Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Newton Community Preservation Committee’s next meeting December 10th

The full agenda and packet for the Community Preservation Committee’s meeting on  is now online from the program website, The only item other than committee business on this agenda is an informal discussion with outgoing staff about continuing program issues and “lessons learned.” For assistance, contact Alice Ingerson at or 617-796-1144

December 10th, 7:00 pm
Newton City Hall, Room 204

Raising Resilient Teens

Teens are reporting higher levels of stress and anxiety, and with so many ever-changing adolescent stressors ranging from school, sports/activities, and college applications, to relationships, technology, and social media, knowing how to best support our tweens and teens through the often turbulent teen years can be a challenge.

Please join a discussion and Q&A with Tai Katzenstein, Ph.D. and Juliana Chen, M.D., co-directors of NWH: The Resilience Project Parents Program, on how to build resilience and support the overall emotional wellness of our teens and tweens.

To learn more about The Resilience Project Parents Program please call 617-243-5497 or email This is a FREE Event. Please register here:

December 11th, 6:45 – 8:00 pm
Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington Street

To learn more about supporting the emotional wellness of kids and teens, and for information about future Resilience Project events including their new Building Resilience series, please follow on Facebook.

Come to the 2019 Newton SEPAC Social

Join your fellow parents and guardians for the 2019 Newton SEPAC Social!  Come reconnect with old friends and meet other Newton parents and guardians. Share your stories from the first half of the school year and raise a glass to the holidays! There will be a cash bar.

Please RSVP at so they can ensure there’s enough space reserved for the group. Contact with any questions.

December 17th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
95 Elm Street, West Newton

School Vacation Camps

Worrying about what to do during school vacations? Don’t worry, JCC Greater Boston has got you covered with School Vacation Camp. Camp runs during the weeklong break for December, February, April and Passover vacations. Kids get to choose up to three electives daily, including sports, swimming, arts & crafts, board games and more.

Enrollment is always flexible to fit your family’s plans. Kids can join for a single day, several days or the entire week. Don’t delay in registering, as early-bird pricing for December ends on November 15th and registration closes on December 19th. Lunch and extended-day options are available at an additional cost.

Register at

Girls’ Club Volleyball

For girl athletes in grade 7-10, SMASH Volleyball Club’s skill training and competition program starts soon. For more information and to sign up visit

January 5th – February 23rd
Sundays, 10:00am – 12:30pm
Newton North HS

Help feed the homeless on Thanksgiving!

Drop off a dish to help feed the Boston homeless on Thanksgiving!

Gobble Gobble Give is a national effort of volunteers who prepare and assemble individual containers of Thanksgiving meals to deliver to homeless people in 16 major cities throughout the country.

Boston is one of the newest cities, and they were able to feed 300 people last year. This year the goal is 500. Let’s help them exceed their goal! You can drop off a warm dish on Thanksgiving morning or stay and help assemble containers or deliver. If you would like to help but will not be around on Thursday, please email to arrange to drop off a donation on Tuesday or Wednesday (something like cookies, pumpkin bread, corn muffins, pie or anything that does not need to be refrigerated).

For more information, go to or check the Gobble Gobble Give Boston Facebook page. The drop-off location is a small room near the entrance of the Newton Police Department at 1321 Washington Street. You can drop food off at 9:30, and assembly will begin around 10:00 am. The link below is for the signup, but you do not need to sign up in advance or commit to the dishes on the signup. Feel free to just show up with food on Thursday morning.

Give Back this Thanksgiving by feeding those in need.

Drop in activities for Middle School kids

Check out these activities at the Highlands After-School Program during December. See or call 617-999-4617 for more information.

Sign up for as many as you’d like – registration is required!

December 11 th CANDLE MAKING
December 12th NUTS & BOLTS CHESS SET
December 19th COOKIE BAKE

Upcoming Events at Historic Newton


The free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton’s history, play, and lessons from the museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings.

November 30, 9:30 am, the theme is “Dinosaurs.”
December 4, 10:30 am, the theme is “Dinosaurs.”
December 14th, 9:30 am, the theme is “Snow”
December 18, 10:30 am, the theme is “Snow”
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


Get a head start on your holiday shopping and support arts and culture in Newton at both of the museums. Meet Newton artists and authors, purchase work directly from them, and enjoy a 20% discount on merchandise at the museum shops. At the Durant-Kenrick House from 10:30 am to noon, join for “Art, Spirituality and The Power of Creativity,” an inclusive discussion with Newton artists and authors about the spiritual tones that often guide their creativity, presented with NewCity Church. For a complete schedule at each museum, visit Admission is Free and includes museum admission. For additional iinformation please call 617-796-1450

December 1, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums.

December 7th and December 8th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


Built in 1734, the Durant-Kenrick House was the home of families who observed the
winter holidays in different ways. Take a special tour of the house by candlelight led by
Historic Newton staff, enjoy winter caroling, and sip hot cider and cocoa. Kids can create
winter crafts, too. Register in advance through or come on the day of the tour.

Admission: Adults: $15.00 non-member, $10.00 Historic Newton members and children ages 10 and over. For information please call 617-641-9142.

December 15, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue

Swing’n Holidays Concert

Start a new holiday tradition this year! Enjoy the Duke Ellington Nutcracker Suite and other holiday big band favorites at the first annual Swing’n Holidays Concert, featuring Essentially Ellington award-winning Newton South Jazz Ensemble students and alumni. Bring the family! Hot chocolate, mulled cider and seasonal snacks will round off this festive musical treat. Admission: $10.00 adults, $5.00 students, kids 8 and under come in free. All proceeds will benefit the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund.

December 19th,  7:00 pm
Newton South High School Auditorium, 140 Brandeis Road

Helping Families to Preempt Racial Bias

Story Starters invites kindergarten families in Newton area elementary schools to their five month program that supports families in being color brave.

Story Starters gives families of all races age-appropriate tools and skills to preempt racial bias and build community change. Story Starters’ at-home curriculum helps 3- to 6-year-olds and their families build empathy, support connection, and get into the habit of talking about race. For more details about the program, visit

Registration is OPEN now until January 2nd and there will be an Open House at the Auburndale Library for any interested families who want to learn more.

See the flyer for information Story Starters

Open House December 10th,  5:00 – 6:30 pm (pizza included!)
Program kickoff event January 12th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm