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Two Massachusetts Moms Say No to College Debt for Kids

Last summer two friends were chatting about how expensive college tuition is these days and the impending mounds of debt their collective six kids were most likely going to
be faced with.

They decided plan the first ever Massachusetts Strategic Scholarship Bootcamp. Kerry Strollo, mom and event co-organizer said “This is about educating parents that you don’t have to sit idly by and just hope something down the line will work out financially for your kids. This is about early success planning so you (and your kiddos) are not panicked when they are a senior in High School on how they, or you, will afford college. Who knew kids in 7th and 8th grade can start to obtain and stockpile scholarships, and High Schoolers can earn so much they pay for their college education and then receive overpayments for living expenses after college? I didn’t, and we have 4 kids! As soon as I learned this I wanted to shout it from the mountain tops.”  Strollo added, “There are tips, techniques, and a path to finding the scholarships, however it starts with putting together a plan of action. This Bootcamp is designed to help you craft that plan for success.”

Rosette Cataldo, mom and event co-organizer looks at it though a different lens.  “I watch my kids, albeit great students, wasting time every day on the internet, Fort Nite, YouTube, Netflix…you name it. These kids must use their devices and brains for a better purpose.  I want to educate my children on how to make the internet a gold mine that works for them, their future and not just a time suck.”

This event is all about educating local parents and students at the same time and getting them aligned to work together with a plan so that the family isn’t crippled with debt. This investment in your child’s future is $49.00 per person.  Students are encouraged to join their parents. For more info please visit

The Strategic Scholarship Bootcamp will be held:
May 1st, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Marriott Hotel, Newton

Harness the power of social media for positive change

Want your middle-schooler using social media in positive, empowering ways?
Here to help is Mediagirls, a nonprofit that teaches middle-school girls how to discover their self-worth and harness the power of media for positive change!

Check out their upcoming #realmediagirl workshop. The 3-hour workshop will be taught by a team of inspiring Boston University students who serve on the MEDIAGIRLS Leadership Council. Participants will learn to think critically about undermining media messages, define their self-worth, and create empowering and positive content for girls using Instagram and other platforms. Space is limited so register quickly at

May 12th, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley

Book Launch party

Please join the book launch party of How To Coach Girls, by Newton moms, Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley. Did you know that 70% of all kids quit organized sports by the age of 13, with girls quitting at 6x the rate of boys?

Alison Foley, Boston College’s Women’s Head Soccer Coach, and Mia Wenjen, parenting blogger at, help coaches — both parent volunteer and professional — crack the code of how to keep girls in sports.

May 11th,  5:00 pm
Artemis Yoga, 639 M. Auburn Street.

Artemis Yoga is owned by Newton mom, Liz Padula.

Happier Now talk

Please join a evening with Happier founder and TED Talk speaker, Nataly Kogan. Nataly will share her game-changing strategies and insights on how you can live a happier life. She will talk about her new book, Happier Now, and about her time volunteering at the SEGA girls school in Tanzania, Africa.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. Reception to follow. Presented by Nurturing Minds, Purchase tickets at the event website For email inquiries please contact

May 15th,  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown

Preschool registration open

The Rockwell Preschool at Lasell College is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Rockwell has a half-day morning preschool and transition kindergarten and will be offering a full day, full year program as well as flexible extended day hours until 6:00 starting in September, 2018.

Conveniently located on the Lasell College campus near the junction of routes 16 and 30 at 70 Studio Road, Auburndale. Please contact Kathleen Rudnicki at 617-243-2355 or for more information or to schedule a tour.

College Consultant available

Are you thinking about the college admission process but don’t know where to begin?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all of the complex (and sometimes conflicting) information on college admission?

Are you wishing your family wasn’t fighting over college application issues?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, an independent, comprehensive college consultant can help. Maruta Vitols guides families through every aspect of the college admission application process, from thinking about possible careers/majors to creating a college list to comparing award letters. She’s uniqely qualified, having experienced elite college admissions from the perspectives of faculty, staff, and student. Maruta is also a graduate of Newton South (Class of 1994), and a lifelong resident of Newton.

