Friday, November 30, 2018

November 30th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

LPS EVENT at Arapahoe High School:
We are excited to share an opportunity for LPS students to participate in an Hour of Code. Tuesday, December 4, during Computer Science Ed. Week, Arapahoe High School will be hosting an HOUR of CODE and STEM immersion event.  This event will run from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at AHS (drop in any time).  All families of Littleton Public Schools are welcome to attend.   If you are planning on attending, please register using this fixed link Questions can be sent to kbownds@lps.k12.co.us.

8th grade baby ad information:
Can you believe we are coming to the end of the 1st semester of your child’s 8th Grade year?  As we start the home stretch of middle school and moving on to high school, the Newton Yearbook Staff wants to remind your of the chance to remember and honor your 8th Grader.

The deadline for accepting orders for 8th Grade baby ads for the 2019 Newton Yearbook is fast approaching.  Take advantage of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to choose photos and write messages of congratulations, pride, love and support.  Parents can create their own ad online at www.yearbookordercenter.com. When you go to the website, input our school code 7571 and follow the prompts to complete the ad. Herff Jones Yearbook Technical Support is available to help you complete your ad.

Ads are sold in half page, quarter page and eighth page sizes for the following prices:
-Half Page (6.8 by 4.5 inches)- $115
-Quarter Page (3.3 by 4.5 Inches)- $63
-Eighth Page (3.3 by 2.2 Inches)- $38

All 8th Grade Baby Ads Are Due December 7th 2018.

The flyer with instructions is posted on the front page of the Newton Website. The link can be found here as well.

Please contact Rob Atherton at ratherton@lps.k12.co.us with questions.

Thanks and have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School

Friday, November 16, 2018

November 16th, 2018


Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Have a great Thanksgiving Break. Safe travels to anyone traveling over the break. Enjoy your time-off students.

School resumes on Monday, November 26th.

James O'Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School​

Friday, November 2, 2018



Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

8th grade parents please see below information from Arapahoe High School:
8th grade students and parents are cordially invited to attend the Arapahoe High School Freshman Showcase on Monday evening, December 3, 2018 at 6:00pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to see our school and learn about our programs. You will hear from our Principal, Mrs. Natalie Pramenko, have a chance to visit with both teachers and current students, as well as learn about all of our extensive academic areas and extra-curricular and athletic opportunities. Please see the attached flyer about this event.

Washington DC Trip:
Attention 8th graders! We have officially reached max capacity for the Washington, DC trip in April and will no longer take new enrollments. There is a waitlist for students still interested, but it is not a guarantee - you may only be enrolled if another spot opens. Please contact Mrs. Sutton if you have any questions or need any clarifications regarding the trip.

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

Monday, October 29, 2018

October 26, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:


Halloween Party
We will conduct our annual Halloween Party in conjunction with Newton’s PTO on Wednesday, October 31st………..Halloween. This is one of my favorite events of the year. We will have a DJ, dancing in the gym, food and drinks in the cafeteria, a photo booth, cake walk and other events for the students. Students are allowed to dress in costume for the party only, no costumes are allowed during the day. We will allow for time for the students to change before the party begins. The event will end at 5:00 pm and we will have late buses available for students at that time.

A reminder about costumes, they need to be school appropriate, no weapons or masks. We need to be able to identify the students if needed. If a student has a question regarding a specific costume please have them drop by and see me and I can clarify for them. This is a very fun event for the staff and students and we are looking forward to Halloween!

New Club Opportunity:
Join Nutrition Services Advisory club and voice your opinion about school lunches! Do you want to see something different on the menu? Do you want to bring the latest food trends to Newton cafeteria? Do you just want free food? Join our club and let us know what you think. We will meet one Wednesday a month, with our first meeting on November 14th from 4:00 - 4:45. FREE FOOD will be provided at each meeting!

Newton’s Annual Fund Drive
Newton’s Annual Fund Drive closes next Wednesday!!  To date, we have collected $22,817. We have less than two weeks to meet our goal of $30,000. If you have not contributed yet, please consider doing so now.

The PTO wants to offer its thanks to those who have contributed, and special thanks to the donors who have arranged for matching employer donations. If your employer offers corporate matching for charitable donations, please consider using this resource to benefit Newton. Those corporate matches could help us meet our goal!! Please direct any questions about corporate matching to newtonptopres@gmail.com.

To encourage participation in the Fund Drive, the PTO has proposed a lunchtime concert for all students. If the PTO meets its goal of collecting $30,000 by October 31st (and we reach at least a 50% participation rate by that date), the local band Nasal Moose Saliva will perform at all three student lunches. As an added bonus, Mr. O’Tremba, Mr. Wykhuyse and Mrs. Rahne will perform as backup dancers. Hopefully this is just the incentive you have been waiting for!! If you haven’t contributed yet, please consider giving today.

