In this issue
Dog Licenses and Off-Leash permits
Jun 06, 2018 11:40 am | Newton PTO Council
Dogs residing in Newton must be licensed by April 1st every year. Persons with dogs, please see this important information.
School Committee Update
Jun 04, 2018 01:23 pm | Newton PTO Council
This update is for the 05/30/2018 Newton School Committee meeting:
With over 1800 views, our first School Committee “Virtual Office Hours” was a huge success. We held our second one last night and you can view the video on the district Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/newtonps.
- To start, we held a public meeting and voted unanimously to decline participation in the Massachusetts School Choice program. To clarify, this is not related to school choice for Newton residents within the district. The School Choice program allows students from outside of Newton to apply to attend Newton Public Schools. It is a statewide program in which districts can choose to participate or not. This public meeting and vote is required by law and it is a decision that must be reaffirmed annually.
- Toby Romer and Mary Eich were joined by Interim IT Director Tom Gwin, to provide an update on the One Student/One Device Pilot. The pilot will continue next year when, starting in January, Chromebooks are planned to be distributed to the entire 10th grade at Newton North and Newton South. To learn more about the program and to view the presentation to the School Committee, visit: www.newton.k12.ma.us/laptop.
- Members of the Equity Committee presented an update to the Equity Guidelines. Most notable changes to the guidelines were a lowered per pupil spending cap of $80 and the formation of a Working Group to consider pooled PTO funds.
- We had a chance to recognize Newton Public School students including:
- Our Newton School Committee student representatives, Brooke Hackel, Michael Ryter and Max Teszler, all who are graduating this year.
- The Newton North Graphic Design students who participated in the project to redesign the district logo: Arthur Dutra, Liam MacIntyre, Mia Patriacca, Emma Nephtali, Li Shandross and Grant Yee. A special thank you to Li Shandross for designing the logo chosen for district use.
- Lastly, we unanimously voted to relocate the Horace Mann Elementary School to 225 Nevada Street, currently the site of the Carr Building, in September 2019. This was the official vote to affirm the long-term facilities plan we have been using.
- June 11th @7PM: Year-End Reports: Superintendent’s Goals and Systemwide Goals, Student Assignment Working Group (SAWG) Recommendation, Student Services Update, Vote: EDCO Board Member.
- June 18th @7PM: SEPAC Update, High School Start Time Update, Fiscal and Operational Update and Facilities Update, Discussion of Superintendent’s Assessment.
We hope you have found this summary useful. You can access all School Committee meeting documents via the NPS website (https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/domain/69). Additionally, if you are interested in watching an SC meeting from home or a recorded meeting, you can obtain access via www.newtv.org.
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
Washington Street Vision
Jun 03, 2018 11:02 am | Newton PTO Council
Participate in Hello Washington Street to provide input and help shape the future
of Washington Street. Public Design Week will feature a Pop Up Workspace
June 5th -12th, 8:30 am – 9:00 pm.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 617-796-1120, visit
facebook.com/hellowashingtonstreet or check out this notice
Newton Firefighters want to help extinguish hunger in Newton!
Jun 03, 2018 10:55 am | Newton PTO Council
From June 8th to June 22nd, Newton Firefighters will be holding a food drive on behalf of the three food pantries in Newton; the Centre Street Food Pantry, the Newton Food Pantry and the Arabic Baptist Church, which together serve more than 1,000 families a month in our community.
Please donate canned or packaged non-perishable food items (that are not opened or expired) and toiletries (standard size) to your local fire station. Let’s support the Newton Firefighters in their fight to end hunger in our neighborhoods!
Final Open House
Jun 03, 2018 10:54 am | Newton PTO Council
The Newton Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children, is hosting a final spring Open House. This is a terrific opportunity for parents of 5th graders to learn more about the program as they plan for the next school year. Space is limited … Sign up today! For more information please contact Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or visit highlandsafterschool.org.
June 4th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands
Newton Community Farm’s Annual Dinner on the Farm is on the Horizon!
Jun 03, 2018 10:47 am | Newton PTO Council
Join Dinner on the Farm, an annual celebration of summer that brings together food lovers, chefs, musicians and friends from across the community to share in a delicious, farm-fresh meal.
Executive Chef Chad Burns of Newton’s own Farmstead Table will once again treat guests to an artfully-crafted meals using some of the freshest produce from NCF’s fields and surrounding local farms.The Dixie Butterhounds will be back performing their irresistable, old-time southern string jams to help set the mood. And you can join in giving a warm farm welcome to new Executive Director, Karyn Novakowski.
This is an evening you don’t want to miss! Purchase your tickets at https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/ncfarm/event.jsp?event=9441&.
Tickets are $75.00 for Friends of the Farm and $85.00 for non-Friends of the Farm. Friends of the Farm can also purchase tables for up to eight or ten guests. Find out more about the Friends of the Farm program at http://newtoncommunityfarm.org/about/support/join/.
Your ticket covers the cost of the dinner and an additional tax-deductible contribution to NCF education programs. Please email Cristal at email@example.com with any questions, or if you need any assistance with your online registration.
Dinner on the Farm is an outdoor event, which makes for an unforgettable evening. Registration closes July 11th. Dinner on the Farm is sponsored by Village Bank.
