In this issue:

Upcoming Events for Teens at the Newton Free Library
Dec 03, 2017 01:49 pm | Newton PTO Council

Teen Crafterhours, December 4th, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: Meet once a month a Monday night to make crafts and eat snacks. This week, make mittens out of felted wool and eat snacks! Grades 7-12.

Anime/Manga Club, December 6th, 4:00 pm, Computer Center: Come meet on the first Wednesday of every month and hang out with lovers of all things anime! Activities will range from anime screenings, to discussion of our favorite series, manga share and swap, anime-themed crafts, cosplay workshops, art trades and more!  Yummy Japanese snacks will be served. Grades 6-12.

Typewriter Poetry,  December 11, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: Get creative with the monthly Typewriter Poetry group. Get together to use old-school typewriters and write poems for library patrons on the spot! Grades 7-12.


Human Rights Commission award ceremony
Dec 03, 2017 01:38 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Human Rights Commission is delighted to announce that it has selected Dr. Janet E. Helms as the recipient of the 2017 Human Rights Award. This award recognizes a resident or employee working in the city who has demonstrated consistent, ongoing work in the field of human rights.

Mayor Setti Warren and Alisa Caira, Josie Joseph, Kimia Tabatabaei, and Khyla Turner, students from Newton North and Newton South High Schools, will also be recognized for their dedication to the issue of human rights in the Newton Community.

The award ceremony is open to the public and will take place on December 5th at 7:00 pm at the Druker Auditorium located in the Newton Free Library at 333 Homer Street. If you would like to attend, please RSVP (requested, not required) to slao@newtonma.gov.


Upcoming talk: how parents can help their students with writing assignments
Dec 03, 2017 01:34 pm | Newton PTO Council

Do you find it challenging to help your upper elementary or middle school student with writing assignments without conflict or tears? Jane Hirschhorn, a professional writing tutor, will offer 10 easy, practical tips parents can use to help their students with writing assignments.

This free talk is geared toward parents of students in grades 4 through 7. It will be held on December 6th at 7:30 pm in Room B of the Newton Free Library.


Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Dec 03, 2017 01:33 pm | Newton PTO Council

Start the Holiday Season off with a cheerful evening of songs, hot chocolate and fun! In the War Auditorium, sing-along with the Stacey Peasley Band – an award-winning band whose music is joyful and playful – as they play your favorite holiday songs. Then go outside to the front steps of City, and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of Newton Community Pride, or samples of Hood egg nog.

As you wear your complimentary glow-in- the-dark necklace you can watch a special
holiday “Rockettes” performance by the Creative Dance Steps Studio. All of this excitement builds up to the Grande Finale of Mayor Setti Warren flipping the switch that turns the grounds into a twinkling winterland!

New this year…”Stuff a Cruiser”! Please bring an unwrapped gift to fill a police cruiser with toys as part the Village Bank’s Holiday Gift Drive! In the spirit of giving for the season, please bring a donation for Food Pantries.

For more information, visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org or call 617-796-
1540.


Maine Arts Camp Open House
Dec 03, 2017 01:31 pm | Newton PTO Council

If you are looking for a great overnight summer camp where your creative 9-16 year-old
can thrive, please join Friday morning at the home of Newton parent Anabel Cable to find out why Maine Arts Camp could be the perfect choice.

Located on the campus of Colby College, MAC is a small, friendly camp community that
is big on empathy and personal growth as well as creative opportunity. With an
extensive program of activities covering visual arts, theatre, music, dance, culinary arts,
robotics and rocketry, film-making, individual sports and more, all taught by
professional educators, and with access to Colby’s state-of- the-art facilities, Maine Arts
Camp offers exceptionally high quality instruction across a wide range of interests.

Find out more at www.maineartscamp.com. If you would like to attend the Open
House/Coffee Morning and meet camp director Rick Mades, please RSVP to
anabelcable@comcast.net for the address.

Maine Arts Camp Open House/Coffee Morning
December 8th , 8:30 – 10:00 am


Sign up for Boys & Girls Club Winter Programs Starting Now
Dec 03, 2017 11:47 am | Newton PTO Council

Winter Basketball League for grades K-8 began Saturday (December 2nd ) with late sign ups still open and Boston Fencing returns for weekly practices beginning December 5th.
In addition to the Power Hour study times, this season there will be many new programs for making learning fun: including visits to the Museum of Fine Arts, Russian School of Math, Card Game Club, Story Time (for grades 1-3), Lego Civics with Right Brain Curriculum, 3-D Printing, Chess Club, and more!

The Newton BGC provides academic, athletic, and social activities that enable young people to grow as caring, responsible members of the community. All students are welcome here.

To sign up or explore the  programming, please visit: http://newtonbgc.com/.


PARENTING-Let’s Discuss!
Dec 03, 2017 10:52 am | Newton PTO Council

Join Cindy Kaplan MA, Family/Parent Coach for some great discussions right in Newton Center! Thursday evenings, once a month. Either sign up for individual discussions or for all!

