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Underwood Community Events – November 29, 2020

We hope you all enjoyed a safe and delicious Thanksgiving! We can’t believe this week is December already. We’re super excited for our upcoming Underwood Community events:


12/3 Pizza and PTO! 

This Thursday our virtual PTO meeting falls on the same night as Underwood Day at Bertucci’s.

PTO Meeting Featuring Dr. Fleishman
We are excited to announce a special guest for our next Underwood PTO meeting! Dr. FleishmanNewton Superintendent of Schools, will join us on December 3rd at 7:00pm. Questions need to be submitted in advance to: underwoodpto@gmail.com

Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 937 335 2198
Passcode: 956516
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,9373352198#,,,,,,0#,,956516# 

Underwood Day @Bertucci’s
On Thursday 12/3, 15% of proceeds from takeout or dine-in will come back to Underwood. All you need to do is provide code 124-400-170 when ordering online (Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta | Newton) or via phone 617-244-4900.



12/13 – Gingerbread House Party!

The Underwood PTO presents a Gingerbread House Making Party (virtual style)! All families are invited to roll up their sleeves and bring on their creativity to decorate their very own gingerbread house. A Zoom party will commence from 4-5pm on Sunday afternoon, 12/13. This will be a wonderful time to catch up with your pals and/or to see how everyone else is decorating their masterpiece. We will be awarding (super cool) prizes for the funniest, most colorful, and most school spirited entries!

The details: 
Who: Underwood students (hybrid and DLA) of all grades!
What: Gingerbread House Making Showdown
When: Sunday, December 13, 4-5pm 
Where: In your warm and toasty home! Zoom link here. 
RSVP: via this online registration form

Families can provide their own Gingerbread House materials, store bought or homemade (suggested recipe here) including all of the gumdrops and chocolates you can handle!

We’re also offering a Festive Owl bundle including a Deluxe Gingerbread House making kit + Underwood Owl kid-size apron for $20 each. 

Prep tip, before the Zoom call: It will be handy to pre-build and connect the walls and roof of your gingerbread house, so the kids can have ample time decorating. Because we all know that waiting for the “icing glue” to dry ain’t fun!

Contest Submission Deadline: Final submissions due via photos emailed to the Underwood PTO by 6pm 12/13. Winners will be announced Tuesday, 12/15.     

Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 937 335 2198
Passcode: 956516
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,9373352198#,,,,,,0#,,956516#  

Please email us with any questions!

Upcoming Underwood Events

Hello Underwood Families! 

As we get closer to Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we wanted to flag some upcoming Underwood events! 

Book Fair Teacher Wish Lists – Ends 11/22
There are just four more days to maximize book fair fundraising benefits for the Underwood Community. After 11/22, the amount the Underwood PTO raises per $1 decreases by 50%. Our fabulous teachers have created wish lists for books that will be for their classroom and students. Please consider purchasing a book for your child’s teacher:

Ms. Bardin
Ms. Cipolla
Ms. Castodio
Ms. Hull
Ms. Melanson
Ms. Murphy

PTO Meeting Featuring Dr. Fleishman – 12/3
We are excited to announce a special guest for our next Underwood PTO meeting! Dr. FleishmanNewton Superintendent of Schools, will join us on December 3rd at 7:00pm. Questions need to be submitted in advance to: underwoodpto@gmail.com

Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 937 335 2198
Passcode: 956516
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,9373352198#,,,,,,0#,,956516# 

CAS is Back! 12/16 & 1/13
Creative Arts & Sciences is proud to present Women in World Jazz webinar-style virtual concerts* for schools that missed their spring performances. The presentation will be include live and pre-recorded performances, and virtual collaborations. Members of the ensemble will share information about the music of the featured composers.Creative Arts & Sciences enrichment programming is made possible by generous contributions to each school’s PTO. Thank you for your support!

  • Wednesday, 12/16, 9:15* – Grades 3-5 
  • Wednesday, 1/13, 9:15* – Grades K-2

*Webinar links will be distributed to students by the school’s administration prior to the performance date. DLA students will attend the performance with their neighborhood school hybrid classmates.


NSF Collaboration and Liaison Recruitment for Grant Opportunities
The Newton Schools Foundation which has provided funding for our Instrumental Music Programs, FORJ, Authorfest, chromebooks, etc. is looking to partner directly with PTOs going forward to better communicate grant opportunities teachers and Principals. They are looking to have a NSF Liaison for each school. More information is here, please let us know if you are interested in learning more about being the Underwood NSF Liaison. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope you all enjoy a safe Thanksgiving! 

Thank you, 
Your Underwood PTO

Women in World Jazz Concerts

Creative Arts & Sciences is proud to present Women in World Jazz webinar-style virtual concerts* for schools that missed their spring performances. Included during the presentation will be live and pre-recorded performances, and virtual collaborations.

Members of the ensemble will share information about the music of the featured composers. 

Underwood’s performance dates are as follows and DLA students will attend the performance with their neighborhood school hybrid classmates.

  • Wednesday, 12/16, 9:15 – Grades 3-5 Cabot, Peirce, Underwood, Zervas, Horace Mann
  • Wednesday, 1/13, 9:15 – Grades K-2 Angier, Cabot, Underwood, Zervas, Horace Mann

Creative Arts & Sciences enrichment programming is made possible by generous contributions to each school’s PTO. Thank you for your support!

Download the Brochure:

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*Webinar links will be distributed to students by the school’s administration prior to the performance date.

PTO Newsletter, November 12, 2020

School Calendar

 Mon, Nov 9th –
 Sunday, Nov 22nd
 Online Book Fair
 Fri, Nov 13th DLA Supply Bag Pick-Up
 Thurs, Nov 26th –
 Fri, Nov 27th
 Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
 Thurs, Dec 3rd Virtual PTO Meeting andBertucci’s Night

Letter From the Principal

Dear Underwood Families,
 
Whether we are talking about wild weather forecasts, rising state and national covid rates or the presidential election, November has been eventful to say the least. All too frequently we fail to recognize the toll these sorts of events have on our lives and the exhaustion it can create for many, including young children. While we are moving into more rigorous work across the disciplines, I am pleased that teachers spent the early part of our school year studying our students, learning who they are, and working to meet their social and emotional needs. Teachers and students have worked quite diligently to establish a culturally responsive Underwood community where educators value relationships and consistently promote safety, kindness, and respect with our students and families. 
 
This weekend marked an important milestone in our nation. Regardless of where Underwood community members stand, vice president elect Kamala Harris has made history as the first female and person of color in the second highest office of the United States of America. One hundred years after women won the right to vote, she has broken a glass ceiling for women in this country and people of color. While opinions will always vary on who should serve as US leaders, this momentous occasion serves to inspire and expand possibilities for girls and women (and all people) across the world. This election also offers a lesson on how compelling it is to participate and engage in public decision making in order to maintain our democracy. Underwood educators recognize this critical moment and remain politically neutral while morally crystal clear to ensure that inclusivity for all members of our community is maintained.
 
As we observed a day off from school this week, it is necessary to pause and reflect on why school was closed. Veteran’s Day is a significant holiday that honors all those who have served in times of war and peace to protect the liberty, freedom and democracy of our nation. It offers a great opportunity to tie in our social-emotional learning goals by helping students to further develop their coping skills, build empathy and show gratitude. Earlier this week, I shared resources with Underwood teachers that can be used when highlighting this important civic celebration. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are also interested. 
 
I have been so impressed with our Underwood school community thus far for many reasons. Thank you to the many parents who reached out to wish my family well as we dealt with one of the inevitable realities impacting our world. As your new principal, I can admit that I felt uneasy working from home for a short period of time yet I learned quickly how compassionate and understanding all of you are. It also allowed me time to visit virtual classrooms and see teachers and students in action in a way that is different from when I visit classrooms in person. This was a gift to me, and I am very thankful to be back in person especially during this important and eventful moment in time. 
 
In solidarity,
 
Suzie 

Dr. Suzie Talukdar, Principal

Letter From the PTO President

Dear Underwood Families,

Thank you to everyone who has participated in Underwood events this busy fall, including the Playground PlaydatesVirtual Cooking Class, Virtual Fun Run, and Bertucci’s Night. The PTO’s November event is our online Book Fair via Children’s Bookstore. Get your holiday shopping done early and choose from a fantastic selection of popular series and award winners! The PTO will receive 30% of sales from 11/9 – 11/22 and will continue to receive 15% of purchases made on this site for the remainder of the school year. Thank you to Nisa Dailey for her hard work planning this year’s Book Fair! 

In conjunction with the Book Fair the PTO is sponsoring Zoom Evening Storytimes with staff members as an opportunity for students to connect with members of the community they may not be seeing in person as much this year. We hope your family has been able to enjoy the Storytimes so far this week, and they will continue with Ms. Mann and Nurse Carrie tonight starting at 6:30pm, and other staff members next week, including Ms. Langston and Mr. Owen!

