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Don’t miss the Harvest Fair
Oct 06, 2018 06:13 pm | Newton PTO Council

The 43rd annual Harvest Fair is a two day event on the Newton Center Green. Kiddie amusement rides and face painting are on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. On Sunday, October 14th only, there is a huge CraftShow, the Green Expo, Free Pumpkin Decorating and fabulous entertainment. Admission is free.

This year, there are two entertainment stages! The dance stage on Langley Road features performances by Giroux Brothers, Rob’s Guitar School, DEAFinitely, Joanne Langione Dance Studios, Suzuki School of Newton, Creative Dance Steps, NorthAtlantic Dance Center, Newton Uke Jam, Youth Pro Musica and Dance’n Feet.  The band stage is located at the Beacon Street end of the Newton Center parking lot, and showcases six terrific local bands: Trash Rabbit, YCCA Center for Creative Arts, Loose Change, The Conservatory at Highlands, Big Chief and Atoms & Energy. Check them all out!

The favorites at Harvest Fair on Sunday are still there…free pumpkin decorating sponsored by Wegman’s, kiddie amusement rides, the 150 different craft and business booths selling everything from hand-made beautiful jewelry and clothing to imaginative gifts; as well as the Green Expo, sponsored by Green Newton, with  exhibitors offering solutions for reducing your carbon footprint. And as always, there’ll be great food.

Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org or call 617-796-1298 for more information.

October 13th and 14th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Newton Center Green and Parking Lot


 
Learn about the November ballot questions
Oct 06, 2018 06:08 pm | Newton PTO Council

What are all the November ballot questions about?  Come learn with LWVN!

It’s almost time to decide how you’ll vote on the upcoming state and local ballot questions in November. This year there are three state ballot questions, and two local ballot questions. If you still don’t know what the ballot questions are about, or don’t have the facts you need to vote, this will help.

Join members of the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) to hear from presenters on both sides of the issues for state ballot Question 1 regarding patient-to-nurse limits and the Newton ballot questions regarding the dispensation of marijuana.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask presenters from each side questions at the end of each presentation. RSVPs to info@lwvnewton.org are appreciated!

October 18th,  8:00 – 9:30 am at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton

Can’t make it on the 18th?  The program on state ballot Question 1 will be taped soon and shown in late October.  For a discussion of state ballot Questions 2 and 3, watch the latest episode of ‘The League Presents’ on NewTV with guest Holly Gunner and LWVN Vice-President Lisa Mirabile.  The link to the program is:  https://newtv.org/recent-videos-community/120-the-league-presents/5302-ballot-questions-2-and-3.


 
Makers’ Corner Clubs for Middle School
Oct 06, 2018 06:04 pm | Newton PTO Council

Announcing new fall clubs at the Makers’ Corner! The Makers’ Corner after school program serves students in grades 6-8, and is located in the Underwood School. To register for all clubs, visit www.underwoodafterschool.org.

3-D Printing Introduction and Designing for Real Life – open to 6th-8th grade
Designed for newcomers to the world of 3-D printing, this club will introduce students to 3-D modeling and the 3-D printer using Tinkercad, and use these tools to solve real-life design problems.

October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, November 6th,  2:00 – 4:15 pm


Stop-Motion Animation – open to 6th-8th grade
In this club, students will plan out a short film, using either found or handmade characters and scenery, and produce the movie from start to finish, ending with a shareable video to show friends and family.

October 11th, 18th, 25th, November 1st, 8th, 2:45 – 4:15 pm


Woodworking Club – open to 6th-8th grade
In this workshop, make your very own wooden objects, ranging from utensils (spoons, spatulas, spreaders and chopsticks) to coasters and other wares.

October 12th, 19th, 26th, November 2nd,  9th, 2:45 – 4:15 pm


 
Responsive Home Workshop for Kindergarten Parents and Guardians
Oct 06, 2018 05:51 pm | Newton PTO Council

The tools of Responsive Classroom can be used to help create a calm, supportive and encouraging environment at home, too! Join to learn useful steps to creating a Responsive Home including:

  • Family Meeting
  • House Rules
  • Interactive Modeling
  • Positive Language
  • Logical Consequences
  • Choice and Quiet Time

October 15th, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Day Middle School Auditorium, 21 Minot Place, Newtonville (parking on Albermarle Road – Gath Pool)

*Please note – this workshop is for ADULTS only. Childcare is NOT provided. Please make other arrangements for your student(s) while you attend the workshop. This workshop will be taught by Amy Kelly, District Leader of Social and Emotional Learning, Newton Public Schools. For more information, please email Amy at Amy_kelly@newton.k12.ma.us


 
Federal Judge, Red Sox Executive, PBS/NOVA Producer to be among Headliners at Newton Inspires
Oct 06, 2018 05:45 pm | Newton PTO Council

Eighteen Newton luminaries will regale audiences at Newton Schools Foundation’s (NSF) 8th annual Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community. Since 2011, Newton Inspires has gathered Newton residents for this showcase of Newton’s talent, creativity, and intellect.

This year’s program features headliners Kimberly Budd, associate justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; David S. Friedman, senior vice president, legal & government affairs, Boston Red Sox; Sarah Holt, producer and director, PBS/NOVA; Richard Primack, professor of biology, Boston University; Peter Slavin, M.D., president, Massachusetts General Hospital; actress and writer Marianne Leone; and entrepreneur Sam Shames, along with many other talented Newton personalities.

The event is FREE to Newton residents and $15.00 for non-residents. Space is limited so register early. To register, go to www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org.

For the third consecutive year, Newton Schools Foundation welcomes The Village Bank as lead sponsor.  Newton Inspires is also supported by premium and major sponsors Mark Development Chestnut Hill Realty and The Street Chestnut Hill and Historic Homes. Individuals and businesses wishing to support public education in Newton through a Newton Inspires sponsorship can go to http://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/newton-inspires-sponsor.

Limited samplings of various refreshments will be available at the beginning of the evening courtesy of the following food sponsors: Anna’s Taqueria, Baker’s Best Catering, Better Life Food, Blue Ribbon BBQ, L’Aroma Café & Bakery, Legal Sea Foods, Panera Bread, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Rancatore’s Ice Cream and Yogurt, and Sweet Tomatoes.

November 13th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Newton South High School. Doors open at 6:00 pm to share community and conversation.

Newton Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to advance excellence and equity in the Newton Public Schools by funding promising initiatives, professional development, and programs that close gaps in achievement and opportunity.


 
Naming Committee for the School on Nevada Street
Oct 06, 2018 05:38 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Naming Committee for the School on Nevada Street  seeks comment from parents, school staff and members of the community regarding its preliminary recommendation on an appropriate name. Please see these options for providing your input and listening to discussions:

  1. Public Hearing October 29th,  7:00 pm in Room 210,  100 Walnut Street
  2. School Committee Meeting discussion November 14th, 7:00 pm in Room 210, 100 Walnut Street
  3. School Committee Meeting discussion & VOTE November 28th, 7:00 pm in Room 210, 100 Walnut Street

The Naming Committee welcomes written comments sent to  Naming225NevadaSt@gmail.com

Preliminary Recommendation
That the school building on Nevada Street be named the Horace Mann School at the time appropriate for the implementation of the school department’s recommended H.4 Scenario in September 2019.

The reasoning:
Most importantly, the proposed new district is overwhelmingly made up of households from the current Horace Mann district (86%) and the staff will basically be the same.  They identify as the Horace Mann School.
Secondly, Horace Mann is considered by many as the father of public education.  He championed free, universal, nonsectarian education dependent on trained professional teachers.  It is our good fortune he lived in Newton for some years.  Our City’s history and the high value we place on public education should place Mann’s name in the top tier on any list of names appropriate for a Newton education building.

It is the Committee’s intent to include in its final report to the School Committee suggestions on how the city might continue to honor the contributions of Frank Carr to the Newton Public Schools.

Naming Committee:  Jessica Eldridge-Young, Ted Hess-Mahan (Co-Chair), Daniel Kunitz, Anne Larner (Co-Chair), Robert Smith, Marcia Tabenken, Norah Wylie


 
Run Bill’s 5K
Oct 06, 2018 05:31 pm | Newton PTO Council

A fun and festive race for a good cause, Bill’s 5K runs the beautiful streets of Newton Center and is followed by great party at Bill’s Pizza. Come out and support those with spinal cord injuries. Register today at bills5k.com.

