In this issue:

You’re invited to a music event for the whole Newton Community
Nov 26, 2017 02:17 pm | Newton PTO Council

Please join in a fun-filled evening in support of a great cause. Student ensembles from Newton North and South will provide live music. You’ll enjoy other entertainment including a raffle and silent auction. There will be light fare and a cash bar.

The benefit will raise funds for the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund (MASF) which supports Newton high school student enrichment activities such as music travel & off-site performances, and private music lessons and summer music camps for students with limited means.

The mission of MASF is to empower Newton students to positively impact the world around them through music. Tickets will be $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids. To purchase tickets, click http://newtonmusicambassadors.seatyourself.biz/.

December 1st, 7:00 pm
Hibernian Hall, 151 Watertown Street, Watertown


Newton for a Better World
Nov 26, 2017 02:14 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton for a Better World is an event about Life with Purpose: Taking action and serving others. Please click here to view the flyer: Better World

December 2nd, 7:00 pm
Newton North HS


Newton Family Singers Celebrate the Music of Bob Marley
Nov 26, 2017 02:10 pm | Newton PTO Council

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: Tickets. Family-friendly, live music! See a flyer here: NFS. For questions email admin@newtonfamilysingers.org

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.

Sunday, December 10th, at 4:00 pm
The Ellsworth Theatre of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill (free parking available on campus – please come early to park).

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


FREE Diversity Children’s Books for Parents, Teachers, Librarians (anyone!)
Nov 26, 2017 02:09 pm | Newton PTO Council

Mia Wenjen, a parent at FA Day and NNHS who co-founded Multicultural Children’s Book Day (coming up January 27th) to celebrate diversity in KidLit, is offering FREE diversity children’s books.

1) Simply post a short review on Facebook or Instagram or YouTube or a blog and receive one FREE diversity children’s book for ages 1 through 14. You will receive a book based on the age range you request. Sign up here:
https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2017/10/sign-up-for-free-diversity-childrens-book/

2) Host a book event in your home, library or classroom and receive 3 FREE diversity books and a swag pack:
http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/category/offline-classroomlibrary-event-project/


Creating Successful Students
Nov 26, 2017 02:08 pm | Newton PTO Council

High school parents and students are invited to “Creating Successful Students”, presented by Dan Levine of Engaging Minds, to learn strategies for reducing academic stress, conquering procrastination, and strengthening executive functioning skills at home. Specific strategies include:

  • Managing nightly homework
  • Short-term and long-term assignment planning and time management
  • How to get “unstuck” when having trouble initiating tasks
  • How to organize papers, assignments, belongings, and more.

This workshop is FREE and open to the public. Click here for flyer: Successful Students. Engaging Minds is an after school learning center with locations in Newton and Natick. The strategies presented will not require purchasing services from Engaging Minds. Please RSVP to  qetchie@newtonma.gov.

December 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library.


Newton Girls Softball Spring 2018 regitration now open
Nov 26, 2017 02:07 pm | Newton PTO Council

Registration is now open for Newton Girls Softball, a recreational league for Newton girls (residents or girls who attend Newton Schools) in grades K-7. Register soon for guaranteed placement and pair-me-with requests. For more information and to register, please visit www.newtongirlssoftball.org.

The league welcomes players of all skill levels and will provide your daughter with an experience that fosters positive self-esteem, team spirit, and individual growth through personal achievement and as a team member.

The wildly successful Kindergarten T-Ball program continues this year. Register your daughter now, you’ll be glad you did.

2018 Registration Dates:
January 31st: Deadline to register without paying a late fee.
February 28th: Deadline to register with guaranteed placement and pair-me-with rights. A $15 late fee will be applied.


Newton SouthEast Little League Spring 2018 Registration Now Open
Nov 26, 2017 02:03 pm | Newton PTO Council

Registration for all divisions (T-ball through Majors) is now open for students who reside within or attend private or public schools within the public school district boundaries of Memorial-Spaulding, Mason-Rice, Bowen, Angier, Countryside and Zervas. Children who attend one of these schools but live out of district may participate in NSELL’s program under Little League’s 2018 rules without a waiver.

