In this issue

Wondering about weed? Myths, facts, and marijuana in Newton
Nov 11, 2018 01:58 pm | Newton PTO Council

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will introduce local experts Kevin Hill, MD and Nicole Danforth, MD who will enlighten us with myths and facts about marijuana science, health risks and benefits, adolescents and the developing brain and adult recreational and medical marijuana use.

Dr. Kevin Hill is an addiction psychiatrist, cannabis researcher and author at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Nicole Danforth is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Newton Wellesley Hospital. They’ll be joined by Elizabeth Booma, MD, to answer questions from the audience. Whether you’re an adult considering giving legal marijuana a try, a parent worried about preventing teen use, or just plain curious, this is the event for you! It’s free and open to the public.

November 28th, 6:30-8:00 pm
The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst
Campus Center, 777 Dedham Street, Newton

There is still time to sign up for Newton Inspires
Nov 11, 2018 01:56 pm | Newton PTO Council

Food Service survey
Nov 11, 2018 11:48 am | Newton PTO Council

We need your help to improve our food service! Please fill out the appropriate survey below and tell us what is working and what could be better. Thank you from the Newton Public Schools Food Service.

Parents survey:

Student survey (middle/high school):

Student survey (elementary – to be filled out with parent/guardian):

Holiday Gift Drive
Nov 11, 2018 10:59 am | Newton PTO Council

The City of Newton Health and Human Services Dept. and The Village Bank are teaming up again for the annual Holiday Gift Drive. Please help by donating gifts for children ages newborn to 10:

  • New, unwrapped toys
  • Gift cards from local Newton merchants

Donations will be accepted from November 12th – December 10th. Your gift will benefit deserving Newton families this holiday season. You can drop off donations at the following Village Bank locations:

Auburndale – 307 Auburn Street
Newton Highlands – 56 Winchester Street
Newtonville – 332 Walnut Street
Nonantum – 411 Watertown Street
Waban –  89 Wyman Street
West Newton – 1369 Washington Street

We Still Live Here: Learning about the history and present-day experience of the Wampanoag Nation
Nov 11, 2018 10:52 am | Newton PTO Council

“We Still Live Here: Learning about the history and present-day experience of the Wampanoag Nation” is an opportunity to gain knowledge as well as guidance about talking with your children about how Native Americans in the New England region have been treated and how they are reclaiming their language today. A tribe member will join  to answer questions. Children 8 and up are welcome to attend!

FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) All Schools Monthly Meeting. PLEASE REGISTER HERE:  For more information, please email

November 14th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon St, Waban

5th annual Newton Turkey Trot
Nov 11, 2018 10:46 am | Newton PTO Council

Online registration for the 5th annual Newton Turkey Trot closes on November 12th! This event kicks off on November 17th (the Saturday before Thanksgiving) with a 1 mile kids’ fun run at 8:30 am followed by the 5K race at 9:00 am.  For information and to register, visit

Not a runner? Join the fun as a volunteer! Details are in the volunteer section of the website. All proceeds from the race go to the Newton Food Pantry.

2nd Annual Turkey Bowl
Nov 11, 2018 10:42 am | Newton PTO Council

The 2nd Annual Turkey Bowl will take place on November 17th! All teams are guaranteed at least 3 games of play. The cost for registration is only $40 per free agent, or $300 per team. Click here for the team registration page.

All players are placed into divisions by age groupings (6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, and 15U). Teams with free agents are also balanced according to age and year of experience. Each division has playoffs and a Turkey Bowl Champion with individual medals for each player from the winning team. All games are less than 1 hour. More information can be found on the website and on the attached flyer.

November 17, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Daly Field

NFL Flag is the premier youth flag football league for both boys and girls. The program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact action while learning lessons in teamwork. It’s designed to educate young people about football, while emphasizing participation and sportsmanship. Players learn skills and lessons that help them succeed both on and off the field.

Your help needed
Nov 11, 2018 10:28 am | Newton PTO Council

Centre Street Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help staff the pantry on Tuesdays and the first Saturday of each month.  Volunteer shifts are available in two hour increments and sign up is flexible.  Tasks include stocking shelves, helping clients shop, clean up and more.

Volunteers must be 16 and older to volunteer without an adult and 12 is the minimum age with an adult. For more information, please visit the Get Involved tab here:

Kids’ evening sports program
Nov 11, 2018 10:24 am | Newton PTO Council

Along with Be Ahead Of The Game, Williams PTO offers an evening sports program for grades K-5 throughout the year.

The Winter session starts the week of November 26th. Check it out and sign up here:–OjcXQ64Ir/view?usp=drivesdk.

Ice skating lesson
Nov 11, 2018 10:11 am | Newton PTO Council

Winter is coming and Newton’s Parks & Recreation Department has released a schedule of its always popular ice skating classes.  Children ages 4 – 18 learn to skate or improve their skills in small, supportive classes based on age and ability.  Classes are held at several local rinks, with many options of days and times.  For more information, please call 617-796-1500.

