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PTO Newsletter – June 10th, 2021

 
School Calendar
Friday, June 11th – Spring Fling Outdoor Family Night
Thursday, June 17th – 5th Grade Graduation
Friday, June 18th – Juneteenth Observed – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, June 22nd – Last Day of School!

Letter From the Principal 

Dear Underwood Families:As I reflect on this past year, I realize how much we have accomplished together. What a difference a year makes! I thank the Underwood Community for the tremendous support you have given to me in my first year as principal in Newton, which happened to also coincide with being the most unusual year of my career. I have felt privileged to work among so many wonderful people. I begin by saluting every member of the Underwood staff who are thoughtful, caring, and collaborative professionals.
No day is ever the same in an elementary school, and this year made it all the more unique. This is a dynamic staff with exceptional strengths and talents with a common bond–their love and commitment to children. I thank our Underwood parents and caregivers for entrusting your children to me, especially as we navigated a whole new model of education due to the pandemic. What an interesting way it was to begin my tenure as principal and all of you made me feel welcomed! Truth be told, I felt I was able to learn so much about what the community values and got to know many people quickly. I regret that I was unable to get to know some others as much as I would have liked due to students being in two different learning models (hybrid/in-person and DLA). Underwood is truly a wonderful community of learners and you have been most supportive of all of the changes we experienced throughout the school year.
I have been fortunate to work with your outstanding PTO leaders, Amy Davis and Laura Goldworm, and a host of other PTO members. I have observed first hand their strong commitment to the Underwood School, the faculty, parents and children. They are outstanding leaders who are strong advocates for children and families, and rallied community members to show support and appreciation for the Underwood faculty and staff as well as to families. As the end of the school year approaches, I look forward to sharing special moments together and am excited about what next year will bring. Have a wonderful summer!

Much love,
Suzie 🙂

Letter From the PTO President

Dear Underwood Families,

We made it! It is overwhelming to think how much uncertainty, change and flexibility went into this school year, but here we are in the final two weeks of school. Thank you for everything you did for Underwood throughout this year, from volunteering your time to attending events to supporting fundraisers. Your engagement is what makes the Underwood community so special and YOU showed up even amidst the chaos of this year.

It was heart-warming to see so many families out on the playground enjoying our Taco Tuesday food truck night. It was a beautiful evening and a hugely successful event we hope to repeat next year! T

his past Friday we gathered again for a fabulous night of music and merriment at the We are “Back”yard Concert featuring Will Dailey. It was the perfect way to return to in-person adult social events and made us so excited for more of these opportunities next school year!

A special thank you to 3rd grade parent Will for generously donating his talent and time on behalf of Underwood and to the Goldworms and Luethys for hosting.

(Thanks to another talented Underwood parent, photographer Jared Leeds, for snapping this photo during the concert!)

 Now it is the kids’ turn to celebrate and be together! We are so excited to see many of you tomorrow at the Spring Fling from 5-8pm at Underwood Playground! We will have a children’s DJ, Bubble Barge, and lawn games including 9 Square in the Air. For refreshments there will be pizza by the slice, snacks, and drinks available for purchase, along with an ice cream truck. Thank you to Katie Williams for organizing the entertainment for this event!

Finally, congratulations to our 5th Grade students and families as they move on to Bigelow next year! The Class of ‘21 has left a lasting legacy at Underwood, and you will only be a block away, so please come back and visit!

Enjoy the summer!

All our best, 
Amy Davis and Laura Goldworm
PTO Co-Presidents

Staff Spotlight

What a crazy and exciting year this has been! Through remote, hybrid and in-person experiences, our students have worked very hard this year to hone their skills in literacy. According to research, students who do not read over the summer can lose as much as 20% of their reading skills and strategies – the equivalent of 2 months of school! One way to prevent such reading loss is to continue to read over the summer. Everyday, encourage your child to try to read something – a book, a recipe, a menu, a magazine, a newspaper. Options to read are everywhere and every word counts! 

The Newton Public Library, along with the Newton Public School library teachers, have worked together to create a list of suggested titles for each grade level. You may find the link for these guides here

We encourage students to take a picture of themselves reading a favorite book this summer. You may choose to send these pictures to me at faneuils@newton.k12.ma.us or children may choose to bring in their pictures at the beginning of the school year. If you are looking for other ways to support summer reading, check out this site. We can’t wait to see all of our little Underwood Owls reading this summer! 

