Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

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

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

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

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:

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 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.

Opportunity to meet School Committee candidates

Come talk to some of the School Committee candidates about environmental sustainability in Newton Schools when they join the Green Newton School Connections monthly meeting to share their views and answer questions.

Please RSVP to

School Committee members are in a position to impact sustainable practices in school facilities – including energy savings, waste management, and promoting a healthy environment for all – and to create opportunities to strengthen the environmental literacy of our students and staff.

The regular meeting will go from 3:45 – 4:10 pm and candidates will join from 4:10 – 5:00 pm. Each candidate will have 2 minutes to introduce themselves before we open the discussion for Q&A.

Currently confirmed candidates: Emily Prenner, Tamika Olszewski, Margaret Albright, Kathy Shields, Anping Shen.

October 10th,  3:45 – 5:00 pm in the third floor arc area of the Newton Free Library.

NOTE: Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th. Residents can vote for all school committee candidates regardless of ward. Learn more about the School Committee here:

Art with a Twist

Create art in a maker space with local artist who will guide you through a different experience each session. Learn about materials and techniques in a space that encourages you to develop your own creativity. Enjoy a relaxed evening, with beer and wine available for purchase. Come with your best friend, a date, or with your own creative spirit!

All materials provided; tuition includes one drink. Registration required. Event is for 21+. ID required. See for registration.

Mixed Media|Drawing|Painting
October 18th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newton

Newton Turkey Trot suporting two great causes

Help raise money for the Newton Food Pantry and the Travis Roy Foundation’s Ethan Wang Fund. Register by October 28th to be guaranteed a T-shirt and avoid the late fee.

Race day is November 23rd, a USATF accredited 5K at 9:00 am and the kids’ 1 mile fun run at 8:30 am.

Details, registration and volunteer info at

Research study opportunity for student athletes

Boston University researchers are recruiting young soccer/hockey/swimming athletes for a research study to assess risk factors for hip injuries. You may be eligible if you play ice hockey, soccer, or swim; and are between the ages of 9 – 10 or 16 – 18 (for girls) and 10-11 and 16 – 18 (for boys).

The study involves 1-2 visits to BU for a hip MRI and motion capture session. All participants will receive a report from hip MRI and will be paid $75 for completing the study. Parking costs will be reimbursed and if interested, an animation from the motion capture can be provided as well. Evening and weekend appointments are available.

To see if you qualify, please contact Alex Gerononimo at 617-358-3125 or