Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Newton COVID-19 Care Fund

Newton COVID-19 Care Fund
The Mayor’s Office just announced the launch of the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund. Its focus is on basic needs and critical services, but we recognize that this crisis is evolving quickly. The priorities of this fund may change as the needs of the Newton community evolve. The funds will help pay for rent, food, utilities, internet connectivity for families with school-aged children, childcare, medications and other basic needs.

HOW CAN I GIVE TO THE NEWTON COVID-19 CARE FUND?

You can give to the fund by clicking the GIVE button at Unitedwaymassbay.org or visiting https://unitedwaymassbay.org/covid-19/newton-covid-19-care-fund/. All gifts are tax-deductible and 100% of the proceeds (net credit card fees) will go to individuals seeking assistance. You may also give via your Donor Advised Fund by including “The United Way Newton COVID-19 Care Fund” in your recommendation details. The fund’s tax ID number is 04-2382233.

You can also send a check to United Way of Massachusetts Bay, PO Box 51381, Boston, MA 02205-1381. Please include “Newton Covid-19 Care Fund” in the memo of your check.

All donations will be collected by United Way and distributed by an established Newton nonprofit organization with a track record of administering assistance funds. These funds will pay for rent, food, utilities, internet connectivity for families with school-aged children, childcare, medications and other basic needs. City of Newton First Responders who incur new childcare expenses or other expenses as a result of the crisis will also be eligible.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NEED ASSISTANCE?

The Newton COVID-19 Care Fund is a coalition of Newton-based care providers coming together to serve those who are in need in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. In the coming days, visit the United Way web page for more detailed information on fund eligibility requirements and information about how to submit your application. Until next week, if you need immediate help, please contact United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline which will provide immediate guidance.

Ready? Set? BID!

The Newton Early Childhood Program (NECP), Newton’s public preschool, is hosting its largest school/PTO fundraiser of the year starting March 26th. They won’t let COVID-19 stop their efforts.

Supporting NECP helps to support your own school’s future students. Why? Because NECP is the only school within NPS whose children will grow up to become the students of all 15 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 2 high schools in Newton.

So get ready to bid for great deals on restaurants, summer camps, birthday parties, gym memberships, and more! Over 200 amazing items from across Newton and the Boston area. Auction proceeds will fund education enrichment programs, community-building events, and classroom materials for our city’s youngest learners.

Visit https://32auctions.com/necp

Bidding will end April 4th at 9pm. Good luck!

ActiveMinds Tutoring is Adaptable

ActiveMinds Tutoring is adaptable and ready to assist your transition. Their tutoring team is equipped with the resources to accommodate the limitations of online schooling and the needs of your child during this difficult time. Through tutoring, mentorship, and coaching, they are prepared to offer meaningful learning experiences through online support.

Contact ActiveMinds to learn more about their experienced tutors. Call 617-227-2225, email info@activemindstutoring.com, or visit http://www.activemindstutoring.com/testimonials.html

Discovery After School Club for Children Grades K-4

Register now for the Discovery After School Club 2020-2021 school year. This warm, enriching after school program, conveniently located at the Leventhal-Sidman Center in Newton, offers a variety of workshop choices with integrated Jewish content. Experience service projects, Jewish holiday celebrations and more in this vibrant community!

Engaging, expert-led workshops include art, basketball, chess, coding, cooking, dance, drama, farming, floor hockey, Hebrew, music, nature exploration, robotics, STEM, tennis and yoga. For children in grades K-4. Early bird special available until May 1st.

For more information, including pricing and registration, visit bostonjcc.org/afterschool or contact discoveryclub@jccgb.org or 617-558-6483. Early release day options available. Open to the entire community.

Community Notes – Newton PTO Council 2020-03-15 10:10:10

For the sixth consecutive year the Boston Emeralds will be running their 3rd grade developmental program. They’ll run skills and drills with a fun scrimmage at the end. The program is developmentally based and will be an excellent preparation for the upcoming fourth grade Metro West season in the fall.

The program will be run by Coach Michael Cassidy who has worked with several AAU programs in the past as well as nine seasons coaching the Newton Travel teams.

Space is limited and last year the program filled up fast. To register and for more information visit https://bostonemeraldsbasketball.com/third-grade-developmental-program/

If you have any questions please email bostonemeraldsbasketball@gmail.com.
Hope to see you all on the court!

Scheduled to begin March 25th and meet Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:40 pm
Oak Hill Middle School

Discovery After School Club for kids K-4

Register now for the Discovery After School Club 2020-2021 school year. This warm, enriching after school program, conveniently located at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton, offers a variety of workshop choices with integrated Jewish content. Experience service projects, Jewish holiday celebrations and more in this vibrant community! Engaging, expert-led workshops include art, basketball, chess, coding, cooking, dance, drama, farming, floor hockey, Hebrew, music, nature exploration, robotics, STEM, tennis and yoga. For children in grades K-4. Early bird special available until May 1st.

For more information, including pricing and registration, visit bostonjcc.org/afterschool or contact discoveryclub@jccgb.org or 617-558-6483. Early release day options available. Open to the entire community.

How can we improve sustainability in Newton Schools?

Join parents, educators and students working together to promote sustainability in Newton schools. At Green Newton’s Schools Connections’  meetings, all are welcome to participate, share experiences and ideas. If your school does not yet have a Green Team, they can help to establish one.

For more information contact schoolconnections@greennewton.org or visit www.schools.greennewton.org

March 12th,  3:45 – 5:00 pm
Third floor arc area of the Newton Free Library

Affinity Group Meeting

Please join FORJ@Cabot for the second affinity and ally group planning meeting.

RSVP HERE 

This meeting is open to all parents of elementary aged children in the Newton Public Schools. Please RSVP so they can figure out how to group folks at the meeting. Children who can entertain themselves are welcome. After a great first meeting in January, where the group discussed what affinity and ally groups are, what parents are looking to gain from these groups for ourselves and our children, and initial steps to get the groups off the ground.

At the second meeting, the hope is to dive right into more in-depth discussions about organizing and getting the groups off the ground. So far, interest has been expressed for the following groups: families of color, multiracial families, moms of color, asian/south asian, LGBTQ+, single parents, black/african parents, latinx families, religious minorities, families of color with children who are differently abled/disabled/neurodivergent, and ally groups (for all of the above).

March 10th,  7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cabot Cafeteria, 229 Cabot Street

Spring musical at NSHS

Please come to the Spring musical when NSHS South Stage presents Jesus Christ Superstar, a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, stage directed by Jeff Knoedler with music direction by Ben Youngman, and set in a contemporary, urban setting. The story is loosely based on the Gospels account of the last week of Jesus’ life.

Tickets are on sale online at SouthStage.org beginning on March 9th and will also be available at the door. Ticketing in advance is recommended.

March 19th, 20th and 21st, 7:30PM
Seasholes Auditorium, Newton South High School

 

Spring Classes for All Ages and Interests

Registration is underway for Spring classes for children and adults. Classes begin during the week of March 29th and are open to the entire community.  Classes for children include aquatics, art, dance, STEM, sports and more.  Classes for adults include painting, Pilates, Basketball Leagues and Tai Chi.

A sampling of free children’s classes will be offered on March 22nd, 1 -2:30 pm during a STEM Free Day of Play. Children can explore space with Mad Science’s NASA program, hop onto a giant chess board with a former US Women’s Chess Champion, code with KIBO robots, and get hands on with nature exploration. Super Soccer Stars will also be facilitating pick-up soccer games and sample clinics. View entire listing of Spring classes and register at bostonjcc.org/classes or call 617-558-6443.

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton