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Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Mar 03, 2019 10:08 am | Newton PTO Council

Free Musical Instrument Petting Zoo for kids of all ages (and kids at heart) sponsored by Note-worthy experiences providers of in-home lessons to students of all ages in Newton.


Newton PorchFest 2019: Signups are now open
Mar 03, 2019 10:03 am | Newton PTO Council

Signups for Newton PorchFest 2019, scheduled for June 1st (raindate June 2nd) are now open.

PorchFest is an afternoon of free music performed outside of people’s homes. Last year’s inaugural event included 60+ bands. You can participate by signing up to play (all musicians of all types are welcome), host (residents of Auburndale, Lower Falls or Waban), or volunteer.

For more information and to signup, see

Newton SEPAC presents
Mar 03, 2019 10:01 am | Newton PTO Council

Mental Health in Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities with Dr. Kerim Munir, MD, MPH, DSc, Director of Psychiatry at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Boston Children’s Hospital.

March 12th, 7:15 pm Networking, 7:30 pm presentation begins

Education Center
100 Walnut Street
Room 210

Newton Kindergarten Soccer registration is open!
Mar 03, 2019 09:58 am | Newton PTO Council

For 25 years, Kindergarten Soccer has been introducing children to soccer in a fun and non-competitive environment where they develop friendships, learn teamwork and gain confidence. Games are Saturday mornings at Oak Hill Middle School, April 27th – June 15th.

Pre-K League for Newton children who will enter kindergarten in Fall 2019
Kindergarten League for current Newton kindergartners (2018-2019)

Join in and meet other families in your neighborhood! Kindergarten Soccer is a program of the Zervas Elementary PTO since 1993. For more information and for online registration, please visit

Senior Youth baseball program
Mar 03, 2019 09:56 am | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Senior Youth Baseball League, founded in 1980 to serve Newton’s middle school aged children as a baseball league devoted to introducing players to the larger baseball diamond after Little League, is now open for spring registration.

The Newton Senior Youth Baseball League is a City of Newton program sponsored by the Newton Parks and Recreation Department. Player evaluations are held on March 24th, and a schedule of between 12 and 14 games will begin after April vacation. For more information, or to request a registration form, please either call Terry Sack at 617-964-7477 or email him at

Chem tutor available
Mar 03, 2019 09:54 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. Email

Schools Out. Rock Out.
Mar 03, 2019 09:53 am | Newton PTO Council

From 4 year old air guitarists to 14 year-old Fender shredders, these music camps will have your cool kids rockin’ the summer away! Weekly Sessions start in June and run through August!

Kidzrock Camp for ages 4-7, Half-Day Camp. Kidzrock is a nationally recognized “jam-focused” program that has young kids living out their rock‘n’roll fantasy and playing together quickly! Band members rotate on drums, electric guitar, and keyboards, and each camp week culminates with a concert by the bands!

Jr Rockerz Camp for ages 8-11, Full-Day Camp.  Jr. Rockerz Camp is all about rockin’ out, writing songs, and playing tons of musical games! Instruments offered are: guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, and vocals. Each week long session ends with a concert performance for your friends and family!

Teen Bandz Camp for ages 12-16, Full-Day Camp. Teenbandz Camp is where teens come to play, meet others, join a band, write a song, and get comfortable making music in a group. A great respite from a busy summer or sleep-away camps. Now offering DJ/production classes, and uke groups too! Each band also gets to perform at a concert at the end of their session!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until March 15th – Sign Up

Learn More or call 857-234-1935.

Camp Kaleidoscope Open House
Mar 03, 2019 09:44 am | Newton PTO Council

Come meet senior staff, take a tour of the brand new facilities and take advantage of the Open House discount! With art, music, dance, theater, science and nature activities, campers of all ages have opportunities to spread their creative wings. Their talented staff of artists, performers and educators inspire campers to try new things in a pluralistic Jewish setting that embraces campers of all backgrounds, faiths, and beliefs. Learn more at

March 10th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
JCC Greater Boston

Camp Grossman Open House
Mar 03, 2019 09:42 am | Newton PTO Council

Come and visit Camp Grossman for the day.  Explore the 75 pine-studded acres of Hale Reservation with staff led tours of the waterfront, bunk areas and so much more. Meet with senior staff and see what a day at Camp Grossman is like!

Can’t make it? Look out for the next tour day on April 7th. Or register via the online portal at Contact the Camp Grossman Office at 617-244-5124 or at if you have any questions.

March 10th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Maine Arts Camp Information Session
Mar 03, 2019 09:38 am | Newton PTO Council

If you are looking for a great overnight summer camp for your creative 9-16 year-old, please join an information session and 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 creative opportunity, empathy, personal growth and fun. With access to Colby’s state-of-the-art facilities, Maine Arts Camp offers exceptionally high quality instruction across a wide range of interests and activities, including visual arts, theatre, music, dance, culinary arts, robotics and rocketry, film-making, individual sports and more. Visit to find out more.

If you would like to attend the informational meeting, please RSVP camp director Rick Mades, at

Directions: The information session will be held in The Boathouse at The Farm Condominiums, 99 Florence St, Chestnut Hill (near Wegmans) . From Florence St, enter The Farm. Turn right after entering the community. Turn left after the tennis court. Turn left into the parking lot for the boathouse (behind the pond).