Nearly 100 students registered for the Virtual Fun Run and it was wonderful to see so many families enjoying the playground and Farlow Park safely on what turned out to be a beautiful, sunny Halloween day! If your student hasn’t received their Fun Run t-shirt yet, please email underwoodpto@gmail.com. Fun Run participants collectively raised over $7,500, before expenses, for the PTO and we owe a huge thank you to everyone who made this event a success, especially our event chairs, Kate Luethy and Anne-Marie GravelCrislin Waldman for designing the beloved Mummy Owl for the t-shirts, and Ms. Melanson’s class for having the highest participation! The funds raised went directly into the hands of teachers and staff members to make purchases for their classrooms. These classroom allocations are more important than ever in a year when our staff is thinking creatively about how to teach and connect with students and may need different tools to do so. The other main areas of PTO spending in the first half of this school year are our Underwood Community Cares Program, which supports members of our school community with grocery gift cards and Technology Spending necessary for Underwood to meet the standard set across all Newton elementary schools. This fall the PTO provided funds for the school to purchase ten document cameras, as recommended by the NPS Department of Information Technology.  

Our first Bertucci’s Dining for Dollars night of the year was a great success, with 24 families placing orders! We will be continuing this tradition the first Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars for pizza and pasta again on Thursday, December 3rd! You can dine-in, take-out, order delivery, or catering from Bertucci’s and 15% percent of sales will go to the Underwood School PTO. Thank you to our VP of Community Building, Mariel Ortega, for coordinating our Bertucci’s partnership this year!

Adult sizes have been added to our online Underwood Merchandise store via local business All Sports Wear in Newton Highlands. The store will remain open throughout the year and these cozy designs make great holiday gifts for Underwood students and caregivers alike! We have also ordered more of the sold out tie dye Underwood masks from Rafi Nova, so stay tuned for order forms when those arrive. Thank you to our VP of Fundraising, Katie Williams, for bringing these ideas forward and making them a reality, along with planning our delicious and fun Virtual Cooking Class.

We hope your family has a lovely upcoming Thanksgiving break. We are grateful to be a part of the Underwood community.

All our best,

Amy Davis and Laura Goldworm

PTO Co-Presidents

Staff Spotlight

Reminders to Parents/Caregivers from Nurse Carrie:  

Please follow the SAFELY checklist each morning. As we make our way through the colder months when viral exposure and spread naturally increases, we want to remain extremely vigilant with our safety protocols. Thank you to all families for doing their part; keep up the good work. 

  • If your child is having any symptoms of illness as listed on the SAFELY checklist, please reach out to Nurse Carrie @ 617-559-9666. 
  • Lastly, per MA Dept of Public Health, all students are required to have a FLU vaccine this year before December 31st. Please provide documentation after your child has received the flu vaccine.   
  • Feel free to contact Nurse Carrie anytime with questions or concerns @ 617-559-9666 or gatelyca@newton.k12.ma.us

Underwood and District Wide News

FUEL Program Ongoing Food Donations 
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 November 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.

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

Underwood Staff Story Time hosted by the PTO

Check out our updated evening story time schedule! You don’t want to miss some of your beloved Underwood staff members reading their favorite books! 

It’s Book Fair time and as part of our celebration we’ve launched evening story time! Join your fellow Underwood classmates and some of your favorite staff members for a book or two before bed! 

Please join us from 6:30-7 for the following guest readers:

Tuesday 11/10: Ms. Titherington-Carey & Mr. Gluck
Wednesday 11/11: Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey
Thursday 11/12: Mrs. Mann & Nurse Carrie
Monday 11/16: Ms. Langston
Tuesday 11/17: Mr. Owen

Join us via this Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 827 4721 8522
Passcode: books

And don’t forget, the Underwood Book Fair is live until 11/22:
https://www.childrensbookstore.com/welcome/underwood-elementary-pto/ 

Underwood Book Fair

Welcome to the Underwood Book Fair!

Thank you for fostering a generation of young readers while supporting the Underwood Community!

Underwood PTO will receive 30% of sales made from 11/9-11/22. In addition, Underwood will continue to receive 15% of purchases made on this site for the remainder of the school year! All orders ship from PA within 1 business day to the address you provide at check out.

Click the badge below to be taken to the Underwood Book Fair’s page:

My Fundraising Page

Happy shopping!

Register for Underwood’s Spookiest Fun Run!

