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Forum on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in the Newton Schools

Join a forum on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in the Newton Schools. School Committee candidates will participate in a moderated discussion on:
• Recognizing and valuing differences
• Teaching and learning about differences
• Embracing cultural diversity
• Inclusion

Organized by the Affirmative Action and Outreach Committee of the Newton Democratic City Committee. This event is free and open to the public.

October 26th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newton

Newton Boards and Commissions Openings

Newton residents participate in local government as members of more than fifty boards, commissions, committees and advisory councils serving the City. Such broad citizen involvement helps our government remain open and responsive. Residents play a critical role in the work required to address the wide variety of needs in our city.

Appointments to the City’s boards and commissions are made most frequently by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council, but some are made directly by the City Council or the School Committee. The following boards and commissions are some of the key groups with openings that the City of Newton is looking to fill:

Commission on Disability Community Preservation Committee
Human Rights Commission

If you have an interest in one of these areas and would like to volunteer to serve, please apply on line at

The webpage also has a list of all openings, and applications to any of these groups are welcomed as well.

Hannah’s Heroes raises money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Friends, are you clearing out closets with the change of season? Recycle your style for a cause by donating items to Hannah’s Heroes partnership with Plato’s Closet.

Hannah’s Heroes raises money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in honor of Hannah Gonzalez, a Newton South Senior who has been living with Type 1 for almost 6 years. JDRF is the leading non-profit organization working towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Plato’s Closet buys and sells current styles for both teens and adults…guys too! They buy all seasons, year-round with a focus on casual trends (from the past 1-2 years) in great condition. In addition to clothing, Plato’s purchases shoes, handbags, jewelry, hats and other accessories.

All proceeds from clothing purchased by Plato’s Closet will be donated to Hannah’s Heroes. Please bring items to Plato’s Closet in Waltham and mention Hannah’s Heroes. If it’s easier, you can drop the items off at the Gonzalez home. Contact Leslie for more information at

FREE Preschool Fair

Don’t forget…the Newton Health and Human Services Department is hosting a FREE Preschool Fair.

For more information, please click here: Preschool.

Newton Mothers’ Forum: Rocking Kids’ Halloween Party

Newton Mothers’ Forum is pleased to invite you to our Rockin’ Kids’ Halloween Party! Featuring The Stacey Peasley Band, plus kids crafts, face painting and balloon animals – this party is sure to delight even the most discerning ghosts and goblins. Kid-friendly snacks and coffee for the grown ups.

  • Who? Kids 7 and under (costumes optional) and their parents or caregivers.
  • Where? The Boys and Girls Club of Newton, 675 Watertown Street – plenty of parking! (NOTE: Parking at the Boys and Girls Club itself is limited, but there is parking around the corner at Horace Mann and along Ablemarle Street.)
  • When? Sunday, October 22nd from 3:30-5:30 PM.
  • How Much? FREE for NMF members and $20 per family (cash only) for non-members. All proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Newton.

Questions? Email

For more information about the Newton Mothers’ Forum go to

Greetings from the Newton SEPAC

Greetings from the Newton SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)!

Whether you are new to Newton, or have a returning student, we would like to introduce you to the Newton SEPAC!

The Newton SEPAC….

  • Advises the School Committee on the education and safety of students with disabilities
  • Hosts a “Basic Rights” presentation annually, to discuss the rights of students and their parents/guardians under state and federal special education laws (Wednesday, November 8th at the Education Center; presented by Ruth Diaz of the Federation for Children with Special Needs)
  • Serves as a liaison between parents of students receiving special education services and Newton Public School administrators
  • Meets monthly with Karen Shmukler, the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
    Coordinates the Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony in June, so that parents can recognize exceptional Newton Public School Staff
  • Hosts the Newton SEPAC Yahoo Group; an online discussion group which serves as a forum for parents and guardians to exchange information and share community resources
  • Coordinates monthly presentations. For the 2017-2018 school year, we are working on:
    Transition (from Pre-School to Elementary School, Elementary School to Middle School, and from Middle School to High School),  Anxiety in School Children,  Executive Functioning, Personal Safety

All meetings are posted on, and are open to everyone. If you would like to become a member of the yahoo group, send a request to

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Newton SEPAC Board

Newton Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program Seeking Volunteers

Join the dynamic task force of trained volunteer CAP Prevention Specialists committed to
teaching children in the Newton Elementary Schools the skills that they would need to stand up for themselves if faced with verbal, physical or sexual assault.

Still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. CORI and SORI screenings required. 19 Continuing Education Credits available for licensed MSW’s.

Multi-session training begins on October 29th, the application deadline is October 20th

For more information please visit
assault-prevention/ or email Gail Sommer at

Provide feedback to NPS Food Service program

Sodexo is looking for parent feedback about their food services. This survey is a great way for them to get feedback from us. Please note that there is both a parent survey and a student survey (middle and high school students only.)

The survey is open for the month of October. Survey results and a proposed plan of action to improve service will be shared in late fall/early winter

Parent survey link: Parent survey
Student (middle and high school) survey link: Survey


The 13th annual Newton Haunted House takes place Friday, October 27, 2017, at 18 Washington Park. A spooky tour
takes about five minutes, and 100% of proceeds are donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank. Stop by anytime between 5:30-8:00pm. Details at

Girl Scout Troop for 1st Graders

We had so much fun at our first Daisy meeting this year, and there is still room in the troop for a few more girls. End your week with friendship and fun, all while helping your community. Meetings are held every other Friday at Zervas. Our next meeting will be on Friday, 10/20/17. For more information, please contact or