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Call Back/Safe Arrival Program

If your child will be absent or late, you must notify the school by calling the Countryside Safe Arrival line, 617-559-9470, before the opening bell. If your child is not in school and you have not called, the school secretary will call your home. If the child cannot be located or accounted for, the school will contact the Newton Police immediately. If your child is late due to a medical appointment, please have the doctor’s office write a note.

No-School Announcements
When school sessions are cancelled or delayed, it is posted on the Newton Public Schools website.

Announcements are made over radio stations and WBUR 90.9FM, WBZ 1030AM, WILD 1090AM, WNTN 1550AM (6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), WRKO 680AM, and on TV. Please do not call the school, fire, or police department. Though schools may open on the following day, parents should use their own judgment in determining whether road conditions permit children to proceed safely to school. A parent’s judgment is a legitimate reason for a student’s absence.

Blue Zone
The Blue Zone is a city ordinance. Violations are enforceable by a fine. The Blue Zone is designated by a painted blue curb and is strictly for drop-off and pick-up. Parking is not permitted in the two Blue Zones 30 minutes before school starts (8:05-8:35 a.m.) and 60 minutes before school ends until 30 minutes after dismissal (M, W, Th, F 2:00-3:30 p.m.; Tues. 11:30-1:00 p.m.) Remember, you must stay in your car. Please continue to pull your car forward to maintain the traffic flow and keep our children safe.

Crossing Guards
Crossing guards are on duty at Dedham Street (M, W, Th, F 8:05-8:40 a.m. and 3:00-3:30 p.m.; Tues 8:05-8:40 a.m. and 12:00-1:00 p.m.)

Drop-off and Pick-up
Please use caution when dropping off or picking up children. Do not park in the bus lane, enter the driveway or staff parking lot, make U-turns, park in the blue zone, double park, or turn into or back out of driveways. These are dangerous practices because small children may not be visible behind your car.

Doors will be locked until 8:20 a.m. at which time children may enter the building. Supervision is not provided before this time. Doors will be locked again at 8:30 a.m. To enter the school when doors are locked, press the buzzer by the front doors and go to the front office once admitted.

Children who travel to and from school by bus are expected to take the bus each day unless absent. For any other arrangements, please send a note with your child.

Parking Lot
The school parking lot is for staff use only. Parents and visitors should park on the street during school hours. Please do not enter the parking lot or use it as a cross through.

At dismissal time, please wait outside the building for your child. If your child must be dismissed early from school, please send a note. Parents should report to the office, and the school secretary will call for the child. A child will only be released for early dismissal with an authorized adult.

Directory Information

Important Information about the Directory
The use of the information in this directory is strictly for personal use within our Countryside community. It is not to be shared with third parties. Use of information for any commercial, public, or political purpose is prohibited. Thank you.

This directory is as complete as possible with the information we have been provided. If your personal information has changed or is missing, please update it online by following the steps below. Please keep your information current so classmates can contact you throughout the year.

How to update your information online:
New families: Please use this link to add yourself to the directory:

to update your information.

If you have any questions, please please contact Freya Hurwitz ( for the link to your family’s listing.

New families: Please use this link to add yourself to the directory:

How to use the online directory:
Login to your account at Once logged in, click on the “Search” tab on top of your page. You can now search by families, students, or faculty.

For more information, visit the FAQ link at



Countryside Elementary Main Office: 617-559-9450

Call Back/Safe Arrival: 617-559-9470

Principal: Beth Herlihy

Executive Assistant: Dolly Wallace 

Health Room/School Nurse: Laura Murphy, 617-559-9454

Countryside Children’s Center (Aftercare): 617-964‐6958 (Countryside location) or 617-965‐6434 (Upper Falls location)

Countryside website:

Newton Public Schools website:

School Lunch: Witsons