Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

What is idling and why does it matter?

You may have noticed the new Blue Zone signs at your school with the red “No Idling Per State Law” addition.  Vehicle idling is when a driver leaves a vehicle running while it is parked. Idling increases the amount of harmful emissions a vehicle produces. Vehicle emissions are more concentrated at ground level where kids are standing—and breathing.

Children breathe more air per pound of body weight than do adults. For this reason, they take in proportionately higher “doses” of any pollutants, which enter their lungs and, in some cases, bloodstream. Children are more biologically vulnerable to pollution from idling vehicles and the child with the highest exposure to pollutants may be your own; in a line of idling vehicles, pollutant levels may also be elevated inside your vehicle as well as outside.

What can you do to protect your child’s health? For parents and caregivers at arrival and dismissal, it’s simple. If you will be waiting for more than 10 seconds, turn off the engine.
Remind other drivers to do the same.

Check out the flyer No Idling.

Brought to you by Newton Safe Routes to School
For more information, email newtonsaferoutes@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/NewtonSafeRoutes/

Boys and Gilrs Club Open House

Have you ever wondered what the Club has to offer for kids of all ages? Well, now is your chance to discover the many programs and services they provide. Join to tour the facility, learn about the programs / activities they offer, and meet program staff. Plus, it’s not too late to register (either online https://www.newtonbgc.com/club-membership-form or at the Open House) for this year’s school year program.

Arts * STEM * Athletics * Basket Ball for all ages * Coding * Robotics * All Girl Programs * Homework Help and more. Visit the website at https://www.newtonbgc.com/

Open House is October. 21st, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
675 Watertown Street

Boys and Gilrs Club Open House

Have you ever wondered what the Club has to offer for kids of all ages? Well, now is your chance to discover the many programs and services they provide. Join to tour the facility, learn about the programs / activities they offer, and meet program staff. Plus, it’s not too late to register (either online https://www.newtonbgc.com/club-membership-form or at the Open House) for this year’s school year program.

Arts * STEM * Athletics * Basket Ball for all ages * Coding * Robotics * All Girl Programs * Homework Help and more. Visit the website at https://www.newtonbgc.com/

Open House is October. 21st, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
675 Watertown Street

Newton SEPAC hosts a School Committee Candidate Forum

Candidates running for Newton School Committee will be sharing their perspective on
questions related to special education in Newton. There will also be time for parents to
meet with the candidates.

Elections for School Committee are city-wide, so Newton voters elect School Committee members in all wards, not just their own.

A moderator will ask candidates questions that have been submitted by SEPAC
members, and there will be an opportunity for parents and caregivers to speak
informally with the candidates. Note, the presentation date was changed to October 24th to accommodate scheduling conflicts.

Please email your questions for the candidates to parlikar@yahoo.com by October 22nd.

October 24th, 7:30-9:30 pm
Ed Center Room 304, 100 Walnut Street

Residents of Auburndale

Please come to an information session to learn how we can rebuild the Auburndale Community Association. Many years ago, the Auburndale Community Association (ACA) enriched the community by organizing a variety of activities, such as one of the first Newton Village Days. They currently support Rove the Cove, an annual road race.

Several residents are interested in reviving the ACA, and possibly merging it with the Lasell Neighborhood Association, the organization behind the annual Auburndale progressive dinner. Join the meeting to hear about plans to revive this community focused organization! Come to listen, or bring your ideas and suggestions for community events.

October 24th, 8:00 pm
Auburndale Community Library, 375 Auburn Street

For any questions, or if would like to be updated on plans, please contact Susan Katcher at sgkatcher@gmail.com or Joel Shames at joelsshames@gmail.com.

Teens: Meet 16 STEM Mentors at Think Big! Free Ice Cream Social, Oct. 26

To celebrate Massachusetts STEM Week, middle- and high-school students are invited to Think Big!, a free event at the the Newton Free Library on Saturday, October 26, 2PM-4PM, to meet local 16 STEM professionals and talk informally (over ice cream from Cabots!) about challenges, satisfactions, and career paths in the wide range of STEM fields. These mentors represent a wide range of STEM:  Microbiology, running-shoe design, software development, computational biology, ecology, chemistry, drug design, solar entrepreneurship, 3D animation, manufacturing science, applied physics, genomics, and more. It’s free and space is limited, so register now. It’s sponsored by the Newton Free Library, NewtonSTEM, and the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club, with help from the Newton LigerBots. You can see what earlier Think Big! events were like in November 2015, March 2018, and October 2018. For more information, email info@newtonstem.org.

Green your Halloween

Green your Halloween at Newton’s first ever Pumpkin Smash.  What will you do with your pumpkin after Halloween? You could put it in with your yard waste, but how much more fun would it be to smash it?

This family friendly event will be focused on options to manage food waste in Newton. All smashed pumpkins will be composted. By composting your pumpkin, you are reducing waste, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating a valuable amendment for our soils. It’s going to be a smashing time! For more information visit: www.newtonma.gov/recycling, checkout the flyer: Pumpkin Smash or see the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/463493014244634/

November 2nd, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Newton City Hall War Memorial Circle

Help with FAFSA and CSS Profile

Early Action and Early Decision deadlines are coming up soon. Do you need help with the FAFSA and CSS Profile for your child’s college applications?  If so, contact Eileen at eileen@alum.mit.edu or 857-231-1139.

SAT & ACT Classes- Few Spots Remaining

Sexton Test Prep & Tutoring offers SAT and ACT courses to prepare students for college entrance exams. Each course is designed to give your student a complete overview of all sections of the SAT or ACT. By completing our course, students will become familiar with strategies and improve their knowledge of the most commonly tested topics. Space is limited to 16 students per class so be sure to reserve your spot today.

Fall SAT Class
Sexton is offering a 12-hour SAT course to prepare your student for the December SAT. This class will be taught by Ben Sexton, Founder and Owner of Sexton Test Prep. This class will be on Mondays, 7:00 -9:00 pm starting on October 28th. For more information or to sign up for our fall SAT Class click here: SAT

Fall ACT Class
Sexton is offering a 12-hour ACT course to prepare your student for the December ACT. This class will be taught by Roxanna, one of our Master Tutors. This class will be on Sundays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm starting on October 27th. For more information or to sign up for our fall ACT Class click here: ACT

Reading Specialist available

Christine Mandell specializes in creatively remediating students who read at or below a 2nd grade level. She’s a certified Reading Specialist with an M. Ed in Reading Education, 15+ years of experience, and training in Phono-Graphix, Lindamood, & O.G.

Child-friendly lessons incorporate games, toys, and children’s own stories. Free initial assessment. Ages 5 to 7 only. Excellent references. $40.00 per hour. Formerly employed by “The Learning Lab @ Lesley.” Please contact Chris at Birdsongviolin@gmail.com or 617-323-4709. Visit ChristineMandell.com to learn more.