In this issue:

Quick survey to save the planet
Nov 12, 2017 10:20 am | Newton PTO Council

Help a Robotics Team of 4-8th graders (including an Angier student) that is participating in the First Lego League (FLL). They are working to reduce the amount of water people use on their lawns. By answering the following questions on this 3-5 minute survey, you can support this research and their efforts to save the environment.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “if the average sized lawn in the United States is watered for 20 minutes every day for 7 days, it’s like running the shower constantly for 4 days or taking more than 800 showers.” Please help them gather this information so they can find out how to help the environment and hopefully you.

Click here to complete the survey

Creating Successful Students
Nov 12, 2017 10:20 am | Newton PTO Council

Middle school parents and students are invited to “Creating Successful Students” to learn strategies for reducing academic stress, conquering procrastination, and strengthening executive functioning skills at home. Specific strategies include:

  • Managing nightly homework
  • Short-term and long-term assignment planning and time management
  • How to get “unstuck” when having trouble initiating tasks
  • How to organize papers, assignments, belongings, and more.

Workshop will be presented by Dan Levine and Melissa Wilson of Engaging Minds, an after school learning center with locations in Newton and Natick. The strategies presented will not require purchasing services from Engaging Minds. Please RSVP to

8th Annual Nurturing Minds African Evening November 18th
Nov 12, 2017 10:16 am | Newton PTO Council

Please join this great event and help SEGA girls school graduates pursue their continuing education. SEGA operates a quality secondary boarding school for over 250 vulnerable Tanzanian girls. See full announncement here: Nuturing Minds.

Turkey trot on November 18th benefits the Newton Food Pantry
Nov 12, 2017 10:11 am | Newton PTO Council

Online registration for the 4th annual Newton Turkey Trot closes on Monday, November 13th!

This event kicks off with a 1 mile kids’ fun run at 8:30 am followed by the 5K race at 9:00 am. See for information and registration.  Not a runner? Join the fun as a volunteer! Details are in the volunteer section of the website.

New this year – bring a nonperishable food item to bib pick up and our partners at Whole Foods Market will donate too, doubling the donation to the Newton Food Pantry!

Missed the online registration? Sign up at Bib pick up on Thursday, Friday or on Saturday morning before the race. Sign up soon, this race will sell out!

November 18th, 8:30 am kids’ run, 9:00 am 5K

LigerBots Host FLL Regional Qualifying Tournament & Maker Fair
Nov 12, 2017 10:05 am | Newton PTO Council

The LigerBots are hosting a FIRST LEGO League competition, the Newton Qualifier, on the theme of Hydro Dynamics. About 300 Massachusetts students in grades 4-8 will compete using LEGO robots they designed, built, and programmed to perform complex tasks. Alongside the competition there will be a maker fair with hands-on STEAM activities for all ages and opportunities to see, touch, and drive robots built by high school students! Bring your family and spend the day (free admission)!

November 18th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street, Newton

Gather for Hope
Nov 11, 2017 03:54 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton PATH is holding an event for people who have loved ones suffering from addiction called Gather for Hope. There will be stories of hope, effective strategies for self- care, local addiction recovery resources, and an optional training on how to administer Narcan (overdose reversal drug available to all without a prescription).

November 16th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
American Legion Post 400, 295 California Street

A Multi Cultural Festival – Celebrating World Traditions in the Heart of Newton
Nov 11, 2017 03:50 pm | Newton PTO Council

Come enjoy A Multi Cultural Festival. The uniqueness of this cultural festival is in its interactive quality, an inclusive and broad-minded global perspective sharing experiences of harmony, celebration, and unity within the wonder of diversity.

Every performance will either invite audience participation, whether it be in Italian Renaissance Commedia Dell’Arte scenarios, Tai Chi, or the crowd-pleasing Zumba; or have an instructional element in their performance, such as folk songs from the Caribbean or The American Chinese Art Society showcasing traditional Chinese dances.

In between acts, there will be spotlights on different booths representing different cultures and countries: Africa, Barbados, China, India, Venezuela and Peru. There will be short talks and interactive demonstrations: Calligraphy by Betty Chang and Yung-Chi-Sung, Maasai Beading traditions by Isaya Oleporuo of The Warriors organization, Origami, Makers and Meaning of Diwali craft traditions by Lakshmi Narayan Kadambi of Thinkfolk, and more surprises. All this and more sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

And last, but not least of course, there is food! International tastes for sale from Indian, Chinese, Caribbean, Latin and Italian cuisines and Arts and Crafts for sale. Admission is free. Please contact the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs for more information at 617-796-1540.

November 19th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall

Volunteers needed
Nov 11, 2017 03:46 pm | Newton PTO Council

Volunteers needed for the upcoming A Multi Cultural Festival organized by the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs. The uniqueness of this cultural festival is in its interactive quality, an inclusive and broad-minded global perspective sharing experiences of harmony, celebration, and unity within the wonder of diversity.

Last minute circumstances have left organizers short of volunteers to help with arts and crafts activities. Helpin out entails guidance with making small clay diyas that hold tealight candles, and instruction in simple origami pieces. High school-aged kids or parents who are willing to assist for an hour or two (or more) please contact Jeannie Smith at 617-796-1540.

