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Highlands After-School Program
Nov 18, 2017 03:30 pm | Newton PTO Council

The short winter days are upon us and if you’re looking for after-school activities for your child … the Highlands After-School Program has openings! The program is just for middle school kids attending Brown, Day and Oak Hill.

After School meets in Newton Highlands and has daily use of the Hyde Gym and a wide range of activities; including homework time, games and field trips. Transportation is provided daily. It’s not too late to sign up, with both regular monthly enrollment and day passes are available. For more information or to arrange a visit please, contact Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or visit

Update on Crescent Street Affordable Housing and Playground Project
Nov 18, 2017 01:50 pm | Newton PTO Council

The discussion of the anticipated funding request for the Crescent Street project (affordable housing and playground) in Auburndale/West Newton has been rescheduled for a special Community Preservation Committee meeting.

For additional information, go to or contact Alice Ingerson, Program Manager, at or 617-796-1144.

November 28th, 7:00 pm, City Hall Room 204

There’s SO much going on at Newton Rotary!
Nov 18, 2017 01:47 pm | Newton PTO Council

Annual Newton-Brookline Thanksgiving Football Luncheon! Go team! Celebrate an old rivalry, enjoy some fellowship, music, networking, inspiring speakers and a delicious turkey lunch with the Newton & Brookline Rotary Clubs and friends. Sponsored by The Presti Realty Group and First Commons Bank. Please bring donations of toiletries for local food pantries to the event! November 21st, 12 noon at the Braeburn Country Club. To attend, contact your favorite Rotarian in either club or click HERE!

Lunch Meeting Honoring the “Student of the Month”. Help Rotary and The Village Bank recognize the outstanding community service work of this month’s “Student of the Month”, who hails from Mt. Alvernia High School. November 28th, 12 noon at the Braeburn Country Club. Click HERE if you’d like to attend.

Newton Rotary Holiday Party! Bring your family & friends to an evening of food, fellowship and cheer! (There’s a rumor that Santa will make an appearance!). Kick off the holidays at Gregorian Rugs, 2284 Washington Street, Newton Lower Falls. December 5th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Please bring an UNWRAPPED gift for a child at The Second Step! For details and to RSVP by December 1st, please click HERE.

Preschool Open House
Nov 18, 2017 01:26 pm | Newton PTO Council

Currently enrolling for the 2018-19 school year at Rockwell Preschool at Lasell College. Come to an OPEN HOUSE to:
• Hear about the ½ day preschool program, the new extended flexible hours, and a new full day, full year option
• Speak with some current families
• Visit the classrooms and meet the teachers
• Coffee and light refreshments

Please RSVP by November 29th at 617-243-2355 or

Newton Holiday Craft Show
Nov 18, 2017 01:21 pm | Newton PTO Council

It happens every holiday season…“What can I get for Aunt Sarah? My next-door neighbor’s baby? My boss?”

With over 60 talented artisans displaying their one-of-a-kind treasures, you are sure to find something for the most discerning person on your shopping list at the Newton City Hall Holiday Craft Show. Admission is Free!

As you wander the many hallways and rooms of Newton City Hall, you will discover stall upon stall of beautiful hand-crafted jewelry, hats and scarves, pottery, cards, glass works, tablecloths, paintings, purses, delicious chocolates and so much more that will help you solve your gift giving challenge this year. Be sure to pick up a map when you arrive as the booths are tucked into every nook and cranny of the building and you don’t want to miss any!

With ample free parking on the streets around City Hall, all entrances will be open. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Newton Food Pantries. For more information, please visit

December 2nd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Newton City Hall

Women in STEM event
Nov 18, 2017 01:18 pm | Newton PTO Council

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 5962 is hosting a Women in STEM event for girls in grades 7 – 12  At this event, students get to participate in fun hands-on activities led by female engineers. During lunch, there will be a question and answer panel for students to ask the engineers and UMassLowell Society of Women Engineers (SWE) members any questions they have.

The event is free and lunch is provided. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

December 9th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm in the UMass Lowell Makerspace in Falmouth 102.

