In this issue:

Come spin to support the Centre Street Food Pantry
Sep 10, 2017 09:50 am | Newton PTO Council

Come spin to raise money for the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton. Funds will be used to purchase nutritious and delicious food. The requested donation is $100 per person or $150 per couple. There are only 40 spots so click here: Donate to secure yours!

Unable to spin? Help support the CSFP by donating here: CSFP

Every dollar counts!

September 18th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Healthworks, 1300 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill

Join the Newton Mothers’ Forum
Sep 10, 2017 09:46 am | Newton PTO Council

Are you interested in hearing from engaging speakers on a variety of relevant topics? Did you just move to the area and are looking to make new friends? Do you want a variety of social activities on the calendar for you and your family? Consider joining the Newton Mothers’ Forum!

NMF is a non-profit group made up of a community of moms (stay-at-home and working part- or full- time) with kids of all ages in Newton and surrounding towns. They sponsor activities where members can make connections beyond their school communities. The flagship event is a monthly Mothers’ Night Out (MNO): wine, dinner and fabulous speakers, this year’s series includes talks with National Security Expert Juliette Kayyem, sports psychologist Richard Ginsberg, and Family Dinner Project co-founder Anne Fishel. NMF also hosts a Book Club, Salon discussion group, Be Active fitness group and children’s parties.

Additional outings and special events include co-ed theme parties for grown-ups (Oktoberfest, Holiday, Wine & Cheese Tasting), a progressive dinner, theatre nights, and more. Check them out at, on Facebook (Newton Mothers’ Forum), or contact us at for more information. Annual dues are $185, which covers the cost of the seven-month speaker series with dinner, all parties and clubs.

Come check it out at the first MNO on October 2nd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm with Juliette Kayyem, Living in the Age of Terrorism: A Conversation with a National Security Expert – for just $30. That amount is applied toward your annual dues if you decide to join within 30 days.

Sign up for the NewtonSTEM newsletter
Sep 10, 2017 09:40 am | Newton PTO Council publishes a weekly newsletter of announcements about Science/Tech/Engineering/Math relevant to Newton students, parents, teachers, and community volunteers. Sign up for the weekly email here: Newsletter , and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Now in its seventh year, NewtonSTEM is a clearinghouse for information about STEM achievements, events, opportunities, and resources, both in and outside of school, specifically relevant to Newton. For more information — or to submit announcements — email

All That Jazz Dance
Sep 10, 2017 09:37 am | Newton PTO Council

All That Jazz Dance Studio, the proud winner of the Newton Tab Readers Choice Awards for Best Children’s Dance Studio in Newton since 2011, is still accepting registration for the 2017-2018 school year.

All That Jazz specializes 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.

Please call today to find out more information or to register: 617-641-0784, or visit

Yoga and Meditation for Children
Sep 10, 2017 09:33 am | Newton PTO Council

Nurturing the Body, Mind, and Heart for ages 4-12. This class will offer children a fun filled yoga and meditation practice. At all levels this practice will invite children to experience their body in a joyful, safe, and positive way.

Children will develop a practice that engages the body through asana, movement through poses, balance, strength, and flexibility. Partner and group activities, movement, and games will encourage awareness of the body, cooperation and support for one another. Breath work, short meditations, and Savasana will invite children to relax and experience a sense of calm and connection. Confidence, self esteem, a strong mind/body connection, and a sense of freedom and joy are just a few of the many benefits of a yoga and meditation practice.

Tuesdays, beginning September 26th
Ages 4-6, 1:15 – 2:00 pm
Ages 7-9, 2:15 – 3:00 pm
Ages 10-12, 3:15 – 4:00 pm

Classes are taught by Michelle Bissanti. For more information and to register visit:

The Boston Center for Contemplative Practice
796 Beacon Street, Newton Centre

Change of date for kick-off meeting Newton Cub Scout meeting
Sep 09, 2017 08:39 pm | Newton PTO Council

Please note that the date has changed for the Newton Cub Scout Pack 210’s 2017-18 kick-off/welcome meeting. All are welcome to come, ask questions and sign up for scouting (or not – you can decide later!).

Feel free to get in touch with David Ismay at if you have any questions.

September 13th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The Carroll Center’s Tech Center, 770 Centre Street

Etiquette Boot Camp for youth
Sep 09, 2017 07:13 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Etiquette Boot Camp for ages 7-17 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

Sunday, September 17th
Crowne Plaza, Boston/Newton Hotel

Back to School nutrition seminar
Sep 09, 2017 06:39 pm | Newton PTO Council

Join Megan Boitano, MS, RD, LDN, for an engaging and educational event featuring actionable strategies aimed at helping your family build healthy habits around food choices and physical activity.

Topics will include: planning meals for your kids (pre-k to teens), strategies to engage kids in planning/shopping and ensuring your approach is family-centered and sustainable. See the flyer here: Nutrition. Visit the website

September 20th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
West Suburban YMCA
276 Church Street, Newton


Save the date for: “Raising a Resilient Teen”
Sep 09, 2017 06:23 pm | Newton PTO Council

Save the date: Hear Dr. Susan Swick speak on “Raising a Resilient Teen” on October 11th.

Parents/guardians are invited to an informative and practical session on managing vulnerability and fostering resilience (the capacity to adapt in a setting of adversity) in teens. For details, see the flyer: Resilient Teen.

October 11th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton North auditorium

Registration at The Conservatory at Highlands is now Open!
Sep 09, 2017 06:22 pm | Newton PTO Council

Fall 2017 Registration at The Conservatory at Highlands (located right next to Create A Cook) is now Open! Sign up for the best music lessons with the best teachers at or call 617-903-0944 to meet the teachers.

Finally, get on track with that instrument you’ve always wanted to learn…with the kindest, most patient teachers around. The Conservatory offers private music lessons in many instruments, including piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar, drums, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, ukulele, and many more. Sign up for rock bands, which meet weekly; or try out our state-of-the-art recording studio with audio production lessons and more!

The Conservatory at Highlands is locally owned and operated and offers a 21st-century music education that is equally inclusive and challenging taught by the best musicians in Boston. The Conservatory is your community music school, where we can all learn and develop the craft of music together. Stop in and check out their cool space at 51 Winchester Street, Newton Highlands.

Feel free to e-mail with any questions.

Do you have a child that loves to sing?
Sep 09, 2017 06:12 pm | Newton PTO Council

Join VOICES Boston children’s chorus for the 2017-2018 season! With singing at its core and training in dance and drama, VOICES Boston changes the lives of children, building confidence, discipline, leadership and a love of music that will last a lifetime.

They have ensembles for singers grades K-8 and rehearse at the William H Lincoln School in Brookline. VOICES singers perform a wide range of repertoire, from classical to world music, gospel to new music and present an opera every year.

To sign up or just learn more about the program, visit or contact Kathryn DiMaria at 857-366-0034 or

Trombone and Low Brass Music Lessons
Sep 09, 2017 06:07 pm | Newton PTO Council

Looking for a private instructor for you or your child in Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone Horn, or Tuba lessons? Mitchel Wong is available to teach these instruments. An alumnus of Angier, Brown, and South, he graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Music.

Mitchel is certified in MA and has experience teaching and working with students of all ages, whether just starting in 4th grade or seniors in high school working on auditions. If you’re interested, please contact him at

In-home Academic Coaching
Sep 09, 2017 05:53 pm | Newton PTO Council

Since 2009 Next Level Up has been helping Newton families and their students improve and succeed. At Next Level Up, academic coaches are ready and looking forward to another great school year, eager to assist in subjects ranging from Reading & Writing, to all levels of Math, to Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Their big picture, processed based approach will also help all students establish solid organizational, time management, and study skills. Get a head start on the year. Contact Next Level Up for a free initial meeting at or 781-540-1123. Visit the website

Wellesley Theatre Project
Sep 09, 2017 05:49 pm | Newton PTO Council

Wellesley Theatre Project is a nonprofit children’s theatre company for students 4 years old to 12th grade. Join this fall for fun events, classes, and productions!

Fall classes:
Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre Dance
Design and Production
Stage Combat

Production Classes:
Students will explore their creativity and expand their acting, singing, and dancing skills. From audition preparation to Opening Night, all students will learn what it takes to produce a stage show.

You can find more information by clicking here.

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42 Vernon St.
Newton, MA 02458

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