March 9th,  1:00 – 4:0 pm
The Farm in Chestnut Hill

Summer STEM: Engaging Tomorrow’s Scientist & Engineers
Mar 03, 2019 09:33 am | Newton PTO Council

Enroll now for summer 

Why summer

  • Continuity of learning and labs with one-week-immersions
  • Exciting new curricula
  • Favorite alum instructors, including Dr. Jeannine and Ms. Niki
  • Joyful learning and lots of fun
  • New scheduling options
  • Sign up for exclusive full-day sessions (8:30 am – 4:30 pm) or 1/2 day sessions (9:00 am – 12:00 noon).

For questions, please call 617-340-9907 or email

Schedule, Course Descriptions, Costs
Enrollment Form
Enroll now. Spaces are limited.

Discovery Club After School program
Mar 02, 2019 11:59 am | Newton PTO Council

JCC Greater Boston’s Discovery Club provides after school programming with transportation from local schools for children in grades K-3.

Workshop choices ranging from sports and swimming to farming and technology to crafting and cooking, as well as community service projects, Jewish holiday celebrations and much more.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. Click here to learn more!

Empow Studios discount on STEM camp
Mar 02, 2019 10:12 am | Newton PTO Council

Get $25 / Give $25! Newton-based Empow Studios STEM education is offering $25 off their STEM Camps by using coupon code NEWTONPTO25.

For every registration they get, they will donate an additional $25 to your school’s PTO! To learn more about Empow Studios STEM Camp in Newton, Natick, and more, please visit

News from the Superintendent
Mar 01, 2019 10:42 am | Newton PTO Council

A Periodic Update from David Fleishman

The Newton Public Schools have a long history of supporting the Fine & Performing Arts. We are fortunate we have been able to maintain and expand our offerings in recent years. I wanted to take a moment to share with you the breadth and depth of our programs and to emphasize our ongoing commitment to arts education in the district.

I have always been so impressed with the work that goes on in the fine arts programs in our high schools. Our students, with guidance from a skilled and dedicated faculty, often take on complex and challenging contemporary societal issues on stage, in the visual arts, and in multiple other arenas. In my experience, what makes Newton particularly unique is our student-led productions at this level. Students have the opportunity to develop a production or exhibit from start to finish, providing a deeper and more profound learning experience. Our high school programs also provide students with the opportunity to compete, to travel and perform with other students across the country, and to learn from artists who make a living in the fine arts.

As with all of our curriculum areas, our fine arts program establishes building blocks in the early grades that then allow students to pursue program areas of most interest to them in the later grades. In elementary school, that means students have specialized instruction in music and art class, coupled with the opportunity to take lessons in a string or band instrument. In middle school, we have aligned our programs across all four schools so that students sample the fine arts through elective programming. They also may choose to augment their in-school experience with after school enrichment programs.

As a district, we will continue to support the programming and experiences in our fine arts department. I hope that you have the opportunity to enjoy some of the many shows, exhibits, and performances that take place in our schools and community throughout the year.

A Focus on Jazz

The Fine & Performing Arts Departments of Newton North and Newton South High Schools continue to thrive while exploring new paths of expansion and improvement. One area of growth is within the jazz programs. Both schools achieved superior ratings at the Berklee Jazz Festival and were ranked as top five in the nation. The Newton South Jazz Ensemble earned one of three coveted spots in the national 11th Annual Mingus High School Competition & Festival in New York. South was one of a dozen ensembles in total that performed in the competition over February vacation. In addition, through the Lilian Radlo Resident Artist Program, the Jazz-hers initiative has been implemented. Jazz-hers brings in a series of guest artists to show female leaders in roles typically held by males. Finally, students in the jazz program at North will take a trip to New Orleans this April to experience jazz in the home city of the world famous jazz festival.

Music is just one of the many opportunities for students to participate in the fine and performing arts at Newton North and Newton South. For more information on the programs offered at both schools, follow these links (North and South).

Middle School Theater and Music

Our middle schools are getting ready for a very busy spring with more than 350 students participating in theater productions across all four schools. Mary Poppins, Newsies, 42nd St. Jr., and Shrek the Musical have or will be performed over the next month. We are proud of the robust theater programs at each of our middle schools, which allow students to explore onstage performance as well as set, lighting, and costume design, among other technical theater aspects. This year, students at Bigelow are also taking on the challenge of writing, designing, and creating a show for their community. Many students across the district will also have the opportunity to perform at the upcoming Massachusetts Middle School Drama Festival. New opportunities, new challenges, and new areas of exploration are the ways in which our middle school drama programs stay strong and inspire students to continue to be involved into their high school years.

Elementary Integrated Arts Program

In our elementary schools, we begin our arts education program by providing students with a variety of different art experiences. Students participate in art and music classes weekly and also have the opportunity to try an instrument through our band and orchestra programs. Recently, Memorial Spaulding art teacher Alexandra Etscovitz was named the Massachusetts Elementary Arts Educator of the Year by the MA Arts Education Association. She was recognized for her work with fellow M-S educators in integrating the arts throughout the curriculum. You can read more about her work here. Because many of our teachers are always looking for new arts opportunities, our students often participate in unique art projects. For example, at Cabot this year, the Student Council participated in Snapshots of Joy, a program of the Finding One’s Voice foundation. You can see their photographs and learn more about the program here.


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