The Underwood Fun Run is back!!! It will look a little different this year as the event will not be held during the school day. Our little runners will run their own virtual race in their own time on Halloween Day. Run at the time that suits your family, where you want! All of the run proceeds will go back to the Underwood school and community. Why on Halloween day? Because we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate Halloween, be outside and active while wearing our costumes (and face masks)! All while supporting your PTO!


Virtual doesn’t mean we can’t have a sense of community, this is why all students will receive a t-shirt to celebrate the event regardless of their registration status or donation total! Come and pick it up under the tent on Fun Run Day, October 31st 10am-4 pm.


Visit the website here and create a personalized fundraising page for your child and then share it with your friends and family. Please contact us at underwoodpto@gmail.com with questions

Underwood PTO Fundraising Events!

Hello Underwood Parents, 

We have aspirational fundraising goals for the 2020-2021 school year as we increase our support of our classroom teachers and local families. We hope you can join us at our upcoming events!

Virtual Cooking Class with Renown Chef – This Saturday 10/17, Limited Spots Remaining!

We invite you to join your fellow Underwood Families for a fun and exciting cooking class via Zoom. We will be learning how to make a mushroom risotto and chicken marsala worthy of the North End! The cost is $85 per family and all proceeds will benefit the Underwood community. 

Sign up here for a delicious evening with our community!

The menu can be tailored to meet nearly every dietary restriction. No mushrooms, no problem! Chef Joe will be sending out a customized shopping list ahead of dinner. 

We have just a couple of spots available, so please sign up by tomorrow, Thursday October 15.


Annual Fun Run! Halloween, Saturday, 10/31

The Underwood Fun Run is back!!! It will look a little different this year as the event will not be held during the school day. Our little runners will run their own virtual race in their own time on Halloween Day. Run at the time that suits your family, where you want! All of the run proceeds will go back to the Underwood school and community. Why on Halloween day? Because we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate Halloween, be outside and active while wearing our costumes (and face masks)! All while supporting our Underwood Community!

We will once again have t-shirts in order to celebrate the students’ accomplishment! 
The first step is to visit the website here and create a personalized fundraising page for your child. Please contact us at underwoodpto@gmail.com with questions.

Thank you!
Your Underwood PTO

Calling all Chefs, Wanna-be Chefs, and People Who Like Food!

While we are not able to hold the annual Mystery Dinner, one of the largest fundraising opportunities of the year. We’re making up for it with a wonderful virtual cooking class taught by a local and credentialed chef!

We will be learning how to make a mushroom risotto and chicken Marsala worthy of the North End! The cost is $85 per family and all proceeds will benefit the Underwood PTO fundraising efforts. 

Sign up here for a delicious evening with our community!

The menu can be tailored to meet nearly every dietary restriction. Not a fan of mushrooms, no problem! All you have to do is note the same in the sign up genius slot and we will send you a customized menu.

If we have enough families sign up by grade, we can organize chat rooms for a bit of socializing before or after the cooking demonstration!

PTO fundraising supports teacher and classroom supplies, school facility updates, as well as Underwood families in need.

We really hope you can join us!

Thank you, 
Your Underwood PTO

Underwood PTO Social Night at Bertuccis

Online or On Site – Thursday 11/5

On Thursday November 5th, Underwood will receive 15% of all proceeds for meals purchased with code 124-400-170 at Bertuccis.com or present this flier at ANY Bertuccis restaurant between 11:00am and 10:00pm. Please share with your family and friends!

The first Underwood Social night is November 5th but we will be doing the first Thursday of every month this year!

https://www.underwoodschoolpto.org/bertuccis-dining-for-dollars/

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Upcoming Underwood PTO Events

Hello Underwood Families!

We’ve got some awesome upcoming events for you! Please mark your calendar and join us! 
Playground Meet Ups : 10/1 – 10/13
Safe Routes to School
Walk & Roll to School Week: 10/5-10/9
FORJ Events: 10/14 & 10/27
Underwood Fundraiser – Virtual Culinary Event: 10/17
Underwood Fundraiser – Bertuccis: 11/5

Playground Meet Ups
(DATE CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS)

Thank you to everyone who has been able to join our playground meet ups! We’ve made some date corrections and added new dates for Mrs. Tucker and Miss Cipolla’s cohorts. 
 Thursday 10/1 – Mrs. White’s 2nd Grade – Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Friday 10/2 – Ms. Melanson’s 3rd Grade – Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pmpm
Monday 10/5 – Ms. Hull’s 4th Grade – Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Tuesday 10/6 – Ms. Bardin’s 4th Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Wednesday 10/7 – Ms. Castodio’s 5th Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Thursday 10/8 – Ms. Murphy’s 5th Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Friday 10/9 – Mrs. Tucker’s 1st Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, Cohort B 5-6pm
Tuesday 10/13 – Ms. Cipolla’s 1st Grade Cohort A 4-5pm, 2nd Grade Cohort B 5-6pm

