In this issue

Honor Your Child’s Teachers and Support Newton Schools Foundation
Jun 01, 2019 09:54 pm | Newton PTO Council

The school year is quickly coming to an end! If you want to do something special for your child’s teachers or other staff this year, consider the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program.

When you donate to NSF in the name of one or more teachers, notifications will be sent to each teacher honored, as well as to the Principal and the Superintendent. Teachers’ names will appear in a special announcement on the NSF website and in the Newton TAB. If you have kids in elementary school, look for a letter coming home in backpacks or via US Mail for those with students in the upper grades. You can also donate online at

Your tax-deductible donation will support NSF-funded grants to the Newton Public Schools encompassing art, civics, math, music, science, social and cultural studies, literature, writing instruction, and social-emotional learning.

For a complete list of current grants and check out a video on NSF-funded programs visit

Thank you, parents and guardians, and thank you to all our educators!

The Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park
Jun 01, 2019 09:51 pm | Newton PTO Council

Local naturalist and founder of The Caterpillar Lab Sam Jaffe will present “The Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park”. This event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the Zervas PTO and the newly formed Friends of Cold Spring Park. Anyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

Learn about:
• The park’s many diverse habitats and inhabitants;
• How Zervas classes are utilizing the park;
• Threats to the park’s ecosystem, and how to help preserve it;
• Plans to rehabilitate the trails and progress to date.

June 3rd,  7:30 pm in the Zervas cafetorium (Henry Finch of the Newton Conservators will lead an optional tour of Cold Spring Park at 6:30 pm. Meet for the walk at the Zervas main entrance.

Newton Creates- Community Art Project
Jun 01, 2019 09:47 pm | Newton PTO Council

Come to the Newton Free Library for a community art project to help raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. All ages are welcome! Place your piece in the mosaic, enjoy music and food, enter to win free raffle prizes, and help support our community of caring. Artist Emily Bhargava will lend her creative talents to help create a mosaic to be hung outside the Health and Human Services Department at Newton City Hall. Come be a part of our community of caring.

June 4th, any time between 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Scott Magoon Author Appearance
Jun 01, 2019 09:42 pm | Newton PTO Council

Scott Magoon, celebrated author and illustrator, gives children and families insight into his creative process including his latest publication Linus The Little Yellow Pencil. He is also the illustrator of many other books for children including Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, the winner of the Schneider Family Book Award. Scott will be available to sign books directly after his presentation. For more information, please contact the library at 617-796-1360.

June 5th, 7:00 pm
Newton Free Library

Cabot Carr-nival
Jun 01, 2019 09:41 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Cabot Carr-nival Committee would like to invite all school families to this fun, annual event.  There will be lots of fun games, inflatables, prizes, a pizza truck, ice cream and much more.

Also this year, the Cabot Carr-nival is piloting a new initiative to make this great community event more accessible and inclusive to all families. To accomplish this goal, we are introducing the following:

1. Noise cancelling headphones available for checkout
2. Craft/sensory table for all kids that need a little down time
3. Break away room to go to if kids get too overwhelmed
4. Bubble machine (thanks to the NECP PTO)

To view the flyer, please click Cabot Carr-nival

June 8th,  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

CPC Discussion of Riverside Greenway
Jun 01, 2019 09:39 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Community Preservation Committee’s agenda includes discussing a pre-proposal from the Riverside Greenway Working group for funding to design a trail along the Charles River between Riverside and Auburndale.

The full agenda and pre-proposal are on the program website at

June 11th, 7:00 pm, Newton City Hall, Room 204

Linda Plaut Tribute
Jun 01, 2019 09:36 pm | Newton PTO Council

Artists and community members will celebrate Linda Plaut’s long time devotion to Newton arts and culture with performances and presentations at a special tribute. If your family ever participated in Time for Partners, Kids FEST, Heartbreak Hill Races, Newton Youth Players, Newton Spelling Bee, 4th of July Festivities, the Halloween Window Painting Contest, or the Mayor’s New Year’s Day Open House, then your lives were touched by Linda Plaut. These events are just a very small list of the hundreds of events she developed over 40 years of service to Newton.

Please come pay your respects to Linda’s enduring legacy of arts, culture, and most of all, community. Light refreshments will be served.  Any questions, please call Paula Gannon: 617-796-1540.

June 16th, 3:00 –  5:00 pm
The Newton Cultural Center in Memorial Auditorium at Newton City Hall

Help Reduce Risk of Gun Violence
Jun 01, 2019 09:31 pm | Newton PTO Council

With the recent spate of school shootings, many people are asking, “What can I do?” In Massachusetts, we are lucky to have some of the strongest gun laws in the country, corresponding to relatively low rates of gun ownership and gun violence.

