5th Grade Experience

5th Grade at Countryside is a special time. The 5th Grade Experience is a year-long program of events and activities designed to help our children prepare for their upcoming transition to middle school. The overriding goal is to help all students feel a stronger sense of belonging and connectedness before they leave Countryside.

The 5th Grade Experience is run entirely by parent volunteers! Please email coordinators listed below to offer help for each activity.

2018/2019 Chairs:

The Chairs are responsible for scheduling and coordination of the events, communicating with the PTO, teachers and staff and providing information and support to all other parent volunteers.

Events & Activities:

Coordinators still needed for the following events:

Promotion/Graduation Ceremony: A special day in June for the kids to celebrate their accomplishments. The day includes an audio-visual presentation, a ceremony with diplomas, and a reception for 5th graders and their families.

Photographer/archivist to take photos at events throughout the year and share them with coordinators of yearbook and graduation slideshow.

Please contact Anna, Susie & Melissa if you can help!

Election Day Bake Sale (Sangeeta Jathar): One of several fundraisers to help offset costs for the year’s activities. (Contact: Sangeeta Jathar)

Hunger Banquet (Kerry Prasad, Anna McDonald, Susie Hynds & Melissa Waltuck): An interactive program created by Oxfam America to help students gain a better understanding of the effects of poverty and hunger on our world.

Community Service (Gloria Tan & Kerry Prasad): Class projects to benefit the school/community and stretches our children’s thinking beyond their traditional classroom lessons. Past projects have included food drives, school supply donations, collections to support victims of natural disasters.

Class Party (Anna, Susie & Melissa): Past events have been held at various venues around Newton and usually involve a fun theme, music, games and snacks.

Field Day/Picnic (Barry Elliott, Anna, Susie & Melissa): Takes place in May/June, separate from the whole school Field Day. A fun day offsite of games and activities meant to build camaraderie.

Yearbook (Leslie Gonzales & Joyce McGovern): The kids will cherish this great memento to capture this year’s graduating class and school memories.

Class T-Shirt (Susie Hynds): A custom designed shirt just for the Countryside Class of 2019!

Slideshow (Anna & Sean McDonald): A video montage of photos from our kids’ years at Countryside to show at graduation. Can also produce DVDs to give to kids as a graduation gift.

Funding The 5th Grade Experience – Donate Now!

The PTO will be providing some funding for the 5th Grade Experience. However, in order to offer all of the special events, yearbook, and class t-shirt, we depend on additional donations from you. A $50.00 donation per family is requested. Please contribute as much as you are able (every dollar helps). All students, regardless of ability to contribute, will be included in all activities.

Contributions can be made by check or via the PayPal link below:

Checks should be made out to “Countryside PTO” with “5th Grade” as the subject line and sent to school with your child in an envelope addressed to “PTO/5th Grade.”