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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week
May 05, 2018 09:57 pm | Newton PTO Council

This is Teacher Appreciation Week! If you want to do something special for your child’s teacher or other staff this year, consider the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program. Make a $25.00 donation (or any amount) to the foundation in the teacher’s name. Notifications will be sent to each teacher honored, as well as to Principals and the Superintendent. In addition, their names will appear in a special announcement in the Newton TAB.

Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack or in your mailbox if you have children in the upper grades. To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to

Donations are tax-deductible and go toward programs enhancing educational excellence, including valuable professional development opportunities for teachers, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and a wealth of new curricula and learning opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students.

May 7th – 11th is Teacher Appreciation Week

Is someone you know at risk?
May 05, 2018 08:35 pm | Newton PTO Council

Please join Newton Cares at their spring event, ‘Never Worry Alone’. Come listen to a panel of local mental health experts discuss the issues and challenges that can arise for our loved ones at any time. The emphasis will be placed on recognizing when and how to get help.

Resource tables staffed by local mental health organizations will share information with attendees. RSVP (requested, not required): For questions, please email

May 7th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
345 Walnut St., Newtonville

Family Panel & Discussion on “Being Muslim in America Today”
May 05, 2018 08:26 pm | Newton PTO Council

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be Muslim living in Newton?

Do you wish you knew how to stand up for Muslims when you hear negative comments or hear about acts of violence against Muslims in the news?

Join a diverse panel discussion with Muslim parents, educators, and members of our community. They will share their experiences and you will have a chance to ask questions.

You are invited to come learn about different ways of being Muslim as you gain understanding, learn how to dispel myths and common misconceptions, and find ways to be more inclusive and supportive of Muslims in Newton and our wider community.

This is a family event, meant for children 4th grade and up and their parents or caregivers.
Please RSVP here: Hosted by FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice

May 8th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Angier Elementary School
1697 Beacon Street, Waban

Newton CPA Program – Project Reports on WPA Mural & Newton Highlands Playground
May 05, 2018 08:22 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton’s Community Preservation Committee will hear final reports on the WPA mural restored for display at Newton North High School and on the Newton Highlands Playground, at Winchester and Dedham Streets.

View the full agenda and pre-meeting materials at For assistance contact Alice Ingerson at or 617-796-1144.

May 8th, 7:00 pm
Newton City Hall, Room 204

Newton Community Farm’s Seedling Sale
May 05, 2018 08:18 pm | Newton PTO Council

Planting and cultivating a home garden is a wonderful way to spend time with your family. Newton Community Farm is here to help you get a jump start with their annual Seedling Sale. They’ll have a wide variety of seedlings for vegetables, herbs, flowers, and that favorite summer crop, tomatoes. In addition, they’ll also be selling Vermont Compost to help your garden grow.

The greenhouse is already busy, and they’ve started hundreds of varieties from the same seeds that they use to grow seedlings for the produce they sell. So get the varieties you know are great and support your local community farm. The Seedling Sale is sponsored by Bokx 109 American Prime.

May 19th and May 20th, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm

Kids PMC Ride
May 05, 2018 07:48 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Kids PMC Ride is back and better than ever! Get your bike ready to roll for this fantastic event. Rider and volunteer check-in begins at 8:00 am. Two-wheeled riders will zoom around a one-mile loop on Wells Avenue in Newton as many times as they can from 9:00 – 10:00 am. The 3-wheeled and balance bike crowd will tear it up on a separate tot course.

Be sure to stick around for the POST-RIDE PARTY starting at 10:00 am. There will be food, face painting, bike decorating, raffles, and more. This is a great way to get kids involved in raising money for an amazing cause. All proceeds go towards cancer research and patient support at the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber.

May 20th, 8:00  – 11:00 am
Click here to register:

Too old to ride but want to support the event? Please VOLUNTEER:

6th annual Tour de Newton registration is open
May 05, 2018 07:40 pm | Newton PTO Council

Register now for the 6th annual Tour de Newton. Register by May 24th and pay 2015 rates of $5.00 child, $10.00 adult, under 3 FREE. Go to

This year there will be a new format. Tour de Newton Magical Mystery Tour will have 4 start locations (Newton Centre, West Newton, Newtonville and Waban),  a contra tour,  and a petite tour. Each bike route will travel to several other villages, experience fun surprises, see hidden Newton treasures and back roads and then lead to an 11:00 am rally at Newton City Hall with all the riders and birthday wishes for Bike Newton, that turns 10 years old this year. Return when you wish or with a ride leader to your start location to finish by 12:30. As always, the rides are guided, family friendly, no rider left behind.

While the tour is in action, City Hall will be busy with a new event for cyclists who aren’t yet road ready, #BikeHappyKids. This event will include leveled ride areas aimed at teaching skills, building confidence and having fun. There will be inclusive elements such as balance bikes and (hopefully) adaptive bikes. There will also be demonstrations of different styles of bikes, useful accessories and information on biking gear that makes biking safer and easier.

June 17th,  9:00 am


College Essay Workshops!
May 05, 2018 07:34 pm | Newton PTO Council

ActiveMinds Tutoring is pleased to announce their College Essay Workshops! Offering you the same caliber of quality instruction that they’ve brought to clients for over a decade, these workshops will be taught by an Ivy league essay expert.

Choose one of three workshops: What makes an effective essay ⋆ Brainstorm unique topics ⋆ Outline/draft  to be held in June, August, or September in Newton.

Price: $225.00 or refer a friend for a $50.00 discount!  To learn more and to sign up your soon-to-be rising senior, click here

K-12 Academic Coaching
May 05, 2018 07:33 pm | Newton PTO Council

Has your child embraced the idea and the importance of finishing the school year on a strong note?

This momentum can carry them through the summer months and help during that first week back in the fall. Next Level Up Academic Coaching can provide the push, focus, and perspective needed for your student to end the year on a high note. They’ve been working with Newton families since 2009 and their professional academic coaches incorporate all of the necessary skills to be successful: organizational and time management skills, effort, fundamentals, and positive study habits.

Nest Level Up also offers academic coaches available to continue through the summer months. Contact them at  781-540-1123 or For more information, visit

Reading specialist available
May 05, 2018 07:27 pm | Newton PTO Council

Certified Reading Specialist Christine Mandell,  M. Ed in Reading Education, 15+ years of experience, and trained in Phono-Graphix, Lindamood, & O.G. specializes in creatively remediating students who read at or below a 2nd grade level. Age 5 to 7 only.

Her child-friendly lessons incorporate games, toys, and children’s own stories. Excellent references. Free initial assessment. $40.00 per hour. Formerly employed by “The Learning Lab @ Lesley.” Please contact her at or 617-323-4709.

Debate and Public Speaking Summer Camp
May 05, 2018 07:22 pm | Newton PTO Council

Your child can learn debate and public speaking this summer at Lumos. It’s a really fun program, with fun activities and games your child will love.

Open to students in Grades 6-9. For more informatio, email or call 617-901-4564. Register at You can use the special promo code “COMMUNITY” for $300 off.


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