Check out for more information, and contact her at to schedule a free consultation. 🙂 Maruta Z. Vitols, Ph.D.

Thinking about your spring re-awakening?

Join Newton moms Jen Riff and Michelle Hubbard for these new, exciting classes! Each 1 hour class includes a 30 minute lecture and a 30 minute yoga/pilates movement portion. Bring a mat, a friend, and your wonderful energy! Children are welcome.

Choose one, or do all four:
1. Stress Management: Education and practice of understanding what stress is and reducing it in ways that work for the individual and family. April 5th, 11:30 am

2. Resiliency: Education about the definition of resiliency and how to increase factors that help you bounce back faster from negative events. April 29th, 4:00 pm

3. Anxiety: Education on what anxiety is — positive and negative anxiety, and how to manage it. May 4th, 11:30 am

4. Sleep: Education around why we sleep, the parts of sleep, and what we CAN do to sleep better. May 20th, 4:00 pm

RSVP to to reserve a spot or express interest. Each class will cost $30.00 per person.

Dr. Jennifer Riff, Ph.D. in clinical psychology, uses evidence based approaches while focusing on outcomes and results. Specialties include coping with divorce, building resiliency to disease, managing depression and anxiety, building social skills, and strengthening family systems. She strives to support individuals while challenging them to increase their coping strategies and resiliency to risk factors. With her experience and advanced training in a range of treatment modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems, and play therapy, Dr. Riff takes an integrative and collaborative approach to her work. Dr. Riff has a private practice in Newton Highlands.

Michelle Silberman Hubbard, founder of Posture for Performance, is a Stott Certified Pilates instructor and yoga instructor for the past 20 years. Posture for Performance has designed yoga and Pilates based workshops at such companies as Harvard Business School, Stern School of Business, Faulkner Hospital, Roger Williams Law School, Suffolk Law School, and Tufts medical school, in addition to working with hundreds of individuals over the past two decades. A dancer all her life, Michelle studied Theater and Dance and Duke and holds an MFA in Theater from Brandeis. Michelle has a strong daily yoga practice and is passionate about creating daily wellness and joy. A class with Michelle includes core posture work and alignment awareness, with a gentle yoga/pilates combination that will stretch, tone and strengthen you all over. You can contact Michelle at for additional information.

Register now for 2018-19 at Bowen Cooperative School

Does your child have September – December birthday or do you feel they could benefit from another year of preschool? Register now for 2018-19 classes at the Bowen Cooperative Nursery School!

Founded in 1955 in Newton, Bowen is one of the longest-running cooperative nursery schools in the country: not just a school for children, but a school for families. At Bowen, everyone has a chance to learn and grow, make life-long connections and become deeply involved in the preschool experience.

Visit the website for more information and to register: or contact Nina Tebaldi at 617-332-3923 or

Newton Girls Softball

There are still a few spots open in the Grade 1/2 and the Pre-K/Kindergarten T-Ball divisions. Newton Girls Softball welcomes players of all skill levels and will provide your daughter with an experience that fosters positive self-esteem, team spirit, and individual growth through personal achievement and as a team member.

For information and to register, visit

Kindergarten Soccer

Register by April 7th for Newton Kindergarten Soccer
Games are Saturday mornings at Oak Hill Middle School, April 28 – June 16.
The Pre-K Division is for Newton children who will enter kindergarten in Fall 2018 and the Kindergarten Division is for current Newton kindergartners.

Players are grouped with other children in their Division who will attend the same school for kindergarten, so that incoming kindergartners can meet future classmates. For 25 years, Kindergarten Soccer has been introducing children to soccer in a fun and non-competitive environment where girls and boys develop friendships, learn teamwork and gain confidence. Kindergarten Soccer is a program of the Zervas Elementary PTO.

For more information and for online registration, please visit the website

Children who attend Burr, Franklin, Lincoln-Eliot and Horace Mann tend to enroll in Garden City Soccer, and Memorial Spaulding has its own program.