In this issue:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration
Jan 14, 2018 04:17 pm | Newton PTO Council

The public is invited to attend a citywide celebration of Dr. King’s legacy at the 50th Annual City of Newton Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration.

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, former Mayor Setti Warren, and School Superintendent David Fleishman will be honored guests at the event which this year is being hosted by Pastor Sean Witty of the Frist Baptist Church of Newton. There will be student performances by The Monologue Project: Voices of Color, Newton All City Treble Singers, Newton All City Troubadours, and Newton North Jubilee Singers, and the Myrtle Baptist Church’s The Love Tones will also perform.

Members of Rotary Club of Newton will be collecting donations of toiletries to be distributed to Newton’s Food Pantries. The event’s major community sponsor is The Village Bank.

January 15th, 9:30 am
First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street, Newton Centre

Bring your teens
Jan 13, 2018 03:54 pm | Newton PTO Council

Bring your teens to Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo. Enjoy light refreshments while gathering educational and prevention information. Special mini-session on e-cigarettes!

Say you are coming on Facebook.
See the exhibitor list here.
See a quick video about the expo here.

January 18th, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Newton North

Opportunity to join the board at the Centre Street Food Pantry
Jan 13, 2018 12:01 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Centre Street Food Pantry board is looking for an energetic new board member with a background in marketing and advertising. We are a working board and in addition to managing programs, we ask our members to help out at pantry-related events and host work days at the pantry. We meet monthly on Tuesday evenings. If you are interested in being part of this fun and meaningful non-profit board, please send a resume and letter of introduction to

Opportunity to work at the Centre Street Food Pantry
Jan 13, 2018 11:59 am | Newton PTO Council

Vibrant and busy Centre Street Food Pantry is seeking a new Pantry Manager! Be part of a non-profit that directly supports hundreds of families in Newton and surrounding communities in a kind and meaningful way. The best candidate will be flexible, great with people, deal well with details and handle lots of moving parts.

This is a paid part-time position with an immediate start date. If you are interested, please send your resume to

“Future Chef” Recipe Contest
Jan 13, 2018 11:56 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton Public Schools Food Service will once again host the Future Chef Competition for students in grades 3-5.

This year, they’re looking for your favorite Healthy Asian Fusion recipe! One winner from each elementary school will be chosen to compete at a chef’s event at Newton North High School on March 20th.

Entries are due by February 5th. Visit the website to download the recipe card entry form and to find out more details about the competition. Good luck!

Newton Youth Players expands
Jan 13, 2018 11:55 am | Newton PTO Council

Due to overwhelming demand, the Newton Youth Players are delighted to announce a fourth day! Starting on March 26th, “Bye Bye Birdie” will have another cast: Monday! The location is the same: Newton City Hall, the time is a little different: 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Another exciting new addition to the Newton Youth Players family is the exceptionally talented team of Co-Directors: *Hannah Rosenberg and Linda Goetz.

Registration is live now at Please contact the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs at 617-796-1540 with any questions. They look forward to seeing more Newton Youth Players for the next show!

*Hannah Rosenberg is thrilled to join Newton Youth Players as a director for “Bye Bye Birdie”! Hannah has been involved in theatre since a young child and recently became a part of Newton Theatre Company as an actor and Development Director.

Linda Goetz is a professional actress, writer and director; and one of the founders of the Newton Nomadic Theater. In recent years she was nominated for Best Actress by the Independent Reviewers of New England for her role as Lady Macbeth with the FUDGE Theatre.

Fessenden Summer Camps Family Event
Jan 13, 2018 11:50 am | Newton PTO Council

Free Indoor Winter Fun! Come join a fun morning that includes a magic show by Tommy James, bouncy house, climbing wall challenge, crafts station, face painting, and more. Camp tours available. All families are welcome.

For questions, please email, call 617-630-2373 or visit

January 27th,  10:00 am – 12:00pm
Fessenden Summer Camps
250 Waltham Street, West Newton​​

City of Newton annual Camp Fair
Jan 13, 2018 11:45 am | Newton PTO Council

The City of Newton is holding their annual Camp Fair. Come see what is being offered in Newton for the summer of 2018! Child entertainment will be provided by Wicked Cool Science from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. Attached is the Camp Fair Flyer for more information.

