In this issue:

Mason-Rice Online Auction
Jan 21, 2018 10:47 am | Newton PTO Council

The Mason-Rice Elementary School PTO’s annual online auction is now open for bidding! The auction will run through January 30th, with proceeds going to the Mason-Rice PTO in order to support the over 500 students at Newton’s largest elementary school.

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The auction truly has something for everyone…

  • Summer Camps! Camp Cody, WSYMCA, BC Basketball Camp, Chestnut Hill School, BSC Wellesley, Grossman, Tenacre, Fessenden, Meadowbrook, Babson…
  • Fitness classes (rock climbing, rowing, bootcamp, yoga, etc.), Life Time Athletic passes, Beaver Day School pool membership, Orangetheory Fitness passes, pilates for teens, gymnastics birthday parties…
  • Hotel Indigo overnight stay, museum passes (ICA, Peabody Essex, deCordova, etc.), theater tickets, boat tours, opera tickets, Newton Police Department tour, Wachusett ski lift tickets…
  • Gift cards to many local stores and restaurants…and SO MUCH MORE!

Let the bidding begin!

Newton CPC January 23rd public hearings
Jan 21, 2018 10:44 am | Newton PTO Council

The Newton CPC’s January 23rd agenda includes public hearings and possible CPC funding votes on two new proposals: Jackson Road/Haywood House new senior housing, $2,500,000 requested; and Crescent Street (affordable housing and community playground/park), $2,575,000 requested.

The final agenda, packet, and full text of both proposals are available from the program website For assistance, contact Alice Ingerson at or 617-796-1144.

14th annual Teen Summer Expo
Jan 21, 2018 10:35 am | Newton PTO Council

Meet with more than 80 directors of enriching summer programs for middle and high school students. Both day and overnight, with local, national and international options. Programs for every budget and interest. Attendance is free. Registration requested. Save time at the door and pre-register:


January 29th, 5:30-8:00pm (snow date January 31st)
Newton South High School cafeteria

Legal Planning for Children with Special Needs
Jan 21, 2018 10:30 am | Newton PTO Council

Are you searching for solutions to ensure the comfort and safety of children and adult children who have special needs? This workshop will cover the fundamentals of establishing a special needs trust, guardianship/conservatorship, and a financial plan that can safeguard your and your children’s legal and financial future. They’ll teach you about various legal tools to ensure that your child—whether a minor or an adult—will always have a surrogate decision-maker and protection into the future and also discuss the various types of special needs trusts and fiduciary appointments and nominations so you will have enough knowledge to make wise choices for yourself and your children. Admission:  $29.00 or $39.00 for two people.

February 7th, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Newton North High School

Author reading
Jan 21, 2018 10:27 am | Newton PTO Council

Karen Day, Newton author, has a new book out! It’s her first adult novel and she’s doing a book launch at Newtonville Books. All are welcome. For more information, please visit

February 8th,  7:00 pm
10 Langley Rd, Newton

ACT Prep Class
Jan 21, 2018 10:22 am | Newton PTO Council

The ACT is the standardized test of choice in many states, and it is steadily gaining in popularity here in Massachusetts. It is accepted by all colleges and may be a better choice than the SAT for some students. The ACT tests math, science, reading, and writing. Newton Community Education is pleased to partner with Summit Educational Group to offer a comprehensive test prep program that covers all sections of the ACT exam.

Prep will cover fundamental academic skills like algebra, critical reading, and grammar, as well as essential test-taking strategies. The class includes an initial diagnostic practice exam followed by 12 hours of classroom instruction and a second practice exam.

The first practice exam is February 10th and instructional classes will run on Thursday evenings beginning March 1st. For more information, or to register, visit us at or call 617-559-6999.

Events at Historic Newton
Jan 21, 2018 10:20 am | Newton PTO Council

Ongoing through February 28th : DAUGHTERS OF THE SHTETL EXHIBIT

Meet notable early 20th century women from Newton’s Jewish community in Nonantum and beyond in this exhibit about how Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe adapted to life in the Boston area. The exhibit goes with a free talk, “Daughters of the Shtetl,” as part of the Newton History Series. Admission: Free

February 22nd,  7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street


Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums. Information: 617-796-1450.

February 3rd and 4th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


Tupelo Junction is a modern folk and bluegrass quartet that also dabbles in roots and country. Featuring Conor Fortin, Sarah Gordon (who grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton North High School), Whit Hall, and Corey Fein, the band plays everything from jigs to hoedowns, bringing their own style to classic folk and bluegrass songs from America’s early settlers as well as contemporary folk tunes. Their three-part harmonies and fiddle breakdowns will inspire you to laugh, cry, and maybe dance, too.

Admission: $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, students, and Historic Newton members. Children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets through or call 617-641-9142.

February 11th, 2:30 pm
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue



Between 1882 and 1924 over one million Jewish women emigrated from Eastern Europe to America. With them they brought the rigid role of women inherent in shtetl life; their lives had been confined to the kitchen, marriage and motherhood. When these Jewish women and their daughters arrived in America, there was a clash between the patriarchal culture of Europe and the new freedoms that America offered. Historian Herb Belkin will talk about this culture clash in a lecture that describes how Jewish girls and women adapted to life in America and went on to become leaders in the labor, suffragette and feminist movements while preserving the traditions of Jewish life. Admission: Free

February 22nd, 7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street


Drop by the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds for a special family meet and greet with Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. Chat with the Mayor, and also visit our museum exhibits (we’re offering free admission during this time) to meet the three families who lived in the home. A Historic Newton educator will lead a drop-in family activity to explore the places and spaces a city needs, then design your own Newton! Look at genuine atlases to understand how Newton has changed over time, play a sorting game, and draw your own plans for Newton’s development. Admission: Free.  Information: 617-796-1450

February 23rd, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue

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