In this issue:

Come spin to support the Centre Street Food Pantry
Sep 17, 2017 10:39 am | Newton PTO Council

Come spin on September 18th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Healthworks at 1300 Boylston St in Chestnut Hill to raise money for the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton.

Funds will be used to purchase nutritious and delicious food. Suggested donation of $100 per person or $150 per couple but any amount of donation welcome. Please click here to sign up.


Newton’s Parks & Recreation Fall activities
Sep 17, 2017 10:20 am | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Parks & Recreation Department is kicking off the fall season with lots of opportunities for residents of all ages to be active, engaged, and have fun:

On October 7th, there’s a Picnic in the Park at Kennard Park from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, with music, dancing, and lots of activities. Designed for children and adults, the picnic is a great way to spend time outdoors and explore the park. More information about the picnic is available here.

The Lower Falls Community Center is home to lots of great classes, offering fun and fitness for Newton residents of all ages. Some of the diverse offerings include: SAT Tutoring, Softball Pitching Clinic, Tai Chi, a Boot Camp, Zumba, and an infants’ playgroup. A complete list of these classes can be viewed here. For more information on the Lower Falls programs please contact jdore@newtonma.gov or call 617-796-1541.

The first series of the always popular ice skating lessons begins in September, and the full schedule is available here. For more information on ice skating, email parks@newtonma.gov or call 617-796-1510.

Funtastic Fridays are back! Held on select Friday evenings throughout the school year, Funtastic Fridays are exclusively for fifth graders, and feature games, music, prizes and snacks at the Hyde Community Center. These evenings are great ways for fifth graders to have fun while meeting peers from different parts of Newton, whom they may see again next year in middle school. More information about Funtastic Fridays is available here.

Super Saturdays are held monthly on select Saturday evenings throughout the school year. Designed for ages 5 – 12, these fun Saturday evenings at the Lower Falls Community Center are a great childcare option for parents who want a few hours to themselves, while knowing their children are busy with games, movies, and arts and crafts activities. More information on Super Saturdays is available here or contact jdore@newtonma.gov or call 617-796-1541.


Newton Community Education Fall ACT & SAT Prep Classes
Sep 17, 2017 10:11 am | Newton PTO Council

Sign up now for Fall ACT & SAT College Prep classes:

ACT Prep – October 21st – November 30th (includes 2 Saturday morning practice tests and 4 Thursday evening sessions) at Newton South High School.
SAT Math Review – Mondays, October 18th – November 15th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Newton North High School
SAT Verbal Review – Wednesdays, October 23rd – November 20th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Newton North High School

NCE is also offering the following college related programs for parents:

Reduce the Stress of College Funding –  September 26th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Newton North High School
You Can Afford College If… –  September 19th at Newton North or November 2nd at Newton South, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Is Your High School Grad Ready for College –  October 19th at Newton South, 7:00 -9:00 pm
Navigating the Student-Athlete College Search and Recruiting Process – (2 session program)  November 1st and 2nd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Newton South. Parents and students welcome.
For more information about these programs, or to register, visit newtoncommuityed.org or call 617-559-6999.


Get a free NCE Kids class!
Sep 17, 2017 09:42 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton Community Ed (NCE) is looking for onsite coordinators to represent NCE at each school and help ensure that the classes run smoothly.

This position involves arriving at school by dismissal time, supporting NCE teachers and students as needed, and staying at school until the last NCE student is dismissed. The onsite coordinators liaise with NCE office staff regarding class logistics and special needs. The hours are typically 3:00 – 4:30 pm on all days but Tuesdays, and 12:30 – 2:00 pm on Tuesdays.

In exchange for your services, you or your child can take a free class at NCE (with some restrictions). If you’d prefer, you can earn $25.00/day. Please contact Brenda at brenda_april@newton.k12.us if you or anyone you know is interested in these positions.
Open to hiring a single person or multiple people per school.


