Williams Weekly | December 14, 2017


Williams Weekly | December 14, 2017 

In this week’s newsletter:

TONIGHT – Parent-PTO-Principal Coffee
6:30-8:00pm – Williams Library

Join us tonight when we discuss Courageous Conversations About Race: Understanding our staff focus and implications for parent organization and learning. The conversation will be led by our Principal Ms. Farag and a team of teachers who’ve participated in district training and are helping to lead this important work at our school.  

Staff Spotlight – Mrs. Sabin

Yes, that’s our Mrs. Sabin! And we’re sure you want to learn some fun facts about her and get an explanation for that cool picture! All that and more HERE.

Gift Wrapping at Newtonville Books This Weekend

Newtonville Books in Newton Center is graciously giving the Williams PTO a chance to raise money by gift wrapping for tips. This weekend, Friday-Sunday, we’ll be at the bookstore spreading holiday cheer and raising $$$ for our school. CAN YOU HELP?? The more volunteers we get, the more money we can raise! We are scheduling 2-hour shifts, but you are welcome to take as many shifts as you’d like. Please sign up HERE….there are tons of empty spots… help us fill them up!

PTO & Be Ahead of the Game Sports Clinics
Session 2 Now Open for Registration


Come play sports inside when the weather gets cold outside. Run by Be Ahead of the Game, these evening clinics in the Williams Gym are designed to be skill-building with loads of FUN! Session 2 starts the week of January 29. Sign up now as they will fill up fast!

Follow these links for more information and to register:

Monday – Multi-Sports (soccer, basketball, floor hockey, dodgeball)
Tuesday – Basketball
Wednesday & Thursday – Futsal (soccer) training

The Annual Campaign

Thank you to the 51 Williams families who donated so far, allowing us to reach almost 70% of our campaign goal! We are still hoping to reach 100% participation from families, so please help us achieve our goal by donating to the Annual Campaign today! The PTO provides our school with enrichment programs for our kids, classroom learning tools, and community programs. You can learn more about the Campaign and other impressive programs the PTO funds in the ANNUAL CAMPAIGN LETTER. Donate by cash, check (payable to Williams PTO) or electronically via PayPal on the WILLIAMS PTO WEBSITE. All donations are tax-deductible and please be sure to check with your company for matching gift programs. Thank you for your support and generosity! 


Last Thursday at Bertucci’s
Thank you to the MANY families that helped us take over Bertucci’s on last Thursday’s Early Release! Some chose to dine in (look at this fantastic group!!), some ordered take away, and all raised $$$ for our school!

Holiday Gift Drive Success!

Once again the Williams School succeeded in taking care of others through our annual collaboration with The Village Bank and the City of Newton! Thank you to all the families that donated a huge pile of new toys and games and made many of our community kids happier just in time for the holidays.

Holiday Shopping from the Comfort of Your Couch

PUREFunctional is an online store, owned by a Williams parent, offering a wide variety of Modern Scandinavian Design items for both you and your home. On their website you will find Bar and Tableware, House Products, Kitchen Gadgets, as well as Women’s Fashion Accessories and Jewelry. During the month of December, PUREFunctional will donate to the Williams PTO 10% of any order placed on the website, using the code WILLIAMSPTO at checkout. The orders will be delivered at no cost, right to your door on the very next day! Click HERE to visit the store and help raise $$$ for our school!!

Art Room Wish List


The Art Room at Williams is a place of creativity and fun. Ms. McGill is working hard to keep it that way for all students. Please consider donating an item from the wish list below and send it in with your child. All items on the list are needed all year round to keep the Art Room functional and support our kids’ creativity!

Aluminum foil
Storage bags gallon size
Sandwich bags
Kirkland baby wipes, unscented
Forks, knives, spoons, and straws
Plastic wrap
Small drinking cups
White paper
Wax paper
Paper towels

Ms. McGill thanks you in advance for your help and generosity!

A Message From Our Librarian

Looking for a nice way to support the Williams Library? Check out the WISH LIST at Bound To Stay Bound bookstore. You can donate a specific book or make a general donation and I will select titles from the wish list to fulfill the amount. This program will run through the end of December but will be available again at the beginning of 2018.  

Thank you,
Mrs. Mason

Gift Policy

It’s that time of the year when many of us want to get a holiday gift for some teachers and staff. Please be sure to read the NPS GIFT POLICY before making any purchases.

Ski Wachusett and Williams receives $10 per ticket!

WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN will generously donate $10 to the PTO for every ticket and/or Beginner Package purchased when you provide coupon code “DON-WPTO” upon checkout, online, or in-person. Enjoy your day skiing at Wachusett and thanks for helping Williams! 

Ongoing Fundraisers

Mabel’s Labels. Need help keeping track of clothes, sports equipment and other stuff? Make it easy with colorful, personalized labels by Mabel’s Labels. These labels can go in the dishwasher, microwave, and laundry! Design your own today at MABELS LABELS and select Williams Elementary School PTO in the school fundraising category. Shipping is free and labels will be shipped directly to you. Goodbye Lost & Found! Mabel’s Labels will share 20% of the proceeds with Williams PTO! 

Amazon Rewards. Shopping with Amazon can earn Williams PTO 4-6% of your order amount if you follow the link found on the WILLIAMS PTO WEBSITE. Benefits only apply by clicking the link above prior to every purchase. Items stored in your cart or “Saved For Later” will not apply. 

Newton Energy $avers. Save money, save energy, and support the Williams PTO! In collaboration with the City of Newton’s initiative, Newton Energy $avers (NE$), we are helping connect families to Home Energy Assessments. Green Newton will donate $10 to the PTO for each completed home assessment by Able Home Performance. For more information or to sign up for a no-cost assessment of your home’s heating and cooling system, visit the AUDIT MY HOME WEBSITE

Quick Links
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About Williams PTO
All parents and guardians of students at Williams are members of the PTO. We wholeheartedly invite you to participate in PTO meetings and activities throughout the year. Parent involvement in the school is a fundamental part of what makes the school experience here so special. No matter what your interests or working style, there is a job or task here that will suit you. Please take a look at our volunteer opportunities and consider signing up!

Support Williams, support our students 
Donations are always accepted, welcomed, and appreciated to keep our school programs funded. Please check for company matching gifts. All donations are tax-deductible. Donate electronically using a debit or credit card via PayPal on the WILLIAMS PTO WEBSITE. Thank you for your support and generosity!