Happy reading!
Stacey Faneuil Mann
Underwood and District Wide News

DLA Materials

It is now time to begin material returns instead of pickups. We need your help!! Literacy teams need to have time to inventory materials before the end of the year in order to replenish classrooms over the summer. Here you will find a list by grade of what needs to be returned. Returns this week to your Home School, Thursday-Friday, June 10-11 in a bag labeled with the student’s name and grade and the teacher’s name:All literacy books (independent and guided)Fundations tiles (K-3) with magnetic board (K-3)Library booksReturns to your Home School on Tuesday, June 22nd:Charged devices and cords, as well as the other non-consumable materials.Library booksWe wish you a great summer!!!

Device Return! 
Prior to the last day of school, we will collect devices and chargers from all students. Students will not be permitted to keep devices throughout the summer. You will soon receive information from your child’s classroom teacher about the specific date for collection. If your child’s device is damaged in any way, please let the teacher know and share a brief summary of any issues.

 Moving on Ceremony (5th Grade Graduation)
When
: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time:  12:45pm (Families are invited to arrive no earlier than 12:30 to get settled and find seats!)
Where:  Underwood Parking Lot
Who:  5th Grade Families All 5th grade families are invited to come and celebrate their students’ success. Dr. Talukdar will share a message with students, students will receive diplomas, students will sing their Moving On Ceremony song, and there will be a presentation of the class gifts. Younger siblings (who are at Underwood) are invited as well and can join you for the ceremony if you choose.

NOTE: Due to space limitations and our commitment to maintaining safety, we kindly ask that only those family members living within the home attend the ceremony (i.e. parents and siblings ONLY). Mask guidance: Effective May 29, for outdoor graduations only, attendees and staff are not required to wear masks and are encouraged to distance from individuals not in their household as feasible. Attendees are encouraged to wear face coverings if they are not vaccinated.

FUEL Program Ongoing Food Donations 

Thank you to everyone who has been making contributions! 

The Underwood PTO is collecting food donations on an ongoing basis to benefit the FUEL Program, which distributes a weekly bag of food to Newton families, including those in the Underwood community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is not able to work with its typical corporate sponsors and is currently solely dependent on community donations. We invite Underwood families to support our neighbors and fellow Newton residents by contributing non perishable items for distribution. 

Click here to find the list of accepted items (please do not drop off any items not listed)

Parent volunteers Nicole Peterson and Diane Martel collect donations of the above items at 34 Eldredge Street (blue house directly across the street from the school) or 14 Shornecliffe Road on the front porch. For the month of June we are encouraging each grade to bring a specific item to ensure a variety of donations – see below. Please direct any questions to Nicole at nmprairie@gmail.com.

June Donations
:

Kindergarten – Macaroni and cheese, Beans, preferably bagged (black, pinto, etc.), and Peanut butter (18oz)
1st Grade – Marinara sauce (24oz, preferably in plastic) and Soup, hearty (10-15oz each)
2nd Grade – Chicken (canned 12.5oz) and Tuna (canned)
3rd Grade – Cereal (10-12oz) or cereal bars, and Crackers (10-15oz box)
4th Grade – Fruit (individual cups), Applesauce (individual cups or squeeze portions), and Fruit (15 oz cans of pineapple, fruit cocktail, pears, peaches or oranges)
5th Grade – Pasta (1 lb of any type, box or bag) and Rice (1 or 2 lb bag or box)

Events this Week!

Hello Underwood Community!!

Happy June! We hope you all enjoyed the long (rainy) weekend! The good news is that sun is in the upcoming forecast!!

PTO Community Virtual Meeting Tonight 6/1 7:30pm

Tonight is our final general PTO meeting of the year. We will be voting on the PTO board for next year. Please join us to get your voice heard! 

Please join us at the following Zoom link:

Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 937 335 2198 (Passcode: 956516)

One tap mobile: +13126266799,,9373352198#,,,,*956516#
Upcoming Events!

Friday, June 4th 7-9pm: We Are “Back” Yard Concert for Adults

Have you registered yet?! This is going to be the most fun you’ve had since the Covid lockdown. Underwood parent and amazing singer/songwriter Will Dailey. Join us in a BYOB back yard bash hosted by the Goldworms and Luethys in their connected properties. No sitter? No problem! The West Suburban YMCA is offering childcare, $30/child from 6-9 pm. Check out more event and childcare details here. 

