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AuthorFest – presented by Creative Arts & Sciences

Creative Arts & Sciences (CAS) AuthorFest is coming to Newton! All Newton Elementary schools have visits scheduled from various participating authors throughout the day on Wednesday, November 6th.

  • Underwood will have presentations by Josh Funk, Susan Tan, David Kelley, and Tui Sutherland.
  • All students and families are invited to Zervas Elementary to meet participating authors from 3:15 - 5:30 PM on November 6th.

See below for info on pre-ordering your AuthorFest books now!

Pre-Order CAS AuthorFest Books - between now and October 25th

A selection of books from all 25 participating authors and illustrators is now available for pre-ordering.* Pre-ordered books will be delivered to your child's school. They can then bring their book(s) to Zervas Elementary School library on November 6, between 3:15-5:30 PM to have their book signed during the after school event. (For students who cannot attend, we can arrange to have your books signed by the author.) Books will also be available for sale at the event. A purchase is not required to attend. The deadline for pre-orders is October 25th.

To pre-order your books here, follow this link to the order form:

Newtonville Books is facilitating the book sale portion of the event. 20% of proceeds from the sale will go to Creative Arts & Sciences to offset costs of the event.

*For families experiencing financial hardship, a limited number of scholarships have been set aside to assist with book purchases. Eligible families will receive books at a greatly reduced price. Please contact Stacey Moriarty, CAS Director, for more information.

CAS AuthorFest is made possible by a grant from the Newton Schools Foundation, a contribution from The Village Bank, and your generous contributions to your PTO. Newton Schools Foundation is proud to support the 2019 CAS AuthorFest. Through contributions from individuals and businesses throughout the Newton community, NSF is able to provide funding for important educational programs that impact students and teachers district-wide. A percentage of the book sale proceeds will go to CAS to help defray the cost of the CAS AuthorFest event.

Thank you for your continued support of NPS’ Creative Arts & Sciences. We hope to see you at the event!

Mystery Dinner: October 19th

Registration for the Mystery Dinner is now closed. We look forward to seeing participants on Saturday night!

If you have questions, please contact us at

Do you need Childcare for the Mystery Dinner?

Kids in grades K-5 can join Underwood's Kids Night Out on October 19, 2019. See the flyer below. Call the YMCA today (617-244-6050) to reserve your spot and download the registration form here. Please register by October 19th!

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

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. 

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