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Food for Families: Free backpacks filled with breakfast and lunch essentials
Sep 23, 2018 10:33 am | Newton PTO Council

Weekends and school vacations can be a significant hardship for families without access to school-supplied breakfast and lunch. The City is offering FREE backpacks to families filled with breakfast and lunch essentials at community locations to help ensure that all our families with need have adequate food on the table throughout the school year. Here is a list of the locations to pick up a free backpack:

Newton Health and Human Services, City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Fire Station 10, 755 Dedham Street
Newton Boys & Girls Club, 675 Watertown Street
Newton Free Library,  330 Homer Street

The FUEL program will also be providing FREE backpacks of breakfast and lunch essentials at some Newton Public Schools this year. The backpacks are designed for a child to have breakfast and lunch on the weekends. To request to have FUEL backpacks at your school, contact or call the Health Department at 617-796-1420.

For more information on food programs or for additional services offered by the City of Newton Social Services division, visit or call 617-796-1420.

Navigating the new reality: Juuling and Schooling
Sep 23, 2018 10:27 am | Newton PTO Council

Come to a free community lecture and open discussion on the juuling, vaping, nicotine, and marijuana trends in our schools. Registration requested, see this flyer Navigating for details.

September 26th, 7:00 pm
Newton Wellesley Hospital, Shipley Auditorium

Newton South HS used sports equipment Sale
Sep 23, 2018 10:20 am | Newton PTO Council

Don’t miss your chance to get a deal on sports equipment!

Skis, boots, poles, lacrosse equipment, baseball gear, balls, gently used cleats, dance shoes and lots more on sale with proceeds benefitting Newton South athletes. Come support Newton South athletes and get some great bargains! You can find the sale at the back of the school across from the tennis courts.

September 29th, 9:00 am to 12 noon
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Rd, Newton Center

If you have items to contribute to help this cause, donations of all gently used sports equipment (all equipment and apparel for all sports, including shoes/skates if they are in good condition) are still being accepted. Feel free to drop off gear near the door of any of the following houses:

347 Central Street in Auburndale
75 Dickerman Road
627 Chestnut Street in Waban
1 Rosalie Road off Dedham St (drop at door on driveway side of house)

Please email Wendy at with any questions.

Cultural understandings through language study
Sep 23, 2018 09:59 am | Newton PTO Council

Come to an evening with Deborah Fallows, linguist and author of Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language. Deborah will speak about cultural understandings acquired through language study from her personal experience of living in China from 2006-2010. The evening will also include an armchair conversation and Q&A with the audience, before concluding with refreshments and a chance to meet Deborah.

Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language and her new book Our Towns (written with husband James Fallows) will both be available for purchase at the event. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested. Please email to sign up.

October 2nd, 6:30 – 8:15 pm
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road

Sponsored by The Newton-Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program, the Newton Chinese Language School, and Primary Source

Metrowest Travel Basketball registration is open
Sep 22, 2018 06:25 pm | Newton PTO Council

Join over 350 Newton youth basketball players in the Metrowest Basketball program. The program stresses basketball skills and sportsmanship in a fun, competitive environment.  Girls and boys in 4th-8th grades who live in Newton or attend Newton schools through the METCO program are eligible.

New players are welcome.  Volunteer coaches are needed.  Tryouts begin on October 15th and continue through October 24th.  Pre-registration is required.  Full details and on-line registration is available at

Everybody Signs
Sep 22, 2018 06:22 pm | Newton PTO Council

Stories, conversations, and art…all in American Sign language. See the flyer for information the Everybody Signs classes starting October 7th.

Learn about PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychatric Disorder Associated with Strep)
Sep 22, 2018 06:09 pm | Newton PTO Council

Have you ever heard of a child suddenly developing separation anxiety, OCD, aggression, bedwetting or having difficulty in math and handwriting?  Learn more about PANDAS and where to get medical help/treatment.

October 16th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street

Learn more about anxiety disorders
Sep 22, 2018 05:59 pm | Newton PTO Council

Minding Your Mind and the Newton After School Association present the original movie documentary Angst, a film created to open up the conversation about anxiety and provide tools, resources and hope. Appropriate for all adults and children ages 10 and up. Some scenes may trigger those who have anxiety.  Additional information is available here: Angst.

Admission $15.00 per person. Registration in advance at:

October 15th, 6:30 pm
Newton Free Library

Earn Dollars for Newton Schools
Sep 22, 2018 05:47 pm | Newton PTO Council

Enter a Fall competition to earn donations to five local schools. Earn points for your team by attending sessions, burning calories, and bringing new friends to Cardio High. Each school will receive a donation and the top team will earn a bonus donation.

You can also win free classes, sweatshirts, and gift cards through special challenges.

Not associated with any school? No problem. They’ll assign you to a team, so you can compete and be eligible for the challenges.

