Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Honor Thy Teacher Campaign

Don’t miss your chance to thank teachers and staff who made a difference to your child this year! Making a donation to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program is a great way to do this. Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack or if you have children in the upper grades, you will have already received a letter by mail.

To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org. Donations are tax-deductible and go toward enhancing educational excellence, including teachers’ professional development, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and new curricula and learning opportunities throughout Newton’s schools. Teachers, as well as their Principal and the Superintendent, will be notified of this honor, and if you donate by July 31st their names will appear in a special notification in the Newton TAB.

First Lego League Info night

The Newton LigerBots are hosting a First Lego League (FLL) and Jr. FLL Info Night for elementary and middle school aged students and parents.  FLL is the FIRST LEGO robotics competition for fourth through eighth graders. Junior FLL is a project-based FIRST program for children in grades K – 3.

In addition to building and programming LEGO robots, each year’s themed FLL challenge a project for which team members brainstorm and present creative solutions to real life problems. This year, all the FIRST competitions will be space themed and the FLL game is titled “Into Orbit”. The presentation is aimed primarily at parents, but kids are also welcome to come and learn more about the FLL program and participate in STEM related activities. Eastern MA Champion FLL team The Day Dragons will join current LigerBots students and coaches who have participated in FLL in the past will lead a presentation with general information on FLL as well as on how to start your own team. There will be demonstrations of EV3 robots, STEM activities, and people to answer any questions you may have. Email fll@ligerbots.com for more information.

June 20th, 7:00  – 9:00 pm
Newton North High School, Film Lecture Hall (just off the front entrance at Tiger Drive)
457 Walnut Street

Try the Y

Saturdays are free all summer long! Guests must present a valid ID at the front desk. Summer Programs begin the week of June 18th. Keep your mind and body active all summer long with programs to keep you and your children busy.

Summer program highlights:

• Swim lessons for all ages, with day and time options to fit every schedule!
• TRX suspension training for ages 55+
• Youth basketball league
• Summer Session, a youth music writing and recording program for ages 12+
• And more!

View all summer programs and register online at wsymca.org or call 617-244-6050.

Pick-Up Ultimate Frisbee for Adults

The West Suburban YMCA is offering Wednesday night pick-up ultimate frisbee on the New Balance Track & Field. Meet on the turf field at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays, June 27th through August 8th (no frisbee on July 4). Cost is $10 to drop-in. Please contact Chris Ellison, Sports and Recreation Director, at 617-244-6050 x3806 for more information.

Pickleball is Back!

Join us Tuesdays from 9:30 am-11:30 am and take up a new sport: Pickleball! What’s Pickleball, you ask? Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. All are welcome. $5 drop-in fee.

Summer is upon us, and there’s a camp experience to fit every child’s needs!

• Camp Pikati is a summer day camp at the West Suburban YMCA, offering a traditional camp option or sports camp option, for children ages 3-15.

• Camp Chickami is a traditional outdoor summer day camp in Wayland, MA for ages 6-15.

• Camp Frank A. Day is an overnight camp in East Brookfield, MA for ages 7-15.

Registration for summer camp is ongoing, but sessions are beginning to fill. For more information, visit wsymca.org or contact Camping Services at 617-244-6050 x3008 or email campingservices@wsymca.org.

West Suburban YMCA Center for Creative Arts Outdoor Concert & BBQ – June 16th

Join the Y’s Center for Creative Arts (YCCA) for their final concert of the school year hosted at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre! There will be food, games and music all day long for friends and family. Music starts at 10:00 am. For more information, contact Kevin O’Connell at kevino@wsymca.org.

Annual Golf Tournament – June 18th

Join Y Staff and Volunteers on Monday, June 18th for our Annual Golf Tournament being held at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. The golf tournament is a fun day on the course and supports the Y’s Annual Campaign, providing financial assistance to local families in need. For more information or to register as an individual, contact Sara Pollock DeMedeiros at 617-244-6050 x3099.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson – June 21st

The West Suburban YMCA is participating in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, a global event designed to build awareness and generate attention about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning. The Y is offering several time options throughout the day on June 21st for children and families to access a free swim lesson. Visit wsymca.org for more information and to register.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is our mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Help Wanted

Cappella Clausura is looking for a development manager who can translate a passion for music and an appreciation of our mission into a compelling message to donors and friends.

