The beloved Underwood Spring Carnival is BACK! Save the date for Friday, June 3rd from 3pm-7pm. This is our biggest event of the year – and it is entirely run by volunteers! We need your help! Please sign up for a one-hour time slot: https://bit.ly/2022carnival-signup The 2022 Carnival will feature: Food trucks Games Inflatables Prizes Sand art Snow cones Face painting A dunk tank and a beer garden! More details about tickets will be released shortly!
Owl of the Month – Michelle Reddick
1. What is your name? Michelle Reddick 2. What is your role at Underwood? Metco Social worker 3. Where did you grow up? Newton, Massachusetts 4. What is your favorite Underwood tradition? My favorite tradition is to facilitate inclusive groups and to observe my students having open conversations about race and culture. Since the students in the group are young, there is an unspoken understanding that there is no right or wrong answer. Students learn so much from one another! It’s the best! 5. Do you have a favorite Spring activity? Going for walks with my puggle and bike rides with my family. 6. Please share one piece of advice with the Underwood community. Please be open in speaking with your children about race and culture. It’s ok not to have all the answers. When I don’t know something, I use those moments to simply say, “I don’t know. Why don’t we learn about it together?” And then I make it a teaching/learning moment. READ MORE
2022 Online Auction Results
The 2022 Auction is OVER and we are so excited to share the results! There were 98 bidders!We had 552 bids!And we raised…….🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁$10,308 dollars!!! 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 Thank you to all our generous bidders! The Underwood PTO uses this money to support the community. Some things we’ve done this year are:– Donate $1,000+ of new library books to the school– Fund enrichment events like AuthorFest– Support families in our community through the Community Cares Program– Fund teacher and staff appreciation events– Provide teacher, specialist, and Principal allocations that are spent directly in classrooms Thank you for being a valuable member of our Underwood Owl Family! We appreciate you!
Online Auction 2022
The 2022 Underwood Online Auction begins Wednesday, March 9th at 8 am at https://www.biddingowl.com/underwoodpto! Bidding will close Tuesday, March 15th at 10 pm. Please share our auction with friends and family, not only in Newton but all over the area – the Underwood Online Auction features tickets for museums and experiences all over Massachusetts and beyond! Details about our auction process are below and we are always available to answer questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds benefit the Underwood PTO. Thank you for your support! Happy bidding! – “Underwood Only!” and “Teacher Parties!” items and events may only be purchased by members of the Underwood community. “Underwood Only!” and “Teacher Parties!” events are non-refundable but can be transferred to another member of the Underwood community if authorized by the event host. For “Underwood Only!” and “Teacher Parties!” events there is no physical item to pick up and winners will be contacted via email READ MORE
From the Desk of Principal Talukdar, January 2022
Dear Underwood Families, Can you believe that Monday, January 31 marks the 90th day of school and is this year’s date for our “Halfway Day” celebration? In the past, students have chosen to celebrate halves in some of the following ways: Wearing two different shoes Wearing half of their hair in a ponytail or braid Spiking up or styling half of their hair Rolling up one sleeve or pant leg Decorating half of an old shirt. Although none of this is required, these are just some ways to mark this momentous occasion and have some fun with each other. All are welcome to join in if interested. As February approaches, we take time to reflect on two important occasions, Lunar New Year and Black History Month, both beginning this year on February 1. Lunar New year is the observance of READ MORE
Owl of the Month – Stacey Mann
1. What is your name? Stacey Faneuil Mann 2. What is your role at Underwood? Literacy coach…I work with students and teachers in grades K-5. 3. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Newton, actually right up the street on the corner of Park and Cotton! I am a Ward school, Bigelow and Newton North High School graduate myself! I love how this keeps me grounded and invested in our learning at an even deeper level. 4. What is your favorite Underwood tradition? Hmmm…this is a tough one as we have so many wonderful traditions here. But, I really love our March Book Madness celebration. I love seeing the students’ reactions to which books win every week and celebrating the final winner! 5. Do you have a favorite Fall activity? I am a huge NE Patriots fan, so my favorite fall READ MORE