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iWalk 2017
Sep 24, 2017 12:01 pm | Newton PTO Council

International Walk to School week is coming up the first week of October and International Walk to School Day (iWalk) will be celebrated on October 4th at most schools.

Ask at your school about plans to encourage safe walking and biking to school all year.

iWalk 2017 poster



Talking to children about race, culture, and identity
Sep 24, 2017 11:50 am | Newton PTO Council

This year, the Newton Public Schools will provide interested elementary school families with opportunities, information and resources on talking to children about issues of race, culture, and identity. This work will be personalized to individual school communities, based upon needs and interest.

To lead this work, the district is working with Amy Behrens, a parent coach, diversity educator, and NPS parent. She will support parent volunteers from all schools to help them:

  • Identify needs specific to their schools
  • Create opportunities, through events and activities, for face-to-face conversations and dialogue
  • Provide families with valuable information, tools and resources

If you would like to learn more, please email Amy at The first meeting for interested volunteers will be held on October 10th at Angier Elementary, 1697 Beacon Street from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.

You may RSVP to the meeting via this link:

Newton’s One-to-One Program
Sep 23, 2017 03:06 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton’s One-to-One Program, our very own “Big Brother/Sister Program” has been matching wonderful high schoolers with children in grades one through five for over 30 years.

If you think your elementary aged child would benefit from a mentor in their life and you can you commit 2.5 hours each week to have your child meet with a high school mentor from November to May, please click here: One-to-One or to get more information, please contact Rebecca Young, Program Coordinator, at or 617-315-8733.

Fall programs at the Y
Sep 23, 2017 02:58 pm | Newton PTO Council

Early Fall programs are currently running at the Y. Registration for Late Fall Programs, including YBA, the Youth Basketball Association League, opens in early October. Program options include:

  • Swim Lessons – for all ages including Parent & Child classes
  • Sports Leagues –YBA Basketball, Soccer, Flag Football
  • School Vacation Week Programs
  • Music and Creative Arts programs
  • Personal Training and Small Group Training

Visit to download a copy of the Early & Late Fall Program catalog, or stop by the Y and they can help you register.

Kids Night Out – October 6th, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Drop off your kids ages 7-13 for a fun Friday night with YMCA qualified childcare staff. They order pizza for dinner and keep the children entertained with games, swimming, movies and sports. $25 per child for WSYMCA members and $30 for non-members. A 20% discount is offered per child for those with two or more children. Go out for the night and take advantage of this low-cost alternative to hiring a babysitter. For more information, contact Jeremy Smith at

FREE Family Fun Night –  October 10th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Join for an hour of free family fun! Family Fun Nights are open to the community. All are welcome to enjoy gym activities, a bouncy house and snacks courtesy of The Belmont Savings Bank Foundation.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs. The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is their mission to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Weekday Nursery School in Newton Highlands
Sep 23, 2017 02:51 pm | Newton PTO Council

Weekday Nursery School is still enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year. Kids ages 2.9-5 are welcome. School hours are 9:00 am – 1:00 pm with optional extended day hours available. Enrichment classes are included in the school day such as music and sports.

Please contact the director Jennifer at 617-527-8895 or or visit on Facebook/WeekdayNursery.

Green Newton School Connections
Sep 23, 2017 02:38 pm | Newton PTO Council

Green Newton has created a forum for Newton parents and teachers interested in promoting sustainability in the classroom and beyond. The group offers a setting for sharing experiences and ideas as well as support in facing challenges in implementing green initiatives at their schools.

You are welcome to attend a meeting where parents and staff will connect on issues of recycling, composting and school garden projects and more. Please contact Marcia at if you are interested.

October 11th,  4:00 pm
Underwood Elementary School, 101 Vernon Street, Newton Corner

Newton Youth Hockey registration is open!
Sep 23, 2017 02:35 pm | Newton PTO Council

It’s that time of year again – Newton Youth Hockey registration is open!
Newton Youth Hockey is committed to your child’s development, and therefore offers many programs for Newton area youth throughout the year. There are many benefits of youth sports programs, which promote social skills, life lessons, mental/physical development, structure, physical benefits/exercise, and just plain fun! These are also bonding opportunities between child and parent.

Right now, they’re gearing up for Fall/Winter programs for ages 4-9. You can register online at

Learn to Skate
The Learn to Skate program will run two 9 week sessions on Saturday afternoons at Daly Rink in Newton. Fee is $215 per 9-week session or $400 for registration for both sessions (Nov-Mar).
Session 1: November – January
Session 2: January – March
Follow this link to learn about NYH Learn to Skate: Click on NYH Programs > Learn to Skate

Learn to Play
The Learn to Play Hockey program will start in November and run through March. Participants skate twice per week on both Saturday AND Sunday mornings. Fee for this 18-week program is $625 (Nov-Mar).

  • Cross Ice Scrimmages and Games are held on Saturday morning at Ryan Rink in Watertown
  • Skills Development on Sunday morning at Daly Rink in Newton

Follow this link to learn more about NYH Learn to Play: Click on NYH Programs > Learn to Play

Please reach out to John Moylan at for more information and to find out which program is right for your child.