Friday, June 11th 5-8pm: Spring Fling for Underwood Families

Join us to celebrate the end of a roller coaster of a school year with the outdoor Spring Fling at Underwood Playground on Friday, June 11th from 5-8pm. 

The PTO will be providing a children’s DJ, Bubble Barge, and lawn games for entertainment. $1 pizza by the slice and ice cream truck available for dessert! More details and registration here. 

We really hope to see you all there!

Email us with questions! 

Your Underwood PTO

June Social Events!

Hello Underwood Community!!

It is hard to believe that June starts next week and summer is around the corner. What a year it has been! 

We’re really excited to close out the school year with two great community events. One just for us grown ups, and one for all!

Friday, June 4th 7-9pm: We Are “Back” Yard Concert for Adults

Grown ups let loose to the live music from Underwood parent and amazing singer/songwriter Will Dailey. Join us in a BYOB back yard bash (come on, we’ve earned this!) hosted by the Goldworms and Luethys in their connected properties. No sitter? No problem! The West Suburban YMCA is offering childcare, $30/child from 6-9 pm. Check out more event and childcare details here. 

Friday, June 11th 5-8pm: Spring Fling for Underwood Families

Join us to celebrate the end of a roller coaster of a school year with the outdoor Spring Fling at Underwood Playground on Friday, June 11th from 5-8pm. 

The PTO will be providing a children’s DJ, Bubble Barge, and lawn games for entertainment. $1 pizza by the slice and ice cream truck available for dessert! More details and registration here. 

We really hope to see you all there!

Email us with questions! 

Your Underwood PTO

Spring Fling – June 11th

Let's Celebrate the End of the School Year!

With our full scale Underwood Spring Carnival on hold for a second year, join us for a Spring Fling outdoors at Underwood Playground on Friday, June 11th from 5-8pm to celebrate the end of the school year with the Underwood community!

The PTO will be providing a children's DJ, Bubble Barge, and lawn games for entertainment. Pizza by the slice and ice cream truck available for dessert!

We hope to see you there! Click here to let us know you're coming!

We Are “Back” Yard Concert – June 4th

Events Are BACK!

Join us for a We are “Back”yard Concert featuring award-winning singer/songwriter (and parent of Underwood 3rd grader, Tallulah) Will Dailey.

The concert will be hosted by the Goldworms and Luethys from 7-9pm on Friday, June 4th with a suggestion donation to the PTO of $20 per person. We are looking forward to this adult night out and have arranged Kids Night Out childcare with the WSYMCA - see below.

Please register as space is limited due to COVID gathering limits! BYOB & masks! Registrants will receive the concert address via email.

Suggested PTO Donation

This concert ticket has a suggested donation of $20 per person, with 100% of donations going to the Underwood PTO.
Donations can be made via:
Venmo - @underwoodpto / John Papoutsis
Paypal - https://www.underwoodschoolpto.org/fundraising/donate/
Check - https://www.underwoodschoolpto.org/fundraising/donate/

WSYMCA Kids Night Out
 

West Suburban YMCA will be running a Kids Night Out in conjunction with this event! Kids Night Out will run from 6-9pm and include a pizza dinner, games, and a movie.

Deadline to register is June 2nd and the program will be capped at 25 kids. Please email completed registration forms to Kaitlin McCarthy at KaitlinM@wsymca.org.

Visit this link for the registration form:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X7cx-tBdGD9XBeuDhlyM-4Nqse2AigVG/view?usp=sharing

About Will

Will Dailey is an acclaimed independent recording and performing artist who has toured North America and EU with his authentic DIY approach for over a decade. His sound has been described as having a rich vintage appreciation of song craft and a live show that echos Springsteen energy and dynamic set lists leading famed Rock journalist Dan Aquilante to declare Dailey “the real deal”. Dailey's last album was met with stellar reviews, over 11 million spins on Spotify, top 20 on Billboard Heat Seeker chart and won Album of the Year in the Boston Music Awards, New England Music Awards and Improper Bostonian Magazine. Dailey, who is already a three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter also won Artist of the Year in 2014 and best male vocalist in 2015 and 2016.

