In this issue:

Registration open for 17/18 Destination Imagination season
Jun 07, 2017 12:57 pm | 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

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

And click here for a sneak peak at the 2017-2018 challenges.


Seeking Nominations for the 8th Annual Special Educator Awards
Jun 04, 2017 08:25 am | Newton PTO Council

The Newton SEPAC, Special Education Parent Advisory Council, is seeking nominations for the 8th Annual Special Educator Awards. The deadline for nominations is June 5th.

The Special Educator Awards are presented to Newton faculty and staff members who have done exceptional work with students receiving special education services. Parents/guardians and students may submit nominations and may nominate any staff member who they believe has done exceptional work. Past award recipients have included special education and regular education teachers, aides, BTs, secretaries, principals, and custodians.

Please note that the awards do not identify you or your child by name, to preserve the child’s confidentiality. Only the honoree is given the name of the family who nominated him or her. Please use this link to submit your nomination:

Please nominate your educator ASAP to enable your honoree to plan to attend the ceremony and bring family/friends. You do not need to nominate your child’s whole team to avoid hurt feelings. Please only nominate those who have done exceptional work.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on June 14th at Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street, Newtonville.

Oak Hill/Brown Speech Team Open House
Jun 04, 2017 08:21 am | Newton PTO Council

The Oak Hill/Brown Middle School Speech Team and Public Speaking Course is offered each school year to students in grades 6-8 through Newton Community Education. Please come to learn what the OH/B Speech Team is all about! There will be demonstrations, performances, games, activities and treats! All Brown and Oak Hill students have the opportunity to register for the course and join the team next year. In light of that, the current team is hosting an Open House to friends, family members and potential interested students and their families. This is a fun opportunity to check out the Speech Team at the Middle School level. (Newton South High School has a state champion speech and debate team as well as a required Sophomore Speech Event for all students.) The Oak Hill/Brown Speech Team prepares students and provides them with the tools necessary for this vital life skill for middle school, high school and beyond.

Everyone is welcome! For more information,  email Coach V at

June 5th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Newton South High School Library

Register today for the Newton Highlands Village Day 5K
Jun 04, 2017 08:19 am | Newton PTO Council

The Village Day 5K is back on June 11th! We hope parents and children will start the morning off great by participating in our family-oriented Village Day 5K sponsored by Whole Foods Market. $30 per adult, $10 per child. T-shirts to the first 150 registered runners. Register online today: If you have any questions, email Maureen Oates at

Have an hour free on Sunday morning but don’t want to run? Then help out our small Village Day 5K team by volunteering for the event. We need help with registration, the water stop at Cold Spring Park and race monitors on the course. It’s fun and you get a free t-shirt. Click this link to volunteer:

100 Miles in 100 Days
Jun 04, 2017 08:17 am | Newton PTO Council

Activate Newton Summer Challenge: 100 Miles in 100 Days. Starting June 1st, Activate Newton challenges YOU to walk 100 miles this summer. Log your progress on our ChallengeRunner page and be entered to win amazing prizes! If you need activity ideas, check out the Activate Newton webpage for an activities calendar, walking maps, and more:

Multi-House yard sale
Jun 04, 2017 08:15 am | Newton PTO Council

Toys, books, housewares, furniture, Sporting goods, cookware, jewelry
And much, much, more!

June 10th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Devon Terrace

Donate to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research
Jun 04, 2017 08:14 am | Newton PTO Council

Hannah’s Heroes is a team of Newton athletes competing in the upcoming Cohasset Triathlon on June 25 to benefit JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Countryside moms Catharina Armstrong, Karin Zalkind and Leslie Gonzalez, and Newton Students Hannah (junior at South), Matthew (freshman at South) and Noah (6th grade at Brown) Gonzalez make up the team. Hannah, a junior at Newton South, has type 1 Diabetes.

The more you donate to JDRF, the more chances you get! Donate $25 = 1 ticket, $50 =3 tickets, Donate $100= 8 tickets. Prizes include facials, hair treatments, hydrofacials, and gift certificates from local businesses Indulge, Extra Innings, Sweet Tomatoes, Equinox, Capital Grill, Bebe Spa, Dermatology and Skin Care Associates, Joie de Vie Salon and more!

Click here for more details.
Donate here!  Thank you!

Dance Studio Spring Open House
Jun 04, 2017 08:11 am | Newton PTO Council

All That Jazz Dance Studio Spring Open House. All That Jazz is now accepting registration for the 2017-2018 school year, as well as summer classes. The proud winner of the Newton Tab Readers Choice Awards for Best Children’s Dance Studio in Newton since 2011, they specialize in building self-esteem and creating a warm, supportive and nurturing environment for all children as they learn the art of dance. The director, Miss Deb Lifson Vogel is a Newton native and currently has children in the Newton Public Schools.

Open House: June 12th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Teen Study Nights @ the Newton Free Library
Jun 04, 2017 08:09 am | Newton PTO Council

The Library will remain open late (until 11:00 pm) during finals this year. Don’t stress! Stop by the auditorium, you’ll have some fun study breaks, like coloring, hula hoops, and snacks. There will also be extra supplies on hand, like paper, highlighters, easels and more. Every night they’ll also have food, like pizza and ice cream. Check here for more information.

June 15th, 19th, 20th, and 21st

New Student-Run Cookie Business
Jun 04, 2017 08:06 am | Newton PTO Council

Three Newton South students, Charlie Mirabile, Cameron Gilchrist, and Greg Umansky have recently started a cookie business called Newton Cookie Service. They deliver fresh homemade cookies every Sunday to their subscribers, both traditional recipes and original ones, one recipe per week! It costs $12.00 for one batch, and there is no commitment or minimum subscription time. This Sunday, June 11th will be their second week of deliveries, and the recipe will be chocolate dipped sugar cookies!

If you or someone you know is interested or would like to try it out, email them at with your name, delivery address, and whether you want weekly or biweekly cookies!

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