In this issue:

You’re Invited-Lunar New Year Party
Feb 11, 2018 04:27 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Chinese-American Association of Newton cordially invites you and your family to join a celebration of 2018 Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dog.

Enjoy Chinese food, Performance, Cultural Activities, Games and Free Professional Digital Portraits. Tickets at Door: Adult $15.00; Student (K-12) $12.00; Children under 6 free

Please RSVP to Hong by February 16th by calling 617-335-0840.

Vacation Week Drop in Play Space
Feb 11, 2018 04:24 pm | Newton PTO Council

Looking for a fun place for you and your toddler to spend the morning during February
vacation? On February 21st and February 23rd from 9:30 – 11:00 am, join Time for Partners Art & Music teacher, Paula Gannon, at a drop-in Playspace at Newton City Hall.

For children ages 18 months to 5 years with a caregiver – make an art project, make some music and make new friends! You do not need to be a registered participant in the Time for Partners class to enjoy this fun vacation program, just drop in! $10.00 per child or $25.00 per family. Any questions, please call 617-796-1540.

Leadership and Public Speaking Workshop
Feb 11, 2018 04:20 pm | Newton PTO Council

Lumos is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during February and April vacation breaks. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors. The class is lots of fun and very active – a good class even for for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9.

For more information call 617-901-4564. Register at:

Happily ever after…..the Tanglewood Marionettes present “Cinderella”
Feb 11, 2018 04:19 pm | Newton PTO Council

A classic fairy tale told with wit and style, this production of “Cinderella” is a Tanglewood Marionettes showpiece. Set in the eighteenth century and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed 30” marionettes, the story unfolds as the pages of a giant book open to reveal each beautifully painted setting – the village square, the rustic kitchen, the magnificent ballroom, plus many more. All your favorite characters are here, from gentle Cinderella to the bumptious stepsisters and the charming Prince.

Based on the original beloved tale, there are a few new surprises: Cinderella’s method of conveyance to the ball is NOT the traditional horse-drawn coach, and, when all hope seems lost, a clever little bluebird saves the day for Cinderella. Tickets $8.00 in advance at or $10.00 at the door.

During school vacation, February 22nd, 11:00 am and 1:30 pm at the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall.

Preschooler next Fall?
Feb 11, 2018 04:17 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton preschools are actively enrolling! Need help choosing the right preschool for
your child? Not sure where to start? Visit for a comprehensive preschool guide, information on financial aid, a guide on choosing the right preschool for your child, and other resources for parents.

Time for Partners
Feb 11, 2018 04:14 pm | Newton PTO Council

The popular art & music class for children ages 18 months to 4 years with an adult is thriving in the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall! A terrific way to learn, have fun and make friends – and that’s not just for the kids! Parents, nannies and grandparents enjoy this long-running program also. Children make creative and enriching art projects and enjoy singing and fun with beloved performer David Polansky.

The classes fill up very quickly, so don’t wait! Classes are Monday -Friday, 9:30 – 11:15 am, January 30th – June 1st. To register: click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Register, click on Programs or Activities, click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Time for Partners and choose your day.

Or call 617-796-1540 for more information.

Newton Youth Players Now on Mondays too!
Feb 11, 2018 04:12 pm | Newton PTO Council

Due to overwhelming demand, Newton Youth Players is delighted to announce a fourth day! Starting on March 26th, “Bye Bye Birdie” will have another cast: Monday!

The location is the same: Newton City Hall, the time is a little different: 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Enroll now at

The exciting new addition to the Newton Youth Players family is the exceptionally
talented team of Co-Directors: Hannah Rosenberg and Linda Goetz.

Hannah Rosenberg is thrilled to join Newton Youth Players as a director for” Bye Bye
Birdie”! Hannah has been involved in theatre since a young child and recently
became a part of Newton Theatre Company as an actor and Development Director.

Linda Goetz is a professional actress, writer and director; and one of the founders of
the Newton Nomadic Theater. In recent years she was nominated for Best Actress
by the Independent Reviewers of New England for her role as Lady Macbeth with the
FUDGE Theatre.

Free Workshop on Body Confidence
Feb 11, 2018 04:09 pm | Newton PTO Council

Free workshop on building body confidence in our children:

Are you a parent or caregiver? In our image-driven world it may seem hard to foster
body confidence in our children. Join this FREE MEDA event to learn how to help your child have a happy & healthy relationship with their body. Come learn strategies for success. Children who feel good about their bodies are: LESS likely to develop eating issues, MORE likely to participate in sports and extra curricular activities, LESS likely to use drugs and alcohol, MORE likely to develop a healthy relationship with exercise.

For more information and to RSVP go to

MEDA (Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association) is a Newton based nonprofit
located at 288 Walnut Street, Suite 130, Newton.

Sign up for the 2018 MEDA conference today!

Celebrate Girls Day!
Feb 11, 2018 04:03 pm | Newton PTO Council

Join Debbi Michiko Florence in a celebration of the Japanese holiday, Girls’ Day. She will talk about about Girls’ Day, do an origami activity and read from (and sign) Jasmine Toguchi Super Sleuth.

AND there will be mochi!

For more information, please visit

March 3rd, 11:00 am
Newtonville Books
10 Langley Rd, Newton

Elementary parent’s hours
Feb 11, 2018 03:58 pm | Newton PTO Council

Seeking infant care for 8 month old baby, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm on weekdays, not Tuesdays. Must be a Non-smoker, experienced, $20.00/hour. On Adams near Washington, Newton Corner/Newtonville. Please contact

After school babysitter needed
Feb 11, 2018 03:55 pm | Newton PTO Council

A Newton family with 3 children is looking for an after school babysitter to join their
family. The children are 13, 10, and 6 years-old respectively.

Duties are mainly to pick up the children from school and drive them to and from their activities. Must have own car. Reference required. Please contact Sophie at

Piano for Sale
Feb 11, 2018 03:54 pm | Newton PTO Council

Like-new Yamaha M450 upright piano from 2006 (original owner, Newton Highlands).
The piano is brown cherry, in excellent condition, no scratches, serial #292850. Includes matching bench.

Asking $2,500; please email Magdalena at if interested.

Newton teacher inducted into state Hall of Fame for Science Educators
Feb 08, 2018 03:54 pm | Newton PTO Council

Mary Buttiglieri, Bigelow Middle School science teacher, was inducted into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators.

Interested to learn more? Read the complete article here:

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