For New Families

School Access

All Newton public schools remain locked throughout the day with the exception of the start of school, Mondays through Fridays from 8:20-8:30am. To enter the school at other hours you must press the buzzer at the front or back of the school and wait to be buzzed in. Be sure to head straight to the main office. If you are picking up your child, you must sign your child out and the administrator will call your child’s classroom. If you are there to volunteer or for other purposes, you must fill out a name tag to be worn while you are at the school.

School Start and End Times

Underwood School doors open at 8:20am on school days, when the first bell rings. All children must be in their classrooms by 8:30am, when the second bell rings. For children in grades 1-5, school ends at 3:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and at 12:30pm on Tuesdays. (See next sections for information about kindergarten start/end times.)

There are some exceptions to the release schedule around holidays and six planned early release days throughout the year. Find out more on these Newton Public Schools pages:

First Days of Kindergarten

Only Group A children attend the first official day of school, and only Group B children attend the second day of school. Both groups attend the third day of school and beyond. This helps our youngest students ease into a new school and new routine, and familiarize themselves with their new school, classrooms, teachers, and classmates.

Kindergarten September Schedule

For the month of September, kindergarteners are released at 12:30pm each day. From October through June, release time for kindergartners varies, depending on which group they are in:

  • Group A kids are released at 3:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and at 12:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Group B kids are released at 12:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and are released at 3:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

You will be notified which group your child is in prior to their first day of school.

Dismissal

All Underwood School students are dismissed on the blacktop between the school and the playground. Teachers will accompany students, and will hold signs with their names so you can easily identify your child’s classroom group. Students are released according to the release form you fill out at the beginning of the year. If someone will pick up your child who is not on the authorized list, please be sure to notify your teacher with a note in your child’s folder.

Late Arrival, Early Pick-ups, and Absences

Children who arrives late to school must get a pink slip from the main office. If you know your child will be late or absent, please let the school know by calling the Absence/Call-back number at (617) 559-9680 anytime before 8:20am. There is a voicemail system that is checked regularly. Be sure to leave your name, your child’s name, the date of absence, the teacher’s name, and the reason for absence.

If you plan to pick up up your child early from school, head straight to the main office to sign your child out.

If your child will be absent due to illness, please let the Nurse Carrie know by calling (617) 559-9666, or send an email to Carrie_Gately@newton.k12.ma.us. This helps her know how best to treat your child upon returning, and it gives her an idea of what illnesses are going around the school at a given time.

Getting To And From Underwood

All Newton public schools are neighborhood schools, which means many children are within a walkable distance of the school. We have crossing guards assigned to intersections to be sure children and caregivers can navigate the streets safely. Parking is limited and restricted near the school, so we encourage walking and biking when possible. For parents who drive, please be sure not to stop in bus lanes or block other cars. This creates a dangerous situation for all of our students. DO NOT pull into the school lot in the back of the school, as many children cross in this area and don’t expect cars to be moving with regularity in here. Also, note that Vernon and Eldredge streets directly abutting the school are one-way. Please do not drive the wrong way down these roads.

All students who plan on taking the bus need to register for a bus pass. Find out more information about bus routes or applying for a bus pass.

Classroom Supplies

Each summer we publish a list of supplies requested by the Underwood School teachers by grade level.

Allergies At School

Underwood School is not a nut free school. Families who have children with life threatening allergies to food should communicate with Carrie Gately, our school nurse, and with the classroom teacher. Underwood School does not allow children to share their food with other students. Find out more about Newton Public School’s complete food allergy policy.

Morning and After School Programs

The Newton Public Schools offer an Early Morning Program for students in Grades K through 5 in each of the elementary schools. The program is designed to provide a needed service by giving parents the opportunity to bring their children to school prior to the beginning of the regularly scheduled school day. This program provides supervised morning care at Underwood School from 7:30am until the start of school at 8:20am. For information on this program, click here.

The Underwood After School Program (UASP) is a non-profit that was established by parents to provide a safe, nurturing, and enriching environment for children in grades K to 5 after the school day ends. The program is run independently of but cooperatively with Newton Public Schools. The program operates in the first floor of Underwood School. For more information, please visit https://www.underwoodafterschool.org/.

Underwood School Handbook

Read the Underwood School handbook to learn more about our school.

Volunteering

The Underwood School PTO is always looking for volunteers in any capacity. Some parents come in once or twice a year to help with classroom activities, such as Creative Arts and Sciences programs, while others help with event planning, event staffing, and fundraising activities. Look inside our Volunteer section to find out more about ways to get more involved. We can help find an opportunity that fits your availability and interest. It’s a great way to meet other parents and make a difference and Underwood School!