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:

Countryside News

COUNTRYSIDE DIRECTORY
Countryside Directories are here! If you ordered a printed copy of the Directory, your child should have brought this home this past week (if your family has more than one child at Countryside, it will go home with your oldest child). We hope you all find your Directory useful. We appreciate your patience this year with the late delivery (NPS class lists were delayed). If you forgot to order and would still like a printed Directory, or if you are a 2-household family and need another, please contact Julie or stop by Ms. Wallace’s office to get a copy. Please note, the Countryside Directory can be accessed via Membership Toolkit, and the PTO handbook can be accessed here, or via the PTO website. This contains a lot of useful information, including the school absence line, Blue Zone info, teacher and staff listings, and other helpful school information. The Directory will allow you to access friends and classmates. It is not too late to add your child/family to the online Directory if you have not. If you need help registering or accessing the handbook, please message Julie.

HOLIDAY GIFT/CARD DRIVE
The Countryside Annual Holiday Gift Drive is back again for another year of spreading cheer.  
There are many families in our Countryside community and throughout Newton who are in need of assistance this holiday season.

Here’s how you can help:

Sign up to donate either a gift card/s or physical gifts which families have requested. The goal is to collect forty $25 gift cards, but we are grateful for donations in any amount. If you don’t have time to make it to Target or Star Market for the cards, we can purchase them for you. The preferred method of payment is Venmo @Countryside-PTO (reference Holiday gifts) or you can send in a check made payable to Countryside PTO Holiday Gifts with your child’s folder by Monday, December 12. 

If you choose to donate a physical gift, please drop them unwrapped and in labeled bags in the Countryside main entrance foyer by Friday, December 9. Gifts can also be brought to Sue Johnston’s home. Please reach out to make arrangements. 

Keep an eye out for a table outside the school at regular drop-off times in the coming weeks.

Please email Sue Johnston, or Tera Hickle with questions or comments.

PET CALENDAR UPDATE
If you haven’t yet submitted an order, it’s not too late! Get your copy of our Countryside Pets calendar and see our adorable furry friends featured every month! The cost is $20. Please Venmo to @Countryside PTO with a note mentioning pet calendar and your child’s name and class. You can also send a check to school labeled pet calendar. 

COUNTRYSIDE SPIRIT WEAR

Looking for a fun gift idea? consider Countryside Spirit Wear. If you order by December 5, Spirit Hero will deliver to your house by Christmas. Use the link here, to place your order. 

BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING
The next Countryside School building committee meeting will be on December 6 at 6:00 p.m. via zoom. If you would like to attend please email Lori Zinner for the zoom link. The recording of the last School building committee meeting can be found here.


Volunteers

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS
Are you looking for a way to help out during the school day? Consider becoming a library volunteer! You can sign up for as many or as few weeks as your schedule allows. Please email Beth McDonough to schedule a training. All volunteers MUST have a current CORI/SORI form on file with the main office. Please click here to sign up to volunteer during your child’s library class or at another time you are available. Each class will meet once weekly through the end of the school year.