In this issue:

Get involved in working for connected communities and racial justice!
Feb 03, 2018 01:23 pm | Newton PTO Council

Calling all parents who want to get involved in working for connected school communities and racial justice!

Join FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice – to learn what several Newton Public Schools are doing to bring their communities together while working to reduce racism and injustice on many levels.

After the presentations, you will have time to meet and talk with other parents at your child’s or teen’s school. This is a great opportunity to get inspired and meet people across Newton who care about racial justice and want to develop their cultural competence.

February 8th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Angier Elementary School

Please RSVP here:

To learn more, visit Want to join the mailing list to learn about future opportunities? Please email the FORJ Coordinator at and put “JOIN FORJ” in the subject. Be sure to include your name and what schools your children attend.

The next meeting on February 28th,  6:30 – 8:30 pm is “Talking to Children about Race and Racism: Why and How?” Come to learn effective ways to talk with your children about race and racism next week in Boston at the beautiful Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St. Dorchester, MA 02125. There is ample parking around this community center, but you can also carpool or take the T to Dudley Station and walk over easily.
Please RSVP here:


Youth Rowing Open House
Feb 03, 2018 12:24 pm | Newton PTO Council

Come to the Open House and learn about rowing and how it can make a positive change in your life. All middle and high school athletes or want to be athletes welcome!

For more information visit or contact Sean Crowley at

Here are some reasons why the youth athletes row…

  • “CRI is cool because I can challenge myself.”
  • “It’s a place where I can work hard, and better myself.”
  • “It’s a place I find friendship & camaraderie.”
  • “The coaches are supportive and approachable, and the facility and resources are awesome!”
  • “The workouts are hard, but I feel stronger afterward.”
  • “It’s cool to be a part of a real (i.e. strong) team.”
  • “I meet unique and different people here, different than my school mates.”
  • “CRI teaches me what it’s like to be an athlete, and it’s helped me in other parts of life.”
  • “I get inspired at CRI, and I feel excited and energized here.”
  • “I am motivated to do more, and I am learning how to be independent.”

Februrary 11th, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Community Rowing, Inc
20 Nonantum Road, Brighton

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Info Session
Feb 03, 2018 12:17 pm | Newton PTO Council

Are you a current 10th or 11th grade girl looking for a meaningful summer experience honing your coding skills and learning new ones? If so, join this information session about the Girls Who Code (GWC) Summer Immersion Program, a free, 7-week experience for girls to learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their communities and be competitive in the job market of the future.

No prior experience or participation with GWC necessary to apply for the summer program. Stipends are available based on need. Early decision applications are due Feb. 16th; all applications are due March 16th.

GWC is a national nonprofit organization leading the movement to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. The information session is for current 10th and 11th graders and their adults or anyone who would like to know more about the GWC Summer Immersion Program. No registration necessary.

February 12th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium

Local couple seeks 6 month rental
Feb 03, 2018 12:10 pm | Newton PTO Council

Working couple w/2 cars seek 3 bedroom, 1½-2bth rental for 6 months starting March 1st or April 1st in Newton, Brookline, Brighton, Chestnut Hill, W. Roxbury, JP; near T.

They are Newton homeowners with an adult daughter who seek a 6 month rental (house or apartment, furnished or unfurnished) while their house undergoes renovation, starting on March 1st or April 1st. Preferences include walking proximity to basic shopping and public transportation for downtown commute. They are non-smokers, make active use of a kitchen and their only pet is a well-behaved rabbit who spends most of her time in a cage. They will need access to 24/7 parking for two cars.

The location preferences are Newton, Brookline, Brighton, Chestnut Hill, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury, but would consider other very close-by areas if they provide walking proximity to the T and/or commuter rail.

Please contact Amy and Jim at 617-861-7358 or 617-698-2252, x1.

Basketball Clinic February Break
Feb 03, 2018 12:05 pm | Newton PTO Council

ASA Hoops is hosting a clinic February Vacation for boys and girls ages 7-15, all levels welcome. To register visit For questions, contact

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Brown Middle School Gym

NCE Kids February Vacation Programs
Feb 03, 2018 12:02 pm | Newton PTO Council

NCE Kids is offering a variety of vacation programs for kids of all ages during February Break.

Kids, spend vacation with NCE! Learn more at

Hello Middle School Parents and Teachers!
Feb 03, 2018 11:57 am | Newton PTO Council

BioBuilder is hosting a February Break Workshop for 10-14 year-old students interested in synthetic biology and getting hands-on time in a biology lab with a trained scientist.

