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Originally delivered on 10/7/2020 9:24 am


NIXON Newsletter

Week 3

As we worked through the kinks of the first two weeks back to school, we hardly noticed the beautiful fall color emerging. We hope you get out and enjoy the beautiful weather!

PTO Meeting Tonight

 The PTO holds meetings throughout the school year to:

  • Plan events and get updates from committee members
  • Communicate updates from the Superintendent and Principal
  • Discuss budget and fundraising
  • Hear concerns and ideas from community members

All Nixon families and teachers are welcome to attend. 

October 7th at 6:30 PM

Meetings will be held virtually via ZOOM and will last no more than 40 minutes. If the meeting ends before we have finished the agenda and discussion, you can click the link again to re-join. If you are unable to attend, you can find a recording of our meetings and written meeting minutes at on our website.

To join the PTO meeting, click HERE.

Picture Days

School photos will be taken during school hours on:

October 8th - Cohort A & C

October 9th - Cohort B & Remote

Visit to order prints!

If you would like to volunteer to help out on either picture day click HERE to sign up.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunch
Art Fundraiser

The PTO, in partnership with the Art Teacher Sheila O'Brien, will be conducting a fundraiser called Square One Art! Students submit artwork which then can be created into keepsakes for purchase.

For instructions on how to submit your artwork click here. Students will be completing their Square One artwork at home independently and not during art class. If your student has questions or needs help they can ask the art teacher during their scheduled art time.

You can use these links to find the Art Requirements and the Art Paper Template. Your student can follow a Square One Art Lesson or they can choose their own idea! And as always participation in this fundraiser is completely voluntary. 

What does volunteering look like?

Every job looks a little different, but volunteering for the PTO can be as simple as cutting up felt and foam and organizing them with other materials like feathers and googly eyes into kits for Curriculum Crafts. 

Curriculum Crafts is a PTO supported initiative to provide materials for students to do their own craft project in coordination with the curriculum they are learning. This chick visor was made by a Kindergartener while learning about the life cycle of a chicken. 

See our Get Involved section of our website to get started. 

Teacher Spotlight

Meet Mrs. Smaldone! 

Mrs. Smaldone is a fifth grade teacher at Nixon School and is teaching an in-person cohort A and a remote cohort B this year. You may have heard that Mrs. Smaldone is the teacher who gives ducks to her students! Yes, we said DUCKS! She likes to have spontaneous celebrations in her class for her students when they have an academic achievement, do something nice like clean up the classroom or help out a friend, or even have a cool hair style after a sweaty gym class! Her ducks reflect the school's core values, even if the reason is super silly!

Mrs. Smaldone was not always a teacher. She worked in High Tech Marketing for twelve years managing a large staff and budget. She says that most days at Nixon she finds herself utilizing the marketing and advertising skills learned in her old job to spin a lesson in a way that makes it engaging and fun. 

Mrs. Smaldone says that her teaching philosophy is; 

"[to provide all students with purpose (why am I learning this?), exceptionally high expectations, individual scaffolding and fun."

She believes that:

“The single condition that leads to young people becoming EXTRAORDINARY adults is that someone gave them the opportunity to WORK HARD. Once students have attained skill level, it is all about WORKING HARD.” ~Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers

Mrs. Smaldone likes traveling with her family, and can be seen in the photo with her son, Nick, at Epcot. Did you know she also is a good basketball and softball player? 

Her students call her silly but she brings wonderful and unique talents to our school! So the next time you see her, please extend a thank you for the hard work she does!


Please help the Yearbook Committee gather photos to be placed in this year's edition! With limited events and the inability to volunteer within the classroom, we need to get creative with our yearbook photos!

Please submit photos you have taken of your Nixon Student. It can be during their remote learning time, a picture of their artwork or photos you've taken at a PTO event. 

Click HERE to upload!


Show your school spirit by ordering Nixon Gear! Click on the Owl to check out our current selection! We have new FRISBEES!

If you have ordered items on our website, your order is available for pick-up outside the front apron or in the school cafeteria (during inclement weather) this Wednesday, October 7th between 12:00-2:00 PM. Your order will be on the PTO table clearly labeled with your name! Thank you for supporting the PTO!

Small ways you can help...

Located directly in front of the school is a textile and shoe donation bin. Please put your clothes, linens and shoes that are ready for a new home into the bin. Every time it is emptied, the PTO gets a check in the mail based on the weight of the donated items. Every little bit helps. 

Thank you!

PTO Open Positions

Spirit Committee

We are looking for volunteers for a new Spirit Committee!

In partnership with the school, this committee will be in charge of coming up with fun activities for the Spirit Days scheduled throughout the year. The committee will work remotely, but will have the fun of coming up with new ways for the students to show their spirit in class and from home. Email if you're interested.

Volunteer Opportunity

Nixon Shops

Help the PTO connect with local shops interested in supporting our mission. We would like to create partnerships that bring interest to local businesses, and in turn, gives our community members another way to show their support for our PTO. Please email if you are interested!

Sudbury Education Resource Fund

Thank You for Supporting Our Teachers!

Sincere thanks to the many families who have already made a We Support You! Teacher gift purchase, joining SERF in support of innovative teaching and learning across K-12 schools in Sudbury. SERF recognizes Sudbury educators who continue to find new and inventive ways to teach our children in these challenging times. If you would like to show your support for teachers at LSRHS and SPS, purchase a teacher team gift to be delivered to your child’s school! Click HERE to find out more and to order. 


Community News

Girl Scouts isn’t just a moment in her life, it’s a movement dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is so excited to welcome you and your girl! Whether you want to start a new troop for your girl and her friends, join an existing troop, or have questions, we’re here for you! Visit to learn more!

Please join us starting at 6pm Thursday, OCTOBER 22 for a drive-thru SCARECROW event at Sewataro!  The event will still take place in the evening and include plenty of lights and decor!  Don't let those pumpkins go to waste - Sudbury Park and Rec is hosting a collection and drive-thru event on Friday 10/30! 

Be on the lookout the next few days for details on how to sign up to contribute a Scarecrow and a sign up for a drive thru time slot!  We cannot wait to celebrate the Halloween season with you all! Questions - please contact!

Nixon Coffee Talks

Principal Susan Woods and Assistant Principal Beth Murray are looking to connect with families for a conversational forum to answer questions and provide more clarity into the school days. 

 Every Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Click here to Join Coffee Talk

Teacher & Staff Appreciation

This year we really want to make sure our teachers, administrators and staff know how much we care! We have created a way to donate directly to Teacher & Staff Appreciation initiatives. All donations made here will go towards meals, goodie bags and THANK YOU events.

Click the apple to DONATE TODAY!

This past week...

Families ventured out of the house on a Hoot Hunt! 

Thank you to all who participated in this fundraiser! And congratulations to Robbie Raine (2nd Grade) and his family team for being the first to complete all five locations! 

Coming up tomorrow...

Virtual Open House

Back to School Night 

October 8th

Storage Solution?

Due to changes in the learning environment the PTO needed to find temporary storage for materials. We urgently need a more permanent and accessible storage solution! If you have any suggestions for cost-effective solutions, please contact Thank you!!!


~Thank you to PTO Treasurers Amy Sholk and Kaye Bemis for their hard work this week with all our money matters! We know this is a lot of work and we appreciate it. 

~Thank you to Brandon Edlefsen for your help setting up Hoot Hunt!