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Project Oceanology Marine Science Summer Camp Opportunities

Project Oceanology is a 501(c)(3) year-round marine science and environmental education organization located at Avery Point in Groton, CT with a mission to nurture enthusiasm for science and for our planet’s marine environment. Their summer camps are licensed by the State of Connecticut, their vessel operators are licensed by the U. S. Coast Guard, and their marine educators have expertise, educational backgrounds, and extensive experience in the delivery of marine science and environmental education enrichment programs to elementary through high school students, college students, summer camp participants, and the general public.

For students entering grades 6-12, Project Oceanology is offering two residential camps this summer – Ocean Camp and a new Marine Science Research Experience. Residential campers are accommodated in a hostel for a week-long immersion in hands-on, brains-on marine science education and fun aboard research vessels, along nearby shorelines, and in  marine laboratories.

Details on the camps and registration information is available at https://www.oceanology.org/summer-camps. This year generous donors have also enabled need based financial assistance to offset the cost of tuition.

See the informational flyer and financial assistance form.

Support equity in student travel at the Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF) Dinner!

The Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF) provides financial aid to low-income Newton high school students to participate in life-changing educational travel opportunities through the Newton Public Schools. Join the GELF dinner and help make educational travel a reality for students at Newton North who would not otherwise be able to participate. The annual dinner features a 5-course gourmet meal paired with fine beer and wine, an auction, live band, dancing, and table service by the Newton mayor, superintendent of schools and school principals.

The annual GELF dinner raises more than $50,000. This allows 20-30 low-income students to participate in the 15-20 different international programs offered every year through Newton Public Schools. The educational travel opportunities open doors that would otherwise be out of reach and help students to become more engaged, global citizens.

This school year, GELF has already awarded nearly $60,000 in scholarships to support
students on nearly every international program offered by the schools. Help make sure we can continue this level of financial aid!

Do join for dinner and a night of events! If you cannot join, please consider
donating to support a teacher to attend the event or make a tax-deductible donation here. For questions, please email Samantha Mandel at Samantha_mandel@newton.k12.ma.us.

Payment by check: Make checks ($150/per person for dinner tickets) payable to Newton
Schools Foundation with GELF dinner in the memo line, and mail to Newton Schools
Foundation, 100 Walnut Street, Newton MA 02460.

Click here for tickets https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2289

Thank you for your support!

Community coming together to create something wonderful.

Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play turns one of the most beloved Christmas stories of the twentieth century on its head as a group of radio actors bring George Bailey and his fellow citizens to life. With a cast featuring 36 members of the Newton community, this show is a stunning example of a community coming together to create something wonderful. Don’t miss your chance to see Newton’s teachers, clergymen, parents, and mayor onstage! The play will also serve as a fundraiser for Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ), a Newton-based non-profit that helps families generate understanding and curiosity about differences in our society, and helps people work together towards racial equity.

Free Admission, with a Suggested Donation to FORJ
Presented in part by the Harmony Foundation and the Newton Human Rights Coalition. This event is part of the 2019 Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts.

Check it out here: https://www.newtontheatrecompany.com/

May 3rd, 7:00 pm
Brown Middle School Auditorium

Join the Newton Kids PMC Bike Ride on May 19th

Get your bike ready to roll for the Newton Kids PMC Bike Ride on May 19th, 8:00 – 11:00 am. 100% of the money raised by riders goes towards cancer research and patient support at the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Center. Two-wheeled riders will zoom around a one-mile loop on Wells Avenue as many times as they can in 1 hour, while the 3-wheeled and balance bike crowd will tear it up on a separate tot course. Be sure to stick around for the POST-RIDE PARTY starting at 10:00 am. There will be food, face painting, bike decorating, raffles, and more.

Click here to register: Newton PMC Kids Ride 
They also need a lot of help from VOLUNTEERS: Here

Survey responses requested

UMass Amherst is working to expand access to Pre-College summer programs for high school students at the Mount Ida campus starting in the Summer of 2020.

In order to better understand the needs of the community, they are asking Newton parents to complete this Dual Credit Survey and hope to have as many responses as possible to help understand the range of classes that would best serve the needs of your students.

Dual Credit Survey

The past ten years have seen a significant expansion of opportunities for dual credit. Trusted journals — The Washington Post, Education Week, The Chronicle Of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and even National Education Association — all have raised questions about the efficacy of the growing dual enrollment trend. Nevertheless, the data remains clear: students who earn college credit while in high school:

• are more likely to graduate from high school
• are more likely to attend postsecondary education
• are more likely to persist and earn a post-secondary credential
• earn their postsecondary credentials more quickly
• are less likely to need remedial support
• transition to postsecondary with greater confidence
• save on tuition

UMass Amherst is committed to expanding access to Pre-College credit to diverse constituencies through the Mount Ida Campus and hopes you’ll answwer the survey.

Maximize your child’s potential

Maximize your child’s potential!  Reserve a tutor now for summer.  