Please see the attached flyer for information and feel free to contact Kelley Klor at if you have any questions.

February 20th – 22nd, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Lab Central, 700 Main Street, Cambridge

Newton SEPAC and Newton Public Schools present “Reducing Anxiety in Kids”
Feb 03, 2018 11:51 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton SEPAC and Newton Public Schools present: Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA who will speak on Reducing Anxiety in Kids.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four thirteen-eighteen year olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial and using preventive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior methods and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses. Easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring will be discussed. This event is free of charge.

Bio: Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator and a consultant to schools nationwide ( Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. She is a blogger on The Huffington Post, as well as the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).

February 28th, 7:00 pm
Newton North High School Auditorium

Do you have an instrument that you don’t need or want anymore?
Feb 03, 2018 11:46 am | Newton PTO Council

Abigail Miller, twelfth grader at Newton South High School, is currently running her fifth instrument donation drive since 2012. She does this because she really enjoys playing music and hopes that she can help others get the chance to love it as much as she does.

Through a partnership with Berklee College of Music, the instruments Abby collects will be donated to local nonprofit organizations and schools who provide music education to underserved populations. Berklee’s Office of Community and Government relations oversees a donation program to donate quality computer hardware, musical instruments, and production equipment to communities in need. Examples of their partner organizations include the Boys and Girls Clubs, various Boston Public Schools, the Haley House, Girls Rock Campaign and several locations of YMCAs.

If you have instruments that you are no longer using and may like to donate, please contact her at For more information or questions, you can visit or shoot her an email. Thank you very much!

Newton Little League Youth Baseball Evaluations
Feb 03, 2018 11:40 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton Little League will be holding AA evaluations on February 10th at the S.O.A. at Newton North High School. The AA division is made up primarily of players who are league age 9. This will also be the makeup date for AAA evaluations for players that could not attend on January 20th. The AAA division is made up mostly of players who are league age 11 and 10.

This event will be broken into two sessions:

  • Session 1 (6:00 – 7:30pm) will include the following participants:
    All players interested in playing AAA who couldn’t attend the evaluation on January 20th
    All players interested in playing AA with last name starting A-K
  • Session 2 (7:30 – 9:00 pm) will include the following participants:
    All players interested in playing AA with last name starting L-Z

Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before the session start time to register.

Newton Little League serves players who reside within or attend private or public schools within the boundaries of Ward, Underwood, Lincoln-Eliot, Horace Mann, Peirce, Cabot, Burr, Franklin, Williams elementary schools.

Little League Age Ranges for 2018
Little League 11 – born between September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2007
Little League 10 – born between September 1, 2007 and August 31, 2008
Little League 9 – born between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009

Please register your child prior to the evaluation on the league website:

Register by April 1st for Kindergarten Soccer spring season
Feb 03, 2018 11:35 am | Newton PTO Council

For 25 years, Kindergarten Soccer has been introducing children to soccer in a fun and non-competitive environment where girls and boys develop friendships, learn teamwork and gain confidence. Kids play Saturday mornings at Oak Hill Middle School, April 28th-June 16th.

Pre-K League: for Newton children who will enter kindergarten in Fall 2018
Kindergarten League: for current Newton kindergartners (2017-2018)

Join in and meet other families in your neighborhood! Kindergarten Soccer is a program of the Zervas Elementary PTO since 1993. For more information and for online registration, please visit

Private Tutoring Available!
Feb 03, 2018 11:32 am | Newton PTO Council

With hundreds of hours of experience tutoring students between 5 and 20 years of age, Kyle Pilachowski, originally from Westford, MA, and now a current sophomore at Boston College, understands the importance of education from an early age and loves to work with children to expand their knowledge, recognize their strengths, and grow intellectually. He has tutored in a variety of subjects including mathematics (algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and areas geared toward elementary and middle school levels), science (biology, chemistry, and earth science), foreign language (Spanish), and business (finance and accounting).

Now majoring in finance and accounting at BC with a 3.9+ GPA while participating in several extracurriculars, Kyle feels a sense of pride watching students grow and learn, achieve academic successes, and gain self-confidence. To connect with him for availability and rates, please contact him via phone at 978-799-8765 or email at

Kumon Math and Reading Success
Feb 03, 2018 11:28 am | Newton PTO Council

Parents of four Newton Public School alums, Jane Chiong, Ed.D. and Winston Chiong, Ph.D. are the teachers/owners of your local Kumon Center.

They teach young ones from Pre K-12th grade to read, write and do arithmetic. For more information, visit and contact Jane and Winston at 617-244-9540 for a free testing/orientation.

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