February 25, 2019

    Dear 5th Grade Parents,

    I am so very excited to welcome you to the Day Community for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please know that our entire faculty are already preparing for the arrival of your children.

    The first important event in the transition process is the March  14th  Parent and Guardian Orientation at 7:00 p.m. in the Day Middle School Auditorium. At this event, you will meet the Day Administration Team and a few faculty members, and you will learn more about our schedule, curriculum and after school enrichment opportunities. 

    Some time next week, your children will be receiving their world language and exploratory selection sheets through their elementary schools.  As you will learn at the Parent Orientation Evening, all 6th graders will take a world language class four times a cycle and an exploratory class two times in a cycle. 

    You will identify your child’s world language and exploratory class selection through the forms distributed in their elementary school.  To support your decision, I have attached a list of the offerings and information about the world language choices from our World Language Coordinator, Ms. Mulligan.  We will do our best to honor your child’s requests, but there are no guarantees that first choices will be granted. As noted below, the exploratory and world language selection sheets will be due back at your child’s elementary school by March 29th, which is after the parent orientation event so that all of your questions will be answered in advance.

    Another important date to note below, is the March 29th deadline for parents/guardians to submit a letter/email with any unique requests related to your child’s team placement for the 2019-2020 school year. Any parent request emails should be sent to my assistant, Donna Fisher, at donna_fisher@newton.k12.ma.us.

    Please note that we cannot honor specific team requests, but will consider any factors related to supporting your child’s transition to middle school.

    Below are all of the important dates for your child’s transition to Day Middle School:

    • Week of March 4th, 2019:  World Language and Exploratory Class Selection Sheets distributed to all 5th graders at each of the elementary feeder schools.
    • March 14, 2019:  Parent/Guardian Orientation  at 7:00 p.m. (F.A. Day Middle School Auditorium)
    • March 29, 2019:  6th grade Exploratory and World Language Selections due. (more information to follow)
    • March 29, 2019:  Deadline for parent/guardian letters with any special request for team placements- (unique needs, placement for twins, etc.  Please note that we cannot honor specific teacher requests)
    • May 2019:  Day Administration and Students Visits to Elementary Schools
    • May 16, 2019:  Day School Council Parent Forum on Middle School Topics
    • June 7, 2019:  Step Up Day:  5th Grade Students Visit to Day 

    Finally, as noted above, each year the Day Middle School Council sponsors an event with the Day PTO in support of middle school parents.  The Day School Council would like to extend an invitation to this event to incoming parents and guardians.  In order to plan an event responsive to the needs of the community, the Council surveys parents and guardians to determine the topics they are most interested in learning more about.

    This year's Day Middle School Parent Forum will be held on May 16th at 7:00 p.m.  As part of the event, we will identify speakers from our parent and NPS Faculty to help answer parent questions, share information and facilitate conversations in order to keep our parent community informed and support them in parenting their middle school students. 

    As we get closer to the May 16th event, we will ask parents to register for their specific topics of interest.  Parents will be able to participate in up to three conversations on that evening. This initial survey below will help us identify possible topics of interest for discussion.  Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey by following the link below.  If you have trouble accessing the link, please copy and paste it into your browser.


    As we navigate these transition months, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.  My contact information is below.  Another resource to support your family’s transition to the Day Community is next year’s 6th grade guidance counselors who can be reached at the email below: 

    Mr. Jim Thompson: thompsonj@newton.k12.ma.us
    Ms. Molly Bryant: bryantm@newton.k12.ma.us


    I look forward to meeting everyone soon.

    All the best,
    Jackie Mann

    F.A. Day Middle School