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Newton Community Farm Needs Event Workers
Apr 30, 2017 09:20 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton Community Farm is looking for responsible people, 16 and older, to work at private events in our Barn. Responsibilities include helping to set up/break down chairs and tables, directing renters on permissible parking, and ensuring that renters are following all Farm Rules.

Events are typically 3 to 5 hours, in the evening or on weekends. The hourly pay is $15.00. If you are interested, come to an orientation at Newton Community Farm, May 5th, at 3pm to come see the farm, and learn more about this position. Please rsvp to Emily at, and bring a resume to the orientation.

The Farm is located at 303 Nahanton Street. If you are driving, please park on either Nahanton or Winchester Streets.

Hilarious production
Apr 30, 2017 09:16 am | Newton PTO Council

Disco and Moliere! An hilarious 17th Century French comedy updated to 1970’s New York. Moliere’s ‘The Bourgeois Gentleman’ or ‘The Would-Be Hipster’, is about a commoner who has inherited some money, and wishes to use it to become what he is not – a gentleman, or in this version, one ‘wild and crazy guy’. M. Jourdain is baffled by his tutors, and hilarity ensues as he tries to learn how to be cool. Replete with disco dance and musical interludes, and the requisite star-crossed lovers who must trick M. Jourdain into allowing them to marry.

Watch local favorite, Linda Goetz, play M. Jourdain as a boorish 1970s New Yorker who has suddenly come into money and is trying to impress everyone with his “alternative facts!” A hilarious production by Newton Theatre Company, directed by Melissa Bernstein
Tickets $20.00 adults/$15.00 seniors/$10.00 students at

May 5th,  8:00 pm; May 6th,  8:00 pm;  May 7th, 2:00 pm
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Navigating the Student-Athlete College Search and Recruiting Process
Apr 30, 2017 09:07 am | Newton PTO Council

If you’re a student-athlete approaching the college application process, you may be experiencing some stress. The college selection and recruiting process starts much earlier for you and can be complex and time-consuming. The instructor will explain that there is a college for every student-athlete who wants to earn a college degree while playing his or her favorite sport. Join an overview of the college search and recruiting process and learn to successfully navigate the maze of issues facing the student-athlete.

You’ll learn about the differences between Divisions I, II, and III; the NCAA Clearinghouse and national Letter of Intent; and the benefits of playing a sport in college. Find out what college coaches and admissions directors are looking for and how to get their attention, and leave with action steps for each year of high school. This two-session program is for kids and adults. To register, call 617-559-6999 or visit

May 9th and May 11th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Newton North High School, $45 ($75 for two).

5th Annual Carroll Center Walk for INDEPENDENCE
Apr 30, 2017 09:04 am | Newton PTO Council

Come to the 5th Annual Carroll Center Walk for INDEPENDENCE, their only event of the year. This event gives you an opportunity to walk the grounds, participate in unique and fun events and meet all the amazing people that receive and provide services at the center. Additionally, guide dogs and family pets and welcome to walk. It’s a great day with music, a cookout and all kinds of games and giveaways. All of the activities offer unique opportunities for both sighted and visually impaired people to participate. For example, instead of baseball, they have beepball, where the ball “beeps” and this enables the kids with visual impairments to know when to swing. The same accessibility occurs with a putt putt golf game.

The day is designed to engage everyone and show kids, their friends, families and the community how active and independent blind and visually impaired people can be. As neighbors within the community, this event will bring all who attend closer to understanding our differences.

This year, students 16 and under are free which means they can attend the event together, use teamwork to fundraise for their team and even win prizes for participation. This day is the perfect combination of fun, education, inclusion and community.

To donate or register head to

May 21st, 10 am – 2:00 pm
770 Centre Street, Newton

Seeking Child Scientists!
Apr 30, 2017 08:58 am | Newton PTO Council

Harvard’s Lab for Developmental Studies investigates how children learn, use language and think. The lab is located near the Harvard Square T-station and they provide parking permits for drivers. The studies are designed as games in which children answer questions about pictures or videos. Additionally, parents may complete questionnaires about their children’s development.

Parents are welcome to stay with their child for the whole session, and research assistants are available to supervise siblings. Each child receives a small toy as a “thank you.” Parents receive $5 as travel compensation.

Interested? Call 617-496- 7175 for more information about how to get involved.

Summer writing camp
Apr 30, 2017 08:39 am | Newton PTO Council

Summer Ink, a writing camp based at Simmons College, has several openings for rising 7th-10th graders. Campers engage in exciting activities, explore Boston, and write about their experiences, with the guidance of instructors trained in the WEX method.

You can learn about the Simmons Camp for grades 5-8 and Boston & Beyond  for grades 9 & 10 on the website. Full and partial scholarships available to income-eligible families.
If interested, register online at There is no fee to register, and after registration they will contact the family to offer financial assistance.

Attention parents of Brown and Oak Hill students
Apr 30, 2017 08:35 am | Newton PTO Council

The Highlands After-School Program is just for middle school kids attending Brown and Oak Hill! The program has a terrific home base space in the Newton Highlands village, with daily use of the Hyde Gym and Playground. Transportation is provided daily. It’s not too late to sign up, but there are only a few spaces left for 2017-18 school year.

For more information, and application or to arrange a visit please contact Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or visit

STEAM Summer Enrichment
Apr 30, 2017 08:00 am | Newton PTO Council

Bunker Hill Community College will be running the STEAM Summer Enrichment program for elementary and middle school-age kids, ages 8-14. There are six courses to choose from and no prior experience is necessary to register. Each course lasts one week and parents can register their kids for as many courses as they wish.

Attached is information about the courses available through the program.

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