If you have any questions please email or call Ricky Paglia at 617-796-1523 or 617-485-8037.

January 28th, 12:00 – 4:00 pm (snow date February 4th)
Newton North High School Cafeteria

New England Camp Fair – February 11th
Jan 13, 2018 11:22 am | Newton PTO Council

If you have a child attending camp this summer, you don’t want to miss this free event: The New England Camp Fair. The camp fair is open to ALL local families.

Over 30 camps from Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will be participating. Attending camps serve children ages 6-14, and represent a mix of day and overnight camps. Participating camps run the gamut from traditional style camps to sports, computer, arts and themed camps. Come to the fair with your prospective camper and meet in person with camp directors and representatives.

Visit for a complete list of camps attending. Parking and refreshments are also free! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Underwood PTO at

February 11th, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (snow date March 4th)
Bigelow Middle School gymnasium

Vacation Week Drop in Play Space
Jan 13, 2018 11:09 am | Newton PTO Council

Looking for a fun place for you and your toddler to spend the morning during February vacation? On Wednesday, February 21st and Friday, February 23rd from 9:30 – 11:00 am, join Time for Partners Art & Music teacher Paula Gannon at a drop-in Playspace at Newton City Hall.

For children ages 18 months to 5 years with a caregiver – make an art project, make some music and make new friends! You do not need to be a registered participant in the Time for Partners class to enjoy this fun vacation program, just drop in! $10.00 per child or $25.00 per family. Any questions, please call 617-796-1540.

Maine Arts Camp Info Meeting/Coffee
Jan 13, 2018 11:07 am | Newton PTO Council

Looking for a great overnight summer camp for your creative 9-16 year-old? Please come to the parent coffee this week 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 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, 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.

Visit to find out more. If you would like to attend the informational meeting/coffee at the home of Newton parent Anabel Cable and meet camp director Rick Mades, please RSVP to for the address.

January 19th, 8:30 – 10:00 am

Self-empowerment energy courses available
Jan 13, 2018 10:52 am | Newton PTO Council

Self-empowerment energy courses taught by Newton resident Malabika Shaw. She teaches how to claim the innate power and direct our energy field towards greater well being. They are a lot of fun. Please click on the link to register.

Harness the Power of Your Energy Field:
This first one is to learn about your multidimensional personality and how best to engage with it.

January 23rd, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton South High School

Law of Attraction:
This course is about conscious creation – carving out the shortest route between desire and manifesting by understanding the energetic dynamics and what may be the blocks. Learn to put one of the most powerful Laws of Nature to work to your advantage.

February 6th and 13th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton South High School

Former NSHS Student Offering Tutoring Services
Jan 13, 2018 10:46 am | Newton PTO Council

Looking for a tutor that understands the classes and intricacies of Newton Public Schools?

John Deng, a former student at NSHS with a BS, MS in Biology from Brandeis University who will be beginning medical school next year, is now offering tutoring in the sciences(Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Math). He also offers SAT tutoring for both the Reading and Math sections.

With over 2+ years of teaching experience in college and tutoring for students in college and NSHS, he’s an experienced and flexible tutor. In addition, he has personally taken many of the classes that your kids are taking now and thus understands what it takes to do well and succeed.

Please contact John at for more information on further qualifications and pricing.

Affordable Tutoring with Mindfulness Tutoring
Jan 13, 2018 10:42 am | Newton PTO Council
  • Supporting individuals as they meet challenges and discover their strengths
  • Specializing in SAT/ACT prep
  • Writing and Homework support

For more information, visit For local references and rates, contact Susan Alves, PhD at 617-515-5285 or

Aquatic Therapy
Jan 13, 2018 10:37 am | Newton PTO Council

Michael Dezmin, Occupational Therapist, just started to offer aquatic based therapy for kids of all ages. The skills worked on can be targeted to assist many areas of difficulty that effect school performance including but not limited to:

  • emotional self-regulation skills
  • hand and core strengthening
  • attention
  • executive functioning
  • transitions and routine
  • visual motor/ visual perceptual skills (for reading and writing)
  • ocular motor skills (for reading and writing)

For more information, please click here flyer or contact Michael at or 908-565-3281.

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