Yet, even here in Newton, guns have a significant presence.  On June 15th, Newton is providing a concrete, practical way to help reduce the risk of gun violence right here in our community. The Newton Police Department, Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, and the Newton Interfaith Clergy Association will team up to hold the first gun buyback in Newton in over 10 years.

Gun buybacks provide a safe way for residents to anonymously remove firearms from their homes, no questions asked, in exchange for grocery store gift cards. People participate for many reasons, including wanting to protect their children, ridding their homes of inherited or unwanted guns, or simply in response to tragedies in the news.

We believe that if we can help facilitate the removal of even one gun from our community that might be used in a teen suicide, or stolen from someone’s home to be used in a crime, then we believe it is our obligation to do so.

You can be a part of this effort. Donations in the form of a $25.00 gift cards from Wegmans, Whole Foods, or Stop & Shop (or checks from individuals or businesses to purchase gift cards) can be mailed to The Second Church, 60 Highland St., Newton, MA 02465.

Thank you for making a difference!

LigerBots FLL Info Night
Jun 01, 2019 09:24 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton LigerBots are hosting a First Lego League (FLL) and Junior FLL Robotics programs Info Night. At FLL Info Night, parents can learn more about the FLL program and students can participate in fun activities.

FLL is the FIRST LEGO robotics competition for fourth through eighth graders. In addition to building and programming LEGO robots, each year’s themed FLL challenge includes a project for which team members brainstorm and present creative solutions to real life problems. This event is aimed at parents and students. Junior FLL is a project based program for grades K-3.

Current LigerBots students and coaches who have participated in FLL in the past will lead a presentation with general information on FLL as well as on how to start your own team. There will be demonstrations of EV3 robots, hands-on STEM activities for kids, demonstrations by the Newton Day Dragons FLL team, and people to answer any questions you may have. Email for more information, or visit or FIRST at

June 17th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street
Film Lecture Hall (just off the front entrance at Tiger Drive)

Free Newton Summer Concert Series
Jun 01, 2019 09:14 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Mayor’s Office for Cultural Events and Newton Community Pride present FREE summer concerts! Bring a blanket/chair and enjoy live music under the night summer sky!

Sunday evening concerts on the Newton Centre Green (corner of Langley Rd and Centre St):

  • July 7th East Coast Soul
  • July 14th Classic Groove
  • July 21st The Love Dogs
  • July 28th Blue Suede Boppers

Wednesday evenings “Dancing in the Parks” concerts sponsored by The Village Bank:

  • July 10th McIntyre Orchestra in Coletti-Magni Park in Nonantum, 386 Watertown Street
  • July 17th Cross Street at the Auburndale Community Library, 375 Auburn Street
  • July 24th Big Chief at Capt. Ryan Park in West Newton, corner of Washington and Cherry Streets
  • July 31st Daybreakers at the Newtonville Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street

Tuesday evening “Children’s Entertainment” concerts:

  • July 23rd Bee Parks and the Hornets at the Newton Centre Green
  • August 6th Stacey Peasley Band as part of the Newton Police Department’s National Night Out at the Newton Police Headquarters and Capt. Ryan Park

All concerts 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Any questions, please call 617-796-1540.

Math Summer Early Bird discounts
Jun 01, 2019 09:10 pm | Newton PTO Council

Summer is a great time to get a jump start on next year’s Math. Mathnasium Math Learning Center in Newton Center offers individualized math summer programs in a fun, relaxing environment.

Save $75.00 when you register by June 1st at or call to schedule a Free Trial 617-340-3665.

Steve Matthews* Shooting Clinic
Jun 01, 2019 09:06 pm | Newton PTO Council

The clinic will include all aspects of the game of basketball. There will be lectures, drills, contests, and games and attendees will learn how to shoot with perfect form.

Please complete and submit application online: 

*Steve Matthews, currently the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Newton South High School,  finished his college playing career fifth all-time in the history of the NCAA basketball in three point field goal percentage and three point field goals made. He made well over 100 three point field goals per season at Northeastern University and Emerson College. In his only two seasons at Emerson College, Steve scored 1,139 points. Steve has worked individually with countless grade school, middle school, high school and college basketball players on improving their basketball skills. If you want to improve your shooting ability, this is the clinic for you. Open to Newton boys entering grades 4-9 next fall.  $299 per attendee.

July 22nd – July 25th, 90:00 am – 1:00 pm
Newton South High School Field House
140 Brandeis Road, Newton

Summer Weekend Sports Clinics
Jun 01, 2019 09:00 pm | Newton PTO Council

This summer Viking Sports is offering weekend soccer, baseball/t-ball, and basketball clinics in Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Sudbury, and Wayland. The Brookline programs will be held at Waldstein Park on Saturday mornings and will feature both soccer and baseball/t-ball clinics. On Sundays, they’ll be offering basketball clinics at the Soule Gym as well as advanced basketball classes on Sunday mornings.

Check out the schedule: 2019 Summer Sports Clinics


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