Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Newton PorchFest 2019 – June 1st

Come enjoy PorchFest! Newton PorchFest is an afternoon of free music performances on porches, front lawns and driveways around the city on Saturday, June 1st. PorchFest 2019 will include the villages of Auburndale, Lower Falls and Waban where over 100 musical acts will be performing from 12 Noon to 6:00 pm.

Gather family and friends, grab a blanket or chair and stroll the neighborhoods enjoying a wide variety of musical styles. There will be Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, R&B, Classical, Barbershop and more!

Check out the schedule at  to plan your route – maybe ride a bike to cover more ground! To make planning easier the schedule is arranged by village.

Don’t miss this free event – fun for all the family!

June 1st, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (Raindate June 2nd)

Next Level Up Tutoring

Help your son or daughter have a strong finish to the 2018-2019 school year by providing them with a highly experienced and dedicated tutor or academic coach.

Since 2009, Next Level Up has worked with students in all 13 of Newton’s villages. With  top notch references, they provide the guided direction, perspective, and confidence boost that many students can benefit from.  Individualized sessions try to get to the root of your concerns quickly in order to devise a specific, individualized plan. They can work with any age student in any subject. For a quick response, call 781-540-1123 or email

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Call Y3K Tutor in your home today

When schoolwork goes the wrong way!

With many years of experience in teaching and educational consulting they have developed the right way to motivate, the right way to teach, be understood, and be remembered. Y3K tutors special education such as ADD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, executive function, and gifted as well as regular education and test preparation. In addition to academic subjects, they teach children organizational skills, homework coaching, study skills, and time management. All subjects and ages are taught.

Parents can now receive 25% off the first lesson. Call 781-492-8700 or visit

Project Oceanology Marine Science Summer Camp Opportunities

Project Oceanology is a 501(c)(3) year-round marine science and environmental education organization located at Avery Point in Groton, CT with a mission to nurture enthusiasm for science and for our planet’s marine environment. Their summer camps are licensed by the State of Connecticut, their vessel operators are licensed by the U. S. Coast Guard, and their marine educators have expertise, educational backgrounds, and extensive experience in the delivery of marine science and environmental education enrichment programs to elementary through high school students, college students, summer camp participants, and the general public.

For students entering grades 6-12, Project Oceanology is offering two residential camps this summer – Ocean Camp and a new Marine Science Research Experience. Residential campers are accommodated in a hostel for a week-long immersion in hands-on, brains-on marine science education and fun aboard research vessels, along nearby shorelines, and in  marine laboratories.

Details on the camps and registration information is available at This year generous donors have also enabled need based financial assistance to offset the cost of tuition.

See the informational flyer and financial assistance form.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10

#thankateacher and support Newton Schools Foundation

If you are looking for another way to say “Thank You!” during Teacher Appreciation Week, please consider Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher campaign. This special program, established more than 20 years ago, provides an opportunity for families to thank teachers or other school personnel by giving a gift to NSF in their honor.

NSF is a non-profit organization that raises funds to enhance educational excellence throughout Newton’s public schools. Your gift will support professional development that gives teachers new tools and strategies, as well as new and promising curricula for middle school students. Click here to see a video or read more about the grants that NSF has funded in our schools, including programs in art, civics, math, music, science, social and cultural studies, literature and writing instruction, and social-emotional learning.

After receiving your donation, NSF will:
· Notify the honored teachers and staff of your gift at the end of the school year
· Share the honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals
· List each of those honored on the NSF website and in the Newton TAB

You can make your tax-deductible donation online at, or mail it to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459. Please be sure to include the names of the teachers and/or staff that you are honoring. If you have children in NECP or elementary school, check your student backpacks for a flyer in the coming weeks, or the U.S. Mail at home if you have middle or high school students.

Support equity in student travel at the Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF) Dinner!

The Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF) provides financial aid to low-income Newton high school students to participate in life-changing educational travel opportunities through the Newton Public Schools. Join the GELF dinner and help make educational travel a reality for students at Newton North who would not otherwise be able to participate. The annual dinner features a 5-course gourmet meal paired with fine beer and wine, an auction, live band, dancing, and table service by the Newton mayor, superintendent of schools and school principals.

The annual GELF dinner raises more than $50,000. This allows 20-30 low-income students to participate in the 15-20 different international programs offered every year through Newton Public Schools. The educational travel opportunities open doors that would otherwise be out of reach and help students to become more engaged, global citizens.

This school year, GELF has already awarded nearly $60,000 in scholarships to support
students on nearly every international program offered by the schools. Help make sure we can continue this level of financial aid!

Do join for dinner and a night of events! If you cannot join, please consider
donating to support a teacher to attend the event or make a tax-deductible donation here. For questions, please email Samantha Mandel at

Payment by check: Make checks ($150/per person for dinner tickets) payable to Newton
Schools Foundation with GELF dinner in the memo line, and mail to Newton Schools
Foundation, 100 Walnut Street, Newton MA 02460.

Click here for tickets

Thank you for your support!

Join Families Organizing for Racial Justice for a panel discussion

Join FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice for a panel discussion on “Exploring the Experiences of Asian American students in Newton”

FORJ’s May workshop will focus on learning more about the history and demographics of the Asian American community, and exploring the experiences of Asian American students in Newton. This event will include a panel of students, a Q&A, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the history of the Asian American community. This workshop is for parents/adults only.

RSVP here: May panel discussion

May 8th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Angier Elementary School

Oak Hill/Brown/Day Middle School Speech Team’s Open House!

You’re Invited to the Open House. There will be fun games, demonstrations and treats to introduce you to this great public speaking sport. Please join on May 8th from 3:30 to 5:00
in the Newton South HS Library.

Everyone welcome!

Camp Kaleidoscope Counselor Openings

Make a difference in a child’s life! Camp Kaleidoscope, the JCC’s arts and science day camp in Newton, is looking for wonderful staff who know how to make a camper’s day extraordinary. Must be available June 24th – August 16th, Monday through Friday, 8:40 am – 4:10 pm unless otherwise arranged.

Staff meetings are Monday afternoons and orientation is prior to camp. Buses are available from Cambridge, Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Framingham and Wayland. All staff enjoy a free JCC summer fitness membership. Counselors must be at least 16 years old and rising HS seniors or older, with demonstrated leadership skills and experience working with children.

Lower and Middle Camp Counselors support and nurture campers entering grades K-3 in drama, art, science, music, sports and swimming. Upper Camp Counselors work with campers entering grades 4-8, teaching or assisting in classes. Needed: Teachers for sports and games, acrobatics, knitting, and more.

Camp Kaleidoscope is a pluralistic Jewish camp open to the entire community. More info and application at
kaleidoscope/join-camp-kaleidoscope-team or call 617 558-6523. To apply, send a resume to: Camp Kaleidoscope
333 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459

Survey responses requested

UMass Amherst is working to expand access to Pre-College summer programs for high school students at the Mount Ida campus starting in the Summer of 2020.

In order to better understand the needs of the community, they are asking Newton parents to complete this Dual Credit Survey and hope to have as many responses as possible to help understand the range of classes that would best serve the needs of your students.

Dual Credit Survey

The past ten years have seen a significant expansion of opportunities for dual credit. Trusted journals — The Washington Post, Education Week, The Chronicle Of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and even National Education Association — all have raised questions about the efficacy of the growing dual enrollment trend. Nevertheless, the data remains clear: students who earn college credit while in high school:

• are more likely to graduate from high school
• are more likely to attend postsecondary education
• are more likely to persist and earn a post-secondary credential
• earn their postsecondary credentials more quickly
• are less likely to need remedial support
• transition to postsecondary with greater confidence
• save on tuition

UMass Amherst is committed to expanding access to Pre-College credit to diverse constituencies through the Mount Ida Campus and hopes you’ll answwer the survey.