• Dear 5th Grade Parents,

    As we enter our last week of school, I want to take a moment to wish you and your children congratulations on their completion of their elementary years. Their 5th grade graduations are often an emotional conclusion to six years of tremendous growth and connection to their elementary school communities.

    As you transition with your children to the middle school level, I want you to know that the Day Faculty and Administrative Team is here to support and guide you into the next phase of your child’s educational journey.  Our initial meetings this spring were just the beginning of our partnership together as we welcome you into the Day Community.

    Before you and your children head off for your summer adventures, I want to share with you some helpful information and resources.


    Recording of our Principal Chat

    We were able to record our last principal chat with the parents of the Cabot Community. Given that the information covered is relevant to all 5th grade parents, I wanted to share it with you here as promised:

    5th Grade Principal Chat with Cabot Parents



    We hope this summer our Day students will continue their vibrant life as readers.  Below is the summer reading assignment for incoming 6th grade students.  Each student is required to pick one of the suggested reads, each with the common theme of resilience, and then read 2-3 additional titles:

    Grade 6 Summer Reading Assignment


    In addition, below is an amazing resource of suggested reads put together by our fabulous librarian, Jamie Lightfoot:

    Summer Reading 2022



    In the fall, each team of teachers will share a detailed school supply list with students on the first day of school.  As some families like to prepare for school supplies well in advance, this year we have compiled a general suggested school supply list by grade for all students.  Teams will add a few items to this after the first few days of school.

    The grade level supply lists are linked below:

    FA Day General Suggested Supply List

    Please note that this is only a “suggested” supply list. The school will provide supplies to any student who is not able to access them.



    The Day Middle School Office is open during the summer. The front office summer hours will be posted on our website.



    Our wonderful Day PTO, and its Board: Co-Presidents Cedar Pruitt and Tramy Lao and Treasure Amy Horsman, would like to welcome you all to the Day Community. They hope you reach out and consider volunteering with the PTO this year.  It is a wonderful way to connect with other Day parents and stay involved with your child’s school community.  Cedar and Tramy can be reached at the Day PTO email:  fadaydragons@gmail.com


    Summer PTO Event:

    The Day Family End of Summer Social is scheduled this year for:

    Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. behind Day Middle School.  More information to follow. 

    Below is the latest Day PTO Newsletter:

    Day PTO Newsletter 6-17-22



    You can expect two newsletters from me over the summer, one in July and one early August with information about upcoming posting of student teams for the 2022-2023 school year.  Teams are typically posted in late August. More information will follow as we get closer to that time.

    If you have any questions over the summer, please do not hesitate to contact our front office at:  617-559-9100. 

    I can be reached all summer best by email at:  mannj@newton.k12.ma.us

    Or by phone:  617-559-9109

    Enjoy the celebration of your child’s elementary years and have a joyous summer.  Let us know if we can support you in any way through the transition to Day and the middle years.


    All the best,

    Jackie Mann


    F.A.Day Middle School


  • March 15, 2022

    Dear Fifth Grade Families,

    It was such a joy seeing so many of you in person this past Thursday evening to welcome you to the Day Community and begin our journey together of transitioning your children to Day Middle School.

    As promised, I am sharing with you the slides from the presentation.  They are linked below and will also be posted on our website.

    5th Grade Parent Presentation March 10 2022

    Incoming 6th Grade Parent Website

    For those of you who could not join us Thursday evening, I will be meeting with parents and guardians at each of the feeder schools individually in May. The schedule for those visits are listed below. I will follow up as we get closer to our meeting date with a Zoom link.

    All of the virtual feeder school parent meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2022: Burr Elementary

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022: Horace Mann Elementary

    Tuesday, May 3, 2022:  Peirce Elementary

    Tuesday, May 17 2022: Franklin Elementary

    Thursday, May 26, 2022:  Cabot Elementary School

    By now you should have received a Google Form from Dr. Deborah Romeo, one of our Assistant Principals. Through the form we will ask you to rank your child’s preference for World Language class at the middle school as well as indicate if your child will be participating in one of the performing arts groups that are optional.  

    If you have questions about that form, or did not receive it, please reach out to Dr. Romeo directly at romeod@newton.k12.ma.us  The course selection Google Forms mys be submitted NO LATER THAN March 31, 2022.

    Finally, as we mentioned at our presentation, any specific requests regarding your child’s placement such as it relates to twins or student with whom your child should not be place, need to be submitted to Donna Fisher, my assistant, by April 15, 2022.  Ms. Fisher’s email is:


    I am looking forward to meeting with you again in May. In the interim, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or if I can be of any support to you or your family.


    Jackie Mann
    F.A. Day Middle School









    February 16, 2022

    Dear 5th Grade Parents,

    Welcome to the F.A. Day Community!! This is the first of many communications you will receive about your child’s transition to middle school in fall of 2022.

    We are busy planning for our first transition event, the 5th Grade Parent Night at Day Middle School, which is scheduled this year for Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.  While it is possible that this will be a virtual event, we are waiting until March 4th to make that final determination as it is my hope to be able to welcome you to Day in person.  Please look for more information on the event to be sent out by Friday, March 5th. For now, I ask that you save the date.

    What is 5th Grade Parent Night? It is an opportunity for us to introduce you to members of our administrative and counseling team as well as some of our parent partners in the PTO and FORJ, talk about our middle school model here at Day, share information about middle school expectations and our community and answer any questions you might have. 

    This is just the first of many events that will include:

    • Information about world language and music selection. (March)
    • Principal meetings with parents at each of the feeder elementary schools. (around April/May)
    • Principal visits with students at each of the feeder elementary schools.


    • Student visits to Day at Step-Up Day (June)
    • Incoming 6th Grade Social (August)

    As part of our transition this year, we are also inviting you to an exciting event hosted by Day graduate, and author of the book, Middle School Matters, Phyllis Fagell  Phyllis will be joined by panelists from each of the four Newton Middle Schools who will discuss issues related to parenting middle school children.  Information about this virtual event is included below, and I sincerely hope you can join us for the evening:


    Please join us for an informative community forum with guest speaker Phyllis Fagell. Ms. Fagell is a licensed clinical professional counselor, certified professional school counselor, journalist, and author of the best-selling book “Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond—and How Parents Can Help.She is also a Ward, Day and North grad! This will be a terrific night filled with important information and dialogue, including how families can help their students navigate through the pandemic. You can take a sneak peek at her work on her website

    Here is the Zoom link for this virtual forum:


    Meeting ID: 884 7646 8856

    Passcode: 090547

    Please RSVP to the forum using this form. You can login without an RSVP, but it is helpful for us to have a general sense of attendance to plan accordingly. Here is the RSVP form:

    RSVP to Middle School Matters 

    More details on the forum can be found on the NPS website here: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/3988

    I am looking forward to meeting each of you on March 10th where we will welcome you to the Day Family and begin our partnership in supporting your children through the middle school years.

    In the interim, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


    Jackie Mann


    F.A. Day Middle School