You can click here to make a donation via Paypal today. You can also bring your check or cash to the main office at Newton. The suggested donation amount is $125 per student, but any amount that fits your family budget is appreciated. Detailed information about the Annual Fund Drive, including the Paypal link, is available on the Newton website under NMS PTO Fund Drive. Thank you for supporting the Newton PTO!


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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

October 19th, 2018



Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Halloween Dance:
We need people to donate items for our annual halloween dance or volunteer to help out. Please access the following links.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f44aca829a57-newton
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f44aca829a57-newton1

Scholastic Book Fair:
If you are interested in and have time to volunteer for our scholastic book fair please click here to sign up.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084ca9ac2fa46-scholastic


Thanks for all of our parents who attended arena conferences on Wednesday and scheduled conferences on Thursday. We appreciate your time.

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

Friday, October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Scholastic Book Fair:
If you are interested in and have time to volunteer for our scholastic book fair please click here to sign up. 

Signs of Suicide Parent Training and Discussion Night

  • October 17th, 5pm-6pm
  • During Arena Conferences
  • Newton Middle School 
  • Mini Theater

Our Mental Health Team will be showing the training video for Signs of Suicide, providing discussion, and conducting parent screening for potential signs of depression in their students.

All are welcome!

Newton Knight Out:
Thanks to everyone who came out for our Bad Daddy's Burger Bar night.  Together we raised over $850.00!  Our next Community KNight will be Tuesday, October 16th at the Garlic Knot at Arapahoe and Holly from 4pm to close.  Mention Newton and 25% of your dine in, carry out or delivery order will support our pledge drive.  Hope you can join us!

Newton Pledge Drive:
We are in the home stretch of Newton’s Annual Fund Drive!!  To date, we have collected $20,057.  We have less than three weeks to meet our goal of $30,000.

To encourage participation in the Fund Drive, the PTO has proposed a lunchtime concert for all students.  If the PTO meets its goal of collecting $30,000 by October 31st (and we reach at least  a 50% participation rate by that date), the local band Nasal Moose Saliva will perform at all three student lunches.  As an added bonus, Mr. O’Tremba, Mr. Wykhouse and Mrs. Rahne will perform as backup dancers.  Hopefully this is just the incentive you have been waiting for!!  If you haven’t contributed yet, please consider giving today.

You can click here to make a donation via Paypal today.  You can also bring your check or cash to the main office at Newton.  The suggested donation amount is $125 per student, but any amount that fits your family budget is appreciated.  Detailed information about the Annual Fund Drive, including the Paypal link, is available on the Newton website under NMS PTO Fund Drive.  Thank you for supporting the Newton PTO!

Halloween Dance Information:
We need people to donate items for our annual halloween dance or volunteer to help out. Please access the following links.
I would like to donate items to the Halloween Dance
I would like to volunteer to work at the Halloween Dance

Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School



Friday, October 5, 2018

October 5th, 2018

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

OPEN ENROLLMENT REMINDER:

If your student is open enrolled here at Newton from out of district I need you to complete an intent to renew open enrollment status form. This form can be found on the district website under open enrollments. This needs to be completed and returned to me by January 31st. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Chrome book Reminder:

Chrome books need to be charged each night for 8 hours. Students need to plug their  Chromebook into a working outlet. If your Chromebook is charging correctly it will have a charging light when you plug it in.  When powering up your computer, DO NOT PRESS THE POWER BUTTON, this turns off the computer. Just open up your computer and it should come on by itself.  And of course remember to bring your computer with you each day and have it fully charged.

Scholastic Book Fair:

If you are interested in and have time to volunteer for our scholastic book fair please click here to sign up.


A Note From Ms. Lewis, Health Assistant:

I want to personally thank you for your overwhelming response to our request for food. All of your donations are greatly appreciated and benefits so many of our students who may need a quick snack or meal to get through the day. Thanks Again!

Sonya Lewis
Health Assistant
Newton Middle School

No Place for Hate Information:

No Place for Hate homerooms have been formed. The students have begun preparing their first lessons to deliver this month. Eighth grade is focusing on the self and moving into identity, seventh grade is developing a vision of what they want to accomplish as a grade level while reviewing the purpose for these lessons, and sixth grade will be starting with a lesson to help see each other as individuals - both our differences and similarities as students create a slide to help build our homeroom communities.    
October 2, was a special day as we have were asked to speak at the Safe Schools Summit. Three of our No Place for Hate students conducted a lesson with 50 adults and did a question and answer follow up. On October 17th and 18th, a No Place for Hate student representative from each homeroom will be participating in a two day training to learn leadership skills that will hopefully give them confidence as the year moves forward. We are so grateful, as these students are giving up one of their days off from school to participate. Also, this is a training usually reserved for high school students, but because of our delivery model, No Place for Hate is allowing us to do this for our middle schoolers. GO TEAM! .

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Thank you,
Leslie Gardner, Makendra Silverman, and Jesse Andrews.

Have a great weekend.

James O’Tremba
Principal, Newton Middle School