Category Archives: Community Notes

Free Ice Cream Social

Newton Firefighters Local 863 invites you to a free ice cream social on June 18th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. All are welcome! See this Flyer for more information.

Kids Day July 7th

Newton Theatre Company is thrilled to present its first ever Kids Day! On July 7th, stop by the Hyde Bandstand between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm to enjoy readings from three Junie B.
Jones stories, live music, crafts, and other activities.

This event is free, with a bake sale and optional donations to benefit Newton Theatre Company. Appropriate for children ages 3-12. Any teens or adults looking to volunteer at the event can email Abby Lass at abbylass@gmail.com.

Summer Food for Families

When school’s out for the summer, so is breakfast and lunch for many Newton students. This year the city is partnering with the FUEL program at the Church of the Redeemer to help families in need of additional food.

The already successful FUEL program fills backpacks with nonperishable items for students to take home from school. The expanded summer version of the program will offer backpacks in more locations throughout the city, all available for children and their caregivers to pick up as much as twice per week. Locations include Newton Health and Human Services Department, Church of the Redeemer, West Suburban YMCA, Newton Fire Stations 7 & 10, Crystal Lake, Gath Pool, Newton Free Library, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Good Shepherd, St John’s Church, Arabic Baptist Church, the Boys & Girls Club, NCDF Houghton Village and more.

For a full list of locations and pick up times, visit www.newtonma.gov/food.

Don’t miss your chance

As the school year comes to a close, don’t miss your chance to thank teachers and staff who made a difference to your child this year! Making a donation to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program is a great way to do this.

Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack or if you have children in the upper grades, you will have already received a letter by mail. To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org. Donations are tax-deductible and go toward enhancing educational excellence, including teachers’ professional development, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and new curricula and learning opportunities throughout Newton’s schools.

Teachers, as well as their principal and the Superintendent, will be notified of this honor, and if you donate by July 31st their names will appear in a special notification in the Newton TAB.

Basketball Together

Help shoot down cancer at Basketball Together, a new basketball camp for 5th – 8th graders whose family members are battling or have battled cancer. Basketball Together was founded by two Newton North High School rising seniors, Christian Hahm and Ezra Pemstein, who have personal experiences with family members facing cancer
treatments. Christian and Ezra have found solace in basketball and now want to help others like them better cope with the challenges they face.

Basketball Together focuses both on improving basketball skills (drills, shooting, passing) as well as developing coping skills to enhance emotional well-being. Faculty from Boston
University’s School of Social Work will be leading small group activities to explore the healing process.

Basketball Together is hosted by Newton Community Education and made possible by the generous support of the Newton North Athletic Department (Director Tom Giusti and basketball coaches Paul Connolly and Tom Donnellan), Newton Community Education (Program Director, Lisa Rucinski) and Newton North High School (Principal, Henry Turner).

For Grades 5 – 8, boys and girls. Open to all who have a close family member who is battling or has had to battle cancer. Fee: based on a sliding scale ($25 to $195). Code: cancercamp. Register here https://registration.xenegrade.com/nce/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=11852 –

For more information email  summersports@newtoncommunityed.org or call 617-559-6995.

August 6th – 10th,  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Newton Community Education, 457 Walnut St, Newton

This camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the Newton Health Department.

Dance Class Options

Looking for Summer and Fall dance class options? All That Jazz Dance Studio in Nonantum is still accepting registration for their award winning dance classes! It is not too late to sign up for summer week-long dance intensives or an 8-week class session. Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is ongoing as well.

Please contact Miss Deb Lifson Vogel, Studio Director and also a fellow Newton Parent, at missdeb@allthatjazznewton.com or 617-641-0784 for more information about this wonderful dance community. Register online at www.allthatjazznewton.com!

Kids at the Farm: Summer 2018

School is about to be out for summer, and what better way to spend it than at Newton Community Farm!. Don’t delay and register today! Limited spaces available

Visit https://newtoncommunityfarm.org/education/summer-summer-programs/.
See the chickens, harvest produce and learn what it takes to grow food sustainably, all right here in Newton.

Programs for toddlers through middle school start in June and run until August 24th. Have a high schooler? Check out the high school intern programs!

Financial assistance available. See flyer here.

Summer Music Programs at The Conservatory

Students are immersed in:

  • Playing together in Rock Bands/String Ensembles
  • Trying New Instruments
  • Recording
  • Composition/Song Writing
  • Music Theory
  • Music Games

For Ages 6 and up. All instruments and skill levels welcome! Students bring their own lunch and snacks. No nuts please!

The Conservatory at Highlands
51 Winchester Street, #203, Newton Highlands
617-903-0944

www.highlandsconservatory.com

A Typical Camp Day:
9:00 am Arival9:15 am Warm up
10:00 am Music Game/Theory/Ear Training
11:00 am Ensemble rehearsal (rockband/jazz/chamber)
12:00 Lunch
1:15 pm Recording/Songwriting/Music projects
2:30 pm Ensemble rehearsal (rockband/jazz/chamber)
4:00 pm Pick up (after-care option available)

Join a music filled summer!

Kid’s Yoga Creativity Camp

Parents! Have your elementary school aged child or children join Kid’s Yoga Creativity Camp with Tracy Affonso. Tracy is a former Newton Public Schools teacher and an experienced yoga instructor. Kids love her classes so please join in!

Register at http://www.artemisyoga.com/classes/kids-teen-classes/

Each class begins with breathing/mindfulness exercises designed to help you focus on the present moment. Following warm-up, you’ll have a fun-filled, active yoga class culminating with a guided relaxation.

After the yoga session, you’ll make a different art project each day—from mandalas out of rocks, shells, and feathers; to gratitude rocks; to worry dolls—projects will be linked to the theme of the day that’s introduced through your mindfulness exercises.

August 6th – 10th, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon $275.00 Siblings – 20% off
Artemis Yoga in Watertown

Newton Girls Soccer

Did you know that more than 1300 girls and 250 volunteers participate in Newton Girls Soccer each season?!?! For 40 years, they have occupied a special place not only in our city but in the world of youth soccer, as one of the only programs focusing exclusively on the needs of girls. NGS strives to give each player the opportunity to learn and play soccer in a supportive and rewarding environment that emphasizes fun, individual skills development, teamwork and sportsmanship, all at a level that fits her interest and ability.

Registration is now open for the Newton Girls Soccer Fall 2018 Juniors and City Soccer Programs. The NGS Juniors and City programs offer a recreation-focused soccer experience that emphasizes fun, health and exercise. Programs are open to girls entering Kindergarten through 9th grade who live in or attend school in Newton. Players of all skill levels are welcome to register.

For additional details and registration instructions, please click to review the Fall 2018 Juniors/City Program Overview or visit http://newtongirlssoccer.org/home/register/.

The 10-week fall season starts on September 8th and ends November 10th. Games are played on Saturdays; players in Grade 2 and up also have one practice per week. The
registration fee is $180.00 for the season. If you register before August 1st, you’ll receive a $50.00 early registration discount. Late registrations are accepted, but players must be registered by August 1st to be guaranteed a spot on a team.

As a community-based program, each team includes a mix of girls from multiple neighboring schools. However, we honor one mutual friend request per player for girls registered by August 1st and make every effort to place players on a team with at least one schoolmate.