Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17th, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:


We are looking for volunteers to bring in snacks and help hand out snacks during lunches on each of the 9 testing days. Please sign up at the link below if you can donate snacks or your time. THANKS!


CMAS TESTING INFORMATION

All students will be testing in their Language Arts or Math classes from April 4th-11th.  We will be testing for the first two blocks of everyday (2 hours for each block).  April 4th, 5th and 6th students will test in LA or math classes blocks 1/2 and 3/4.  April 7th, 10th and 11th will be reverse days, in which case students will only test if they have LA or math period 7/8 or 5/6.  For example,if a student has math blocks 1/2 and LA blocks 5/6, then they will test math April 4th, 5th and 6th from 8:00-10:00 AM, and April 7th, 10th and 11th for LA from 10:05 AM-12:10 PM.

April 12th, 13th and 14th are for the 8th grade science test ONLY (no other subjects or grade levels will be tested).  8th graders will test during their science or social studies class for those three days.

The link to the opt out form is now located on our website. You will need to click on the Explore tab, go to district information and click on the state testing opt out link. That form needs to be completed and sent to me. I also sent the form out in an attachment to last weeks newsletter.

We will also place our testing schedule on our website next week.

Thanks and have a great weekend.
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton MIddle School

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 10th, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Final Reminder Newton Community KNight:

The next Newton Community KNight is next week on Tuesday, March 14 at Noodles & Company SouthGlenn from 5pm-9pm.   It's the evening before the LPS late start so enjoy a break from making dinner and support Newton!  Just mention Newton and 25% of your sale from dine-in or take-out will be donated to our school.  See you there!

Please see the attached flyer regarding our Newton CODE Awards. Any parent, student, staff or community member can nominate a student for an award. The flyer outlines the process. If you have any questions please contact any Newton administrator.

The CMAS testing schedule will be posted on our website this week and I will send out the completed schedule summary with my weekly update on the 17th of March.

Have a spectacular weekend.
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, March 3, 2017

March 3rd, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

SAVE THE DATE

The next Newton Community KNight will be on Tuesday, March 14 at Noodles & Company SouthGlenn from 5pm-9pm.  It's the evening before the LPS late start so enjoy a break from making dinner and support Newton!  Just mention Newton and 25% of your sale from dine-in or take-out will be donated to our school.  See you there!


Hello Newton Families!
If you are looking for a way to meet other Newton parents and get involved
in your child's school then consider joining the PTO! Below is a list of
open positions for next year with a brief description of the job. If you
have an interest or would like more information, please contact
clareambrose@comcast.net or csherrod@du.edu.

  • Fundraising Team-The Fundraising team is responsible for creating, planning and executing the pledge drive to achieve the fundraising goal set by the PTO for the school year.
  • Staff Appreciation-Host a variety of events throughout the year to show appreciation to the entire NMS Staff with the help of volunteers. Events that have been done in the past include Welcome Back Breakfast, Fall Afternoon Snacks, Christmas Cookie Exchange, After Christmas Welcome Back Burritos, Jamba Juice day and Teacher Appreciation Week luncheon and goodies
  • Fall Party- Organize, plan, and manage all aspects of the fall dance including: Food, Beverages, Prizes, Cakes, Candy, DJ, Photo booth, Volunteers, Coordinate with school staff.
  • Backpack Program-Coordinate backpack program needs, organize supply room, work with staff and volunteers in handing out food each Friday
  • School Accountability Rep-Attend school accountability meetings and report to PTO.
  • JPTO Scholarship Rep-Serve on the district JPTO Scholarship Committee which provides financial assistance to district teachers seeking to further their education.
  • Teacher Special Grants Project- Solicit grant requests from staff, review grant request applications with PTO and Mr. O'Tremba and then allocate budget to approved grants.

Mr. Blake and Ms. Osthoff would like to thank all of the parents that  have signed up to help out with Run With The Knights this year please know you are awesome and we appreciate it!  We still have some slots to fill with gift cards and more importantly Race Marshall's for each grade level.  We are short people for all three grade levels and would like to make sure all of the slots get filled so that our students will be safe when they are on the course running their race.  Each grade level race is done during their Exploratory class time.  The date of this years event is Tuesday May 23.

Again thank your for all of your support we can not put this special event on for our students without all of the help.  Here is the link for the sign up genius for those of you who can help us out.  Please contact Mr. Blake or Ms. Osthoff if you have any questions.


CMAS testing schedule will be out soon. We will begin testing in April after spring break.

Have a great weekend.
James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, February 17, 2017

February 17th, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

The next Newton Community KNight is next week on Tuesday, February 21 at Mellow Mushroom SouthGlenn from 5pm-close.  Extend the President's weekend a little longer, enjoy a break from making dinner and support Newton!  Just mention Newton and 15% of your sale from dine-in or take-out will be donated to our school.  See you there!

