Monday, April 24, 2017

April 21st, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

All seventh and eighth grade field trip permission forms are due by Tuesday, the 25th at 3:00 pm! We need these returned even if your student isn’t attending the field trip!

There is no school on Monday the 24th.


Save the date!

The final Newton Community KNight for this school year will be on Tuesday, May 2 at Chick-fil-A SouthGlenn from 5pm-7pm.  It's the evening before the LPS late start so enjoy a break from making dinner and support Newton!  Chick-fil-A is being very generous and will be donating to Newton 10% of ALL SALES that evening from dine-in, drive-thru or take-out.  Please spread the word and see you there!


The Newton/Arapahoe Credit Union annual Shred a thon is next Saturday April 29th from 9:30-2pm in the Newton Middle School North West Parking Lot.

Feel free to bring any documents for ON-SITE destruction (watch it happen!). Bring old bank statements, check registers, receipts and anything else with personal information on it. Additionally, feel free to bring your small electronics and we will get those recycled as well! (Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept ANY box/ tube/rear projection screens. We also are unable to offer electronic data destruction.)
Colorado Vault and Safe Deposit Box CO. and Arapahoe CU are covering all expenses for this event. However, they will be taking donations that will go directly to extra-curricular student activities at Newton Middle School.
Please consider volunteering or asking your children to volunteer at this event. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4da9a72fa2f94-arapahoe

The Newton Book Fair is just around the corner and runs from May 1-5!  We need lots of volunteer cashiers to make this a successful event!  

Have a great weekend.
James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April 14th, 2017

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:


Run With The Knights our two mile fun run/walk is fast approaching, the date for this years event is on Tuesday May 23rd. We still have opportunities for more gift cards to give to the kids as prizes after their race (we need 10 gift cards that can be anything that you would like and for whatever amount you would like to make it for, something you would think is fun for the students).


We also are in need of more race Marshall's.  We need 8 race Marshall's for 6th grade 1 for 7th grade and 7 for 8th grade. As a Race Marshall you would be at a station for a short period of time then we would invite you to come join us at the finish line on our track for all of the fun and prizes.Here is the link for you to get to the sign up genius to help us out. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0849aeaf23a46-2017


Please contact Mr. Blake if you have any questions, 303-734-6244 or pblake@lps.k12.co.us


END OF YEAR FIELD TRIP FORMS
  • 7th & 8th Grade  - forms were distributed on April 13th and are due back to their 5th period teachers by 3:00 on April 25th
  • 6th grade  - forms will be distributed on April 25th and are due back by April 28th


2017 Shred-a-thon on Saturday, April 29th
Newton Middle School is partnering with Arapahoe Credit Union. to provide the county with free shred-a-thon and electronics recycling!
Feel free to bring any documents for ON-SITE destruction (watch it happen!). Bring old bank statements, check registers, receipts and anything else with personal information on it. Additionally, feel free to bring your small electronics and we will get those recycled as well! (Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept ANY box/ tube/rear projection screens. We also are unable to offer electronic data destruction.)
Shredding Services are Free
Colorado Vault and Safe Deposit Box CO. and Arapahoe CU are covering all expenses for this event. However, we will also be taking donations to help out local school programs. Anything you want to donate will go directly to extra-curricular student activities at Newton Middle School.
  • Date: April 29th, 2017 - Newton Middle School (4001 E Arapahoe Rd)
  • Time: 9:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Location: Newton Middle School in the North West Parking Lot


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

Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3rd, 2017

Good Morning Parents and Guardians:


I hope all of our students and their families had an enjoyable spring break. I am including some important information for this week regarding CMAS testing and other scheduled events.


Our CMAS testing will begin tomorrow, April 4th. I am including a link to our testing schedule. Our schedule is also located on our website if you have difficulty accessing the link. In addition to the schedule I have sent out a summary of the testing schedule in my previous weekly updates which are located on our website under my personal tab.




I have sent the opt out form via my e-mails on two separate occasions in March. This form is available on our website and on the district website. If you are considering opting your student out of the testing I need this form signed and returned to me by 7:45 am tomorrow, April 4th.


Students who are opted out of the testing will again be sent to the library during any testing sessions. Students will be able to work on any classroom work or read.


Nutrition Services has a fun promotion coming up on Friday, April 7th.  We will be celebrating Rockies opening day with a festive ball park menu.  Additionally, every student who purchase a lunch on April 7th will be entered into a drawing to win a set of tickets to a Rockies game.  I've attached the promotional flyer for the event on Friday.


I hope you have a great first week of April!
James O’Tremba,

Principal, Newton Middle School

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 24th, 2016

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians:

Please see the attached flyer regarding our end of the year field trips. Additional specific information per grade level will be sent out when we return from spring break.

Another reminder that we will be conducting our CMAS testing when we return after break. The testing will begin on Tuesday, April 4th. I have previously sent out the opt out form and it is located on our website.

Have an enjoyable, safe spring break!
James O’Tremba

Principal, Newton Middle School

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