker chart twice and he’s won 8 Boston Music Awards including Album of the Year, Artist of the year, and songwriter READ MORE

2022 Spring Carnival

The beloved Underwood Spring Carnival is BACK! Save the date for Friday, June 3rd from 3pm-7pm. This is our biggest event of the year – and it is entirely run by volunteers! We need your help! Please sign up for a one-hour time slot: https://bit.ly/2022carnival-signup The 2022 Carnival will feature: Food trucks Games Inflatables Prizes Sand art Snow cones Face painting A dunk tank and a beer garden! More details about tickets will be released shortly!

Underwood Movie Night – May 6th

The Underwood PTO invites your family to attend a free showing of the new release The Bad Guys (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-bad-guys)! When: Friday May 6th 6:30pmWhere: West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St, West Newton, MA 02465Who: Underwood students and families only; all students must be accompanied by an adultRSVP Deadline: 5pm EST, Thursday 5/5. We have a limited number of seats available so please RSVP as soon as possible. REGISTER HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScO1l8r3n3bJVZJo6fGsXwCEc30w0yJAmJ8QXWbEpAiTN-Q4g/viewform Questions: Please email UnderwoodPTO@gmail.com

NewtonServes Day is Sunday, May 1st

Newton Parks, Recreation & Culture Department is excited to share that NewtonSERVES 2022 will be on  May 1st.   This year we are looking to focus volunteer efforts on cleaning and improving our parks, school grounds, open space areas, and conservation lands.  These areas have been so important these past few years and really could use some community TLC! Mr. Gluck is leading our annual Underwood Garden and Playground Cleanup.All ages are welcome and you can sign up here: https://newtonma.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30256 – scroll down to Underwood School Garden! Volunteers should come to Underwood anytime from 9am – 3pm and bring their own gloves and masks – a rake or shovel from home would be helpful, too!

Freedom to Read: Addressing the Banned Books Campaign

Please join us via Zoom on Wednesday, March 30 at 7pm for a Panel Discussion co-hosted by the Newton North and Newton South FORJ chapters entitled Freedom to Read: Addressing the Banned Books Campaign.  In light of current legislative efforts to ban books (and other legislative efforts to limit teachers’ abilities to teach concepts of anti-racism, inclusion, and social justice) we think it’s important to have an open discussion around what we want our students to learn. We are delighted to have on our panel Lorena Germán, an educator focused on antiracist and anti-bias work in education, and the founder of the groups #DisruptTexts and Multicultural Classroom. She is the author of The Anti Racist Teacher: Reading instruction workbook, and Textured Teaching: A framework for culturally sustaining practices.  Please RSVP here to receive the zoom link at the email address you provide on the day of the event. READ MORE

Letter from the Co-Presidents – march 2022

Key Upcoming Dates:April 5: PTO Social at the SocialApril 6: Community Conversation: Newton METCO Presentation 7pmApril 15: Good Friday (No School)April 18-22: April Recess_____________________________________________________________________________Dear Underwood Families,Thank you for making the 2022 Underwood Online Auction a smashing success! The auction raised over $10,000, which will cover nearly the entire Creative Arts & Sciences (CAS) budget for this year. Thank you not only to the generous business who provided items, but to Julie Chrzan, Jared and Tess Leeds, Victoria Peake, the Abram, Curran, Dao, Davis, Morgan, and Peterson families, and our Underwood staff for generously donating items and events to help make the auction a success! Speaking of CAS, all Underwood students will experience three enrichment programs this spring, including Authorfest on April 12th. All grades will have an author visit the classroom in person or virtually that day (with the exception of READ MORE

April Community Conversation

Join the Underwood PTO and Newton METCO Director, Lisa Gilbert-Smith for this interactive presentation on Wednesday, April 6th. Lisa Gilbert-Smith is the Director of the Newton METCO Program. As Director, she oversees all activities for the METCO program in the Newton Public Schools and provides guidance to administrators and faculty on cultural proficiency, multicultural curriculum and the goal of high academic expectations for urban students of color. Learn general information about the Newton METCO program and its history. Join the discussion on how partnerships ensure that all students in Newton Public Schoolsflourish. Learn more and register: https://bit.ly/community2_2022

AuthorFest 2022

AuthorFest is back for Spring 2022! We are so excited that Underwood and CASC will host these amazing experiences for our students this year. Kindergarten – Science Discovery Museum: Bubbles!  May 25– David Zucker: Poetry in Motion; Outside, with 1st grade!  April 26 (rain date April 28)– AuthorFest: Emilie Boon (visiting 5/18 instead of 4/12) 1st Grade – Drumlin Farm: Wild Adaptations; late spring; outside (pending)– David Zucker: Poetry in Motion; Outside, with 1st grade!  April 26 (rain date April 28) – AuthorFest: Juana Medina, April 12 2nd Grade – Shaw Pong Liu: The Middle Kingdom through Music and Story; Jan-April; virtual (pending)– Joe and Vida Galeota: Day in Ghana; April-June; outside (pending)– AuthorFest: Juana Medina, April 12 3rd Grade– Annawon Weeden: First Light Fun; Outside, May 27– Techsploration: Structures; Outside, June 9– AuthorFest: Grace Lin (virtual), April 12 4th Grade – Science Discovery Center: Rocks and Minerals, May 18– Origamido;  virtual, being rescheduled from READ MORE

Community PTO Meeting on 3/8/22

Join the Underwood PTO on Tuesday, March 8th for our virtual community meeting – all are welcome!  We’ll be joined by School Psychologist Ms. Carr to explore how we can support our students through the next phase of the pandemic. Please email any questions you’d like Ms. Carr to address to underwoodpto@gmail.com with the subject line “Question for Ms. Carr”. Zoom Meeting Link Meeting ID: 937 335 2198 Passcode: 956516 One tap mobile +13126266799,,9373352198#,,,,*956516# US (Chicago)

Online Auction 2022

The 2022 Underwood Online Auction begins Wednesday, March 9th at 8 am at https://www.biddingowl.com/underwoodpto! Bidding will close Tuesday, March 15th at 10 pm. Please share our auction with friends and family, not only in Newton but all over the area – the Underwood Online Auction features tickets for museums and experiences all over Massachusetts and beyond! Details about our auction process are below and we are always available to answer questions at underwoodpto@gmail.com. All proceeds benefit the Underwood PTO. Thank you for your support! Happy bidding! – “Underwood Only!” and “Teacher Parties!” items and events may only be purchased by members of the Underwood community. “Underwood Only!” and “Teacher Parties!” events are non-refundable but can be transferred to another member of the Underwood community if authorized by the event host. For “Underwood Only!” and “Teacher Parties!” events there is no physical item to pick up and winners will be contacted via email READ MORE

Community Conversation: How to talk to your kids about racism

PLEASE JOIN UNDERWOOD PRINCIPAL, DR.SUZIE TALUKDAR, FOR A PRESENTATION OVERZOOM ON TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2022 AT 7PM One of the challenges facing parents in today’s world is the struggle to raise race-conscious children. In this session, we will talk about how can we start a conversation with our children about race and racism. Register: https://bit.ly/community_2022Questions about the event? Contact: Gretchen Weismann g_weismann@yahoo.com