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July 4th Celebration in Newton

Kids’ Morning
July 4th, 10:00 am – 12 Noon, Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace.
Free event for children ages 3 – 12 years. Children and families are invited to join in the Grande Pet Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Teddy Bear Parade and Foot Races. Free ice cream, candy and drinks complete the morning celebration – courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream. Kids Morning is cancelled in the event of rain.

Afternoon/Evening Events
July 4th, 12 Noon – 10:00 pm – Albemarle Field/Halloran Sports Complex
The fun continues with kiddie amusement rides, face painting, craft vendor booths and food trucks. The free entertainment at the Gazebo is provided by Constantine the Magician, the YCCA Band and Caribbean music by D’Allegro Band from DESFOB, Inc. Then, the fun moves over to the main stage with the fabulous Bo & Bill Winiker Band for more music and dancing from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Bring lawn chairs, try out the delicious food from the many food trucks and pick up your light-up novelties. At 9:00 pm, don’t miss the grand finale…a fantastic fireworks display! The concert and fireworks take place on July 5th in the event of rain. Visit for details.

Nanny share

Are you still trying to sort out after school childcare for the next school year? Family with a wonderful nanny who looks after the children (3 and 1 yo) full time would love to welcome your little ones in their Franklin Elementary School area home in the afternoons.

If interested, please contact Christina Broja at

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!

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.

Seeking Nominations for the 8th Annual Special Educator Awards

The Newton SEPAC, Special Education Parent Advisory Council, is seeking nominations for the 8th Annual Special Educator Awards. The deadline for nominations is June 5th.

The Special Educator Awards are presented to Newton faculty and staff members who have done exceptional work with students receiving special education services. Parents/guardians and students may submit nominations and may nominate any staff member who they believe has done exceptional work. Past award recipients have included special education and regular education teachers, aides, BTs, secretaries, principals, and custodians.

Please note that the awards do not identify you or your child by name, to preserve the child’s confidentiality. Only the honoree is given the name of the family who nominated him or her. Please use this link to submit your nomination:

Please nominate your educator ASAP to enable your honoree to plan to attend the ceremony and bring family/friends. You do not need to nominate your child’s whole team to avoid hurt feelings. Please only nominate those who have done exceptional work.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on June 14th at Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street, Newtonville.

100 Miles in 100 Days

Activate Newton Summer Challenge: 100 Miles in 100 Days. Starting June 1st, Activate Newton challenges YOU to walk 100 miles this summer. Log your progress on our ChallengeRunner page and be entered to win amazing prizes! If you need activity ideas, check out the Activate Newton webpage for an activities calendar, walking maps, and more:

Donate to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research

Hannah’s Heroes is a team of Newton athletes competing in the upcoming Cohasset Triathlon on June 25 to benefit JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Countryside moms Catharina Armstrong, Karin Zalkind and Leslie Gonzalez, and Newton Students Hannah (junior at South), Matthew (freshman at South) and Noah (6th grade at Brown) Gonzalez make up the team. Hannah, a junior at Newton South, has type 1 Diabetes.

The more you donate to JDRF, the more chances you get! Donate $25 = 1 ticket, $50 =3 tickets, Donate $100= 8 tickets. Prizes include facials, hair treatments, hydrofacials, and gift certificates from local businesses Indulge, Extra Innings, Sweet Tomatoes, Equinox, Capital Grill, Bebe Spa, Dermatology and Skin Care Associates, Joie de Vie Salon and more!

Click here for more details.
Donate here!  Thank you!

Book Drive

Burr School is partnering with PA Shaw Elementary in Dorchester to help them stock their library with much-needed books!! The school’s library collection is only a third of the size it should be. Let’s help this school build the library its kids truly deserve.

The Burr School PTO will be holding a book drive on June 4th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Burr School parking lot. Please go through your bookshelves and see if there are some gems we can pass along to this local school in need. Please pass this information along to anyone who might be willing to donate some books! Hope to see you next Sunday at the book drop-off!

For more info:

Volunteer to help NCE!

Newton Community Ed is looking for two PTO members to join its Commission. NCE Commission members guide the organization in administration of the program.

Volunteers will be asked to attend four-five meetings over the course of the school year, and to assist with various projects as assigned by the NCE Director. This is a low-commitment opportunity to support NCE in its mission to deliver high-quality Kids programs in Newton. Please contact Ed Hauben at if you’re interested.