Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 11th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Attached you will find the invitation for our 8th grade continuation ceremony on May 24th. The invitation
was sent home on Wednesday with all 8th graders, please check with your son or daughter
if you did not receive the invitation. All of our Recognition and Awards Ceremonies
will be held on the 24th of May. We will begin with the 7th grade at 8:00 am, the 6th grade
at 9:20 and the 8th graders at 1:00 pm. This will also include the continuation ceremony for
8th grade. All ceremonies will be held in our gym. Next week I will give additional instructions for the
8th grade continuation including parking, time the doors will open etc.

Yearbooks will be handed out to 8th graders during Run with the Knights, 6th and 7th graders
will be receiving their yearbooks during lunch on Wed, May 23. Students should write their
name in their book as soon as they get it, and always be aware of what people are writing in their book.
If a student did not order a yearbook, there will be some for sale on
May 24th, Thursday morning at 7:30 in the main office.
There are not a lot of yearbooks left over, so it will be a first come first serve basis
and we can only accept the $40.00 in cash.

Below you will find the link to Newton’s Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado (TLCC) survey.
If you have any questions please let me know.

Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Lights, Camera, Arapahoe!

Public Viewing: Saturday, May 5 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Parents - Come see what our high school students will be doing at After Prom!  Stop by any time. After Prom walk through begins at the Pool Entrance on the west side of the building.

Registration forms went out earlier this week with your 6th and 7th grade students to choose their elective classes for next year.  Please make sure that you go over the form with your student and help them complete it. They will need a parent signature to register next Wednesday, May 9th during their social studies class.  We can't believe it is that time of year again already!Thanks for your help and support.

Our student government is in need of some parent volunteers to help out with the end of the year carnival and barbeque. If you are interested and can help them out please sign up at the link provided below. The event will be held on May 23rd. Thanks!!

Enjoy the weekend and the beautiful weather!

James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

Monday, April 30, 2018

April 27th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:


End of the year field trip forms for 7th and 8th graders were distributed on Wednesday the 25th. These are due back to school by the end of the day on May 4th. NO EXCEPTIONS. These need to be completed by all students regardless of whether or not the student plans on attending the field trip on the last day of school or not. Copies for all three grade levels can be found here.


If you were someone that is donating gift cards for the event could you please send them to Mr. Blake. You can have your student bring them or drop them off at the main office.  If you would please write on the envelope or gift card your name in order for us to track who we have received cards from that would be great. Thank you for all of your support.  Please contact Mr. Blake if you have any questions at 303-734-6244 or at

Please help us show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them!!  We plan to pamper our awesome Newton staff with treats and goodies during the week of May 7-11th.  Here is the sign up link, and thank you in advance for your help!

Have a great week.

James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

Monday, April 23, 2018

April 20th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Scholastic Summer Reading Book Fair:

We are looking for a parent to help plan and assist on the late start morning fair (Wed 5/2) and the after school fair (Thurs 5/3).  Please contact Ms. Lawler for more info:

We are looking for parent volunteers to help out with the Summer Reading Book Fair.  Please sign up on the attached link.

Nutrition Services
I wanted to pass along some information regarding nutrition services end of the year charging policy if you would like to include in your newsletters.

The school year is ending soon; does your student have enough money in their lunch account to last until the end of the year? Is there a negative balance that needs to be paid?
As of April 27, 2018, students will not be permitted to charge into the negative on their accounts.  Please watch lunch account balances and pay off any past due amounts. If you are unsure of your balance, ask one of the kitchen staff, call LPS Nutrition Services at 303-347-3360 or check your account at
It is the goal of the LPS Nutrition Services department to keep meal prices affordable to families within the district.  Due to increasing food costs, our meal prices will be changing for the 2018-2019 school year. Prices will be as follows:
Breakfast Prices*
Elementary: $1.85
Middle: $1.85
High: $2.05
Lunch Prices*
Elementary: $2.95
Middle: $3.15
High: $3.25
Adult: $4.05
Milk: $0.75
*As a reminder, all students who qualify for reduced meal benefits will receive breakfast at no charge.  Additionally, PK-5th grade students who qualify for reduced meal benefits will also receive lunch at no charge.  More information regarding Free and Reduced Meal Benefits can be found at or call 303-347-3355.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support!

Sarah Kinney, MBA, RDN
Nutrition Supervisor
Littleton Public Schools
O: 303-347-3389 C: 720-937-8515

Newton Backpack Program
Interested in volunteer or donation opportunities for the weekend backpack program at Newton Middle School? The Sign-up Genius has been updated to include dates for 2018 — please assist us with providing for our Newton community by going to:

The program provides supplementary weekend snacks/meals and supplemental weekday snacks at school. Backpacks are available for student pick-up at the end of the day (2:50) each Friday.  Volunteers are needed from 2 to 3pm each Friday afternoon to put together backpacks, place them in pick-up locations and return those not picked up to the backpack storage room. Food donations may be made anytime during the year; there is a donation box in the front office for food donations (please no glass containers). Donations of perishable snacks (i.e., cheese sticks, frozen pb&j sandwiches, frozen burritos) should be brought to the school clinic. All donations must be store-bought items. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

