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Newton Destination Imagination Registration OPEN
Aug 17, 2018 08:14 am | Newton PTO Council

The 2018 – 2019 Season for Newton Destination Imagination (DI) is open!  Click HERE to register.

Endorsed by Superintendent David Fleishman, Newton DI is an inclusive STEAM- based creative problem solving competition for students in grades K-12. Teams of up to 7 kids will choose to work on one of six challenges that will test their teamwork, project management and creativity skills.

To learn more about the program, please go to the website for FAQs and a short intro video. Questions? Please email

Newton Kindergarten Soccer
Aug 17, 2018 08:10 am | Newton PTO Council

Register now for the fall season of Newton Kindergarten Soccer. The fall program is for those children currently in kindergarten in 2018-2019. The games will be at Oak Hill Middle School Saturday mornings beginning in September. To be eligible, children must live or attend school in Newton, including private schools. The cost is $80 through August 25th.

To find out more or to register, please visit

Note that Lincoln-Eliot, Franklin, 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.

Newton Area Flag Football League (NAFFL)
Aug 17, 2018 08:06 am | Newton PTO Council

The NAFFL season begins on September 2nd with pre-season scrimmages and then regular season games starting September 9th at the recently renovated Daly Field on Nonantum Road. Games take less than one hour and are held on Sundays between 4:00 and 9:00 pm. All games are coached, professionally refereed and scored. Registration guarantees each player 8 games, including playoffs. Divisions are available for kids ages 5 – 14.

NAFFL is dedicated to giving back to the community, and so when players register with the coupon code SCHOOL,  they will donate $10 to the school where players are enrolled, and they will receive $10 off their registration. More information can be found on their website and on the attached flyer here: Flag Football.

NAFFL offers the following:

  • a safe environment and sport
  • respect for rules
  • fun while still being competitive
  • boosts confidence
  • perseverance
  • builds community
  • weekly exercise
  • an understanding of the importance of playing/working together as a team
  • good sportsmanship

A New STEAM-Focused Middle School After School Program
Aug 17, 2018 07:57 am | Newton PTO Council

Announcing the Makers’ Corner. Is your middle schooler a creative engineer? Analytic artist? Comedic cinematographer? Above all, do they love to MAKE things and learn new ways to build, program, and design the world around them? They are all invited to come join a community of makers at the Makers’ Corner!

A brand new branch of programming presented by the established Underwood After School Program,  the Makers’ Corner makerspace, will enable access to a wide variety of sophisticated STEAM skills and materials in a free-flow, high-choice environment. With flexible scheduling options, students can enroll for one to five days a week, for full or half afternoons, and even club-only options for limited 6- to 8-week runs.

Skills and activities offered in the Makers’ Corner will include 3-D design and printing, stop-motion animation, sewing by hand and machine, electronics and robotics, engineering and construction challenges, Scratch computer programming, a variety of arts programming including printmaking, painting, kinetic sculpture, and much more. The Makers’ Corner environment will allow participants to join a pre-planned activity or learn a new skill each day, or work at their own pace on their own projects, either individually or collaboratively with peers. For students attending the full afternoon, time and resources will also be available for homework completion and physical recreation.

For more information, email Kate Finnan at, or call 617-244-1810. To register, visit, and scroll down to click, “Click here to apply today!”

Check out the flyer: Maker’s Corner

Newton Youth Players is growing…..
Aug 17, 2018 07:53 am | Newton PTO Council

Two new exciting classes have joined the popular youth theatre program. The cast sizes are small, so don’t wait! Visit for more information and to register.

Spotlight Players is for middle school students only, who would like to further explore acting techniques. The Fall program, now enrolling, is “Come to the Cabaret”. The class is led by local actor and director Judi Pava, who has extensive experience with middle school and high school aspiring actors!

Musical Theatre Studio is a fun winter program that will focus on stage skills – musical theater, acting and improv. The smaller class size will allow for more focus on individual skill development. Directed by local actors/directors Hannah Rosenberg and Linda Goetz, this program is open to children in grades 2 through 5.

Webster Woods Proposal to Newton CPC Now Online
Aug 17, 2018 07:49 am | Newton PTO Council

The next Newton Community Preservation Committee meeting is scheduled for September 13th at 7:00 pm, City Hall Room 204. Please note the unusual day of the week, to avoid Rosh Hashanah.

This agenda includes a public hearing and potential CPC funding vote on a proposal requesting $100,000 for professional services related to preservation of open space at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway / Webster Woods. The proposal is now online from Proposals & Projects – Pending at

Written comments on this proposal that are received by August 24th will be forwarded to the CPC ahead of the hearing. Any additional agenda requests and their associated written materials for this meeting must also be received by August 24h.

Save the Date for Newton Community Farm’s 2018 Fall Festival!
Aug 17, 2018 07:47 am | Newton PTO Council

Even though summer is still at its height, at Newton Community Farm they are already thinking of fall sweaters, apple cider, and cool nights. And that means NCF’s Fall Festival—a fun, annual community event for kids and families with pumpkin decorating, a farm treasure hunt, delicious snacks and food, and a lively kids’ sing-along. Come down to the farm and join in on the fun on September 23rd from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.


NCF is currently looking for volunteers to help run the event, a few folks to help put lawn signs around Newton ( to help us get the word out and some friends to help on the day of the festival ( It’s a really fun event and a great way to support your local community farm.

Please consider signing up today!

Historic Newton Events
Aug 17, 2018 07:35 am | Newton PTO Council

September 1st and 2nd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums.

Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue. Admission: Free. Information: 617-796-1450

September 5th, 10:00 am

Learn more about Native People in Newton and get the chance to handle some historical artifacts. They’ll read Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, and preschoolers and their caregivers will make their own storm cloud windsocks. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to

Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street. Admission: Free. Information:  617-796-1450

September 22nd, 9:30 am

Explore the Durant-Kenrick House and Ground and welcome the fall foliage to Newton! They will read Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. Preschoolers and their caregivers have the chance to go outside and create their own nature collages. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to

Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue. Admission: Free. Information: 617-796-1450

September 30th, Noon – 4:00 pm

Drop in for a day of old-fashioned fun at the annual hands-on family festival. Try 19th century activities, including butter making, cider pressing, and candle dipping. Jump into a burlap sack for a race or play the hoop-tossing game of graces. Enjoy ice cream from Cabot’s and a bake sale.

Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street. Admission: Free. Information:  617-796-1450

What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA
Aug 17, 2018 07:26 am | Newton PTO Council

Fall 2018 After School Program

Enrollment for Fall 2018 Out-of-School Time at the West Suburban YMCA is open. Out-of-School Time (OST) is an engaging after-school care program for grades K-8. The school-year program follows the Newton Public School calendar, including extended hours and Early Release Days, and transportation to the Y is available from most elementary and middle schools in Newton. For more information, visit or contact Jeremy Smith at 617-244-6050 x3068 or

Fall Program Registration – Discover What You Can Do!

Registration is open for Early Fall Programs at the YMCA! Programs begin the week September 4th. Pick up a fall program guide at the Y or view online at Highlights include:

  • Sports: Discover teamwork and sportsmanship by registering for one of the many sports programs at the Y. The YMCA’s Youth Soccer Association (YSA) League welcomes children ages 4-8 to have fun learning the game of soccer. Saturday NFL Flag Football is another option for kids to learn football skills and positions while playing in a fun league. Teen 3v3 Basketball League is starting up this fall as well. Visit for more sports programs including basketball, gymnastics, lacrosse, adaptive sports and more.
  • Music & Creative Arts: Discover your voice and learn to collaborate with a group in our Rock Band class! Rock Band is a 13-week program for ages 9+. Students have weekly rehearsals with their group in preparation for performances and will explore a variety of genres. The Y also offers private music lessons for guitar, bass, drums, piano and voice. New students can schedule a free introductory lesson.
  • Fitness & Wellness: Discover your strength with new offerings from our Fitness & Wellness Department. Try Run 101, a class for participants who would like to learn the basics of running with a small, supportive training group, Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi, a program to help participants relieve pain and improve balance through gentle, fluid movements, and Y Warriors, a fun class for ages 10-12 that uses games, obstacles and other activities to keep kids active and healthy.
  • Also new this fall is Y Empower, a new free program designed specifically for girls ages 10-14. This program will allow girls to explore their health holistically and be prepared to manage the stress that adolescence often brings. Participants will learn about topics such as nutrition, social media, job preparedness and self care, while also trying fitness activities like yoga, Zumba and swimming in a supportive environment. Contact Jane Carroll at for more information about this program.


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The next session will begin in late September. To learn more or participate in an upcoming session, contact Jane Carroll at

Swim Lessons for All Ages

Learn and improve upon a lifelong skill so you can be confident and capable in the water. YMCA Swim Lessons are available for all ages – infants through adults – and accommodate all abilities with three categories of lessons (swim starters, swim basics and swim strokes) and eight developmental stages.

For Teens

The Y offers a variety of options for teens at the YMCA. Students in the Leaders Club develop leadership skills through community building and volunteer service, while those interested in participating in a model government and learning how to create change can get involved in the Youth and Government program. The Y also offers regular open recreation hours and teen fitness hours.

Blue Waves Swim Team Try Outs

The Blue Waves Swim Team at the West Suburban YMCA is a nationally ranked competitive swim team for ages 6-17. All new swimmers looking to join the Blue Waves Swim Team for the Fall/Winter Short Course Season are required to try out. Try outs slots are available August 21-23 and September 4-6. Swimmers must pre-register for a try out slot ($5 for members / $10 for community). Try out registration is available online at or by calling 617-244-6050 x3086.

Fall 2018 Preschool

Fall 2018 Preschool is enrolling. The Y’s Preschool Center for Youth Development is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and provides a year-round, high quality early education experience for children 2.9 years to 5 years old. The program features a safe teacher-child ratio, a large, bright and open classroom with secure entrance, a weekly 30-minute swim lesson, and access to the Y’s outdoor playground, turf field and full gymnasium. For more information, visit or contact Kim Benzan at

Pickleball starts up September 4th!

Come to the Y on Tuesdays from 9:30am-11:30am and take up a new sport: Pickleball! Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping-pong. All are welcome. Free for members and a $10 drop-in fee for non-members.

Poetry Night – September 7th, 7:00-9:00 pm

Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett of Poemworks, the event begins with readings by two local poets. Then 10-12 guests participate in the Open Mic portion of evening to share their own written work. This event is free and open to the public.

Family Fun Night –  September 11th, 6:00-7:00 pm

Bring the whole family to the Y for some family fun time. Featuring arts & crafts, bouncy house, games and more! FREE and open to all. Family Fun Nights are generously sponsored by the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is our mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Visit to register online or stop by the Y’s Welcome Center at 276 Church Street.

Literacy Specialist/ELL Teacher Available for Tutoring
Aug 17, 2018 07:17 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton mom and former Newton literacy specialist, Lani Verges-Radack who is presently working as an ELL teacher in Needham Public Schools, has over 15 years experience in education and is also the parent of two kids with complex learning and emotional needs.
She has experience in a variety of methods and can assess your child to design the best plan for progress.

Lani can work on ALL areas of literacy – decoding, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, oral language and phonics/spelling – depending upon the needs of your child. She is experienced with preschoolers through high schoolers. References and rates available upon request. Please contact Lani at


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