For more information, please click here: Job Opportunity

Attention Angier, Bowen, Franklin, Horace Mann, Memorial Spaulding and Ward Schools

Volunteers from Angier, Bowen, Franklin, Horace Mann, Memorial Spaulding and Ward Schools are needed for a School Survey.

Green Newton’s Schools Connections Group in collaboration with Newton’s Department of Environmental Affairs, needs volunteers to conduct a recycling survey on “waste, recycling and composting practices” in the schools listed above.

Volunteers from other Newton schools have offered to conduct the survey, which involves documenting observations by doing a walk-through of the school. Some questions may require communication with custodial staff, administrative staff, or faculty. We ask that volunteers read through the assessment BEFORE starting it, and please plan for a few hours or so to complete it in the next few weeks if possible.

Here’s the survey: Sustainable Materials Management Survey.

The data to be collected will help to better focus city resources on significantly improving the sustainability of our schools. Please contact info@greennewton.org to let us know if you are interested in volunteering for this project.

Attention Angier, Bowen, Franklin, Horace Mann, Memorial Spaulding and Ward Schools

Volunteers from Angier, Bowen, Franklin, Horace Mann, Memorial Spaulding and Ward Schools are needed for a School Survey.

Green Newton’s Schools Connections Group in collaboration with Newton’s Department of Environmental Affairs, needs volunteers to conduct a recycling survey on “waste, recycling and composting practices” in the schools listed above.

Volunteers from other Newton schools have offered to conduct the survey, which involves documenting observations by doing a walk-through of the school. Some questions may require communication with custodial staff, administrative staff, or faculty. We ask that volunteers read through the assessment BEFORE starting it, and please plan for a few hours or so to complete it in the next few weeks if possible.

Here’s the survey: Sustainable Materials Management Survey.

The data to be collected will help to better focus city resources on significantly improving the sustainability of our schools. Please contact info@greennewton.org to let us know if you are interested in volunteering for this project.

Dog Licenses and Off-Leash permits

Dogs residing in Newton must be licensed by April 1st every year. Persons with dogs, please see this important information.

Washington Street Vision

Participate in Hello Washington Street to provide input and help shape the future
of Washington Street. Public Design Week will feature a Pop Up Workspace
June 5th -12th, 8:30 am – 9:00 pm.

For information, email washingtonstreet@newtonma.gov, call 617-796-1120, visit
facebook.com/hellowashingtonstreet or check out this notice
http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/89637

Newton Highlands After School Program: Final Open House

The Newton Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children, is hosting a final spring Open House. This is a terrific opportunity for parents of 5th graders to learn more about the program as they plan for the next school year. Space is limited … Sign up today! For more information please contact Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or visit highlandsafterschool.org. June 4th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands

Newton Community Farm’s Annual Dinner on the Farm is on the Horizon!

Join Dinner on the Farm, an annual celebration of summer that brings together food lovers, chefs, musicians and friends from across the community to share in a delicious, farm-fresh meal.

Executive Chef Chad Burns of Newton’s own Farmstead Table will once again treat guests to an artfully-crafted meals using some of the freshest produce from NCF’s fields and surrounding local farms.The Dixie Butterhounds will be back performing their irresistable, old-time southern string jams to help set the mood. And you can join in giving a warm farm welcome to new Executive Director, Karyn Novakowski.

This is an evening you don’t want to miss! Purchase your tickets at https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/ncfarm/event.jsp?event=9441&.

Tickets are $75.00 for Friends of the Farm and $85.00 for non-Friends of the Farm. Friends of the Farm can also purchase tables for up to eight or ten guests. Find out more about the Friends of the Farm program at http://newtoncommunityfarm.org/about/support/join/.

Your ticket covers the cost of the dinner and an additional tax-deductible contribution to NCF education programs. Please email Cristal at admin@newtoncommunityfarm.org with any questions, or if you need any assistance with your online registration.

Dinner on the Farm is an outdoor event, which makes for an unforgettable evening. Registration closes July 11th. Dinner on the Farm is sponsored by Village Bank.

July 16th, 6:30-8:30 pm (In the unlikely event of bad weather, the rain date is July 17th)
Newton Community Fram
303 Nahanton Street, Newton Centre