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Help wanted
Sep 16, 2018 08:51 am | Newton PTO Council

Parent volunteers are needed to assist with Newton’s beloved Halloween Window Painting Contest.  Volunteers will collect vendor/store release forms for a few hours during September and October, and also tape up banners on October 25th & 26th on store windows so students know where to paint.

This is a very easy, fun and flexible way to get in your steps and make Halloween spook-tacular for all Newton kids!  Email Lori Lass at or call 617-332-9694 if you can help.

School Committee Update
Sep 16, 2018 08:39 am | Newton PTO Council

Dear Friends,

Welcome back to school!  We hope you had a great summer and the school year has started off well for you.

This update is for the 09/04/2018 Newton School Committee meeting:

  • Superintendent Fleishman welcomed our 2018 – 2019 School Committee Student Representatives:  Nayeth Lopez-Lopez, Maya Matthews, Serena Jampel, Cristian Gaines, Lucy Chae and Ross Halpern
  • Superintendent Fleishman thanked our Custodial, Administrative and Transportation teams for a successful first day of school.
  • Superintendent Fleishman honored the life of Tony Bibbo, longtime friend of NPS, who recently passed away.
  • The School Committee unanimously voted to approve the contracts with the  NPS Custodian’s Association and Newton Educational Secretaries Association.
  • The NPS administrative team presented a second look at our 2018 – 2019 System-Wide goals.  Notable additions are several curriculum changes including expansion of Investigations 3 Math curriculum in elementary, introduction of Illustrative Math curriculum in middle schools, and several updates to our science and social studies curriculum.
  • Superintendent David Fleishman presented  his 2018 – 2019 Superintendent Goals.
  • The School Committee unanimously voted to approve the 2018 – 2019 School Committee Calendar and Agenda Items
  • The School Committee unanimously voted to approve several policy additions and updates including JFABE (Military Childen), JFABF (Foster Care) and JRA (School Records)
  • The School Committee unanimously voted to approve a new private school in Newton called Fusion Academy.  It is important to note that this vote is required by law and is not an endorsement of the school.
  • The School Committee unanimously voted to approve amended School Committee meeting minutes.

Next Meeting:

  • September 17th @7PM: Capital Improvement Plan, Update, Vote: Superintendent’s Assessment, Vote: Systemwide Goals


We hope you found this summary useful. You can access all School Committee meeting documents via the NPS website ( Additionally, if you are interested in watching an SC meeting from home or a recorded meeting, you can obtain access via

As always, we are very happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us via the email address below.

Have a wonderful week!

The Newton School Committee

Middle and High Schoolers invited to the Greener World Meeting
Sep 16, 2018 08:37 am | Newton PTO Council

Come to the first meeting of Students for a Greener World (SGW) for the 2018-19 school year with other Middle and High School kids interested in the environment.

The polar bear mascots will also be there with cookies & fruit to inspire creativity for the upcoming year.  Visit for more info or contact us at

September 17th,  5:30 – 6:30 pm,
Newton Library, Meeting Room A, 330 Homer Street

Donate to the Centre Street Food Pantry and help them reach the goal!
Sep 16, 2018 08:31 am | Newton PTO Council

On September 23rd, the Centre Street Food Pantry will participate in The Ride for Food.  It is their biggest community fundraiser, and the money raised allows them to provide hundreds of families in Newton and  surrounding communities with food and other basic necessities.

Please consider donating to the CSFP team to support the riders and help them reach their goal of $25,000.

Here’s the link m  or donate at

Newton Narcan Training and Distribution Program
Sep 15, 2018 11:21 am | Newton PTO Council

Narcan – the overdose reversal medication – is now available at no cost to Newton residents through a new program launched by the city’s Health and Human Services Department.

Trained HHS staff members offer free naloxone (Narcan) to Newton residents who complete a brief (30-minute) individual training session on how to recognize an overdose and administer the reversal medication. The program is supported by a generous Narcan donation from Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

The program’s primary goals are to reduce overdoses among Newton residents by reducing barriers to accessing Narcan, and to increase awareness about addiction recovery resources for individuals and families.

Newton residents can participate in the program by calling the HHS Department at 617- 796-1420 and requesting an appointment with a social services staff member. The approximately 30-minute confidential consultation will include individual training in the signs and symptoms of an overdose, how to use naloxone, and an opportunity to learn more about recovery resources. Then, a bag including naloxone, a CPR mask and gloves, and printed resources will be offered at no charge. No insurance information will be collected.

