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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.

Naming Committee for the School on Nevada Street

The Naming Committee for the School on Nevada Street  seeks comment from parents, school staff and members of the community regarding its preliminary recommendation on an appropriate name. Please see these options for providing your input and listening to discussions:

  1. Public Hearing October 29th,  7:00 pm in Room 210,  100 Walnut Street
  2. School Committee Meeting discussion November 14th, 7:00 pm in Room 210, 100 Walnut Street
  3. School Committee Meeting discussion & VOTE November 28th, 7:00 pm in Room 210, 100 Walnut Street

The Naming Committee welcomes written comments sent to  Naming225NevadaSt@gmail.com

Preliminary Recommendation
That the school building on Nevada Street be named the Horace Mann School at the time appropriate for the implementation of the school department’s recommended H.4 Scenario in September 2019.

The reasoning:
Most importantly, the proposed new district is overwhelmingly made up of households from the current Horace Mann district (86%) and the staff will basically be the same.  They identify as the Horace Mann School.
Secondly, Horace Mann is considered by many as the father of public education.  He championed free, universal, nonsectarian education dependent on trained professional teachers.  It is our good fortune he lived in Newton for some years.  Our City’s history and the high value we place on public education should place Mann’s name in the top tier on any list of names appropriate for a Newton education building.

It is the Committee’s intent to include in its final report to the School Committee suggestions on how the city might continue to honor the contributions of Frank Carr to the Newton Public Schools.

Naming Committee:  Jessica Eldridge-Young, Ted Hess-Mahan (Co-Chair), Daniel Kunitz, Anne Larner (Co-Chair), Robert Smith, Marcia Tabenken, Norah Wylie

Run Bill’s 5K

A fun and festive race for a good cause, Bill’s 5K runs the beautiful streets of Newton Center and is followed by great party at Bill’s Pizza. Come out and support those with spinal cord injuries. Register today at bills5k.com.

October 28th, 9:00 am

Hamilton Ticket raffle

Understanding Our Differences (UOD), the leader in disability awareness education, is sponsoring an exciting raffle to raise needed funds. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see the popular and critically acclaimed show Hamilton: An American Musical at the Boston Opera House in November.

See the UOD website for complete details about this exciting opportunity: www.understandingourdifferences.org/hamilton.

UOD is embarking on a project to raise funds to support digitizing the curriculum, so the critical goal of fostering inclusion for people of all abilities can be shared around the state, the country, and even the world!

Boys & Girls Club after school program and more

With many After School programs in Newton at capacity, the Club never turns away any family regarding membership. They serve over 730 members throughout the school year with many contemporary programs and services that exemplify a commitment to serving our community and youth.

The Club also has a licensed After School program called Curiosity Club. This program serves children in grades K-2 with a STEAM curriculum framework.  Fall 2018 programs include 3D printing classes, Sewing, Russian School of Math, Word Wizards, Science Adventures, and much more!  Additionally, the Club offers in-house transportation to the following schools: Cabot, Lincoln Eliot, Franklin, and Burr. The Club was the first youth organization to partner with Sheprd transportation with special Club rates for those who sign-up.

Please check out John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club at  https://www.newtonbgc.com/ or call 617-630-2066 for more information.

Newton Turkey Trot registration is open

Registration for the 5th annual Newton Turkey Trot for the Newton Food Pantry is now open!  Register early before the prices increase and to be guaranteed an awesome T-shirt!   Details, registration and volunteer info at http://www.newtonturkeytrot.org

Sign up soon, this race will sell out! All proceeds from the race go to the Newton Food Pantry.

November 17th, 9:00 am,  Kids 1 mile fun run, 8:30 am

Food for Families: Free backpacks filled with breakfast and lunch essentials

Weekends and school vacations can be a significant hardship for families without access to school-supplied breakfast and lunch. The City is offering FREE backpacks to families filled with breakfast and lunch essentials at community locations to help ensure that all our families with need have adequate food on the table throughout the school year. Here is a list of the locations to pick up a free backpack:

Newton Health and Human Services, City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Fire Station 10, 755 Dedham Street
Newton Boys & Girls Club, 675 Watertown Street
Newton Free Library,  330 Homer Street

The FUEL program will also be providing FREE backpacks of breakfast and lunch essentials at some Newton Public Schools this year. The backpacks are designed for a child to have breakfast and lunch on the weekends. To request to have FUEL backpacks at your school, contact fuel@redeemerchestnuthill.org or call the Health Department at 617-796-1420.

For more information on food programs or for additional services offered by the City of Newton Social Services division, visit www.newtonma.gov/food or call 617-796-1420.

Navigating the new reality: Juuling and Schooling

Come to a free community lecture and open discussion on the juuling, vaping, nicotine, and marijuana trends in our schools. Registration requested, see this flyer Navigating for details.

September 26th, 7:00 pm
Newton Wellesley Hospital, Shipley Auditorium

Earn Dollars for Newton Schools

Enter a Fall competition to earn donations to five local schools. Earn points for your team by attending sessions, burning calories, and bringing new friends to Cardio High. Each school will receive a donation and the top team will earn a bonus donation.

You can also win free classes, sweatshirts, and gift cards through special challenges.

Not associated with any school? No problem. They’ll assign you to a team, so you can compete and be eligible for the challenges.

The five schools eligible to win donations include:
1.Williams Elementary School
2.Burr Elementary School
3.Angier Elementary School
4.Newton North High School
5.Newton South High School

Ready to join the competition?
Reply to this email with “IN” and name the team you wish to join. If you don’t have a team preference, reply with “IN + assign me” and we will assign you to a team.

Ways to earn points:

  • Check-in to Cardio High on Facebook = 10 points per check-in
  • Tag Cardio High in a post on Facebook or Instagram = 10 points per post
  • Attend a session = 20 points for men/40 points for women
  • Burn calories = points equal to 10% of calories burned during a Cardio High session
  • Refer a new friend to Cardio High = 100 points per friend referred
  • Run in the Paddy’s 5k Road Race wearing a Cardio High t-shirt. T-shirt provided = 100 points