In this issue:

Secrets to Standing Out in Your College Essay
May 13, 2017 10:04 pm | Newton PTO Council

Tip #1 Sign up now for a chance to be instructed by Adela Penagos, a former Admissions Officer at Harvard who will teach you the types of essays that get noticed by top colleges.

Tip #2 Know that you can write a great college essay, you just have to learn how!

Tip #3 Come to a College Admissions Essay Workshop on either June 27th or July 18th, and get insider tips. Register by May 26th for a $50 discount!

Join a summer workshops, where you’ll get all the support you need to produce winning college admissions essays. Sign up here: www.activemindstutoring.com.


Special Education Parent Advisory Council meeting – May 18th
May 13, 2017 09:57 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Sepac, Special Education Parent Advisory Council, is hosting Jill Curry, NPS Transition Coordinator at their next meeting. Jill will present an overview of the transition planning process for students with disabilities. General transition planning information as well as strategies to support independence and student self-determination will be shared. Jill will share a range of community based resources for students as they consider their post-secondary plans and action steps that students, staff, and families can to take to support a positive transition to adulthood.

The meeting agenda will also include the elections of a new Board for the 2017-2018 year.

All meetings of the Newton Sepac are open to the public at no charge. Please rsvp to rsvp.newtonpac@gmail.com.

May 18th, 7:30 pm, networking and light refreshments begin at 7:15 pm
Room 210, The Education Center, 100 Walnut St, Newtonville


Waban Village Day – May 21st
May 13, 2017 05:43 pm | Newton PTO Council

Waban’s Thirteenth Annual Village Day is right around the corner. The Family Fun Run, starting at at 10:00 am, precedes Village Day. It is always a wonderful day with good food, interesting vendor tables, fun amusement rides, live musical performances, and most importantly the company of friends and neighbors, both old and new! Check out the WIS website for more details and to sign up for the Fun Run.

Volunteers Needed: As always, it’s the spirit of volunteers that make this day a reality. If you are interested in lending a hand, please click on the Sign Up Genius link for details of ways to get involved http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D4DA8AD2EA46-waban Your participation is vital! An hour of your time makes a world of difference. Help is needed with; event set-up, Family Fun Run, grilling station, and clean-up. There is something for everyone – children and teenagers included! Spread the word – invite your neighbors, families and friends

Calling all Vendors: Do you have something to sell; jewelry, crafts, specialty items, artisan breads or foods, cosmetics, clothes, to name a few. Come share your creations with a booth at Waban Village Day. This is the 13th Waban Village Day, it takes place in Waban Square on Woodward Street, right off of Beacon Street. If you are interested in a booth at Waban Village Day, please contact Liz at liznick@rcn.com.

For more information check out the website at www.wabanimprovement.org

May 21st, 10:30 to 2:30 pm


13 Reasons Why Newton Cares
May 13, 2017 12:42 pm | Newton PTO Council

Upcoming Newton Cares community conversation: 13 Reasons Why Newton Cares
Join an important community conversation regarding the trending Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” and how to engage people of all ages in safe, positive discussions about suicide prevention & mental health.

This event is intended for adults, especially: Parents, caregivers, educators, coaches, youth mentors, group leaders and any adult who cares about young people. Register (requested, not required) at www.newtoncares.eventbrite.com

May 24th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton Cultural Center, City Hall War Memorial


Write Successful Essays for your College Application
May 13, 2017 12:40 pm | Newton PTO Council

Think you can write your college application essay the night before it’s due? Think again! Writing a standout essay doesn’t happen overnight. In this Newton Community education class, you’ll work with a professional writer who will help you choose your topic and improve your writing style. You’ll start by discussing what colleges are looking for, and then, you’ll write. You’ll receive weekly written feedback on your essays as well as helpful critiques from your classmates. By the end of the class, you’ll be well on your way towards completion of two Common Application essays, and you’ll get a handle on other essays your college applications may require. You can take the class at Newton North or Newton South.

Newton South – 4 Wednesdays, June 28th – July 19th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton North – 4 Thursdays, June 29th – July 20th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Visit newtoncommunityed.org or call 617-559-6999 for more information.


Do you have a child that loves to sing?
May 13, 2017 12:37 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.

Throughout its history, VOICES Boston has collaborated with internationally known ensembles including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston University Opera Institute, Boston Baroque, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and Boston Early Music Festival.

To sign up or just learn more about the program, visit www.voicesboston.org or contact:

Kathryn DiMaria, 857-366-0034 or kdimaria@voicesboston.org or Nina Pelligra, 617-735-0012 or npelligra@voicesboston.org.


Waban’s Thirteenth Annual Village Day
May 13, 2017 08:37 am | Newton PTO Council

It is right around the corner – May 21, 10:30 to 2:30pm.  The Family Fun Run precedes Village Day at 10am.  It is always a wonderful day with good food, interesting vendor tables, fun amusement rides, live musical performances, and most importantly the company of friends and neighbors, both old and new!  Check out the WIS website for more details and to sign up for the Fun Run www.wabanimprovement.org

Volunteers Needed: As always, we rely on the spirit of volunteers to make this day a reality.   If you are interested in lending a hand, please click on the Sign Up Genius link for details of ways to get involved http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D4DA8AD2EA46-waban Your participation is vital!  An hour of your time makes a world of difference.  We are seeking help with; event set-up, Family Fun Run, and clean-up.  There is something for everyone – children and teenagers included!  Spread the word – invite your neighbors, families and friends

Calling all Vendors.  Do you have something to sell; jewelry, crafts, specialty items, artisan breads or foods, cosmetics, clothes, to name a few.  Come share your creations with a booth at Waban Village Day, Sunday, May 21 10:30-2:30pm.  This is the 13thh Waban Village Day, it takes place in Waban Square on Woodward Street, right off of Beacon Street.  If you are interested in a booth at Waban Village Day, please contact Liz at liznick@rcn.com   For more information check out our website at, www.wabanimprovement.org


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