Most recently in 2016 he shared the stage with Eddie Vedder in Chicago and Boston, supporting him on stage for the Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit where Vedder had Dailey play some of his own songs and sing a few duets. He has also shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Roger McGuinn, G Love, Tanya Donelly, Steve Earle and many more. In June of 2013 he was featured on a Stephen King/John Mellencamp project produced by T Bone Burnett called Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County and, in that same year, also released an original song he wrote inspired by Jack Kerouac's Tristessa. In September of 2013 he played his fourth Farm Aid Concert along side Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp. Dailey's music has been featured on over 50 TV programs and films. His new album, Golden Walker, was just released in June of 2018 and hit #1 on Billboards Northeast Heat seekers. The Boston Herald called the album: “A new peak.” and named it a top albums of 2018.

https://www.willdailey.com/

Kindergarten Info Night Presentation – May 17, 2021

Welcome to Our Incoming Kindergarten Families!

Thank you for joining us for Virtual Kindergarten Information Night on May 17th! Principal Talukdar's presentation is below for those who couldn't make it.

Kindergarten Visit Day will be held Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 1:30pm-2:30pm at Underwood.
The Kindergarten team and supporting staff will host a visit day for students only, which will offer an opportunity for children to “practice” being a kindergartener. While students are in the classrooms, parents and caregivers will remain outside of the school in the tent area to make connections with other Underwood families. 

Click here for Principal Talukdar's Info Night Presentation

K-2 Creative Arts & Sciences: Kemp Harris!

Kemp Harris is Coming to Underwood (Virtually!) on May 26th

The Underwood PTO is bringing Kemp Harris to virtually visit Underwood's K-2 students (in-person and DLA) on Wednesday, May 26th as the spring Creative Arts and Science enrichment program!

Storyteller Kemp Harris brings his experience as composer, musician, children’s author, actor and teacher to the classroom. His storytelling program includes developmentally appropriate stories that incorporate music and audience participation.  He enjoys keeping the oral tradition of “telling” alive.  Stories range from traditional tales, African folk tales and original stories.

A former Newton Public School teacher, Mr. Harris taught Kindergarten and 1st grades for 38 years.  He wrote the children’s book/song, “Snow” and has performed as a storyteller and musician at festivals, schools and libraries across the country, performing on stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron and blues artist, Koko Taylor. 

Learn more about Mr. Harris's presentation here: https://www.kempharris.band/

Letter from the PTO Presidents – May 2021

Note: This newsletter will be published monthly throughout the school year, for a total of 8 issues. It will include columns as they are submitted by Underwood Principal Suzie Talukdar, PTO Co-Presidents Amy Davis and Laura Goldworm, and the school staff. It will also include a school calendar, and school and district-wide news. Please visit underwoodschoolpto.org to keep up with the latest news. For questions, email underwoodpto@gmail.com.

Letter From the PTO Presidents

Dear Underwood Families,

 

We are in the home stretch of the school year and with vaccine rates in Newton soaring and spring weather in full swing, we are excited to have a whole slate of outdoor events planned to celebrate the end of this wild school year. There is lots to tell you about, so we will get right to it!

Naco Taco/Ice Cream Truck Night - May 18th

Join us for Taco Tuesday! The Naco Taco Food Truck will be at Underwood from 3:45-7pm on Tuesday, May 18th. Order dinner, have a picnic in the park, and enjoy a safe evening outside with the Underwood community! Dinner must be pre-ordered - order early to guarantee your preferred pick-up time! We will also have an ice cream truck available for dessert (no pre-order necessary for ice cream). 15% of all Naco Taco orders will benefit the Underwood PTO and orders must be placed by 5/16 at 12:45pm. This is a community event so don’t forget to share with all your Newton Corner neighbors!

5th Grade Kickball Fundraiser - May 21st

This year we will be replacing our Annual 5th Grade Basketball Game with a Kickball Game between the 5th Graders and the Teachers of Underwood. The Kickball Fundraiser will be held at the Underwood Field on Friday, May 21st at 3pm. Students and families from all grades are welcome. Tickets are $5 per person and all proceeds benefit the 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony and events. Order your tickets here by Monday, May 17th! 

Tickets can be picked up on the Black Top on Tuesday, May 18th and Wednesday, May 19th immediately after school. Snacks and refreshments will be sold during the game and can be paid through Venmo or Cash.

We are “Back”yard Concert! - June 4th

We have all been sorely missing in-person events and opportunities to mingle with other parents, so we are excited to announce our first in-person adult social event of the year!  Join us for a We are “Back”yard Concert featuring award-winning singer/songwriter (and parent of Underwood 3rd grader, Tallulah) Will Dailey. Will’s latest album has over 11 million spins on Spotify, top 20 on Billboard Heat Seeker chart and won Album of the Year in the Boston Music Awards, New England Music Awards and Improper Bostonian Magazine. He is a three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter and also won Artist of the Year in 2014 and best male vocalist in 2015 and 2016. Learn more about Will and listen to his music HERE.

