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Introducing the Underwood Family Mentor Initiative!

The Underwood PTO is excited to launch our family mentorinitiative to welcome new families to the Underwood community.The goal of the program is to offer an additional resource toprovide answers and guidance in the navigation of joining a newschool. This program is 100% optional. Participating new families will bematched with volunteer returning families. The PTO will facilitateintroductions via email. Matched families are encouraged toconnect via email or in-person to answer questions, offer advice,or make introductions to other Underwood friends. If you are interested in participating, please complete theapplicable form below. We will make an effort to match withfamilies entering the same grade. NEW FAMILY REGISTRATION FORM RETURNING FAMILY REGISTRATION FORM


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: (AGES 5-11)

May Letter from the PTO Co-Presidents

Dear Underwood Families, Did you hear we’re having a carnival next week?! Just kidding! I know we’ve been in touch a lot about volunteering but for those who haven’t had the chance to experience the Underwood Spring Carnival, it is an enormous 100% volunteer run event and requires a small time commitment from nearly every Underwood family to make it happen. This is the only event all year when we ask for this level of family participation, and we promise it will be worth it when you see how happy it makes our students! We still need about 35 more volunteers: Sign up here! We look forward to seeing you next Friday, June 3rd from 3-7pm. The carnival is open to the public, so tell your non-Underwood friends, too! Virtual PTO Meeting – Wednesday, June 1 7:30pm Join us for READ MORE

Letter from Principal Talukdar – May 2022

Dear Underwood Families, The recent weeks have been quite difficult as they have been filled with incomprehensible news about mass shootings involving the elementary school students in Texas, a church shooting specifically targeting Taiwanese worshippers, and a supermarket attack where a white supremacist sought to terrorize and murder Black community members. I have few words to describe my own feelings about these devastating events and recognize these realities are impossible to digest. As we process our own range of emotions, I am making a conscious effort to remind myself of the many wonderful things happening within our Underwood community. Last week, I spent the day with an incredibly kind and smart 5th grade student who worked alongside me as “Principal for the Day.” Together, we visited classrooms at every grade level, joined morning meetings, assisted classroom teachers and students with READ MORE

Owl of the Month – Jared Owen

1. What is your name? Jared Frank Owen 2. What is your role at Underwood? I teach Physical Education, Health, and Wellness 3. Where did you grow up? I grew up in a tiny town of about 2,000 people about 10 miles south of the Canadian border named Colebrook, NH.  4. What is your favorite Underwood tradition? It is very hard for me to choose just one. Color Day is very special to me because I plan and organize it and I love to finish out the year with a special day. I have also always really loved the spring auction where a student is “Mr. Owen for the Day.” 5. Do you have a favorite Spring activity? Golf! But, that is my favorite activity in any season. 6. Please share one piece of advice with the Underwood community. Let’s help “guide” our children towards a physical identity of READ MORE

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: 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: 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!

Owl of the Month – Greta Phillips

1. What is your name? Greta Phillips 2. What is your role at Underwood? Teacher of English Language Learners (ELL) 3. Where did you grow up? Upton, MA 4. What is your favorite Underwood tradition?  We had a couple of amazing Cultural Fairs a few years ago.  I would love to see that wonderful tradition comes back to Underwood soon! 5. Do you have a favorite Spring activity?  I love to take walks and watch everything bloom! 6. Please share one piece of advice with the Underwood community. We can always learn more about cultures and each other through language!  “Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” -Flora Lewis 7. What’s your favorite color? Blue 8. What’s your favorite thing to have for lunch? Salads and sandwiches from C&N 🙂

Underwood Movie Night – May 6th

The Underwood PTO invites your family to attend a free showing of the new release 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: Questions: Please email

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: – 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!

Budget Cuts Impact Underwood in FY22-23

Dear Underwood families, Many of you are already aware that the 2022-2023 Newton Public Schools budget proposal consists of substantial cuts to the entire district to cover a $4 million budget gap caused by Covid-related dips in tax revenue and increases in costs. We want to make sure all families are aware of how these proposed cuts will specifically impact both the Underwood and Bigelow communities, as our students will eventually move on to Bigelow Middle School. You can find the proposed 2022-23 budget and Superintendent’s presentation from March 23rd here and watch the budget review that took place on Monday, March 28th here. The 2022-2023 proposed budget would require that: Underwood Elementary School reduce its 5th grade by one classroom due to enrollment numbers and eliminate its math interventionist position due to budget cuts. This would mean the loss READ MORE

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