Dear Memorial Spaulding Families,

Welcome back to school!  I am so glad to be back for another colorful year!  For those of you who I have just met (virtually), I look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on September 27th! I am so lucky to teach every child at Memorial Spaulding!

A little about me….I am a native Newtonian and attended Memorial Spaulding when I was a kid. I graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Education and hold a Masters Degree in Education with a focus in Arts Integration from Fitchburg State University. I have two little artists at home too (a new preschooler and a first grader!). I am surprised and proud to say, this is my 14th year at Memorial Spaulding, teaching art!

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I am looking forward to a great year of discovery as we learn about ourselves as artists as well as art from around the world and throughout history. We will engage in array of creative endeavors including drawing, painting, printing, ceramics, building and collage. It is my goal to work together with you and your child to make art class an experience where he or she will learn and grow in a thoughtful, inquisitive and joyful way.  We create in lots of different ways in the art room, allowing your child to find his or her voice in the arts, while also learning skill sets with different media, and becoming a 21st century learner.  It is my expectation that students will be able to use the time we share to its full potential and in a productive way!

I hope we can work together to make art a special place for your child. I will be in communication about your child’s art class to share happy moments of success and so we can work together to be sure that your child is using his or her time productively!

We each have discussed this together and our commitment to respecting each other, ourselves, our artwork, our materials and our time together. We also have talked about our Studio Habits and I invite you to look at this image below and talk about each, as we did and continue to in art class.

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Also….please feel free to email me at so we can be in communication to make this year in art….the best ever!

As a reminder- please do not send your child to school on his or her art day in special clothes- making art can sometimes be messy!

 Please spread the word about this blog!

This blog allows you to know what your child is learning about in art class, along with supplemental activities.  It also acts as a springboard for conversations about our artistic adventures!

The art room could also use the following donations if possible:

Baby Wipes ****(these are amazing for cleaning the art room and hands, and we cannot get enough of these!)

Hand sanitizer

Colored Sharpies

Tissue Boxes

Hand Held Mirrors

Clean Plastic Takeout Containers (sets of matching 7 are super helpful:)

Paper Towels


Last year we started an online gallery at Memorial Spaulding called Artsonia. Please confirm your child’s participation so that you can be part of this glorious online gallery and personal portfolio for your child! Add family and friends to see what your child is creating! Here is our school gallery: CLICK HERE!

I am so excited for a fabulous and colorful year together!


Alexandra Etscovitz (most kids call me Ms. E)


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