November 19th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Newton City Hall

Come to a benefit to support the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund
Nov 11, 2017 03:32 pm | Newton PTO Council

Please join in a fun-filled evening in support of a great cause. Student ensembles from Newton North and South will provide live music. You’ll enjoy other entertainment including a raffle and silent auction. There will be light fare and a cash bar.

The benefit will raise funds for the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund (MASF) which supports Newton high school student enrichment activities such as music travel & off-site performances, and private music lessons and summer music camps for students with limited means.

The mission of MASF is to empower Newton students to positively impact the world around them through music. Tickets will be $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids. To purchase tickets, click

December 1st, 7:00 pm
Hibernian Hall, 151 Watertown Street, Watertown

Historic Newton events
Nov 11, 2017 03:23 pm | Newton PTO Council

FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON – Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums:  Jackson Homestead and Museum at 527 Washington Street and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds at 286 Waverley Avenue. For information: 617-796-1450.

December 2nd and 3rd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

SUGAR AND SPICE: GINGERBREAD HISTORY – In early America, ginger was considered a sign of wealth because it had to be imported. Not until after Christmas
became a national holiday in 1870 did gingerbread become associated with American celebrations of Christmas. Chase down the story of the gingerbread man and his ancestors with Clara Silverstein of Historic Newton.

The talk is part of the Waterworks Museum’s Gingerbread Open House from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. View the magical display of gingerbread houses and creations of some of Greater Boston’s finest bakeries and caterers. Kids are welcome to try decorating a gingerbread cookie of their own. Visit the vendor hall and start (or finish!) your holiday shopping.
Suggested donation, $5 per person. For information: 617-277-0065

December 2nd, 2:00 pm
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill

Stress Management Workshop for Teens and Parents
Nov 11, 2017 03:20 pm | Newton PTO Council

Sign up at
December 2nd,  11:00 am – 1:30 pm, $88/person
Cary Memorial Building: Estabrook Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington

Etiquette Boot Camp
Nov 11, 2017 03:13 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Etiquette Boot Camp will prepare a child for the next family dinner, social gathering, or formal event. Participants will learn how to start and maintain conversations with adults and peers, how to introduce themselves, when to interrupt, and much more.

Do you know a child that is struggling with table manners? Participants will learn how to set the table, use their napkin, pass food, and use utensils the European and American way. The 4-hour program is interactive, thought-provoking and fun, and is specifically developed for two different age groups, 7-12 and 13-17, targeting the social challenges affecting today’s youth. For more information visit

December 10th, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Boston – Newton Hotel

Ski and Snowboard Registration for Newton Parks and Recreation
Nov 11, 2017 03:08 pm | Newton PTO Council

Learn to ski or snowboard with Newton Parks and Recreation with lessons at Nashoba Valley Ski Area. Transportation from Newton is provided from the Albemarle Field House. This 6 week program runs on Tuesdays for grades 3 – 5 and Fridays for grades 5 – 10 starting January 2nd.

For more information go to and click on Recreation Programs then Skiing for more information. Registration begins online on Tuesday October 24th at and has filled quickly in the past. Contact Channon Ames DiCiurcio at or at 617-796-1529 for more information.

Calling all creative kids and teens!
Nov 11, 2017 03:06 pm | Newton PTO Council

Explore outstanding options for summer fun at Maine Arts Camp. As we head into the holiday season, it’s time to start thinking about next summer! Located on the beautiful campus of Colby College, Maine Arts Camp is a small overnight camp community that offers inventive 9 to 16-year-olds all the fun of a traditional summer experience combined with exceptional opportunities to pursue their passion across multiple arts disciplines.

Maine Arts campers choose individualized schedules from a wide range covering visual arts, theater, music, dance, culinary arts, robotics, film-making, photography, and individual sports, such as kayaking, hiking, and tennis, With a 3:1 camper to staff ratio, MAC’s team of highly qualified professional educators can give each child the personal attention they need to grow and thrive as an artist and as an individual.
Visit to learn more and find out what makes Maine Arts Camp so different and so special. If you have any questions, or would like to set up a meeting, please email Camp Director Rick Mades at or Newton parent Anabel Cable at

Camp Kingswood Open House
Nov 11, 2017 03:04 pm | Newton PTO Council

Camp Kingswood, the JCC overnight camp, will hold an open house. Meet the camp director and staff and learn how Camp Kingswood is a place to be active, a place to make lifelong friends and a place to build Jewish identity.

Located on a beautiful waterfront in Bridgton, Maine, Kingswood is a coed overnight camp for kids entering grades 3-11. Campers and experienced staff create a fun, positive, and diverse community where Jewish values and exciting activities in sports, outdoor adventure, water sports and visual and performing arts are the core of the program. Zohar Special Needs Inclusion Program (ages 10-17) and Zohar Special Needs Vocational Program (ages 17-21) also available.

Bus transportation to and from camp available. For more information, visit or call 617-558-6531. Everyone welcome.

December 3rd, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Leventhal-Sidman Center, 333 Nahanton Street

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