Category Archives: Community Notes

Team Believe’s Pumpkin Patch and Bake Sale for Best Buddies!

Haven’t got your pumpkins yet? Come to Team Believe’s “Pumpkin Patch with a Purpose” where you can pick up beautiful jack o’lanterns just in time for carving AND help raise funds for a fantastic cause!

Every penny you spend on the inventory of gorgeous pumpkins and gourds from Wilson Farms will help to make a difference in the life of a person living with an intellectual and developmental disability. Ditto for the delicious baked goods and apple cider donuts, and super-cute mini-pumpkin spice bundt cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Enjoy warm spiced apple cider, get creative with Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts, have fun and feel good about it! Gotta love Fall!

Any questions, please email anabelcable@comcast.net.

October 20th,  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
232 Collins Road, Waban (just off Chestnut Street)

Newton Theatre Kids’ registration now open

Registration for Newton Theatre Kids’ winter show, Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, is now open!

Newton Theatre Kids (NTK) is an exciting opportunity for children in grades 2-5 to explore and cultivate a love of theater. The highly experienced staff provides a nurturing environment in which kids can feel comfortable and confident while expressing themselves through acting, singing, dancing, and scenery-making. At the end of each session, families are invited to watch their children perform a fully staged and costumed production specifically tailored to the program. Whether your child dreams of being a thespian or simply wants to try something new, NTK has a place for them.

To register your child or learn more about the program, please visit https://www.newtontheatrecompany.com/kids.html

Leading Cancer Researcher, Sex Therapist and Climate Change Activist

are among the headliners at the 2019 Newton Inspires, a free community event!

A dozen Newton luminaries will share inspirational anecdotes, experiences, and expertise at Newton Schools Foundation’s (NSF) 9th 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 Charles Fuchs, MD, MPH, director of Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief at Smilow Cancer Hospital; Elliott Kronenfeld, social worker and certified sex therapist; Melissa Ludtke , author, journalist, rower, and climate change activist; Nanette Fridman, M.P. , J.D., leadership coach, author, and organizational strategist; Lise Johnson, M.D., pediatrician; and John Summers, vice president and chief technology officer at Akamai Technologies.
Rounding out the roster of speakers are:

  • Karen Day – author
  • Giovanni G. Fazio, Ph.D. – senior physicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Kemp Harris – singer, songwriter, storyteller
  • Stephen Honig – attorney, writer
  • Suzanne Kreiter – staff photographer, Boston Globe
  • Tova Mirvis – writer
  • Angela Pitter – CEO, LiveWire Collaborative

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

November 12th, 7:00 –  9:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)
Newton South High School

New Website and App!

Whitsons just launched their FD Meal Planner website and app. It’s a great new tool for families to not only view menus, but also access nutritional information for all meals provided in the Newton Public Schools. Perhaps most importantly, it shows allergen information and allows families to “build” meals based upon their student’s needs.

There are a few things to note:

  • The FD Meal Planner is linked from the “menus” button on the district and schools homepage. However, your browser must allow “pop-ups” so that when you plug your school name into the search bar, you see the schools populate below the bar. Please make sure “pop-ups” are enabled on your selected browser.
  • The FD Meal Planner App is available for Apple and Android. Once you download and open the app, you will be prompted to create an account. You must create an account to access the menus for your school.

NPS is excited about this new tool offered by Whitsons. Please be sure to let your Food Service Advisory Group representative know if you have any questions! Or, visit this page on the district webpage to provide feedback via the Google Form: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/799

Would your child benefit from a mentor?

Newton’s One-to-One Program, our very own “Big Brother/Sister Program” has been matching wonderful high schoolers with children in grades one through five for over 30 years.

If you think your elementary aged child would benefit from a mentor in their life and you can you commit 2.5 hours each week to have your child meet with a high school mentor from November to May please contact Rebecca Young, Program Coordinator, at rebecca_young@newton.k12.ma.us or 617-315-8733.

Job opportunity

Are you a nurse looking to make a change? Maybe you want to make a difference in your own community, to reduce your commute or to have a work schedule that matches your child’s school schedule! Consider applying as a Newton School Nurse.

The City of Newton Health and Human Services Department is hiring school nurses. Newton’s school nurses work under a public health model within the Newton Public Schools and report to a nurse Director of School Health Services within the HHS Department. The program serves a district of 13,000 students and recently was awarded funding as a part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Comprehensive School Health Services initiative. Newton school nurses provide exceptional care for students’ physical and emotional well-being so they are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Clinical expertise, management skills and an ability to work with students, families, and a range of disciplines within the school and community are required. Job responsibilities include both mandated and non-mandated school health services.

Click here for the full description of this full-time, 10-months a year position: School Nurse.

Kung Fu for Kids

New Kung Fu for Kids class is forming. Amazing instructor and the first visit is free.
To learn more and/or sign up please call 617-669-1358.

Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
15 Summer Street, Newton

SPINBOX is Coming to Newton!

New studio opening in November! Come try SPINBOX,  a 60 minute, 15 round boxing vs indoor cycling matchup. 7 rounds on the bag and 7 rounds on the bike. Mention Karen Burzdak (Zervas Mom) as your referral and email her at Kburzdak@gmail.com if you have any questions about the class.

You can get 30 days for $30.00 if you signup now at https://www.spinboxnewton.net/buy

978 Watertown Street, Newton

Soccer on the Mat Early Bird Registration Now OPEN!

Soccer on the Mat ™ is an innovative soccer and yoga program developed by Boston College Women’s Soccer Head Coach, Alison Foley, and hosted exclusively at Artemis Yoga in Watertown. Each class is designed to:

  • Improve soccer fitness and footwork technique while decreasing soccer-specific injuries
  • Build and celebrate physical and emotional growth with drills, poses and conversation
  • Strengthen both the body and mind of the soccer athlete
  • Grow confidence and body awareness through teamwork and mindfulness focused activities

More information including registration is available here: http://bit.ly/2ITqNtQ

Fall Basketball Clinic

BAT will be continuing their fall basketball clinics with another 4 week clinic for boys and girls ages 7-14. They work with beginners, intermediate and advanced athletes and they  split these athletes up into small groups for 2 hour sessions. All the details and registration information is below. Sign-up now to reserve your spot!

4 sessions: $240 for 1 athlete and 340 for 2 athletes or 2 Sessions: $140 for 1 athlete
*There is also a $75 Drop in Rate if space available
Registration at https://bostonathletictraining.com/current-basketball-programs/

For more information, contact Chaim Andler at chaim@bostonathletictraining.com

October 19th, November 2nd,  16th, and 23rd,  10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Hyde Community Center,  90 Lincoln Street