Safe Routes to School Walk & Roll to School Week 10/5-10/9

Newton is celebrating Walk & Roll to School Week! Find a way that works for your family and educational mode — pick a day and walk or roll to school or around your home or neighborhood. If you’re looking for a “walking carpool” or “walking school bus” with other Underwood families- keep an eye out in the morning for other walking families. Also, the Underwood PTO directory lets you search by street if you need to find contact information.

Join with Massachusetts Safe Routes to School and participate in Bingo and color a sneaker to hang in your window after you complete your stroll. Download the activity booklet at www.newtonsaferoutes.org

Newton Safe Routes to School promotes walking, biking, and taking the bus to school through encouragement, education, infrastructure improvements, and safety enforcement. Our goal is to create a healthy community for everyone. Over the summer, representatives from many Newton schools worked with the city Transportation Department to identify safety concerns on walking and biking routes. You can contact the city with any concerns or pass them
along to Underwood’s rep, Alex Rolfe <arolfe@alum.mit.edu>.

FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) Events

Please join us at these upcoming FORJ events: 

Wednesday, October 14th 7pm-8pm –  How to Run Constructive Conversations on Race 
Come learn more about District Highlight Initiative: Constructive Conversations on Race and what it entails to run a group. Visit the FORJ Newton website for event details.

Thursday, October 27th 7pm-8pm – Raising Antiracist Kids Panel 
About the Raising Anti-racist Kids event: Join us for the first in a multi-part educational series on being an anti-racist. Cosponsored by FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice), Harmony Foundation and Newton Human Rights CommissionPanelists include: David . Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools (moderator), Ellie Axe, Director, Story Starters, Michele Leong, Newton North High School Office of Human Rights, Kathy Lopes, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Newton Public Schools, and Dr. Henry Turner, Principal, Newton North High School. Register Here.

Underwood Fundraiser – Virtual Culinary Event – Saturday 10/17

Please join us for an evening of fun with local Boston Chef Joe! Participants will learn how to make Mushroom Risotto worthy of the North End! Each step of the process will be demonstrated in great detail and you will then get to repeat it yourself using the ingredients and utensils specified, tailored to your specific dietary needs. Glasses of wine are very much recommended!
Cost is $85 per family plus ingredients.  

Date: Saturday, 10/17/2020
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm EDT
Location: Your kitchen via Zoom
Register here today!

Underwood Fundraiser: Bertuccis – Online or On Site – Thursday 11/5

On Thursday November 5th, Underwood will receive 15% of all proceeds for meals purchased with code 124-400-170 at Bertuccis.com or present this flier at ANY Bertuccis restaurant between 11:00am and 10:00pm. Please share with your family and friends!

Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to seeing you!

Your Underwood PTO

Picture Day @ Underwood 2020

Dear Underwood Families,

I hope each one of you enjoyed the long weekend and, if you were observing the holiday, I hope you had an easy and meaningful fast. I am writing to share information with all families about Picture Day 2020 at the Underwood School. 

Coffee Pond will be taking school portraits of Underwood students in the Distance Learning Academy on Thursday, October 8th and Tuesday, October 13th outside Underwood after school from 3:30-4:30pm. Please click here to sign your child(ren) up for a 10 minute time slot. Please arrive as close to your chosen time as possible to limit the number of people gathered.

Coffee Pond has introduced online ordering and a new barcode scanning system to eliminate the need to pass paper between individuals. Please order your photos at https://www.coffeepond.com/ in advance of your child’s picture day. Coffee Pond’s Covid-19 Safety Measures and Online Ordering Instructions are attached.

You do not have to order photos to have your child’s portrait taken. We encourage as many families as possible to have their child’s picture taken, as these are the pictures used for their profiles in Aspen and used internally at the school. In addition, Coffee Pond archives grade level photos (K-5) for each graduating class to use in its 5th grade yearbook. It’s a great way to look back at the students over the years!

Class photos will not be taken this year for students in either learning model due to social distancing measures. 

Please contact Lacey Rochford with any questions at rochfordl@newton.k12.ma.us.

Thank you,

Suzie 

Dr. Sujan S. Talukdar

Principal 

Underwood Elementary School 

Newton Public Schools

talukdars@newton.k12.ma.us

617-559-9660

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