The five schools eligible to win donations include:
1.Williams Elementary School
2.Burr Elementary School
3.Angier Elementary School
4.Newton North High School
5.Newton South High School

Ready to join the competition?
Reply to this email with “IN” and name the team you wish to join. If you don’t have a team preference, reply with “IN + assign me” and we will assign you to a team.

Ways to earn points:

  • Check-in to Cardio High on Facebook = 10 points per check-in
  • Tag Cardio High in a post on Facebook or Instagram = 10 points per post
  • Attend a session = 20 points for men/40 points for women
  • Burn calories = points equal to 10% of calories burned during a Cardio High session
  • Refer a new friend to Cardio High = 100 points per friend referred
  • Run in the Paddy’s 5k Road Race wearing a Cardio High t-shirt. T-shirt provided = 100 points

Empowerment Self-Defense for girls in grades 6-8
Sep 22, 2018 05:39 pm | Newton PTO Council

Girls, get the tools you need to stand up to harassment, bullying, and violence, and discover your power in this supportive environment. You’ll engage in skill-building activities, and group discussion on assertiveness, boundary-setting, and verbal and physical defense and learn strategies like how to speak up, state your needs, and advocate for yourself in a variety of situations.

Fee is $149.00 Register online at or by phone at 617-559-6999.

Five Tuesdays, October 16th – November 13th, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Day Middle School

Performance class for 5th-12 graders
Sep 22, 2018 05:17 pm | Newton PTO Council

The perfect program for players of any sport looking to improve their game outside of their weekly team practices. At Chestnut Hill Soccer Club’s Performance program, players will improve their strength, agility, flexibility, endurance, power and speed so they can attain their highest potential and prevent injuries.

Classes held during weekday afternoons at HealthWorks in Chestnut Hill.  Visit for more information.

ActiveMinds Tutoring
Sep 22, 2018 05:14 pm | Newton PTO Council

Let ActiveMinds Tutoring help your child get off to a strong start. They’ve provided effective, personalized, convenient tutoring services in the Greater Boston area for 12 years. Offerings include all academic subjects and standardized test prep (ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT).

Email or call  to learn more about their expert tutors. Reserve your tutor today at
617-227-2225 or or visit!

Correction: Spots Open in 2nd (not 1st) Grade Brownie Troop!
Sep 22, 2018 05:09 pm | Newton PTO Council

Parents of second grade girls, Troop 82115 is looking for Girl Scouts to meet every other Monday during the school year starting October 1st, 3:30-4:45 pm at the Auburndale Community Library.

As a Brownie your girl will earn badges, do projects that helps others, explore nature & the outdoors, and most of all have fun and make new friends along the way. Some parent or guardian involvement is required from each family, since the troop is entirely volunteer run.

To sign up go to For questions feel free to reach out to co-leaders Julie and Meghan at &

School Committee Update
Sep 22, 2018 04:58 pm | Newton PTO Council

Dear Friends,

We hope that the school year has started off well for you.

This update is for the 09/17/2018 Newton School Committee meeting:

  • Liam Hurley, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer, was joined by Julie Kirrane, Director of Business and Planning, and Sean Manion, Director of Finance to present the FY18 Final Fiscal and Operational Report. In summary, FY18 ended with a small surplus and a healthy carryover to help this year’s budget. Our first look at the FY19 Fiscal and Operational Report will take place in October.
  • Liam Hurley and Julie Kirrane were joined by David Stickney, Director of Facilities, to present an update on our summer facilities work, as well as the FY19 Update to the Long-Range Plan and the Capital Improvement Plan. A notable takeaway was the incredible amount of work done over the summer.  Over 250 projects were completed in 34 days, a testament to the Public Buildings and Facilities teams’ great efforts.  Another key discussion point was the revised long-range facilities timeline. The time estimates for projects were extended based on recent experience, and project order has been updated based on conditions and enrollment pressures.  The next major school projects will be Lincoln-Eliot and the NECP (150 Jackson St), Countryside, Ward, and Franklin.  Discussion included ideas of smaller projects at Ward and Franklin that could help improve living conditions at these buildings while they await their major renovations.
  • Stephen Marshall, Grants & Business Analyst, presented a list of grant awards and gifts.  The School Committee votes unanimously to accept these donations.
  • The School Committee unanimously voted to approve the Superintendent’s Assessment, the FY19 Systemwide GoalsMinutes for 9-4-2018, the FY19 School Committee Goals, and Anping Shen as our new MASC/MASS Conference Delegate.

Next Meeting:

  • October 1st @7PM: High School Start Time Update, Full Day Kindergarten Discussion, Student Assignment Working Group Discussion, MASS/MASC Resolutions Discussion.


We hope you found this summary useful. You can access all School Committee meeting documents via the NPS website ( Additionally, if you are interested in watching an SC meeting from home or a recorded meeting, you can obtain access via

As always, we are very happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us via the email address below.

Have a wonderful week!

The Newton School Committee


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