For more information and to make an appointment, call 617-796-1420 or visit

One to one mentor program
Sep 15, 2018 11:18 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton’s One-to-One Program, our very own “Big Brother/Sister Program” has been matching wonderful high schoolers with children in grades one through five for over 30 years.

If you think your elementary aged child would benefit from a mentor in their life and you can you commit 2.5 hours each week to have your child meet with a high school mentor from November to May or for more information, please contact Rebecca Young at or 617-315-8733.

Flyer and application here: One-to-One

Plugged In, a unique nonprofit youth rock band program
Sep 15, 2018 11:12 am | Newton PTO Council

Do you know any youth 6-19 who could benefit from participating in Plugged In, a unique nonprofit youth rock band program in Needham where young musicians of all levels and needs are welcome?

Fall session band classes begin the week of September 24th. More information and online registration can be found at

Founded in 2002, Plugged In now has over 150 students from all over Massachusetts. Some of our students experience emotional and learning difficulties, such as ADD, depression, and low-self-esteem and/or have special needs such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. In the loving and non-competitive atmosphere at Plugged In, all differences are transcended through a shared passion for music, the teamwork involved with using music to help others and an atmosphere of compassion and fun.

In addition to weekly ensemble band classes, private lessons, songwriting workshops, summer camp and community performances, five times a year Plugged In students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians feel a sense of belonging, an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world.

Simplifying the College Process a seminar for High School parents
Sep 15, 2018 11:03 am | Newton PTO Council

Are you overwhelmed by the college process? Join in as college professionals explain key components, share their best tips and offer a Q&A session to help you navigate junior & senior year successfully!

Free and open to the public

Topics include:

  • EA vs. ED, Common App, Naviance
  • ACT vs. SAT, test prep options, essay-writing
  • College list creation and campus visit
  • Financial Aid opportunities – merit vs. need
  • Junior/Senior year timeline

College Trips and Tips – One-stop college travel guide and trip planner
Edmit – Helping families navigate the Financial Aid process
Summit Educational – Free SAT/ACT practice tests and tutoring services

Moderator: Terry Greene Clark, author of Demystifying College Admissions, A Parent to Parent Guide

September 25th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Wellesley Free Library or
October 9th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Westwood Public Library

Newton Child Assault Prevention Program Seeking Volunteers
Sep 15, 2018 10:39 am | Newton PTO Council

Do you have three mornings a month free during the school year? Are you looking for a meaningful and fun way to make a difference in children’s lives? If so, then join the dynamic team of trained CAP volunteers who are committed to using guided discussions and role plays to teach elementary age children in the Newton Schools that they have the right to be Safe, Strong and Free with their friends and peers, when they meet adult strangers, and with those who are trusted to take care of them.

Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. The next training begins on October 28th . For more information or an application, please visit or
contact Gail Sommer 617-969-5906, ext. 143 or

Newton Community Education Fall SAT & College Readiness Classes
Sep 15, 2018 10:08 am | Newton PTO Council

Sign up now for NCE’s fall SAT Prep classes:

  • SAT Math Review – Mondays, October 22nd – November 26th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Newton North High School
  • SAT Verbal Review – Wednesdays, October 17th – November 28th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Newton North High School

Additional college readiness programs geared towards parents and students:

  • Postsecondary & College Success for Students with Learning Differences – October 25th  at Newton North, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Parents and students welcome.
  • You Can Afford College If…  October 4th at Newton North or November 5th at Newton South, 6:30 – 8:30pm, for adults.
  • Navigating the Student-Athlete College Search and Recruiting Process – a 2 session program, October 30th and November 1st, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Newton North. Parents and students welcome.
  • Getting Divorced? How are You Paying for College? – October 23rd, 6:30-8:30 pm at Newton North, for adults.

For more information about these programs, or to register, visit or call 617-559-6999.

Do you have a child between the ages of 14-17?
Sep 15, 2018 09:57 am | Newton PTO Council

A scientific team (consisting of a research assistant and a researcher/clinical psychologist) at McLean Hospital is investigating brain network activity and emotion regulation in teens. They are recruiting healthy teens, and also teens who have been feeling depressed or down. Your teen may be eligible!

Teens will answer questions about their thoughts and feelings. Teens will also undergo an fMRI brain scan. Parent permission is required.

The team is hoping to better understand depression and what factors may put some adolescents more at risk for developing depressive symptoms. For more information, please contact Dr. Emily Belleau at 617-855-4245 or

See postcard for information: Postcard


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