  

The concert will be hosted by the Goldworms and Luethys from 7-9pm on Friday, June 4th with a suggestion donation to the PTO of $20 per person. We are looking forward to this adult night out and have arranged a Kids Night Out with WSYMCA as a childcare option - registration details here!

Please register as space is limited due to COVID gathering limits! Visit the registration page for more info.

Spring Fling - June 11th

With our full scale Underwood Spring Carnival on hold for a second year, we will be holding a smaller Spring Fling outdoors at Underwood on June 11th from 5-8pm. More details to come, but mark your calendars for this fun family night out!

Underwood PTO Officer Nominations / June 1 PTO Meeting

PTO Officer elections for the 2021/2022 school year will be held at the final open PTO meeting of the school year, Tuesday, June 1st at 7:30pm via Zoom. To see a current listing of the proposed slate of officers, CLICK HERE.

Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 937 335 2198

Passcode: 956516

One tap mobile: +13126266799,,9373352198#,,,,*956516#

If you, or someone you know, is interested in making a positive impact as a PTO officer, email the Nominating Committee at underwoodpto@gmail.com. Please include your name and phone number, as well as the Board position or role you would like to fill. Please note, nominations will be accepted until Friday, May 28th at 3pm.

2021-22 PTO Board Positions include: PTO Co-Presidents, Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Community Building, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Vice President of Fundraising, Secretary, and Treasurer. For a full description of the positions up for re-election, CLICK HERE

Our event committees and various Underwood programs also need your help! If you are interested in participating in one or more of the following, please email Underwood PTO at underwoodpto@gmail.com

  • Newton Schools Foundation
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Creative Arts and Sciences (CASC)
  • Spring Online Auction
  • Spring Carnival
  • Playground and Garden
  • Fundraising
  • Color Day
  • Understanding Our Differences (Grades 3, 4, and 5)

All our best, 

Amy Davis and Laura Goldworm

PTO Co-Presidents

underwoodpto@gmail.com

5th Grade Kickball Fundraiser – May 21st

5th Graders vs. Teachers!

This year we will be replacing our Annual 5th Grade Basketball Game with a Kickball Game between the 5th Graders and the Teachers of Underwood.

The Kickball Fundraiser will be held at the Underwood Field on Friday, May 21st at 3pm. Students and families from all grades are welcome. Tickets are $5 per person and all proceeds benefit the 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony and events. Order your tickets here by Monday, May 17th! 

Tickets can be picked up on the Black Top on Tuesday, May 18th and Wednesday, May 19th immediately after school. Snacks and refreshments will be sold during the game and can be paid through Venmo or Cash.

 

Thank you for supporting our 5th Grade!

Virtual Bingo Night – April 9th!

Join the Underwood community for a Virtual Bingo Night on Friday, April 9th at 6:30pm!

Bingo Night is presented by the 5th Grade Graduation Committee and all proceeds will go towards the 5th grade graduation.

There will be 6 Bingo rounds and the winner of each round will be awarded a $5 Gift Card from one of these nearby favorites: JP Licks, Learning Express, Yogurt Beach and Target. Each Bingo Sheet has 6 Bingo Playing Cards. You can play one card each round or play all the cards on your sheet in any round you choose. One Bingo Sheet is $5 and each additional Bingo Sheet is $3 each or you can purchase a Bingo Booklet (6 Bingo Sheets=36 Cards) for $15.

We will then conclude the night with a few raffles with the potential to win bigger prizes. Your raffle number will be found on your Bingo Sheet. The more Bingo Sheets you have, the greater the chances of winning a raffle prize! Raffle prizes include LEGO Classic Brick Box Assortment, a Giant Hotdog Pool Float, a Build-A-Pirate Ship Set, an LCD Writing Board, a Geodes Starter Kit & more!

In addition to the Bingo Sheets, families can also purchase $5 Bingo Snack Packs for the kids to enjoy while they play Bingo. Each Bingo Snack Pack will include, 1 Capri Sun Roarin’ Water, 1 Bag of Popcorn, 1 Welches Fruit Snack and 1 ​Dauber (to mark your Bingo card).  