Boston College Dramatics Society offers free concert
Sep 17, 2017 09:37 am | Newton PTO Council

See Broadway actress Lindsay Mendez in a free concert on September 23rd at 7:30 pm in the Robsham Theater, followed by a brief Q&A session. For details please click: Concert.


Newton Community Farm’s Annual Fall Festival
Sep 17, 2017 09:22 am | Newton PTO Council

Come enjoy your local community farm at 303 Nahanton Street in Newton during an afternoon of fun family activities There will be live music by the High Strung Strummers, a sing-a-long (11:45 – 12:30) led by Julia of Music Together , pumpkin decorating, face painting, and spider web cutting.

Your family can play corn hole together, or take a great family photo. Come for lunch and enjoy a fresh-made sandwich from around the world, grilled corn, apples, and delicious treats provided by our community bakers. It’s a perfect way to welcome the fall season!

We depend on our community of volunteers to make these public events possible. Please consider volunteering for a shift, and/or baking  for the bake sale to make your contribution. Please visit the website  for more information or to sign up to volunteer.

September 24th,  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
303 Nahanton Street, Newton


Newton Public Schools Job openings
Sep 17, 2017 09:10 am | Newton PTO Council

NPS is actively interviewing for the following job openings:

-Substitutes(InstructionalSupportSpecialists/ISS)-PT
-Aides(Paraprofessionals)-FT/PT
-LunchAttendants/Monitors-PT

See the flier here and apply online at www.newton.k12.ma.us


Kids in Grade 2-5: Learn to Play the Ukulele!
Sep 17, 2017 09:04 am | Newton PTO Council

Uke 1 – an introduction class to the ukulele and perfect for kids who want to learn an instrument, while exploring the world of musicianship. Students will learn basics of the instrument, including rhythmic strumming and chords. They will be playing songs in a few short weeks!

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2:00 pm (We are able to open a second session of Uke 1 on Tuesdays at 2:15)

Uke 2 – The student must have completed Uke 1. All levels of players are welcome for continued learning and weekly “jam session”.

Tuesdays, 2:15 – 3:00 pm To register: www.activityreg.com , click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Register, click on Programs or Activities, click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Ukulele classes. Or call 617-796-1540 for more information. Bring your own instrument or contact teacher for rental.

Fall Session: Tuesdays, September 26th – December 5th
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall


Middle School Speech Team
Sep 17, 2017 08:57 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton Public School students in Grades 6-8*, join the Speech Team to become a better public speaker, gain confidence for class discussions and dramatic presentations, win awards for yourself and your school, make friends with kids from all over the state, and have fun as part of an amazing team.

You’ll compete in tournaments through the Massachusetts Middle School Speech League (formerly the Forensics League) in the event you choose, from among prose or poetry reading, original oratory, impromptu, and more. All students are expected to attend a minimum of six tournaments in order to represent their team and improve their public speaking skills. For more information or to register click here or visit newtoncommunityed.org.

September 27th – May 16th, Wednesdays,  3:30 – 5:30 pm
Newton South High School

*Fifth graders are welcome to join this class, but per league rules they can not participate in tournaments except for the Newton tournament that takes place in the spring.


Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Hope Walks 2017
Sep 16, 2017 01:03 pm | Newton PTO Council

Join Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s 8th Annual Hope Walks. Hope Walks is a 3.3 mile neighborhood walk to benefit the life-enhancing Integrative Support Services at the Vernon Cancer Center. The annual fundraiser starts and ends at the hospital and brings together nearly 1,000 patients, families, caregivers, residents and volunteers to help cancer patients and their families through treatment and recovery. Register by September 15th and save $10.00 at www.nwh.org/hopewalks

October 1st, 9:00 am
Walk Day Event Details

· Registration Fee $40
· Check in/ registration will open at 9:00 am on Sunday, October 1st
· Opening Ceremonies will begin promptly at 9:30 am
· Walk begins at 10:00 am following Opening Ceremonies
· Post-walk BBQ lunch will be served, along with entertainment, until 12:30 pm
· Feel free to arrive a bit early or stay a bit later to check out sponsor booths and walk day activities!