2nd Annual Badges and Ball
Sep 23, 2017 02:29 pm | Newton PTO Council

Please Join Mayor Warren and Police Chief MacDonald for Newton’s 2nd Annual Badges and Ball!

Participate in a fun-filled afternoon of basketball, tennis, lawn games, and enjoy performances by local teen bands and dance teams. Free refreshments! Promoting Positive Community Engagement with law enforcement, public safety, and Newton Teens!

For more information, email All families and ages welcome.

October 13th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Newton Centre Playground (rain location: Mason Rice Elementary)

“Meet the Author” at UOD’s Family Book Event
Sep 23, 2017 02:17 pm | Newton PTO Council

An exciting “Meet the Author” Family Book Event is happening soon. Parents, children, and teachers: join Understanding Our Differences to welcome author Melissa Shang – disability activist and Newton South High School student! Born with a form of muscular dystrophy, Melissa got her start in activism when she launched a petition for a disabled American Girl doll. The petition went viral nationwide and raised massive attention to disability representation in children’s toys.

Melissa will discuss and sign her book, Mia Lee Is Wheeling Through Middle School. The book is a New York Times-featured middle grade novel starring a sixth grade stop-motion filmmaker with a wheelchair and a lot of sass, trying to survive her new middle school.

Free for children and Newton Public Schools teachers and staff. Requested donation is $10.00 for adults. Registration (save your space) is required in advance at this link: For more information, please see the flier or email

November 2nd, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Book signing follows. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Newton South High School Auditorium, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre

Home improvement concierge
Sep 23, 2017 02:04 pm | Newton PTO Council

Too many home improvement “to dos” to count? Meet Sidekick Home, your personal home improvement concierge. Looking to fix that leaky faucet or hang your new flat screen TV? What about that bathroom reno you’ve wanted since 2015? Sidekick has your back as your trusted advisor and single point of contact to handle all your home improvement needs.

They connect homeowners with a pre-qualified community of skilled and vetted contractors and provide support on everything from managing bids, to scheduling, to issue resolution and invoicing. Tired of managing the endless list of seasonal maintenance jobs around your house? The new annual membership program, Sidekick PLUS, offers custom seasonal maintenance packages that bundle all your lawn care, gutter cleanings, snow plows etc into one, neatly organized, extremely efficient program that they manage for you. Check for more information on how to become a PLUS member today.

Special offer
Sep 23, 2017 01:57 pm | Newton PTO Council

Back to the Grind, let Dionysia Massage Studio help you unwind. $25.00 dollars off for all Newton Teachers, Students, and Parents.

15 Cypress Street, Newton (Lower Level of Vaiani & Clarke Salon)
617-888-1780 or DIONYSIAMT@GMAIL.COM

Help Your Child Have a Strong Start in Math this Year
Sep 23, 2017 01:48 pm | Newton PTO Council

Tutoring and math enrichment provided by Newton teacher with over 20 years of elementary/middle school experience, master’s degrees in math and education, and multiple certifications to support all learners from K – 8.

Contact Steve at or 617-407–4484.

Experienced tutor available
Sep 23, 2017 01:45 pm | Newton PTO Council

Retired Wellesley Public Schools teacher who is currently working at MassBay Community College, Haralie Alpert,  tutors K-5th grade in reading, writing and math and also works with middle school, high school and college age students in executive functioning, writing, note taking, organizational skills, test preparation, and self-advocacy.

Each lesson is a positive and fun learning experience. Please contact Haralie Alpert, M.Ed., MS at or 617-630-0608.

Farlow Park restoration project update:
Sep 23, 2017 01:40 pm | Newton PTO Council

” At the end of August, there were unanticipated issues discovered by the Newton’s construction contractor for the Farlow Park restoration project, AJ Virgilio. It is not uncommon with any large capital project that the vendor runs into obstacles, not discovered when doing both the feasibility study and initial project planning. These unforeseen issues were inaccessible during the discovery and initial project analysis as the original pond basin sat under 18 inches of loam. We are fortunate that much of the original basin is intact, amazing considering this man-made pond was originally constructed in the late 18oo’s. In order to make the basin watertight, seeps holes needed to be expanded and then patched and the expansion joints needed to be cleaned and resurfaced. Also the edging around the basin was in bad shape in certain places and needed significant repair.

Our project manager and the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, were presented with the necessary changes by the contractor, design and structural engineers and landscape architect. With the recommendations in hand to move forward with the project, we negotiated the cost changes and are now moving forward. We are back on track, and the new bridge is being constructed off-site.

Once we have a updated timeline, it will be shared with the community via email (Newton Corner Google Group), Facebook (both Newton Corner and Farlow Park pages, and the Friends of Farlow Park website.
The City of Newton is committed to the Farlow Park restoration project as the Friends of Farlow Park have been since 2004. This is our community and our neighborhood, and we invite all residents of Newton Corner and the city of Newton to join us renewing our commitment by joining the Friends of Farlow Park.”

CPA project link:

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