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10 Traits of Effective Parents in Special Education

Advocating for children in the special education system can be frustrating and overwhelming for parents. Over the past decade, Attorney Jeffrey Sankey has worked with hundreds of parents to help them obtain special education services for their children. In his experience, he has found that the parents who are best able to navigate the intricacies of the special education process share a number of common traits, which we will explore during this session.

SEPAC Presentation by Jeffrey Sankey of Sankey Law Offices, P.C.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding key special education rules and regulations
  • Maintaining accurate and complete records
  • Facilitating productive relationships with school staff
  • Please come with any questions you may have

January 16th, 7:15 – 9:00 pm
Room 210, Newton Education Center, 100 Walnut Street

Seeking an Admin and Events Coordinator

Newton Community Farm (NCF) has an immediate opening for an Admin and Events Coordinator. NCF is a 2.25 acre intensive vegetable operation with an active educational and public engagement component. This position is well-suited for someone who enjoys working on contemporaneous projects each requiring a range of skills. You will never be bored!

The ideal candidate is detail oriented and personable, has a willingness to learn, and has an interest in food and farm-based education. The full job description can be found here.

Email Karyn Novakowski at karyn@newtoncommunityfarm.org with questions and applications.

Study on Stress and the Teen Brain

A researcher and clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital is part of a group conducting research examining the impact of stress on the teen brain. They want to understand the factors that makes some teens more resilient in the face of stress and what make some teens more susceptible to developing depression.

They’re currently conducting this study with female teens ages 14-18, with and without depression. Please see the brochure Stress Study for more information and contact research research investigator Emily Belleau at 617-855-4245 or ebelleau@mclean.harvard.edu for more details about the study.

Teens Making Smart Choices – January 8th

Teens and adults are invited to the FREE Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices expo for participative, informative exhibits; live music; free refreshments; and fun.

Meet 30 community exhibitors who help teens navigate life’s pressures in order to stay safe and healthy. Get information about everything from e-cigarettes and personal safety to healthy eating and body confidence to stress reduction and mental health support.

See expo FAQs here.

See the current exhibitor list here.

Watch a short video about the expo here.

The Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo is the place to be for parents/guardians and their teens.

Sponsored by the Newton North PTSO.

January 8th, 5:00-7:30 pm
Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street

Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags is part of a global effort (860 participating communities) to reduce waste and incorporate re-usable shopping bags into daily living.

The Newton Boomerang Bag community was started this fall by Lisa Monahan (Newton resident/business owner), and Olivia Scheff (NSHS student). BB bags began in Australia when two women who were interested in doing something to help the environment created a model that could be used all over the world. Volunteers from all walks of life get together to make re-useable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. Here is a link to the BB website for more info http://boomerangbags.org.

Click here for information about the next event coming up soon: January 26th.

Come to City Hall to help sort the food on December 31st

Please help our neighbors facing food insecurity. Newton’s four food pantries provide meals for more than 1,800 people each month, and they need everyone’s help to keep up with the growing need right here in Newton.

Donate to the Newton Food Drive—the four pantries are asking for breakfast foods including cereal, granola, oatmeal, energy and granola bars, non-perishable milk boxes, coffee, tea, and peanut butter. (Sorry, no open or expired food can be accepted.)

Bring donations and/or help sort the donated food on December 31st from 10:00 – 10:30 am in the War Memorial at City Hall.  Everyone can help, from youngsters to seniors. Plus, enjoy craft making, face painting, and refreshments for the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Open House until noon.

First Day at the Mosesian Center for the Arts!

The Mosesian Center for the Arts invites you to celebrate the New Year at First Day 2019!

This free, family-friendly, drop-in open house offers Art & Theatre Activities, live performances on the Main Stage, by Jeff Jam and The Airborne Comedians, face painting, fortunes, and more!

View the complete First Day schedule here: First Day

January 1st, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Family 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 our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “building”.

January 16th, 10:30 am
Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street
Information: 617-796-1450

and

January 12th, 9:30 am
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Information: 617-641-9142

Save the Date

Save the date January 28th for the Teen Summer Expo.

The Teen Summer Expo brings the directors of a wide variety of enriching summer programs together with teenagers and their parents for a FREE, informative and easy-to-manage evening. Find unique and exciting summer experiences from adventure travel to community service to internships and enrichment in academics, sports or the arts, both locally and throughout the world. There will be options for every interest and budget.

Get answers to specific questions about safety, supervision, costs and programming directly from the people running the programs. Register for a reminder at https://www.teensummerexpos.com/family-registration/ or for more details, contact Laura@TeenSummerExpos.com.

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January 28th, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm,
Newton South High School cafeteria

Give to the Newton Schools Foundation

Thanks to the generous support of our community, last year Newton Schools Foundation, (NSF) provided $155,000 to support the 12,000+ students in the Newton Public Schools.

NSF advances excellence and equity in NPS by funding promising initiatives, professional
development, and programs that close gaps in achievement and opportunity, including:

  • The Calculus Project, a program aimed at closing the achievement gap by helping low-
    income students and students of color reach higher levels in math through tutoring,
    summer programs, and field trips.
  • Generation Citizen, a middle school civics education program to empower young
    people to become engaged and effective citizens.
  • Responsive Classroom, an elementary and middle school teacher-training program
    that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school
    community.
  • The DaVinci Program, a unique multi-disciplinary high school curriculum that examines life’s big questions through science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
  • Instrumental Music Enrichment Program, 5th grade students at several elementary
    schools that have a higher proportion of low-income students receive small-group music lessons from professional musicians during band/orchestra.
  • Race and Achievement Working Groups, an ongoing district initiative which includes
    teacher training, outreach to parents, and student learning.

As we enter the holiday season, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to NSF. Make a gift here: http://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/annual-appeal.  Your gift ensures that students and faculty continue to benefit from these critical programs.