Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Music lessons for all

Now that the fall is underway, a lot of students are trying instruments for the first time! It can be a tricky process but the amazing faculty at The Conservatory at Highlands is here to help!

Want to turn those squeeks and squacks into the sweet sounds of Hot Cross Buns or Star Wars? These teachers are experienced, patient, kind and supportive and can help musicians of any age reach their goals.

Try a learning an instrument along with your child in our parent/student lessons. It is an amazing and educational activity for the family.

Sign Up Here (no commitment necessary)  https://goo.gl/forms/BBkGtLxm9ONzqwpu2 call 617-903-0944 or e-mail info@highlandsconservatory.com to learn more.

The Conservatory offers music lessons on many instruments, including: piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar, drums, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, baritone, oboe, ukulele, and even harmonica! Sign up for rock bands, which meet weekly; or record in their state-of-the-art recording studio with audio production lessons and more!For more information, visit www.highlandsconservatory.com

The Conservatory at Highlands is locally owned and operated and offers a 21st-century music education that is equally inclusive and challenging taught by the best musicians in Boston. The Conservatory is your community music school, where we can all learn and develop the craft of music together. Stop in and check out their unique space at 51 Winchester Street, Newton Highlands.

Chem tutor available

Improve your grade in your Chemistry course.  Prepare yourself for SAT2 Chemistry exam.  Lida Famili, a retired Milton Academy Chemistry teacher, is offering tutoring in Chemistry courses and SAT2 Chemistry test.  Lida has taught Chemistry for 25 years and has dozens of references.  Walking distance to Newton South high school.  For more information, please call or text 617-780-5461 or email  lidafamili@gmail.com.

EveryBody Signs American Sign Language Class for Kids

EveryBody Signs is offering an ASL class for kids to read stories, have conversations, do skits and make art, all in American Sign Language! The teacher, Steve Weiner, is a Newton North EdCo graduate, a teacher at Horace Mann School for the Deaf, and a Magician!

Although classes have already started, contact Rebecca Wangh, rebeccabella@gmail.com if you’re interested in joining. Flyer available here: EveryBody Signs Flyer

Sundays, October 7th – December 16th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Auburndale Community Library

Children’s Learning and Development Research

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children, who are or are soon turning 8 or 10 years old, to participate in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. The goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. Payment is $60.00 per year.

Free all day parking is provided at the Navy Yard. Please email cnglead@mghihp.edu or call 617- 643-4821 if you are interested or have any questions. More information can be found at https://clinicaltrials.partners.org/study/feedback_learning.

Studying Abroad 10/13/18 Meetup

Interested in the benefits of studying abroad? Join other parents and college bound students on Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM ET in Lexington for “Visit dozens of European & Canadian colleges in one morning w/Sharon Olofsson!” Sharon is an international college consultant at GatewayEdConsulting.com. She will give us her perspective after visiting dozens of colleges in Europe & Canada in the last few years.

Meetup topics:
College selection
Cost comparison with the U.S.
and more!
Signup at https://www.meetup.com/College-Abroad/events/254923610/

Don’t miss the Harvest Fair

The 43rd annual Harvest Fair is a two day event on the Newton Center Green. Kiddie amusement rides and face painting are on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. On Sunday, October 14th only, there is a huge CraftShow, the Green Expo, Free Pumpkin Decorating and fabulous entertainment. Admission is free.

This year, there are two entertainment stages! The dance stage on Langley Road features performances by Giroux Brothers, Rob’s Guitar School, DEAFinitely, Joanne Langione Dance Studios, Suzuki School of Newton, Creative Dance Steps, NorthAtlantic Dance Center, Newton Uke Jam, Youth Pro Musica and Dance’n Feet.  The band stage is located at the Beacon Street end of the Newton Center parking lot, and showcases six terrific local bands: Trash Rabbit, YCCA Center for Creative Arts, Loose Change, The Conservatory at Highlands, Big Chief and Atoms & Energy. Check them all out!

The favorites at Harvest Fair on Sunday are still there…free pumpkin decorating sponsored by Wegman’s, kiddie amusement rides, the 150 different craft and business booths selling everything from hand-made beautiful jewelry and clothing to imaginative gifts; as well as the Green Expo, sponsored by Green Newton, with  exhibitors offering solutions for reducing your carbon footprint. And as always, there’ll be great food.

Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org or call 617-796-1298 for more information.

October 13th and 14th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Newton Center Green and Parking Lot

Learn about the November ballot questions

What are all the November ballot questions about?  Come learn with LWVN!

It’s almost time to decide how you’ll vote on the upcoming state and local ballot questions in November. This year there are three state ballot questions, and two local ballot questions. If you still don’t know what the ballot questions are about, or don’t have the facts you need to vote, this will help.