For more information and to order your Bingo Sheets and Bingo Snack Packs please visit our order form. Orders must be placed by Friday, April 2nd. 

FORJ Solidarity and Support

We are sharing the following resources and upcoming community events on behalf of Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) in light of this week’s tragic events in Georgia. As Dr. Talukdar wrote in this month’s Newsletter, the Underwood community must do all that we can to support our community members of Asian descent, and continue to strive to achieve an Underwood community that is anti-racist.

Underwood PTO



Dear Asian American Pacific Islanders Communities, 
We stand in solidarity with you. We create spaces for the AAPI community to voice fears, grievances and hopes.  We reflect deeply on how we can do our best to dismantle racism, sexism and colonialism. We advocate to see that AAPI history and contributions are always taught in our schools. 

We deconstruct our own bias so that we don’t perceive others through stereotypes. We do not tolerate hate and continually look for ways to impede its progress. We work to fully understand and feel the harm that has been inflicted on the AAPI community. We look for what we need to give up, so we can gain tenfold. We use the lens of love to connect with the passions, history and uniqueness of each other.  We envision a collective healing, with liberation for all.   For all who are sitting with the pain caused by this week’s tragedy in Georgia, we offer opportunities to connect, art, resources and other ways to deepen our understanding and healing. We are thankful to all who have already created statements, organized meetings and reached out. We must always work to bring all voices into the room and amplify those that are most silenced. Much gratitude to this community and what we continue to build. HAPPENINGS 

Listening Circle 
FORJ Pierce
Sunday March 21st at 8pm 
RSVP HERE 

As members of Families Organizing for Racial Justice (“FORJ”) at Peirce, we are saddened by the recent shooting in Atlanta where several Asian Americans were killed. Although there isn’t clarity about the motive yet, we know that there has been a rise in attacks against people of Asian descent and are concerned that this is the latest in such attacks.  Nearly 3,800 hate incidents targeting Asian-Americans have been reported in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., since last March. We wanted to reach out to our families and offer support in whatever way we can to come together and acknowledge that targeting any group is wrong and reprehensible and a hate crime against all. For those who want to process in community, we are also offering a listening circle. A listening circle is a means of creating and maintaining authentic connection through a safe space to share our truths, and to deeply listen to others.  


FORJ NSHS Asian American Pacific Islander Solidarity Night 
FORJ NSHS 
Wednesday April 14th at 7pm
RSVP HERE 
Our upcoming FORJ NSHS Asian American Pacific Islander Solidarity Night on Wednesday, April 14th @ 7pm will be a night to learn specifically how to support our AAPI students as well as to offer affinity spaces for parents and guardians, students, faculty and community members. We realize this is one of the first nights of Ramadan, and hope that our Muslim friends can join us for at least part of the evening.  Please register for the event HERE.We plan to offer an opportunity to learn about:the historical and systemic roots of violence and discrimination against AAPI communitieshow AAPI communities are impacted in terms of mental health and how to helphow best to support our young people, family members and friends during this difficult timeThrough breakout rooms, we will offer affinity spaces by age and racial identities in addition to random groups to allow people to learn from each other and offer each other support. 
FORJ AAPI Affinity Space
TIME TBD
RSVP HERE 

FORJ is looking to start a FORJ AAPI Affinity Group for adults. If you are interested in finding out more about the group, please fill out this form. This will be a monthly or bi-monthly meeting for folks who identify as AAPI.  Affinity group spaces are healing and affirming of individuals’ identities by connecting people so they can witnesses each other’s stories. Sharing experiences that resonate with others, releases fears fed by isolation while moving participants into a space of self-compassion and awareness that is grounding for all involved. “We can’t afford to have media who want to know more about the killer’s life than they do the victims who are no longer here. We cannot keep paying police to safely arrest a man after a killing tour of Asian spas and dismiss it as a young man with a sex addiction while George Floyd’s character is on trial as a victim of a police lynching.”  –Jenee OsterheldtTOOLS and RESOURCES

Below are resources to support families and provide information about anti-Asian racism (provided by Pierce FORJ and Newton Public Schools.)Community Care During COVID-19: A Message To and From AAPIsHow to Talk to Kids About Anti-Asian Racism – ParentsTogetherStop AAPI HATE – can also report incidents here, make a financial donation and/or learn more about how to respond if you are targeted or witness someone being targeted: TOGETHER WE CAN STOP ITAsian American Resource Workshop: AARW – Boston-basedDon’t Yuck My Yum: Delicious Kids Books That Dismantle Anti-Asian Racism

Embrace Race Webinar with Transcript: Asian Americans, Racism, and Antiracism in the COVID Era

Ways to Support Asian American Students During the Pandemic  (Compiled by Newton Public Schools) 

Host a Listening Circle at Your School Safety Tips for Those Experiencing or Witnessing Hate5 Things to Consider When Experiencing Hate1. Safety First: Trust your instincts and assess your surroundings. If you feel unsafe and you are able to, leave the area.2. Stay Calm: Take a deep breath, limit eye-contact, and maintain neutral body language.3. Speak Out (If you can do so safely): In a calm and firm voice establish physical boundaries, and denounce their behavior and comments.4. Seek Immediate Support: Ask bystanders for support or intervention.5. Seek Emotional Support: Once you feel safe, take time to recover and reach out to someone to talk about what happened. Remember this is not your fault, and you are not alone. 5 Ways to Help If You Witness Hate1. Take Action: Approach the targeted person, introduce yourself, and offer support.2. Actively Listen: Ask before taking any actions and respect the targeted person’s wishes. Monitor the situation if needed.3. Ignore Attacker: Using your discretion, attempt to calm the situation by using your voice, body language, or distractions.4. Accompany: If the situation escalates, invite the targeted person to join you in leaving.5. Offer Emotional Support: Help the targeted person by asking how they’re feeling. Assist them in figuring out what they want to do next.

From Stop APPI Hate Crimes Go here to learn more about “I Still Believe in Our City: A Public Art Series Takes on Racism.”   
 Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) is a group of diverse Newton families helping our children learn about issues of power and inequality and how to stand up for racial justice. We seek to generate understanding and curiosity about the differences in our society, and to work together towards racial equity.We strive to achieve safe and welcoming environments that enhance the well-being of all people. We promote healing and connection between individuals and communities. We speak out against injustice, support our kids to be upstanders, and take action to address bias and inequity. We offer lectures on race and diversity, discussion groups, community events, Dynamic Diversity trainings and more. We follow the lead from our communities and help families foster inclusion in our city and schools.

Whoo(Pie) We Love our Teachers!

Hello Underwood Families!

We’re so excited for the Whoo(pie) Wagon food truck to visit Underwood on Wednesday 3/24 for Teacher Appreciation Week! Not only are we purchasing the amazing delicious treats for our teachers, we’re also extending the opportunity for families to purchase as well. 10% of all proceeds will support the Underwood community via the PTO. 

Orders can be placed anytime before 9am on 3/24 and picked up between 12:45-2:15 that afternoon: 
https://www.bestfoodtrucks.com/boston-food-trucks/the-whoo-pie-wagon/the-whoo-pie-wagon/61946

Sweet Sixteen Challenge: 
Word on the street is that the Whoo(pie) Wagon whoopie pies are so good that you might want to order one of each. It is hard to say which is the best, so in the spirit of March Madness, we’re setting up a SWEET SIXTEEN challenge!

Challenge participation – first round deadline 3/18:

  1. Go the entry form and choose one flavor for each of the 8 brackets in Round 1 (you’ll definitely want to research your options).
  2. Select which flavor you predict will be the Underwood Whoo(pie) 2021 Flavor of the Year!
  3. Keep an eye out for round updates on 3/19, 3/22, and 3/23!

All correctly guessed 2021 Flavor of the Year submissions will be entered into a drawing where one name will be randomly selected for a $20 gift card to Henry Bear’s Park. (One entry per student. There is no cost to enter and no purchase is necessary. In the event that no one selects the winning flavor, all entrants will be included in drawing. You do not have to be present at the drawing to win.)

Dates and deadlines:

  • Round 1 voting starts now and ends 8pm Thursday 3/18
  • Round 2 voting is 9am Friday 3/19 though 8pm Sunday 3/21
  • Round 3 voting is 9am – 8pm Monday 3/22
  • Final Round voting is 9am-8pm Tuesday 3/23

The winning flavor announcement and gift card drawing will be at THE WHOO(PIE) WAGON order pick up at UNDERWOOD on Wednesday 3/24 at 1:00pm. (Order pick up is from 12:45-2:15) May the best Whoo(pie) Pie win!
Please email us with questions. We look forward to seeing you all when we announce the winner next week!