In this issue

Burr Online Auction
Jan 20, 2019 08:53 am | Newton PTO Council

The Burr Elementary School online auction runs from January 19th at 9:00 pm to  January 26th at 9:00 pm.

Check out the auction to bid on great camps, restaurants, gift certificates, an African Safari, Disney parkhopper tickets, and many, many more amazing items! Thank you for your support of Burr School!

Chinese New Year Celebration Festival
Jan 20, 2019 08:50 am | Newton PTO Council

January 26th, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Newton North

Troop for Girls within the Boy Scouts Information session
Jan 20, 2019 08:45 am | Newton PTO Council

Starting in February of 2019, the iconic program of the Boy Scouts of America will be welcoming young women ages 11-17. For 100+ years the BSA program has focused on providing youth with opportunities for adventure, leadership training, service to communities and personal growth. Please come to learn more and get involved. Questions? Contact Barb Bower at

Scouts BSA TROOP FOR GIRLS Information Session
January 27th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Union Church of Waban, 14 Collins Road

Free Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids and Tweens in January
Jan 20, 2019 08:42 am | Newton PTO Council

Looking for a winter activity for you child or pre-teen? Try a Yoga and Mindfulness Class this month, all January classes are open to try for free for new students.

Wednesdays with Tracy Affonso – now through February 27th
K – 2: 3:30 – 4:15 pm
Grades 3 – 5: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Thursdays with Amy Hrobak – now through February 27
Grades 6 – 8: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

For questions please email Liz Padula at Register at

Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

About Kids love learning yoga. From stretching in poses to relaxing with soft bolsters, they simply enjoy how yoga makes them feel. Adding in a bit of mindfulness with breath work and self-care, this class is a wonderful option for today’s busy kids. Tailored by the age group, these classes are led by two experienced educators and yoga teachers, Tracy Affonso who taught in Newton Public School for many years as a beloved teacher at Bowen and Amy Hrobak who is a licensed clinical social worker, has worked as a Middle School Counselor for many years and has as a special focus on adolescence in her private practice.

Little League Registration open
Jan 20, 2019 08:35 am | Newton PTO Council

Registration for the 2019 Newton Little League Spring Season is now available on the league’s website Newton Little League serves players who reside within or attend private or public schools within the boundaries of Ward, Underwood, Lincoln-Eliot, Horace Mann, Peirce, Cabot, Burr, Franklin, Williams elementary schools, and provides programs for players ages 4 through 12.

Programs for younger players are based on school grade, and teams are put together based on elementary school and friend requests: T-Ball (Pre-K), Rookie (Kindergarten), Farm (grade 1) and Single A (grade 2). In the programs for older players, teams are put together with more of a focus on competitive balance: AA (grades 3-4), AAA (grades 4-6) and Majors (ages 10-12). There is also a Challenger division for students with special needs who wish to enjoy the game of baseball. All players interested in playing in the 2019 AAA division must attend an evaluation session and complete registration prior to the evaluation date. AAA evaluations will be held on  January 26th. This event will also serve as the Majors Division makeup evaluation for players who were unable to attend tryouts in the fall. AA evaluations will be held on  February 2nd. The location for both events is the Newton North High School SOA.

Please contact with any questions.

Laura Holt – Holt College Advisor
Jan 20, 2019 08:29 am | Newton PTO Council

Looking for help with the college admissions process? Not sure where to visit or apply? Need assistance drafting essays or preparing compelling applications? Laura can help! She offers a decade of admissions experience and enjoys partnering with students (and their parents) to find best fit schools.

Please contact Laura at or 617-335-7345 for a free consultation. For information, visit

Writing tutor available
Jan 20, 2019 08:27 am | Newton PTO Council

Emerson College senior offering essay and creative writing review/proofreading/writing assistance for middle and high school students. Based out of Boston and Newton. National Merit Semi-Finalist, proficient in English writing, grammar, and sentence structure. Emerson College GPA 3.85. Winner of 2016 and 2018 one act plays in the Emerson New Fest New Works Festival.

Contact Samuel Fidler via email at or cell phone at 617-515-7689.  Reasonable rates beginning at $25 .00/ hour.

Writing classes available
Jan 20, 2019 08:23 am | Newton PTO Council

Advantage Writing provides rigorous writing instruction with honest feedback in a laid-back, red-pen-free environment. The workshops are designed to help middle and high school students build skills to communicate effectively and elegantly in writing. Their workshops demystify the basics of writing and guide students through practical strategies that will take their writing to the next level.

The Basics class focuses on key elements of effective expository prose: thesis construction and development, structuring and supporting an argument, crafting purposeful introductions and conclusions, and writing strong topic sentences. The Grammar & Vocabulary class focuses on the nuts and bolts of writing: active and passive verbs, subject and verb agreement, punctuation basics (comma versus semicolon versus colon), and pronoun use.

Advantage Writing welcomes all levels of writers and are committed to working with students at any stage in their writing process. More information, including instructor bios, can be found on the website. Check out the flyer here: Flyer

For any and all questions please email or call 617-680-7337.

Check out JCC Summer camps
Jan 20, 2019 08:11 am | Newton PTO Council

Spend the summer with JCC Greater Boston! Whether you love to sing and dance at Camp Kaleidoscope, learn important swimming skills at Camp Grossman, sleep under the stars at Camp Kingswood or hone your skills at Specialty Camps – an exciting summer awaits. Enjoy an unforgettable summer with JCC Greater Boston filled with land & water sports, outdoor adventures, visual arts, performing arts and Jewish culture. Can’t make it? Register online using the brand new portal. Learn more at

Open House on February 3rd, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Leventhal-Sidman Center to meet senior staff from all of the camps.


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