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Superintendent’s Welcome to 2017-18 School
Aug 30, 2017 12:53 pm | Newton PTO Council

August 30, 2017

Dear Families,

I hope you have enjoyed the summer. It is a great pleasure to welcome both our returning families and those new to our schools.

We begin this school year in the wake of the stunning events in Charlottesville. The display of hate was incomprehensible as it stands in stark contrast to the values of the Newton Public Schools. As a system, we reject hate, prejudice and discrimination. Creating a school community that is welcoming and supportive for all students, no matter their race, background, or identity, is at the core of our mission.

Now more than ever, we must be intentional about the work we have long been doing in support of racial justice, equity, and social and emotional learning. The work is imperative if we expect our graduates to be thoughtful and engaged citizens of an increasingly diverse, complex and connected world. This year, we will expand our professional work with faculty and staff on Courageous Conversations on Race. We will also continue our partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and explore new opportunities for students to lead their peers in addressing issues of bias and discrimination.

It is essential that we work with families in order to ensure that our students respect one another’s differences and stand up when they see injustice and discrimination. Last year, we held a very successful parent workshop on how to talk to children about race. This year, we plan to expand our efforts at the school level to provide families with tools and information to engage in conversations about race, culture, and identity.

As we focus on the learning happening inside our schools and classrooms, we are also excited for the improvement to the physical buildings in our district. The new Zervas School will open on the first day of school, welcoming faculty, staff, and students to a dynamic new learning environment. With Angier and Zervas now complete, we turn our attention to the renovation of Cabot School. Construction has begun with Cabot students now in our Carr swing space. We will continue work on our long-range facilities plan to improve school buildings for our students and staff.

One of the most important parts of my job is to be in our schools on a regular basis working with staff and students. Together with School Committee members, and working closely with our PTOs, I will again visit each of our 22 schools to speak with you about district initiatives and listen to your ideas, questions, and concerns. This year, we will continue to explore the very best ways to share information and include all families in our district conversations. Our partnership with you and the larger Newton community is critical to our success.

Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful school year.

David Fleishman
Superintendent of Schools

Newton Kindergarten Soccer
Aug 26, 2017 11:02 am | Newton PTO Council

Register now for Newton Kindergarten Soccer. The fall program is for those children currently in kindergarten in 2017-2018. The games will be at Oak Hill Middle School beginning in September. To be eligible, children must live or attend school in Newton, including private schools. The registration deadline is August 31st.

To find out more or to register, please visit our website:

Note that Lincoln-Eliot and Burr families generally participate in Garden City Soccer, and that Memorial Spaulding usually has its own program.

Newton Kindergarten Soccer, run by the Zervas PTO, is an introduction to soccer with a focus on making friends, learning teamwork, and developing confidence. Each spring, over 200 incoming kindergarteners throughout Newton play in the league. Players are grouped with other children who either live in the same neighborhood or who attend the same school for kindergarten, so that incoming kindergartners can meet future classmates.

LigerBots Robotics
Aug 26, 2017 10:58 am | Newton PTO Council

Fall is coming and the LigerBots are ready to begin a new year. With a freshly elected executive board, new members coming in, and a new game for this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition, the LigerBots are fired up and ready to leap into the coming season. Their
first outreach event of the season will be at Newtonville Village Day, from noon to 5:00 pm on September 24th. Please stop by their booth to say hello and learn more about the team.

The LigerBots means so much to so many team members and teaches real life skills in a way that few other programs do. They would like to take this chance to thank their supporters for all that you have done — your help really makes a difference. Come to an event, they’d love to thank you in person.

“Be the Change” PSA/Poster Contest
Aug 26, 2017 10:47 am | Newton PTO Council

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth is sponsoring a poster contest for middle and high school students. Please see attached flyer for details: Poster Contest.

Fall Tree Tour
Aug 26, 2017 10:43 am | Newton PTO Council

Enjoy a tour showcasing the trees that enhance the cemetery grounds. Newton Cemetery arborist Robert Reardon will guide a tour showcasing the interesting variety of trees. The tour will take place rain or shine and last approximately 90 minutes. Comfortable walking shoes, water and plenty of questions are recommended.

Meet just inside the main gate in front of the office. Parking is available in the chapel parking lot. Free and open to all, suggested donation: $10.00. For more information, call 617-332-0047.

October 14th, 1:00 pm
Newton Cemetery
791 Walnut Street, Newton

Executive Function conference for parents
Aug 26, 2017 10:38 am | Newton PTO Council

“Executive Function and Emotion: Promoting flexible thinking and reducing anxiety in school” is an executive function conference specifically for parents.

View the flyer here: EF Flyer. Fee is $175. To register, please go to:

For more information, please contact: Jamie Cutler at

October 27th, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Lexington, MA

College Essay and/or writing tutor available
Aug 26, 2017 10:29 am | Newton PTO Council

Educator and editor with over 20 years of experience is available for college essay help and English class tutoring. English or writing tutoring sessions can be tailored to fit your weekly needs. Face-to-face meetings are a must to begin, but afterwards email, phone, and/or Google Docs are great ways to work with busy students.

For more information, please contact Alicia Shems at or 617-680-1918. Every Senior she’s worked with has been admitted to one of his or her top choices.

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