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School Committee Update
Apr 10, 2019 08:37 am | Newton PTO Council

Dear Friends,

This update is for the 3/25/2019 Newton School Committee meeting:

Superintendent Update: Khita Pottinger-Johnson was introduced as Newton Public School’s new Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education. She most recently served as the executive director for social emotional learning instruction and support services for the Boston Public Schools, and previously served as a principal. She will begin with NPS on July 1, 2019.

New Business

Consent Agenda

Old Business

Next Meeting

On Monday, April 8 at 7:00pm, we will discuss and vote on the FY20 Budget Proposal. In addition to the budget proposal, School Committee will also vote on the equity guidelines revisions, the last day of school, approved field trips, and minutes. We will also receive an update on high school start time, transportation planning, and EDCO.

We hope you found this summary useful. You can access all School Committee meeting documents via the NPS website ( Additionally, if you are interested in watching an SC meeting from home or a recorded meeting, you can obtain access via

As always, we are very happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us via the email address below.

The Newton School Committee

Clothing swap to repurpose and redistribute
Apr 07, 2019 12:21 pm | Newton PTO Council

A group of Newton South seniors are working on a project for their sustainability class. Their mission is to find a way to repurpose and redistribute clothing to the Newton Community.

There will be a drop off bin for your unwanted and gently used clothes (no shoes, please). Anyone is welcome to drop off (students, families, and friends).

Wheeler Commons at Newton South at the following times:
April 8th,  9:00 – 9:40 am or 10:50 am to 2:50 pm
April 9th,  9:00 – 11:05 am or 1:00 – 1:55 pm

On April 12th, 1:15 –  3:00 pm there will be a clothing swap in Wheeler Commons where members of the community can select any clothing items they would like at no cost.

FORJ Newton Event
Apr 07, 2019 12:15 pm | Newton PTO Council

Please join FORJ and Co-Sponsor, the Harmony Foundation, for their most high profile event of the year! The featured guests are Debby Irving, racial justice educator and celebrated author of Waking Up White and Shay Stewart-Bouley, Executive Director, Community Change, Inc. and blogger of Black Girl In Maine.

Debby and Shay will explore how we can speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations, explore racism’s impact on their lives and examine how we can create sustainable connections. Please check out the flyer HERE

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will hold a pre-event meetup at 6:30 pm. Do not miss your chance to attend, to speak with the Mayor and join this community conversation! Attendance is free and open to all. RSVP HERE.

April 9th, 7:30 pm
Angier Elementary School

The Carroll Center for the Blind Walk for Independence
Apr 07, 2019 11:55 am | Newton PTO Council

Join The Carroll Center for the Blind Walk for Independence. Get out and walk for a great cause. All are welcome to enjoy a cookout, great music, accessible games, giveaways, and much more. The school with the largest team wins an awesome prize! Register today

April 28th, 10:00 am
770 Centre Street, Newton

Opening of the New Newton Highlands Playground
Apr 07, 2019 11:47 am | Newton PTO Council

The City of Newton’s Planning & Development Department is partnering up with Parks & Recreation for the official opening of the Newton Highlands Playground. This playground underwent significant improvements, and to celebrate, there will be a family-friendly community event with a series of games and programming for all, including basketball, pickle ball, cornhole, and Zumba presented by the Newton Senior Center!

Flyer available here: Playground Opening

April 26th, 4:00 – 7:00 pm (rain date: April 30th,  1:00 – 3:00 pm)

Who is buried in Metfern Cemetery? Offering Details and Dignity
Apr 07, 2019 11:46 am | Newton PTO Council

The Metro Citizen’s Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services invites the public to attend a presentation by students from the Gann Academy in Waltham.

The Gann Academy 11th grade US History students have dedicated their year to learning about and teaching others about the community of people that lived in the Fernald School, the Met State Hospital and were buried in the MetFern Cemetery in Waltham. Their goal is to try to understand how institutions like the Fernald School could have been built and to think more clearly about how we can be a more inclusive society.

We urge you to attend to learn how people with disabilities were abused and disrespected through the years and fortunately how current attitudes have changed to promoting independence and self-fulfillment and quality care for those who have disabilities. Hear how this group of students has changed the ultimate disrespect to several hundred individuals from two state institutions.

Come to honor these students and their accomplishments

April 29th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Price Center, 27 Christina Street, Newton Highlands
Please enter the building from the large parking lot on Christina Street

For questions, please contact Lucie Chansky at 617-244-7310 or or Gail Gillespie at 781-314-7501 or

Newton Destination Imagination Creativity Day is May 4th
Apr 07, 2019 11:45 am | Newton PTO Council

Join in on Newton’s newest family-friendly, brain-tickling extravaganza! Newton DI Creativity Day is for all kids in grades K-12. Participants will be placed into small groups that will work as a team to solve each exciting challenge.

Challenges span areas including structural engineering, science, math, performance and improv. Kids will have a blast while learning valuable teamwork, project management and STEAM-based skills.

Please CLICK HERE to register and spread the word! It’s going to be a blast!!!!

May 4th, 9:00 – 11:30 am or 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
250 Brookline Street, Newton

Upcoming Programs with Newton Parks and Recreation
Apr 07, 2019 11:42 am | Newton PTO Council

Click here for Parks and Rec Spring Programs.

BAT Spring Basketball Clinics:
Apr 07, 2019 11:41 am | Newton PTO Council

Boston Athletic Training has set-up a 4 week basketball training program. Main details and the registration link is here: BAT

The clinics are open to boys and girls of all levels from ages 8-14. The coach:player ratio will be 1:7 with no more than 21 total athletes!  Sessions will be broken into 4 sections – 30 mins dribbling, attacking the basket and defense, 30 mins shooting based drills, 30 mins s&c and lastly 30 mins of 2v2, 3v3 games to work on all skills!

April 28th, May 5th, May 12th, and May 19th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Hyde Community Center, Newton Highlands

ACT/SAT Math help
Apr 07, 2019 11:34 am | Newton PTO Council

If you are preparing for the ACT/SAT, Barbara Wolke can help you with the math portion of this test. She’s been tutoring students for this portion for over 15 years and has developed programs and strategies to help with the concepts being tested. You can contact her at barbarawolke1@gmail. com or at 617-645-7122.

References are available upon request.


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