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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

Creative Arts & Sciences Concert – 12/6 @ 9am & 10am

You are cordially invited to the 2018 Underwood School PTO’s Creative Arts & Sciences Concert. The concert will take place on Thursday, December 6th at 9am (for grades K-2) & 10am (for grades 3-5) in the gymnasium at the Underwood School. The concert will feature the Voci Angelica Trio (see image below). Younger siblings are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Please email with questions.

Celebrate the Revival of Farlow Park, October 28 @ 1pm

The ‘New’ Farlow Park project is completed and the results are stunning. This project has exceeded our expectations! The  restoration would not have been done without your support of this project.

Please join the Friends of Farlow Park, Newton Corner neighbors, and all restoration supporters as we celebrate the revival of Farlow Park with the new bridge and restored pond on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm. 

Please plan on spending a beautiful (fingers-crossed) autumn early-afternoon with us while we publicly unveil this gem to all Newton residents and visitors.

RSVP on the Friends of Farlow Park Facebook page.

Letter From the Principal: October 2018

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that we turn the calendar to November just next week. As we wrap up the eighth week of school, students have settled into their classrooms and teachers are making the most of each day they have with children. We are excited by the possibilities for academic and social gains for each of our students this year. 

Continue reading “Letter From the Principal: October 2018”

Bertucci’s Dining for Dollars – January 30th

On January 30th, 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 January 30th 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.

Mystery Dinner: October 20th

The 2018 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, who chaired this event. Much appreciation also goes to the hosts and chefs, listed below, who opened their homes and/or cooked wonderful meals for our community.

Mystery Dinner Chair
Carolyn Gillespie

Appetizer Co-Hosts
Laura and Alex Saltonstall
Becca and David Connors

Dinner Hosts/Cooks
Elizabeth and Jim Gagnon
Jessica and Michael Singer
Debra Byer and Chris Macomber
Laura and Daniel Scales
Allison and Dave Penn / Caryn and Amnon Izhar
Susan Pandya and John Slocum
Kara Peterson and Rich DiBona / Katie and Andrew Williams
Pankaj Bhalla and Tejal Nangla
Mariel and Leandro Ortega

Dessert Hosts
Jen and Chris Murphy



Letter from the PTO President

Hi everyone,

We are off to a good start! The Picnic turnout was great and it was awesome to see so many families!

Our next PTO activity will be the Mystery Dinner on October 20th. This is a fun and kid-free event where you get to meet other parents while eating good food. We are still looking for hosts. If you are interested, please contact Carolyn Gillespie.

Also, for the first time, we are teaming up with the West Suburban YMCA for an Underwood Kids Night Out, which is a fun and low-cost alternative to hiring a babysitter. Lest just say my kids are pretty excited about it!

Our first PTO meeting will be held on October 16th at 8:30 AM in Room 1.  We encourage all to come to learn about what we’re up to and how you can get involved with the Underwood PTO. There are many opportunities to fit your availability, whether you work in or out of the home. It’s a great way to meet other Underwood parents and caregivers while supporting our school. Your involvement is the key to the PTO success!

Please, continue to be on the lookout in your Inbox for our newsletters out every 3–4 weeks, and notifications more frequently.

Anne-Marie Gravel
PTO President

Reserve Your Spot!

The beloved Mystery Dinner is back this year.

PTO Meeting Alert

Join us October 16th from 8:30-9:30am in Room 1.

FORJ Meeting Alert

Join us October 16th from 7:30-8:30am in Room 1.

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Letter From Principal Smith: Welcome Back, Fall 2018

Dear Underwood Families,

I hope you had a wonderful summer. The change of pace that summer brings often allows time for relaxation and fun, and I hope all of our families found time for both. As September approaches, I expect many children are ready to return to school. The beginning of a new school year is always filled with energy, excitement, and optimism. This year is no exception, and we look forward to welcoming students back in the coming weeks. Continue reading “Letter From Principal Smith: Welcome Back, Fall 2018”