In this issue:

Historic Newton events
Oct 29, 2017 03:22 pm | Newton PTO Council

As you make the rounds with your children on Halloween night, please stop by the Jackson Homestead and Museum and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds for an assortment of Halloween candy from many time periods and free museum admission tickets that may be used throughout the fall. Enjoy trick-or-treating at the historic homes that are part of the neighborhood. Admission: Free

October 31st, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums.

November 4th and 5th, 10:00am – 5:00 pm
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton

Bring the whole family to the Durant-Kenrick House to dance, sing, and play along with the Delta-Silly tunes of Jeremy Lyons. Jeremy plays folk ballads, railroad tunes, campfire songs, food songs, car songs, dancing songs and more on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, ukulele, kazoo, jaw harp, rhythm bones and more – some of the instruments featured in our November 18 Jug Band Giants concert. The music starts at 2:00 pm, but come as early as 1:00 pm to make your own instrument to play along with Jeremy!

Admission: $5 per person; free for Historic Newton members

November 4th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton

Girls Basketball registration is now open
Oct 29, 2017 03:14 pm | Newton PTO Council

Registration for the NGBA 2017-2018 season is now open. Please register here: NGBA.

NGBA is a recreational league for Newton girls with fun for beginners and experienced players alike! Games are played on Saturdays for all grades, starting December 1st and continuing into mid-March.

Grades 3-8 practices for 1-hour on one evening during the week (Mon-Thurs). There are no weekday practices for Grade 2. The Grade 2 program is focused on a fun, learning environment.

To obtain additional details and to find out more about the league, visit the NGBA website at

*Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Grade 2: $145  registration deadline November 14th
Grades 3-8: $175 registration deadline November 14th

Please email with any questions.

What’s Happening at the Y
Oct 29, 2017 03:08 pm | Newton PTO Council

Please come to a “Night Under the Big Top” featuring cocktails, live & silent auctions, dinner, dancing, circus games and entertainment and hosted by the fabulous Jenny Johnson of NESN’s “Dining Playbook”. The Y’s Annual Gala supports local families in need by providing financial assistance for:

  • Child Care – Keeping children from Preschool to High School safe and engaged
  • Youth & Adult Sports – Instructional classes and sports leagues that reinforce skills and encourage teamwork
  • Programs for Seniors – Fitness classes, wellness programs and social outings

For more information, contact Andrea Newman at 617-244-6050 x3097

November 11th
276 Church Street, Newton

8th Annual Nurturing Minds African Evening
Oct 29, 2017 03:02 pm | Newton PTO Council

There will be food, drinks, NNHS Jubillee singers, silent auction, African craft market and much more! Please join in and help SEGA girls school graduates pursue their continuing education. SEGA operates a quality secondary boarding school for over 250 vulnerable Tanzanian girls.

Tickets are $50 and $60 at the door. Please go to for more information.

November 18th, 7:00 -10:00 pm
The Bryant-Sadick Residence, 16 Fairview Avenue, Newton

Free Trial Kids’ Karate Class
Oct 29, 2017 03:00 pm | Newton PTO Council

Kid’s Karate class at Lasell College. For girls and boys, entry ages 1st – 5th grades. $79.00 per 7-Week Session. Free uniform upon enrolling. For more information, please see or leave message at 617-527-8052.

Free trial class on December 2nd, 10:00 – 11:00 am

You’re invited
Oct 29, 2017 02:56 pm | Newton PTO Council

Please save the date for a special superintendent’s forum entitled: “Living in a Smartphone World: What does it mean for students, families, and educators?”

Inspired by the Atlantic Monthly piece entitled “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?”, the forum will provide information and resources on the impact of technology and social media, as well as the opportunity to discuss the role of educators and families in navigating this space.

The panel discussion will be hosted by Boston Globe writer Beth Teitell and include both Newton educators and experts from outside the district. Please RSVP here:

December 6th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton South Auditorium

Free Executive Function Workshop
Oct 29, 2017 02:51 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton Youth Services invites you to join Dan Levine and Melissa Wilson of Engaging Minds, an after school learning center with locations in Newton and Wayland, for a workshop designed specifically for parents and students together.

In this workshop participants will learn strategies to help your student better manage their nightly homework, planning and time management strategies for both short-term and long-term assignments – and for life, strategies to help your student get “unstuck” when they have trouble initiating tasks, organizational strategies to help your student keep track of their papers, assignments, and belongings, and more! This workshop is free and open to the public.

The Middle School families’ session will be on November 13th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, and the High School families’ on December 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Both events take place in Druker Auditorium in the Newton Free Library.

Questions? Email Quinn Etchie, Youth Services Director at

Tutor availaible
Oct 29, 2017 02:41 pm | Newton PTO Council

Duer McLanahan, a NSHS parent of a sophomore, is a native English language speaking teacher-translator offering his clearly-spoken fluency in both English and Mandarin Chinese: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing.

This instruction includes guidance in writing and revising academic papers and report and thesis writing, revising and translation alchemy. Mandarin to English; English to Mandarin.

Kindergarten through High School students of all nationalities in Newton are welcome to improve their English and/or Mandarin level(s) in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing fluency.

Please contact at or call/text 617-817-3440. Business card available here: Tutor

Affordable Tutoring with Mindfulness Tutoring
Oct 29, 2017 02:37 pm | Newton PTO Council
  • Supporting individuals as they meet challenges and discover their strengths
  • Specializing in SAT/ACT prep
  • Writing and Homework support

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

Art Classes
Oct 29, 2017 02:33 pm | Newton PTO Council

Amy Nichols now offering art classes in her home for adults and kids. For more information, please visit the website:

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