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Equity Working Group Community Survey
Jun 11, 2019 08:46 am | Community Notes

Dear Newton Public School Families,

The Newton Public Schools Equity Working Group is looking for community feedback on questions relating to equity in PTO spending.  We have developed a survey that will provide us with important information to continue our work. We would very much appreciate your assistance by answering our survey.

Please click on this link to answer the survey in English. Please respond to the survey only once. It is due on June 28, 2019.  Thank you for your time and effort on this project.

Any questions or comments can be sent to the EWG:

The Equity Working Group

Paddles and Picnics
Jun 09, 2019 11:02 am | Newton PTO Council

The Crystal Lake Conservancy and the Newton Parks and Recreation Department invite you to come to a Sunday afternoon of activities on Crystal Lake.

Participants may sign up for half hour slots between 1:00 – 4:30 pm to enjoy the pleasures of canoeing/kayaking/paddle boarding. A lifeguard will be on duty and all participants will be required to wear life jackets and sign a waiver. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult while on the water.

A $15 donation per canoe/kayak/paddleboard supports the Crystal Lake Conservancy’s efforts to keep Crystal Lake healthy. To learn more, visit or call Janice Bourque at 617-967-0797.

June 16th (rain date June 23rd), 1:00 – 5:00 pm
20 Rogers Street, Newton Highlands

Planning for Arts & Culture in Newton – Please take a brief survey
Jun 09, 2019 10:58 am | Newton PTO Council

The City of Newton is currently undertaking a 7-month planning process to create a Comprehensive Arts & Cultural Plan for the City.

The plan, entitled Create Newton, will identify all of Newton’s arts and cultural assets – from our buildings and non-profits, to the events and festivals we host, to the local traditions and initiatives in our villages and neighborhoods. We will explore how arts and cultural goals and interests are aligned with our businesses, recreational opportunities, and commercial districts, and identify goals, set out recommendations, and seek opportunities to collaborate and expand our pool of funding.

Input from parents, and children 12 years and older, who enjoy Newton’s arts and cultural events is greatly valued. Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey to assist in the planning process:

(Please note that the survey is best taken on your computer and not on your smart phone or smaller device.)

Welcoming Newton Survey
Jun 09, 2019 10:56 am | Newton PTO Council

“Welcoming Newton” is a grassroots effort led by a pair of Newton citizens to support newcomers to our city while also furthering the engagement of all residents in all things related to life in Newton. They are in their developmental stages and are conducting a survey of current Newton residents.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to fill out. Click here to participate:

Registration is open for the Newton Girls Soccer Summer Clinic
Jun 09, 2019 10:52 am | Newton PTO Council

The clinic curriculum will focus on teaching individual techniques and tactics that are vital for all soccer players in a FUN and EXCITING environment. Players will be divided into groups based on age and ability and taught new skills each by experienced Professional Trainers.

For additional details and registration instructions, please visit

August 3-Day Vacation Clinic: August 6th – 8th,  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Weeks Field
Typical Daily Schedule
9:00 – 9:15 – Warm Up – Small Sided Fun Games and Juggling Challenges
9:15 – 10:15 – Technical/Skills Session Theme of the Day
10:15 – 10:45 – Shooting and Finishing Games
10:45 – 11:15 – Snack, Kids Tricks and Coaches Challenge
11:15 – 12:00 – Large group FUN clinic game
12:00 – 1:00 – Small Sided Scrimmage Games

Cost: $240 (3 days); $180 (2 days); $90 (1 day)


Newton Girls Soccer
Jun 09, 2019 10:47 am | Newton PTO Council

Did you know that more than 1300 girls and 250 volunteers participate in Newton Girls Soccer each season? NGS strives to give each player the opportunity to learn and play soccer in a supportive and rewarding environment that emphasizes fun, individual skills development, teamwork and sportsmanship, all at a level that fits her interest and ability.

Registration is open for the Fall 2019 Juniors and City Soccer Programs at

The NGS Juniors and City programs offer a recreation-focused soccer experience that emphasizes fun, health and exercise and is open to girls entering Kindergarten through 9th grade who live in or attend school in Newton. Players of all skill levels are welcome to register.

As a community-based program, each team includes a mix of girls from multiple neighboring schools. However, they honor one mutual friend request per player for girls registered by August 1st and make every effort to place players on a team with at least one schoolmate. For additional details and registration instructions, please visit

Summer Art Programs at the Y
Jun 09, 2019 10:39 am | Newton PTO Council

The West Suburban Y is offering five different weeks of full-day programming, including an introductory arts and music workshop (Explorations!), a deeper dive into the music business (Rock Band), and an opportunity for singers 10+ to learn both a cappella and Broadway repertoire (Vocal Workshop).

Youth of all ages are welcome, and there’s a program for everyone!  For more information and to sign up, click Financial Assistance is also available for all programs. Visit

¡Hola Amigos!
Jun 09, 2019 10:35 am | Newton PTO Council

Spanish teacher with many years experience working for NCE at several elementary schools in the Newton area has time available for private or semi-private tutoring through out the summer. Please contact Hilda at or call 781-216-8168  evenings.

Looking for Summer and Next Fall dance class options?
Jun 09, 2019 10:33 am | Newton PTO Council

All That Jazz Dance Studio in Nonantum is still accepting registration for their award winning dance classes! It is not too late to sign up for dance camp in August and summer session running in July and August.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is ongoing as well. Please contact Miss Deb Lifson Vogel (a fellow Newton Parent!) at or 617-641-0784 for more information about this wonderful dance community.

Register online at!

Free Summer Music program
Jun 09, 2019 10:29 am | Newton PTO Council

Boston Music Institute is offering a FREE morning orchestra program this August at Driscoll School in Brookline. There will be three, week-long sessions, and students may sign up for one, two or three weeks.

BMI also offers optional, low-cost afternoon small ensembles and SAT/SSAT/ACT prep classes. The free large ensemble runs 9:30 am to Noon and is for Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion – ages 8 to 19.

The goal of this program is to provide students from beginning through advanced-intermediate instrumental ability with a rigorous and fun ensemble playing experience, taught by high-level instructors from BMI, in order to grow and develop their individual musicianship and group playing. For more infoamtion, visit Boston Music Institute (BMI).

Free Summer STEM program
Jun 09, 2019 10:21 am | Newton PTO Council

Free summer STEM prep program for High School students includes classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Robotics, and Maker Space.

Classes run from Monday – Wednesday each week with field trips every Thursday. Breakfast and lunch is provided every day, free of charge. See more information and apply here:

July 8th – August 9th

The Highlands After-School Program
Jun 09, 2019 10:19 am | Newton PTO Council

Space is limited! Final call! The Highlands After-School Program is different than other programs because it’s geared to meet the needs and likes of middle school kids. Home at Brigham House in Newton Highlands, with regular access to the Hyde Community Gym and other wonderful resources. Transportation is arranged from the middle schools.

The program is open from school dismissal time until 6:00 pm and offers special programs on early release days. Activities include sports, arts, crafts, cooking, science, homework, and field trips etc. It’s a place to go and hang with friends, enjoy activities, and get a head start on homework.

OPEN HOUSE June 10th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm. For more information contact Rochelle Acker 617-999-4617 or or visit


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