From the Principal-June 7

Dear Peirce Families,

It was wonderful to see many of you during the last few days at events for Incoming Kindergartners, Kindergartners, and Third Graders and at the Sixth Grade Reunion!  Our remaining family events are:

  • Friday, 06/11/2021, 5pm: 4th grade
  • Saturday, 06/12/2021, 5pm: 5th grade
  • Sunday, 06/13/2021, 3pm: 1st grade
  • Thursday, 06/17/2021, 4:30 pm: 2nd grade

We look forward to our final two weeks together, and I encourage you to reach out with questions or concerns at any time.

With Best Wishes,

Mark Chitty

Important Message for all Current and Former DLA Families:

It is now time to begin material returns instead of pickups. 

→ We need your help!! Literacy teams need to have time to inventory materials before the end of the year in order to replenish classrooms over the summer.  Here you will find a list by grade of what needs to be returned. 

Please return to your Home School, 12:00-2:00 p.m., on Friday, June 11th, in a bag labeled with the student’s name and grade and the teacher’s name:

  • all literacy books (independent and guided)
  • Fundations tiles (K-3) with magnetic board (K-3)

Please return to your Home School on Tuesday, June 22nd:

Thank you!

Virtual Color Day:  Many Thanks to Mr. Nye and the district PE, Health, and Wellness Teachers for creating these Virtual Color Day activities for students to try at home.

Give the Principal a Pie!  Peirce’s annual Fun Run will happen at each grade-level family social event in June!  In addition to the Fun Run, we will hold a raffle and both the top Fun Run fundraiser and the raffle winner will get to give Mr. Chitty a pie in the face!   

This year, in recognition and support of the many families in our community who have been affected by the COVID crisis in India, all funds raised through the Fun Run and raffle will support Vibha, a nonprofit organization helping to purchase and distribute oxygen concentrators and PPE kits in India.  To learn more about Vibha’s efforts, please visit  All donations must be received on/by Tuesday, June 15, and we will announce the final amount raised once tallied and send all proceeds directly to Vibha.  Raffle tickets will be sold at the front of the school during drop-off and pick-up in the coming days. 

To learn more about the Fun Run, raffle, and details for documenting, collecting, and turning in pledge forms and donations, please click here.

Progress Report Access:  Progress Reports will be available to families in Aspen on Thursday, June 17th.

Class lists will be available in Aspen in late August.


The Newton Public Schools Staff Gifts and Solicitations Policy is updated and incorporates current Massachusetts Conflict of Interest Law M.G.L. c. 268A. This replaces the earlier 1991 policy.

Newton Public Schools allows a group gift to an individual staff member only if the gift is identified as being from the entire class, the identity of the givers and the individual amounts are not disclosed to the recipient, and the gift does not exceed $150 per school year.  This differs from a gift for the classroom (*).

Individual gifts of appreciation in the form of sentimental tokens are allowed.  Gifts of commercial value are not permitted.

NPS allows and encourages giving to charitable organizations such as school PTO’s or the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher Program which honors staff while supporting our schools.

For any questions about this policy and our procedures, please contact the Department of Human Resources.

            *Please see the Equity Policy for information on classroom gifts or donations.