In this issue:

Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo
Jan 07, 2018 02:25 pm | Newton PTO Council

  • Discover community resources promoting positive decision making for teen
  • Enjoy refreshments and student performances as you browse the exhibits
  • The first 50 teens who bring a parent will receive a treat bag
  • Drawing grand prize:Bose SoundLink
  • “American Ninja Warrior” live demo!

This expo coincides with Junior Night; parents/guardians of juniors are asked to come early to explore the expo. Walnut and Lowell Street lots and Hull Street will be available for parking. Please observe neighborhood signs and restrictions.

To learn more Check out this flyer: Expo or go to

January 18th, 5:00- 7:30 pm
Newton North High School

14th annual Teen Summer Program Expo
Jan 05, 2018 04:25 pm | Newton PTO Council

FREE and open to the public.

Find the perfect summer experience for middle and high school students. Meet directors of more than 80 enriching summer programs, both day and overnight, with local, national and international options. Programs for every budget and interest including academic enrichment, adventure travel, teen tours, teen camps, community service, leadership and wilderness training, internships, sport instruction, language immersion, arts, theatre, music, college prep, STEM and gap year opportunities. Efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, safety, costs & supervision. Bring friends and travel together!

Save time and pre-register at:

Follow @teensummerexposma on Instagram for updates or check out Facebook.

January 29th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm (snow date: January 31st)
Newton South High School cafeteria
140 Brandeis Road

Help around Town
Jan 05, 2018 04:16 pm | Newton PTO Council

Do you have teenagers at home (or college students) who are willing to shovel neighbors out? Have them check out

HelpAroundTown has already facilitated over 5,000 jobs between neighbors and is being used in half the towns in MA. There are elderly neighbors who need help managing the snow.

The website is designed to be easy and safe for teenagers to get their first jobs. Every one has a profile and both people rate/recommend each other after a job, so HelpAroundTown is as a reputation-builder and a career-launcher. Jobs can be searched within a mile of one’s house – perfect for connecting with neighbors who need help after a snowstorm.

14 is the minimum age. Parents need to sign their approval of 14 and 15 year olds. Parents of all minors (under 17) get an email with a link to every job their kid applies to, asking the parents to advise their children.

It’s free to use all these features and to post jobs when one needs help. Non-profits can also advertise their events & fundraisers, free, on the Bulletin Board, and recruit volunteers.

Questions? Call 781-325-8696 or email

Be the parent you want to be
Jan 05, 2018 04:01 pm | Newton PTO Council

Come to an Introduction to the Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving approach.
Do you ever feel frustrated with your child/teenager? Find yourself shouting and imposing consequences in reaction to challenging behavior? Imagine having a simple framework that guides you in every parenting challenge and brings out the best in both you and your child.

The Collaborative Problem Solving approach will give you concrete tools to relate better to your kids, reduce their challenging behavior, and build their skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving. See for more information and to register for the CPS workshop starting January 22nd in Newton.

Piano teacher available
Jan 05, 2018 03:50 pm | Newton PTO Council

A Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music and Master of Music in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory with 30+ years teaching experience is available for lessons.

Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sight-reading while building a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. Contact Gloria Jasinski at 617-566-9704 or

In-home tutoring
Jan 05, 2018 03:47 pm | Newton PTO Council

ActiveMinds Tutoring is your source for IN-HOME tutoring. Effective, personalized, and convenient. All Grades/All Subjects, plus Test Prep (ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT) and College Admission Essay guidance.

ActiveMinds helps accelerate your child’s learning and preparation. See for more information.

Reserve your tutor today! Call 617-227-2225 or email 

Job Opportunity
Jan 05, 2018 07:26 am | Newton PTO Council

Job Opportunity in business development and event planning. Work with Mason Rice Parent Alums. Please see the LinkedIn ad for details: Job opportunity.

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Newton, MA 02458

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