Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Dr. Susan Swick explores parenting skills in talk on resiliency

Raising Resilient Teenagers
About 200 parents/guardians joined the Newton North PTSO for a presentation by Dr. Susan Swick on managing vulnerability and fostering resilience in teens on October 11th. Special thanks to Dr. Swick for a great session and to all those who attended!

See Dr. Swick’s presentation here, courtesy of Newton North TV.

Forum on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in the Newton Schools

Join a forum on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in the Newton Schools. School Committee candidates will participate in a moderated discussion on:
• Recognizing and valuing differences
• Teaching and learning about differences
• Embracing cultural diversity
• Inclusion

Organized by the Affirmative Action and Outreach Committee of the Newton Democratic City Committee. This event is free and open to the public.

October 26th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newton

Halloween Math Hunt and Open House

The Magic of Math

– Play Math Hunt and win prizes!
– Solve challenging and unusual problems and riddles, play logical and strategy games, 3D modeling and engineering.
– For kids 4 – 14
– Meet the directors and teachers and learn about the engaging curriculum.
– more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/1737587396544073/ 617-903-3168 or www.engagingmath.com

October 29th,  10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Studio of Engaging Math
320 Washington St, Brighton

Newton Boards and Commissions Openings

Newton residents participate in local government as members of more than fifty boards, commissions, committees and advisory councils serving the City. Such broad citizen involvement helps our government remain open and responsive. Residents play a critical role in the work required to address the wide variety of needs in our city.

Appointments to the City’s boards and commissions are made most frequently by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council, but some are made directly by the City Council or the School Committee. The following boards and commissions are some of the key groups with openings that the City of Newton is looking to fill:

Commission on Disability Community Preservation Committee
Human Rights Commission

If you have an interest in one of these areas and would like to volunteer to serve, please apply on line at http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/featured/boards.asp.

The webpage also has a list of all openings, and applications to any of these groups are welcomed as well.

Hannah’s Heroes raises money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Friends, are you clearing out closets with the change of season? Recycle your style for a cause by donating items to Hannah’s Heroes partnership with Plato’s Closet.

Hannah’s Heroes raises money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in honor of Hannah Gonzalez, a Newton South Senior who has been living with Type 1 for almost 6 years. JDRF is the leading non-profit organization working towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Plato’s Closet buys and sells current styles for both teens and adults…guys too! They buy all seasons, year-round with a focus on casual trends (from the past 1-2 years) in great condition. In addition to clothing, Plato’s purchases shoes, handbags, jewelry, hats and other accessories.

All proceeds from clothing purchased by Plato’s Closet will be donated to Hannah’s Heroes. Please bring items to Plato’s Closet in Waltham and mention Hannah’s Heroes. If it’s easier, you can drop the items off at the Gonzalez home. Contact Leslie for more information at cubish1@verizon.net.

In-home tutoring

ActiveMinds Tutoring is your source for IN-HOME tutoring. Effective, Personalized, and Convenient. All grades and all subjects – plus TEST PREP (ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT, etc.) and College admission essay guidance. ActiveMinds helps accelerate your child’s learning.

Reserve your tutor today! Contact dbrooks@activemindstutoring.com, call 617-227-2225 or visit  www.activemindstutoring.com for additional information.

FREE Preschool Fair

Don’t forget…the Newton Health and Human Services Department is hosting a FREE Preschool Fair.

For more information, please click here: Preschool.

Greetings from the Newton SEPAC

Greetings from the Newton SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)!

Whether you are new to Newton, or have a returning student, we would like to introduce you to the Newton SEPAC!

The Newton SEPAC….

  • Advises the School Committee on the education and safety of students with disabilities
  • Hosts a “Basic Rights” presentation annually, to discuss the rights of students and their parents/guardians under state and federal special education laws (Wednesday, November 8th at the Education Center; presented by Ruth Diaz of the Federation for Children with Special Needs)
  • Serves as a liaison between parents of students receiving special education services and Newton Public School administrators
  • Meets monthly with Karen Shmukler, the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
    Coordinates the Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony in June, so that parents can recognize exceptional Newton Public School Staff
  • Hosts the Newton SEPAC Yahoo Group; an online discussion group which serves as a forum for parents and guardians to exchange information and share community resources
  • Coordinates monthly presentations. For the 2017-2018 school year, we are working on:
    Transition (from Pre-School to Elementary School, Elementary School to Middle School, and from Middle School to High School),  Anxiety in School Children,  Executive Functioning, Personal Safety

All meetings are posted on https://newtonpac.org, and are open to everyone. If you would like to become a member of the yahoo group, send a request to info@newtonpac.org

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Warmly,
The Newton SEPAC Board

Newton Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program Seeking Volunteers

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.

Still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. CORI and SORI screenings required. 19 Continuing Education Credits available for licensed MSW’s.

Multi-session training begins on October 29th, the application deadline is October 20th

For more information please visit http://familyaccess.org/family-support/child-
assault-prevention/ or email Gail Sommer at gsommer@familyaccess.org.

16 of Newton’s Own Will Speak at Free Community Event

Boston Globe Movie Critic, MGH Cancer Researcher, Famed Sculptor and More to headline 2017 Newton Inspires. Sixteen Newton luminaries will regale audiences at Newton Schools Foundation’s seventh annual Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community.

Since 2011, Newton Inspires has gathered Newton residents for an evening of discussion with some of Newton’s best and brightest. This year’s program features Boston Globe’s Ty Burr; Alice Shaw, MD, director, Center for Thoracic Cancers, Massachusetts General Hospital; Nancy Schön, artist/sculptor interviewed by Jared Bowen, WGBH executive arts editor and Open Studio host, restaurateur David Punch speaking with food writer Andrea Pyenson; along with many other talented Newton personalities.

Newton Inspires is on November 13th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm at Newton South High School. The event is FREE to Newton residents and $15 for non-residents. Space is limited so register early. To register, go to www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org.

For the second consecutive year, Newton Schools Foundation welcomes The Village Bank as lead sponsor. Newton Inspires is also supported by premium sponsors Mark Development, Chestnut Hill Realty and The Street Chestnut Hill.

Individuals and businesses wishing to support public education in Newton through a Newton Inspires sponsorship can go to http://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/newton-inspires- sponsor.
A wide array of refreshments will be available courtesy of the following food sponsors: Anna’s Taqueria, Baker’s Best Catering, Better Life Food, Blue Ribbon BBQ, L’Aroma Café & Bakery, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Rancatore’s Ice Cream and Yogurt, Sweet Tomatoes, and Whole Foods Market.

Doors open at 6:00 pm