December 14th: What is Mindful Parenting and Why Does it Matter?
January 18th: When Your Kid Pushes Your Buttons and What You Can Do About it?
February 15th: Does Your Child’s Anxiety Make You Anxious?
March 15th: Step Out of Power Struggles and into Problem Solving
April 12th: What If You Are Not on the Same Child Rearing Page as Your Partner?
May 17th: Mastering the Art of Setting Clear Boundaries

Click Here: http://cindykcoaching.com/product/parenting-discussions/ or go to www.cindykcoaching.com to register.  Space is limited to 10 participants per evening.
Questions? e-mail cindy@cindykcoaching.com.


December events at Historic Newton
Dec 03, 2017 10:50 am | Newton PTO Council

HOLIDAY SALE AT HISTORIC NEWTON MUSEUM SHOPS
Find distinctive gifts – all on sale – at Historic Newton’s two museum shops. Choose among cards made with fabric hand-woven by children at our fall Hayfest, as well as reproductions of watercolors painted by 19th century Jackson Homestead resident Ellen Jackson, and 3D images. Pick up a candle or a jar of our custom-made pear jam for a hostess gift or stocking stuffer. From picture books about the Underground Railroad to Newton memorabilia, our selection targets all ages.

Everyone receives a 10% discount; Historic Newton members take 25% off.
Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street and the Durant Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue
Ongoing through December 31st,  Wednesday – Friday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Information: 617-796-1450 or 617-641-9142


HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF DURANT-KENRICK HOUSE
Built in 1734, the Durant-Kenrick House was the home of families who observed the winter holidays in different ways. Take a special tour of the house by candlelight led by Historic Newton staff, enjoy winter caroling, and sip hot cider and cocoa. Kids can create winter crafts, too. Space is limited. Advanced registration is recommended through historicnewton.org

December 17th, 5:30 pm
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: $10 for non-members, $5 for Historic Newton members and children ages 10 and over. Children under 10, free.
Registration: www.newtonma.gov/candletour
Information: 617-641-9142


Complimentary Summer Camp Advisory Service
Dec 03, 2017 10:44 am | Newton PTO Council

Summer 365 is a complimentary service that matches your child to the experience of a lifetime. One that best suits their interests, personality—and your specific needs and requirements. With first-hand knowledge of over 500 camps and programs in the ever-growing portfolio, Summer 365 takes great pride in their relationships and are confident in providing unbiased recommendations. This first-hand knowledge plus a friendly “get to know you” philosophy are what creates the best, most qualified matches.

Selecting the right camp is an important decision. They are here for you every step of the way including:
-A curated list of camp of recommendations
-Help planing home visits, tours, and rookie days
-Ongoing resource for tips, advice, and insight

Every child deserves the gift of summer. GIVE SUM is a special scholarship fund for families who would otherwise not be able to afford to send their children to camp. For every child that they help place in a camp or program, Summer 365 will make a donation to this fund.

Plan your child’s best summer ever! Contact meredith@summer365.com or 617-320-0620.


Personalized Group Training
Dec 03, 2017 10:40 am | Newton PTO Council

Functional Fitness 101 for Personalized Group Training:
Do you have joint pain and stiffness? Muscle weakness? Do you want to lose fat and gain strength? Whether you’re new to exercise or looking for a new challenge, then this class is for you.

You will learn how your body is supposed to move, improve your range of motion in your load-bearing joints – shoulders, knees, hips, and ankles – in order to build strength and improve flexibility. Using a variety of equipment and your own body weight, you will perform a series of exercises that target your lower and upper body at the same time with an emphasis on core stability.

“I find myself thinking of what Kathryn told me during class — shoulders down and back, squeeze butt and brace core — when I’m vacuuming, picking up my daughter and laundry. I do the chin tuck while I’m driving and hip openers while I’m doing dishes. I no longer have neck and shoulder pain.” – Patty A.

Cost per month — $79/monthly for 1 x weekly sessions and $149/monthly for 2 x weekly sessions. First class is free. Learn more at www.get3gfit.com or contact fitness trainer and owner Kathryn M. Quirk at kathryn@get3gfit.com or 617-875-6003.

Wednesday’s and Friday’s, 8:30 am
Lower Falls Community Center, 545 Grove Street, Newton


Chemistry tutor
Dec 03, 2017 10:32 am | Newton PTO Council

Improve your grade in your Chemistry course. Prepare yourself for SAT2 Chemistry exam. Lida Famili, a retired Milton Academy Chemistry teacher is offering tutoring in Chemistry courses and SAT2 Chemistry test. Lida has taught Chemistry for 25 years and has dozens of references. Walking distance to Newton South high school. Please call or text at 617-780-5461 or email lidafamili@gmail.com.


Family ski trips
Dec 03, 2017 10:27 am | Newton PTO Council

Randy Friedman, father of two boys in the Newton schools with over 25 years experience in the ski and travel business, recently started Seven Travel LLC for the purpose of creating community by planning ski and ride family trips. He and his family of skiers have met many other families through school that also like to ski and ride.

If you are interested please check out www.seventravel.org for all the details on family trips to Sugarloaf; Jay Peak; Bolton Valley; and Smugglers Notch this season. Come join the fun, meet some new families and make new friends!


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