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What’s going on at the Y?
Nov 03, 2018 06:22 pm | Newton PTO Council

Run the Boston Marathon for the YMCA – Apply by November 9th

The City of Newton has provided the West Suburban YMCA with one charity bib number for the 2019 Boston Marathon! The Y is seeking one dedicated runner to lace up and raise $7500 for the West Suburban YMCA. Runner will receive a free membershipto the Y while training, support for fundraising, team apparel and more. Deadline to apply for the bib number is November 9th. Visit for more information.

Registration is open for YBA-Youth Basketball Leagues

YBA League is a fun league for boys and girls ages 4-12 to learn and play basketball. The league runs on Saturdays, November 17th – February 9th, and is separated into four age groups: Mini (ages 4-5), Biddy (ages 6-7), Rookie (ages 8-9) and Collegiate (ages 10-12). All leagues are co-ed. For more information and to register, visit or call 617-244-6050.

Lifeguard Training Class

Become an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard. Learn the practical skills necessary to recognize a critical situation and provide lifesaving care to individuals in the water. CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid certificationsare included in the course. This class meets from 11;00 am – 7:00 pm on November 11th, November 18th, December 1st, and December 8th. Students must be present for ALL days. Visit to register or call 617-244-6050.

Pickle Ball Added on Thursdays

Starting November 8th, the West Suburban YMCA will host drop-in pickle ball on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 am in the gymnasium. Pickle ball is free for West Suburban YMCA members and a $5 drop-in fee for non-members.

“A Night Under the Stars” Annual Gala –  November 10th,  6:00 – 11:00 pm

The Y’s Annual Gala, “A Night Under the Stars” features dinner, cocktails, silent & live auctions, dancing and entertainment and will highlight the life-changing impact of YMCA summer camp. Returning as emcee for the night is Jenny Johnson,co-host of NESN’s Dining Playbook. All proceeds will support financial assistance for local families.

School Vacation Day Programs on November 12th

The West Suburban YMCA is offering full day and half day program options on November 12 (Veteran’s Day Observed).

  • Child Care Department – A well-rounded program that includes time for floor games, arts and crafts, snack, lunch and the option to swim. For more information or to sign up for this program, call 617-244-6050 ex. 3022.
  • Sports Department – For kids who like to be active and moving all day, sign up for the Y’s sports program. Activities include soccer, basketball, baseball, floor hockey, flag football, capture the flag and more. For more information or to sign up for this program, contact Ray Isales, at 617-244-6050 x3131

Winter Clothing Drive and Swap – November 12th and 13th

Tired of replacing winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves every year? The West Suburban YMCA invites members and the community to participate in a Winter Clothing Drive and Swap. Drop off gently used winter clothes on November 12th and 13th and the swap will take place on November 18th. Those who donate their gently used winter clothes will be able to participate in the swap at an earlier time on the 18th.

Family Fun Night –  November 13th, 6:00 – 7:00pm

Bring the whole family to the Y for some family fun time. Featuring arts & crafts, bouncy house, games and more! FREE and open to all. Family Fun Nights are generously sponsored by the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation and occur on the second Tuesday of every month.

Work at the Y: The West Suburban YMCA is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions in child care and youth development, human resources, aquatics, fitness and more. Great benefits, FREE membership and professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow at or visit

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is their mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact the Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Your help is needed to feed people
Nov 03, 2018 10:40 am | Newton PTO Council

Centre Street Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help staff the pantry on Tuesdays and the first Saturday of the month.  Volunteer shifts are available in two hour increments and sign up is flexible.

Tasks include stocking shelves, helping clients shop, clean up and more. For more information, please visit the Get Involved tab on the website Volunteers must be 16 and older to volunteer without an adult and 12 is the minimum age with an adult.

Blood Drive to Benefit the Jimmy Fund & Dana-Farber
Nov 03, 2018 10:38 am | Newton PTO Council

Boy Scout Troop 205 will be hosting a blood drive as a part of an Eagle Scout project for one of the scouts. The project will help benefit Kraft Blood Donor Services and patients at Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. The scout organizing the drive was diagnosed with leukemia when he was one year old and is now over 10 years cancer-free and in a position to give back to the people who gave so much to him.

To donate (donors must be 17 years or older), you can simply come to the MacKenzie Center between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, but if you prefer to schedule an appointment in advance, please use this link Donors will receive a Kraft Family Blood Donor Center blanket!

November 10th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bishop MacKenzie Center Parking lot, 1337 Centre Street, Newton

Newton Girls Lacrosse 2019 Season registration now open
Nov 03, 2018 10:25 am | Newton PTO Council

CLICK HERE to register.

Since 1999, NEWTON GIRLS LACROSSE (NGL) has been dedicated to providing Newton girls and their families a community based developmental lacrosse program.

NGL is the only Newton girls lacrosse program with opportunities for all Newton girls in grades 1-8 to play lacrosse. They encourage girls at all ages, regardless of experience, to join the program and learn lacrosse while meeting new friends, being active and competing.

The program delivers a fun, safe and inclusive youth sport environment that compliments the core values our families observe at home, at school, in the community and on the field.

Please visit the website at to register.

Last year the program was made up of 200 families with 250 girls rostered. The program offered 11 travel teams and 2 select teams in the Founders Girls Lacrosse League.

Practices and Games
All grade levels practice at Weeks Field in Newton Center on Mondays and Wednesdays starting in late March and ending in June. In addition, the program also uses both outdoor and indoor turf when the spring weather creates challenges.