  • IN-HOME tutoring that is effective and personalized
  • Serving Brookline and surrounding towns for the past 12 years
  • Offering all academic subjects, study skills, and standardized test prep (SAT/ACT, ISEE, SSAT)

Call 617-227-2225  or email  info@activemindstutoring.com to learn more about our experienced tutors. Visit http://www.activemindstutoring.com/testimonials.html

Hair styling services for prom in your plans?

Getting ready for semi or prom? Vaiani & Clarke Salon offers up-do services and make-up too. Let them get you ready for your special night! Located in Newton Center, many of their stylists can help you achieve your formal look. Call today to book your appointment. 617-795-1550.

Newton Mustangs Cheer Registration

Check out the flyer CHEER for information about Newton Mustangs Youth Football and Cheer tryouts. Discount for registration before May 1st.

Trial Classes for Incoming Kindergartners

Studio of Engaging Math is scheduling trial classes for rising kindergartners. The kindergarten program is a fun and playful program that introduces important abstract concepts to your youngest learners. Many children think of math as boring and dry, and they start developing math anxiety as early as first grade. This class captures children’s interest now while they don’t have any preconceptions about the subject.

Learning through play captivates children’s attention like nothing else. They’ll be  to spatial reasoning, number sense, geometry, critical thinking through engaging activities and games.

These trial classes are specifically designed for you and you child to have an opportunity to try out the program. They are FREE OF CHARGE. Please register HERE to reserve a place.

For more information please visit the website www.engagingmath.com.

What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA

Healthy Kids Day – Inspiring kids to live up to their potential by being healthy, active and engaged! Join this free family event featuring healthy games and activities. Join in for a fun afternoon including:

• Bike decorating station and bike parade
• Book swap station – bring a book to donate and swap!
• Demonstration by players from BC Football
• Curious Creatures wild animal exhibit
• Bouncy house
• Obstacle course
• Face painting
• Live music
• Healthy snacks
• Free bike helmets and t-shirts while supplies last!

All event attendees are encouraged to bring their bikes and a book. Bring your bicycle for decorating and to join the bike parade around the track, and bring a book for the Book Swap Station to help counter summer learning loss and awaken imagination!
April 27th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm


Kids Night Out – Parents, drop off your kids for a fun Friday night with the Y’s staff. They’ll order pizza for dinner and keep the children entertained with games, swimming, movies and sports. $25 per child for Y members and $30 for the community. A 20% discount is offered per child for those with two or more children. Go out for the night and take advantage of this low-cost alternative to hiring a babysitter. Contact Jillian Finnigan at jillianf@wsymca.org for more information.
May 3rd, 6:00 – 10:00 pm


Poetry Night – Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett of Poemworks, the event features readings by two local poets, then guests are invited to participate in the open mic portion of evening to share their own written work. This event is free and open to the public.
May 3rd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


Family Fun Night – Bring the whole family to the Y for some family fun time. Featuring arts & crafts, bouncy house, gym games and more! Free and open to all. Family Fun Nights occur on the second Tuesday of every month.
May 14th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm


Summer Camp Open Houses – Learn about the Y’s summer camps, meet the staff, take a tour, and discover which camp is right for your child.

YMCA Camp Pikati is day camp at the West Suburban YMCA in Newton for ages 3-15
Open House May 11th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm or June 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

YMCA Camp Chickami is day camp in Wayland, MA for grades 1-10
Open House May 11th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm or June 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

YMCA Camp Frank A. Day is overnight camp in East Brookfield, MA for ages 7-16
Open House May 19th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm or June 2nd from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner – The West Suburban YMCA’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner celebrates the people who help fulfill their promise to strengthen the community – our members, staff, and volunteers! Join as they introduce new board members, take a look back at highlights from 2018, recognize generous donors and the people who make a difference at the Y. Please RSVP if you plan on attending the event: www.wsymca.org/rsvp
May 16th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Safety Around Water Open House – We’re creating a new wave of impact! Join the Y for a free water safety open house, which includes a swim lesson and parent resources. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend! Water safety and learning to swim are vital life skills that should be taught just as readily as looking both ways before crossing the street. With summer right around the corner, this is a great time for parents to remember the importance of equipping children (and themselves!) with essential water safety skills. Please RSVP to this event here: www.wsymca.org/water-safety
May 19th, 12:00 – 2:30 pm

Intro to Women’s Self Defense Class – The West Suburban YMCA is proud to collaborate with the Newton Police Department to host the Intro to Women’s Self Defense class. In this three-hour class, participants will learn risk reduction strategies, physical techniques and basic combative moves. During the final part of the class, the Newton Police Instructors will put on protective suits and allow participants to practice what they just learned on a moving person. This event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required as space in the class is limited.
May 29th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Work at the Y: The West Suburban YMCA is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions in child care and youth development, aquatics, fitness and more. Great benefits, free membership and professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow at lauras@wsymca.org or visit wsymca.org/careers.