Greeting from the Countryside PTO! We hope this site will be a “one stop shop” for any Countryside information that families could want/need. Here are a few quick links you may find useful:
- Who and What is the PTO
- New to Countryside FAQ’s
- Countryside PTO Calendar
- School Lunch Menu
- Sign Up for the School Directory
- Subscribe to the PTO Email List
- Update your Child’s Information
- School Safety and Emergency Response
- School Supply List 2022-2023
Thank you to all who signed the letter to the Mayor and School Committee that was circulated at the very beginning of break. When the letter was submitted on April 19, 2023 we had 219 signatures. If you haven’t had a chance to sign the letter and would like to you have until 2 p.m. on Monday April 24 to do so at this link https://docs.google.com/
Over break it has come to our attention that another School Committee member, Paul Levy, has found other areas of the NPS budget that could and should be cut before cutting string/orchestra instruction for 4th and 5th grades and forcing class sizes greater than 25. The next School Committee meeting will be tomorrow, Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. with public comment available at the beginning of the meeting.
To participate in the public comment portion of the a meeting, please submit your NAME and ADDRESS by email with the subject line: “Public Comment for [DATE]” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a Special School Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 10 a.m., this meeting will not have a Public Comment period, but the NPS budget will further be deliberated. On Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. is another School Committee meeting where it is expected the Committee will vote on the NPS budget prior to the Mayor presenting her full city budget to the City Council on May 1, 2023.
This year’s Rockin’ Raffle is ONLINE!
All students received a flyer in their folders with raffle bucks earned from the Fun Run and instructions on how to redeem.
If you missed the registration deadline for the Fun Run you can still participate in the raffle!
Each entry is $1. Pay via Venmo @Countryside-PTO with your child’s name/class and raffle or send in a check made out to Countryside PTO.
How to Redeem Raffle Bucks:
1. Go to our Raffle Website between April 13 and April 30.
2. Buy chances to win prizes using raffle bucks earned through the Fun Run or paid for via Venmo or check. If you have multiple children and would like their entries to be in their respective names, you will need to create separate accounts on the raffle site.
1 Chance = 1 Raffle Buck
If you want to buy more raffle bucks, no problem! Venmo the difference to @Countryside-PTO or send in a check, made out to Countryside PTO and noting that it is for the raffle along with your child’s name and class.
3. Come to the live drawing in the cafetorium on Wednesday, May 3 after dismissal, where the winners will be chosen! All winners will be notified by email, you do not need to be at the live drawing to win.
Questions? Email Chelsea Boughan
Organizers, Country leaders and Countryside student performers have been hard at work preparing for this beloved event! We hope you will come to Brown Middle School on Saturday, May 6 from 3:30 – 6:00 P.M. to see how wonderfully diverse our Countryside community is.
The event needs a few volunteers. This is an ideal role for grade 8-12 students looking for community service hours. If you have a student who fits this description, please have a look at the signup here. Anyone is free to volunteer if they like. For questions, please contact Sue Johnston.
NewtonSERVES registration is now open! NewtonSERVES is a community volunteer day in which residents come together to make our neighborhoods better. We will be sprucing up at Countryside, with both indoor and outdoor projects. Families are encouraged to sign up together (no dropoff please). This year’s community volunteer day will be held Sunday, May 7 from 9:00–4:00 p.m. This event is an excellent opportunity to bring your family to Countryside to help our community and show school pride by helping clean up at the school. Sign up here and email Julie with questions.
COUNTRYSIDE GREEN TEAM NEEDS HELP
The Countryside Green Team is in need of 2-liter bottles. Please save your empty soda bottles which will be repurposed as watering cans to water the Countryside spring garden. You are welcome to bring the bottles to school, or we will pick up at your house (whichever is easier for you) – message Julie to coordinate a pickup. Even if you just have 1 bottle, that will be helpful! Thanks for your help keeping our garden green.
We also need helpers to water our garden, which needs to be watered daily. If you/your family can help out, please sign up for a day. We appreciate your help with this fun project, nurturing our plants for a successful spring harvest.