July 16th, 6:30-8:30 pm (In the unlikely event of bad weather, the rain date is July 17th)
Newton Community Fram
303 Nahanton Street, Newton Centre
Please help combat food insecurity
Jun 03, 2018 10:41 am | Newton PTO Council
9% of students in Newton Public Schools are economically disadvantaged. In some of our grade schools, it’s 20%. Every year, NPS runs about $10,000 in school lunch debt.
Many families slip through the cracks and fall behind due to a variety of things such as:
· They hesitate to apply for SNAP food assistance
· They are unaware they qualify
· The paperwork is daunting
· They send some lunches, but must pay for milk or snacks
Our district is compassionate, ensuring all our children get the same lunch and our community can help raising funds to offset this debt. The target for this drive, organized by a Newton parent, is $5,000 by the last day of school.
If you’re food insecure – or know someone who is, there are links and information on Project Bread, The Centre Street Food Pantry and Newton Food Pantry in this GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/npslunchdebt
Engaging themed art camps
Jun 03, 2018 10:32 am | Newton PTO Council
Join a summer of playful creativity at Atelier! They are excited to offer engaging themed art camps including Art and Magic; Color, Texture and Pattern; and The Art of Exploration.
The Paper Mouse Atelier, a one-of-a-kind art studio in West Newton Square, now offers summer vacation camps for children ages 7-12. These camps are immersive creative experiences where students explore traditional media and techniques such as drawing, painting and printmaking, as well as art created from nontraditional materials and found objects, and craft projects such as bookmaking and paper marbling.
Options include weeklong (full days or mornings) and single day sessions. Find out more at www.thepapermouse.com or 617-663-8722.
1280 Washington St, West Newton
It’s not too late to sign up for creative summer fun at Maine Arts Camp!
Jun 03, 2018 10:26 am | Newton PTO Council
Are you still looking for the perfect summer experience for your creative 9 to 16-year-old? Maine Arts Camp – a small, nurturing co-ed camp community located on the stunning campus of Colby College – combines all the fun of a traditional sleepaway camp with exceptionally high quality instruction across an inspirational range of arts, science, and outdoor activities.
With individualized schedules, campers can choose activities they already love and/or explore new skills and adventures. Want to combine theater and dance with baking, metalwork, tennis, robotics and film-making? Kayaking with chorus, culinary arts and stained glass? No problem! With over 60 activities to choose from, and access to Colby’s outstanding facilities, it’s all available at Maine Arts Camp.
For more information, visit www.maineartscamp.com. Please contact Rick Mades, Camp Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Anabel Cable at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Seeking Volunteers for 2018-2019 School Year
Jun 03, 2018 10:23 am | Newton PTO Council
The Newton Child Assault Prevention Program is seeking volunteers for 2018-2019 school year. Do you have three mornings a month free during the school year? Are you looking for a meaningful and fun way to make a difference in children’s lives?
If so, then join the dynamic team of trained CAP volunteers who are committed to using guided discussions and role plays to teach elementary age children in the Newton Schools that they have the right to be Safe, Strong and Free with their friends and peers, when they meet adult strangers, and with those who are trusted to take care of them. Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year, the next training begins on October 28th.
For more information or an application, please visit
http://familyaccess.org/family-support/child-assault-prevention/ or contact Gail Sommer, Director, at 617-969-5906, ext. 143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Newton Youth Players – “Hello Dolly”
Jun 03, 2018 10:00 am | Newton PTO Council
Newton Youth Players is a children’s theatre company at the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall, for elementary school children who love to sing, dance, act, and construct scenery. Each summer, fall, winter and spring season they produce adaptations of popular Broadway musicals that the whole family will enjoy. The Monday cast is led by the exceptionally talented team of Co-Directors: Hannah Rosenberg and Linda Goetz. Hannah recently became a part of Newton Theatre Company as an actor and Development Director. Linda Goetz is a professional actress, writer and director; and one of the founders of the Newton Nomadic Theater.
There is still a chance to sign up for “Hello Dolly” on Mondays, September 17th – December 17th, rehearsals 6:30 –8:00 pm. An all-time Broadway favorite, this show is the story of matchmaker Dolly Levi and her wooing of grumpy Horace Vandergelder. The setting is turn-of-the-century New York City, with its shops, famous restaurants, and plenty of young New Yorkers enjoying the scene. Registration and information is at www.newtonyouthplayers.com.
In-Home Math Tutoring
Jun 03, 2018 09:54 am | Newton PTO Council
Sophomore at Brown University majoring in math with a passion for helping students with a wide-range of math tutoring needs including algebra, calculus and linear algebra is available for in-home tutoring. He offers a structured program based on students’ individual needs at the rate of $65.00/hour.
Please feel free to call Matthew at 617-610-8444 or email Matthew_siff@brown.edu.
Avoid the Math Summer Slide!
Jun 03, 2018 09:45 am | Newton PTO Council
Studies show that most students fall more than 2 months behind in math over the summer months. Summer is a great time to catch up, keep up or get a jump start on next year’s math.
Mathnasium Learning Center in Newton & Wellesley offer effective, affordable (as low as $29.00/session) tutoring with flexible individualized scheduling. To enroll or for more information, please contact 617-340-3665 or visit www.mathsummer.com.