T ball: ages 5-6 (pre-K and K)
Farm: ages 7 and 8 (one division for age 7/1st grade and one division for age 8/2nd grade)
AA: age 9 (3rd grade)
AAA: ages 10-11 (4-5th grade)
Majors: ages 10-12 (4th-6th grade) are eligible to tryout.

New this year, NSELL is offering a $30 early bird discount for T-ball for players registered before February 1, 2018.

www.newtonsoutheastll.org


Letter from the Hydro-Dragons
Nov 26, 2017 02:00 pm | Newton PTO Council

We are a group of 6th graders at Brown Middle School that are part of The First Lego League (FLL). FLL is an organization that allows kids ages of 9 to 16 to have the opportunity to help work as a team, and start to research real-world problems. The theme this year is Hydro Dynamics (water) and we are FLL Team #34813 Hydro-Dragons.

We have to find a problem related to water. Originally, we thought about the Flint water crisis, but since Flint is too far away to do much, we decided to focus on lead in Newton water. With this idea, we have developed a goal to raise awareness on lead and its dangers. We have learned that some Newton schools and public buildings have had high-levels of lead in drinking water.

To help raise awareness on lead in drinking water, we made a website, for more information please visit it at https://leadwaterawareness.wixsite.com/lead.
To learn more about FLL, visit their website: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll
For information on 2017-2018 season challenge, please watch this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMuE4PKosys&feature=youtu.be


Free rain gauge
Nov 26, 2017 01:56 pm | Newton PTO Council

On behalf of the Newton FFL Lego Robotics Team, the Robotics Team of 4-8th graders in Newton,  thank you so much for taking the time to complete the lawn water survey!

They received almost 100 responses and are now in the process of making rain gauges to help Newton residents determine how much they should water their lawn every week. If you are interested in a FREE rain gauge please email at newtonbotanists@gmail.com.


Free rain gauge
Nov 26, 2017 01:56 pm | Newton PTO Council

On behalf of the Newton FFL Lego Robotics Team, the Robotics Team of 4-8th graders in Newton,  thank you so much for taking the time to complete the lawn water survey!

They received almost 100 responses and are now in the process of making rain gauges to help Newton residents determine how much they should water their lawn every week. If you are interested in a FREE rain gauge please email at newtonbotanists@gmail.com.


Learn to Play the Ukulele!
Nov 26, 2017 01:55 pm | Newton PTO Council

Now Registering kids in Grades 2 – 5 for Tuesdays, January 16th – April 3rd at the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall.

Uke 1 – an introduction class to the ukulele and perfect for kids who want to learn an instrument, while exploring the world of musicianship. Students will learn basics of the instrument, including rhythmic strumming and chords. They will be playing songs in a few short weeks! 1:15 – 2:00 pm

Uke 2 – The student must have completed Uke 1. All levels of players are welcome for continued learning and weekly “jam session”. 2:15 – 3:00 pm

Bring your own instrument or contact teacher for rental. To register: www.activityreg.com, click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Register, click on Programs or Activities, click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Ukulele classes. Or call 617-796-1540 for more information.


Time for Partners
Nov 26, 2017 01:51 pm | Newton PTO Council

The popular art & music class for children ages 18 months to 4 years with an adult is thriving in the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall! A terrific way to learn, have fun and make friends – and that’s not just for the kids! Parents, nannies and grandparents enjoy this long-running program also. Children make creative and enriching art projects and enjoy singing and fun with beloved performer David Polansky.

The classes fill up very quickly, so don’t wait! Classes are Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 11:15 am, January 30th – June 1st.  To register: www.activityreg.com click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Register, click on Programs or Activities, click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Time for Partners and choose your day. Or call 617-796-1540 for more information.


Public Speaking and Debate Workshop
Nov 26, 2017 01:47 pm | Newton PTO Council

Lumos is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during December, February, and April vacation breaks. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors.

The class is lots of fun and very active – a good class even for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9. For more information call 617-901-4564. Register at: camp.lumosdebate.com/workshop/


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