A complete class list and registration information can be viewed here:

All Newton Music School
Nov 11, 2018 09:19 am | Newton PTO Council

Do you know… that Newton is home to one of the oldest non-profit Community Music Schools in the nation? Enroll yourself, or your child, at any time during the year at All Newton Music School. Experience the synergy of taking private lessons at All Newton Music School along with 800 of your friends and neighbors.

They offer lessons in over twenty instruments doing their best to be flexible and find times that work with your busy schedule:

•Bass Guitar
•Music Therapy

* Piano slots available on Friday and throughout the week
** Violin slots available on Tuesday from 1:00 to 7:00 PM
*** Oboe slots available on Monday Afternoons
**** Percussion slots available on Tuesday and Wednesdays

The faculty has degrees from Juilliard, New England Conservatory, The Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music and more! Request lessons for you or your child in under 60 seconds online: or by phone 617- 527-4553.

Other programs include:

FREE Early Childhood Drop-In Classes each week – Spend Thursday Mornings with your children (ages 0 – 5 years) and enjoy instructor and entertainer Ken DoRosario! Musical Mornings combines rhythm instrument play and exploration to live music and seasonal songs, musical movement, story, and active listening. No Charge but must RSVP on website as space is limited.

Thursdays,  11:00 – 11:45 am

Rock Bands for Grades 4th and up! Performing with others is an essential element to any musical education. With a professional coach, students (ages 9 and up) will learn performance skills, improvisation, communication as a group, as well as practice techniques. All bands will participate in live performances throughout the year, including one in a professional venue.

Rock Bands are scheduled throughout the week. For more information, visit

Winter is Coming!
Nov 11, 2018 09:11 am | Newton PTO Council

Winter is Coming! Playing an instrument is a great indoor activity during the cold months.
The Conservatory at Highlands is here to help! With music lessons you can stay motivated with fun songs and have fun making great music.

The teachers are experienced, patient, kind and supportive and they can help musicians of any age reach their goals. Try learning an instrument along with your child in parent/student lessons. It is an amazing and educational activity for the family.
Book time in our state-of-the-art recording studio for audition tapes or other projects!

Sign Up/Inquire Here (no commitment necessary)  or contact by phone 617-903-0944  or email

The Conservatory offers music lessons on almost all instruments, including: piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar, drums, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, baritone, oboe, ukulele, and even harmonica! Sign up for rock bands, which meet weekly; or record in our state-of-the-art recording studio with audio production lessons and more!

The Conservatory at Highlands is locally owned and operated and offers a 21st-century music education that is equally inclusive and challenging taught by the best musicians in Boston. The Conservatory is your community music school, where we can all learn and develop the craft of music together. Stop in and check out their unique space at 51 Winchester Street, Newton Highlands.

Feel free to e-mail with any questions.

Tutor available
Nov 11, 2018 09:05 am | Newton PTO Council

Former Brookline and Concord teacher with 25 years experience (grades 1-12,) as a classroom teacher, middle and high school English teacher, Reading Specialist, and executive functioning specialist is available to tutor students in elementary, middle and high school in academic subjects, reading, writing, study and organizational skills.

SAT / ACT / SSAT / ISEE test prep.  Experienced with gifted and special needs students. Build skills and confidence. Excellent parent and professional references.  Please contact Cynthia Carpenter to discuss your child’s needs. You can reach her at  or 978-952-8871.

Kids struggling with Spanish?
Nov 11, 2018 09:02 am | Newton PTO Council

Experienced and fluent Spanish language teacher available to help your child with all levels of grammar, literature, conversation, writing.  Certified & licensed grades 5-12. Newton resident. Please contact Libby Sands at or 617-256-4780.

Curious about studying abroad?
Nov 11, 2018 09:00 am | Newton PTO Council

Are you curious about studying abroad and the financial and educational benefits?  Want to hear about some of the options not only in Quebec but greater Canada?  Then join fellow parents and students for the following:

– Advantages to study in Canada,
– Who can apply and the application process
– What to expect when you get to Canada
– Specific information related to living & studying in Québec (education system, steps to take to study in Québec, learning French, etc.).
– Who can work during studies or after graduation, and how to apply

Validated parking will be available for the meeting.  Sign up:

A Guide to College Abroad in Canada – w/Consulate General & Quebec Delegation!

Monday, Dec 10, 2018, 6:00 PM

Canadian Consulate
Three Copley Place, Suite 400 Boston, MA

10 Members Attending

For this meetup we have two guest speakers – Marc Jacques and Josée-Anne Labrie to discuss applying to study in Canada (and some additional information specific to Québec) as an international student, getting your study permit, finding out about working while you study or after you graduate, extending your stay, etc. Topics: – Advantages to study i…

Check out this Meetup →

December 10th, 6:00 – 7:45 pm
Consulate General office, Copley


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