Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Math Marathon

Students will be solving different grade-appropriate challenging problems in teams while competing against other teams. The team can have 1, 2 or 3 kids from the same grade (grades 2, 3–4, and 5–6).

If you don’t have a team, come anyway, they’ll team you up and this event is open to everyone – if you have friends who love math challenges, bring them too!
For students grades 2 – 6. $25.00/student

Solve math problems and win prizes!

Register here or at or email

March 3rd, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Johnny Cole Event at Angier – March 5th

The Angier PTO and Angier FORJ group are excited to welcome Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) and guest speaker Johnny Cole to the Angier Principal/PTO meeting on March 5th from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.

Cole, an assistant principal at Needham High School, is a diversity educator who designs and teaches graduate level courses in racial identity development, cultural competency, and diversity sensitivity, including the impact of these issues on education.

His workshop, “Accepting, Respecting, and Celebrating Cultural Diversity,” will provide elaboration on the concept of cultural proficiency, including what it is and why it matters. While exploring issues of identity, the session will focus on how the initiative is being applied in schools and how parents can help facilitate their own child’s growth in this area. In addition, FORJ parents and leaders will share information about the organization and the work parents in the district are doing to make Newton Public Schools a safe, accepting, and welcoming space for all.


This meeting is open to all community members, but it is intended for adults only – they are unable to provide childcare at Angier during this event.

March 5th from 7:30-9:00 PM.

Part Time Job Opportunities for High School Seniors

After School Program Teacher

The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston is hiring Part-Time Teachers in their After School Program, for grades 4 – 8. The After School Program is a space for students to have fun, play and be creative in a safe environment. Some of the activities include: arts and crafts, drama, sports and cooking.

They are looking for creative, energetic people who love working with children. Teachers engage in hands-on-activities and games and this is a great opportunity to work in a lively, dynamic environment.

Position Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3:00 – 6:30 pm, with flexibility on days/hours. Pay: $25.00 per hour


  • Bachelor’s Degree (or in progress towards degree) preferred; high school seniors will also be considered.
  • Prior experience working with children (experience in educational or camp setting preferred).
  • Ability to motivate, guide and instruct children in group activities.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation (the school is not accessible by public transportation)

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to

ArtsEmerson performance of Mr. Joy

Newton Public Schools was selected by METCO, Inc. as a host for this year’s ArtsEmerson performance of Mr. Joy. For the last three years, through a partnership with METCO, Inc., the statewide METCO organization, ArtsEmerson has taken the play on the road to select communities.

Mr. Joy is a one-person play that explores issues of race and class in America. All performances are free and open to the public. The play is recommended for adults and students 10 and older. Ticket reservations are highly recommended as space is limited. Reserve your ticket here.

Play Synopsis: Mr. Joy explores issues of race and class in America to help us find our common humanity. It is a poignant, funny and stirring solo piece that invites us to consider how we respond to violence as individuals and as a community, and the power of the invisible ties that bind us all.

February 26th and 27th, 7:30 pm (1.5 hour show running time, 0.5 hour discussion) Newton North Little Theatre

Learn about issues related to fair elections and more

Join members of the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) to hear the latest on issues related to fair elections, including voter suppression, gerrymandering, absentee ballots, automatic voter registration and more, when LWVN hosts Lisa Danetz at their next topic meeting.

Newton resident Lisa Danetz, a public policy consultant for philanthropic foundations, has worked in the voting rights, money in politics, and democracy field as an expert, advocate, and lawyer for over 15 years. Her work has focused on improving election administration and increasing the political participation of disfranchised groups within our society through public policy research, litigation, executive and legislative advocacy, and public education. Ms. Danetz is the former legal director of Demos, a New York-based public policy center, and also worked at National Voting Rights Institute.

A question and answer session and open discussion will follow after Ms. Danetz’s presentation. RSVPs to are appreciated!

February 28th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Durant Kenrick House, 286 Waverly Avenue, Newton

Girls Empowerment Program

Artemis Girls – Stand Strong, Stand Tall guides girls to seek their own true voice with yoga, mindfulness, breathwork, creative expression and self-reflection.

When girls feel confident about their bodies, their self-worth and their intelligence and they have practiced how to handle self-doubt and adolescent stresses, they have an opportunity to go into the world and fully express themselves — as girls, as women, as humans.

Artemis Girls Stand Strong, Stand Tall creates a safe space for girls ages 10-13 to build strength of body, mind and spirit while developing the skills of communication and self-respect to empower and inspire girls. Classes include weekly yoga and mindfulness, group collaboration and games and independent thinking coupled with an art, journal or other creative activity centered on themes such as:

· Body Confidence and Self-Respect
· Stress & Self-Care
· Emotional Awareness
· Identity & Labels
· Honest, Healthy Friendships & Social Stamina

The program meets weekly in a 90 minute session on Friday afternoons co-taught by Amy Hrobak and Tracy Affonso, both experienced school educators and youth yoga and mindfulness instructors. Fee: $150 Please email if you have any questions or call 617-393-3590.

March 1st – April 5th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

To learn more or to register, CLICK HERE.

FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice ) City-wide Meeting – March 12th

Everyone is invited to the next FORJ City-wide Meeting to explore the relationship between housing, equity, and race. There will be a discussion, short video, and an interactive small group activity that could work for kids 2nd grade and above. Younger kids are welcome to be in the room to color or sit with their parents but they might not follow all the content. Hope to see you there! Feel free to bring interested friends.

RSVP HERE for March 12th
March 12th, 7:30 pm
Angier Elementary

Attention 5th Grade Parents

The Newton Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children, is hosting 4 Open House events for interested families. This is a terrific opportunity for parents of 5th graders to learn more about the program as they plan for the next school year. Please join to see the wonderful space that is the home base of this terrific program.

For more information please contact Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or or visit

March 6th, March 18th, April 4th, and/or April 14th, 5:30-6:30 pm

Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands

Free practice tests: SATs, ACTs, SSATs, and ISEEs

Summit Educational Group is a tutoring company in Newton who helps provide 1-1 tutoring and classroom instruction to hundreds of students in the Boston area and the surrounding suburbs.

Every weekend they offer free practice tests at their office for the SATs, ACTs, SSATs, and ISEEs. Check out the website for the dates and times

Temperatures may be down, but grades can still rise!

Tutors available at ActiveMinds tutoring

• Effective, personalized, in-home tutoring in Greater Boston

• Serving Newton and surrounding towns for the past 12 years

• Offering all academic subjects and standardized test prep (SAT/ACT, ISEE, SSAT)

Reserve your tutor today! Call 617-227-2225 or email to learn more about their expert tutors.