Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Summer Time for Partners

Long-running Art & Music classes for children 18 months to 3½ years (accompanied by an adult) run by the Mayor’s Office for Cultural affairs, in its summer home of Franklin Elementary School in West Newton.

Learning is FUN with music, dance, art, letters and numbers. Music classes develop physical, verbal, memory and musical skills. Art classes widen a child’s curiosity and build fine motor skills. Air conditioned classrooms in which to learn, explore and make new friends – children as well as adults!

Choose from Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:15 am. Tuesdays: $100 Newton Resident, $120 Non- Resident. Wednesdays & Thursdays: $120 Newton Resident, $140 Non-Resident. Register at, click on MA; click on Newton Parks & Recreation; click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Time for Partners and choose your day. For more information, call 617-796-1540.

Ride for Food! Centre Street Food Pantry is looking for riders!

Be part of the Centre Street Food Pantry team and help raise funds to provide good nutritious food to your neighbors.  Register NOW to ride on September 24th or donate to the Centre Street Food Pantry team at the organizer’s website: or contact CSFP’s Team Captain:

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Join thousands and kids and families at aquatic facilities around the globe for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. We’re making a splash to spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives!

The West Suburban YMCA is providing free swim lessons to children of all ages on June 22nd at the following times:
9:15 – 10:00 am
11:15 – 12:00 pm
12:00 – 12:45 pm
3:15 – 4:00 pm

Everyone is welcome. Please call the Y’s Welcome Center at 617-244-6050 to pre-register for one of the swim lessons.

Writing tutor for students of all ages

Writing tutor for students of all ages: college essays, summer reading and enrichment. Summer is the perfect time to relax and write! If your son or daughter could benefit from some structured writing hours over the summer to work on college essays, summer assignments or the writing process, please contact Susan Gedrick. She loves working with student writers of all ages and has over fifteen years of experience as a professional writer, teacher and tutor.

Contact Susan Gedrick at 617-460-6619 or For more information, see

Deepen Your Child’s Understanding and Enjoyment of Math this Summer

Tutoring and math enrichment provided by a proven leader in math education, with over 20 years of elementary and middle school experience, multiple certifications to
support all learners, and master’s degrees in both math and education. Support for any student from K – 8. Contact Steve at or 617- 407-4484.

Summer Academic Coaching Sessions

Could your child benefit from a writing or math coach over the summer months? Absolutely!

Next Level Up Academic Coaching has been working directly with Newton families since 2009. Since there is no pressure of tests, quizzes, and grades, summer is an excellent time to focus on building and enhancing writing skills and keeping up with math skills and knowledge. In addition, the momentum that your student gains will carry through into the beginning of the new school year. They will hit the ground running that first week.

Contact 781-540-1123 or to learn more. Visit

Registration open for 17/18 Destination Imagination season

Over 350 Newton Public School students have participated in this life-changing program.  Endorsed by Superintendent David Fleishman, Destination Imagination is an all-inclusive STEAM program open to kids in grades K-12

Never heard of it?  Watch this short Newton Destination Imagination Webinar.

For a sneak peak at the 2017 – 2018 challenges, click here:

Registration is now open for the Newton Destination Imagination 2017 – 2018 program.   Please click here to register

Newton Center Gardens and Greenhouse

Have you been admiring the beautiful gardens in Newton Center and other public places? They are maintained lovingly by a dedicated group of volunteers from Newton Community Pride. If you see them working, please share your appreciation.

If you would like to help out, especially on mornings and weekends please contact and we will connect you. All help is very much appreciated!

Newton Community Farm- Kids at the Farm: Summer 2017

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 and click on summer.

Feed the chickens, harvest produce and learn what it takes to grow food sustainably, all right here in Newton. Programs for toddlers through middle school starting in June and running until August 25th. See flyer here: Farm

Have a high schooler? Check out our high school intern programs!

All welcome! Financial assistance available.

Fall Host Families Needed!

Newton Public Schools is looking for host families for three high-school aged Chinese exchange students and two adult Chinese exchange teachers from the Jingshan School this fall. Families interested in hosting teachers do not need to have children in the home; families interested in hosting students can have children of any age. Please encourage all of your friends and neighbors to sign up!

The dates of hosting will be September 2nd to January 13th. Prior host families have truly enjoyed the experience, and every year there are families who volunteer to host again! This is an amazing opportunity for a family to learn about Chinese culture while sharing their own family’s culture and traditions. Please note that federal law prohibits offering financial compensation to host families, but the experience of hosting a foreign visitor in your home is quite rewarding in and of itself.

Any interested parties can contact Global Programs Manager Samantha Mandel at or 857-636-0921.