In this issue

City-wide FORJ meeting on Affordable Housing, Equity and Race in Newton
Mar 10, 2019 10:35 am | Newton PTO Council

Join in to explore the relationship between housing, equity, and race. There will be pizza, a discussion, short video, and an interactive small group activity that could work for kids 2nd grade and above. Younger kids are welcome to be in the room to color or sit with their parents but they might not follow all the content. Hope to see you there! Feel free to bring interested friends.

For more information about FORJ, Families Organizing for Racial Justice, visit

Please RSVP:

March 12th, 6:30 – 8:15 pm
Angier Elementary

Green Newton’s Schools Connections meeting March 14th
Mar 10, 2019 10:30 am | Newton PTO Council

The Green Newton’s Schools Connections Group’s goal is to establish “green standards” for Newton schools and to work on a variety of areas, including recycling, composting, food recovery and school garden projects. Together, we can all help to implement green initiatives in each Newton school. If you would like to participate, please contact   Kids are welcome.

March 14th, 3:45 – 5:00 pm
Druker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street

Newton CPC meeting March 12th
Mar 10, 2019 10:28 am | Newton PTO Council

Materials for the Community Preservation Committee meeting are now online at In addition to committee business, this agenda includes an item for the City-owned historic Burying Grounds and the first part of an estimated $2.3 million CPA funding request to restore the historic exterior staircases of Newton City Hall and the War Memorial Auditorium. For assistance, contact Alice Ingerson at or 617-796-1144.

March 12th 7:00 pm
City Hall Room 204

Speaker event on Parenting
Mar 10, 2019 10:13 am | Newton PTO Council

You’re invited to Mason Rice’s annual Speaker event where you’ll hear from Carla Naumberg, PhD, LICSW, a wonderful parent coach, writer and speaker. She is the author of three parenting books including the forthcoming “How To Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids.” Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Mindful Magazine.

She will speak about how to make parenting less stressful and more fun. Please RSVP to attend this free event:

March 13th,  7:00 pm
Mason-Rice Centre lower level (enter through the side door near the parking lot)

METCO Advocacy Day
Mar 10, 2019 10:08 am | Newton PTO Council

Raise your voice for school integration and educational equity at METCO’s annual Advocacy Day.  The rally begins at 9:00 am in Nurse’s Hall and the Grand Staircase. The program will include students, district leaders, and elected officials speaking about the impact of the program. Then at 10:45 am, groups visit legislators and remind them how essential METCO is to Boston and the suburbs.

To make an appointment with your legislator, visit!

March 19th,  9:00 – 11:30 am
Massachusetts State House

Courageous Conversations about Race
Mar 10, 2019 10:06 am | Newton PTO Council

Interested in understanding more about what sophomore students at NSHS are learning in the peer-led programs “Courageous Conversations about Race”?

Faculty leaders, Gerry Gagnon (Science Department Head) and Katani Sumner (METCO Counselor & English Teacher) and student peer leaders will host a workshop and answer questions about how NSHS is supporting all students to better understand issues of race and ethnic identity and build healthy, inclusive spaces and school culture.

This program is organized by the Newton South High School FORJ team (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) and a team of teachers at South.

Please RSVP:

March 20th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton South High School

Free private screening of a film about anxiety
Mar 10, 2019 09:59 am | Newton PTO Council

Dearborn Academy is screening the film “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” The film shines a light on the effects of anxiety on children and teens and how they can find solutions, confidence and hope.

Following the 56-minute film, internationally-renowned speaker and author Robert Brooks, Ph.D., and Dearborn staff member Amy Piepiora, associate director of clinical services, will discuss ways to combat angst.

Tickets are free, but preregistration is required. Space is limited! Refreshments will be served. To reserve tickets, visit

March 26th, 6:30 pm
Dearborn Academy, 575 Washington Street, Newton

Superintendent’s Forum on Vaping: The Growing Youth Health Epidemic
Mar 10, 2019 09:56 am | Newton PTO Council

Superintendent David Fleishman will host a forum on the vaping epidemic among youth.

The evening will include a panel of speakers providing health, wellness, and prevention education on the topic of vaping. Attorney General Maura Healey will provide the keynote for the event and medical experts and NPS educators will provide information, insight, and education for families and community members.

Mark your calendar and join this very important free event. To RSVP, please follow this link:

April 2nd,  7:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton South High School Auditorium, 140 Brandeis Road

Newton Mustangs Youth Football and Cheer Registration
Mar 10, 2019 09:52 am | Newton PTO Council

Get your player or cheerleader registered for the Mustangs 2019 Season. They want to ensure every kid who wants to play has a team to play on. Get your player registered now and take advantage of the easy and convenient payment plan. Just $25.00 holds your Mustangs place on a team and the balance can be paid in easy monthly payments. Please help them make sure everyone can play or cheer.

Don’t forget to save these date for upcoming Mustang Events:

April 7th Skills and Drills, Bring a Friend Event
June 17th 1st Annual Mustangs Golf Tournament Fundraiser.

Plus, check out the ongoing Go Fund Me Campaign to help ensure the kids are safe and that everyone who wants to play can play.

It’s gonna be a great season, don’t miss out!

Support the Newton Food Pantry Walk for Hunger Team!
Mar 10, 2019 09:46 am | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Food Pantry is proud to be participating in Project Bread’s 51st Walk for Hunger & 5K Run on May 5th. The pantry team’s fundraising efforts will directly support the Newton Food Pantry. They welcome adults and teens (ages 13+) to join the team by raising just $100 and walking the full 20 miles or the new 3-mile route. Both the 3-mile and historic 20-mile walk route begin and end on Boston Common, have the same rolling start time, and support the same incredible cause. The only difference is the distance!

The money raised by Walk participants like the Newton Food Pantry will provide grants to hundreds of community-based programs that rely on support—food pantries, hot meal programs, summer meals for kids, farm and garden initiatives, health center programs and more. Last year, the Walk supported 315 local programs in nearly 100 Massachusetts communities.

Please visit NFP’s Walk for Hunger Team page to join the team, make a donation, and for more information about how the Newton Food Pantry supports our community.

Is your child struggling with Spanish?
Mar 10, 2019 09:39 am | Newton PTO Council

Libby Sands is an experienced Spanish teacher, certified & licensed in grades 5-12. She provides tailored, expert tutoring in grammar, literature, writing, and conversation at all levels.  Libby’s a Newton resident and is well acquainted with the NPS Spanish curriculum. Contact her at or 617- 256-4780.

InHome Jams presents Teen Bandz Camp
Mar 10, 2019 08:41 am | Newton PTO Council

InHome Jams is proud to present Teen Bandz Camp for teens in the Newton area!

Teen Bandz Camp for ages 12-16: 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!

Sessions run during the following weeks: June 17th, June 24th, July 8th, July 29th, August 19th, August 26th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Register: or 857-234-1935.


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