In this issue:

Girls Build* Robots Event!
Oct 15, 2017 02:40 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton girls 13-18 are invited to a LigerBots hands-on workshop. Find out what happens when YOU pick up a screwdriver! Join in the excitement of solving engineering problems along with other girls, in a low-pressure environment! Please wear closed toed shoes.

Registration and more info at
Sponsored by the LigerBots (Newton North & South FIRST Robotics Team)

October 17th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Newton South High School Wood Shop, room 9271

* Ligerbots changed the event name as they recently learned about Girls Who Build, which offers creative, hands-on, and applied engineering curricula for girls and educators. While  not affiliated, they encourage you to check out Girls Who Build workshops.

“Newton Parents Behaving Badly”
Oct 15, 2017 02:35 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Nomadic Theater’s uproarious production of the Tony award winning God of Carnage is set here in Newton. An 11 year old boy got his tooth knocked out by another boy at Mason-Rice playground. The four parents get together to sort it out and it all goes horribly wrong.

Acclaimed director Paula Plum and her fabulous cast of Linda Goetz, Billy Meleady, Noni Lewis, and Conor Moroney will have you roaring with laughter in this black suburban comedy.

For tickets and info go to This week’s shows October 20th and 21st at Newton Community Barn

“Brilliant show, truly gripping – the quality you would expect in a major city theatre on your doorstep!”

Greetings from the Newton SEPAC
Oct 15, 2017 02:28 pm | Newton PTO Council

Greetings from the Newton SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)!

Whether you are new to Newton, or have a returning student, we would like to introduce you to the Newton SEPAC!

The Newton SEPAC….

  • Advises the School Committee on the education and safety of students with disabilities
  • Hosts a “Basic Rights” presentation annually, to discuss the rights of students and their parents/guardians under state and federal special education laws (Wednesday, November 8th at the Education Center; presented by Ruth Diaz of the Federation for Children with Special Needs)
  • Serves as a liaison between parents of students receiving special education services and Newton Public School administrators
  • Meets monthly with Karen Shmukler, the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
    Coordinates the Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony in June, so that parents can recognize exceptional Newton Public School Staff
  • Hosts the Newton SEPAC Yahoo Group; an online discussion group which serves as a forum for parents and guardians to exchange information and share community resources
  • Coordinates monthly presentations. For the 2017-2018 school year, we are working on:
    Transition (from Pre-School to Elementary School, Elementary School to Middle School, and from Middle School to High School),  Anxiety in School Children,  Executive Functioning, Personal Safety

All meetings are posted on, and are open to everyone. If you would like to become a member of the yahoo group, send a request to

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Newton SEPAC Board

Newton Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program Seeking Volunteers
Oct 15, 2017 02:10 pm | Newton PTO Council

Join the dynamic task force of trained volunteer CAP Prevention Specialists committed to
teaching children in the Newton Elementary Schools the skills that they would need to stand up for themselves if faced with verbal, physical or sexual assault.

Still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. CORI and SORI screenings required. 19 Continuing Education Credits available for licensed MSW’s.

Multi-session training begins on October 29th, the application deadline is October 20th

For more information please visit
assault-prevention/ or email Gail Sommer at

16 of Newton’s Own Will Speak at Free Community Event
Oct 15, 2017 01:54 pm | Newton PTO Council

Boston Globe Movie Critic, MGH Cancer Researcher, Famed Sculptor and More to headline 2017 Newton Inspires. Sixteen Newton luminaries will regale audiences at Newton Schools Foundation’s seventh annual Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community.

Since 2011, Newton Inspires has gathered Newton residents for an evening of discussion with some of Newton’s best and brightest. This year’s program features Boston Globe’s Ty Burr; Alice Shaw, MD, director, Center for Thoracic Cancers, Massachusetts General Hospital; Nancy Schön, artist/sculptor interviewed by Jared Bowen, WGBH executive arts editor and Open Studio host, restaurateur David Punch speaking with food writer Andrea Pyenson; along with many other talented Newton personalities.

Newton Inspires is on November 13th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm at Newton South High School. The event is FREE to Newton residents and $15 for non-residents. Space is limited so register early. To register, go to

For the second consecutive year, Newton Schools Foundation welcomes The Village Bank as lead sponsor. Newton Inspires is also supported by premium sponsors Mark Development, Chestnut Hill Realty and The Street Chestnut Hill.

Individuals and businesses wishing to support public education in Newton through a Newton Inspires sponsorship can go to sponsor.
A wide array of refreshments will be available courtesy of the following food sponsors: Anna’s Taqueria, Baker’s Best Catering, Better Life Food, Blue Ribbon BBQ, L’Aroma Café & Bakery, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Rancatore’s Ice Cream and Yogurt, Sweet Tomatoes, and Whole Foods Market.