This morning we conducted a Yellow Ribbon Training with our sixth grade students and will be doing the same with our seventh and eighth grade students next Wednesday. We also trained our entire licensed teaching staff on January 9th.

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® to aid in the prevention of youth suicide through education. The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program has gained national and international recognition for its school and community based activities. If you would like more information about Yellow Ribbon, visit their website: https://www.yellowribbon.org/.

Once the assembly is over we have our teachers working with the students and debriefing. The following information was discussed. Please be aware as your students may come home with questions over the weekend. If you need further assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Debriefing the Yellow Ribbon Assembly

  1. How did you feel while listening to the information on suicide?
  2. What are some of the warning signs you might see that would tell you one of your friends, or you yourself, might need help?
  3. What would you do if you knew someone was having thoughts of suicide or if you were concerned about someone?
  4. Think of two adults you could go to if you or someone you knew needed help.

Our school psychologists and our social worker are also available for students throughout this process if they have additional questions or need additional services.

In addition to the work we are doing at Newton. Options Middle School will be hosting a Parent/Adult/Community member Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention training on Thursday, March 16th from 6-7. This is open to parents, staff,and the community! This is a great introduction to Yellow Ribbon and how to be a suicide safer
community in general.

Enjoy the three day weekend.
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10th, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Save the date!  

The next Newton Community KNight will be on Tuesday, February 21 at Mellow Mushroom SouthGlenn from 5pm-close.  Extend the President's weekend a little longer, enjoy a break from making dinner and support Newton!  Just mention Newton and 15% of your sale from dine-in or take-out will be donated to our school.  See you there!

Please see the attached flyer from the Salvation Army. In April the Salvation Army will begin offering free programs to our students including before and after school care. Save the date for the Open House at the Salvation Army to highlight the programs they will be offering. The Open House will be held March 3rd.

Newton Middle School will soon be rolling out the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® in order to aid in the prevention of youth suicide through education. The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program has gained national and international recognition for its school and community based activities. If you would like more information about Yellow Ribbon, visit their website: https://www.yellowribbon.org/. On the website, there is a parent handout that describes in greater detail how you can talk to your child about suicide prevention.

safeTALK Training March 7, 2017 4:00 – 7:00pm

safeTALK is a suicide alertness workshop taught by LPS trainers that prepares participants to become suicide-alert helpers. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. safeTALK offers valuable skills to everyone 15 and older and requires no formal training or prior experience in suicide prevention.

Although formal caregivers such as social workers and counselors employ safeTALK skills, the program is also used by students, teachers, parents, community volunteers, police, and anyone willing be become more suicide alert. safeTALK is a powerful experience. You can expect to leave safeTALK with practical knowledge of how to identify someone at risk and link them to life-saving resources. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and is open to all members of the LPS community. This is a free training, but space is limited.

Please contact Deborah Honeker at dhoneker@lps.k12.co.us to register. Location: LPS Education Services Center, Board Room 5776 S. Crocker St. Littleton, CO 80120

Have a great weekend.
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20th, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Newton participated in No Name-Calling Week this past week (Jan. 17th-20th).  It was inspired by a young adult novel entitled The Misfits by James Howe.  The idea is to focus attention on the problem of name-calling in schools, and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in our communities.

At Newton, we recognize the importance of building empathy and teaching respect to our students, and note the impact words can have on their well-being.  Students were introduced to many activities that will help them realize the impact that name-calling, and teach them strategies for coping with and putting an end to name-calling.  Activities included watching videos, writing poetry, role-playing scenarios, etc.  We encourage families to join us in our effort to educate  by initiating conversations about language and empathy with their children.  Our hope is that No Name-Calling week will help all students consider the weight of the words they use and make school a safer, healthier place for all of our children.

It is again the time of the year that we need to begin thinking about the end of the year. Our annual fun run/walk. Run with the Knights will be held this year on Tuesday, May 23rd. We are in need of volunteers to help set up, clean be course marshals to help supervise the students. We also need people to donate gift cards as prizes. Please access the link below if you are willing to help.



Enjoy your weekend.
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 12th, 2017

Good Morning Parents and Guardians:

I am sending my weekly e-mail out early this week due to the fact that I want to get the SCREENAGERS documentary information out to you early.

SCREENAGERS  explores parental struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction and offers solutions to help kids find balance.Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

To order your tickets please go to the front page of the Newton Middle School website and click on the link. We have a limited amount of tickets available and they are on a first come first serve basis.

The movie night will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 pm in our gym. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.

Save the date!  The next Newton Community KNight will be on Tuesday, January 24 at Chipotle, 7515 S. University Blvd (University & Dry Creek across from Arapahoe High School) from 4:30-8:00pm.  It's the evening before an LPS late start so enjoy the first spirit night of 2017 and support Newton!  Just mention Newton and 50% (YES 50%!!) of your sale from dine-in or take-out will be donated to our school.  See you there!

Have a great weekend.
James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School