Join members of the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) to hear from presenters on both sides of the issues for state ballot Question 1 regarding patient-to-nurse limits and the Newton ballot questions regarding the dispensation of marijuana.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask presenters from each side questions at the end of each presentation. RSVPs to info@lwvnewton.org are appreciated!

October 18th,  8:00 – 9:30 am at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton

Can’t make it on the 18th?  The program on state ballot Question 1 will be taped soon and shown in late October.  For a discussion of state ballot Questions 2 and 3, watch the latest episode of ‘The League Presents’ on NewTV with guest Holly Gunner and LWVN Vice-President Lisa Mirabile.  The link to the program is:  https://newtv.org/recent-videos-community/120-the-league-presents/5302-ballot-questions-2-and-3.

Makers’ Corner Clubs for Middle School

Announcing new fall clubs at the Makers’ Corner! The Makers’ Corner after school program serves students in grades 6-8, and is located in the Underwood School. To register for all clubs, visit www.underwoodafterschool.org.

3-D Printing Introduction and Designing for Real Life – open to 6th-8th grade
Designed for newcomers to the world of 3-D printing, this club will introduce students to 3-D modeling and the 3-D printer using Tinkercad, and use these tools to solve real-life design problems.

October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, November 6th,  2:00 – 4:15 pm


Stop-Motion Animation – open to 6th-8th grade
In this club, students will plan out a short film, using either found or handmade characters and scenery, and produce the movie from start to finish, ending with a shareable video to show friends and family.

October 11th, 18th, 25th, November 1st, 8th, 2:45 – 4:15 pm


Woodworking Club – open to 6th-8th grade
In this workshop, make your very own wooden objects, ranging from utensils (spoons, spatulas, spreaders and chopsticks) to coasters and other wares.

October 12th, 19th, 26th, November 2nd,  9th, 2:45 – 4:15 pm

Responsive Home Workshop for Kindergarten Parents and Guardians

The tools of Responsive Classroom can be used to help create a calm, supportive and encouraging environment at home, too! Join to learn useful steps to creating a Responsive Home including:

  • Family Meeting
  • House Rules
  • Interactive Modeling
  • Positive Language
  • Logical Consequences
  • Choice and Quiet Time

October 15th, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Day Middle School Auditorium, 21 Minot Place, Newtonville (parking on Albermarle Road – Gath Pool)

*Please note – this workshop is for ADULTS only. Childcare is NOT provided. Please make other arrangements for your student(s) while you attend the workshop. This workshop will be taught by Amy Kelly, District Leader of Social and Emotional Learning, Newton Public Schools. For more information, please email Amy at Amy_kelly@newton.k12.ma.us

Federal Judge, Red Sox Executive, PBS/NOVA Producer to be among Headliners at Newton Inspires

18 of Newton’s Own Will Speak at Newton Inspires free community event

Eighteen Newton luminaries will regale audiences at Newton Schools Foundation’s (NSF) 8th annual Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community. Since 2011, Newton Inspires has gathered Newton residents for this showcase of Newton’s talent, creativity, and intellect.

This year’s program features headliners Kimberly Budd, associate justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; David S. Friedman, senior vice president, legal & government affairs, Boston Red Sox; Sarah Holt, producer and director, PBS/NOVA; Richard Primack, professor of biology, Boston University; Peter Slavin, M.D., president, Massachusetts General Hospital; actress and writer Marianne Leone; and entrepreneur Sam Shames, along with many other talented Newton personalities.

The event is FREE to Newton residents and $15.00 for non-residents. Space is limited so register early. To register, go to www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org.

For the third consecutive year, Newton Schools Foundation welcomes The Village Bank as lead sponsor.  Newton Inspires is also supported by premium and major sponsors Mark Development Chestnut Hill Realty and The Street Chestnut Hill and Historic Homes. Individuals and businesses wishing to support public education in Newton through a Newton Inspires sponsorship can go to http://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/newton-inspires-sponsor.

Limited samplings of various refreshments will be available at the beginning of the evening courtesy of the following food sponsors: Anna’s Taqueria, Baker’s Best Catering, Better Life Food, Blue Ribbon BBQ, L’Aroma Café & Bakery, Legal Sea Foods, Panera Bread, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Rancatore’s Ice Cream and Yogurt, and Sweet Tomatoes.

November 13th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Newton South High School. Doors open at 6:00 pm to share community and conversation.

Newton Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to advance excellence and equity in the Newton Public Schools by funding promising initiatives, professional development, and programs that close gaps in achievement and opportunity.