October 28th, 9:00 am


 
Introduction to Energy Medicine for Self-Healing
Oct 06, 2018 05:26 pm | Newton PTO Council

Do you want to feel more flow in your life, so you don’t have to orchestrate every detail? Would you like to have the tools to pave your own way? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to feel more ease in your life? Join this one-day workshop. For more information, click here: Energy Medicine.


 
Interested in the benefits of studying abroad?
Oct 06, 2018 05:19 pm | Newton PTO Council

Join other parents and college bound students for “Visit dozens of European & Canadian colleges in one morning w/Sharon Olofsson!”  Sharon is an international college consultant at GatewayEdConsulting.com. She will give her perspective after visiting dozens of colleges in Europe and Canada in the last few years, discussing:

•College selection
•Cost comparison with the U.S.
•and more!

Signup at https://www.meetup.com/College-Abroad/events/254923610/
October 13th, 10:00 am,  Lexington


 
Soccer on the Mat
Oct 06, 2018 05:14 pm | Newton PTO Council

Soccer on the Mat ™, the innovative soccer/yoga program for girls ages 10 to 14 and created by Alison Foley, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Boston College, is now registering for the winter session. This is a great program for the soccer off-season! Early bird discount ends October 15th.

Registration online

Twelve week program on Wednesdays or Thursdays,  4:00 – 5:30 pm, $325.00 or save 20% with early bird discount – $259.00 if you register by October 15th.

If you want to preview the first class, please register and select the “preview first class” option for either November 7th or 8th. There is no pro-rating or early bird discount if you do preview the class.

Learn more about Soccer on the Mat:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2016/11/11/for-young-soccer-players-yoga/rtIEcmnyc5IXYLevGxuR7K/story.html

http://www.artemisyoga.com/classes/soccer-on-the-mat/


 
Youth Hockey’s Learn to Skate (LTS) and Sprites/Learn to Play (LTP)
Oct 06, 2018 04:24 pm | Newton PTO Council

Registration is now open for Newton Youth Hockey’s Learn to Skate (LTS) and Sprites/Learn to Play (LTP) programs. These programs offer a great opportunity for your child to learn to ice skate and play hockey – as well as become involved in a team sport!

LTS consists of two 9 week Saturday sessions; Session 1 is November 10th – January 5th and Session 2 is January 12th – March 9th.  There is a discount when you register for both sessions.

Sprites/LTP will run from November 3rd – March 10th and this year includes scrimmages with the Watertown Youth Hockey Learn to Play Program.

Additional information on the programs is available on the NYH website, please visit the LTS and Sprites/LTP pages.  You can also email the program directors with any questions:

Chandra Adams, Director LTS, and Lisa Casillo, Intramural VP and Director Sprites/LTP.


 
Percussion Lessons
Oct 06, 2018 04:08 pm | Newton PTO Council

Percussion lessons for the young and young at heart! Joe Lareau has taught in the Boston area for more than 15 years and offers private percussion tutoring with expertise in West African music and dance, drum set, orchestral, and marching percussion as well as elementary piano.

Joe is successful with helping children who struggle with understanding, performing, and reading music. He teaches using techniques that help the student grasp the larger question of “How to be a musician?” utilizing audio and video examples he recorded while living in Ghana for 6 years.

Tutoring can be one-on-one or group sessions. For more information, please contact him at jlareau@fessenden.org or 508-826-9626.


 
Private Art Teacher/Tutor Available for Fall Classes
Oct 06, 2018 04:07 pm | Newton PTO Council

Professional painter and printmaker is available to teach elementary through college age students privately or in small groups upon request. She teaches painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, art history, and/or intro to design and will drive to your home for the course.

About the Instructor: Alla Lazebnik is an MFA Painting graduate from Boston University and currently an Art and Design Instructor at Lasell College in Newton. Please contact alla.lazebnik@gmail.com for more details.


 
Weekends with Newton families
Oct 06, 2018 04:04 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton dad, Randy Friedman, of Seven Travel has planned another great line-up of skiing and riding for 2019.  Come join other Newton families and friends and head to the great resorts of New England including Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Waterville Valley, Smugglers Notch, and Jay Peak.  Skiers and non-skiers alike will have a blast meeting other Newton families on the slopes.  Click http://www.seventravel.org and go to Trips.


 

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