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The Underwood PTO Family Directory

The PTO invites you to join our directory!  The directory list will be used for school-wide email communications, newsletters, and notifications only.  Registration and more information can be found here: https://forms.gle/ioxVTo9Jmy1kL4jL9 No student or family information will be shared outside of the Underwood School. You may request removal from the directory at any time. You will be able to manage your own contact information and privacy settings. The directory contains a listing of all students and faculty as well as contact details for families who choose to share their information. All families will have access to the directory regardless of the information provided and privacy settings.  If you have questions, please email underwoodpto@gmail.comFor more information go to underwoodschoolpto.org/connect/online-directory/Don’t forget to join our Facebook group too! facebook.com/UnderwoodSchoolPTO/

In-School COVID Testing Update from NPS

Dear NPS Families, As shared in previous district newsletters and the August 2021 family webinar, Newton Public Schools will again offer COVID testing for students and staff during the 2021-22 school year. This year, NPS is participating in the state-sponsored multi-tiered COVID testing program, which will be administered by CIC Health. There are three testing strategies, which are as follows: Symptomatic Testing: This protocol (a rapid test), will be used for students and staff who develop symptoms while at school.  Test and Stay (Close contact testing): This protocol (a rapid test) will be used to test unvaccinated asymptomatic individuals who have been identified as close contacts following possible exposure at school. Routine (Weekly) COVID Pooled Testing: This protocol (anterior nasal swab) will be used for the weekly COVID testing program. Here are specific notes about the testing and consent: Testing will occur at school during the READ MORE

First Day of School is tomorrow! :)

We are so excited to welcome your children back to school tomorrow, September 9, 2021. Unfortunately, the forecast indicates that it will rain and to avoid any confusion during the morning drop off, I have outlined a revised plan for the first day of school.  Morning Arrival (9/9 Arrival Map): K-2: Line up under the tents At 8:05am, K-2 Teachers will greet their students with their large signs under the tent Grade 1 will line up closest to Eldredge, then Grade 2, then Grade K closest to the parking lot side of the tent. At 8:10am, Grade 1 & 2 Teachers will walk students into the building through the main entrance. Kindergarten will enter through the entrance by the parking lot. Grades 3-5: Line up in the gymnasium At 8:05am, 3-5 Teachers will greet students in the gymnasium with their READ MORE

Underwood Merch is Back

For the second year in a row, we have partnered with local business All Sportswear in Newton Highlands to provide Underwood gear to students and their grown-ups! Show your school spirit and support the PTO through this Fall Fundraiser! There are tee-shirts, sweatshirts, and PJ pants now available: View options and purchase yours here: https://all-sports-wear.myshopify.com/collections/underwood-elementary-school-fall-fundraiser

Back to School Backyard Socials

Calling all parents and guardians! We are so excited to start a new twist on an old Underwood tradition! In lieu of the old potlucks, we’re hosting grade-level outdoor socials for parents and guardians (yes, no kids allowed – please do not bring children!) These evening events will be held outdoors and hosted by families from your child’s grade(s). Each will feature light refreshments (think cookies and beverages!) The dates for each grade are below, please mark your calendar for your applicable grade(s). Keep an eye out for locations and other details in the coming weeks! Parties will be held 6-8pm: Kindergarten – Saturday 9/18 1st Grade – Friday 9/24 2nd Grade – Saturday 9/25 3rd Grade – Friday 10/1 4th Grade – Friday 9/17 5th Grade – Friday 9/24 Please RSVP to each grown-up party applicable to your student(s) READ MORE

Underwood PTO Welcome Packet

Welcome back to school! We hope your family had a happy and healthy summer and we are so excited to welcome our entire Underwood community back in person this year! We are looking forward to working with you and getting to know you this year through our roles with the PTO Board. Please take a few minutes to read through this Welcome Packet with information about the following: Upcoming Events Room Parents Underwood Directory via Membership Toolkit Absence/Tardy Call Back System As Underwood parents or guardians, you are all automatically members of the PTO! Your willingness to participate and volunteer as you are able, given your unique family and work commitments, is paramount to the success, strength, and energy of our PTO and community. Our PTO Board and Committees are comprised of volunteers working throughout the year to organize and READ MORE

Welcome Letters from Teachers

We are so excited to welcome everyone back to Underwood on September 9th for the first day of school! In the meantime, we wanted to share these welcome back letters from all of the Underwood teachers. You can click on the pictures below to open the whole letter, which includes school supply lists for each grade. The letter will open in a new browser window and you can save it or print it from there! Kindergarten First Grade Second Grade Third Grade Fourth Grade Fifth Grade

Notes for Back to School

School Hours and Before School Programming We want to remind you that the school hours for the 2021-22 school year have shifted. The school day will run from 8:10 am until 2:50 pm. The exception is Wednesdays. On Wednesdays, we always have an early release at 12:20 pm.  On-Time Students must arrive outside school by 8:05 am (please do not drop off children before 8:00, as there are no adults outside to supervise). The bell rings at 8:10am. We expect all children to be in their classrooms by 8:20am.   Late Arrival Children who arrive late must go to the main office to fill out a late slip, which they bring to their teacher. Children who enter the classroom late consistently miss valuable learning time. Please ensure your children are at school on time by 8:10 am. Noteworthy Dates Below please READ MORE

Welcome Back from Dr. Sujan S. Talukdar, Principal

August 24, 2021  Dear Underwood Families, Welcome back to school! A special welcome to our incoming kindergarten families, our “New to Underwood” families, and our returning DLA families! I hope this letter finds you well and rejuvenated, particularly after such a challenging year. Summer is intended to be a time filled with laughter, relaxation and new adventures. My family enjoyed time together and took an exciting trip to Maui where my son went snorkeling for the first time. We met up with friends there and took time to explore the island and experience the culture. This year, my son (Jonathan, 13) will attend a new school and enter grade 7. This is an exciting time for my family. I know it will come with the many ups and downs of adolescence and middle school, all while navigating the challenges that READ MORE

See you in September!

 School is out for the summer! We made it! Thank you to our entire community, including our Underwood families and staff members, for coming together to find many bright spots in this crazy year. We look forward to having our entire Underwood family back together in the building next year and we are already planning lots of fun events for the fall! In the meantime, please read below for a note from Mr. Gluck about caring for our Underwood garden over the summer. As a reminder, elementary school hours will be 8:10 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. (early release Wednesdays at 12:20 p.m.) next year and school begins on Thursday, September 9th. Click here for the 2021-22 School Year Calendar We wish you and your family a safe and happy summer!  Underwood PTO Help Water and Weed the Underwood Garden this Summer! Mr. READ MORE

Health Updates from Nurse Carrie – June 25th, 2021

Happy Summer! We hope you are staying healthy and cool as we head into these next few months! Take care of yourselves and we’ll see you in the Fall! COVID-19 Vaccine: The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for people ages 12 and up. People 18 and older can get any currently authorized COVID-19 vaccine. You can find an available appointment at vaxfinder.mass.gov. You can find more information about COVID-19 vaccines here. COVID-19 Safety: Although most COVID-19-related restrictions have been lifted in the state of MA, some restrictions are still in place. Be sure to pay attention to the current COVID-19 mask requirements and travel recommendations. Individual businesses may also have their own COVID-19 measures in place. You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, READ MORE