Principal Updates

April 6, 2020

March 29, 2020

March 25, 2020 

Video Update to Students from Mrs. Harold.


March 13, 2020

Dear Underwood Families,

You should have received a message from David Fleishman with updates about our school closure. I’ve pasted the text of his letter below for your reference. Thank you all for your messages of support and for reaching out with questions over the past 24 hours.

The NPS Office of Teaching and Learning is assembling a collection of materials to provide enrichment and connectedness opportunities for your children during this unprecedented time of school closing. The materials will provide educational opportunities and activities at grade level for your children while school is closed. They are not intended to replace classroom instruction, or to substitute for instruction in any way. Rather, they are supplemental - curated grade-level activities that are interesting and fun and encourage students to explore new topics on their own.

As David mentioned, parent/teacher conferences and other meetings and school activities have been postponed. We’ll likely revise our schedule for report cards and progress reports once we resume normal school functioning. I look forward to rescheduling other key events that we had to postpone this week and next.

For those of you with questions about how to talk with your children about COVID-19, I wanted to point you to two helpful resources. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has put together some guidance that can be found here. Riverside Trauma Center also has useful suggestions here.

During these challenging and uncertain times, we are aware that families may need food resources. Below are some local Newton and Boston resources for food:

If you are on Facebook, there is a group called Newton Neighbors Helping Newton Neighbors, which matches residents needing help with volunteers who are willing and able to help. This group has created an intake form to service our community as we navigate disruptions caused by COVID-19. Below are some local resources for food. A referral form is required.

  • Centre Street Food Pantry
  • 11 Homer Street, Newton Center
  • 617.340.9554
  • Newton Food Pantry
  • 1000 Commonwealth Avenue (City Hall)
  • 617.796-1233
  • Arabic Food Pantry
  • 187 Church Street, Newton Corner
  • 617.723.9766
  • Project Bread (1-800-645-8333) will be able to support families in need, especially if you are unable to go to work.

Please take care of yourself and your family. I will be in touch with further information.

Elaine Harold

Interim Principal