LPS/Heritage Highschool Hockey Parent & Player Information Meeting:
Any hockey player or parent who would to like play or get more information about playing in the Heritage/LPS High school Hockey Program which is made up of students from Arapahoe, Littleton, Heritage and Options High Schools should attend the New Player Information Meeting. This meeting will introduce the coaches, who we are and what Heritage/LPS Hockey is all about. The meeting is Tuesday May 1st 6:00 PM at Heritage High School in the 3rd Floor Lecture Hall.
Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 6th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Newton KNight Out
The April Newton Community KNight is coming up!  Please join us on Tuesday, April 10 at Chick-fil-A SouthGlenn from 5pm-7pm.  10% of ALL sales for dine-in, drive-thru or take out will be donated back to benefit our school.  This is the final community night for this school year so please join us!

Arapahoe Credit Union -Shred-a- Thon
  • Sat. April 14 9am - 2pm -  Newton Parking lot
  • All proceeds from the Shred-a-Thon are donated to the Newton PTO.

We are looking for a few people to help out and unload cars.  
Sign up here if you can help out.

Please note the following information from Heritage High School Student Government:

To kick off our Make A Difference (MAD) week on April 13, Heritage High School is hosting a Student vs. Staff basketball game at 6:30pm in the Heritage gym and we would like to invite your school! This year we are supporting our sister school in Sierra Leone, Africa and we are focusing on providing lunch for the students - did you know that only 25 cents a day will provide a student lunch? Our goal is for 200 students to receive lunch three days a week for two years.

There will be a raffle at half-time, where we will be raffling off Rockies tickets, signed sports jerseys, iPad minis, gift card grab bags worth $50, and more. Game entry tickets are $5 and raffle tickets are $2, buy 5 tickets and get 1 free. Also, bring change for our Change for Change Minute, where loose change is collected. All of these proceeds are going to buy lunches for our sister school. Bring your family and friends to watch the game!

CMAS Snacks Needed
Our PBIS Committee is hoping for a few more parents to volunteer and bring in snacks for the CMAS testing. We are also looking for volunteers to come in and work in the snack shack during lunches. THANKS!
Sign up here to work in the snack shack

Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 16th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Our PBIS committee needs your help. If you can bring in snacks for rewards for students or sign up to work in our CODE Shack it would be greatly appreciated. Please use the two links below to sign up!!

Please click on the following link regarding information and expectations for students regarding end of the year field trips. If you have any questions please contact the appropriate administrator for your child's grade level. Additional information will be out in April in the form of a permission slip and guidelines for the last day of school.

Please see the attached flyer from our SRO Deputy Rob Dahlberg regarding an important parenting workshop offered by Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department. If you have additional questions you can contact Deputy Dahlberg at 303-347-7906.

With the cold and flu season being a long one this year we are desperately short of tissues for teachers and their classrooms and in our clinic. If you can donate a box of tissue to the school it would be appreciated. You can drop off any tissue boxes to the main office…...thanks!

Superintendent Brian Ewert will be at the Newton PTO meeting, Tuesday March 20th at  9:30am All parents are welcome to attend. Brian will be sharing his vision for the future of LPS and for Newton Middle School.

Our annual Shred-a-thon sponsored by Arapahoe Credit Union will be held on April 14  9-Noon. Arapahoe Credit Union donates all proceeds to the Newton Middle School PTO.

Have a great weekend, one week to go to spring break!

James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, March 9, 2018

March 9th, 2016

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Important information regarding potential student walkouts.

In response to the shootings that took place in February in Parkland Florida, students across the country are organizing demonstrations and walkouts in protest of the violence. The scheduled walkout date is March 14th at 10:00 am. Please note the information listed below regarding how this will be handled here at Newton Middle School.

The district expectations for middle school are as follows:

  • At the middle school level, supervised space will be provided for students who choose to participate in the 17 minute walkout.  Students must stay on school property in the supervised area unless signed out by a parent/guardian. Students are expected to return to class following the walkout.

If students choose to walk out of the classroom here at Newton the space that I have designated are the two courtyards in the middle of the building. Administration and our school resource officer will assist students to the courtyards and supervise. Our teachers will remain in the classrooms with their students that choose to stay. I have chosen the courtyards as they are a safe space within our school grounds and students will not be exposed to the outside areas. At the end of the 17 minutes students will be escorted back to class. If you choose for your student to leave the building/school grounds a parent/guardian will need to check the student out at the front desk in the main office per our normal procedures.

If you have any questions regarding the walk outs please feel free to contact me.

Newton KNight Out
Make it a Taco Tuesday at the March Newton Community KNight next week!  Please join us on Tuesday, March 13 at Qdoba SouthGlenn from 4:30pm-8:30pm. Mention Newton and 20-30% of associated sales (the more sales, the higher the %!) will be donated back to benefit our school.  Please spread the word and see you there!

Thanks for your continued support. Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School