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Registration open for 17/18 Destination Imagination season
Jun 11, 2017 07:24 am | Newton PTO Council

Over 350 Newton Public School students have participated in this life-changing program.  Endorsed by Superintendent David Fleishman, Destination Imagination is an all-inclusive STEAM program open to kids in grades K-12

Never heard of it?  Watch this short Newton Destination Imagination Webinar.

For a sneak peak at the 2017 – 2018 challenges, click here:

Registration is now open for the Newton Destination Imagination 2017 – 2018 program.   Please click here to register

Newton Center Gardens and Greenhouse
Jun 11, 2017 07:14 am | Newton PTO Council

Have you been admiring the beautiful gardens in Newton Center and other public places? They are maintained lovingly by a dedicated group of volunteers from Newton Community Pride. If you see them working, please share your appreciation.

If you would like to help out, especially on mornings and weekends please contact and we will connect you. All help is very much appreciated!

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast presented by WCT Youth Theatre
Jun 11, 2017 07:12 am | Newton PTO Council

WCT Youth Theatre presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton, originally directed by Robert Jess Roth, originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features an ensemble cast of K-9th graders including Newton’s own Rhea Beaupre, Aram Brunson, Grace Dismuke, Maya Green, Nisha Jha, Sophie Lewis, Nora Linssen, Ava Lyons, Chloe Lyons, Eva Pearlman, Luke Schumacher, and Jennifer Tang. Be our guest in this popular, classic tale of magical creatures, true love, and the quest for kindness.

For more information, visit or call 617-926-ARTS.Tickets are $14 each, general admission, and are available on the website or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006

June 16th, 7:00 pm, June 17th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and June 18th at 2:00
MainStageTheater, Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal St, Watertown

Newton Community Farm- Kids at the Farm: Summer 2017
Jun 11, 2017 07:09 am | Newton PTO Council

School is about to be out for summer, and what better way to spend it than at Newton Community Farm! Don’t delay and register today! Limited spaces available

Visit and click on summer.

Feed the chickens, harvest produce and learn what it takes to grow food sustainably, all right here in Newton. Programs for toddlers through middle school starting in June and running until August 25th. See flyer here: Farm

Have a high schooler? Check out our high school intern programs!

All welcome! Financial assistance available.

Fall Host Families Needed!
Jun 11, 2017 07:06 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton Public Schools is looking for host families for three high-school aged Chinese exchange students and two adult Chinese exchange teachers from the Jingshan School this fall. Families interested in hosting teachers do not need to have children in the home; families interested in hosting students can have children of any age. Please encourage all of your friends and neighbors to sign up!

The dates of hosting will be September 2nd to January 13th. Prior host families have truly enjoyed the experience, and every year there are families who volunteer to host again! This is an amazing opportunity for a family to learn about Chinese culture while sharing their own family’s culture and traditions. Please note that federal law prohibits offering financial compensation to host families, but the experience of hosting a foreign visitor in your home is quite rewarding in and of itself.

Any interested parties can contact Global Programs Manager Samantha Mandel at or 857-636-0921.

Chorus auditions
Jun 11, 2017 07:03 am | Newton PTO Council

Boston Children’s Chorus is having auditions soon for next year. BCC is a multi tiered music education and social justice program involving more than 450 singers ages 7-18.  BCC singers learn lessons of hard work, discipline, leadership teamwork, and communications.  BCC produces four core performances a year and others are added throughout the year.  Performances in the past have included singing at the
Boston Children’s Museum and signing the national anthem at the Red Sox.  BCC is a tuition based program with a sliding scale based on family income.  BCC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

Call 617-245-6043 to schedule an audition or get more information.

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Babysitter available
Jun 11, 2017 07:02 am | Newton PTO Council

Gabi Shiner just finished her second year at Oberlin College. The eldest sister of two Brown students, Orly (6th Grade) and Yael (8th Grade), as well as recent Newton South graduate Jessie, Gabi is in Newton throughout the month of June and very available to babysit. She has three years of experience as a camp counselor at Charles River Creative Arts Program, where she taught music, theater, and writing classes for kids ages 8-15 and has babysitting experience with much younger kids. Gabi can help prepare meals and help out with bedtime, and is a licensed driver. Feel free to call 617-285-9289 or email

Piano instruction available
Jun 11, 2017 07:00 am | Newton PTO Council

Flexible summer scheduling makes now an ideal time to try piano lessons with a Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with 30+ years teaching experience. Beginners welcome. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring teacher. Contact Gloria Jasinski at 617-566-9704 or

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