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Creative Arts & Sciences: Eyes On Owls Recap

It was Owl day in 5th grade on Tuesday, November 19th. Eyes On Owls brought some of their lovelies to spend the morning with us at Underwood. Children were face to face with different species of Owls where they learned calls and habits unique to these birds of prey. Learning more about local wildlife helps students connect to the world around them.

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Creative Arts & Sciences: Kindergarten Bubbles Workshop Recap

On Wednesday, November 13, the Kindergarten classes hosted the Discovery Museum's Bubbles Workshop. Students had the chance to explore the science of bubbles answering questions such as: How long does a bubble really last? What color is a bubble? What shape is a bubble? Can you predict when a bubble will pop? Students watched a bubbles demonstration followed by hands-on learning - blowing, stretching, poking and popping bubbles. They learned that bubbles are made of a combination of soap, water and air, bubbles are transparent, no matter how you blow bubbles they are always a sphere, and much more!

Ms. Fucarile's Class

Mr. Solof's Class

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!

The Underwood PTO Presents: Social @ THE SOCIAL

On Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 PM we are hosting an adult night out and gift card drive at the Social Restaurant & Bar located in the Crowne Plaza Hotel complex in Newton Corner. Come on out and let’s get together! We will have a semi-private room and appetizers donated by The Social. There will be a comedian and a cash bar & menu available, as well. Book your babysitter as you won’t want to miss this night.

There is a $10 cover charge per person and 100 percent of the cover will go to the Underwood Gift Card Drive. The gift cards are distributed by school staff to Underwood families who may be experiencing financial challenges at this time. This is one of the many ways our community cares for one another. 

Oh, and did you know Social offers free validated parking in the hotel garage?!

Mystery Dinner: October 19th

The 2019 Mystery Dinner was a great success and offered the irresistible combination of great company, delicious food and fun! A big thank you to all who attended the event. A giant thanks and much admiration goes to Carolyn Gillespie & Katie Williams, our event co-chairs. Much appreciation also goes to the hosts and chefs, who opened their homes and/or cooked wonderful meals for our community. We wish to personally thank each of the following people who helped make the event happen. The money raised benefits the entire Underwood School community and goes toward programs including Creative Arts and Sciences and Understanding our Differences.

Mystery Dinner Co-Chairs
Carolyn Gillespie
Katie Williams

Appetizer Host
Carolyn Gillespie & Ryan McGlothlin

Dinner Hosts & Cooks
Ann & Chris Labrache
Aparna & Alex Rolfe
Becca & David Connors
Elizabeth & Jim Gagnon
Jessica & Michael Singer
Joel & Lucia Kamm
Julie & Daniel Landesman
Katie & Andrew Williams
Leslie & Nate Kieffer
Mariel & Leandro Ortega
Radha Muthian & Somasundaram Natarajan
Samantha Morton & Mike Champion

Dessert Hosts
Alec and Kim Southall

Bertucci’s Dining for Dollars – November 20th

On November 20, 2019, please come down to Bertucci’s to stay, eat, and build the Underwood community! Up to 25 percent of sales at Bertucci's all day on November 20th will go to the Underwood School. You can dine-in, take-out, or get delivery from Bertucci's - a pre-order form is provided below!

All you have to do is present our flyer (below or available here). Or look for it in your student's folder as the date approaches.

Free Family Movie Night

Thank you Underwood Community for a wonderful year! Come celebrate the end of the school year with us with a Free Family Movie Night on Friday, June 14th. The feature film will be Ralph Breaks the Internet. Free popcorn! Movie will begin at dusk (8:15-8:30pm).

Don't forget to bring a picnic blanket! Come early to chat with other families and bring your own picnic dinner!

In case of rain, the movie will be shown in the gymnasium.

Underwood’s Cultural Fair – May 2nd

The Underwood Cultural Fair will take place on Thursday, May 2nd @ 4:30-5:30 pm. We are looking forward to a fun and enriching community-building event. We hope many families will participate in some way as we celebrate the cultures of the world and family connections to them. Even if your child chooses not to create a project, the larger community is invited to attend the event and learn about the various countries and topics that will be on display. Please contact any of the team members (listed below) planning this event should you have questions or would like to volunteer!

NEW - Poster Workshop

New this year will be Cultural Fair Poster Workshop. All Underwood students are invited to attend on Wednesday, April 24th from 3:00 - 5:00 at Underwood. Parents can attend, but are not required. We will have supplies and provide support to help students make posters. There will also be access to Underwood computers and printers. Please sign up here.

What is it?

The Underwood Cultural Fair will have projects from many cultures and countries displayed in a convention format. All families are invited to showcase projects on countries, cultures, and topics of interest. Topics may include geography, language, cuisine, sports, traditions, everyday life, music, plants and animals, etc. from any country or culture.  

Check out this slide show from Ms. Phillips to learn more!

How do I sign up?

Please use the SignUp Genius link here to sign up to participate. Sign up by April 12th! 

The signups are viewable by all participants, so feel free to partner with other families in your planning in order to offer a breadth of information about your country of choice. Students will learn where their project will be displayed prior to the May 2nd event and students can bring their project to the school that afternoon.

Some ideas are listed below:

The Cultural Fair Team

  • Kathleen Smith, Principal
  • Greta Phillips, ELL Teacher
  • Andy Gluck, Building Aide
  • Ernesto Hernandez, Grade 3 Teacher
  • Megan Murphy, Grade 5 Teacher
  • Liz Orlando, Grade 2 Teacher
  • Anna Wheeler, Music Teacher
  • FORJ Volunteers: Erika Holmberg & Elisa Rodriguez

5th Grade Students vs. Staff Basketball Game – MARCH 8th

Please join us on Friday, March 8th from 3:30–5:00 PM in the Bigelow Middle School Gym for the 6th Annual 5th Grade vs. Staff Basketball Game!

Tickets are $5 per person (including 5th Graders), and can be pre-purchased starting on Monday, February 25th. Look for a flyer on that day in your child’s folder.

Although tickets will be available at the door, we strongly encourage you to buy tickets in advance to avoid the crowds. Pre-purchased tickets will conveniently be delivered to your oldest child’s classroom the day before the event. Students and families from all grades are welcome! 

Pizza, snacks, drinks, and a 50/50 raffle will be available at the game. All proceeds go towards the Fifth Grade Moving On Ceremony and activities.

If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Andrews at