2017 Our Neighbors’ Table Fundraiser
Sep 16, 2017 12:46 pm | Newton PTO Council
Tickets are on sale now for Newton Food Pantry ‘s second Our Neighbors’ Table (ONT) fundraiser. ONT is a unique event where guests can experience the tastes of some of Newton’s best restaurants such as Central , Comedor, Farmstead Table, Fiorella’s , and Lumiere and feel good knowing that all proceeds will go to benefit our community. Please visit the ONT website for details and tickets. October 19th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm The Windsor Club 1601 Beacon Street, Newton
Newton PTO Council 2017-09-16 12:39:01
Sep 16, 2017 12:39 pm | Newton PTO Council

Einstein’s Workshop  is a year-round STEAM education center run by Zervas parent Chris
Payton. Their goal is to educate and inspire students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics and classes introduce students to Robotics, Coding, Making & Inventing, and Game Based Learning in age-appropriate groups with experienced instructors.

Registration is currently open for weekend classes and clubs at the flagship Burlington location as well as through after-school partnerships with organizations such as Newton Community Education. Register for Burlington programs by September 15th to receive a 10% early bird discount.

Einstein’s Workshop also offers school vacation programs, including themed classes on Rosh Hashanah and Columbus Day during which children will work with lego robotics, create their own 3D printed or lasercut school accessories, and solve unique Minecraft-based challenges. See more information here.


Newton Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program Seeking Volunteers
Sep 16, 2017 12:29 pm | Newton PTO Council

Do you believe that all children have the right to be “Safe, Strong and Free?” Join the dynamic task force of trained volunteer CAP Prevention Specialists committed to teaching children in the Newton Elementary Schools the skills that they would need to stand up for themselves if faced with verbal, physical or sexual assault.

Now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. CORI and SORI screenings required. For more information please visit the website at http://familyaccess.org/family-support/child-assault-prevention/ ,  email Gail Sommer at gsommer@familyaccess.org or call 617-969-5906 ext. 143.

19 Continuing Education Credits available for licensed MSW’s.

3 Session Training begins on October 29th
Application deadline is October 20th


Newton Girls Ultimate Frisbee
Sep 16, 2017 12:24 pm | Newton PTO Council

Do you have a daughter interested in learning to play Ultimate Frisbee? Join the Newton Airbenders, an all-girl Ultimate team based in Newton and their incredible new coach Rhys Thomas. Rhys is a Boston local with over a decade of experience in ultimate and youth work. He is super positive, fun, and upbeat..

The Newton Middle School Girls’ Ultimate Frisbee Team is recruiting girls in grades 5-8 for the Fall 2017 season. Players do not have to be Newton residents – residents from any town are welcome. The program includes weekly practice Sundays 4:00 – 6:00 pm at a field in Newton as well as one or two half-day tournaments.
The season runs approximately through October 29th.

Join this year! Registration is only $90.00 and includes discs, field costs, and great coaching. Registration is open here. Apply here for financial aid if needed. Please direct any questions to Kia Freeman at kia.l.freeman@gmail.com or 617-549-7167 or Mark Goodman at mgoodmanhome@gmail.com.


Voice Lessons for Teens
Sep 16, 2017 11:12 am | Newton PTO Council

Auditioning for the school play or choir solo? Jacqueline Novikov will help your teen strengthen her voice and performance skills through in-home voice lessons. With a focus on healthy singing and versatility, lessons with Jacqueline will improve pitch, range, coordination and confidence through classical/musical theater training and the Alexander Technique.

Contact Jacqueline Novikov at jn@forma-music.com. To learn more, visit the website  jacquelinenovikov.com.


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