Games are played on Sundays for all grade levels and Friday nights for the 5/6 and 7/8 select teams.

NGL – Come Play!

Math Festival and Open House
Nov 03, 2018 10:02 am | Newton PTO Council

Come and learn more about Studio of Engaging Math’s programs. Play games, do STEM activities, solve puzzles, and win prizes! Check out robotics, coding, and chess classes as well. See

Studio of Engaging Math is a pre-K-8 after-school math program. Their mission is to cultivate students’ appreciation of mathematics by fostering intellectual curiosity, critical and logical thinking, spatial reasoning and problem-solving skills to build student confidence and self-esteem. They emphasize creativity, original thinking and reasoning over memorization. A small group setting with curriculum that is tailored for students of various levels creates positive attitude about math and redefines math learning experience.

November 11th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Studio of Engaging Math
320 Washington Street, Suite 301, Brighton

Waban Library Center Kids’ Book Club!
Nov 03, 2018 09:54 am | Newton PTO Council

Join the next WLC Kids’ Book Club!  The next book will be A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban.

This program is a monthly book club for elementary school kids. An adult should accompany each child, BOTH of whom have read the book and are ready to participate. The book will be aimed at about a third grade reading level. However, elementary school students from any grade are welcome to join. (The child can either read the book on their own or have it read to them.)

There is no commitment to attend every month, just come when your schedule allows. At the end of the meeting the group who is there will choose the next book. Please contact Alison Corkery at with any questions.

Refreshments will be served. See you at the library!

November 19th, 6:30 pm
1608 Beacon St, Waban

Newton Community Preservation Committee meeting November 13th
Nov 03, 2018 09:53 am | Newton PTO Council

The Community Preservation Committee’s agenda includes discussions of a pre-proposal for supplemental funding of the Allen House historic rehabilitation project in West Newton; a partial return of unspent funds and planning a change of purpose for the Homebuyer Assistance program; and potential future proposals for listing in the Community Preservation Plan.

The program website,, includes the full agenda and pre-meeting packet. For assistance, contact Alice Ingerson at or 617-796-1144.

November 13th, 7:00 pm
Newton City Hall, Room 204

Newton Power Choice
Nov 03, 2018 09:50 am | Newton PTO Council

What is Newton Power Choice and how can you impact the City’s decisions about your energy sources?  Come learn with LWVN!

The City of Newton is developing a new electricity program, called Newton Power Choice.  It will increase the amount of renewable energy in your electricity supply.  How much renewable energy do you think the City should include in its energy contracts?  And how much would you be willing to pay for cleaner energy?

Join members of the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) to hear about this electricity aggregation program and the impact it will have on our community’s efforts to address climate change.  RSVPs to are appreciated!

November 15th.,  8:00 – 9:30 am
Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Ave, Newton

For more information on Newton Power Choice, go to

Bringing families together at the Newton Family Conference
Nov 03, 2018 09:49 am | Newton PTO Council

The 2018 Newton Family Conference to be held on Saturday, December 1st,  1:00 – 4:00 pm at Newton North High School. The goal of the conference is to build relationships between families of color and white families within the district, advance dialogue around issues of race, culture, and identity and create opportunities for families within NPS to connect.

Participants will attend workshops on “Courageous Conversations About Race” facilitated by NPS trained facilitators. These sessions will be similar to the workshops in which Newton faculty and staff are participating.

The Family Conference is one way in which the Newton Public School District is seeking to create culturally responsive school communities with equity and excellence for all.

Please RSVP at (limited childcare is available.)

Help needed
Nov 03, 2018 09:37 am | Newton PTO Council

Family needs a “big sister” to supervise and drive (car will be provided if you have a license and insurance) their 12 year old daughter 3 days a week.  Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 or 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Tuesdays at 2:30 pm for just a drive to an activity. They’ll be as flexible as possible for the right candidate.

If interested in learning more, please text Pinar  at 617-957-7123.

Think Spring! Think Softball!
Nov 03, 2018 10:26 am | Newton PTO Council

Registration is opening next week for Newton Girls Softball (NGS), a recreational league for Newton girls (residents or girls who attend Newton Schools) in grades K-7.

The league welcomes players of all skill levels and will provide your daughter with an experience that fosters positive self-esteem, team spirit, and individual growth through personal achievement and as a team member. Players have fun, make new friends, and enjoy a healthy outdoor activity.

For more information and to register starting November 11th, please visit

Girls lacrosse
Nov 03, 2018 08:03 am | Newton PTO Council

Girls lacrosse opportunity in Newton.  Girls in grades 5-8 register now!  See the Girls Lax Newton flyer for information

Are you a Memorial Spaulding alumni or family?
Nov 03, 2018 08:02 am | Newton PTO Council

Please support the 5th Grade Class of 2019 and show your school spirit by purchasing a Memorial Spaulding sweatshirt or water bottle.  All orders must be placed by November 9th.

Click here: to see the options.

Registration is OPEN for all Winter children’s theatre programs
Nov 03, 2018 07:32 am | Newton PTO Council

Programs at Watertown Children’s Theatre include:

Peter Pan Jr. (Grades 3-6)
Jr. Players 3:30 (Grades K-2)
Jr. Players 4:45 (Grades K-2)
Holes (Grades 6-9)

Plus classes, workshops, and more! Register NOW!

Or email sign up now for an audition slot for:

Hamlet (Grades 9-12)
Rent (Grades 9-12)


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