Doors open at 6:00 pm

OMEGA Summit for High School students
Oct 15, 2017 01:28 pm | Newton PTO Council

The MIT AgeLab is recruiting high school students across New England for the OMEGA Summit. Students will learn about community-based intergenerational programming and brainstorm ideas for intergenerational exchange to prepare them to take on leadership roles in their school and community and to increase relationships between older adults and high school students.

For students grades 9 – 12. RSVP here today to participate in the OMEGA Summit at MIT  on October 21st, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Questions can be directed to or 617-253-3506.

Leran about the Newton Police Cadet program
Oct 15, 2017 01:22 pm | Newton PTO Council

Come to a  Newton Police Cadet Program information night on October 25th. See the flyer: Cadet program.



Upcoming teen workshops at the Newton Free Library
Oct 15, 2017 01:13 pm | Newton PTO Council

Make Your Own Comic Book Series: in this series of workshops learn about comic book drawing, story telling, structure, paneling and more! Each meeting will focus on a different part of the creative process, and by the end you’ll have a comic book of your own! This is a four-part series, please try to commit to coming to all four Wednesdays October 18th and 25th, November 1st and 8th. Register online. Grades 7-12.

Escape the Room: it’s Halloween Eve and you’ve been invited to a special dinner party at the Library with Dr. Neverdie. As you enter his private library with a group of your friends, the door squeaks closed and clicks. And with that you are locked in. Escape the library before Dr. Neverdie can begin his sinister experiments.

Register online for a time slot (4:00, 5:15, 6:30 or 7:45 pm). Up to eight people can register for each time. October 30th, 4:00 – 9:00 pm, 1st floor rear area. Please show up at least 5 minutes before.

Feel free to come hang anytime 4:00 – 9:00 pm, they’ll also be doing zombie makeup and playing Escape the Room board games and serving refreshments. Grades 7-12.

Mindful Parenting classes
Oct 15, 2017 01:10 pm | Newton PTO Council

There is still have room in the Mindful Parenting Series starting October 25th. Register here Mindful Parenting series or visit

Newton Community Preservation Committee public hearing
Oct 15, 2017 12:43 pm | Newton PTO Council

November 16th Hearing on Newton Cemetery Proposal: a new proposal from Newton Cemetery is now online. Written comments on the proposal that are received by October 27th can be sent to the CPC ahead of the November 16th public hearing.

For additional information, go to or contact Alice Ingerson at or 617-796-1144.

Basic Rights in Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals
Oct 15, 2017 12:39 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton SEPAC presents this workshop to provide a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures. Please note that this presentation is a
2-hour event!

Presented by: Ruth Diaz of the Federation for Children with Special Needs

November 8th, 7:00 – 9:00
Room 210, Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Newton

Provide feedback to NPS Food Service program
Oct 15, 2017 12:26 pm | Newton PTO Council

Sodexo is looking for parent feedback about their food services. This survey is a great way for them to get feedback from us. Please note that there is both a parent survey and a student survey (middle and high school students only.)

The survey is open for the month of October. Survey results and a proposed plan of action to improve service will be shared in late fall/early winter

Parent survey link: Parent survey
Student (middle and high school) survey link: Survey

Yard Work for High School student
Oct 15, 2017 12:00 pm | Newton PTO Council

Do you wish to earn some extra $$$ by doing yard-work, leaf-raking, etc? It is within a short walk to NSHS. Homeowner will provide the tools. You will provide the labor. If interested, please email

Soccer/yoga program for girls
Oct 15, 2017 11:55 am | Newton PTO Council

Soccer on the Mat ™, the innovative soccer/yoga program for girls ages 10 to 14 and created by Alison Foley, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Boston College, is now registering for their late fall session at Artemis Yoga in Watertown.

Registration link – click here
November to January,  4:00 – 5:30 pm, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons
One Class per week: $200.00

If you would like to learn more about Soccer on the Mat or read about it in the Boston Globe, please visit

Newton Family & Friends Ski Trip
Oct 15, 2017 11:43 am | Newton PTO Council

Randy Friedman, father of two boys in the Newton schools and Director of Ski & Travel,  recently started Seven Travel LLC for the purpose of creating community by planning and participating in family ski trips.

The next trip is December 8th – 10th to Sugarloaf, ME. SIGN UP BY NOVEMBER 3!

For all of the details, please visit or contact Randy by email Randy at or phone at 617-970-3079.

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