One Love, People Get Ready!
Nov 18, 2017 01:12 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton Family Singers Celebrate the Music of Bob Marley

Lively Up Yourself, pack the minivan, and join the Newton Family Singers as they perform
irresistible reggae tunes from Bob Marley. Adults $10.00/children $8.00, tickets can be purchased online. Family-friendly, live music! See a flyer here: NFS. For questions email

In addition to enjoying a great concert, all net proceeds will be used to rebuild the Island Health & Wellness Center, a non-profit affordable medical facility that was destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, so that its medical staff can continue to serve their patients on the Caribbean Islands.

The Newton Family Singers is an intergenerational family chorus that brings together families and friends of all ages to sing American folk music.

Family friendly Holiday concert
Nov 18, 2017 01:00 pm | Newton PTO Council

The New Philharmonia Orchestra will present their annual holiday program CELEBRATIONS!  This family-friendly concert will feature the All City Treble Singers performing holiday classics and students from the Boston Ballet School Newton Studio, will dance to excerpts from “The Nutcracker.” Following the concert will be the always popular Instrument Petting Zoo!

Tickets are $10.00 for students/children and $18.00 for adults. Visit for more info and to purchase tickets.

December 10th, 3:00pm
First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street, in Newton Centre

Newton Parks and Rec Winter programs
Nov 18, 2017 12:55 pm | Newton PTO Council

Sign up for a class at the Newton South Recreation Complex. Located at Newton South High School, this program offers classes for youth and adults on Sundays from January 7th – February 11th. Sign up for Science Robotics, Quick Start Tennis, Cardio Tennis, Badminton Instruction, Family Badminton, Pickleball, Open Workout, Walking and Weights and more. Registration is available online at then click on Massachusetts, then Newton Parks and Recreation. Email Channon Ames DiCiurcio at with any questions or check out

December Vacation Programs for children in Kindergarten – 6th grade at the Lower Falls Community Center. It’s like summer camp in the Winter! Enjoy a variety of activities including sports, arts and crafts, inside games, gym, creative writing and more. Each day features a fun special event. Sign up by day or for all 3 days on December 27th, 28th and 29th.  Standard day 8:30 am – 3:30pm or extended day 8:15 am – 5:30 pm available.

Registration is available online at then click on Massachusetts, then Newton Parks and Recreation. Email Channon Ames DiCiurcio at with any questions or check out

December School Vacation Camp
Nov 18, 2017 12:49 pm | Newton PTO Council

No plans for December school vacation week? JCC Greater Boston’s School Vacation Camp offers busy families flexible scheduling, early drop off/extended day, lunch options, and tons of fun.

Kids choose from activities including sports, swimming, arts and crafts, dance, cooking, board games, rock climbing and more. Special highlights include bingo, bowling, talent show, and a New Year’s Eve party with DJ. Come for one day or as many days as you would like!

Everyone welcome. CIT positions for grades 7-9 available at a reduced rate (please call for
details). Early bird rates available. Register at For more
information, visit , contact or call 617-558-6529.

December 26th – 29th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Children’s Learning and Development Study
Nov 18, 2017 12:45 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children who are (or are soon turning) 8 – 10 years old to participate in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years with the goal to
improve understanding of learning in children.

The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years. During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer.

Payment is $60 per year. There is free all day parking provided at the Navy Yard. Please email or call 617 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions.  Additional information can be found at:

Writing Tutor Available
Nov 18, 2017 11:53 am | Newton PTO Council

Does your student become frustrated or intimidated by writing assignments? Jane
Hirschhorn can help them become a more successful writer. In her more than 20 years of
tutoring experience, Jane has worked with students of differing abilities from middle
school through graduate school. Jane tailors her approach to make the best use of each
student’s strengths to help them move through the writing process with calm and

Jane is also available for help with college essays. For more information, please contact Jane at or at 617-957-7208. You can learn more about Jane at

Elementary Level Tutor Available
Nov 18, 2017 11:51 am | Newton PTO Council

Creative teacher with over 18 years of teaching in Newton, MA and Denver, CO public schools. Excellent at reaching a rapport with students one on one. Successful with helping children who are struggling with reading and early writing. Enjoys helping with long term projects in all subjects. Utilizes hands-on learning techniques to help children grasp complex concepts. Contact Peggy Sunshine at

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