Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Highlands After-School Program Open Houses

The Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children, is hosting Open Houses for interested families. This is a terrific opportunity for parents of Oak Hill and Brown children to learn more about the program as they plan for the upcoming school year.

Come to see the wonderful space that is the home base of this terrific program. For more information contact Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617, highlandsafterschool@gmail.com or visit highlandsafter-schoolprogram.org

Open houses: August 28th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, September 30th, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon  Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands

Tickets for Newton’s Community Table on sale soon

Newton’s Community Table, a fundraiser to benefit the Newton Food Pantry, is back October 17th!  The event will once again be held at the Windsor Club from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Tickets will go on sale September 9th and will sell out quickly.

Get both dates on your calendar today and stay tuned for updates in September.

Destination Imagination registration is open

Registration is open for the Destination Imagination 2019 – 2020 Season

Destination Imagination (DI) is a creative problem solving competition that blends Science and Technology with the Arts. For the past 10 years, over 500 Newton students have participated in the Destination Imagination (DI) program.

Hear from alumni about how DI changed their lives: Destination Imagination Alumni Video 

Watch a tutorial to find out how DI works: What is Destination Imagination?

Ready to have fun?! Click HERE to register your child

Newton DI is run by a team of dedicated volunteers and is a non-profiting fully inclusive program.

College Essay help

It’s not too late to get help with those college essays! And it’s always a good time to get help with writing! Alicia Shems, an educator and editor with over 20 years of experience, can help you write your best essay by tailoring each session to fit your needs.

For more information, please contact her at 617-680-1918 or akshems68@gmail.com. References are available upon request.

MGH Study for Female Athletes

Study participation is a unique opportunity for students to assist with research. This 12-week research study aims to establish if replacing estrogen will improve mental flexibility and reward responsiveness. The study comprises 4 visits for which participants are compensated up to $500. Additionally, they will receive reimbursement for parking/public transportation costs.

In this study, females who are not getting regular periods will receive replacement doses of estrogen via a patch or receive a placebo patch. Participants will complete MRI scans, interviews about mental health and eating behaviors, simple computer tasks, and questionnaires.

Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • Female between the ages of 16 and 26 years
  • Exhibits restrictive eating patterns (i.e. skips meals, limits calorie intake, avoids certain foods) and/or is an athlete
  • Has missed more than 2 menstrual periods in the last 6 months
  • Is of low or normal weight.

REACT ELIGIBILITY SURVEY Any interested athletes can contact Meghan Slattery, FNP at 617-643-0267 or anereact@mgh.harvard.edu.

Do you have a child that loves to sing?

Join VOICES Boston children’s chorus for the 2019-2020 season! With singing at its core and training in dance and drama, VOICES Boston changes the lives of children, building confidence, discipline, leadership and a love of music that will last a lifetime.

The ensembles are for singers in grades K-8 who rehearse in Brookline. VOICES Boston singers perform a wide range of repertoire, from classical to world music, gospel to new music and present an opera every year.

To sign up or just learn more about the program, visit www.voicesboston.org or email
programmanager@voicesboston.org.

All Newton Music School

Do you know… that All Newton Music School is the second oldest community music school in the entire nation? All Newton Music School is currently enrolling students for private lessons and group classes for the Fall semester.

Since every child is unique, the faculty, with degrees from top universities and conservatories, welcome each individual student and designs curriculum around their musical goals.

Submit a private lesson request today, it only takes 20 seconds, and you’ll be one step closer to more music in your life. Private lesson time-slots fill quickly, contact online at allnewton.org/inquiry or call 617-527-4553.

Instruments offered: Piano, Voice, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Recorder, Saxophone, Euphonium, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Cello, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin, Percussion,Voice, Guitar (electric, acoustic, classical), Bass Guitar, Ukulele

College Essays that Make a Difference

Come to Writing College Essays that Make a Difference.  Dr. Adam Schwartz will provide students with strategies for writing a college application essay that can make the difference between a “Yes” and a “Maybe.” You’ll look at case studies of successful essays and student will have the opportunity to have their essays assessed.

Dr.Schwartz has:

  • Taught writing at Harvard and Wellesley College for twenty-five years
  • Worked on the Board of Admissions at Wellesley College
  • Published stories in The New Yorker
  • Won additional awards for his novels

Teens and their adults are welcome to this event. Click here to see the flyer and here to see the facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/933610620337017/

June 25th, 7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium

What’s Happening at the Y

Free Summer Saturdays – Try the Y for free every Saturday this summer! Present a valid ID at the welcome desk and your guest fee will be waived.

Summer Membership at the Y – Perfect for college students or those visiting for the summer, the West Suburban YMCA Summer Membership that automatically expires on August 31st. $150 for an individual or $275 for a family (1 or 2 adults plus all children under age 26). Cost is prorated for anyone signing up after June 1st. For more information about summer memberships, contact the Welcome Center at 617-244-6050.

Summer Food Service Program – June 24th – August 16th – The West Suburban YMCA has been selected by the Massachusetts Department of Education as a Summer Food Service Program site. The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to all children ages 18 and under when school is not in session. Any child in the community can show up and receive a free lunch between the hours of 12:30-1:30 pm at the West Suburban YMCA. Children attending YMCA Camp Pikati are also able to take advantage of the service while at camp.

Summer Swim Lessons for All Ages – It is never too early or too late to learn to swim. Swimming is a lifelong skill that is crucial for both kids and adults. Sign up for swim lessons at the Y, starting with classes for children as young 6 months through teen and adult classes. The Y offers options and session dates for every schedule, including lessons once per week, twice per week, or daily Monday-Friday. Learn more by calling 617-244-6050 ext. 3650 or email Amanda Pierce at Amandap@wsymca.org.

Summer Creative Arts Programs – Fill this summer with singing, dancing, painting, and more! With Creative Arts programs at the Y, youth can explore their creative side through group lessons, unique projects, and exploring what it means to be an artist. Get a little messy in the new Explorations! art program for ages 6-10, jam with a band in our Summer Rock Band program for ages 8+ or sing out loud with our Vocal Workshop for ages 11+. More info at www.wsymca.org/arts/summer.

Summer Sports Programs – Sign up for basketball, soccer, football or ultimate frisbee at the Y! Programs run Monday-Thursday evenings for two-week sessions. View the schedule online at www.wsymca.org or contact Chris Ellison for more information at chrise@wsymca.org.

Adult Fitness Programs – Sign up for one of the Y’s summer fitness classes. Classes run for seven weeks and begin the week of July 8th. Options include TRX suspension training, Boxcon boxing conditioning class, and Metcon functional fitness and strength class. Get motivated by training with a small, dedicated group!

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.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs. The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and their mission is to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Please contact the Membership Department at 617-244-6050 ext. 3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Summer Art Teacher

Art teacher available this summer for ages 3-16. Private or semi-private instruction. Alla Lazebnik (MFA from Boston University) is an instructor at Lasell College who teaches painting, printmaking, drawing, and more.

Please email Alla at alla.lazebnik@gmail.com or call 617-650-8518.

References available.